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I got this about a year ago to boost my immune system and it still sits here in the office…

Not necessarily a bad thing though. I like herbal tea so I don’t mind it too much although it’s definitely the kind of thing I’d drink for my health and not necessarily for the sheer pleasure of it. It’s pretty heavy on the licorice and ginger so if you don’t like those I would steer clear of this for sure. It is a tiny bit bitter and “medicine-y” & I might try blending with green tea to see how that goes. Hopefully I finish it off this winter!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Euphoria by ONO Tea
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This is my after lunch treat. If you like coconut and tropical fruit this is not a bad white tea to try… it’s now available from Koni tea. It is also creamy and smells very nice.

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drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
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I am back at work and feeling nauseated, which is probably not a coincidence. This is helping me to feel better though. :)

ScottTeaMan

Not feeling good myself, sour stomach, but I’ll be OK….feel better!

TeaBrat

you too!

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One last tea for NYD.

I decided to steep this in the gaiwan after rinsing the leaves quickly with boiling water.

Man, oh man, They are not kidding about this tea being fragrant! It is lemony! And a little bit like asparagus. It’s very refreshing but the first steep had a tiny bit of “bite” to it which made me wonder if it was kind of young (it is from 2010). I did this one for 30 seconds with boiling water. I see now they recommended 10 seconds with not hot water for the first steep.

The second steep I did for less time and with not such hot water. Now I am getting more floral notes in addition to the zesty ones.

Third steep is definitely getting softer. Some clover types notes which are very gentle. I can see this would be a good after dinner tea or good for nausea. Somehow it is settling my stomach.

Fourth steep: I decided I would go back to using boiling water and would steep it for 2 minutes an an experiment. The first steep was actually my favorite here but this one is pretty good too. We are back to slighty lemony and flowery with a bit more “bite” again. This really has a kind of fizzy quality in my opinion. a tiny bit drying perhaps due to the age… this would get bitter if steeped too long I think. I really like it though!

Really an interesting sheng from Bana!

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

What do you mean by fuzzy???

TeaBrat

Fizzy… like effervescent

ScottTeaMan

ohhh….fizzy, I think my brain is fuzzy today. :))?

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I really want to find some white teas that I like and I found this lurking in the back of my cupboard. I can’t remember when I bought this. These are teabags, and when I opened up the can to take a whiff it is an overwhelming artifical peach smell. Really it reminds me of paint drying.

I followed the instructions on the tin and steeped it for around 45 seconds with nearly boiling water. I am sorry to report that this is just really awful and it isn’t cheap either… I can’t make myself finish it off. No doubt it is going into the compost. I really like ginger but I think there is something about this peach flavoring that is really not for me. I do like the white peach tea from Rishi so it isn’t like I’m totally biased against fruit or anything. blecch.

Charles Thomas Draper

I would rather watch paint dry….

ScottTeaMan

Sorry about the bad experience. That’s one reason I am not a fan of RoT, their teas are overpriced for what you get, IMHO.

TeaBrat

That’s ok… they can’t all be winners, now can they? ;-)

KeenTeaThyme

RoT is seriously hit and miss. I’ve been burned by them too – the overprice doesn’t necessarily mean a higher quality tea. Sorry this happened to you! :(

ScottTeaMan

I guess you could say this tea is ROTten! {Ba Dum Bum} Hey, it’s the best I can do at 6:48 am! :))

TeaBrat

bwa ha ha…

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Happy New Year, Steepies. :)

After a quick rinse I have decided to steep this up in the gaiwan and used about 1 tsp of leaf. my water was not quite boiling for the first two steeps.

I am very happy with this shu and it is for sure going on my shopping list. It is very mild with a slightly sweet flavor that is indeed reminiscent of pecans with some cinnamon-spice in the finish. After 3 steeps there is no noticeable loss in flavor. A soothing cup of tea to the mind and the body. I would just like to keep this around for those moments when I want a gentle cup.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
Ninavampi

Happy New Years! : )

Charles Thomas Draper

Happy and Healthy New Year!

Tamm

Happy new year to you too! This sounds amazing!

TeaBrat

It was! Very nice and soft for a pu-erh, I must say…

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drank Chocolate Chai by Rishi Tea
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It’s New Year’s Day and I am finishing off the last of this. Slightly decadent choice for this lazy morning! :)

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Hmm this is very interesting. From the look of the leaves it reminds me of the Blue People Oolong I’ve seen recently from the Aroma Tea Shop which was fermented with licorice and mint. I am getting way more licorice than orchid here.

First infusion: steeped in the xi ying teapot for 2 minutes after a quick rinse. Although the leaves smell incredible, this is really way too sweet for me.

Second steep: I only went for 60 seconds this time. It is much more subdued and the floral notes are coming through but still pretty sweet and I can’t quite get the overwhelming taste of licorice out of my mouth.

This is ok but really not my favorite thing from Verdant by far…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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drank Assam Breeze Black Tea by Teavana
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Everytime I open up my tea cupboards and see all these fruit-bomb teas from Teavana it’s like WTF was I thinking? And now I have to drink them all unless they are totally dreadful.

Anyway when I first tasted this I did not like it at all but it is better than I remember. I agree with the previous reviewer who said she was expecting something with a lot more in the way of black tea. This is primarily a fruity tea with a little bit of black in it. There’s also something a bit tart here which I am not loving, perhaps the pineapple?

Anyway I think I will finish this if I dump some soymilk in it or perhaps I will wait for the summer and make iced tea out of it. I will be glad to swap this out to someone who is interested in trying it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you for making me laugh with this one!

TeaBrat

I am going to send you some! bwa ha ha! ;-)

The DJBooth

Ha I agree with you on this one thats probably why this one is being discontinued after the first offering and you can get it for a dollar and some change online in their sale.

TeaBrat

No wonder it’s on sale!

Tamm

lololol I got on a “fruit bomb” kick there for awhile! I guess it was to ease into the “I drink a billion teas everyday” thing. But now I find them a bit boring.

Amariel

What do you mean by fruit bomb?

TeaBrat

All fruit and no tea…

Amariel

Oh, like Movie Night from DAVIDs.

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drank Zhang Xiang by Bana Tea Company
2577 tasting notes

Quite a delicious shu. I think my big problem is going to be trying to figure out which one of these Bana pu-erhs is my favorite! :)

I brewed this up in the gaiwan after giving the leaves a quick rinse in boiling water. Very small and fine leaves. A loose leaf variety of shu (not from a cake or a brick, etc).

First infusion: 30 seconds. The leaves have a very woody, earthy and camphor smell. This is a very rich and full tea. I am not too fond of camphor in pu-erh a lot of times but it does seem to work for me here. I am reminded a bit of shiitake mushrooms but there is also a lingering sweetness here like that of sweet potatoes. Big camphor finish.

Second infusion: 20 seconds. I am getting some smoke and reminded a bit of burnt caramel. It is a very uplighting and energizing brew.

Third infusion: 30 seconds. Very similar to infusion #2. Really sweet and pleasant with that redwood forest aroma that I like so much. I am getting a lingering aftertaste like that of cocoa. Very rich and smooth – it’s really a treat!

Evidently you can infuse this 8 times but I do not have time for that this morning…

I checked the price – $20 for 100 grams which seems very reasonable for this aged elegant tea. I am not a complete nut but it does seem to be activating the energy meridians on the back of my neck. Quite an activator of ch’i here.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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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

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