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Vital Tea Leaf

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drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
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Sitting in the office on a Saturday morning, enjoying sips of this deliciousness, accompanied by the sounds of Mozart.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds as perfect as being at work can get! :)

Spencer

Agreed! There were also fountain pens in use, which made things all the better.

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drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
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Coming into the office, all I wanted was a big pot of fruity black tea.

I got it.

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Drinking it cold-brewed, again.

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Trying this cold-brewed, this morning. The flavors really are not strong enough to maintain through a cold-brew. Tasty, albeit slightly weak.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Drinking a couple of cups of this, cold-brewed! Quite pleasant.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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88

No better tea with which to start a new month!

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87
drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
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For the first time in a while, my first tea of the day was cold-brewed. Breakfast was accompanied by some cold-brewed Lychee Black, and it was delicious. Zero astringency. Wonderful sweetness.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Sipping a mug of this fruity drink, this morning, and looking forward to the weekend, when my mother will be in town, and we will be going tea tasting.

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Sipdown! I have no idea what my tea total is for now, & I’m not even going to try to figure it out until next week. This Shu was sent to me from Spencer, & I’ve been sipping it all afternoon. The main flavor elements were semolina & cedar.
Thanks Spencer!

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Most of my day was spent working in my office, & I’m please to say my tall file cabinet is done! It feels so good to have finished that project. My recycling bin is overflowing!
Initially while I was working I was drinking gongfu sessions of:
Mengku Pure Old Tree Golden Buds Black (2012) from JK Tea Shop. CharlotteZero shared some with me, & although I don’t really have much to say, it’s because I was busy. But it did bring me joy while I worked, & I love the caramel color of the leaves, which are dense & sturdy, & the tea was delicious. I’m sharing it here because I couldn’t find it on JK’s page, & it is a sipdown.

Next up was this Shu, sent to me from Spencer. I usually give shu’s one rinse, & then taste them. If I don’t care for the first pour, I’ll dump it (that counts as a 2nd rinse).
After the first rinse I can only describe what was in my cup as cream of mushroom soup. It had a strong mushroom taste, & also a buttery taste. I took a few sips, & that had to go.
Next cup: A slightly less pronounce cream of mushroom soup with buttered hominy. Yes, it had a very strong hominy taste. I like hominy, although I no longer eat it, but I don’t really want my tea to taste like that.
Next? This is a rich cup, still with the buttery hominy (think grits), but also a deep taste of leather, woods (cedar?), a growing boldness, mushroom, umami almost like a meaty broth.
I feel the beginning of a camphor type sensation as well.
Next?….
Sipdown! (322)

gmathis

Yay for file cabinet organization. My totally organized moments are few and far between these days, but man, do they feel good!

Terri HarpLady

They do! You know, I’ve been complaining lately that no matter how much I accomplish, I always feel like I didn’t accomplish enough each day. I don’t feel that way today. It feels so good to have gotten this done!

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One of my favorite pu’erh, this one is going to be the drinker for the morning.

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Enjoying this cup of tea from Spencer. For some reason I thought this would be coconut & rooibos, but it’s actually coconut & black (aka red tea). Anyway, the black tea has a chocolaty quality to it. The coconut is not too far out front, & this is a pleasant cup of tea.
Thanks Spencer!
Sipdown :)

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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It feels odd to be waiting until I got to the office in order to make my first cup of tea, but it is going to be delicious! In the meantime, I sit here, watching an epic struggle between sun and dark clouds, outside the window near my desk.

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Well, except for the part, where I accidentally let the water get too hot, first…this worked well!

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drank Woodbridge Puerh by Vital Tea Leaf
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Cutting the grease off the Chinese food!

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Truly a favorite tea of mine. I need to write a full review on it.

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drank Blue Tea by Vital Tea Leaf
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I sampled this while visiting Vital Tea Leaf in San Francisco a few months back. It was not at all what I expected, but not bad. Just not something I’d drink regularly.

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drank Lemon Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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drank Rose Puerh by Vital Tea Leaf
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We found this wonderful tea at a tasting house in San Francisco. It has an awesome cool note on the back of the throat. It is perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Starting the morning right!

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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More tea for the “pit” (as we call our are of the office).

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