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I have to admit it was kind of a shock for my palette to go from Almond Sugar Cookie to this… lol. But see, I don’t discriminate, I drink almost anything. :)

First steep – this is very nice for a shu, smooth rich flavor with a bit of sweetness in the finish, but a little dark for this much time. More coffee like than anything. And I probably oversteeped this just a tad for my tastes… it was at least 2 minutes at 208 F but I also lost track of what I was doing.

Then the second steep I did for around 45 seconds and that seemed better. It definitely has a bit of a roasted quality as well as some fruitiness coming through. This one makes me feel kind of mellow and happy – I take that to be a good sign.

Third steep – about the same as the second. This definitely has the quality and richness I have come to expect from a Bana tea but I don’t think there’s anything overly exceptional about it that would make me want to buy an entire cake.

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Thomas Edward(Toad)

:) sounds good to me

TeaBrat

I’ll send you some if you want the rest of this sample.

Ian

Sounds interesting….. Do you perhaps know of any other teas that give the same effect as/taste similar to coffee?

TeaBrat

Ian – pu-erh is the most like coffee that I know of but it isn’t as bitter as coffee.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Pu-erh is awesome! Amy I got my order in of the Sticky Rice green puerh if you wanted to try it i can send some your way :) also Ian some of the CTC teas that i have been drinking here lately are nice bold teas with a strong maltyness that i would consider almost coffeelike.

TeaBrat

sounds like a plan…

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Cool, Im sending some things off friday i’ll get some out to you :)

ashmanra

I have never had a sheng. Recommendations, anyone?

TeaBrat

Both Bana and Verdant Tea have sheng samplers, that is what I would recommend if you’re new to shengs.

K S

@ashmanra, the Ziyun Moacha by Harney is a sheng.

ashmanra

KS – that is true, it is a sheng. I guess what I am looking for is an aged sheng. The descriptions sound amazing. I really enjoy the shu so I think I would like it.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, I can’t remember where, but at some poit we steepies got into a discussion about breaking Pu-erh cakes. Here’s a great video about it from Teavivre-for all who are interested. :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vAq1vU4YcU

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Thomas Edward(Toad)

:) sounds good to me

TeaBrat

I’ll send you some if you want the rest of this sample.

Ian

Sounds interesting….. Do you perhaps know of any other teas that give the same effect as/taste similar to coffee?

TeaBrat

Ian – pu-erh is the most like coffee that I know of but it isn’t as bitter as coffee.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Pu-erh is awesome! Amy I got my order in of the Sticky Rice green puerh if you wanted to try it i can send some your way :) also Ian some of the CTC teas that i have been drinking here lately are nice bold teas with a strong maltyness that i would consider almost coffeelike.

TeaBrat

sounds like a plan…

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Cool, Im sending some things off friday i’ll get some out to you :)

ashmanra

I have never had a sheng. Recommendations, anyone?

TeaBrat

Both Bana and Verdant Tea have sheng samplers, that is what I would recommend if you’re new to shengs.

K S

@ashmanra, the Ziyun Moacha by Harney is a sheng.

ashmanra

KS – that is true, it is a sheng. I guess what I am looking for is an aged sheng. The descriptions sound amazing. I really enjoy the shu so I think I would like it.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, I can’t remember where, but at some poit we steepies got into a discussion about breaking Pu-erh cakes. Here’s a great video about it from Teavivre-for all who are interested. :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vAq1vU4YcU

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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