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My after lunch tea here… not like I don’t have enough teas from home to try, but I didn’t get out of the house early enough to even wash my hair, much less think about what teas to bring in to my temp job.

Most cherry teas are disappointing because they taste so medicinal. That’s sad to me especially as cherries are one of my favorite fruits! (I like frozen cherries on my oatmeal or just as a dessert). This has a very authentic, natural cherry aroma.

As for the flavor, well… it’s very nice. The Taiwanese green tea is light and vegetal and reminds me of a Chinese green tea. Overall the cherry flavor is present but subtle and there is a bit of a flowery component as well. This was much better than I thought it would be, but I’m not sure I love it. The Moroccan Mint from the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is outstanding though. This is nice for an afternoon cuppa but wouldn’t go on a list of my favorites. I think the best way to desribe this is “nice” but not outstanding.

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Have you had Cherry Blossom Green from Harney? I thought the cherry flavor was light when I first tried, but as my palate grew a bit I found that I enjoyed it a lot. The downside is that I want loose leaf, and you have to buy a pound to get it loose.


I don’t think I have, will have to check it out someday!

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I hope I am not making a mistake by trying to drink this tea so late in the day. It’s almost 5 pm and that is pretty late for me and sheng but I really wanted to try it. I have 2 other mini bricks from Douji that are around 100g but this is a 250g brick I purchased from China Cha Do for $34.99.

Definitely a nice sheng puerh, very light on the bitterness if that is not your thing. I’m doing short steeps of around 15 seconds in the yixing and getting a deep yellow tea liquor. The tea is smooth and thick and is mostly on the woodsy/sweeter side with notes of citrus. I am getting lemon, orange and anise. The bitterness snuck up on me a little bit after I had about 4 steeps. There is no smoke in this tea either. I do like smoky young shengs sometimes but it’s nice to have some that aren’t.

I played around with the water temp on this and found that steeping it at 190f or so yielded good results for me and brought out the sweet, fruity flavor. If you’ve never had Douji and you like raw puerh I would recommend giving this a try. The mildness of this has made it a really good afternoon tea. It is delicious. I would definitely like to try more Doujis in the future!

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
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Afternoon sipdown for me. I am not feeling too productive today though I did manage to get my taxes done. Finishing off this nice oolong after waking up from a nap. It is so creamy and light. Very refreshing on a sunny day like the one we are having. I’m not sure I will be buying this again soon because I have a few other green oolongs to get through right now but I really enjoyed trying it… quite delicious like most things that come from Mandala tea. :)

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Finally getting to try this Wymm tea sample today. I don’t want to try new teas unless I have time to really sit and savor them properly, and since I’ve been office working the past 2 weeks that hasn’t been really possible!

Thanks to Wymm tea for sending me a sample of this to try. For a young sheng, it is definitely on the sweeter side and less bitter than most. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish but that is kept at bay by doing some nice short steeps.

This sheng has a lot of really lovely flavors. It is more reminiscent of a green tea than many shengs I’ve tried. There is a definite vegetal note with some sweet peas and floral. I am also getting the custard-y and buttery notes up front but it’s the bitterness that lingers a bit in the back of your throat. It has a lot of relaxing energy as opposed to a kick-your-butt kind of experience.

By the third steep I decided to use slightly cooler water which brought out more of the buttery notes in this tea. It has a very enjoyable flavor, but sadly is quite out of my price range at the moment.

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Thanks for the review TeaBrat! We appreciate your feedback :D


I definitely enjoyed it!

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Backlog – I didn’t like this too much when I tried it yesterday out of the store. I think this tea needs to be prepared gong fu or at least with short steeps to really appreciate the flavor. I could pick up some of the classic Phoenix flavor but mostly it got bitter and muddy after it was steeped for around 3 minutes. So I can’t really rate this either, but I feel bad for anyone whose only experience of a Phoenix Mountain oolong is trying it this way.


What is the classic Phoenix flavor?


the flavor of a phoenix mountain oolong…

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I got this tea at Peet’s yesterday morning to try it. I still think it’s difficult to taste a tea properly when it’s in a big paper cup and a t-sac.I did think this was a nice Ceylon, however. It had a very good, citrusy/lemon note that lent the tea a lot of brightness. I had mine with soymilk and sugar but I think it might be really good as an iced tea and definitely a good chpoice for an afternoon tea. Won’t rate it for now, however. Might need to pick up a tin someday to do a further investigation.

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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This is a sipdown for me, it’s been a decent morning tea for sure. The tin is so pretty too. I don’t know if I need to buy more of this as I have a lot of teas to get through now, and I have been drinking a lot less tea now that I’m at work trying to look productive. Now that I’ve been at my job for a few days I think it would be ok to bring in some loose leaf tea and maybe some t-sacs. =)


You didn’t disclose your tea habit when interviewing? :)


One of my biggest struggles was deciding which teas to bring in to work. Can’t bring in the whole stash and look crazy! Haha

Michelle Butler Hallett

George Orwell’s favourite tea came from Fornum and Mason.


Dustin.. lol nope! They have an electric kettle which is nice
Jennkay – I am pretty sure the people at my last job thought I was crazy
Michelle- cool!

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drank Sencha "Yumegatari" by Lupicia
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This teabag came in my Lupicia Happy bag/holiday set that I got right after Christmas. It looks like they don’t have this on the US website anymore. Has anyone been there recently? It seems like they greatly reduced their number of non-flavored green teas to the US market. Maybe nobody was buying them? Well, booo.

They still have this on the Australia Lupicia website. It is described as “well-balanced blend of Matcha and Yabukita sencha from Shizuoka. Boasting a refreshing flavour and bright green water-colour, this tea can be enjoyed alongside any meal or dessert”.

This is quite a nice green tea. I would agree it is refreshing, somewhat mild and sweet for a sencha. It is definitely on the vegetal side with grassy, spinach notes but it also has a sweet pea flavor in the finish that I am quite enjoying. And not much bitterness as well. I wish I could get my hands on some more of this but for a nice, bagged sencha there is always the Organic sencha from Den’s.

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drank Jade Mist by Peet's Coffee & Tea
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First day at my new temp job. Missing my tea collection already… :-P

Today was a true test as I found out when I got there they have a big project due tomorrow and they hadn’t even started it yet when I arrived. Oy… I almost walked out the door after I heard that but stayed. Pretty unfair as I don’t know them, their projects or anything about the job really. It took me most of the day just to get the documents organized, not to mention what needs to go in them. Well I guess after tomorrow they may throw me out the door but it really wouldn’t be my fault as their expectations were totally unrealistic.

So I got this tea on my lunch break as there is a Peet’s nearby. Honestly I cannot rate this because tea was not made to be consumed in a paper cup with a tea-sac. I thought it had a light, vegetal flavor with a bit of bitterness but mostly I just tasted paper and vegetables.

There is a tea kettle in the new office so I will try to bring some teabags with me tomorrow, I will def. be needing a tea break or two at some point during the day.

Maddy Barone

Yikes! Totally unfair if they blame you for their own incompetence!


Ugh! That’s not right. Hopefully it goes better on your second day!


Praying for your focus and grace under pressure!


Thanks everyone! Wish me luck :)


That’s rough. I hope it’ll go alright! Let’s hope it’s not always like that there.


Good luck! :)

Chai (not Kai) Mera

Oh, this explains the sudden Peet’s reviews on your tasting log this week! (There’s a Peet’s by my work, too, so I’m making notes. ;) ) Good luck with the job and hopefully things got better after the first day.


thanks Chai. :) I really like their Scottish breakfast if you don’t mind a bit of smoke in your tea.

Chai (not Kai) Mera

Nice, will try that one!

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
2809 tasting notes

This free sample came from the Lupicia newsletter. The dry leaf smells kind of funky, like rooibos and peach liquor.

Brewed, I am not terribly impressed with this one. Maybe I should have used a smaller cup instead of a 12 oz mug, but I’m just not getting much flavor from this aside from a rooibos flavor. Not too impressed but won’t rate for now since this could be a user error :)

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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. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

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

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

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