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today was very stressful day. I went with my older DD to finally remove her braces. She was very nervous about the whole thing. She made up her mind that everything will be a disaster and painful experience. i made this tea in my timolino before we left the house. once we got to the office she was even more nervous and asked me if she can try my tea. She gulped the whole thing and said it was very good. i had few seeps and liked it as well. the tea calmed her down .
When we got back i resteep it. I rarely resteep Indian tea (A&D told me at NYC Coffee and tea Festival its a blend of Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon) it was a very good flavorful resteep. Gorgeous brown burgundy color. this tea is very nice and Im happy that i bought the tin.

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

I love that your daughter was able to be calmed by your tea. :)
Hope that everything went well (if I was her, I would’ve been extremely nervous…and if my mom had tea to comfort me, it would’ve made me feel so much better.)

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i had several sessions for 2 days. this tea is incredibly smooth sweet. Wet leaves have strong smell of prunes. Tastes like leather(not strong) and prunes. Absolutely no earthiness. In fact its very creamy and thick. brew is dark maroon color.
5g 150ml gaiwan 212F
rinse 5/10/10/15/15/20/30/45 etc.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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rinse 5/10/15/20/30 etc
I really like this tea. Dark bittersweet chocolate and cream of wheat. No earthiness. all leaves are whole golden brown. The brew is clear copper-red color. I haven’t noticed rice notes. If you like Special Dark by Mandala you will enjoy this one. they seem related.

Flavors: Cream, Dark Bittersweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Free sample fr Angelina’s tea – thank you
I love it. So simple and nice. Sweet sticky rice smell and taste. Perfect as after meal
190F short steeps in 150 ml gaiwan
Goes on my shopping list

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

I love sticky rice flavored pu…I can’t wait to try the ones you sent me :D

boychik

Those are different. I got them fr Puerhshop.com. I find even Lao Cang ones taste diff from different sellers. Sticky rice ones are simple and very comforting.

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Free sample with my not so current purchase.
This cup is smooth and a little bland. I would not buy it but wouldn’t turn down if offered.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I like their regular English Breakfast better, and their Keemun Mao Feng even more!

boychik

Is it possible it’s bland because its in a sachet? Kusmi for instance taste different in loose and muslin bag form. I should try Keemun Mao Feng. On wish list it goes

ifjuly

i felt the same way about this one, not terrible but nothing to write home about. they def. have better breakfast blends.

boychik

Cold it’s not that bad at all. Very smooth and chocolaty and zero astringent. Could be a perfect candidate for iced tea.

ashmanra

I don’t know if it is because it isn’t loose leaf but perhaps so. I remember I found it bland and unremarkable, but not undrinkable.

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I’m on vacation so I got some mini tuo cha with me. So convenient. This is a free sample I got fr Angelina’s tea. I’m not into jasmine teas but decided to try. On a wrapper it’s written 2002, so I assume it was pressed in 2002. Pls correct me if I’m wrong. The tuo doesn’t look green, more brown and it doesn’t have strong floral green smell. Jasmine is very soft, just a hint of it. And it’s soo sweet, no bite, no bitterness. I like this tea a lot. It aged nicely. Sadly I went on their site and didn’t find any.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
__Morgana__

Yay for vacation!

boychik

Yea, it nice. I’m still slaving in the kitchen :-)

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It’s a sample from my recent order fr Angelina’s Tea. This company has top service. They were out of stock of some tea so they refunded the money and gave me lotsa free samples.
This mini tuo is so cute . Doesn’t have a strong smell of rosé which is a plus for me. Very strong floral teas make me sick. It is there on a background complements nicely strong prune and leather notes. I really like Haiwan recipe. Recently I read on tea chat that mini tuo are all gross. The best thing you can do is to flush it down the drain. Politely disagree. Some are very nice and super convenient on the go

Flavors: Leather, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 150 ML
Stephanie

Heh sounds kinda snobby on tea chat lol ;)

mrmopar

What is he under on Tea chat?

TheTeaFairy

I love my mini tuo cha!! What an obnoxious and disrespectful thing to say :-(

boychik

mrmopar he is jayinhk
Here it is: mini guide by jayinhk on how properly brew puerh mini tuo cha
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=18098#p234717

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Last night i got a very thoughtful gift – scale. Now I’m not going to guess how much tea should I put. it will make my tea journey a little easier. ( i want to be a tea nerd, haha)
This tea i had several times and i dont know why i never logged it.
5g 150ml 185F
rinse 10/15/30/30/45/1min etc
this tea is so complex. every steep doesnt look like previous one.
Started with faint fresh peach or apricot, some nuts. the following steeps were more intense introducing muscatel flavors. yes at some point it was like Darjeeling. By fifth steep some citrus notes emerged maybe like lemon myrtle(?)
During my session i never noticed any bitterness, i think its because of short steeps (my fave method of brewing Chinese and Taiwanese teas)
This is not an everyday tea , its a special treat.

Flavors: Grapes, Nuts, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
K S

boychik since only 10% of tea is loose, and you used the words complex, notes, and muscatel in the same paragragh, the scale was note required to become a tea nerd. It is just further proof, its like having a periodic table app on your phone. Wear the label proudly! :)

boychik

I’m proud of it ;-)

mrmopar

Second the scale. Especially for puerh. !10 grams of sheng will 20 grams of shou. The main reason I got my scale.

ifjuly

haha, K S is right. be proud in your tea nerdery!

i keep considering getting a scale and not quite biting the bullet. i think eventually i will. i’ll be curious to hear over time whether you think it makes a big difference in your tea experience. and yeah, i think if i decide i really love pu erh (still not sure how that’s going to play out!) it’ll make a lot of sense.

boychik

Remember my note abt Haiwan Peacock Quest. I totally overdid it. What about those curly long twisty leaves mainly Taiwanese? They don’t even fit in tablespoon.

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