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Thanks, Angel, for this sample! This is a pretty smooth, solid ripe puerh. It doesn’t have too much fermented taste, just a bit, and there’s a nice caramel sweetness lasting through many steeps. I could see this being a “go to” ripe puerh when I’m in the mood for caramel. :)

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drank Ginger Lily Oolong by Tea Ave
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After months of anticipation, samples from Teaave are here! Woo! And they came with extra special goodies too! Lots of thanks to Teaave! :)

So, this is the first oolong I tried and OMG, it is so good! It’s like a milky oolong sweetened with candied ginger. I’m not even a big fan of ginger, but this was yummy! There’s a little spicy heat from the ginger, but it’s subtle. It’s also milky, buttery, and sweet. The flavor lasts through several infusions. I could definitely see myself drinking this as an afternoon or evening treat. So good. After this one, I’m really excited to try the other samples. Also, I think their website launches unofficially next week and officially in March. Starting my wishlist off with this one!


Sounds nice, can’t wait to get my samples :-)

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drank Minted Monkey by Tippy's Tea
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I got a sample of this tea in my Tippy’s order. Btw, their samples are very generous! The dry leaf smells amazing! My coworker said it smelled like Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies! Brewed up, this tea is essentially Not So Vanilla with a hint of mint, which is absolutely perfect for me because I adore Not So Vanilla, and I’m not a huge mint person. Really yummy. :)


Sounds good! :)


We have all these teas, the ones that use the golden monkey tea, back in stock now.

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Angel generously sent me a sample of this tea and I’ve almost gone through the whole thing! It’s delicious! I might even like it better than the other Teavivre Keemun I had in my cupboard. It’s very bold and chocolatey with a hint of smoke. The chocolate is definitely a dark chocolate, great to reduce sweet cravings! Very good western or gong fu brewed! Loved it!

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This was a free sample in my last order. It also happened to be on my wishlist, so kudos to WP! The aroma has that Keemun smoke, but also a molasses raisin sweetness. It tastes just like chocolate covered raisins. Seriously! It is so sweet, almost too sweet, and I didn’t add any sugar. The smoke is extremely subtle. This might be my favorite black tea from WP so far. :)

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I tried this tea a long time ago, earlier in my tea journey, and I couldn’t decide what I thought of it then. I don’t think I had a very educated palate at the time. Angel at TeaVivre offered to send me a sample, so I took her up on it. Thank you!

This time, I opted to brew it gong fu-style. It’s very creamy, and I detect notes of bread, malt, and cocoa, but they are subtle. It’s kind of like milk chocolate! I have other chocolate black teas I like more (I’m looking at you, Zhen Qu!) but it’s pretty good and would be a good one to pick up once I’m out of my beloved Butiki tea. ;)

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Do you ever have a craving for a certain flavor, but every tea you brew up misses the mark? That’s what happened today until I made this tea. This tea is so yummy! Before I made this one, I brewed up two separate green teas, thinking that was the flavor profile I wanted. Turns out, what I really wanted was a green oolong. I love oolong. Green, roasty, or other, I enjoy oolong. This one is a great oolong and I’m finally satisfied. ;)


glad you finally satisfied your craving :-) One of my favorite oolong type, that’s for sure…


Ya, I need to try more of these!

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drank North Pole Estate by Tippy's Tea
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This tea smelled so yummy in the bag…like chocolate chai! When I brewed this at work with a splash of half and half and a bit of sugar, I tasted a smorgasbord of flavors. Spices…cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, but more of a baked quality, not too spicy, which is awesome! I also detected a hint of orange and overall, it was caramel and vanilla sweet. Mmmm!

At home this morning, I brewed it up with a splash of almond milk, but it turned out spicier. I think this tea does better with a stronger milk presence, and as Tippy’s has suggested, this would probably be awesome as a latte. It brings out the cookie quality. :)

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Another sample from TeaVivre. Thanks, Angel! I was curious to see what this one would taste like, having a similar name to the super fruity nonpareil yunnan dian hong ancient wild tree that I enjoyed so much. The dry leaf is dark and twisty. The brewed tea tastes malty with a bit of cherry and stone fruit, especially after several infusions. Overall, it’s an excellent tea, but I think I like ancient wild tree best.

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Angel at TeaVivre provided this sample. Thank you! I steeped it for 2 minutes. Teavivre recommends 9 minutes, but it got so dark so fast, I was worried! Turns out, I didn’t need to be.

In the first steep, I detected the usual earth notes, but also some caramel and cocoa and a bit of freshness from citrus or wood. There’s not much, if any, fermentation funk. It’s pretty clean tasting.

I decided to go full throttle on the second steep and brew it for 9 minutes to see how dark it would get. It got to pretty much the same level of darkness as the first steep and the flavor level was similar and still clean tasting.

This teabag is super convenient. I usually drink puerh gong fu-style, so it’s one I reserve to drink at home, rather than at work. Since this is a teabag and the tea seems pretty fool-proof, I could definitely bring it to work, which is a plus! This could totally be a daily drinker.

Also, it pairs really well with a piece of dark chocolate :)


I have yet to find something that dark chocolate doesn’t enhance :)


Lol @gmathis!


How true!

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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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