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drank Yunnan by Personal Collection
90 tasting notes

This is just gross. I can’t even drink it. Musty, weird smell and taste. Leaves that are a real dusty, rusty, dull dark brown. Good-coloured liquor but that’s the only thing it has going for it. It’s rare for me to throw away a pot of tea undrunk but I did last night.

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

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55

This is not your average run of the mill roasted dandelion… it’s pretty hard core. Mixture of finely- and medium- ground particles, dark brown in colour, brews up a cloudy very dark brown infusion. I’m drinking it plain this morning although it also goes well with milk. It’s a nice toasty flavour, a touch of bitterness which is what I’m really craving for some reason today.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Mystery Tea by Unknown
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This was just the pick me up I needed earlier this evening chez my mum and dad… Thumbs up.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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58

Had another cup of this this morning, was tossing up between this and the Ti Kuan Yin, this one won because it was already on the bench near my teapot. I was a bit worried actually that 4 minutes might be too long and make it too strong, as I put in quite a heaping teaspoonful into the pot, but it was still very smooth and good to drink. This is definitely a good flavour for the colder weather.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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58

This tea consists of very small, relatively neat, dark black leaves. It’s quite pleasant. A touch smoky, quite smooth drinking. Not that much different to the Keemun from The Tea Centre actually. I am always craving teas that I don’t have, and this morning I could really have gone for a strong malty Assam, but this actually was not a bad substitute. Haven’t tried it with milk yet – next time maybe.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
goodTea

interesting tea! thanks for the review

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47

This was a bit meh this morning. I got interrupted and had to let it get nearly cold before I could finish it, which kind of defeated the purpose of having a warm drink on a cold rainy morning. Never mind!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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93

Yum, just what I need for an afternoon pick me up today…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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47

This is very similar in looks, scent and taste to the ‘oolong’ tea that came in the same pack. The main discernible difference is that it’s a little less fruity, a little more earthy. Ordinary but still ok drinking, especially in this cold weather that is less conducive to very flowery oolongs…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Oolong by Personal Collection
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This is a very dark oolong, the leaves are extremely uneven in size and range in colour from dark golden-brown to nearly black. It came in a pack of 6 mini-tins that cost me $7.50 or so… so I was not expecting much. In fact I’m not quite sure why I purchased the pack except that a.) I occasionally have a perverse desire to drink cheap tea just to see if it really is worthwhile paying out so much money for quality as I usually do, and b.) I needed to make up my purchase amount to be over $20 so I could use EFTPOS as I had no cash. Also sometimes given that the baby can disrupt my tea drinking occasions so greatly, I don’t always get the proper value out of the fancier, more expensive teas that I have… so I feel a bit better about drinking something less precious. Is that bad?

Anyway, so as I said, I wasn’t expecting much from this tea. And it’s not spectacular, but it is ok. It is not stale tasting or musty as I feared it would be; it is a little leathery, a tiny bit fruity, a reasonable oolong to get by with. Not sure if I’ll go buy any more once the little tin is finished but I’ll keep it in mind.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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44

Ok, have been on a mission since yesterday to get this out of my cupboard! Mission now accomplished. Discovered yesterday that if you make a single cup with 2 teaspoons of tea instead of just one and steep it for 5 minutes, it has flavour! So I finished off the last two teaspoons of tea this morning. Milk, touch of maltiness, nice.

Not going to bother purchasing any more English Breakfast of any kind for a long time I think.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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