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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to SimplyJenW for a sample of this one!

Chocolate teas have not always been my favorite because usually I find them lacking in something. This is a pretty unique blend of chocolate, mate, raspberry and almond. I steeped mine for 5 minutes and found the ingredients to be flavorful and fairly well balanced but I also probably used a bit more leaf than I typically would. This is definitely a fun way to start the day! I hope the mate gives me a boost, I need one this morning. :)

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This came with my recent order from PuerShop.com, after I placed the order I read the other reviews and I was really wishing I had NOT ordered it because they are quite dismal. In any case the entire beeng was only $18 so I’m not losing out on much by trying it.

I broke off a small chunk of it to stick it in an infuser mug. I definitely wanted to rinse this one quite thoroughly. After that I let it steep for about 1 minute. I’m not getting any aromas of a dirty pond, which is what I was afraid of from the first review. But okay, it might be a tad bit “eau du barnyard”.

This is kind of woodsy, and earthy, it also has a big chocolate-y element. It isn’t the most interesting shu I’ve ever had it terms of flavor and quality but it isn’t that bad either… I didn’t think it was very light like another reviewer said. Could there be a vast difference in the quality of these beengs or maybe I just don’t know what I am talking about when it comes to pu-erhs? lol. It’s true I’ve only been drinking them for about a year.

Since I have the whole cake I might just let this one air out and age for a while too…

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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still love this one… I wish I could find some other red rooibos blends I like as much. :)


Have you tried any blending at home? Could be a fun experiment.


I have some plain honeybush I’ve tried blending with a few things. I should try with rooibos someday. :)

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Yesterday we made a trek to Teance in Berkeley which is definitely one of the more upscale tea places I have ever been to (with prices to match)

I decided I needed to pick up one of these little fragrant leaf shengs, it sounded so appealing from the description and the bamboo leaf wrapping could not be cuter…

I threw the first steep of this away after I realized I forgot to rinse it. The second steep here is pretty nice, I am getting the sticky rice aroma for sure, there is a slightly sweet taste with quite a bit of astringency in the finish. Slightly earthy. I steeped it for around 2 minutes basket style, I will try for less steeping next time around. It is a very young sheng but I liked it. My rating might go up when I’ve had the chance to do a proper gong fu tasting.

Third steep here has gotten a lot lighter with some more fruity/apple flavors…

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Gunpowder Green by Numi Organic Tea
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For a bagged green tea, this is not too bad. I’m housesitting for a friend today and just wanted to bring something convenient. Very mild with a hint of smoke. I need to try some other gunpowder varieties in the future – see my previous notes.

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drank TJ80: Gyokuro by Upton Tea Imports
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It’s ok but nothing like the gyokuro from Arbor teas which was a revelation to me. It’s light and mostly sweet, very spinach-y/vegetal. Probably would not get this one again from Upton because it’s fairly costly.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This was the only larger pack I got with my tea from Taiwan order…

Yesterday I had a bad day of feeling sick so I wanted something light and soothing. This is lightly floral but also kind of vegetal like Mercuryhime mention below, a bit like buttered peas. There is nothing quite like a taiwanese oolong when I’m feeling frazzled and poorly, relaxing to the mind and to the body. Probably not my favorite one out of the samples I tried but still very nice…

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Laoshan Village Chai by Verdant Tea
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I tried this yesterday and didn’t like the way the flavors went together, then I got really sick which probably wasn’t the fault of the tea but I don’t think I want this anymore. Any takers?


Yeah, I know the feeling. You get poisoned and all the stuff in the fridge immediately goes straight in the dump :)


if you still have any will work a trade or purchase.


@mrmopar – got rid of it a while ago…


too bad but thanks! my sweetie had some and really likes it.

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drank Camel's Breath by Silk Road Teas
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This is something else that comes from the bulk bin at my local Whole Foods – I guess I am lucky since it seems like other people don’t have these different companies at their local W.F.

I am having a stomach upset so it seems like a good time for shu. I ate something really garlic-y and the tummy is not happy! This is one reason I started drinking shu pu-erh about a year ago. It does seem to help with heartburn & indigestion.

I thought this smelled a bit fishy so I did give it a quick rinse in boiling water and then steeped it for 3 minutes in a tetsubin. I am already feeling too lazy for more gong fu style tea brewings today.

This is very dark and smooth, and yes it does remind me of dirt but it is also very satisfying and relaxing. No camphor here. Lots of earthy flavors, a bit mushroomy. It also is not as gritty as some tuo chas I’ve had. I liked it pretty well, not doing backflips but will probably get some more of these when I run out, they are not that expensive and great for the office too.

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I envy your proximity to a Whole Foods! Closest one to us is 100+ miles. Sigh.


I don’t think I have ever seen loose tea at the Whole Foods locations I have shopped. I wish!


I don’t know why we have the loose tea here but I’m also not complaining!

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Thank you to Teavivre for sending a sample of this my way…

I thought this was very enjoyable, perhaps my favorite of the plain greens I have tried from the company. I stepped mine at 2 minutes around 180 F and used approximately 1 tsb of leaf for 12 oz of water.

The long and slender leaf really look very green after steeping and smell sweet and vegetal.

My cup is a light olive color and has delightful sweet and chestnut notes along with some slight vegetal ones. A bit artichoke-y, a bit spicy but not bitter at all. To me it seems more robust and flavorful than the dragonwell. It seems very “nourishing” and refreshing. I’ll definitely be tempted to pick some of this up when my sample runs out.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Sounds interesteing! I already need to order more tea from them, maybe I should give this one a try!


I’ve had a few mao jians and usually end up liking them.

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

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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