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drank Blue Unicorn by Shanti Tea
243 tasting notes

I received so much tea in the mail today, you would think it was my birthday (wink wink, nudge nudge). Of them, I was extremely excited to try this one and be the first reviewer on Steepster. I have to say, that all of the reviews (shantitea.ca) and hype (facebook) about this tea are completely justified! The tea is visually BEA-utiful: tiny spears of perfectly rolled tea, a dark color with highlights of silver (tips) and gold and cinnamon-red colors. The smell of the dried tea is very faint oolong, clean, light, wonderful.

I put three of the “horns” into my infusing basket, used water just below boiling (as I typically do) and infused hot for 4 minutes with no additives. The spears unfurled a little, in that time and released a new aroma; still clean and light, but a little more body and a typical sweet oolong scent. The liquor is pale yellow. The tea is almost divine, it is like no oolong I have had before, it is light, sweet, a slight crispness at the end of each sip with an overall cleanliness that is more typical of white tea. The slight undertones that are similar to champagne also help to round out the flavors.

Second infusion, same three horns, brewed hot, 3 minutes. Liquor, aroma and taste is similar, no overdone or “burnt” flavor of the oolong. Still wonderful.

Third infusion, same three horns, brewed hot, 2 minutes. Liquor is slightly lighter, but aroma and flavor remain unchanged.

This tea is so wonderful that it can only be harmed by additions. Absolutely wonderful-highly recommended.

Preparation
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LiberTEAS

added this one to my shopping list. (Like I need to buy more tea)

TeaEqualsBliss

I was supposed to win this from them on their facebook but I haven’t gotten it yet! I’m so excited to try it! I chose it because I am a HUGE Unicorn collector and just HAD to try it! LOL

LiberTEAS

I love unicorns too (I used to collect them when I was younger, now I collect teacups and teapots… LOL) but this tea looks incredible.

TeaEqualsBliss

I have over 500 items that are unicorn themed!

Cinoi

Wow! This tea took a while to get to me, they shipped it on May 30, it arrived at my house last Friday and they wanted a signature, so I had to go get it today – no worries – it’s on the way :)

TeaEqualsBliss

awesome! :)

JacquelineM

Sounds extra delicious!!!! and Happy Birthday!

AmazonV

happy hatching day :) those are so neat!

LiberTEAS

Yes… happy birthday!

Cinoi

Thank you!!

Ricky

Happyyyyyy Birthday!!!

Rabs

Have a wonder-filled birthday and a fantastical year (starting out with unicorns is probably a good thing) :D

Garrett

this sounds pretty interesting… and happy birthday!

Cinoi

many thanks everyone! the best way to celebrate was with unicorns, haha!

__Morgana__

Happy (belated) birthday!

Cinoi

thanks!!

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LiberTEAS

added this one to my shopping list. (Like I need to buy more tea)

TeaEqualsBliss

I was supposed to win this from them on their facebook but I haven’t gotten it yet! I’m so excited to try it! I chose it because I am a HUGE Unicorn collector and just HAD to try it! LOL

LiberTEAS

I love unicorns too (I used to collect them when I was younger, now I collect teacups and teapots… LOL) but this tea looks incredible.

TeaEqualsBliss

I have over 500 items that are unicorn themed!

Cinoi

Wow! This tea took a while to get to me, they shipped it on May 30, it arrived at my house last Friday and they wanted a signature, so I had to go get it today – no worries – it’s on the way :)

TeaEqualsBliss

awesome! :)

JacquelineM

Sounds extra delicious!!!! and Happy Birthday!

AmazonV

happy hatching day :) those are so neat!

LiberTEAS

Yes… happy birthday!

Cinoi

Thank you!!

Ricky

Happyyyyyy Birthday!!!

Rabs

Have a wonder-filled birthday and a fantastical year (starting out with unicorns is probably a good thing) :D

Garrett

this sounds pretty interesting… and happy birthday!

Cinoi

many thanks everyone! the best way to celebrate was with unicorns, haha!

__Morgana__

Happy (belated) birthday!

Cinoi

thanks!!

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone

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