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drank Fu Man Chu by SerendipiTea
2221 tasting notes

Well, perhaps I overleafed, but in my opinion, there was simply too much jasmine in here. I have to say that the pu’erh is an interesting touch to pair with the jasmine, but I really can’t taste the pouchong at all, which is the flavour I was hoping would come out the most. I’ll try a bit less leaf next time to see if I can get a lighter, tastier cup.

The second infusion pretty much tasted just like a reasonable shu pu’erh, and since I wasn’t really in a pu’erh mood, I didn’t bother to resteep the leaves further, although they probably could have gone another couple infusions.

Preparation
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Cavocorax

Hmmm. I’m not so excited to try this one as jasmine doesn’t really excite me – maybe I’ll try it as a lighter cup like you did!

Also, this was my last Amoda box! I don’t think I’m going to renew it as I wasn’t crazy about the Organic Goddess either, but I think I was biased because of the hibiscus. :P

I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I DID have some of the Pony Goal iced and with vodka as it was suggsted, and it was tasty! My bf even liked it and so far he hasn’t liked any tea.

Kittenna

Yeah, definitely try it a bit lighter.

I think I have one more Amoda box coming due to a messup with my first one. I don’t know whether I’ll renew it again or not – it’s certainly fun to get the tea, and I’ve liked at least one from each box… but often it’s only one that I really like.

Yeah. I really like Pony Goal. Big winner for me.

Sil

I pretty much try to stay away from boxes in spring and summer. I find that I prefer them a lot more in fall and winter as the taste profiles are more to what I prefer.

Kittenna

I don’t really think that Amoda is like that though, since they aren’t sourcing absolutely fresh teas. I mean, to some extent they’re offering teas good for cooler weather, but I would have pegged Fu Man Chu as a cooler season tea, personally.

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Cavocorax

Hmmm. I’m not so excited to try this one as jasmine doesn’t really excite me – maybe I’ll try it as a lighter cup like you did!

Also, this was my last Amoda box! I don’t think I’m going to renew it as I wasn’t crazy about the Organic Goddess either, but I think I was biased because of the hibiscus. :P

I haven’t reviewed it yet, but I DID have some of the Pony Goal iced and with vodka as it was suggsted, and it was tasty! My bf even liked it and so far he hasn’t liked any tea.

Kittenna

Yeah, definitely try it a bit lighter.

I think I have one more Amoda box coming due to a messup with my first one. I don’t know whether I’ll renew it again or not – it’s certainly fun to get the tea, and I’ve liked at least one from each box… but often it’s only one that I really like.

Yeah. I really like Pony Goal. Big winner for me.

Sil

I pretty much try to stay away from boxes in spring and summer. I find that I prefer them a lot more in fall and winter as the taste profiles are more to what I prefer.

Kittenna

I don’t really think that Amoda is like that though, since they aren’t sourcing absolutely fresh teas. I mean, to some extent they’re offering teas good for cooler weather, but I would have pegged Fu Man Chu as a cooler season tea, personally.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

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