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Vital Tea Leaf

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
1599 tasting notes

Making tea for my section of the office.

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Had a small cup of this (4oz), so I could sample it one more time before sending the last bit to Lala. It has a very nice lychee flavor too it, not overly done, just right! Thanks again Spencer for sharing a bit of this with me!

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
1599 tasting notes

Kicking the morning off right!

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Drinking this delicious, fruity mix on a pleasant Saturday morning.

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You’ll see pieces of ginseng in your cup of brewed tea. I like the fresh, sharp flavor of the 1st steeping.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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This tea is more medicinal than for pleasure though you get used to the bitterness. It can be very strong in the second brewing so I typically drink a little at a time. Not as dry as a traditional green tea because it’s “bitter leaf” and apparently not from camellia sinensis. This is why I put it under both green and herbal. The color is a true, bright green. Definitely not for everyone.

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As I steep several gaiwans to fill a mug, I take a moment to sample a tiny cupful from each steeping, enjoying the uniqueness before they are all put together in a more unique mixture.

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Not feeling sick anymore, but anti-oxidant boosts are never bad.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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This afternoon’s drinking.

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drank Woodbridge Puerh by Vital Tea Leaf
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Pot of tea for the coworkers.

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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I wouldn’t describe this one as very vegetal actually, it really has more of a smooth creamy taste with a little tannin bite. I remember the price being quite high, something like $140/160 per pound. It is a very good tea but can probably be found for much less. In the mid-80s, I’d say, not the best oolong I’ve had but not far behind either.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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A nice Shu, sent to me by Spencer, that is earthy & woody, with a little camphor in the later steepings. There were some chocolate notes somewhere in the middle. I gave a quick rinse, then steeped in my yixing: 15 sec/30/45/1min/2min/3min etc.

In these later steepings, it’s mellowed to a nice semolina sweetness, with a creamy texture. Still sipping…

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This one is a trade from Spencer. It’s a lightly refreshing gently fruity & sweet one, which was nice to sip on while I was practicing. My daughter, who recently moved back in with me (along with my grandson), woke up, & we ended up visiting for a little while, so my 45 minute practice session ended up starting about 15 minutes late, but I skipped the 15 minute break & played 90 minutes instead. So I’m basically back on track, more or less. My next 45 minute ‘work’ session will be working on my nanowrimo novel, but the truth is, I need a little food first, so that session will probably also last 90 minutes.

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Enjoying the nuttiness for this warm afternoon.

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drank Supreme Red Robe by Vital Tea Leaf
2164 tasting notes

I haven’t been to Chinatown in ages but I might have to go back soon to get some more of this tea since I’m all out now. Smells like charcoal roasted fruit and tastes very roasty and pleasant with a nice richness on the tongue. Something about this just makes me want to curl up and purr like a cat. I don’t believe I have anymore red robes in my stash and it would be good to have one for the winter time. See previous notes if interested.

JC

I loved this one. I need to get myself some of it.

TeaBrat

It isn’t cheap but it does resteep nicely.

Anna

This sounds really lush!

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drank Royal Pu'erh by Vital Tea Leaf
1599 tasting notes

Decided to go fancy, today at the office. Brewing this for the morning. One cup at a time.

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drank Blue Tea by Vital Tea Leaf
1599 tasting notes

Leftover, chilled Blue Tea from last night.

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