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I was really looking forward to having some shu tonight and thought it would be fun to try the little pink tuochas in this package. Based on the paper wrapping, they should be Mandala’s 2012 Lang Cang rice scented ripe mini tuos. I steeped it up and yes, they have to be rice scented, because I got this very strong rice scent wafting from the liquid. It smells amazing, kinda like sweet rice that is a bit burnt. The flavor in the early steeps came on too strong for me and I got this sickly sweet rice flavor, with some floral notes. I looked it up and I guess it’s scented with an herb that smells like rice….interesting. After a few steeps, I started to like it more as the rice flavor melded better with the puerh. It even started to taste caramel-like. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but I’m glad to have tried it. Now I know!


I’m looking forward to playing with these. I love the convenience, and when the mini tuochas are actually good it’s such a huge bonus!


Totally! I found the rice scented ones were smelling up the package though, so I double-bagged them…just FYI. Looking forward to your reviews!


I should pull those out then. Thanks for the warning!

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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I had a really great cup of this earlier today while working. It has such smooth malty and honey notes…still reminds me of a leafhopper tea. Today ended up being a nice and slow day, and I really needed the breather. This tea was a nice accompaniment. :)

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I gong fu brewed this and I am still enjoying infusions. This tea is another everlasting gobstopper tea. Woot! Will have to remember that. Western is good, but gong fu is better! Sweet, creamy, and a bit vegetal. Still love this oolong. :)

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This is probably the oldest puerh I’ve tried so far. It had such great reviews and was very affordable, so I picked up a cake in my last order. It comes beautifully packaged…almost didn’t want to break the seal and keep it that way like my husband likes to do with some of his collectors items. I used to think that was ridiculous, but I can see it now (don’t tell him!). ;)

I had a really rough time picking pieces off this cake to brew….and yes, there was blood, from my little pinky! I also ripped the nice paper! Nooo! Note to self: get a puerh breaking tray.

This brews up super dark. The minute I poured water over the leaves I got this hit of sweet raisin in the aroma! Ooooh!

The taste is smooth and dark and the sweet raisin/date notes come in at the end of the sip in the aftertaste. Yum!

Definitely more dominant sweetness of raisin and dates in the 5th steep. So good. Very glad to have this in my cupboard, but I’m a little scared for my next cake breaking session!


Do you have a pu pick? I have a pu knife and pu pick and sometimes I need to use both when its very tightly compressed. Pls be careful. I once stubbed myself with steak knife. After that I got a pick. Yea tray helps too


No, I’ve been using a cheese pick thing. I have a proper pick on my wishlist. Oh, and a tray! ;)


Yah this is a good shou.

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I’m freaking ecstatic right now because I bang(ed) out this monstrous report for work today and I have my performance review tomorrow, so that’s great timing! Not that I had to have it done before tomorrow, but IT’S DONE!!! Woohoo!!!! This tea helped too. Thank you, bang pun! :D I really like this sheng. Very easy drinker. :)

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I’ve been enjoying quite a few steepings of this little tuocha while doing laundry and making scones. I made pumpkin pecan scones and they are yummy!!! I always feel like baking when the weather turns cooler. I think I’m getting more fermentation flavor with these little tuochas than I did with the piece of cake, if the barnyard note is fermentation flavor. I noted it in early steepings of the cake, but have noticed it lingers for awhile in the mini tuocha. Makes me a little nostalgic for the time of my life that I rode horses. It turns to a sugary cinnamon sweetness later, similar to the Ba Ka Ngoi cake I have from JalamTeas. You can’t beat the convenience of these mini tuochas though! I can’t wait to dig in to the variety pack!


YUM this one is great

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drank Caramel & Rum by Lupicia
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OMG, I just adore this tea! So happy to have restocked it. This is still the best rooibos I’ve ever had. The minute I opened the new bag, I was taken away by the heavenly smell. I brewed it up for about 3 min 30 sec because I was impatient to get to sipping it. I also added a splash of almond milk and a bit of brown sugar. Pure heaven. This rooibos is nice and viscous, and flavorful. This time, in addition to the caramel and rum, I noticed a raisin-y sweetness. Breathing in the scent of this tea really relaxes me…might need to brew this up daily!

Cameron B.

Yum! I definitely need to try this one. :D


I could send you some to try, if you don’t have any. :)

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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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Totally a chai morning! It’s so cold! I had to put a sweater on just to sit in the living room. I made this over the stovetop with breakfast. I have to be careful not to burn the almond milk and I think it came out perfect today. Only thing is, I may have over sweetened it. Oops! Oh well, the spices held up nicely. This is a very solidly spicy chai. Oh, and yay for fall back DST!

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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I was going to make chai this morning, as the cooler weather is making me want cozy teas, but I saw a picture of the new sugar plum tea and saw the star anise and decided I’d rather have a cup of this old favorite. Unfortunately, I think age is getting to this tea. Not as fresh as it used to be. It’s still okay, but doesn’t amaze me anymore. Or maybe it’s because I like less flavored stuff now. Oh well, it gave me that star anise I was craving. :/


I like this one a lot. :)


I bought the giant 250g bag when they were clearing it out, crossing my fingers that my tastes don’t change.


I thought about it- in hindsight I should have gone for 250g for this one and Pumpkin Chai both! :)


I am with you on this one…just finished my package from last winter and decided I’m not really into it either. Won’t be looking to replenish it.

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Yes, I had not one, but two puerh sessions today! I think I am quickly becoming a puerh addict. I can’t wait for my Mandala order! Hope it comes tomorrow, but probably won’t be here until Monday or Tuesday. Until then I still have some great puerh to drink. I decided to enjoy this one while handing out candy for Halloween and watching Death comes to Pemberley. Appropriate, huh? ;) We didn’t get as many kids this year…not sure why, but it could be because it rained most of the day. Oh well, candy for me! Death comes to Pemberley was awesome, although, as a serious 1995 BBC P&P fan, it was hard to get used to different actors playing my beloved characters. I think they did a good job though. Lydia and Mrs. Bennett are annoying as ever, and the actor who plays Darcy reminds me of Hugh Jackman, which isn’t a bad thing!

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)


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