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Got this in my swap with Azzrian, thanks!

I haven’t tried a lot of blackberry teas, but I also haven’t really tried any good blackberry teas. I think there is something about the taste of blackberry that is hard to capture in flavorings. The aroma on the steeped tea on this one smells primarily like black tea without much else involved, but it at least smells like a tasty Chinese black tea.

The flavor surprised me… kind of sweet and tart, and surprisingly blackberry. You know, with the low ratings on this one I wasn’t really expecting anything but I am fairly pleasantly surprised. It’s not a tea that I would really crave or reach for often, but I do think the blackberry flavoring is pretty faithful, even in the hot tea. I have been unimpressed by the black tea base on Della Terra teas before, but this one is kind of nice. Pretty tasty overall.

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

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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It is f*#%ing cold outside. I am pretty sure it is colder today where I am living now, nearly the South (should feel like -10F today!) than it ever has been since I moved away from Chicago five years ago, even though I was living further north than I am now. It’s unexpected. Our house isn’t really built for this type of cold.

This matcha was nice and warming and energizing this morning. Now can I please not go outside?

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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I got samples of this tea from recent swaps with both Azzrian and Alphakitty. Thanks guys! I have pooled them all into one pouch so who knows who this is from. :D

I know I just got done saying earlier that I haven’t been into green teas lately, but this one is slightly different because it’s not a fruity green but rather sesame and caramel, which sounds pretty good. I do love a nutty green.

THis one didn’t quite pan out as fantastic as I’d hoped, but it was pretty tasty still. Not as much caramel or sesame as I’d hoped, although what was there was nice and natural, seeming almost like it was just part of the green tea itself. I just can’t help but wish that the base was not bancha but whatever awesome chestnutty base is on the Earl Green from Empire Tea Service.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

this one is Subtle? it’s going back on my shopping list! I have been afraid it was going to be SWEET carmel and too fruity.

Dinosara

The sample I had definitely wasn’t overly sweet or overly flavored. Might be worth getting a sample!

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Yet another Lupicia oolong sample thanks to Alphakitty!

This one smelled delicious but didn’t pan out in the taste so much. There was just something missing… I wanted more sweetness, more buttery floral notes from the oolong. The light tangerine was nice at the beginning of the sip but otherwise it was barely present. I’m not sure if this one suffered from storage in a plastic bag or what, but it wasn’t quite as good as some of the others from Lupicia that I’ve tried.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

I LOVE this one, and how it is not overdone.

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drank Toasted Fig by American Tea Room
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I think I was almost afraid to revisit this one. I really liked it the first time I had it, but then I never really got into other puers. I worried that I didn’t like this one as much as I thought I did, and instead of using up my sample it just sat there in my sample drawer.

Well it turns out that I don’t love this one as much as I did the first time I had it, although I do still enjoy it. This is an oaky, woody puer. Not fishy or dirty or whatever like some, but definitely woody, and I’m not sure that it’s a flavor profile that I’m that into. The rest of the flavors, like sweet bourbon, is quite yummy, but not enough for me to restock. Glad to have put this one to bed, finally, though.

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

it is one of our favorites too!

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I got a sample of this in a swap with Azzrian. Thanks!

I don’t know that I’ve ever had a Chun Mee green tea. You know, it occurs to me that green tea is some of my least-craved tea. It’s not that I don’t like green tea, but I’ve never really been super interested in straight greens and now the flavored ones are getting boring for me. I don’t know what it is. Nevertheless, sometimes a green tea can surprise me.

Well, I was surprised at how dark the resulting liquor was from this tea. It is a light amber color, and it smells almost a bit like sauteed leafy greens. I agreen with Kittenna that the flavor on this one is kind of uninspiring. Those sauteed greens come through in the flavor, as does some nuttiness, but there’s also an almost metallic note. What seems like a promising initial sip kind of flattens out toward the end and the flavors get a bit deadened. Not entirely sure if this one is not great quality or just not my style.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey Cheesecake by 52teas
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Sample stashbusting. I love it when the samples I get in the mail are enough for just about two cups. Which sounds odd, because I should love it when I get samples that are large… more tea is better, right? Except I have learned that I prefer to have a small amount to sample and then I can buy more later. If a sample is more than 4 cups worth it takes me forever to get through it!

Of course, that almost doesn’t work for this tea. I had two cups, yay, but now I have none and I can’t order more. Figures the one 52teas blend I like isn’t a permanent collection tea. This one is quite yummy, so I guess I’ll have to keep my eye out for random reblends/

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

I really wish this and the Marshmallow Genmaicha would be added to the permanent collection, they’re so tasty!

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drank Earl Green by Empire Tea Services
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Yum yum. I never cease to be amazed by the lovely base of this tea. So unlike your typical flavored green base! I have gotten a little fatigued on flavored greens (that aren’t florals… so mainly fruity greens), but this one is an exception. I now can pick out that this tea is full of awesome natural chestnut notes (before I described them as just nutty, buttery and even cookie-ish). I want more flavored greens like this one.

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

Agreed the green base is great. I also like the bergamot ETS uses. It is no wimp and just different.

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drank Coconut Cabana by The Tea Spot
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I am on kind of a milk oolong kick lately… too bad I have so few of them in my cupboard! :P I better watch out, because that kind of thing could lead to a tea order (which I don’t need to do!)

This one is quite tasty today. A smooth creamy milk oolong base with a hit of coconut over the top. A fresh green fruitiness as well, and no drying astringency in the mouthfeel. It’s neither my perfect milk oolong nor my perfect coconut oolong, but it’s a decent combination substitute.

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

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This sample comes to me thanks to Azzrian! Thanks!

I am not the biggest fan of roasted/dark oolongs, so I never felt a need to seek this one out to try. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not happy to try it now that a sample has been provided! If there’s one thing I’ve learned about pure, high quality, unflavored teas, it’s that my tastes can and do change, so I never know when I’m going to try one and decide that I love it.

I followed the exact instructions when brewing this one. The steeped tea smells intriguingly sweet and fruity, with the expected roasted note over the top. The scent is fairly light, and the flavor is pretty light too. I feel like I should have brewed this one hotter, against recommendation, because it just seems under-steeped. The flavors that are there are pretty decent… definitely edging toward a black tea, though with fruity oolong characteristics. There are definitely oak notes in there, too. But man, I wish this had more flavor. I will try it at a hotter temp before I rate this one.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Glad you liked it – hopefully you have enough to give it another go hotter or longer steep.

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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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