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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’m not sure what happened to this note but perhaps I accidentally deleted it, so will try again.
This is the tea I always want to reach for. The one that always is delicious no matter how I brew it. The one that is so comforting to me.

I haven’t been reviewing a lot recently but still manage to drink tea and read other reviews when I can…

About three months ago, it was discovered my husband is seriously ill, and life has not been as usual. Having a cup of tea helps me make it through the day. And if I am able to sit and read through other steepster reviews, that makes it even better.


I’m very sorry your husband is ill. I do remember this note. I replied and then it disappeared.


Thank you. At least I wasn’t imagining I posted – I didn’t see your other reply but I appreciate your kind thoughts!


i second that caile! I’m so sorry your husband is ill. I’ll send positive thoughts and energy your way.

Terri HarpLady

ditto on that. So sorry to hear he is ill, & wishing the best for both of you.


Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that!


Caile, i’m so sorry! sending love & well wishes your way..


Laoshan Black is an excellent comfort tea. I’m very sorry to hear about your husband’s illness. Do you have a specialist who’s very experienced and highly regarded in treating his specific illness? Perhaps a visit to major academic medical center?


well wishes to your family


Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts – it means so much to me!!
looseTman – He has been seen by many different specialists already; now he is currently on the first cycle of high dose chemo.
Thank you again for your wishes, so very much!


That’s very good news that your husband is under the care of the appropriate specialists. Chemo is effective. My 70-yr old father had chemo and he’s now 86 and doing well. I hope your husband has similar results! Perhaps some high-antioxidant green and white teas too?
“a typical cup of white or green tea has more flavonoid antioxidants than over 5 meal sized portions of fruit or vegetables!”


I’m sorry to hear your husband is ill. I’m glad tea is a comfort to you! I can see how Laoshan Black can be a good comfort tea. Mine is Keemun :)


I’m sorry to hear about your hubby, but he must be very comforted that you are by his side.


I am happy to hear that your father is doing well! And I think I’ll have to start brewing up more green teas.

I also love keemun, Skulleigh. Tea is so comforting, and I tend to gravitate to the familiar ones.

Circumstance has allowed me to be by his side very much, TeaBrat, so that has been good for both of us.

Thank you!

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This 1st picking seems to have citrus and bean-like/edamame notes along with the distinctive laoshan black toastiness.
I had bought a bit of this earlier this year when verdants regular laoshan black was out of stock, and while I was happy to have tried it, I prefer the other pickings as they seem to have more of the chocolate notes I love, at least from what I have tried. A tea I like to keep in my cupboard whatever the picking though!

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drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
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Very sweet smelling brewed leaf – so deliciously fragrant.
Tastes like vanilla marshmallow and hay, with a bit of floral almond and juiciness.
Soft and mellow.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Soft and sweet powdered sugar with a crisp fruitiness somewhat like apricot or peach skins. Delicately juicy and refreshing. A tiny hint of bitterness on the first steeping but not unpleasantly so.
I think this is 2014 version.

175 °F / 79 °C
Cameron B.

Wow, those notes sound delicious! And I’m not even a huge green tea fan! :D


Black teas are my favorite but green is a nice change once in awhile. The last two I had were tasty. :)

Cameron B.

I like a nice sencha once in a while, or a mint green tea. And genmaicha, not that it really counts. They’re kind of a nice palate refresher for me between drinking black teas. :D


haha yes, greens are perfect for those in-between times! ;)

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A light and refreshing tea. Sweet and creamy with the faintest hint of something like asparagus.
So enjoyable!

This was a sample sent in my last order from Verdant – the package doesn’t say first picking though.


love this one

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Thank you to Green Terrace Teas for sending me this generous sample to try.

I believe this is the first oolong of this variety that I have tried, and I am quite pleased.

Definite notes of honey and golden raisins, with a bit of grain and malt especially in the aroma. Minimal floral and astringent notes. Very enjoyable!


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Beautiful dry leaf fragrance of rich dark fruits. Wet leaf also smells lovely and sweetly spicy.

Taste is so good! Smooth and rich, with the earthiness of sweet potatoes accompanied by some fruitiness, and a soft creamy spiciness with nutmeg and cinnamon.

And although I do not taste oranges, this tea very pleasantly reminds me somehow of orange coloured vegetables like yams, pumpkins and peppers, although I can’t really explain why.

I re-steeped this twice after having my first cup, and all three cups were very rich and full of flavor. I really enjoyed this tea and look forward to having it again! Delicious!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Oh man, sounds great!


Yes, I’m glad I ordered a sample of this – so yum!

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Delicate appearing black and gold dry leaf; fragrant like a field of fresh clover hay. Wet leaf smells deliciously sweet like honey.

Taste is flavorful with winey, fruity and floral notes combined with a wee bit of leather. No smokiness that I can detect.
Re-steeped well, and very lovely to drink.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Looking forward to a sample of this one with my order!


Yay! :-)


caile whats your favorite Teavivre Keemun? i need to narrow them down. I dont mind smoke but dont like "ashtray " taste


I think my Teavivre favorite is the ‘organic superfine keemun fragrant black tea’.
I got a sample of it in my last order so I can try it again along with this one sometime to see how it compares. I have also had the ‘premium keemun hao ya’ and liked it as well – it was smokier than the superfine one but I wouldn’t call it a smokey tea really, just a hint. It is hard to narrow down a favorite for sure!


thanks. organic superfine keemun fragrant black tea is on my list. i might get a sampleof premium keemun hao ya.


i second organic superfine keemun! (though to be fair when i had them all and tried to do a comparison, there were 3? that i enjoyed quite a bit for different reasons)


I could send a sample of this one, if you’d like to try it. :)

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Thank you to Green Terrace teas for the generous sample!

This is sweet and fruity (like ripe stone fruits), and has a distinct spiciness that is delicious. I also get a pleasant and fresh feeling after sipping, that reminds me in some way of mint but it is not minty in taste at all, just in the sensation somehow – hard to describe really. A lovely and tasty tea, and very enjoyable.


I liked this tea a lot

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black unflavored, which I often drink with a small dash of milk but sometimes just clear.

I enjoy finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

I also enjoy Chinese green teas, and am currently exploring some pu-erh as well.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice


MB, Canada

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