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Okay, so in a previous review, I stated that i was looking for a bolder oolong… something with a little more kick… and i do believe i found it.

Thanks goes to Ost for hooking me up with this guy…
And a small disclaimer- I do believe this is the right tea, however, there were two options when i searched for this tea… so

This one wowed me a little more than the last i think. I had a beautiful roasted flavor and aroma from the get. I love it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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So, Ost hooked me up with this one and I will doing a full review of it in due time. I just wanted to let everyone know that in may not be on tomorrow because it my second anniversary with my darling girlfriend Elaine :) . I may be on shortly but if not, I will be on Sunday. After this, its ho!w free until my birthday on November 14. Thanks for making my days so much more doable and keeping me going. I couldnt do it with out you all.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

Steven

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Another backlog… Thanks Ost! A little too rooibos-y and honey bush in the blend. Blueberry cheesecake? well maybe… I do taste a bit of blueberry but not really getting the cheesecake.

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drank Jasmine Pearls by Art of Tea
121 tasting notes

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drank Tea for Her by Art of Tea
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After I steeped Tea for Her, the chrysanthemums open up and the rose petals turn a vibrant pink. It is a really beautiful tea with organic ingredients. Sipping it, I find that these beautiful ingredients combine in perfect balance and the result is exquisitely delicious. Drinking Tea for Her has both a calming and uplifting effect on me. It is perfect after a day of attending meetings, having conference calls and analyzing reports. For me, Tea for Her is my late afternoon “reward treat” that pairs well with my ginger snap cookies. It really helps me to finish my day strong, productive and with a positive attitude.

Preparation
3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Uji Gyokuro by Art of Tea
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Sometimes a tea comes along and it makes me wonder where it’s been my entire life— this is one of those teas. It’s quite distinctive in the realm of Earl Grey Creme teas. The French vanilla provides a much more substantial body than the more traditional vanilla and reminds me of the thick, creamy custards I enjoyed during my visit to France over the summer. The black base, bergamot, and French vanilla balance perfectly; the contrast between the tart orange bergamot and sweet French vanilla really appeals to my sweet tooth. This was exactly what I needed to end a rough day.

You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/10/14/tuesday-tea-earl-grey-creme-art-of-tea.html

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Backlog:

Generally, I try to avoid blends like this (blends that have 2 types of tea in them, in this case, a black tea and a green tea) because to brew it properly to get the full flavor from the black tea, I would probably scorch the green tea and cause it to be bitter. So I instead brew it at the lower temperature and add an extra minute or so onto the brew time so that I can (hopefully) achieve flavor without bitterness.

That said, this is actually a pretty tasty blend. I like the combination of jasmine and passionfruit. The passionfruit is sweet and the jasmine adds a soft, beautiful floral note to the cup. The black tea is the strongest flavor of the tea base (not surprising) but I can still taste the green tea. It’s a softer taste for a black tea (again, not surprising because of the lower brew temp), but I still get a nice black tea flavor as well as a pleasing buttery note from the green tea.

Overall, a pleasant cup. I don’t know that I’d order it again. But I enjoyed what I had of it. It’s really good iced.

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This is the matcha I use for matcha lattes and matcha palmers at home. I also usually carry a travel tin of this to add extra matcha to my lattes from Starbucks as I feel the syrups can be a bit much.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Happy Tea by Art of Tea
1450 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #12
This one sounded like an interesting combination of ingredients! (And I could have used some happy today.) Upon opening the pouch it smells like super sweet strawberry. The blend itself looks like plain guayusa. I don’t miss the hibiscus.. hibiscus does NOT make me happy,in tea anyway… looking at those big gorgeous flowers is different! But the ripe candy strawberry is a really nice pairing with the guayusa flavors. I would have liked the apple and jasmine to make an appearance though. I’m saving a couple teaspoons of this one for later! Also, since this is guayusa I wouldn’t steep more than a teaspoon at a time.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min

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drank White Goji Blossom by Art of Tea
134 tasting notes

I happened across a cafe serving various Art of Tea teas while running errands, and decided to try this one since the description sounded nice and inviting. I didn’t get a look at the dry tea leaf blend. The brewed tea is a light amber orange color, with a pleasant floral aroma. As with many white teas, any addition of other flavors overpowers the tea base, even if, in this case, the flavors themselves are quite subtle. The most prominent note is lemon myrtle, which is quite gentle and not sharply citrusy as it can be in some blends. While I’m familiar with goji berry from its use in family recipes (it’s a very nice addition to Chinese-styled porridges), its presence here is very faint, and I would not have been able to identify it without knowing it was there. Overall, this is a mellow tea, floral and slightly sweet, but not interesting enough to warrant being a premium product with matching price tag. I have still yet to find a really impressive flavored white tea blend.

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drank Starry Night by Art of Tea
1450 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #2
After making the list of teas, it looks like there are 30 teas I want to try and a few I can remove for later. Somehow the teabox arrived before I set up the next shipping order! I was much better with that last time. Round four signups are in the discussions if anyone is interested (in the US).

This tea certainly requires some work… the stars look hand tied together! Into my infuser went two of the stars that are about the size of a dime and a teaspoon of the black tea. I can appreciate that there is a vanilla black tea base with the stars, since the stars themselves don’t seem to add much flavor, even steeped at a few minutes after boiling. The black tea base has a lighter brew color, but it somehow looks syrupy before tasting and actually is more syrupy in texture! I love vanilla teas and this one is lovely. Very smooth. The second steep is almost the same as the first. So happy to try this one!
Steep #1 // few min after boiling // 3-4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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drank Holiday Berry by Art of Tea
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A Most excellent blend from art of tea “as usual” I found it on http://LilysTea.com , actually I “stumbled” upon it lol

Flavors: Berry, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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This is my first Darjeeling, and I’m not particularly a fan of black teas but this one is quite good. Creamy yet with an apple-like crispness, and hardly astringent. Good without milk. I’m drinking this while eating nilla wafers and it’s like a slice of heaven :3

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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