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drank Darjeeling #1 by thepuriTea
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I like this tea. Very tasty, healthy and wonderful tea.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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Oh god.I swear all the closings of companies I love is going to turn me into a tea hoarder someday.

I’ve been holding onto this (like most of my offerings from here) in airtight sealed bags for virtually forever, because I know I can never ever get them again and I am so incredibly saddened by this.

Thankfully it’s still fresh tasting, and I’m winding down to the bottom of this one so I know it won’t go stale on me before I can finish it.

This definitely falls on this flowery side of lychee, though the finish is juicy and more like the fruit. I really enjoy the base they use here, it’s smooth, subtley sweet and light. Fickle, though.

Any lychee green recommendations?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
720 tasting notes

Got this in a swap a while back from Moraiwe. Thanks!
Ooooh! I just had a lemon starburst candy and then took a sip of this! It added a nice lemon flavor that went well with the tea! Once that wears off, I get a nice malty flavor with a little earthiness that is very much like some breakfast teas I have had. It’s pretty smooth and enjoyable! I bet it would be great iced with some lemon!

I used 3 pearls.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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I got this from moraiwe in a swap over a year ago but am just trying it for the first time now—whoops! I’d been curious about this one because I adore jasmine but have never tried it paired with a black base before. In this case, the base has that typical Yunnan chocolate thing going on. Though I know it’s a favorite for a lot of people, it’s not for me. Still, this tea is pleasingly well-rounded, with some nice malty notes and a hint of pepper to balance the cocoa out. There’s a bit of astringency, which I don’t mind at all. And, while I think I do prefer jasmine with a green or white base, I’ve got to admit it works surprisingly well with the Yunnan. I’m really enjoying this cup quite a bit, and it’s been the perfect thing for a lazy weekend afternoon of soup-making and sorting out how to prepare freelance invoices. It’s just as well I haven’t fallen in love with it, though, since thepuriTea is long gone now.

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drank Ceylon #1 by thepuriTea
37 tasting notes

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drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
294 tasting notes

Thanks Cheri for the sample. There was a slight smell contamination from a lemony sample that was by this tea, so I can’t really tell what the dry leaf smells like.

I can definitely see how this is compared to candy, this is naturally sweet. It’s also creamy, both in taste and mouthfeel. There’s also a citrus note here that I can’t tell is from the other tea or from this one. Across the next 6 cups, the milky creamy buttery sweet tastes weakened, and fruity floral notes became more evident.

Overall a delicious tea.

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drank Dong Ding by thepuriTea
2133 tasting notes

This is from a while back — I bought a few samples from them when they were going out of business. Yes, I’m just trying it now. I’m trying to get to know my tea collection better for possible teabox or sale/swap pile possibilities! It’s a pity because this oolong is really good.

Steep #1 // 2 tsps // rinse // 17 min after boiling // 2 min
Though they suggested 180 degrees, my favorite oolong in the past was steeped using just boiled water, so I didn’t want to wait too long. I think I’ve just recently started with this type of oolong and they seem to be a little like ti guan yin, but a little bit different. Flavor notes here: pineapple, sugar, something that reminds me of licorice but doesn’t make it weird. Super smooth and very tasty!

Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 2 min
This cup was too bitter. I think the ideal steeping was the last cup. Oolong steeping is too tough to figure out! The leaves here look exactly like the Teavivre Ti Guan Yin but it steeps so differently. This one wasn’t undrinkable but the bitterness killed it. I probably didn’t need to use two teaspoons either.

Steep #3 // 22 min after boiling // 2 min
Still a hint of bitterness, probably because I only steeped half a mug this time. I don’t have enough leaves to ruin this nice oolong! The first cup was delicious though.

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drank Roasted Dong Ding by thepuriTea
166 tasting notes

Smells like toasty sweetness and the taste reminds me of the bags of honey roasted peanuts I always buy whenever I go into the city. An enjoyable cup

Flavors: Honey, Nuts, Roasted Barley

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Gunpowder by thepuriTea
1338 tasting notes

This has been on my ‘need to review’ list for a while and it would make a good comparison steep against my previous review which was also a Gunpowder Green.

In appearance this looks similar to a Lan Gui Ren rather than Gunpowder Green. The grainy rock style effect is not a type I have seen before with Gunpowder Green. Scent is sweet, floral and grassy. Has an earthy tone however but it’s hard to define.

For the sake of comparison I will use the same steeping parameters as my previous Gunpowder Green which was taken from Teavivre.

Water : 3oz / 85ml 203℉ / 95℃
Use 7 Grams Tea
6 steeps : rinse,10s,25s,40s,50s,70s,90s
Gaiwan
Rinsing time is around 3 seconds

First Steep – 10 seconds
Light green liquid with a a subtle sweet, floral scent. Flavour is gentle and floral with a sweet after taste.

Second Steep – 25 seconds
I can taste something sweet and refreshing…is that ginseng? Is this Gunpowder Green with ginseng? If not it is a very good imitation. Very sweet and lingering in the after taste.

Third Steep – 40 seconds
Strongly ginseng/mint like still. No astringency at all. Very sweet with hints of smoke.

Fourth Steep – 50 seconds
Toasty, honeyed, highly ginseng and sweet. My mouth is wonderfully perfumed with this sweet lingering smoky flavour.

Fifth Steep – 70 seconds
Milder but still ginseng heavy.Not mint so much now as maybe clove, same refreshing feel. Also grassy.

Sixth Steep – 90 seconds
Very light in strength of the green tea but the ginseng remains thick and heavy. Toasty and super sweet.

This was unlike any other Gunpowder Green I have ever tried, it tasted and looked exactly like Ginseng Oolong which I like but need to be in the right mood for. Now I’m just highly confused, is this a mixed blend? Or was the ginseng flavour just a coincidence? Either way it was enjoyable and my husband agrees.

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drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
518 tasting notes

Delicious. I’m pseudo gongfuing this one at work. It’s definitely been a Monday. Good tea really helps with that, but only to a point.

The weekend was long and I was barely on here. Friday night was summer beer fest, Saturday was Soundgarden/NIN, and Sunday I wound up going to a funeral in central IN. I had to drive my mom’s awful to drive car home through some storms. It was not fun.

I’m just about out of clean laundry. I was supposed to do that on Sunday but it obviously didn’t happen. Hopefully I will be able to get at least some done tonight or I’ll be coming to work naked in a couple of days.

SarsyPie

Friday and Saturday sound awesome. I’m sorry for your loss, and I’m glad you made it through the storms. It rained for hours here. I would have hated to be driving!

I hope things work out with the laundry. They get really mad at my workplace when people show up naked. I’m assuming yours is the same way.

Cheri

Thank you for the laugh at the idea of knowing that they get mad at your workplace about naked employees. I don’t think that it will come to that. I might just skip the gym so I have time to run a few loads of laundry before bed.

TheTeaFairy

Oh man…soundgarden and NIN on the same night…awesome!

So sorry for your loss though…hope you can recuperate a little next week end :-)

And sars…you Are fooney!!!

Cheri

TTF it was an amazing show. If it comes to your area, I highly recommend it.

apt

YOU’RE LUCKY OH MY GOD, YOU GOT TO SEE ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER AND NINE INCH NAILS

apt

too bad you didn’t get to see Death Grips though, their live show is the stuff of legends apparently.

SarsyPie

I saw NIN back in the day. Like way, way back in the day. :p

apt

nice!!! pretty hate machine is the only album by them that I truly enjoy. though I used to be a huge KMFDM and Skinny Puppy fan.

hippiechick 42

How does one pseudo gongfu? lol

SarsyPie

I saw KMFDM back in the day. Like way, way back in the day. 3 times. Never saw SP, but they are touring now!

apt

thats v cool! they were great from like 88-95 but then they fell off. im not really into industrial anymore though.

apt

hippiechick: don’t even bother, just buy a gaiwan.

Cheri

My “pseudo gongfu” is my lazy way of doing it. I use a small glass with an infusion basket, so I’m not trying to pour anything more than into the cup at my desk. I’m notoriously clumsy. Last time I used a gaiwan, I spilled everywhere. I also don’t really have room at my desk for a full set or anything. This works for me and keeps me in tea the way I like it while I’m working, which keeps me happier. It’s a win-win for me. Yes, a gaiwan would be more authentic, but this suits my needs.

Cheri

It’s the first time I’ve seen NIN, surprisingly, but the one show I thought I was going to get to go to, my friend’s father’s funeral was that day. I opted to spend the day with her instead, which in the end was definitely the better choice. Then I wasn’t really into NIN so much anymore. My husband surprised me with these tickets and we had a blast.

apt

good on you for spending time with your friend, that’s a great thing for you to do. glad to hear you got to go to the NIN show as well. did you see Oneohtrix Point Never play as well?

SarsyPie

I told my BF that I want the SP tix for our already passed anniversary. I think he’s in.

Cheri

I didn’t know who Oneohtrix Point Never was, but yeah, I saw that part, although we were actually sitting out on the lawn with friends during his set. It was quite nice. I have added the newest album to my queue to listen to at work tomorrow.

apt

OPN is easily one of my favorite artists. R Plus Seven is a bit strange at first, though all of his work is. Maybe you should jump in with Replica first and then listen to R Plus Seven. R Plus Seven took me a while to like.

apt

And Sarsonator, that’s awesome! Hope you get to see them!

Cheri

I’ve added both OPN albums to the queue for tomorrow. Thanks!

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drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
518 tasting notes

TTBCr2

This is the first milk oolong I’ve had, and I quite like it, even though I’m guessing it’s pretty old. Too bad it’s no longer available, or I’d be getting some of this. I like it that much.

Can anyone recommend something similar?

This is quite green but creamy. It does almost taste as if it has milk in it. It’s got a really nice vegetable flavor and aroma. And I really like the aftertaste, too.

I’ve gotten two infusions from it (western style!) and I’m going to try for a third.

First day back at work after being sick for most of a week and then gone on vacation, so not really time to write more.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
TheTeaFairy

Cheri, I’ve never had this particular MO, but have had tons of other milk oolong and so far, my favourite is from Mandala. I also like Teavivre’s a lot, but Mandala is in a class of their own IMO. My dear European friend Ysaurella swears by Theodor’s MO. I suggest you try some milk scented and non scented to figure out if you like the bold buttery creamy taste or prefer a more floral vegetal sweet natural taste.

Cheri

Thanks! I’ll have to get some samples from places….or find someone who is selling from their stash.

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