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drank Moroccan Mint Tea by The Tea Spot
516 tasting notes

I did this one today as a cold steep. It could probably use a little longer as it’s only been in my fridge for maybe 6 hours. I could really taste the green, and it smelled spearmint, but the flavor of the spearmint wasn’t very strong yet. Still yummy.

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drank Yunnan White Jasmine by Verdant Tea
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TTBCr2
I kept this sample from the box, and I’m just now getting around to it, because I wanted it on a day when I needed it.

Today was a day when I needed it.

And this was very, very good. I still have several resteeps to go. I think I will be enjoying this one for the rest of the day. I wish I’d started with this one sooner, actually.

I love the balance of the white tea with the jasmine. Neither overpowers, but they’re both very there. Delicious. I love how a good white is delicate and complex, and this one is. The jasmine just balances it very completely. I love jasmine, and this is a very, very nice jasmine.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mj

I just bought this and I love it too!

Cheri

It is really nice. I also really love the Teavivre Jasmine White Needle.

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drank Longjing by TenFu's Tea
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My friend Colin was often in China for work. I just recently found this out. I told him I was looking for tea. He sent this to me as it is one of his favorites. Of course, now that I know about his whole often in China thing, and that he loves tea and would send me tea (and wouldn’t let me pay him for it!!!) then he gets a new job and I no longer have a source to pick me up tea. Ah well.

This tea actually has a date on the side of the vacuum sealed bag of 2014.12.3 so it’s quite fresh. And it looks and tastes like it’s that fresh.

It’s very green tasting, like a cross between spinach and green beans, not quite either, but definitely some of both. It’s almost slippery it’s so buttery. I’m loving it.

This is both energizing and comforting in the the same mug. I am working from home today and pretty busy, so I didn’t really have time to pull out the small tea set he sent me to make this tea in, but it’s definitely on my to do list. (Yeah, Colin wouldn’t let me pay for that, either. Or any of the other teas he sent.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
TheTeaFairy

Colin is a good friend:-) But no more Chinese tea mule? Bummer!

Cheri

It is very sad that I no longer have a Chinese tea mule. I am still somewhat secretly hoping for a last surprise tea package to arrive. He was supposed to be in China until the 29th, but put in his notice when he got the other job, saying he would finish the trip and the wrap up when he got back stateside, but they decided he would finish the week and come home. I don’t know how much shopping he got done before he was quickly returned to the states. I’m secretly keeping my fingers crossed but not expecting anything.

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
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This is a very nice oolong. Thank you so much, Stacy, for sending me this sample. (I read afterward that this is normally not available as a sample, so QUADRUPLE THANKS!!)

I did mine western style, but I imagine this would have been even more amazing gongfu style.

It started with very rich roasty notes, like deep dark chocolate. mmmm. The sip somehow left that darkness behind, ending almost a touch sweet, almost sweet, kind of like when you’re making caramel and the phone rings so you get pulled away at just the wrong moment, and it gets too dark, but somehow you managed to save it before it was black but it’s still almost there, too dark for what you wanted to use it for, but still good for something.

It lingers. It envelops. It made me yearn for another sip. And another, until I was almost gulping it down. I really enjoyed this.

the resteep didn’t taste quite as dark chocolaty, instead being more roasty toasty, but the not quite sweet was still there.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
apt

strange…. mine didn’t taste anything like you described

Cheri

Strange. Things taste different to different people. I ordered more of this but haven’t had it since I got it. Maybe I’ll have some tomorrow and see how it is then.

Butiki Teas

I’ve noticed this one can taste pretty different depending how it is brewed. I’m actually thinking I prefer this one western brewed since the chocolate notes are much stronger.

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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I liked this tea a lot, but perhaps not quite as much as I built it up to be.

I tried it unsweetened at first, and it was decent, but I wasn’t really getting the pistachio like i’d hoped to. Then I added a little sweetness to it, and it was transformed. Not quite ice cream, but quite nice and creamy, and I finally could taste the pistachio.

I don’t know if I’d order this one, but I’m really glad that Stacy sent me a sample of it to try. I definitely wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered to me.

ETA – I’ve resteeped this and added just the barest touch of sweetener. I like it better that way, and the resteep is still nice.

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90
drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
516 tasting notes

Stacy sent me a sample of this tea with my order. I’m so glad she did. This oolong is outstanding. It’s nice and light, a little green with great floral notes, and an incredibly creamy mouth feel.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Definitely remember to add just a touch of sugar to this tea. It makes an outstanding tea that much better.

OOOOOOHHHH.

This tea is great for waking up. I love the juiciness of the blackberry (this is why you need the sugar. It really wakes up the blackberry) and the perfect balance of the lime. So yummy!!!

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drank Sweet Dreams (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I needed a good, calming tea for last night before bed. This was one of the teas I ordered to get free shipping. It’s okay. I’m not sure I really gave it a fair shot last night, so I’ll try again.

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drank Vanilla Bean Green by Vida pour Tea
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I made up some of this in my carry mug and took it with me to Relay For Life yesterday. I’m really glad I did. It was a perfect tea for warming back up. I also love that in the carry mug I can smell the tea and taste it. (Of course, please don’t try to drink tea from the travel mug while the driver is accelerating. I wound up wearing a little bit of tea. (Not too much, but still.))

Suziqzer

Enjoy seeing your & keychanges comments about the carry mug.. The two of you may well convince me I need one when I’m ready to carry hot tea w/me this Fall. :)

Cheri

She’s the one that convinced me to get the carry mug in the first place. I resisted for a while, even though I was interested, but I’m so glad I did. Find a few Davids Teas that you like so you can get free shipping and just do it. It’s well worth it.

Suziqzer

Right now I’m mainly drinking hot tea in the mornings and evenings and iced in the afternoon. I’m using my Tervis during the afternoon and limping along with my so/so travel mug until I’m ready to make the jump and order the carry mug. I’m hoping they have some new colors if I wait awhile. :)

Cheri

I like this one so much that I could see myself getting another one if they added a dark blue or a true blue. I’m not as much of a fan of the ice blue color as I’d hoped. It’s not bad, but I’d prefer a darker color.

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This tea makes the morning so much better. I am not a morning person, so if I say that, it really does help. I should try adding a little touch of sugar to this one. I’ll probably do that when I’m getting toward the end of the mug. (I’m only partway in so far. I just enjoy it so much I want to tell you about it now.)

Heading out in a little bit to our Relay For Life. I’ve managed to raise over $1000 in only two weeks this year. I started much later than I normally do, so I’m pleased with how well I’ve done. Unfortunately, it’s a chilly day here, with a good chance of rain. This is now how I want to spend the day outside. (This is part of why I’m taking it easy and enjoying my tea this morning. I’ll also probably take a few mugs of tea with me in travel mugs and my carry mug because I can.) (And if you wanted to donate the American Cancer Society, let me know and I’ll PM you my link.)


Okay, I added a touch of sugar to this tea when the mug was half full. Why didn’t I do this earlier?!?! Mostly, because I don’t generally sweeten anything. This tea is somehow even better with just a few crystals of sugar. Just a few, mind you, and it becomes amazing. I really need to remember to trust Stacy when she tells me to add just a touch of sugar.

I only ordered a little bit of this tea. I think I’m going to need more in a week. I guess I should try these samples Stacy has sent so that I know what I want to order.

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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.

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