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drank Muscat by Lupicia
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This came as a sample in an ancient Lupicia newsletter and I’m just getting around to trying it now.

Firstly, I am not a huge fan of grape or muscat flavored anything, a muscatel flavor is nice if it’s in a darjeeling and it’s natural, but this reminds me of bubble yum, or japanese gummy candies. Very artificial tasting. I have no idea what the base tea is here, it’s a lighter color which makes me wonder if it is an actual darjeeling with artificial muscat flavor? I like the base tea a lot, it’s smooth and light.

It’s easy to drink plain without any milk and sugar. Not my favorite due to the overwhelming flavoring but I will certainly finish the cup.

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I wonder if they have reblended this as I loved it. Very natural tasting to me. Mine is pretty recent – two months ago and yours was older so maybe that is the case.


Could be!

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drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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Sadly, i had to be at work for a few hours today even though it’s a Sunday. I’m sipping on some of this with lunch and it’s yummy! I wish it would go in the permanent collection, Frank!


Really hoping for this in my grab bag!


It’s mighty tasty!

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drank Mango Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This sample came to me courtesy of Mercuryhime who didn’t really care for it. First off, I had some this morning in a smoothie with banana, frozen mango, chia seeds and soy milk and it is so incredibly good this way! yum! I feel like I am eating a decadent mango dessert, but that doesn’t say a whole lot for the matcha since there are so many other things mixed in with it.

So then I decided to mix it in with some water the traditional way to see what would happen. The color is a brownish-green and is not that attractive. The flavor is swampy and gross – mango swampwater?! lol. This is just dandy mixed in a smoothie but quite disgusting on its own in my opinion. Oh well! I will enjoy it in my fruit!

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MMMM MMM!! Mango swampwater…….delicious. :))

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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I still have some of this left, but I ended up mixing it with some plain honeybush I bought in bulk at the Scarlet Sage herb company. I think it’s a bit nicer when it’s a little less strong, also I added some soymilk to it which was nice. I decided to quit alcohol at the same time my ex-BF and I broke up, I wasn’t drinking that much anyway but I figured I didn’t need anything that would be making me feel depressed… so far, so good. Drinking a lot more herbal teas and the like currently. I like my new routine even if I am something of a goody two-shoes right now. The Buddha would have approved. Nighty-night, Steepster!

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I’ve had this tea for about a month but decided to get around to trying it today. I should have been doing my copyediting homework, but instead I was goofing off all day and then took a nap so I’ll probably be up kinda late trying to get it done.

I followed Upton’s steeping instructions and decided to steep this for 4 minutes at 190F in my For Life teapot. Someday I will need to gongfu this, but right now I’m running a bit short on time. This really does seem like a baby dong ha pao, it has the traditional wuyi rock tea sort of flavor but much softer and gentler. I’m getting some peachy notes as well as a gentle cocoa element that is really quite a surprise. And loads of caramel – yum! This is really quite delicious and has a soft mouthfeel that lingers.

Definitely enjoyable for an evening/afternoon tea – now off I go to be productive!

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Scott B

Good luck with your homework!


Amy. did you get any other 2012 Pre-Chingming samples from Upton’s?? Hhhhmmm, I wonder if most/all P-C teas are lighter and “like a baby”. The 2011’s seemed to be that way too. :))


Scott – just the ones you sent me :)

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I got a sample of this tea from Norbu a while back, and decided to try it today after I was looking in the cardboard box that now holds my sheng collection. I read you shouldn’t keep these in the kitchen, but since I have a studio apartment there isn’t a ton of storage anywhere!

1st steep: in the Xiying teapot, and after a quick rinse I decided to steep it for 30 seconds or so. This is a very gentle sheng as it is evidently made from compressed ya bao tea. The tea color is very light and the aroma is that of clover with some very soft vanilla and lemony notes. The tea aftertaste is sweet and almost custard like.

2nd steep: similar to steep #1 but some thicker honey notes are becoming more prominent, this is very enjoyable!

3rd and 4th steep: I decided to combine them together into one nice cuppa. I’m still getting the lemony and custard notes as well as some banana. I don’t seem to be getting a huge energy boost from this stuff, but it is tasty! Overall, very enjoyable.

If you don’t like the standard shu type of pu-erh you might want to give this one a whirl, it’s very gentle…

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Nice flavors!


What’s wrong with keeping shengs in the kitchen?


If you intend to keep a puerh for a while, they can absorb the odors from food/cooking and alter the taste


If you are storing pu’er at home, it will help if you keep it in a cardboard box to at least shield it a little from cooking smells, spices. Incense, perfumes, colognes, air sprays… all of those things will quickly absorb into pu’er tea (not to mention they are hell on the body because of the chemicals). The more one can keep pu’er away from odors, the better. Here at our shop, we have all our teas in a special vault with proper airflow, proper humidity and temp, air filtration and ZERO odors other than the livin’ thing that is pu’er tea.

One also does not want to store it where dry air (heating, air conditioning) is blowing on it. It will dry out the tea and stop/greatly inhibit its aging.


Totally going on the shopping list, thanks for the review!


Great info Garret…….Thanks. :))


Garret – I have steam heat. I wonder how that would affect the tea?


Aha. Thanks!


Hi everyone :) Steam heat is nice because you don’t have that forced air drying the heck outta your stash! In MN it gets cold and dry during the winter and even without forced air, the humidity in houses can get quite low. If one has the space (and the gumption), they can make their own little humidor out of a closet (as long as you can get airflow established) using a small humidifier. One must be careful, though, to really watch the % of humidity. Too wet and you’ve got mold and funk. No good.

I can’t imagine it getting too dry in the Bay Area, though, even in cold weather. Am I correct in saying that?

I did have a customer bring in a cake of tea she was all excited about that she had brought from some dealer while visiting China. She had not used it because she didn’t really know what to do with it. She brought it here to me, after discovering we were here. I took one whiff of it in the ornate box she had it in and knew instantly that it had been stored in a cupboard with curry and other spices. Not good. Sure enough, when we made the tea… it was totally wrecked because of the spice aromas that is had stewed in while in her cupboard. It was useless. Too bad, too, because the tea factory itself is a good one and the leaf looked tremendous. It does not take long for pu’er to soak up the odors around it (cooking smells, INCENSE, cigarettes, air spray, perfumes, etc) and it never lets go of the aromas once it grabs ahold of them.

Be careful out there, people :)

May you all have the best of health!!


Lemon, yes. I can taste that now! Surprised I didn’t think of that while writing my review.

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drank Tropical Tulsi by Fusion Teas
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This is a sip down for me, I cold brewed this blend overnight and I’m enjoying it today, definitely much better than soda. Off I go to get some yoga done!


I think I’ve reached the conclusion that any tea is better than soda. Had a Pepsi not long ago with a fast food meal (don’t think I’ve touched pop in a year) and remembered why.


Me too – I finally kicked the soda habit a while ago!

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drank Shiki Matcha Powder by Maeda-en
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I got this at the Japanese grocery store a few weeks ago, I am planning to do a blog post on Matcha soon because I have a really nice matcha bowl now. This particular brand of matcha I got more for blending into smoothies in the morning. Today I’m having it with blended with banana, pineapple and hemp seeds and it’s terrific! I have a Blendtec and I use it a few times a week for an easy breakfast or dinner. I will wait to give it a numerical rating until I’ve had the chance to try it plain.

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Amy, does the Matcha come through all those wonderful fruit flavors? I haven’t had too much Matcha, but I do enjoy it; although, sometimes it can be a little bitter, & it can be….what’s the word…chalky?? I’m not sure that’s the word I mean.

The last couple weeks, I’ve been having a small bowl of oatmeal and/or fruit smoothies with a combination of different fruits. That fills me up.

Maybe I’ll throw some matcha in-that sounds good!! What is your ratio of matcha to fruit??


I probably throw in 2 teaspoons of matcha in a 16 oz. fruit smoothie. The flavor does come through! I agree sometimes matcha is bitter and chalky but when you blend it, that problem goes away… lol. Pineapple and banana is great, the matcha is also good with berries.


Sounds delicious to me. :))

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Herbal tisane of the evening here, taking care of myself big time includes plenty of rest and relaxation!

You know, I think I like the regular Sleepytime better than this, the vanilla doesn’t do too much aside from providing this with a slightly strange aroma and off flavor. I have to say I am finding it kind of oooky.

Good night, all!

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drank Mexican Winter by Tea Cozy
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This comes to me courtesy of TeaEqualsBliss – thanks so much for the sample!

I was a little nervous after finding some red peppercorns in the sample and I also know this tea has dried orange peel as well as rooibos so I thought it would be curious and interesting.

Hmmm, for a rooibos blend this is pretty nice. I like my rooibos with soymilk so that’s how I’m drinking it this afternoon. The orange element is very strong and I’m also picking up on coconut and a nice spicy element. It’s a bit like a rooibos chai but fruitier. Nice afternoon tea but I don’t think I need to run out and buy any. :-) Thanks for sharing, T = B!

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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

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

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