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I did make this one last night, used some plain rooibos to tone down the flavor a bit, still seems very strong to me and not at all cookie like. Let me know if anyone wants to swap. :)

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drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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After lunch tea. It’s a sipdown and I will be out of this for a while while I focus on drinking some other other rooibos blends I got lately (but don’t like nearly as much). Will definitely be reunited with this someday…


So This you favorite Rooibos? I may order it, ‘cause I love Rishi’s regular Chai blend. I really like Chai and I like Indian food, but The Chai I’ve had in restaurants has too much milk in it for my tastes.


I do like it, but your mileage may vary… :)

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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
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I cold brewed this for 12 hours, although the sun went away and it is now cold and foggy in San Francisco again…

this one makes a delightful cold beverage, I think I like it even better this way than hot. At least I know what I can do now to make myself drink all this flavored green tea!

see previous notes!


I never cold brewed. Would you say it is more tasty than just making iced tea the regular way?


I think for certain teas like oolongs and greens you will get a different flavor profile, slightly more buttery. the one darjeeling I tried cold brewing just wasn’t great. Mostly I just do it because it’s easy. :)


For me Iced Darjeelings are yummy, but I watch steep time to avoid astringency and bitterness. Never tried cold brewing though.

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drank Keemun Queen's Hope by Lupicia
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It’s been a while since I have had this tea. For a keemun I think it is fairly mild and I would consider getting this one again, it’s very smooth and dark without any bitterness (see previous notes). I might be getting a bit of smoke in the finish but to me it is kinda chocolate-y. A good one if you like to drink your teas plain and don’t mind a very robust flavor.

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
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I am hoping I like this tea because I bought a 4 oz. tin without trying a sample first. :)

The leaves of this tea look very dark and slender in the tin. I am surprised at the lightness of the color but I am fairly certain I used enough leaf here.

I steeped this for 5 minutes with boiling water per the instructions on the tin. I color and heft it reminds me of a second flush darjeeling. This tea has malty and cocoa aromas, the bf says he is reminded of almonds. The liquor is a bit flowery, mellow, exceptionally smooth and sweet honey-like notes that just seem to melt away in my mouth. There is virtually no bitterness or astringency. This is very reminiscent of a golden monkey with some sweeter, fruity type notes. Harney says baked apples, but I am thinking more like a caramel apple (without all the sticky, sickeningly sweet parts)

Overall a very enjoyable tea. I think for the morning time I generally prefer something with a bit more heft, but this is a more gentle way to wake up, which is nice for a Sunday. I would happily drink this an afternoon tea.

I would also like to gong fu this tea sometime in the future, might get even better results.

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Their sample vs. tin prices can be tempting for the 4 oz. choice. Glad it worked out : )


This is a really good tea. :))

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drank Pumpkin Rooibos by Fusion Teas
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I’ve had this over the last two nights as my evening tea (I have a whole bag to finish up!)

This is one rooibos which seems better when it is steeped for only 5 minutes and you need to be prudent with the leaf due to all the stevia and spices. I did increase my rating by a few points, if you drink it with soymilk it’s a bit better. see previous notes for more info.

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Mark T. Wendell claims this is a good after dinner tea but I’m trying it now anyway because I’m a rebel! No really!

This is a blend of Formosa, Ceylon and India tea (most likely Assam). I steeped my tea in a glass mug for 5 minutes. I still like glass for tea tasting and would have a glass teapot if I wasn’t so absolutely sure I would break it (I’m also a klutz)

I’m taking this tea sans additions today. The wet leaf smells slightly floral and earthy. I think perhaps the floral note is coming from the Ceylon. I’m not sure what kind of black tea comes from Formosa (now Taiwan) aside from the Sun Moon Lake Tea type variety. The Assam I think is lending a slightly malty and pungent flavor here. I do think this is a very enjoyable blend, although I’m not thinking there is anything overly unique or exceptional about it. May not repurchase this one but I will certainly finish off what I have. It’s also enjoyable with a splash of soymilk (or regular milk, if you prefer. :))

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Scott- lol. I think I prefer this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U16Xg_rQZkA


YES!!.LOL…….That’s the song i was trying to think of. :)) I had actually never heard the GD song before, but the Bowie son, that’s the song I wanted.


TOTAL REBEL. I’ll confess, I’ve never actually had any of this after dinner either (black tea=too much caffeine for that time o’ day), but I did have a pot after lunch today and it was yummy. I really like this one with a bit of lemon. I like almost all black teas with lemon though, so take what you will from that. I’d agree that there probable isn’t anything overly special about this blend, but it’s one of the first black blends I ever tried and liked a lot, so it will always have a nook in the corner of my heart.


@narwhal I will try the lemon, thanks!

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drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
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After Narwhalclub turned me on to this I had to get my own individual tin from Mark T. Wendell.

San Francisco weather was beautiful today and we went for a 3 mile hike in the Presidio. I haven’t been walking much since my plantar fasciitis diagnosis but I’m hoping I am on the mend now.

We are going to the theater and dinner later tonight but I needed a mid-afternoon pick me up. This tea smells so strong in the tin but after you brew it up it’s delightfully sweet, clear and less smoky than you’d think it would be, and yes it still reminds me of barbeque sauce. I can’t believe I am turning into a lapsang fan. I had to raise my rating today – Too bad they are not all this good!

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drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
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I decided to cold brew this last night and it made for a delightful iced beverage this morning. Like I mentioned before my tea label says this is a blend of white and green tea with apricot and not the plum flavor mentioned above. If you like flavored green teas Lupicia is worth checking out…

see previous notes if interested.

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I’m drinking some more of this sample thanks to ScottTeaMan – a delicious assam and great as a breakfast tea. see previous notes. ;)


I had some yesterday too….In the Evening. UHH OH!!


OK I’M DONE: What can I say, sometimes I get carried away. :))


Most welcome…….

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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

49 and below Nasty


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