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drank Qian Li Xiang by jing tea shop
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This is such a delicious tea! I just raised the rating from 99 to 100, because why not?

I am now the proud owner of this little tea tray shown in the picture. I wanted something nice for gong fu brewing and it was nice that the shop owner gave me a discount for this. It’s just the right size for one person.


I haven’t had this tea in a long time and I forgot how flavorful it is. It has really great notes of cherry and plum and just the right amount of roastiness. It’s one of the best wuyi oolongs I’ve had. Everything from Jing tea shop is so good, I just wish I could afford more of their stuff but for now I am really enjoying the ones that I do have. If you’re a fan of wuyis, this is one you should probably check out… although I don’t see it on their website anymore.

Flavors: Cherry, Plums

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Pretty little tray!


thanks. :)

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I decided to take this one out today and give it a whirl, I guess I still wanted sheng but something a little less aggressive than the Repave and this certainly fits the bill. This morning I am getting some flowery and clover type notes, with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. I haven’t had this in a while and it seems to be aging nicely in my closet. ;)

If anything it reminds me a bit more of a white puerh than it did in the beginning. Very nice and pleasant overall. :)

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Don’t know why but I didn’t like it much. Everybody loves it except me. Maybe I should revisit ;)


I feel that way about the Repave ;)

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This morning I am enjoying this sample that I got from a Steepster friend, thank you friend!

At about 10 seconds of steeping time, the first two steeps are pretty strong. It is a potent tea with woodsy flavors, a nice fruitiness and quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. It has a bit of smoky aroma, but not too much smoke in the flavor.

I decided to lower the water temp for steeps #3 and #4 to about 200 f. I feel that the bitter and tobacco notes have taken over this one to the point where I don’t really feel like drinking it. Not sure if it’s just the mood I am in or the tea itself, but I think I will try this again on another day, it’s making my stomach hurt a bit even though I already ate breakfast. Such is the dilemma with sheng… but it seems that overall some of the other tasters enjoyed this more than I did.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I am having another nice session with this tea this afternoon. It’s supposed to be a bit on the higher end scale for Dayi – the cake is $56 at Dragon Tea House. This is definitely a smooth and creamy tea. It has nice notes of chocolate, caramel and has a pretty mellow energy. A little tobacco present in the finish right now. Tasty stuff but I am not thinking I will buy an entire cake.

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Not terribly impressed with this one for some reason, though I normally like puerh’s that come from Dayi.

It says “mellow taste” but I am finding the taste kind of boring and flat. There are a few fruity notes but it seems bland and chalky. I wonder if I am just in a weird tea mood after that horrible caramel nougat earlier so I will try this again another day. For now my verdict is “meh”

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maybe that’s why it tastes like that the mellow part


you could be right!

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drank Caramel Nougat by Tea Forte
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This came from the dark tea set I got from Tea Forte. I needed something dark as I just woke up from a nap ;)

I do get a faint caramel note here but it smells a lot like hazelnut. To me it just tastes overwhelmingly artificial like a bad dessert drink. It was improved a bit with soymilk but overall it’s not that good. I am just going to give up on Tea Forte as a company…. it’s entertaining to review new teas but not when they’re all yucky.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Chai (not Kai) Mera

I almost bought that set the other day but chose the Garden Harvest (fruity white teas) sampler instead. Perhaps there’s a reason they were on sale. :(


I have to say Tea Forte is underwhelming!

Maddy Barone

I got their advent calendar. I enjoyed trying a new tea each day, but found only a couple I would drink again. This wasn’t one of them :(

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This is a sipdown for me, I haven’t had this tea in a while… It does remind me a lot of a white tea in flavor but there’s definitely some smoke involved. This is yummy with a bit of coconut sugar as well. There is no 2008 silver bud pu-erh on the site anymore but I would definitely get some of the later versions.

yum yum

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i shall try this (or rather a diff year) someday

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This is a sample I ordered from Dragon Tea House. I’ve heard some of the Tibetan flame teas can be really strong… I have a Flame tuo from 2007 that is really smoky.

The traditional way to make this tea is by boiling it and serving with yak butter and milk. I won’t be doing that but it’s actually really good plain. I am doing short steeps of it in my yixing and it’s nice and mellow. Maybe Xiaguans need to age 10 years before they are properly aged? I wonder…

It isn’t very smoky at all, I would describe the flavor as woodsy with some fruit notes like apricot. I detect a tiny bit of smoke but nothing like the tea I had the other day. Also there is no almost no bitterness whatsoever, even after steeping it for 45 – 60 seconds, pretty amazing. Mostly it is woodsy and sweet. Does anyone know if the teas made for the Tibetan market are different than other Xiaguan recipes? Because this sure seems different from the other ones I have tried.

I am adding this to my wishlist. I bet it will be even more tasty in another 10 years and the whole brick is only $19.99. I am not rating it for now but it is good.

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how does this compare to the one from mandala you reviewed the other day?


It is a lot different. The other tea was very smoky and still had some bitterness in the finish. This is sweeter and mellow.


I gotta get me some yak butter


LOL! I think Roughage might able to help you pin point a good approximation. I think he experimented with butter tea before.

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drank Ginger & Lemon Myrtle by Lupicia
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This is a sipdown for me… finished off a little bag of the 10 teabags.

I do like this rooibos however it isn’t ginger-y ENOUGH for me! I made some as an iced tea and it is good that way, but I prefer it hot with a bit of soymilk. Anyway I shan’t miss it terribly and not sure if it will be a repurchase.

Iced 8 min or more

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Evidently I am having a pu-erh day today. Sheng in the mid-morning and shu in the afternoon, works for me.

This is another selection from the Yunnan Sourcing dark tea of the month club. So far I am liking the club because I got to try a lot of things I would not otherwise have chosen for myself.

This brick comes in such a pretty box (see photo). I have heard that bricks are not as good as cakes but I like this one a lot. The wet leaves steeping are very aromatic and earthy. The tea itself I would describe as earthy, chocolate-y, slightly creamy with a faint whisper of woodsmoke. Normally I don’t find shus to be smoky but this seems to be a bit. Or perhaps it’s just my imagination, I don’t know.

In any case, $18 is a good deal for this 250g brick in my opinion. YS calls it “lovely” and I would agree. I also have another sample of this if anyone would like to try it (I seem to be a wash in puerh samples myself!)

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

They usually use cheaper leaves for bricks although they can be just as good as cakes, sometimes. Sometimes, “low quality” leaves produce good tea anyway. Sometimes today they use higher quality leaves in a brick.


good to know. I have another brick that I like quite a lot :)


alas, i have enough swaps to fulfill or i would ask to try it

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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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