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i picked this tea at NYC Coffee and Tea Festival. I still have nice memories abt festival and meeting Joseph Wesley. he recognized my accent asking if i’m from Russia and also shared that he spent several months there.
i had this tea several times but didnt recorded for some unknown reason. Today i prepared it western style 1tsp 200F 8oz 2 min
This tea is rich,malty,chocolaty sweet with some nut notes. as it cooled all the flavors became more pronounced and meld into each other. i decided to increase the temp to 205F for resteep for 3min. Wow, 2nd steep is bolder, richer and flavorful. now I’m wondering if it would be a good idea to rinse it to open up leaves. I’m sure i can get one or two resteeps more.
I’m happy that i picked this tea and planning to restock once I run out of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Marzipan

Are you Russian?

boychik

I’m from Russia.

Marzipan

I have always wanted to go there.

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i enjoyed this tea for 2 days.
100ml gaiwan 5g 212F
Rinse, rest, 5/5/10/10/15/15/20/20/ etc
Wet leaves smell of prunes and apricots. this tea is very clean, burgundy clear, no off taste . It is sweet with some spice notes,maybe like cinnamon. had a tingling sensation. Also this tea is very creamy. call me crazy but i can compare all those notes to plum pudding.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

Sounds wonderful :)

DeliriumsFrogs

Did you say Plum Pudding!? Yum! This sounds absolutely fantastic!

boychik

i think i’ll buy the whole cake.

DeliriumsFrogs

Yeah, this is definitely going on my ‘wish list’… I’m just staring at it on the site right now. lol

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205F 8oz 3min
Its so nasty outside, drizzly and windy. I needed some hot tea. Since my last review I fell in love with Lapsang Souchong, so smoke is not an issue anymore. In fact I like it, its very well done in Caravan. Enjoyed with croissant and cheddar. Yum!

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

The only Lapsang Souchong I’ve had is Zen Tea’s, and while I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it… I’m wondering if the smoky thing can really grow on you. Maybe I should give it more of a chance.
And, the croissant and cheddar sounds lovely!

Stephanie

This sounds great! And so does croissant and cheddar droooooool

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During spring break we went to American Museum of Natural History with kids. every time we go there its like first time. They love it. Every time i go there i have to go to Zabar’s. i make sure i dont miss it. its a great store on Upper West side. They have lots of unusual gourmet stuff,some imported, they do smoke meats, fish, great variety of cheese,etc. Drool
this time I visited tea and coffee section. Indar was on my wish list for some time. i loved the description of tea mentioning it was created in Russia. Never heard of it while living there. I had to have this tea. this tea is great. Strong and malty, bergamot is so faint that i wouldn’t know about it if i didnt read the description. i’m pretty sure it would be great with milk and sugar, but I rarely have tea this way.
205F 3 min 8oz. Color is gorgeous and it smelled very uplifting. No astringency this way but i have a feeling if you brew longer it could come out. Mark Wendell has it in loose form but common 8.75oz will take me forever to drink.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ifjuly

Ugh I LOVE Zabar’s and miss it so much! Jealous!

boychik

I’m thinking I should send you this to try.

ifjuly

you are so nuts! but seriously, the cheese at zabar’s…and how it smells when you walk in….yum!

did you ever try shang’s silver needle king? i stocked some of it and i really need to send you something cool soon!

Tea Pet

As an UWS child, I have to say Zabar’s is the bee’s knees! I will definitely be making a trek up there to try this tea! This post made me feel so nostalgic! I used to LIVE (not really..) at the Museum of Natural History. I went so many times as a child and adolescent that I made up names for the dinosaurs and mammals that I liked the most. The UWS is seriously the best section of NYC.. (I’m totally not biased.)

boychik

When i was still in college i used to work part time assistant bookkeeper on 86th and Broadway. I used to pick H&H bagel and cream cheese & coffee fr. Zabar’s for breakfast. i didnt have money for lox.
Anyway they have totally new exhibitions abt pterosaurs and power of poison. highly recommended

boychik

ifjuly I’ll pm you. time to get my dd to private dance class.
Tea Pet I can send you some. what if you dont like it?

Tea Pet

H&H Bagels and lox was such a staple growing up! At every single potluck at school, it was always there! lol!
Ohh!! That sounds really cool!! Especially power of poison… so deadly and mysterious… Gosh, I love that place!
No no… please, that’s okay! I will get some and pawn it off onto my flavored tea loving SO, if I don’t like it! :p Thank you very much for the offer, though!

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Backlog from last week.
100ml 6g 212F
rinse 5/5/10/10/10/15/15/20 etc
this tea is rich bold satisfying, in other words everything I like in ripe Puerh.
Wet leaves smelled strongly of prunes.
1st steep produced clear burgundy color sweet tea. with the notes of leather, dried cherry and some wood. i also experienced some numbing of the tip of my tongue.
Later steeps were much darker but still clear. some other notes came along such as dried persimmon and faint tobacco. after several steeps I became sleepy – maybe tea drunk? I really enjoyed this tea, it was quite an experience.

Flavors: Leather, Stewed Fruits, Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
TheTeaFairy

I vote tea drunk ;-)
Sounds like a beautiful tea…

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This is a generous sample from TeaTiff – thank you so much.
I love good quality EG and this tea is the best of both worlds: my beloved yunnan black base and bergamot. It’s strong flavored but nothing artificial about this tea. Deep dark smooth and balanced. 205F 3.5 min produced excellent cup of afternoon tea. Resteep is good too. While bergamot loses its punch but still present. And Yunnans are famous for multiple resteeps.
It is comparable to American Tea Room EG Shanghai.
Thank you so much TeaTiff for the opportunity to try this tea.
On my wish list it goes along with Full-Steam. Maybe Mother’s Day will bring some specials?!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Sounds so yummy!!

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Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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