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Are my taste buds off? Even though I prepared this myself it still tastes like it was steeped in a dirty sock. There is no water kettle where I am staying so I’ve been heating my water up in the microwave like everyone else. I can only assume this is putting a damper on my experience. :-?


I think it is. I refuse to use microwave (unless it’s my only option of course). Either that, or your tastebuds are off due to drinking teabagged tea! Speaking of socks, I ordered a Danish tea sock many years ago. I never used it because I didn’t like the idea of my tea leaves being in a sock. I also thought it would be impossible to clean due to the tea stains, and thoughts of inadequete leaf expansion came to mind-so I never used it.


weird, I’ve never even heard of a tea sock before.


I am finding that if I hold the heated water up high and pour into the steeping pot or pour through a strainer it aerates (sp?) the water and tends to help.

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drank Chocolate Puerh by Numi Organic Tea
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This pretty much fell into the “meh” category – I actually love pu-erhs in all their odd, stinky, earthy, woodsy and dark glory. It’s hard to actually taste any pu-erh in here! This reminds me of a spicy chocolate milk, especially after I added soymilk to it. It isn’t terrible but definitely not what I was hoping for. I will have to try adding two teabags next time around because this was a little weak. Might be an ok dessert drink?

I’ll be glad to get back to my regular tea collection next week. :)

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Charles Thomas Draper

Amy, I think you are right about Red Blossom. I just drank what I thought was the 1993 Sheng and it is definitely a Shou. My description of the Shou fit your description of the Sheng. An error on their part without a doubt.


Uh-oh. Maybe they put the wrong label on the tea?! :-/

Charles Thomas Draper

How could they possibly screw that up?



Charles Thomas Draper

No reason for you to be sorry.


I’m just trying to sympathize…. :-)

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It’s difficult for me to to say anything redeeming about this – difficult to taste the green tea and then the hibiscus and rose hips are making it very tart. bluh, I am not a fan…

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I’ll try just about any tea, but I’m not a fan of hibiscus. Usually it is overdone and makes the tea too tart, or overpowers the base tea.

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drank Prince of Wales by Twinings
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This was the best I could find at the suburban grocery store, and indeed, it is a teabag. In spite of that I am enjoying it. Maybe because I just finished reading “My Man Jeeves” by P.G. Wodehouse, I can imagine Jeeves giving Wooster a cup of tea like this in bed along with a morning cigarette.

It is supposedly a blend of chinese black tea, I believe I can taste some yunnan in here along with something else. A keemun, perhaps? But it is not smoky, just very smooth and rich, nice and mild. I could imagine buying this in the loose leaf tin and keeping it around the house for a day when I just want to wake up and have a nice black tea of goodness. It is very delicious with some soymilk. Good for you, Twinings, you’ve managed to turn a suburban teabag into something quite drinkable… :)

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drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
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I was totally addicted to this stuff for the longest time. Lately I’ve been gravitating away from flavored tea but I still like it. Lots of coconut and just a little bit floral. Creamy and lush….


This sounds really good! I enjoyed Shanghai Orchid from Teavana; I’m adding this one to my list.

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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My tea notes will not be that exciting this week because I brought some teabags and a few samples with me to try only.

This is a good choice for morning time, yes it does taste kind of like a cookie. Very caramel and vanilla with some rich and smooth black tea. It is providing me with an eye opening cup this morning.

It is pretty tasty but I don’t know if I would go to any trouble to stock this on a regular basis.

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drank Osmanthus Oolong by Naivetea
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Diary of a tea addict: time for one more tea before I head to the airport and will be most likely be stuck with teabags for 10 days… :-/

I don’t believe I have ever smelled an osmanthus flower and I don’t really like strongly floral teas. So why do I have so many? who knows. ;-)

Brewing method: short steeps in the gaiwan

First infusion: very light, creamy and custardy. Not a lot of flowers, good!

Second infusion: osmanthus coming up a bit more and it is getting a bit sweeter. A little vanilla-y, a little buttery. Very smooth mouthfeel and sweet lingering aftertaste. It’s a bit like a cookie. teee heeee.

Third infusion: tea is getting very assertive. Some vegetal notes are coming up a bit here. I am surprised. I may have oversteeped it.

Fourth infusion: steeped for only 20 seconds. Tea is happier and is back to sweet buttery lightness.

Fifth infusion: getting lighter still but now the floral is retreating and the oolong is emerging more as a clean, bright spring bud.

Now I am running out of time…

Even though I am not that fond of floral teas I would definitely like to keep this around. If you keep the steepings under control the flowers are very light. I was a skeptic but she has managed to charm me with her seductive ways. I could write a poem abut this experience. la la la – love!

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Have a safe trip!!


Thank you!!!!!


Safe travels Amy. :))

Ryan Freed

Have a fun trip!

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I’ve had this sample for a few months as part of Adagio’s silver sampler (4 white teas). I don’t believe I ever logged the other ones and this is the last one I had finished so am determined to try it!

After yesterday’s experience I decided to go mild and gentle on the white. The instructions here say 195 for 3-5 minutes but I did mine for 2.5 minutes with 180 degree water approximately. This seems to have been a good decision.

I don’t really love jasmine tea too much but I can appreciate this. Very mild and sweet, the jasmine is relaxing and soothing. I’m trying to focus on letting the jasmine aroma waft up into my nose rather than focusing on what it tastes like. Good for a relaxing moment. I am not sure I will ever finish it so if anyone wants to swap please let me know!

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I have not been sleeping well lately due to my noisy radiator (grrr) and so I chose this today to give me a little vitamin and energy boost. the last of this sample from Arbor teas but definitely not my last experience with gyokuro.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I added a bit of my mandarin pu-erh to it this afternoon and am liking it better. :)


I need to force myself to the Harney Tea Shop in SoHo this week before work…I want to give this one a try


Hehehehe…….Amy, you’re slowly becoming the Pu-erh Queen! Hahaha


rmark25 – it’s not bad, my favorite from Harney is the Paris blend though


that’s another one on my list ;)

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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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