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drank Sweet Osmanthus by RiverTea
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Another sample from Christina.

I found this one pleasant enough but sometimes I am in the mood for osmanthus and other times not. When I had this yesterday, I don’t think I was in the mood for it. The osmanthus seemed a little too cloying sweet. I think the green base was a basic green tea but I don’t remember any chestnut or buttery notes from it. It was more on the vegetal or grassy side.

Thanks Christina for the sample!

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drank Linden Tea by Nutratea
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This was a sample from Christina. Thanks Christina!

I enjoyed this tea at work yesterday. I reminded me of Honesuckle which I love too. It has that honey sweetness to it. After reading Christina’s review on this tea , now I will be on a hunt to find this one in whole leaf form. I ran across some on Mountain Rose Herbs.

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I wonder why this tea has the name early spring in it but it’s an autumn tea? Hmmm

Anyway this was in the monthly pkg for November. Brewed some up today (just in my mug and infuser – no gong fu). This is sooo good. I haven’t had a decent bi luo chun for all of 2015. I don’t know why. I had amazing ones in 2014 but 2015 there was nothing that I really loved. I wouldn’t say this one is the best compared to 2014 but it’s the best I’ve tried for 2015!

It has a warm chestnut flavour with a little bit of the mossy notes. It’s the aroma that I love more than anything. Slightly floral & chestnutty.

Flavors: Butter, Chestnut, Floral, Moss


What were your brewing times? Just to check against mine – i wasnt blown away but this is only the second ive tried

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drank Zhejiang White Pearls by Steepster
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This tea brewed up darker than I thought it would – a golden yellow. It was slightly fruity with an underlying caramel note. There was a woody and slightly grassy taste to it. A bit different from some other white teas I’ve had but I really enjoyed it.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity, Grass, Wood

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I am so far behind in my sample tasting. This tea was with the Yunomi group buy and just getting around to trying it now. I brewed it gong fu with the first infusion pretty short (15sec) but am really enjoying it. It doesn’t have that heavy bold taste that some black teas do (that could be in part because of how I brewed it). It’s a bit sweet with a nice malty flavour and a fruity note. It’s weird, but I had a feeling this tea was going to be fruity before I brewed it up or even smelled it. This was my first black Japanese tea too.

Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Sweet

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The dry leaves of this smelled so good from the bag – a bouquet of fruitiness hit my nose. When I brewed it up, I was in for a surprise. It just didn’t taste the same way it smelled. It has a roasted? flavour. I don’t think yellow tea is roasted so not sure what I was picking up. I didn’t like it very much at all. It didn’t seem to have any of that grassy , buttery flavour I get from greens.

I’d like to give this tea another try. I had it first thing in the morning and maybe my palate wasn’t quite awake at that time.

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I had the one sample of this tea and brewed it later in the afternoon (after my caffeine intake was already near max). This impacted how I felt about the tea since I was not willing to do many infusions to give this tea a real try. I know many others have loved it but I’ve never loved roasted oolongs a lot. There are a few I do like so not all are excluded.

So when brewing this up it was just okay for me. It didn’t have an over roasted flavour. It was pleasant enough with some fruity notes. I just didn’t love it though so tried a 2nd infusion. It was pretty much the same as the first infusion and I gave up after that.

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This was delicious. I brewed gong fu at 80C on the first infusion and 85C all the other infusions. Sweet & juicy with a bit of fruity flavour. It was a light sheng with no bitterness at all. There was also a slightly creamy mouth feel to it.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Sweet


I’ve never brewed Sheng so cool. Now I’m curious to try that. I tend to go at 90c for the young ones and 95c for aged. (scampers off to experiment)


I have a few sheng that respond well to cooler temperatures. It’s worth trying a few steeps at different temperatures during a session to see what notes come out and which ones get muted.

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Green teas are my favourite teas but I also enjoy: white, some herbal,rooibos, raw pu’erh, light oolongs, a little bit of black , and a little bit of ripe pu’erh. I have moved away from artificial flavourings and there’s hardly anything left in my cabinet with artificial flavouring or colours. It is mostly straight teas or tea blends.


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