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drank Tieguanyin by Unknown
6 tasting notes

Alas I am going through my stash of Infusions of Tea final sale items and opened up the Tieguanyin. When its gone I’ll have to venture farther afield for a replacement. THe first sips are light with a hint of honey and grass. Deeper in the pot a flowery fragrance contrasts with an oaky dry taste. The second steep is more Oak and Honey but the third returns the first impression of grass. I like a light tea with gently unfolding flavor to unwind in the afternoon.

Flavors: Flowers, Grass, Honey, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Egyptian Chamomile by Unknown
325 tasting notes

I had never been a big chamomile tea (tisane, if you insist) drinker. I had stuck to teabags and often it seemed like a kind of dusty taste. But was wondering about trying again a better grade of chamomile and the other day in the bio supermarket I was intrigued by their own brand organic herbs. The dried chamomile flowers were really quite huge (and almost grotesque), and even through the packaging there was this nice cosy (much nicer than teabags) chamomile scent. Costing about 2 euros for a big huge package (50 grams? 100? it looks huge because of the volume), I bought it.

And it is a totally different, so much nicer, tisane than the other kinds I had before. Yep, I finally get chamomile and love it as well.

Just a quibble, or warning – this is about the messiest tea ever for my gravity infuser, even worse than rooibos. I just use a small teapot and strainer, or go lazy and fill a make-your-own teabag.

This, or some kind of it, is going to be a staple for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank 1st Flush Darjeeling by Unknown
457 tasting notes

Sad, sad sipdown. I have enjoyed this little gem of a tea that I received in a swap from Artp. A friend of his brought it back from India, and Artp was kind enough to offer some for trade. This tea has all of the lovely muscatel flavors and a nice astringency that isn’t overpowering. The second steep of this tea has always been my favorite, and today is no exception. The grape-y flavor with and underlying earthiness is good, good, good. Yep, I’m going to miss this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pai Mu Tan by Unknown
5 tasting notes

Soft one, good one :-)

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Jin Jun Mei by Unknown
5 tasting notes

This tea is just great.. It surely isn’t for everyday drinking and it get’s overdrink very easily. It has nice candyfloss taste.

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Good tea for evening drinking before going to bed. Very nice smell. It’s easy to oversteep, about 1 minute for the first steep is just enough.
Thanks to jasmine taste it’s also suitable for people that doesn’t drink normal tea. I had a date with one girl before a few years, I have invited her into a teahouse and chosen very good Darjeeling tea.. unfortunately I have never dated that girl again – next time I would choose Jasmine tea.. :-)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Unknown
269 tasting notes

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drank An Ji Bai Cha by Unknown
269 tasting notes

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drank An Ji Bai Cha by Unknown
269 tasting notes

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drank Panettone by Unknown
1 tasting notes

This tea is wonderful on a cold night. It is creamy and refreshing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pi Lo Chun by Unknown
269 tasting notes

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drank 2013 Ming Hong by Unknown
269 tasting notes

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drank Tieguanyin by Unknown
269 tasting notes

An Autumn 2013 Harvest. Absolutely amazing. The aroma reminded me so much of plumeria and melon. The taste was so buttery and floral. A true treat.

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drank Pu-erh by Unknown
1623 tasting notes

This little cheapie, dark and rich with just a little mineral, is further proof that prowling through the bins at your local indie vendor can pay off. Newbies on a budget—do some local exploring: it’s a great way to expand your tea wardrobe without deflating your wallet as much as you would with name brand mail orders.

(Not that we don’t love those name brands as well ;)

ashmanra

Sometimes I just have a hankering to try something I have never tried before. The budget beauties are a great way to satisfy the urge!

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drank Pu-erh by Unknown
1623 tasting notes

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drank An Ji Bai Cha by Unknown
269 tasting notes

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Green Tea by Unknown
344 tasting notes

So yesterday I was at a cafe and ordered some rose green tea, thinking that it would be the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day. There were tea leaves scooped into some sort of disposable t-sac-like pouch and dumped into some hot water. It smelled deliciously rosy, but tasted like rose-flavored soap. Oh, well, at least it kept my hands warm for a bit. I have yet to find a convenient cafe to go to that actually cares about their tea a little more than just offering it on the menu as an alternative to coffee.

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drank Floral Green by Unknown
149 tasting notes

So my mom got me this gift set for my birthday, right, and it included a cute little glass tea pot, a glass infuser, two double wall teacups, and a bag of blooming teas. This was an incredibly sweet gesture. We live in different states and don’t communicate very often. The fact that she not only picked up on and remembered that I have a liking *cough obsession *cough with tea, but that she also went out of her way to do a whole gift set says a lot.
It’s been a couple months, and while I’ve wanted to try out the set I really didn’t want to test that tea O.o
She asked me today if I had tried it yet (and incidentally I was actually thinking about testing it out) and to send her a pic of the bloomed tea. The “tea making experience” is a lot of fun with this, and I would love to do this for a few friends- HOWEVER- not with this tea. Unless of course, you like tea that tastes like you accidentally steeped your paper napkin instead of your tea. blargh.

Bottom line? I love my little tea pot and will use it for other blooming teas once I muster up the courage to try some.

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

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drank Pu-erh by Unknown
269 tasting notes

Just so that I can remember… this was a 2012 shou that came in a brick.

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drank 2013 Ming Hong by Unknown
269 tasting notes

Hopefully, I will get a chance to try this tea again. I cannot recall the exact notes right now. I just remember it being very flavorful, subtle, but having a wonderful symphony of notes. A very full bodied tea, but one I could see myself drinking through the day, nevertheless.

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The highly amusing IM conversation between a friend and I who bought the same tea:
me: WOW. this is slightly smoky. seems like sweet roasted bark
friend: I KNOWWWW
me: so mellow and sweet
friend: IT’S AMAZINGGGG, ISN’T IT?
me: wow
friend: honestly..it’s one of my favorite teas ever
me: I’m amazed by this. it’s a taste that I have never had before. wow. this strange sweetness. like… the sweetness of pure nature. it evokes such a clear image of a forest with crackling sounds
friend: the way i was describing it to my friends is that it tastes like it’s roasted or kettle-cooked. it’s like they found a way to make “puer kettle chips” and then turned that into a tea. OMG YES. I CAN’T STOP TYPING IN CAPS
me: YEAH. YEAHHHHH. kettle cooked

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

Wish I could have tried this one. Sounds like you have a great friend.

Tea Pet

I can send you a sample, if you’d like! :)

mrmopar

Oh gosh, would I have anything you would like in trade? That’s very generous of you!

Tea Pet

Just PMed you! :)

mrmopar

Messaging you back.

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drank Jin Jun Mei by Unknown
464 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Tea Box

This tea was such a relief after the Brioche! Dark, wine-like, just slightly fruity-sweet, this tea had a soft mouth-feel. It also had an understated maltiness and a slight astringency in the aftertaste.

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