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Another tea I have little to say about at this point. I love it, it’s one of my faves, and you can see other tasting notes to see why. Short story is that it’s chocolatey, almondy, caramelly, and has a nice black tea base that plays well with the flavors.

I feel like I’ve been leaning toward black teas lately, especially my favorite flavoreds, and today I realized that it might be because in a few weeks I will be in China and I subconciously think this will mean no more black tea. Of course it will likely not because I am going to try to pick up a couple teas including a gongfu black right when I get there so I can have them for my 3 week stay in Beijing. True, I won’t have flavored teas except for florals. I am glad I’m at a much better place in my tea journey than if I was taking this trip last year… at this time last year I didn’t like (nor was I interested in) any unflavored teas at all, really, and a trip to China would have just resulted in lots and lots of jasmine teas. Fortunately that’s no longer the case, and that’s definitely due to swaps on Steepster and Teavivres samples, which have been like a mini course in Chinese teas. Now my biggest problem is fitting it all in my luggage…

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Spoonvonstup

You can always get another piece of luggage (like a rolly carry-on) while you’re there! If you’re getting any accessories, I highly recommend taking those on your person rather than going through as check-in. On my last trip back, my luggage was so seriously manhandled (in LA) that my super-protected hard-wood tea board was cracked. From what height did that have to drop do split solid walnut? Just lucky my pots and gaiwan were in my carry-on.

Spoonvonstup

Oh, there are some good flavored black teas (milk teas) around Beijing in the little drink stops. Try getting a rose milk tea if you see one! Quite yummy.

Dinosara

Unfortunately I’ll already be pretty weighed down with research gear, so carry on is not really an option. I’ve packed wine glasses in checked luggage coming back from Paris and they survived, though! At least I’m not going through LA. :D

And thanks for the heads up on the milk tea, I love rose teas!

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Spoonvonstup

You can always get another piece of luggage (like a rolly carry-on) while you’re there! If you’re getting any accessories, I highly recommend taking those on your person rather than going through as check-in. On my last trip back, my luggage was so seriously manhandled (in LA) that my super-protected hard-wood tea board was cracked. From what height did that have to drop do split solid walnut? Just lucky my pots and gaiwan were in my carry-on.

Spoonvonstup

Oh, there are some good flavored black teas (milk teas) around Beijing in the little drink stops. Try getting a rose milk tea if you see one! Quite yummy.

Dinosara

Unfortunately I’ll already be pretty weighed down with research gear, so carry on is not really an option. I’ve packed wine glasses in checked luggage coming back from Paris and they survived, though! At least I’m not going through LA. :D

And thanks for the heads up on the milk tea, I love rose teas!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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