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It is shaping up to be a pu-erh kind of a day for me so perhaps I’ll get around to trying most of the things in my Verdant shu sampler pack very soon!

I steeped about 1 tsp of this in 8 oz boiling water in a glass mug

When I smelled this steeping, my first thoughts were: bourbon and cherries! So naturally I was excited to try it… ;)

Upon taking a sip, the word out of my mouth is “wow!” This is a pu-erh? It does not taste like any I have had before. It is exceptionally smooth and clean. I am getting cherrywood mixed with honey with only the tiniest hint of earth. It is a beautiful dark amber color which is almost red. This reminds me a bit of some dark oolongs I have tried.

Later steepings are getting lighter and more sweet with a hint of caramel. It is delicious.

Another fantastic offering from Verdant… this is going on my shopping list now!

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Charles Thomas Draper

After the ’98 weakened the other night I added this and it was a treat….


I love it… :)

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I am drinking the Purple Pu’er I got from Butiki. I need to tweak it a bit. Still good. I followed her directions and tis a wee bit light for me tastes. Little brogue there….


I am very curious about http://www.puerhshop.com/


I’ve always wanted to try the Pu erh cakes, someday I will. This looks like a good place to do so. This one intrgues me. :



I will go to a local tea shop and do some pu-erh tastings soon, better than picking random stuff from a website I think.


Yeah, that’s just one advantage of living in SF! I’ll be looking for your reviews and comments.

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drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
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wow- when you brew this up it smells exactly like a cinnamon cookie, I wonder how Lupicia does it…

This is kind of a pu-er for people who don’t really like pu-erhs since it is so heavily masked with other things. There is lots of sweet cinnamon here as well as some vanilla-y and coconut-y type notes. I love cinnamon so I enjoyed that aspect of it pretty well. Pu-erh was an interesting choice for the base of this tea – it does add a malty and earthy note here. This would be good with some biscotti to dunk in it. It is a tad bit too sweet for me, especially in the morning. I will need to try this as an after lunch or dessert tea instead.

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Thanks to Butiki , this came as a free sample in my Butiki tea order…

Wow, I am impressed! This does not taste at all like rooibos, I can’t believe it’s not honeybush?? A very faint sweetness here with juicy mango -mango is one of my favorite fruits. I can perhaps taste a tiny bit of cardamom and calendula. A very yummy dessert tea! I put soymilk in mine and it totally hits the spot. Yeah, I would definitely buy this! Its super good!

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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It’s very yummy. Makes me want to go put some mittens on and sip tea in front of a fire. :)

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drank Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki Teas
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Many thanks to Jenn for sending me a sample of this to try…

This is a pretty nice option for a dessert tea. It is pumpkin-y, and sweet and tasty. I did add some soymilk which I think pumped up the brulee/cream factor. My only tiny complaint is that is is very heavy on the nutmeg so that seemed to overwhelm the other flavors a bit for me. Still pretty yummy…


Sounds Delish!

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I was glad I got the opportunity to try this, for me it is a good solid morning tea.

This is reminiscent of an assam, slightly malty, slightly on the sweet side. It is not very astringent at all which is a bonus for me. Smooth and rich, with just a touch of briskness. I would recommend this as a nice breakfast tea! I steeped mine for 4 minutes with boiling water but I like my tea fairly strong, I think you could get away with 3 minutes for a less potent cup.

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drank Enchanted Forest by Sereni Tea
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One of the highlights of my recent trip to Mount Shasta was discovering this adorable and incredibly well stocked tea store! Talk about a pleasant surprise, I was not expecting anything like this in such a small town.

Here is the website if you want to check them out:

We did try to limit ourselves to a few small selections and this was one of them. Ordinarilly this is not something I would have picked out for myself but they were giving away free tastings and thus, I became hooked.

This is a blend of green tea (I believe a sencha), mate, coconut, “flavoring” (smells very strongly of almond extract), rose petals and cornflower blossoms.

It is a slightly sweet tea and the coconut and almonds really made it for me. This was a great thing for the cold mountain weather and got me all prepared to brave the snow (kind of). Recommended!

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m so glad I got more of this, it is very tasty!


Can’t wait for it to arrive! : )

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drank Green Coconut by TeaGschwendner
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now that I know how to brew green teas correctly I am certainly enjoying them more. I upped the rating on this one a little day – it’s a nice after lunch treat with a bit of soymilk, like a coconut green tea latte. :)

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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

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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