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I kept meaning to wait until after a meal to try this one, considering the name, and then I kept forgetting. So finally I just gave up and tried it in the middle of the afternoon.

Weirdly, of all the elements, the rosebuds manage to dominate the flavour – or perhaps I just ended up with a few too many rosebuds in this particular cup. This isn’t a bad thing, particularly, since it did deliver a nice, refreshing cup of tea, but the taste was a lot more herbal than I’d really expected, even allowing for the presence of the peppermint.

I think I need to try this one again and see how it works out using a second lot of leaves.

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

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100

My OH got me some great pull-out wooden boxes and re-organised the tea cupboard for me. It works really well and looks really good. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise until I went looking for it the other day that the small packet of this tea had ended up under one of the boxes. Eek! Not only one of my favourite teas, but also one of the most expensive.

Fortunately, it seems to have survived this potentially crushing experience safely. I celebrated by brewing up a pot of it.

There isn’t much to say about this tea that I haven’t already said. One of my top favourite teas that stands out way ahead of almost all the others, and always has a place in my cupboard (so long as that place is not under a box.)

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

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100

This week I finished up with work, finished writing the story I’ve been working on (six hours before deadline), flew north yesterday – and now I finally have the time to sit down and relax with one of the teas I brought with me. My bag had packets of tea tucked into every available nook and cranny. g

I’ve been so looking forward to a quiet cup of really good tea, and this is it. Not as sweet or floral as some Taiwan oolongs, not at all astringent, and smooth but not bland.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100

Backlogging.

This tea arrived in the middle of the latest round of insane busy-ness earlier in the week. I don’t remember my detailed impressions because they’re lost in the blur, but this tea didn’t disappoint even in those circumstances. It’s everything you’d hope – and expect – a high altitude Alishan oolong to be. I’m so relieved that the usually reliable teas.com.au has started stocking this, and that it’s turned out to be just as good as it’s supposed to be, because my previous main source of Alishan is no more.

I couldn’t survive without at least a small supply of this in the house!

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
tease

Do you have any preferences about which area in Alishan you get your oolong from? Just curious.

Luthien

Most of the Alishans I’ve had don’t specify much about their origin beyond a description like “high mountain”. This one is from 1500m up, and it’s definitely as good as any others I’ve tried.

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nods 阿里山 means basically Ali mountain, but I don’t know much about it, so I was wondering! Most I find cap off at a lower height, but I have never really compared them all…

takgoti

Can I just add that I heart your Santa-fied avatar? [Almost typed Satan. Eep.]

Luthien

@takgoti Thanks! This has been my default icon on my journal since about 2002, and I’ve since used it in several other places. About four or five years ago, a friend put the Santa hat on it around Christmas time, so I’ve brought the santa-fied version out every Christmas since. (Also, I initially read your comment as “Satan-fied”. g)

takgoti

Evil minds think alike!

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drank Emerald Sunset by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Just found this, unopened, in the cupboard. From the use-by date – and also by the fact that when I checked I discovered that it’s been discontinued and replaced by a similar tea – it’s been there for at least a little while. I’m guessing I bought this sometime in the past six months. I was looking for a light, fruity tea to go with this hot summery day, so uncovering it today seemed like fate. Or perhaps just serendipity. Anyway, I tried it, and it brewed okay. The flavour doesn’t seem as though it’s faded much despite the months lurking in the back of my tea cupboard.

I’m in two minds about this tea. On the one hand, the flavour leans in the direction of a fruit salad of a tea, with a bit of the sort of flavour I generally associate with overpoweringly fruity mixed teas that brew bright red. But on the other hand, this tea is pale yellow rather than bright red, and leaves behind a definite taste of strawberries on the tongue, which I really like. There are bits of dried fruit mixed into the tea leaves, so the fruit flavour seems to be (at least partly) the real deal.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Chai Marsala by Teas.com.au
84 tasting notes

christmas in a craft store if what this smells like and it tastes amazing!! i love it

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75
drank Spicy Chai by Teas.com.au
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Home made Spiced Chai Recipe
From: Jaminchew
1-2 servings
About 30 min.

2 cups water
2 cups milk
2 green cardamom pods (1/8 tsp seeds)
6 whole cloves
2 slices fresh gingerroot (2 tsp dried)
6 black peppercorns
2 3”cinnamon sticks, broke into pieces (2 tsp coarse ground)
½ star anise (¼ tsp ground)
2 tsp Black loose tea: Mamri tea recommended (2 black tea bags)
2 tblsp honey or sugar (or to taste)

Optional:
½ tsp Fennel seeds
½ whole nutmeg or chopped
¾ tsp vanilla extract

1. Put the water and milk in a saucepan, add the spices, and bring to a low boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes depending on how strong you want the spices.

2. Turn off heat and add the loose tea. Let steep for 5-10 minutes depending on your desired strength.

3. Carefully strain tea through strainer into a mug or other pot to remove spices.

4. Stir in honey or sugar, mixing well to dissolve. (Optionally mix in vanilla extract.)

5. Serve While hot

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75

This is a great tea for new rock oolong tea drinkers due to its fragrance, rich taste and low price.

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75
drank Momoko by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

From the look of the leaves, I thought this was going to be one of those typical red fruit teas, but it’s actually turned out to be primarily a green tea. It brews up to a warm shade of yellow typical of a green tea. The fruit/floral highlights are clearly present in the taste, but they’re nicely balanced and don’t take over. I like this more than I expected to. Will have it again!

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drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

I love that when you’re actually drinking this tea it seems so innocuous and straightforward, with the cinnamon dominating the taste – but afterwards, wow! Such a mixed array of flavours in the aftertaste. My lips are tingling from the pepper.

takgoti

This sounds like something I could enjoy. I’ve been getting into hot chocolate with a little chili powder mixed in over the past couple of winters.

Plus, the name alone is something that makes me want to try it.

Luthien

This one definitely has a real zing to it! I like it the best of the green chai-style teas I’ve tried.

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drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Still the best spicy green I’ve found. Lots of cinnamon, but everything else comes through in the aftertaste.

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drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Tried 1.5 times the recommended amount of leaves this time, just as an experiment. The cinnamon gets a bit overpowering at this strength, though it’s still drinkable – back to the usual amount next time.

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75
drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

It’s bitterly cold here today, so some more of my favourite spiced tea was in order.

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75
drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Had this last night. I’m really enjoying this one during this current mild winter weather.

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75
drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

A good, spicy warming tea for a chilly winter’s night. Brrr.

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75
drank Feisty Jade by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Smells strongly of cinnamon and is nicely spicy to the taste, leaving a peppery aftertaste. The packet describes this as being sort of like a green chai, and that pretty much sums it up. A good tea if you’re in the mood for something light and spicy.

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drank Hula Girl by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Brews up into a medium brown liquor. The lime is there in the taste, though it’s not very strong considering all the citrus elements in this tea. I can’t really detect the coconut at all. Very unimpressed. I’ll be going back to the lime and coconut sencha from Teas & Tisanes, which is about a hundred times better.

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75
drank Aussie Green by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

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75
drank Aussie Green by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Liking the lemon myrtle in this one a lot. OH says the smell reminds him of walking in the bush.

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drank Aussie Green by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Makes a lemon yellow brew, which is a good indication of how it tastes. The lemon myrtle gives it a pleasant lemon flavour without overwhelming. A good tea if you’re after a smooth lemon-flavoured green tea.

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drank Tie Guan Yin Light by Teas.com.au
265 tasting notes

Really disappointing. The first steeping was really lacking in flavour and I was hoping for better with the second, but it also failed to deliver on the promised aroma and sweet taste. I liked the Ti Kuan Yin from The Tea Centre much, much better than this.

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99

When I’m as unwell as I have been for the past couple of weeks, I retreat to my comfort teas. This is the one I’ve been retreating to most often.

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

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99

Currently up to the third steeping of one of my favourite comfort teas as I attempt to get all my financial stuff together for my date with the accountant tomorrow. The tea is about the only good feature of the whole process.

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

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99

Ahhhh. I don’t know another tea that’s so beautifully floral in both the aroma and flavour as this one, and all while never straying in the direction of being sickeningly overly floral.

I remember distinctly the first time I tried this tea. It was a revelation. I’d never drunk a tea like it before. Now, of course, I’m a lot more familiar with Taiwan oolongs, and I’ve tried some really good ones which are as wonderfully smooth and silky as this tea, but none of them quite matches this one for the floral notes. This tea is up there with the best Taiwan oolongs I’ve tried, and yet it costs a fraction of the price. I’m not complaining. If I had to choose a single favourite tea, this one would be a strong contender.

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

I too am a fan of the Formosan oolongs. They are spectacular.

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