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Tea #4 from the HHTTB

tasty. finally. And, of course, a tea that I like would be one that is not one of the steepster big hits. Yep, that’s me, always a rebel. ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

The mint in this isn’t very loud, but that’s ok. I selected it because I like mint teas and I like this one, so that’s the important thing. I like that none of the flavors are offensive. Absolutely nothing leaving a questionable aftertaste (really big deal for me). It’s cozy and herbal with a dash of pepper. Strange sounding health-herbs? sign me up! I don’t act as crazy new-agy as I did when I was younger, but those traits still reside in me nonetheless. I can’t help but think myself something like Topanga from boy meets world. She admits that she was the strangest girl ever before ‘growing up.’ Incidentally, for a very brief period of time at a school I only attended for a few months, several kids did refer to me by that name. I really was a weird kid, for sure. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

I was tempted to try this one as well. Ha ha, but decided against it. Glad you enjoyed it.

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I’m not sure that i’ve had any fujian teas so i’m happy that dinosara sent this one along for me to try. This is a delicious cup of cocoa goodness with a few honey notes in the background..maybe a bit of “wheat” taste! I wish i could say more but i totally gulped this down it was so tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Bailin gongfu, tanyang/panyang, and Jin jun mei are all Fujian blacks, so I would guess you’ve had quite a few, this one just has a somewhat generic name.

Sil

haha thanks for edu-ma-cating me :)

TastyBrew

And all the Yezi teas :-)

Sil

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! lol

gmathis

Haven’t tried many Fujian teas, but the ones I have are so rich and good!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Sil, have you tried our Fujian Black?

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I found this in the bottom of a box I had received from Sil absolutely AGES ago. There was paper in the box, and I guess this slipped between the folds and I never noticed it.

This is really nice. Sweet honey and hay, some starchiness. I realize this isn’t going to be as amazing anymore since it’s been in a random box for so long, but it’s good. I’m enjoying it.

Thank you, Sil.

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This was a lot better the last time I had it, I think. Not nearly flavourful enough for me today. To me, a yunnan tea is rich honey and roasted squash or sweet potatoes. This wasn’t.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Yet another from Sil. I decided to go ahead and start drinking samples even though I can’t rely on my sense of smell. The weekend is too short to not drink as much tea as possible!

Weirdly, this one smells minty to me in the baggie. Once water hits the leaves, it morphs into a really bright honey smell.

Mmm. This one is really nice. A little stronger than the Bamboo Temple Yunnan I had picked up from Winston’s, and a little less floral. This one has a bit of a bite to it which would make it a really nice morning tea.

Thanks, Sil! This one is going on my future “potential buy” list. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

yeah i think i need to place an order with these guys soonish

OMGsrsly

There are so many companies I want to order from, but I need to sip down 50 teas before I do! At least 50 teas, actually, because there are more coming in the mail.

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From the HH teabox! Many odd ingredients here! Brewed, the steep color is light and the flavor is a bit tart and minty. I didn’t love the tart berries that I’ve had before. Not for me but seems healthy!

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you can realy taste the honey is this!!! i love it!

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Backlog:

A really wonderful, flowery Pu-erh! A visually stunning blend too with lots of rose buds, jasmine, and lavender tossed in with the leaves of Pu-erh. I found myself enjoying the way the earthy notes of the pu-erh meld with the sweet, exotic notes of the flowers.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/24/natures-bloom-puerh-tea-blend-from-natures-tea-leaf/

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Yet another one from Teabox B… I have tried a few other Nature’s Tea Leaf blends and I usually love them. This one is nice too!

First steep // low temp // 3 min
The color of this cup was very light. The temp may have been TOO low but Nature’s suggests 185 degrees. The lavender both dried and in the cup is lovely! I can taste the lavender more than the pu-erh.

Second steep // just boiled // 4-5 min
This cup is much darker! The lavender is still very strong and the pu-erh should be, but it is so mild flavored, I can hardly tell it is more than just lavender. But I like it – so lavendery!

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Here’s a tea from the BBB Box, shared by Sil.
All I can really say about this is it’s interesting.
Most of the time, cherry flavor in teas translates to ‘cough syrup’, but in this rare instance, it doesn’t! This cherry really has a more natural kind of flavor to it, & the cup is dark, slightly earthy, & sweet. Not bad!

gmathis

It reminded me a little of good candy house cherry chocolates—not the 99-cent Walgreens kind, but the ones from the little local handmade store.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I can see that. The puerh is a little chocolatey.

Sil

the not cherry syrup is why i figured maaaaaybe you’d like it a little lol

Terri HarpLady

and you did good. :)
Not a tea I’d probably want again, but worth drinking, eh?

Sil

yep!

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This is the final sample from the BBBB, sent by Sil.
The Badaxx B*t@hs Black Box
The Bodacious Babes Black Box
Call it what you like, LOL
Honestly, I took one look & said…“Cherry” :p
yeah, I really did stick my tongue out.
But actually, it’s not bad! The cherry is fairly laid back, so it doesn’t go all medicinal on me. The Puerh is kind of a bland one, but oh well, after it’s not bitter! So I guess it wasn’t me! Or maybe I addressed my bitterness, & the super tasting went away?
Want to know what my bitterness was? My kitchen floor was a disgusting filthy mess. I’m not a great housekeeper, & with all the gardening & cooking & tea drinking that goes on in my awesome kitchen, the floor is rarely pretty. So I steeped this tea while I swept. The I let it cool to taste while I mopped (it only took 5 minutes? Why do I always think it’s going to take so long?) Then I drank my tea while the floor dried, which actually took longer than the mopping. Go figure.

Sil

Hahaha

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Here’s a Sipdown from the HHTTB. I figured there wasn’t much left in the package, so I might as well give it a try. It’s ok. I’m not really getting much from the Shu, it’s mostly just flowery. I do like some florals, roses & jasmine included. I love lavender, but NOT in tea or food, just bubble bath or the essential oil aroma. Luckily, the lavender isn’t particularly prominent in this blend. Anyway, it’s a pretty blend, but not something I’d ever purchase.

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Such lovely leaves! Fluffy, golden and long. The liquid is very light. Much lighter than I associate with a Yunnan. So light that I probably oversteeped a bit (okay, a lot) expecting a darker color. That said, there was still much less bitterness than I’d expect from a steep this long. Still a light flavor with a bit of sweet in the background. Not much malt in the flavor but a good amount in the steep.

The sample from Sil was generous enough that I will be able to give this another shot and steep for less time to compare. :) Thanks, Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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This tea is from the “here’s hoping” teabox.

Peppermint3root seems a tea I wouldn’t order, but upon smelling, ehh smells good, why not try? The peppermint smells nice and there’s kinda a marshmallow root smell going on too.

Taste? Wahhh! It’s minty, slightly tart mix of hibiscus and berries, with an unusual medicinal dirt earthy flavor – finishing off slightly sweet. I can drink medicinal like flavors, but that rooty dirt flavor mixed with fruity isn’t for me. Back in the teabox it goes! But either way, happy to of tried it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This is a warm, sweet, gentle white tea that hints of mint. Just what I need at this moment as I gather my thoughts and begin the process of saying goodbye to my mom. She went Home for Christmas this afternoon. She is well and whole now, and if earthly life is any indication, chattering a mile a minute with the dear ones that have been waiting for her to arrive. Prayers appreciated for my family as we adjust to her absence.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C
ashmanra

Praying for you and for your family. She is enjoying a midnight service with the most amazing music ever. Such Joy is there.

K S

Prayers.

tea-sipper

I’m so sorry! My thoughts will be with you and your mom.

yyz

My thoughts are with you. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when I lost my mom. I think I was in shock. I walked around with an eerie sense of calm and tried to make sure everyone else was okay. Try to make time for yourself and keep those who love you and her around you. Wishing her joy and peace. Sending you prayers and thoughts of strength and remembrance to help you through this time.

MissB

What a beautiful way to share sad news. Huge hugs to you and yours, and here’s to hoping that the transition is peaceful for all.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I’m so sorry. Much love to you and yours.

Terri HarpLady

I’m sending hugs to you, GG, and yours. So sorry to hear of your loss. My mom turned 79 Xmas eve, dad will be 80 tomorrow. I told him today that as of the morning I can officially call him ‘old geezer’ now. :)

gmathis

Cherish those geezers, Terri!

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The leaves in this small sample were so huge with some big stemmy pieces, that when I stuck this under the spouse’s nose for the obligatory you-gotta-smell-this whiff, he grabbed the pouch, stuck it under his magnifying lamp, laughed, and said, “That looks like what I just cleaned out of the gutters.” Son made “minty hot leaf juice” jokes.

Barbarians. Hmph.

The strong peppermint scent led me to believe that mint would lead the taste parade. Much the opposite. Long steep (5 minutes as recommended) at a lower temp, and it was the smooth, silky white tea that was predominant. The mint was present at the end of each sip, at the back of the tongue.

Which, actually, makes this a very lovely and mild evening sip.

ashmanra

I may have to get this one…

gmathis

It’s the sample o’ the month right now…

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from the Traveling Tea Box!
this tea is so so pretty! like amazingly pretty.
and super subtle in flavor.
i’m gonna save what little i have left and brew it in my glass gong fu this weekend.

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Leftover sample snagged from momo. :)
Meh. Rose hip is definitely the main note here. Not that those are terrible or anything…it’s just a bit sour for me. I’m tasting a little of the green tea and orange peel as well, but not much. I’ll finish the pouch but won’t be chasing anyone down for more when it’s gone.

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TTB-A sample, another with only one cup left.

I was briefly confused when I looked up the listing for this tea and seeing “berry” in the title, thinking it meant it was berry flavored, but no. I guess it is supposed to be a reference to the look of a whole globe amaranth flower, but at this point they are all broken into many tiny flower buds. I’ve had globe amaranth in flowering teas before but never by itself.

I think this tea may have been the unfortunate victim of sitting next to too many smelly flavored teas for too long. It kind of has that aroma that a box of flavored teas in ziplocs has when you open it, kind of a mishmash of all flavors at once. Many flavored teas are strong enough on their own to stand up to that, but this tea did not really. I mean, it’s still a pretty tasty white tea because its lightly sweet, but other than that I couldn’t pick out a flavor. I mean, there is maybe some chocolate in there? Haha. Oh well, I put it out of its misery. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I had high hopes for this one. I have been off dairy for a while and perhaps that is why I was baffled when I tried this and wasn’t as impressed.

It’s sweet, yes, but its kind of reminiscent of stevia and sort of turning my stomach. eeeeek!

not rating.

K S

Second steep is better

TeaEqualsBliss

I just can’t do it! lol

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Tea Sipper’s Traveling Tea Box, Tea #2!

I’ve been enjoying oolongs greatly recently, so I chose this one from TSTTB (that Tea Sipper’s Traveling Tea Box) for my tea at work today. I’m also a chocoholic, no explanation needed ;)

I am finding this to be a really interesting experience! The chocolate is lightly present and then the oolong sneaks up behind the sip and spreaaaaaaads through your mouth. It has a stronger flavor than the chocolate I feel, and it is a darker one. Quite yummy.

I find I’m enjoying the second steep with less chocolate and more oolong even better. They have reversed positions, and I taste roasty oolong, then a hint of chocolate on the end of the sip. Nice! I also had a croissant with it which was just about perfect pairing-wise.

There is one more serving in the bag, and I am going to put it back into TSTTB so that another person can enjoy this. Make sure you stick around for the second steep — it’s swoonworthy! It is also making me excited to try the dark and handsome wuyi ensemble from Adagio that I grabbed from the box. Soon, soon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Swoonworthy. Love it!

K S

I agree, the second cup is the best. Chocolate teas are always so muddy looking but the taste of this one is worth the mess it makes of my press. Almost had it today but I am still in sip down mode.

tea-sipper

I thought the second cup was better too!

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I was hoping this would be just a tad bit more floral, given the presence of all the buds/berries and petals. It kind of just sweetens up the white peony in a different way than it is naturally. Almost like really faint notes you’d find maybe in a Riesling wine? I am going to use the rest that was in the tea box to cold brew a cup!

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Yet another Stargate sipdown.

I think I understeeped this. Anyway, it smells nicely like fresh apples. And the flavour is like natural apple cider. Good with cinnamon.

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