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98
drank Twilight Ti Kuan Yin by Adagio Teas
98 tasting notes

So I have been looking for this for a long time, for some reason the name really appeals to me.

The dry leaf smells like play dough, this is entertaining to me. The wet leaf has an interesting smells that I cannot quite place, but I have smelled it before.

There is a bit of spice to this tea that gives way to a bit of the traditional Ti Kuan Yin flavor. I am a fan.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Scraps by Verdant Tea
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So I made this today since I had a few bits of each tea that makes it up left over. It is pretty great if I say so. You can actually taste the distinguishing features of each tea individually which is great to me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Funny, good name!

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Been busy all weekend, so I have had no time to try any tea and it has been driving me crazy! So now that I finally have time I decided to make this up from the sample bag that Teavivre.

The dry smell is very pleasant, which was surprising to me for some reason. It’s probably because the last Pu-erh I had was very fishy. The wet smell is very interesting as it smells kind of spicy like chili peppers or cooked green peppers. The color of the liquid is interesting as well since it is kind of a copper color similar to Oolong tea or a light black tea. The taste is a little oily in the mouth with a nice plum flavor. I sort of like it, it’s interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Honeybush Chocolate by Adagio Teas
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So my parents were visiting me this weekend and as usual we ended up at Adagio to pick my mother up some more tea and to get me a new tea pot (my old one was breaking and after look around and getting suggestions I decided to go with the VarieTEA.). Since I am a regular at the store, which it still weirds me out that all the employees know me by name and things about me from my facebook, they gave us several samples sizes to take home for free.

Now, that is how I aquired this and I am kind of glad that I didn’t have to pay for it. I have never had Honeybush before, only Rooibus which causes me to have weird nightmares and other things so I was kind of excited to try Honeybush and see if it would be different. Happily it was different and didn’t cause me any problems. I really like the under taste to the honeybush more then Rooibus, though I did not like the Chocolate taste. The Chocolate tasted way too fake and phoned in, which really kind of ruined the tea for me. I will probably try another Honeybush, since I seem to like it somewhat its just that this “chocolate” part is not doing anything for me.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
CupofTree

Thats awesome they know you and give you samples! Lucky

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Thank you to Teavivre for sending this wonderful set of samples! They finally arrived today and I can finally start digging in.

I am in a black tea sort of mood so I figured this would be a great place to start, that and the tea came in a little once cup pouch so I didn’t have to do any measuring!

The dry leaf smell reminds me of soy sauce with a hint of sesame seed, which is making me really hungry as well as get this tea going. The steeped tea is a nice dark amber color and smells a little soy saucey still with a hint of chocolate.

The taste is very nice. There is no astringency that I can detect, which is very nice and makes for a smooth tea. There are some nice chocolate notes that are coming out as I sip this as well as a hint of chili. I might try less water when I resteep this to try and make it a little more to stronger.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So, this is yet another tea that’s dry smell has been ruined by the smell of a tin I had something scented in before this. The good thing is that the liquor’s flavor and scented after steeping aren’t affected. That being said, the smell of the finished tea is similar to pasta sause or Spaghetti O’s and is making me hungry. There is a nice smooth taste with a little astringency at the very end that is almost unnoticeable. There are some light chocolate notes as well as a little vanilla bean.

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

lol… Spaghetti O’s… does it have a layer of oil floating on top as well?

Matt

Now that would be nasty

canadianadia

uh-oh spaghetti o’s! lol!

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90
drank Super Fancy Formosa by Pekko Teas
98 tasting notes

So thank you to Pekko Teas for this generous sample!

The dry leaves smell just like the taste is described, like jam and toast. Wet the leaves smell like something I cannot quite put my finger on, though it is a familiar smell. It’s rather pleasant though it smells nothing like jam and toast. Actually it smells a little like what I remember Marmite smelling like.

Wow! tastes just like they say it will. There is a dry toast and jam taste that comes out right at the front. The lingering taste is of a nice semi sweet jam with a hint of clotted cream. I feel this would make a nice noon tea. There is a lot of british going on in this, odd but good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Adagio Teas
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On a cold morning, this tastes wonderful.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I read this a lot earlier today. Maybe it nested in my brain and that is why I just made Teavivre’s Fengqing Black Dragon Pearls! It is cold and drizzly here, too.

JacquelineM

I had my Teavana ones today — before checking Steepster! Laughing that, you, ashmanra, Dinosara and I all are drinking our pearls!

Matt

Great minds think alike

Matt

Also, I love that we each are having pearls for different stores

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88
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
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The dry leaves smell a little like bread dough. The taste is very light with a hint of grass and a smooth finish. Uhm…. yeah I like how soft the buds are, I just wish I had more then 2oz.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
98 tasting notes

So after bashing my head in Stage Combat, I decided to fix up my head by trying my sample of this tea. After reading all of these reviews I cannot wait to get this going, I can only hope it lives up to the hype hahaha.

I have decided to follow the instructions on the site, which seems interesting. I hope this turns out well. So far the dry smells a lot like Matcha tea or peas, loving it.

1st: 20sec @ 175F. Tastes just like snow peas with a bit of sweetness similar to honey or rock sugar. Color is a nice pale yellow. There is a tail note of soy milk or almond milk

2nd + 3rd: 25 sec @ 175F. Taste is even stronger this time, in a good way. My mouth feels so fresh and clean right now and I love it.

4th+5th: 35 sec @ 175F. Very sweet this time and a little less peay.

So in all this is fantastic. Would order more, if only I had money.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec
DaisyChubb

Ah I just read your bio and I saw you’re an actor! Pretty jealous of the stage combat, ah good times ;)

Bonnie

When you can get some, really relaxing and resteeps for a long time. I usually buy smaller quantities because I can’t afford much at one time either.

canadianadia

ouch! happy healing my friend!

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Well, to start, my name is Matt. I got into loose leaf tea my sophomore year in college. I was drinking some lipton tea in my room when I started thinking to myself that there has to be something more then just bagged tea. So I decided to do a web search and found out about loose leaf (you would think that this would have been an obvious thing but surprisingly it was not). I stumbled across a local tea cafe called Argo tea and decided to try it out. Long story short, I fell in love. From this one store I have started to branch out to all different types of tea from several different stores.

My favorit tea is very hard to choose since I like pretty much everything there is that I have tried. I have recently started getting into pu’erh teas, which is getting to be interesting. I am always looking for new a greater tastes when it comes to tea and am trying to better express my experiences with tea.

Aside from tea I am an actor in the Chicago area. I do mostly theatre and various film projects through out the Midwest. I recently started doing Voiceover work, which I have to say is very fun and easy going.

My number ratings are more random then anything. Since I have no idea half the time when I move the slider on the happy face meter what number will be showing up.

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