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Thanks to Indigobloom for a sample of this tea. I’ve been trying to eat fruit with breakfast every day and I love berries. This time of year I usually get the frozen berries which are still a treat.

Spice & Tea Exchange claims this is a yunnan black tea, which is an interesting choice for the base. When I first tried this, I thought it was a ceylon due to the fruitiness, but I guess that’s the berry flavoring. I steeped this for 4 minutes before trying it, and still the overall blueberry flavor is light. It does taste fresh and natural but isn’t knocking me over in the flavor department. I detect more yunnan here than berry. I can’t quite make my mind up how I feel about this. One sip I am finding myself wanting more, but then another sip I feel it’s lacking.

I’m a fickle tea drinker this morning, but this was a good tasting experiment!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Oh I completely forgot that this was a yunnan! Lol maybe that’s why I judged it so harshly :P

Indigobloom

Aha and I just looked at my note, I did mention that after all..

TeaBrat

it’s definitely an interesting combo!

Indigobloom

Yup, no question about that ;D

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drank Blooming Tea by Mandala Tea
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I’ve been feeling frazzled and low today, trying to get my doctor’s office to call me back is like an exercise in frustration (but if you owe them any money , you will never hear the end of it).

I’m reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and somehow this seemed like an appropriate tea to go with book. Beautiful to look at and I’m detecting nice flavors of peach and vanilla in my glass of tea. A quiet moment, almost enough to restore me to sanity. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Are you liking Rebecca? The friend who gave me a copy is reading some of her other novels and short stories and recommends them.

TeaBrat

yes, it is very entertaining so far!

Garret

Hi!! Did you do a few more steeps of the bloom? I usually like to do one long steep until the bloom opens up and then drink about half and add more hot water a few times. Just curious if that is how you used it, as well.

Thanks for writing up your thoughts on it. I am glad that your quiet moment with tea and book was restorative!

Garret

TeaBrat

Hi Garret!
I did not do multiple steeps this time but I’ll try that with the blooms I have left. I hope all is well!

gmathis

(Forgive me if I’ve said this elsewhere; my husband gets on to me for repeating stories)…I loaned my copy of Rebecca to a friend who made this observation: It is rare these days to read a book that requires you to lay eyes on every single word. Thought that was spot on.

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drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
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Backlog—
I had a mug of this tisane last night while reading, used two teabags but still I don’t think the flavor is very good, for a chai it’s just pretty weak, though I like the idea of a tulsi chai. I should try making my own by finding a decent rooibos chai and throwing some tulsi in there. Just so “meh”, I’m glad I’m almost out of this.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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94

Tea of the morning, purchased at Bi-Rite grocery in San Francisco. This review is for the mesh teabag form of the tea. The company is Silk Road in California (not the one in Canada).

For a black tea, this is very mellow and easy to sip on plain. I get a nice malty note in the very beginning followed by a gentle cocoa. There is something almost creamy about this, it also seems very pure and light. Devoid of astringency, even in the finish. This isn’t as spicy/peppery as some yunnans I’ve tried. Recommended if you enjoy a smooth and gentle cup you don’t need to bombard with milk & sugar. I’d like to try more things from Silk Road once my budget permits more tea purchasing…

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jasmine Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
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It’s sad when you discover a tea you really like and then the company discontinues it, or in this case the company goes out of business!

I haven’t had this in a while because I’ve been hoarding it a bit. The sweetness of the golden yunnan mixes so well with the natural jasmine. I really don’t like jasmine teas that are overly perfume-y and drying. This hits the sweet spot for me. A nice, gentle way to wake up!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anna

This does sound really great.

TeaBrat

I may need to try this one to see how it compares: http://www.silkroadteas.com/servlet/the-661/Jasmine-Jewel/Detail

Anna

You should! I’d love to read the comparison. I’m going to try as many new jasmines as I can this year.

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90

hmm, I’ll be glad when I can do yoga again as part of my workout routine.. might be a while before I’m up for the downward dog however. This is such a nice herbal blend anyway. It’s very much like a chai but has a bit of an herby element — maybe from the nettles? I like the honeybush in here and the cinnamon. Overall really a nice blend! This and the Bombay Breakfast are my favorites from TJP.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Indigobloom

Oh no!! What happened that you can’t do yoga? I hope it isn’t serious :(

TeaBrat

I broke my arm and it’s pretty serious but I should recover :)

Anna

Aw, was it a complicated break? That can suck. I hope you have a speedy recovery!

TeaBrat

Anna, it was a pretty bad break but thankfully the Dr. did not recommend surgery. Thankfully there were not a lot of fragments. hopefully I never need the surgery!

Indigobloom

Wow that sounds super painful. Lucky you don’t need surgery! Hope it gets better asap!

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drank London Fog by Silk Road
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Tea of the afternoon here. I woke up from a nap a little while ago and was thinking about going out for coffee. Instead I ended up making a tea. : )

This was part of my haul from Silk Road in Victoria last year. Traditionally I’m not really keen on bergamots, but the vanilla and fruit flavor makes it pretty tasty. I think there is something a bit “soapy” about the bergamot here that I’ve noticed before in Earl Grey.

Flavors: Stonefruits, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Here’s my tea of the morning and thanks to Indigobloom for the sample. I was expecting to be a bit underwhelmed because I don’t find too many chocolate teas that seem worthy of accolades.

I was wondering if I steeped this for too long (5 minutes) but really wanted to coax the flavors out more. The brewed tea smells like chocolate liquor but the flavor is really light. I get the cocoa noted but the almond is even a bit more difficult to detect. It was better with soymilk and rock sugar. Darn you, chocolate teas, for giving me a sense of false hope. ;-)

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lemoncello by American Tea Room
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I managed to get out for a long walk with the BF which was nice, probably the most exercise I’ve had since I busted my arm 3 weeks ago.

He picked this as our afternoon tea, after giving me the obligatory speech about how much tea I have already and how I don’t need to buy any more. hee hee! This is nice, the combo of lemongrass and rooibos. We also discovered my old tea kettle is full of rust so I guess I’ll be getting rid of that and using the variable temp kettle from here on out…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

Geez, I had no idea you injured your arm. I hope it’s been better!

TeaBrat

getting better thanks!

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2nd rooibos tea blend of the afternoon. I haven’t been drinking this much since the holidays. This is one tisane I actually prefer to underleaf a bit since I find the mint so overpowering. There isn’t even any actual peppermint here, just candy cane flavoring. I really like this with soymilk and today I tried it with a sprinkle of cinnamon and some cacao powder — nice. Maybe I’ll try making a hot chocolate with it soon.

Candy cane latte anyone? I really need to get that milk frother I’ve had my eye on…

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Suziqzer

Oh.. Sounds good with hot chocolate or as a latte !

TeaBrat

If I come up with anything good I’ll let Steepster know. :)

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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

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