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I have determined that the samples I have been drinking the past few days must be from Cameron B. I had only tried one tea from this swap when a kitchen clean up resulted in someone putting these in a container on a shelf over my head, not hard to do since I am five inches shorter than my daughters and 13 inches shorter than my husband. So thank you, Cameron!

Bohea perplexes me. The first one I ever had was smokey and strong, or so I thought at the time. I liked it, though. Then I got one that was so weak I didn’t like it, until I looked up the instructions on the company website and it called for double the amount of leaf. Using those parameters the tea was good.

So I made this in my Kamjove so it would be easy to make adjustments as I saw how this one behaved.

At 5 grams of leaf per 200 milliliters this is about like the Pluff Bohea instructions I have. After two minutes steeping, the liquor is pale for a black tea but typical of a Bohea. The taste is very nice, reminiscent of a rock oolong, with toasty toasty bread flavor, and little to no smoke. It leans toward heavily toasted bread.

With the assistance of Alexa, my trusty Amazon Echo, I am resteeping at the dining table. If you are not familiar with the Echo, get off Steepster right now and just go buy one on Amazon. My husband was ambivalent about my purchase but now he is talking about getting another one for our room. We love her.

Steep two – as good as the first and now the toasted bread flavor lingers and expands with every breath. It definitely reminds me of some of the Rock oolongs I have tried. Very nice!

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This was a generous sample from a swap and I made it as the second tea of tea party. Tea number one was a bust but this one made up for it.

I have only ever had one Fauchon tea, Le Bonheur, and it is quite good. It reminds me of Paris from Harney and Sons. I chose this tea for today based on the dry leaf aroma. I had my daughter make it at 203F for 3 minutes.

Dry leaf and steeped tea smell like a creamy chocolate eclair, the real deal. I was glad that everyone liked this since they didn’t like the Rishi Wuyi Oolong that we had first. This was the favorite tea today.

Our dessert was a French Silk pie made by my daughter. The crust has pecan meal in it, and the chocolate pie was tall and fluffy and so cool on this miserably hot and humid day. Topped with whipped cream, of course.


This is a tasty one!


That pie sounds incredible!


It is delicious! I had another piece tonight! She finds really good recipes.

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Rishi Tea
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I thought I had added this to my cupboard. It is too late now as we just finished this. This was the first tea of tea party, and my guest said, “Pour it out.” It is only the second time that has ever happened, the first time being a puerh. Having had tea time together for years now, she knew it wouldn’t hurt my feelings.

I thought it was just all right, a typical though lackluster rock oolong. Youngest didn’t care for it and poured her cup into mine. I didn’t mind it, but I won’t be buying it again. Glad to be rid of one more package, even if it turned out that I had never added it to my cupboard here!

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Just okay. I don’t mind drinking it but it isn’t thrilling me. The bergamot is light, which is great because there is Ceylon in the base and I don’t like bergamot on Ceylon. It is pretty smooth I suppose, and doesn’t need milk or sugar. I don’t mind drinking it but I won’t be buying any.

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drank St. Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
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Someone sent this in a swap a long time ago. The teas got a bit lost during a cleaning when someone put them in a container higher than my short self can see. I plan to knock these out ASAP.

I have wanted to try this because I have read so many reviews of it. A Southern Seaskn carries some Kusmi teas so if I find a true love here it is possible that I can get it without too much trouble.

This one is good, but I don’t know that I need to own it. I enjoyed it tonight. I don’t LOVE bergamot but I don’t hate it either. I do not like it with Ceylon or similarly lemony or citrus bases and this has additional citrus flavors. I really like quality bergamot on a quality Keemun base, so we are doing well there. I thought I caught a whiff of smoke – Keemun or a tiny bit of Lapsang? Nice berry notes, not too strong. Vanilla smooth and very subtle.

Overall, this is good and it was great to try it, but I doubt I will buy more. I can see why it is popular for sure. If I figure who sent it, I will edit to add a shout out!

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I love Teavivre’s jasmine teas. I bought a lot of this one a while back because it is so economical. With food I couldn’t tell this one from the pricier ones but sipping just tea and I preferred the others. Now I am finding that I like this one just as much by itself as paired with food.

Our Fresh Market has a Thursday special called the Little Big Meal Deal and it seems to change each month. Last week it was noodle bowl. You got your choice of Japanese noodle types (I chose buckwheat Soba noodles), meat (steak for me), simmer sauce (Korean for me), a gorgeous tray of lots of different kinds of veggies chopped and ready to stir fry, and cookies. This was served with the original meal and the leftovers. YUMMY!

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I shouldn’t be on computer late at night because I order things. This is one of those things.

A long time ago I tried their tea and liked it, but I said there was no way I would pay that much for their tins. Then I saw one of their tins in person and I seriously want a row of them. They are heavy duty, double lidded, gorgeous additions to your decor.

I bought this particular tea because my best friend loves white tea and she lives Jasmine silver needle and Chamomile Rose by Teavivre. I thought we would share it often, but it turns out that this is too floral for her. That’s okay because we have plenty of teas to drink together, and I do like this one.

Yes, it is super floral. But it is really great. I can also see mixing this with more Jasmine silver needle or with a plain white tea to tone it down for my friend. I do fully understand how this could be too much for some people. It has the strength of Harney’s Rose Scented black tea plus a little extra. If that puts you off, don’t try it.

But this is being written by someone who grew accustomed to Parma Violets and Chowan’s Violet candies!

Sadly, my tin is a little quirky and I really have to press hard to get the great seal that the ones at A Southern Season had. They were almost too hard to open. Even with it not sealing quite as firmly as I would like, it is better sealed than pretty much any other tin I own, and I have several styles of double lidded tins.


Violet candies (and rose-flavoured Turkish delight) are what totally got me accustomed to floral-flavoured things too!


This sounds fabulous!

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This is a mild and mellow black tea. It is a great choice for afternoons and for sipping by itself. It has light body, aromas of honey and sweet potato, and a little grain. The liquor is fairly light for a black tea. Very mild, but with classy flavor to reward you for its subtlety.

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drank Noël à Paris by Dammann Freres
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This was the second tea of tea party. It is very good, but honestly the aroma of the dry leaves is a little off-putting for me. The cherry flavor comes across as medicinal in aroma, but the taste is good. Fortunately, the almond flavor hasn’t faded as that is my favorite part.

This tea is rather old now and we are working hard to sip down the oldest teas. Fortunately, my youngest daughter puts away copious amounts of tea every day and doesn’t mind drinking whatever I am working on a sipdown for, so she always asks what to get rid of and I choose a few things. Of course, we also indulge ourselves with a tea or two that we are hankering for, regardless of how long it has been around.


I am curious what you consider rather old as I am furiously working to drink down my open stash in fear of this. :)


This particular tea is about three years old and I have a number of them that age. With single origin unflavored teas the loss of freshness is more evident than with these flavored blends, but I want to get the older ones out of the way so I can drink the newer, fresher tea. I really need to pare down my cupboard so this won’t be an issue anymore!

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The first tea of tea party today – this was served with a warm Blueberry Upside Down Skillet Cake that my youngest daughter made in my ancient cast iton skillet using blueberries from my friend’s blueberry bushes! We also made home made vanilla ice cream to serve with it.

The tea is smooth and rich, not too strong but resteeps decently. It is great by itself or paired with food, doesn’t need milk and sugar but can handle it if that is how you prefer your tea. The dry leaves are curly and light as a feather with lots of gold mixed in. It looks almost like a Bi Luo Chun, but a black tea. Delicious!


Ohh that sounds lovely!

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about six years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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