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I drank a lot of fresh mint leaves from the garden over the summer, and have had dried leaves sitting in my cupboard for a while now. I’ve been feeling a little stressed since it’s the end of my term and I’ve been heading for the mint stash.

Yum! This isn’t as good as when I had it with fresh leaves… the flavor is so much more intense. I put in about a teaspoon which I think was a good amount. No sweetner or anything added. It’s just flat out mint, and it really tastes so delicious. It’s really soothing my stomach as well.

I wonder if mint is re-steepable…. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
LiberTEAS

I never have had much luck with resteeping herbs. Not like resteeping tea leaves, anyway. I’d be interested in knowing how this fairs for you.

Kathryn Ann

Well, i just resteeped it and it came out pretty good :) The mint flavor isn’t as strong as the first cup so I actually like it a bit better.

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drank Apricot Fusion by 52teas
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Drank this tea with the housemates tonight. I’ve been drinking it a lot recently (along with black currant white tea). This tea is definitely a house favorite though. Every time I ask them what tea i should make they always request “the apricot one!”. It’s just so perfect after having a huge house dinner and it light, soothing, and the apricot flavor is sweet but not overpowering the taste of the tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
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Backlogging. Drank this in the morning. I only have 2 more black tea samovar samples left, and this was one I was holding off to drink expecting it to be good.

It was definitely a good cup, strong, malty, delish… but after having so many other black teas from samovar it’s just not that special overall.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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59
drank Lapsang Souchong by Samovar
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My samovar samples are dwindling down and I’ve really been avoiding this one, especially after drinking the lapsang sample from golden moon tea.

It smells super smoky. Tastes smoky as well, but it’s not that bad. It has a sort of sweetness to it, unless that’s from my sugar. There is definitely a smoky aftertaste as well. It’s definitely not a tea I like very much, but for it being smoky i think it’s pretty good :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank White Tea by Golden Moon Tea
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I’ve been feeling gross lately, and I went for the white tea sampler :)

It smells silver needle…ish. I almost wish they were a little more specific with what type of “white tea” it is. hmmm not bad. I think i might have steeped it too long. The color came out pretty dark, and it has a slightly bitter flavor to it. I’m getting some of the chrysanthemum flavor, which i’m not a huge fan of. This is a good cup, but I’ve drank so many better white teas before.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Cofftea

Boo for feeling gross!

Kathryn Ann

yeah, been eating a lot of fried foods, my body isn’t happy. ):

Cofftea

Do you have any matcha? I stir a TB into 16oz of hot water (the heck w/ my chawan, I tak this chance to use a 16oz mug that’s special to me). A couple mornings of that (on top of my regular matcha OJ) and I’m pretty good. You may want to try fermented teas like Pu Erh and Kombucha as well.

Kathryn Ann

Hmmm, i do have 52tesa strawberry matcha. I haven’t tried it yet, and i even got a matcha set recently as a gift hahah! Somehow drinking green tea when I feel gross never occured to me, usually oolong and white teas are my go-to. Thanks!

Cofftea

Matcha is very detoxifying to me (maybe due to the high mineral content?) I even call that ratio “detox matcha” lol! Wow how do I get to know this person and get in their gift giving list, they give great gifts! Tea is one thing, but matcha… tell him or her I’m impressed- do they drink it themselves?

Kathryn Ann

Nah, but they know i really love tea (and anything japanese)… and got it for me as a really late bday present :)

Cofftea

One of the 7th graders at my church and her friends are all into Japanese culture so I’m taking her out for matcha for her birthday. Who says 13 year olds aren’t cool? :)

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drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
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I’ve been really avoiding this sample. But I figured i need to get it out of the way. I’ve never had a pu-erh before, so this will be interesting.

The smell is pretty strong, but it’s hard to place what exactly it smells like.

Hmmm, not sure how i feel about this. It’s got some smoky flavor, but it kind of tastes like dirt. seriously, like dirt. It has some sweetness to it that reminds me of badly flavored bubble gum… which is leaving an aftertaste in my mouth. I think i’ll somehow manage to finish this cup but I don’t know if i’ll even bother with a second infusion—can pu-erh be steeped multiple times anyway? I’m assuming it can be…

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

Pu Erh is acclaimed for it’s multiple steeps. I normally get 12 before I give up due to bordom, not because the leaves are dead. This is how I make it:

Use 1g of leaf per 1oz of water
Boil the proper amount of water and steep for 10-20 seconds, decant and dump the water
Reboil the water and steep for 20-30 seconds, this is your 1st drinkable steep
Repeat til the flavor becomes too weak for your preferences then increase the steeping time by 10 sec (I never find the need to resteep in the course of 12 infusions)

Hope that helps!

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drank Lychee Black by Samovar
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I had this sitting to cool off, when the fire alarm went off (thanks to the dryer) so I brought this outside with me to keep me warm~

It is a great flavor for a black tea. I didn’t think lychee could work in a tea but it worked. The flavor wasn’t too strong, but it was night lighter flavor for a black tea. I really enjoyed it. On my second cup of it now and the lychee flavor is a little stronger, and I’m not liking it as much… But this is definitely a really great tea. I feel like steeping it for 2 minutes versus 4 makes the lychee flavor less prominent?

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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Yesterday was a big day. Had a tea party, made lots of food, and then went out all night. I need a caffeine kick to do homework… samovar sample again! I really am going to place an order with them when i’m done. They are just too good.

not a bad taste. It’s got a spiciness to it, and there is some sweetness to it which i’m not a huge fan of. It has sort of a weird aftertaste as well. The sweetness from the fruit give it a somewhat tart taste, but it is hardly noticeable. It’s not a bad tea, but it’s not amazing.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Ancient Gold by Samovar
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It’s a really cold night so I’m staying in, and making another samovar sample :)

omg. This is so good. It’s light, and has a malty flavor to it. I think I’m realizing that I love yuunan leaves. This has such a great flavor to it I can’t even describe it. Such a delicious cup.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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drank Apricot Fusion by 52teas
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“It’s SO good, like drinking candy!” — my housemate, a few minutes ago.
Just brewed a pot of this and split it with my housemate, and she obviously likes it.

Still waiting for my cup to cool down but the tea smells really strong of apricot. I’m not a huge fan of apricot but I knew that this blend would be a good one.

Mmmm, yeah, this tea is absolutely delish. I can taste some apricot, but it’s not overpowering and the teas stand out more. I definitely taste the white tea and some green in there… but overall it’s just a great blend. There is a slight aftertaste from the apricot, but, it’s not that bad.

Another great tea from 52teas :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Daily tea drinker.

Whether it’s hot or cold outside, there is a cup of tea in my hands. I love all teas, but white and oolong are my favorites. I tend to find one tea and drink it every day until I run out (or get sick of it).

There’s not much variety in what I drink, so tasting notes are few and far inbetween. I try to log every tea I drink at least once… and if I spend to much time perusing the many teas all you lovely people drink I would surely go broke trying to drink them all.

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