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A short tasting note, but basically, I’m loving this oolong! It’s sweet, floral, and buttery. Some greener oolongs can be a bit too vegetal or grassy to me, but this does not fall into that category. Kind of reminds me of the Traditional Tieguanyin from Verdant.

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Not the best English Breakfast I’ve had, but it was good enough while I was at a diner for brunch this morning. Would it be too pretentious or snobby to start carrying around my own tea bags? I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but I’m seriously starting to think about it, haha.

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drank Bubble Tea by Custom
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I’ve been terrible about logging teas while on vacation, but I’ll use this as a catch-all for all the boba I’ve been having lately. Among my favorites: roasted oolong milk tea, genmaicha milk tea, and melon milk tea all with boba. There’s a place that has really good roasted barley milk tea, so I’ll probably try and hit that up before I leave California. Gotta stuff it all in while I can!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Started off Christmas morning with a nice strong cup of Laoshan Black! This tea has really grown on me, and I love the natural chocolate taste. I definitely picked the right tea today :)

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So I’m back in California for a bit and found a way to easily transport a bunch of tea samples and a tea ball with me, so I’m anticipating a few sipdowns while I’m here. I started off this morning with a nice strong cup of this English Breakfast. Even though the semester is over, I still have a take-home final that I need to work on, so I’m sipping on this to wake up my brain. Maybe later today I will reward myself with some very much missed In-N-Out!

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I was a bit skeptical about signing up for Steepster select because I can be picky, but I’m really excited to try all of these teas! Anyway, this is the first tea I’m trying from this month’s package. There is definitely a strong roasted taste with maybe just a bit of smokiness. It’s also surprisingly sweet. For me, roasted + sweet + oolong is turning out to be one of my favorite combos, so I’m really enjoying this one!

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Some mornings, I just want something cheerful to motivate me to get through the day. This morning, this tea really hit the spot. That sweet peach flavor really brightened up a cold morning. And thank goodness it did because I have a lot of studying to do (ughhhh finals week). Now back to work!

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drank Joy by Tazo
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Hmm, interesting. Grabbed a cup of this at Starbucks on the way to school. By the time I got there, I think it oversteeped. I’m tasting mostly black and some oolong. Very bold and a bit bitter (probably because of the oversteeping). Also, the tea bag is pretty huge compared to my “Tall” cup. Anyway, the tea seems a bit plain for me, but I’m using it more for caffeine purposes, so it is doing its job!

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Another sample sipdown. Used a little more leaf this time just because there wasn’t enough left to brew again. Today, I am getting a strong honey note at the end that I didn’t really notice before. I think this may be my favorite of the oolong samples that Teavivre sent me.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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