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drank Golden Phoenix by Silk Road
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So I woke up with a headache today, and it was foggy out, and the construction across the street was loud (it always is, but on my days off, I have to deal with it more). As a result, I figured now was the time to try it. It smelled warm and heavy and just the thing I needed.

Brewed, I was reminded why I love pu erh. So dark and rich and full…that’s what pu erh is a common winter tea for me. It’s got body.

The taste isn’t my favourite..probably because of the orange peel (it’s one of those I like it in some combinations but not all combinations). The cinnamon was mild enough and not super hot. I’ll tell you what this tea made me think of…a pu erh based chai. Like Saigon Chai with pu erh base. That’s something I can get behind. I should get more Saigon Chai. Been too long without it.

Anyway, I do like this blend, but it isn’t a favourite. I’d pick Chocolate Orange (Oh Christmas Treat) over this any day. Many thanks to Shayne Bear for the sample. I’m sure I will drink the rest of this.

OMGsrsly

A puerh chai would be amazing, actually. And there’s a tea shop in North Vancouver that apparently does custom blends. I wonder if they’ve ever done anything like that!

Amariel

Golden Chai, or Saigon Phoenix (if mixed with DAVIDs Saigon Chai)?

yyz

Zen tea has a Pu-erh chai, it isn’t exactly traditional as it has cocoa and coconut, but it may be worth trying if you’re interested.
http://steepster.com/teas/zen-tea/30495-energizing-chai-organic
http://zentealife.com/tea/type/chai-puerh/chai-enegizing.html

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OMGsrsly

A puerh chai would be amazing, actually. And there’s a tea shop in North Vancouver that apparently does custom blends. I wonder if they’ve ever done anything like that!

Amariel

Golden Chai, or Saigon Phoenix (if mixed with DAVIDs Saigon Chai)?

yyz

Zen tea has a Pu-erh chai, it isn’t exactly traditional as it has cocoa and coconut, but it may be worth trying if you’re interested.
http://steepster.com/teas/zen-tea/30495-energizing-chai-organic
http://zentealife.com/tea/type/chai-puerh/chai-enegizing.html

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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