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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Thank you very much, Indigobloom for sending me a sample of this to try!

Tibetan flowers… the smell of this tea is quite beautiful! It’s a very smooth, rich black tea with a very red fruit taste. I think it is quite elegant and lovely and different. Definitely seems like something a French company would make. =) I think this is very good but I’ve been shying away a lot from floral teas in general as of late so my rating is a bit biased perhaps.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

I fall in and out of love with this one on alternate steeps… it’s tasty but very particular. I recommend trying it with milk!


I did have it with soymilk. ;)

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Picked some of this up on the way into work, nice to see Yunnan is available in a tea bag and it’s organic. I only had one little teabag for 16 oz of water but there was still a nice flavor here, smooth, rich and malty. I was able to sip on plain on the way to work without any added soymilk. More experiments are required. I might get some of this to take with me on my next airplane trip.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Purple Oolong by Sereni Tea
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I like most oolongs very much but this was a definite treat I discovered at Sereni tea, the cutest little tea store in Mount Shasta which was very well stocked with goodies!

The smell of the leaf in the bag is faintly of cocoa and raisins. I brewed this today in a glass mug with around 180 F water for 3 minutes. The color is a deep rich purply brown. Thankfully I am not getting musk here as I’m not sure how much I would like a musky tea. It is toasty, woody, amber… yes, cinnamon, yes. But there is a fruity element here as well like dark plums or raisins. A bit of lingering sweetness in the finish. A bit toasty. This is the closest tea has ever gotten for me to the experience of having a glass of wine. Very complex and rich with different layers of flavor. This tea is not as smoky as some aged & dark oolongs which would make it more appealing to a wide variety of people. I would recommend it without hesitation. I also think the people who own this little shop were very nice. :)) I do want more, of course! This transcends a mere cup of tea into something glorious.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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This afternoon I am drinking Part II of this sample. I am new to the world of raw puerhs and this is a very mild tea with some nice sweet and malty things going on. It is pleasant enough but I can’t see keeping it on hand all the time.

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A delicate and soft light oolong which is reminiscent of a white tea. Slight floral aroma with a hint of butter in the finish, it’s nice. Does not seem like a flavor enhanced tea if it is a milk oolong. Good for a contemplative moment of peace.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

By the description it doesn’t seem to be flavored artificially, but by the natural roasting process.

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drank Black Spiral by The Tao of Tea
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i’m running low on this so already mentally planning my next Tao of Tea order. :)


Amy, I’ve seen spiral buds elsewhere, but I didn’t see it on Tao’s website. I’ve seen it here, but I’m not sure it is the same tea.



I don’t know either.

Jim Marks

They’re both Yunnan black teas which have been spiral rolled, but there isn’t enough information to know if they are, in fact, the exact same tea.

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Still very delicious…. my favorite wuyi tea to date

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
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I am hoping this breaks me out of the Monday morning doldrums… somehow it does seem cheerful today.

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A nice little oolong from Arbor teas – my favorite compostable packaging company.

This one is very good if you like the darker style of oolongs. Naturally sweet, grilled charcoal peach/plum aroma. Great aftertaste and a very nice mouthfeel. Would definitely consider getting this one again. Brewed this one up in the xi ying for about 2 minutes. It goes on my shopping list. The man friend likes it too.

Organic a plus…

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Again I am backlogging – This was a very nice pu-erh tea I had at lunch today. I believe this is the one that was 30 years old and I drank out of the gaiwan. Very dark, smoky rich flavor. I think I am getting tea fatigue right now. I like puerhs but I do not think they are worth the overly inflated price or all the hype. Perhaps I will change my mind someday. This was a great tea with our lunch of vegetarian spicy noodles and buns.


I feel like pu’ers are always best when you can sit down and drink them with friends. They become so excited when you share the experience directly with others.


I sometimes drink them with my boyfriend but he would rather have earl grey. :-)

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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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