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drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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Sipdown!

I am officially out of this yummy chai – sounds like a good reason to get some more. :D

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This sample tea comes from Anny Oxidant and the Tea Bullie. thank you!

I went to the gym today and got a good workout, now I’m just trying to stay awake through the evening’s activity which involves going to an art opening.

I steeped for 3 minutes at 180F; this yielded a very light tea liquor. I’m not sure I’ve ever had an acai berry before, but the flavor reminds me of a cross between a blueberry and a raspberry. I wasn’t sure I’d like this, but it’s very nice and refreshing… might also be good as a cold brew tea. It isn’t as sweet as some white teas I’ve tried, but that might also be due to the acai flavoring.

Thank you, Anny for letting me try it!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
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This is one of my favorite senchas to date, I am enjoying the lovely sweetness of this tea this morning. It’s foggy here as usual – ick!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

You need a sunshine vacation. Napa, Tahoe?

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Thanks so much to Dorothy for this tea sample!

I think this is my first zealong tea so I wasn’t too sure what to expect here. She told me it wasn’t a good short steeper so I used the regular teapot method here and steeped it for 4 minutes. I think I had 2 tsp. or so of tea for an 18 oz. teapot.

I got a medium brownish red tea liquor here. The flavor of the tea is slightly malty and grainy with a very nice floral element. I’m impressed by the lovely sweet tone in the finish of this tea. It lingers for a while and is very pleasant; has a smooth almost creamy quality. This is an easy tea to sip on plain and I am really enjoying it this morning. It reminds me a bit of some Chinese congou teas I have had recently.

Thanks for the sample Dorothy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Scott B

I’ve never heard of Zealong tea.

ashmanra

Steepsterite Sandy actually went to the plantation and had tea there in New Zealand. Chicago Tea Room used to carry their teas. There was Zealong Dark, Zealong Light, and Zealong Aromatic I think at that time.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Yes, and I carried samples of them on my site for a short time as well. Here is the selection…
1. Zealong Pure
2. Zealong Aromatic
3. Zealong Dark
Those mentioned above are listed from lightest to darkest and are all oolong.
The newest to the Zealong family is Zealong Black. This is not an oolong but an actual black tea. It is amazing, clean, but all are very pricey in my opinion. I actually have an unopened back that I bought directly from Zealong at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. I hadn’t considered post it online for purchase (sample sizes only of course) only because I felt maybe the cost would be unreasonable.
Overall, the cost is the only draw back. They are a wonderful producer of high quality teas but just not at most tea drinkers budget. Of course I could be wrong. :)

Dorothy

Just saw your note on this, glad you liked it. The Zealong Black is a pretty interesting tea to drink because it’s such a different experience. :)

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98
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
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This came in my recent order with Mellow Monk so I thought I’d try it out today…

This was steeped for around 90 seconds at approx. 170F (I was guesstimating)

Ooooh, I really like this! A light green sencha with white stems. My tea liquor is a light chartreuse color. This is exceedingly mild and mellow, perhaps because of the white stems? It ha a definite brothy, vegetal tone with slight notes of seaweed and a sweet finish with a tad bit of astringency, a slight grapefruit element here.

I’m a big fan of Japanese green teas and this one is really nice! Mellow Monk describes it as luscious and I would agree. It just kind of rolls around on your tongue in a delightful manner. One of my favorite senchas to date.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Oh! I haven’t tried this one! Sounds awesome tho!!!

ScottTeaMan

I thought this might be a blended Sencha, but doesn’t appear to be. Sounds awesome!! Glad you enjoy it Amy. :))

Scatterbrain

On my list! There’s something about drinking sencha that makes you feel fantastic, you know?

TeaBrat

@Kwinter – YES!

Scatterbrain

Don’t get me wrong, I love Chinese green tea, but Japanese tea is just so FRESH and full of life!

TeaBrat

I do not like Chinese green tea nearly as much as Japanese green tea.

Scatterbrain

Same here now that I think about it haha. The only Chinese greens I’ve had that I really loved are jasmine pearls and dragonwell, and I have to be in the right mood for them.

Garret

Well, then, we might have to have you try the cloud and mist or the valley peak. I visited both these farms when in China. Pretty dang great! When you two come for tea tomorrow afternoon, we’ll make some :)

TeaBrat

Garret – I do like your Valley Peak quite a lot!

Garret

That’s right! I remember that now. You’re still invited for tea tomorrow, though :) We will drink some of the new mandala raw cakes that are just arriving. I have them up on the site. 3 new 100grammers. Time for bed here in MN! My early morning run comes a lot earlier when I get to bed this late! Have a great night, my friend!!

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88
drank Vietnamese Lotus Tea (Green) by na
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This tea came as a sample from the lovely Indigobloom, thank you dear!

I’m not sure that I’ve ever had a Vietnamese green tea before, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. I got a light greenish-yellow infusion that is very vegetal, almost artichoke like. I feel like there’s a tiny bit of smoke perhaps, and also a slight pungency. I’m picking up on some lime notes in the finish, which are really interesting… It reminds me a bit of another green tea I’m fond of from Nepal.

Overall, it’s pretty good! Thank you, IB for letting me try it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

Lime! Its been awhile since I had any. Will have to go back and see if I can pick up the citrus. Definitely know what you mean about the artichoke! :)
Glad you liked it!!

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It’s cloudy and gloomy this morning and I went through another bout of insomnia the past few days. I wanted something to wake me up so I thought this would do the trick. A nice fog lifter! I like this the best with soymilk added. Wake up, Amy OH!

Listening to “Reptile” by Church on the radio, reminds me of my younger and gothier days. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Scott B

Oh, that’s a good album. I love “Under the Milky Way”!

ScottTeaMan

I remembered this song after I heard it on youtube. It’s a good one. UTMW is great too. :))

ScottTeaMan

Listened to a couple more songs by THE CHURCH-forgot what a good band they were/are.

TeaBrat

Yes, they’re a little gloomy for me at this point in my life tho’!

Scott B

This was one of their more upbeat numbers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9wm7eKzti8

ScottTeaMan

That’s how I felt too Amy…….listened to 3-4 songs & had to stop. Depends on my mood too. Good music, but it really hit me & made me a little blue yesterday. ://

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75
drank Lemon Meringue Pie by Butiki Teas
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Sipdown this afternoon.

I still don’t think this tastes much like lemon meringue but I’m enjoying it okay today. Probably will not feel the need to reorder this. I think it needs more lemon!

yesterday afternoon I drank too much tea before I went to the gym and I could NOT sleep so I’m trying to take it easy with the caffeine for the rest of the day…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Scott B

I haven’t had lemon meringue pie in years.

gmathis

Love lemon meringue pie! Can’t make it to save my life, however; so it’s a rare treat. Closest I can get locally is a really good 3" tall lemon cream at a BBQ place.

Butiki Teas

Amy oh-This one is in the process of being discontinued. The Good Morning Sunshine (guayusa), which is also lemon and has some creaminess to it came out fantastic and this one is not nearly as good. If you would like to try the Good Morning Sunshine, let me know and I could send you a sample.

TeaBrat

sure – I’d love one!

Butiki Teas

Amy oh-PM me your address. :)

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96
drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
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My first order arrived from Mellow Monk! Do I need any more green tea? Er… ummm… well, in fact no! I just couldn’t resist once they got their new stock in.

I wanted to try this one out this afternoon, though I am a little wired already from having some gyokuro matcha with lunch. I followed the MM instructions which said to steep for 2 minutes @ 170F — I guesstimated.

There’s a TON of dried yuzu peel in this package. My cup ended up being a light yellow so I was somewhat worried about the flavor, but it’s delightful, IMO. The yuzu lends a grapfruity/lemon note and I am definitely picking up on the rose element. It’s got a lightly sweet and tart flavor and the green tea is just lending a slightly vegetal quality with a hint of berry. Hmm. This is good, I like it! Very refreshing for the afternoon. I bet this would also be good iced or mixed with some sparkling water as an apertif.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Scatterbrain

I’ve gotta try some of their teas soon.

TeaBrat

yeah, this is my first batch. so far, so good…

Scatterbrain

Did you by chance get the Top Leaf or Shaded Lead? You should try the two greens from Ito En that I’ve been reviewing recently, they’re really good.

gmathis

Much inexperience here; never had the pleasure of meeting a yuzu!

Scatterbrain

I don’t know if you have Wegman’s over in your part of the country but they sell it in bulk there if you have any nearby. You could get just get an ounce to try it out.

gmathis

Nope, no Wegman’s in my part of the world. We are a strange family…one of our great joys when we travel is to traipse up and down the aisles of local grocery stores like they were museums.

Charles Thomas Draper

Now you are making me thirsty for flavored teas.

ashmanra

Gmathis: I do the same! When I go to Raleigh I have to go through Whole Foods and the Fresh Market, and sometimes A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. You mentioned getting bulk bin tea. I JUST discovered that our health food store has a little cubby of a room at the back with the raw sugar I so excitedly buy in Raleigh! And they had TEA! Like yours! I haven’t purchased any yet, but I will soon!

TeaBrat

@Kwinter – I also got the Top Leaf and the Frosty Garden, I hope to try them soon.

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