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87
drank Lychee Green Tea by thepuriTea
2399 tasting notes

I got this sample from thepuriTea before they went out of business. I’m bummed they went out of business because I liked a lot of their offerings…

The dry leaf doesn’t smell much like lychee in the sample tin I got, but after brewing it, you can definitely taste the lychee there. It’s subtle, but a bit juicy and fresh. I agree with moraiwe that there’s something floral about this. It’s really very elegant and doesn’t taste fake in any way like a lot of flavored green teas. I’ll have to look around for another lychee green tea because I really liked this. It might be good as a cold brew as well.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
612 tasting notes

Oh man, I really liked this one! It has a DEEP, deep flavor that makes you worry at first it’s going to get bitter, but it doesn’t (might’ve helped that I listened to the Steepster advice about steeping only 4 minutes); instead you get strong cocoa, wood, a little tobacco, and lots of delicious raisin. I love that instead of sweet potato you do get pumpkin. Brandy too, to go with the raisins, yes! I even detect the brown sugar from the copy; for once I seem to get everything described and in spades. This isn’t a tea I could drink all willy-nilly as it’s so intense and there’s a lot going on, but wow what an experience. Something about it, maybe the smoothness and depth of the malt, reminds me a little of Dragon Pearls. Resteeps well too. Seems to be a thing with me, loving Bi Luo-style curls (Bi Luo Chun is possibly my favorite general green tea style). I’m guessing out of my ass here but it seems like somehow twisting and curling the leaves contributes sweet richness. I love the way it looks too. Very bummed I can never restock this one now as thepuriTea is gone. :(

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Looking forward to this one! I have a sample – haven’t tried it yet…

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72
drank Silver Needle by thepuriTea
2399 tasting notes

Backlog – I had this with my lunch yesterday, it is nice as a cold brew tea. I will need to do that with all of my white teas from now on…

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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72
drank Silver Needle by thepuriTea
2399 tasting notes

Another sample tea from the now defunct puriTea (boo).

I’m not really super excited by most white teas and this is no exception. I’m sure it’s fine but I can’t seem to find the “sweet spot” that brings forth the promised flavors. I get a bit of nuttiness and something that reminds me of clover but it needs something, it’s far too mild & benign for my tastes. I think I will try cold brewing the rest of this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
1378 tasting notes

I bought two of these sample with their going out of business sale. I knew I’d love it — it’s Yunnan. But I just needed samples because I have many other Yunnan samples. :D The leaves come in a tiny tin enough for a few servings! Kind of tough to scoop the leaves out though. The leaves are mostly gold – but enough darker color to promise some chocolate flavor!

Steep #1 // just boiled // 4 min
I went with 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons. Kind of tough to tell since I had to add a little at a time in order not to spill the leaves everywhere. The taste is lovely of course… I don’t think Yunnan can be terrible. The first thing I notice is actually the texture of the tea – it actually does seem like honey, which makes sense because it tastes like honey. With just enough chocolate flavor… I guess you could say to keep it interesting… but Verdant’s Golden Fleece has NO chocolate flavor, and that blend is something amazing. But I love all this honey and a bit of chocolate. I guess at this point I’m great at being able to tell how much honey/chocolate flavor there will be just by seeing the amount of gold/black in the leaves.

Steep #2 // a few minutes after boiling // 7 min
Another lovely cup! This cup might have more chocolate than honey for some reason. I love this tea. Honey & a hint of dark chocolate. A tea like this must be a cupboard staple at all times. Sadly, it won’t be thePuritea’s blend.

TeaBrat

sigh they went out of business just as I was discovering how yummy their teas were.

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
612 tasting notes

Had this yesterday while wrapping up Season 4 of Buffy. Very tasty! I think I just like dragon pearls though—I haven’t had any yet I didn’t enjoy. This brewed up a nice malty, deep chocolate cup that was very satisfying, edged with smoky and cold weather harvest flavors (think apples, prunes, maple) making one think of fall, winter, seasons of dormancy when things below ground. I think I may steal Terri’s idea of using pearls as a purse-friendly portable option. Yum. Also, resteeps very well; I got 4 solid infusions and might’ve been able to keep going but figured that was enough caffeine for a while. Didn’t make me jittery either but gave me that “calm focused energy” thing tea is known for.

Such a bummer thepuritea is gone now; I’ve enjoyed the samples I grabbed in their going out of business sale. Knew that’d be a bittersweet experience—if I liked the teas it’d be with the knowledge they’re impossible to restock and if I didn’t, well, then I’ve had tea I didn’t like. I guess it’s better this way, the former, but ah well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
keychange

yes, calm focused energy is a great way to describe it!

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drank Dan Cong by thepuriTea
1471 tasting notes

This sample is probably from Sil. Thanks, Sil! :)

I have two other teas waiting for second-and-third steeps, but I decided to have something different. I’m contrary like that. :)

The result is… no. It’s way too roasty-toasty for me.

Sorry, thepuriTea. It’s me, not you.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Red Dragon Pearl by thepuriTea
132 tasting notes

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95
drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
270 tasting notes

Comforted by the taste of both malt and caramel in this little gem this morning. Sadly I was also reminded of how much I miss this tea seller. Almost gone now so I really need to find a similar substitution.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
ifjuly

if you find one, please let me know! i am in mourning too. love this tea.

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95
drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
270 tasting notes

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95
drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
270 tasting notes

This is one amazing tea! The cutest little nuggets of Yunnan tea you’ll ever find. A beautiful golden brown tea soup. Sweet malty sips of deliciousness. Gorgeous dark full leaves after the steep. Amazing staying power – I enjoyed four steeps this morning.

I am reminded of just how much I’ll miss thepuritea and how “smart” I was to stock up during their final clearance sale!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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95
drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
270 tasting notes

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96
drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
1378 tasting notes

I had to order a couple SAMPLES from thepuritea with their going out of business sale. So sad! This was a free sample with my order which I really wanted to try, but at that point they didn’t have the samples in the tins. It looks slightly like Zen’s Phoenix “Pearls” (snails). The leaves are slightly wound up with gold color.

Steep #1 // 3 min // around ten minutes after boiling
I only waited a few minutes after boiling because I was undecided about what to have. The cup was nice anyway. It’s kind of between chocolate and sweet potato… not really either… just a really nice black tea. Tough to describe! I wonder if black teas always tasted like chocolate and sweet potato to me, I just never noticed the flavors.

Steep #2 // 4 min // right after boiling
Slightly astringent this time around and much darker in color. A nice robust cup! Malty, lingering, much more chocolatey this time around. There is a leaf in the bottom of my mug somehow that actually DOES look like a snail. erm, ew. Other than the snail, this one is a winner! It will be missed but I will savor the remains of my sample.

Stephanie

Going out of business?? Awws

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53
drank Red Robe by thepuriTea
22 tasting notes

This tasted more vegetal than roasty – more of a green oolong than a darker one. It was ok, but milder than I would like even after steeping for 4 minutes. I much prefer the dark premium red robe from Mandala tea. The second steep at 5 minutes was not very flavorful.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
218 tasting notes

A SIPDOWN! Goodbye thepuriTea’s milk oolong. You were an awesome friend to me but since you are forever gone I will have to turn to other milk oolongs now.

But you will always be My First.

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90
drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
218 tasting notes

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90
drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
218 tasting notes

I haven’t been leaving a whole lot of notes recently… But it seems I rarely drink anything new nowadays – and definitely not for the lack of it! Perhaps I am attempting sipdowns with some of my favorites and not-so-favorites. Not that they have ever gone to a sipdown level yet.

I adore green oolongs. I am not so sure about the dark ones yet – I mean, I do like them, but when I need a super-comfort tea, I turn to green oolongs usually. This one is delicious and awesome.

I also noticed that I am not too fond of flavored oolongs. I love them plain – although the choice of the word ‘plain’ is pretty misplaced ;) But you guys know what I mean.

I think I might start treating the tasting notes partially as a tea log / tea musings space. I hope noone will mind.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
218 tasting notes

After the discombobulating taste of Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice, I decided to have something tried and true – this gorgeous, soothing oolong. It doesn’t disappoint!

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90
drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
218 tasting notes

I am on the second steep of this right now. While I still enjoy this oolong a lot, I think I will take the rating down a bit as I see less and less difference between this one and the oolongs I recently had from Golden Moon Tea. As before, this one is smooth and sweet.

Oolongs are great reading companions (Probably because you don’t have to get your mind off a book in order to try to decide on another tea – you can simply just resteep what you had!).

TranquiliTea81

I have a sample size of this and really like it! I wish I would have ordered more before they shut down, but by the time that I got my order it was too late. It was the first milk oolong I ever tried though, and I was crazy about it, but I agree with you that it does seem similar to many others.

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90
drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
218 tasting notes

So this is what milk oolongs are all about! Super-smooth-tasting numerous steepings a color of winter sunrise. I certainly loved every sip of this and only wish I had a gaiwan to be able to prolong the experience and turn it into a little ritual. But getting a gaiwan is my New Year’s resolution… I sure do have easier and easier resolutions the older I get ;D

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
270 tasting notes

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89
drank Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
270 tasting notes

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89
drank Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
270 tasting notes

Just what I need on a cold, cold morning – honey, toasty warmth with a little peppery kick at the end of the swallow. Delicious. Regrettably I have only a small sample tin to enjoy and cannot reorder since thepuritea selections have disappeared with the close of the business. C’est la vie!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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