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Such a forgiving tea. Easy to drink. Just the right amount of everything I wanted tonight.

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I went down the the HLDYMRKT in Hamtramck today with the express purpose of meeting Joe. He and I talked for quite a while. I was quite taken by his teas, and purchased this one without hesitation.

It’s really nice. Smooth, malty. I don’t get that undercurrent of smoke, but then my palate isn’t as developed as many others here. Almost sweet, but not like sweet potato or anything. It’s just nice.

The color is beautiful. The tea is aromatic. I’m really glad I decided to get this one.



Super jealous ! Did I mention I ordered his limited edition Da Hong Pao and Qi Lan ?


lucky! both of you! canada shippping just gives me too much of a headache :(


Canada Post is just wayyyyy too expensive. It makes me sad.

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drank Manmai Fermented Puerh by JalamTeas
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I was pleasantly surprised by this tea. It seemed quite smooth, almost creamy. Later infusions were really sweet.



and a bonus cat picture, because my favorite chat cat came over while I was drinking and had his nose up in everything. By the time I got my phone out to take a picture he was done with the tea, but still super cute.


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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
484 tasting notes

I remember liking this tea more than I did today. Maybe it was old or just because it was a sample in a plastic baggie and didn’t keep well, or it picked up flavors off of something else. I don’t know. It was nice, but not outstanding.

Tea kitty did seem to really enjoy it.



Love that little cat! :)


I like tea kitty. Having a tea pet makes tea even more fun.


Your tea pet is adorable!

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Thanks to Marzipan for this sample.

I had to rush this as I thought we had more time before we were out the door this morning. My fault.

I found it a little malty, quite fruity. Nice.

It was cold by the time I got back to it, so I had some, and then I threw it in the microwave. It was still pretty tasty. I enjoyed it.

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sometimes a good comfort tea is exactly what is needed. I feel like I should have ordered more of this, even though I have a bunch still. I will some day run out and I won’t have this. It’s a dessert kind of tea, but I love it for breakfast on Sunday morning.


Mmm, I love that one as well! May have to order a bit more before Butiki closes up shop…

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I love rose teas. This one, not so much. Something in it just tasted wrong, really wrong. Other people may enjoy this. I did not.

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Mine is actually the 2013 version, but whatever. I am too lazy to make a new entry. The description is the same.

I like this one. It’s just the right amount of fruity. The dry leaves are really pretty, just a few tips that add some really nice color.


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Sometimes, I just need a good desserty kind of tea, and this was the one I picked today.

Such a good choice.


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Thank you, Marzipan for the lovely sample of this tea.

I decided I wanted a black tea this afternoon. Maybe it would give me a little pep? I dunno. Not sure what I was thinking.

But I picked this one out of the bag of samples Marzi sent me.


The dry leaf smells soooooo sooooo yummy.

And after infusing? Even better.

This tea tastes outstanding. Rich and almost sweet. Delicious.

This is something I didn’t used to like in tea, but now I’ve come to truly appreciate, and perhaps even love.

Cameron B.

Yum! I’ll put this on my What-Cha list. :D

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Still relatively new to drinking teas, or so I feel, even though I’ve been at it for several months now.

I’m drinking more and more of different varieties of tea.

It’s been a few months that I’ve been on here. I’ve expanded from greens and flavored teas to now I’m all about the oolongs and some unflavored blacks. I’m mostly drinking unflavored teas now, but there are a few of those flavored ones that have a special place in my heart.

Pu-erh is also something I’ve recently found that I enjoy.

I have four kitties and a spouse.


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