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The second tea at *Dinosara*’s yesterday. After the Sticky Rice flavored puerh a few weeks ago, I think we were both set to enjoy a nice sheng.
After a quick rinse, the first steep (pour in-pour out!) had a light jasmine flavor, with a surprising depth and vague sweetness. I recalled a nice jasmine flavor and surprising sweetness from the one steep I had when Liquid Proust gave this to me, and I was hoping for a repeat performance on the second steep.The second steep had a stronger sheng flavor and the jasmine was stronger as well, lending a sweet blossom flavor to the tea, but not nearly as sweet as I recalled. Perhaps it is because we gongfu steeped this tuo, and the previous had been steeped in a rather large pot.
The third steep the jasmine scent was stronger, but the flavor was decently bitter. The fourth it had pretty much turned into a nice sheng with little hints of jasmine now and then. We stopped at the 8-10 steeps range (we lost count), and it continued as the fourth steep throughout.
The compounded leftovers of all the steeps was quite delicious. Much more depth and the presence of jasmine flavoring was still obvious. I would chose to drink it this way next time.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Equusfell brought a jasmine mini tuocha that seems like it’s this one; the “tea company” in this case is kind of irrelevant as the puerh factory is Lao Cang.

This was pretty good; I enjoyed this one more than most puerhs. It wasn’t very puerh-y, which is probably why. Nice jasmine flavor, and sweet in the first steep. The jasmine faded after a while and then it was mostly greenish, but with some minerally puerh notes. Overall fairly good although not something I would drink regularly. The combined steep (the “leftovers” from all steeps thrown together in one cup) was maybe better than the individual steeps, and anyway had a lot more jasmine flavor.

Stephanie

I was impressed with this one too!

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I got a sample of this in a swap with Liquid Proust. As with other Lao Cang minis I am very impressed! This makes me want to just throw away the jasmine sheng minis I got from Teavivre…they are so tempermental and can get bitter. This one is not! SO SWEET!

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This is a 200g cake I got from Angelina’s a while back. Entire cake was $11 so I wasn’t expecting a whole lot.

The tea is stored in Xishuangbanna, which is humid so I think this means wet storage. It would be interesting to do a side by side comparison of the tea with one that was dry stored.

The cake is beautiful but one thing I noticed right away was how easily the cake breaks apart just using my hands. That’s a sharp contrast to other teas I have that need to be pried open with a puer pick.

The flavor of tea is definitely earthy. There is also a slight bitterness in the finish that reminds me of tobacco, and that finish is present in the aroma as well. It doesn’t have much of a fermentation odor but the flavor also seems a bit muddy and flat.

It started to improve at steep #4 and brought out some of the creamy notes that were promised, and became less bitter overall. Even so, I think it has a bit of a muddy aftertaste but it’s hard to argue with $11.

I’d recommend this is you were looking for a cheap bargain but it isn’t sending me to the heavens with the flavor. I think it will be an ok everyday drinker and I’ll probably keep drinking it when I’m not in the mood for anything fancy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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A friend gave me a sample of this tea and I instantly fell in love. The strong caramel is backed up by a rich, powerful pu-erh with none of the negatives (fish, bitterness) that sometimes accompany pu-erh.

I did two 3-minute steeps. For the first, the caramel was dominant, though the tea was definitely present. For the second, the tea dominated, though the caramel was still obviously present.

This tea makes me want to buy more from Angelina’s teas. I’d never heard of them before, but this was really good.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Another fantastic surprise gift from boychik. Thank you!

This tea is unbelievable. It makes me wonder aloud “why does anyone make dessert tea with anything but pu erh?!” To be honest, I’ve been drifting away from flavored teas—hoping it’s just a phase as I focus my attention on pu erh mostly, and because this tends to happen when it starts to warm up—but maaaan this is just the thing to snap me right back. As soon as I opened the bag I was hit with the best rich deep caramel aroma I’ve ever smelled in a tea, and then while rinsing, steeping, and putting my nose to the finished cup it just kept delivering. The body is somewhat full but not rough, and the flavor has this ever-so-slight raspiness that keeps that deep, heady caramel aroma from turning too cloying or gummy—it’s a grounded, toasty caramel, not those individually wrapped light colored candies with cream in the center, not that milky. I reckon this is so people who like it nice and toasty can revel in it (deep deep deep!), and those who want that milky sweetness can add cream and/or sugar to taste. I love how it’s so decadent yet it still definitely tastes like TEA, full of that dark, mysterious, murky wonder.

I feel teased because I’m too broke for even something so reasonably priced right now (or anything for that matter), but let me tell you, as soon as I have a chance to I’m ordering this one. It has the potential to ruin me for any other dessert tea, gadzooks. boychik really knows how to find stuff that hits it out of the park! If you love deep dark rich breakfast blends with sweet treat hints (which I loved about Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake, wish there were more morning blends like that that can wake you up but also make you feel a little indulgent) as well as the sweet rich shu pu erhs and maybe even the roasty coffee-chocolatey Wuyi oolongs, I have a feeling you’d be smitten. It is a little like Herbal Infusions’ Moose Tracks meets Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake meets Mandala’s Big Red Robe Fancy Grade. And something about the end of the sip, how it’s thinner and clean, kind of reminds me a little of Lupicia’s dessert flavored Orzo tisanes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
boychik

You are such fabulous reviewer. You are so free with words. Amazing;). Thank you, it simply made my morning.

whatshesaid

Sounds amazing!

DeliriumsFrogs

As boychik said, you are such a fabulous reviewer. This was so much fun to read. :) This sounds beyond fantastic.

Sil

you can get this from a number of vendors…thus far all of them have been tasty that i’ve tried, if this version isn’t easily accessible

whatshesaid

Which vendors?

ifjuly

aw, thanks boychik and DF! love you guys and seeing you when i get up here. (:

yeah Sil, i was poking around angelina’s on the steepster DB and their site (because i like to torture myself) and i noticed there was overlap, the whole metropolitan tea scattered to the winds thing. good to have confirmation.

ifjuly

whatshesaid, i notice a lot of the time if you type just the tea name and no vendor in the steepster search box you will find a lot of different companies with what looks to be the same tea (often sourced by metropolitan if i’m remembering right).

whatshesaid

Ohhhh really, interesting! Never heard of this metropolitan company before…

Sil

majesteas in toronto has it… uh london tea room….uh….a bunch.
lol

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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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i placed a teeny tiny order fr. Angelina’s tea mostly with mini tuo puerh. while I was browsing on a site I noticed this blend which sounded so right to me nowdays. i have cravings for bold flavored teas. in the same time they shouldn’t be artificial tasting. well, let me tell you, this tea tastes like Sheridan’s. OMG, i love Sheridan’s . unfortunately you can purchase it only if you go Caribbean. But if you want to cut expenses you can order this wonderful puerh fr Angelina’s for $1.6/oz. . I feel bad that ordered only an oz, but I have a feeling i cannot resist another order.
Thank you Angelina’s tea.

I cannot even imaging the taste of it with cream and sugar

ps i rinsed briefly, i always rinse Puerh even if its flavored

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Blueberry by Angelina's Teas
2369 tasting notes

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I dropped the temperature and the time and was able to get rid of the astringency. There is also a very nice blueberry flavor to this tea. Unfortunately I am still not getting much maple. That doesn’t mean I am not enjoying the cup though. Thank you Josie Jade for sharing with me!

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Maple Blueberry by Angelina's Teas
2369 tasting notes

I never knew maple and blueberry was a thing but I keep seeing teas with that flavor combination. Who knew? Well, this smells amazing but I find myself disappointed. I taste the blueberry but the maple is nowhere to be found. Plus, there is an astringency that I am not really enjoying. I have one more cup worth though so perhaps I will have more success coaxing out the maple if I tweak the steeping parameters. Nonetheless, thank you Josie Jade for the chance to try this tea. It is always fun to experience something new.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
__Morgana__

I only know it as a pancake thing. ;-)

Hello.Kiki

Maple and blueberry sounds like an awesome combo for tea! I had an artisan bread not too long ago with similar flavors and it was delish!

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I really enjoyed this tea. The first thing that struck me about it was the fragrance. It’s a very light tea in terms of taste in my opinion,. I prefer to take it without any sweetener since I think that would overpower the tea. This may become one of my favourites.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Pumpkin-flavored things are about the only thing that makes me excited for summer ending and fall beginning. Every year, I always want to try Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, but then I remember how I don’t like coffee and love tea. I tried The Republic of Tea’s pumpkin spice blend and didn’t like it at all – it was much too spicy from what I remember. When I saw this tea on Angelina’s website I knew I wanted to try it, even though it’s a rooibos and not a black tea. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It definitely has that thick, creamy pumpkin flavor, especially with a little milk added. Actually, milk and sugar pretty much transforms this cup of tea in my opinion. It’s also not too overwhelmingly spicy, which I appreciate. I like the pumpkin pie flavor, not the nothing-but-spices-with-a-little-pumpkin-on-the-side flavor. This is a great cup to celebrate fall!

-Dry blend has red and green pieces of rooibos and honeybush with pieces of nuts, spices, sweet potato cubes and puffed rice.
-Dry leaves smell softly of pumpkin and sweet spices. Tea liquor aroma is of candy pumpkin with a hint of spices and rooibos.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy medium orange brown color.
-Mediciney flavor with a spicy finish. Sweet creamy pumpkin aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Creamy pumpkin taste with a hint of sweet spices. Not too much rooibos flavor with milk and sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
keychange

Have you tried dellaterra’s pumpkin pie? It’s a black, which I know you like, and I of course enjoy it with a ton of milk and sugar. delish!

Josie Jade

I haven’t, but I want to! I’m sure I would love it. I’ve been planning a Della Terra order, and this one will go on the list since you recommended it and we’re kind of tea-twins and all with our love of milk and sugar! :)

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First cup of the morning. I’m so glad it’s already the weekend again. Even after just a short 2 day week after fall break, I was ready for the weekend again! Lots of homework to get done today, and also my dog’s halloween costume. :) Then tomorrow we are going to visit a friend for the rest of the weekend. Today it’s sunny outside, but very chilly.

This was another new tea from Angelina’s. Since I love the blueberry maple tea so much, I thought this one may be a winner too, since it’s blackberry and maple. It’s good, but nothing compared to the blueberry maple. It’s very softly flavored, and the blackberry is a little artificial. The maple doesn’t really stand out either, it’s just there as a sweet flavor in the background. Even the maltiness isn’t really all that malty, just a rounded and gentle maltiness. I will gladly finish this 1 ounce, probably in my Timolino, but I doubt that I’ll repurchase this one.

-Dry blend has medium and large black and green tea leaves with small blue and white flowers.
-Dry leaves smell softly of blackberries with a hint of sweet maple syrup. Tea liquor aroma is of warm berries.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark orange brown color.
-Malty and sweet fruity flavor and finish. Artificial berry and maple aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A softly flavored cup. Light berry flavor with a touch of sweetness from the maple.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been wanting to try this tea for awhile. I remember someone raving about Monk’s Blend in one of their reviews, and I’ve been curious ever since. This is pretty good, very sweet and a little artificial tasting, but not too much. It has a syrupy sweet aroma and flavor. The vanilla is a nice touch to the grenadine’s sweetness, and it gives it a creamy texture. I like this one, but I’m not sure if I will purchase more after I get through this ounce. Maybe I’ll have to try another company’s blend to see if it tastes any different.

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs with large yellow petals.
-Dry leaves smell fruity and syrupy sweet. Tea liquor aroma is of vanilla and sweet fruit.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark orange brown color.
-Malty and fruity flavor with a sweet fruity finish. Light creamy grenadine aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A syrupy sweet cup with a fruity hint and a vanilla creaminess.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Another new Angelina’s Tea to try. And sadly, it’s the last day of fall break. Of course I never did my homework this whole time, so today will be spent doing homework, running errands and getting organized for the week. Yesterday was a fun day of shopping with the fiancee and having lunch. We also got started on our Halloween costumes, yay! Every year we always wait until the last minute and don’t have time to put together any thing really good. This year we’re more on top of it, and I am so excited. Come on, October 31st!

This tea smells wonderful, with a creamy vanilla scent and just a hint of nuttiness. The flavor is completely malty at first, with hardly any other flavors. I was able to coax out the vanilla and hazelnut with a little milk and sugar, and now its a perfectly rich cup of hazelnut and vanilla yuminess. I wanted to like this tea a little more, but it’s still not a bad cup. I’m looking forward to enjoying this tea on the upcoming chilly fall days!

-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs with large yellow petals.
-Dry leaves smell like creamy vanilla with a hint of nuttiness. Tea liquor aroma is of rich sweet vanilla.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color.
-Deep malty flavor with a sweet and nutty finish. Strong malty aftertaste with a hint of hazelnut.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A sweet cup of vanilla with a hint of toasty hazelnut.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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This is one of the new teas from Angelina’s. I don’t know why, but when I read the description I started craving this tea. Maybe it’s the cold, rainy weather outside. Anyway, this tea is nice. I was expecting more of a creamy vanilla flavor, but it’s more of a milky caramel flavor. Very strong black tea base with a definite milkiness about it, like fresh milk had been added. I did add milk and sweetener, and it brought out some caramel hints. I think this will be a nice tea to enjoy on cold mornings this fall and winter!

-Dry blend has small grainy black tea leaves with large black tea leaves and twigs with a few white petals.
-Dry leaves smell lightly malty with a faint hint of milk. Tea liquor aroma is of strong black tea and warm creamy milk.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy very dark brown color.
-Extremely robust flavor with an almost bitter finish. Light milky caramel aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. Robust flavor with hints of creamy milk and sweet caramel.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Janefan

My fave from Angelina’s is the Scottish Caramel Pu-erh. I bet I’d like this one for days when I don’t want to fuss with it. Mmm I am “on hiatus” but I think I’m visiting Angelina’s with my tea group next weekend, and it would be rude not to buy something!

Josie Jade

I absolutely love Angelina’s Maple Blueberry and highly recommend it! I’ll have to try the Scottish Caramel Pu-erh, thanks for the recommendation!

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