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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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This is a sample tea I’m having from Yezi this morning. I am very tempted by their Black Friday sale!!!

I think I’ve only had one Jin Jun Mei before and that was Verdant’s version. This is a very smooth tea with an exceptional mouth feel. The dry leaf smells like cocoa but there is something floral about it too. As far as flavors go, it reminds me of orange & malt. I’m getting a bit of a kick in the finish with a slightly tannic, peppery note. This is definitely a nice, cozy tea for the blustery weather we hare having.

I am still more tempted by the Ming Hong than anything else I have tried so far… I am not sure how to rate this. I think it is an excellent tea but something about it doesn’t quite appeal to me as much as some of their other teas.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Tie Lou Han by Fox and Moon Tearoom
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I hope all of my Steepster friends had a nice Thanksgiving….

I’m back home after hanging out with my BF in Berkeley and I really wanted a wuyi oolong this afternoon for some reason (maybe it’s the gloomy weather)?

I got this tea at the SF International Tea festival three years ago and am just finishing it off now. It’s a bit of a wimpy tea, and probably the only oolong I’ve had that doesn’t seem to resteep well, which is pretty odd, especially for a roasted tea of this type.

I am enjoying a pot of it, definitely has the nice roasted, stone fruit taste you get from a Tie Lou Han. I can’t say that I would recommend buying it from this vendor, however.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Chai by Spicely Organics
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Looks like the Steepster dashboard is frozen again… sometimes I wonder why I bother.

Anyway this is a sipdown, this isn’t a very good chai in my opinion since it just contains cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla. It’s ok for a rooibos blend but not something I will need to repurchase.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Skulleigh

I really wish Steepster would stop burping. I notice the Cupboard ordering dropdown isn’t working for me – nothing I choose changes the order. I just updated my Cupboard to make sure everything is in there now, and I just hope it doesn’t lose stuff again!

Anlina

I emailed Jason, he reset it right away.

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I am giving sheng another chance with my stomach today! I need to find the optimal time to drink it, seems like late morning or afternoon is a good sheng time for me. It also helps if I don’t drink it in on a complete empty stomach. Gah I hate having such a fickle tummy!

So about this tea, it is very aromatic – woodsy, smoky and lemon-y smelling. It’s definitely one I enjoy when it’s steeped for a short period of time, like 10 -20 seconds or it gets way too assertive for me. It has a nice golden color, and at the shorter steeps it has a smooth, sweet flavor with the smoke in the finish. Very energizing tea.

The leaf of this little brick is already getting dark and it will be for sure interesting to see how it ages if I have it around for a while. The caveat of the smaller bricks is that there’ s less in general to save for the future. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

i dont drink tea on empty stomach. some teas make me queasy, others tea drunk.

TeaBrat

I usually drink black tea in the morning before breakfast and sometimes with breakfast. Sheng is the only tea that really messes with my stomach, oh well

mrmopar

Sorry I am bit late! The work week has been crazy and today snow!

TeaBrat

mrmopar – no worries :)

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This sample came from Teavivre, thank you!

I was skeptical initially but this is some pretty nice tea! After a quick rinse I steeped my tuo in a glass mug. I was worried about using my yixing since I didn’t want it to pick up a lot of jasmine flavor.

The package instructions said to steep this for 3 – 5 minutes but I was skeptical about letting it go that long. I steeped mine for 2 minutes in boiling water. This stuff is very interesting. I got a golden yellow infusion and the jasmine notes are more upfront and would definitely fall into the “subtle” category, which is good for me. I don’t like overly strong jasmine. Later in the sip you pick up the more vegetal notes of the tea and the typical “bite”, slightly bittersweet of the raw puerh. Seems like this is a tea made for drinking now and not really aging, I don’t know. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a jasmine bing cha, or even a brick.

Anyway I was not made for sheng this early in the morning… the tea, although not too strong, has made my stomach slightly ill. This is an effect I often get from raw pu. I don’t know that I will get to re-steep this today but I look forward to experimenting a bit more with the 2nd sample I have.

Thank you again, Teavivre….

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
AllanK

Discover Teas sells a Jasmine Bing Cha but I think it is a small one and pricy.

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drank Winter Chai by Tea Forte
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This is a sample from Tea Forte in their ’Warming Joy" gift package.

They say the samples make a 10 oz. mug of tea, but I have made this (twice now) in an 8 oz. mug and just think the flavor seems weak. A chai should have hunks of spices in it and this really doesn’t, it tastes more like a cinnamon flavored rooibos. I tried adding some of my own ginger in it tonight, but it really needs about 5 more things before it’s a decent chai to my liking. Not recommended unless your version of chai is very light and dainty.

I haven’t been too impressed by anything I’ve tried from Tea Forte so far… bummer

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Anlina

I keep seeing their stuff on Amazon and being tempted by it. But then I look at reviews and back away. But it’s still so tempting.

aisling of tea

It’s so adorable, that’s the problem! We tried some of their stuff ages ago and it just wasn’t good, which sucks. But I’m still tempted every time I see thhose cute little teabags.

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This is a sample I got from Mandala a while back. I’ve been drinking more of my shus lately, they definitely seem to be a wintertime tea for me.

As others mentioned this still has a bit of the fermentation flavor left but it doesn’t bother me much. Also I think the tea has a slight aroma of roasted grain and coffee. It’s a very dark shu as well. As far as flavors go, I am getting cocoa with a slight bitter taste like buckwheat. It’s smooth but a little rough around the edges still, could benefit from a bit of aging I think but overall this is a nice tuocha. If you steep it for very short period of time, like 5 seconds, you don’t get much bitterness. I don’t find many mini tuos I am overly fond of drinking but I would consider getting some of these once I can support my tea habit again :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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This doesn’t seem to be a very popular tea on Steepster but both the BF and I liked it this morning. It’s a broken leaf assam and it steeps up very dark and strong, which is a good quality for a breakfast tea to have. It’s definitely a bit rough if you try to drink it plain, but if you drink it with milk and sugar it’s pretty good. Tastes of malt, with some apple like notes. It’s got a bit of briskness in the finish. Definitely an eye opening tea that reminds me of an Irish Breakfast.

This is a broken leaf assam and I would say it’s pretty average for the price, I’m sure I’ve had some similar teas from Upton that are much cheaper. The tin is beautiful, however.

http://instagram.com/p/vwMgGqoLWy

Flavors: Apple, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Qing Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Ooof, I am getting out of bed late. I was woken up this morning around 4:30 by my noisy steam heater and finally went back to bed for a nap I am just getting up from around 10.

So it’s tea to the rescue, and here is a lovely sample by Yezi. I don’t know how long I steeped this for because I forgot the timer, but I think it was around 3 minutes.

The tea liquor has an aroma of cocoa which is really nice. It has fruity elements, and smoke just like the description says. The smoke isn’t overwhelming but it’s enough to give a slight tobacco flavor to the tea which I am not really loving. It’s also a smooth tea and devoid of astringency but I definitely prefer the ming hong over this. If you’re a fan of keemuns, you might want to try this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I decided to break this one out this morning, it’s been such a long time since I’ve had it. Last night’s networking event was definitely fun and I’m not used to drinking wine so this morning I have a bit of a headache. It’s the shu puerh to the rescue…. cures all ills.

This tea has a bit of fermentation smell still left in it but when you steep it up it’s just so smooth with a date like sweetness and notes of coffee and chocolate. I already feel it reviving me… yay

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML
boychik

sounds amazing. i need to revisit

Terri HarpLady

I’m pretty sure I have some of this one in the archives…

mrmopar

It’s a good one.

JC

Sounds like another Shou to try!

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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

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