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Bought this tea on a trip to Berlin. The seller recommended the Saejak. Lucky me, we got to compare them before buying, really like the service of this shop! The Saejak felt cleaner, especially when comparing the leaves post-brewing. However i coulnd´t justify the Saejak having twice the price. The difference in the aroma (pre-brewing) and the taste of the brew wasnt that convincing.
I should add that since we live in Norway it was quite a difference tasting the tea in Berlin compared to brewing it up in my hometown of Bergen. Got a lot less of the musky odor post-brewing and a more intense brew in itself. Yay for Norwegian water!

Onto the Daejak (Maia´s pick), it quickly became one of my favourites. An oily texture, initial notes of toasted sesamy, a bit of peanut butter and a woody note. Then more of the vegetal notes reminicent of japanese tea.
Would definitely recommend this one if you like the toastiness of chinese green tea, but like the balance of japanese tea.

Flavors: Green Wood, Toasted, Vegetal

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Bought this looking for a different kind of black tea, and thought that the tasting notes sounded exciting. Flavours mingle together into a funky mix (smoke, plums and pine). Good body, slightly more oily mouthfeel. Not too bitter, low level of tannins.

I found the tea quite invigorating, so wouldnt recommend drinking late at night. However i would strongly recommend the tea itself if a funky tea might be up your alley.

Flavors: Dried Fruit, Pine, Plums, Smoke

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Such a strange experience with this tea. The dry leaf aroma is pure vanilla pudding, which smelled so enticing in the shop, I just had to buy it. Although it’s a flavored black, I went against my instincts and followed the vendor’s instructions: brew temp of 195 (kind of like an oolong), 2 minute steep. Not what I would usually do. According to the instructions, you can do 2 infusions, which is what I did.

At first, I detected a smoky, very faint vanilla. VERY subtle. I detected some leather in there. Then the malty, almost cocoa notes – could it be from the bourbon vanilla pieces? And then – so weird – a bright note that reminded me of bergamot. There is NO bergamot flavoring in this tea so I was very surprised, and seeing as how I don’t like bergamot anymore, I was not too happy (I overdid it on some Harrod’s Earl Grey years ago, and haven’t been the same toward bergamot ever since). And finally, again, strangely, it finished with an almost artichoke flavor – very subtle as well. None of the flavors overpowered the tea itself, so that was good.

So, not at all what I was expecting. I tried it both with and without milk, which didn’t make much of a difference in taste, but just added a creamy texture, of course. Did the second steep, which held up pretty well, only slightly muted the flavors. And since the liquor for both steeps was a nice, rich red and not overpowering, but not too weak, either, I’m inclined to agree with the steeping instructions provided.

I’m just really hung up on the bergamot thing. It’s not supposed to be there, but it’s all I can focus on, which is really too bad. I was expecting a warm, smooth, comforting vanilla, so I’m a little disappointed, but on the plus side, it’s a very complex brew.

Flavors: Artichoke, Cocoa, Leather, Malt, Smoke, Vanilla

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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Additional note: seems that the malt and cocoa are coming from the Nepalese tea base.

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I’m used to green based Jasmine Tea, so I tend to forget the adjustment on the temperature which it’s crucial for brewing white tea. The smell & freshness of Paper & Tea teas just blows my mind. The smell is like if you were taking a night walk through a humid jasmine forest. The flavor besides the obvious jasmine, is like a mossy,earthy & a hint of smoke. The liquor is light vibrant yellow. Although it holds 3 brews quite decently I opted for a bit longer one brew, like my jasmine to knock my cup up.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smoked

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Since I’m a designer I’m pretty visual. Paper & Tea caught my eye for it’s outstanding branding & after some research that led me to conclude that the brand posses an authentic love & knowledge for tea. I’ve never seen tea leaves this beautiful. As soon as you open the sealed envelope that made it all the way through the Atlantic, the aroma is unbelievable fresh as if just picked & packed: fresh, preticor (the way the earth smells after the rain), citrous & a hint of honey & caramel. Don’t have a point of reference for black teas from Yunnan but I feel it’s a bit less bolder than the regular blacks, but holds a nice character strong enough for a pick me up tea, the bergamot is always present but discretely & the tastes of honey & caramel comes with every zip making it almost a treat. The best thing is that this is one of the few teas I posses that holds 2 brews pretty well. The liquor is amber & gold like a sunset.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Earth, Honey, Leather

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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