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Hoping today goes better than yesterday. Please no bad news (maybe even good news? but I’ll settle for a lack of bad news) and no computers suddenly dying and taking hours worth of work with it.

I’m not sure what happened with this one today but it has a hint of bitterness to it unfortunately. But it’s not too bad, and I still get the nice bergamot and caramel as well. I guess it’s one of those risky things with blends that have lower quality bases… they can be quite finicky!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Vortegne

Dorian Grey? Interesting :D

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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This sample comes to me thanks to Azzrian! Thanks!

I approach this tea with some trepidition. On one hand, Earl Grey and cheesecake sound just like the kind of flavor combo I would adore. On the other, I have never had success with 52teas in the past. For some reason, they just don’t sit right with my palate, which I always am sad about because he always blends the most interesting flavors.

So yeah, this tea. The aroma of the steeped tea is really interesting. The bergamot is almost floral to my nose, and I can definitely pick out the creamy, sharp, slightly sour cheesecake. It smells like a tea I would really like. First sip, seems good! Not a hint of bitterness from the black tea base. A decently strong bergamot without bitterness there, as well, and for once I do actually taste the creamy cheesecake flavor in a 52teas tea. The bergamot has a lovely floral nature that I think is being partly brought out by the tang of the cheesecake, and it works well (helps that I love florals). I still am not the biggest fan of Assam and so I would prefer this on a Chinese or Ceylon base, and there is perhaps the tiniest hint of a bitter-citrus note in the aftertaste that kind puts a little damper on things. But on the whole it is a delicious tea and you can color me impressed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
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The first time I tried this one I wasn’t super impressed. I never came back to my sample because it didn’t ever call to me, but today I wanted a milk oolong and I don’t have many (any?) others in my stash right now.

I dunno, I just don’t get any creaminess to this one really. Vegetal, nutty and a little buttery, with maybe a hint of condensed milk in the aftertaste (but none of the sweetness). It’s a decently tasty tea, but not my fave. Really, I have been pretty consistantly disappointed with most milk oolongs, and I am thinking it is because most milk oolongs are subject to a type of flavoring during the growing process that doesn’t quite allure me. There are a few more direct-from-the-source milk oolongs I want to try, but otherwise I will be sticking with Teavivre’s unflavored milk oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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After my less-than-spectacular previous tea, I wanted a bergamot-and-floral that I knew would deliver. Just opening the bag made my mouth water!

Today has not really been my day. I cannot seem to stop sneezing, I just pinched my fingers in the cabinet, and then I almost knocked my open pouch of this tea onto the floor. Luckily not too much spilled out (maybe about a teaspoon), but it was very sad to see those little curly black tea leaves and lovely rose petals on the floor as I swept them up.

But this cup will make me feel better… it smells so chocolatey and delicious, with lovely rose as well. I’ve always wanted more bergamot in this blend, but I can’t complain too much because it’s still so delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Sorry you’re not having the best of days. We’re sort of in the same boat, I feel as if a virus is trying to take root, & yesterday I mashed my pinky!

I still have some of this love tea too! I think if I spilled it, I’d be down there picking it up! LOL! I hope David brings that one back, as it is such a treat! I’ll be sad when it’s gone.

Dinosara

Thanks for the good wishes, and I hope you feel better soon! My nose has thankfully calmed down for the afternoon. :)

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This is not a popular tea. Nevertheless, I it’s been on my shopping list for years because I love bergamot and I love florals. I recently bought a pack of sample tins from Kusmi (the “Russian” set) and this was included, so I finally get to try it.

I think the dry leaf smells nice, with plenty of bergamot, the balance of some other citrus, and some light florals in the background. The steeped leaf, too, smells pleasantly bergamotty and floral.

Unfortunately I guess sometimes you just have to listen to the people. I don’t find this one as distasteful as some people, especially as it cools, but it isn’t as lovely as I had hoped. The bergamot edges on a pith-like bitterness that I never enjoy, and the florals are a bit perfumy tasting. It is growing on me a bit, but it certainly isn’t a tea I would reach for often. I wonder how it would cold brew?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Dragon Flames by Sanctuary T
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I am considerably more awake than I was an hour ago. Thank goodness for tea. I still wish I was a tiny bit more energized, though, so I grabbed this one from my cabinet. Now I am drinking maté and listening to modern tango, which is appropriate.

I don’t have a lot of maté blends, but I am thinking maybe I should explore them more. I definitely enjoy this one, even if it’s pretty simple blend. It’s definitely an easy blend to recreate: green maté and jasmine pearls. Simple, and yet brilliant. The jasmine goes so well with the herbaceous quality of the maté, providing a hint of florals and smoothness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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82

Another early morning for me, and I need this tea to make some attempt at waking up. Coming into work early with the hope of getting things done in the morning is not going to work if I’m half asleep during most of it.

There’s something about the really strong bergamot in this one that kind of jolts my mind awake, as if the bergamot itself was somehow contributing to the caffeine. No matter how many teas I’ve tried over the years, Earl Grey is still the best wake-up tea for me. Unfortunately, even the best wake-up tea take some time to kick in.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Momo by Lupicia
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I am really bummed because my first package from the Verdant reserve tea of the month club accidentally shipped to my old address that I just moved from, and is now very far away. I realized it when I saw on the tracking info that there was a notice left for delivery, but I hadn’t received a notice. Then I noticed that the current location was my old town. :(

In an effort to improve my mood, I am having a cup of this, which I got in my happy bag this year. I’m interested to try more of lupicia’s black teas because I have only ever had their black base of their Earl Grey, which I rather like a lot. This one smells very very peachy. I also smell a nice malty, almost bready black tea in it, which really smells good. The result is almost something like peach cobbler. Or maybe toast with peach butter. We got some peach butter in South Carolina the last time we were there and it was fantastic. This tea is reminding me of having that on some toast. The flavor is pretty great too… Ripe, juicy peach, but not too overly sweet so as to be candyish. The black tea base supports it very well and it quite delicious in its own right. The peach flavor is definitely not overwhelming and plays pretty equally with the black tea, not steamrolling over the top of it. I am definitely pleased with this offering and am even more interested to try more of Lupicia’s black teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Vortegne

Hope you get your package soon!

Indigobloom

Sounds tasty! hope your tea gets to you soon :)

Dinosara

Thanks… It’s more complicated though because I couldn’t set up a forwarding address for my mail due to some weird beaurocracy, so the package will just be returned to Verdant in 15 days.

Terri HarpLady

bummer about the package! Hopefully you’ll get it eventually.
This Peach tea sounds awesome, I love peaches! I finally have an excuse to place an order from Lupicia.

Kittenna

Terri – I bet you could arrange a swap with someone to try this tea, since a billion of us just picked it up in our Happy Bags. (I won’t have enough to do so, but others easily may!)

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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This is the tea that came in my happy bag that I was possibly most happy about. Which is funny because I’m not even all that into pineapple teas, but I wanted to try more of Lupicia’s flavored oolongs. The smell on the dry leaf on this one hit me strongly as soon as I cut open the pouch… pineapple! Sweet, candyish, pineapple-juice-smelling pineapple, with some creamy coconut to underlie it. It smelled quite tasty, and I could even get a hint of the oolong underneath.

Steeped, it smells more like oolong (which is a good thing), but still with a big helping of pinapple and coconut. I think the coconut is really making the oolong smell buttery. It’s a good combo! The flavors are pretty good but overall the cup seems like its missing something. I think that I really want a very buttery oolong in the background but it’s just not stepping up to the plate. Based on the aroma, I expect sweet and creamy and buttery, but those just aren’t delivered as much. I definitely think I will have to try this one iced, as well, because it seems perfect for that kind of preparation. Still, it’s a tasty tea, and I’m glad it was included in the bag.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Tan Yang Te Ji by TeaSpring
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Maaan I need to get my morning groove back. All of last semester I was really good about getting up early and getting to work and being productive. This morning is pretty much the earliest I’ve gotten in all week and I just cannot wake up for some reason. Hopefully tea will help.

I haven’t tried this one in quite a while. It really is quite good. Notes of lightly toasted chocolate (I always think of the browned chocolate bits on the bottom of a chocolate chip cookie) and some slightly molasses-y grains. Not quite my perfect fujian black, but a pretty darned good one.

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

I am not a morning person!

Terri HarpLady

Me neither, which makes me glad to be self-employed. Of course, I probably should be a more demanding boss…

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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.
89-86: 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
85-80: 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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