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Church was cancelled today because of snow and ice. I got my house pants and a mug of this. Looking forward to many resteeps. Sweet, fresh, smooth, mellow, scent of hay, and maybe the cup wasn’t rinsed well but I am getting a little spicy. This is the last of this one. All the Nature’s Tea Leaf teas have been very good.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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So I had a burrito this afternoon and poured some queso over it. Then out of boredom I kind of ate all the queso and chips – I’ve been very very bad. I need puerh (and self control). I took a scoop of Nannoushan puerh, I think it was $6/8oz so you know it was good ;P I added 1/4 tsp of cocoa nibs and a half spoon of Teaves rose black tea. The rose is too heavy in this. It needs to be at least cut in half. I can smell the puerh but it is over powered. Good idea – poor execution.

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drank Da Fang by Vicony Teas
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I used the last of the leaf – which was more than I thought – and increased the steep time around 3 minutes. Dang this is good. I don’t get any long jing inferences. It is somewhat creamy. Strongly but wonderfully bitter with a dandelion greens aftertaste. Very, very, nice. Wish I had tried this earlier.

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drank Da Fang by Vicony Teas
1166 tasting notes

Another tea that has been in my stash for over a year. This one has sadly lost its power or I just wasn’t ready for ultra subtle today. I have enough for one more go. I need to remember to sip this one before it sits much longer.

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I wrote a lengthy review on my blog. Short version – this is a cool twist on the classic. This is not for weenies. The bergamot is strong in this one. The peppermint surprise attacks while sipping with an icy blast. This is a blend of Nilgiri and gunpowder, and yes I can taste both. Glad I added this one to my subscription!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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My new box of this is slightly different than my previous experience. The old stuff leaned more toward butterscotch. Maybe it had just been sitting on the grocers shelf alone and unloved for too long before I brought it home? Anyway this new box has just a hint of citrus. Love the aroma. I use one bag in a 8oz cup and I add sweetener. I notice most everyone else double bags – does that mean you don’t sweeten? This is sugar cookie. Emphasis on sugar and cookie :) This tastes exactly like what I would expect. Just like the smiley face cookies I get at a local bakery – except this is better because its cheaper and guilt free. I can have as much as I want. I tend to just leave the bag in the cup. Good stuff. I hope I never out grow it.

TeaBrat

nice – I had this last night :)

KallieBoo!

Mmmm I love this one.

morebloodytea

This sounds bloody rotten ewww

How is this a tea?

K S

morebloodytea – if you go back and read all my reviews of this one I do not recall even once calling it tea. It is a tisane. So what? It is a bloody awesome simple treat in a cup… and that’s all I have to say about that.

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drank Premium Taiping Houkui by Vicony Teas
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I have had this over a year. It has been stored in zip lock bag inside a zip lock pouch. The age doesn’t seem to have had any adverse affect. I remember being on the fence about this one when I first tried it. I later had Teavivre’s version which I liked better at the time. Today though I am finding this interesting. The color is a very pale green/yellow tint. At first it just tastes sweet, then it switches to a light green vegetal flavor. Late in the sip it almost becomes bitter but suddenly transforms into a cross between dandelion and pine. I am noticing a wonderful cooling sensation all the way down into my lungs. Awesome. This is the last of this sample but it should re-steep a couple more times. I am looking forward to each mug. It is interesting how tastes can shift a little after a year. Leaving the rating from a year ago.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ifjuly

i love hou kuis!

K S

Apparently I do too, I just didn’t know it.

gmathis

We get nostalgia candy cravings this time of year, too. In our case, cherry chocolates—-the kind that are so soupy you have to hold it upside down, carefully bite off the bottom, then hold the rest like a cup while you slurp up the syrup.

K S

Ooohhh. I haven’t had cherry chocolates in years. Fortunately we are under a winter storm warning. I might just have the craving out of my head by the time the roads are clean :)

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drank Bai Ya Qi Lan Oolong by Life In Teacup
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I resteeped the leaves from two days ago and this still seems very flavorful. The unfortunate thing is I was filling a candy dish with spice drops and of course I had to have one (or three), now the tea has little flavor. Mostly I taste the roastiness and smell some floral.

My dad always has these spice drops around because we both love them, especially the purple ones – they taste like black jelly beans. I hate the green ones and the white ones, they taste like toothpaste. For fun I poured the bag out and put back only the green and white ones. The rest went in the candy dish. I’ll take the bag to dad. He will find it pretty funny.

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Having this a day early but hey it was 63 today. By Monday it will be only 19 with possibly 8 inches of snow dumped on us. I hate winter. But I love this sort of a tea drink.

Using some Si logic I have decided this stuff is a health drink. Your drinking the tea leaf, so that’s like one serving of vegetables. It’s got your dairy. The syrup is probably made from corn, or some other plant, so hey I’m counting it.

gmathis

Impeccable logic. Go with it!

Suziqzer

Count the veggie! Lol
I was reading your rating and was thinking.. Gee, the weather there sounds a lot like we are expecting here. Then I looked at your profile. Hi fellow Hoosier! I understand the lack of tea shopping! Now that I’m interested in more variety and loose leaf, I can’t wait for vacation & a chance to visit a real tea shop!
I’m not a green tea kind of person right now, but I love their Chai & it would have been a great day for a frapp!

K S

If you are getting our weather you must be in the southern part of the state as up north it looks like they are going to skate by with only the cold returning. Hopefully we don’t get ice. I don’t have to leave the house but I don’t want others in danger either. Stay safe, warm, and full of good tea.

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drank Bai Ya Qi Lan Oolong by Life In Teacup
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This is really an interesting oolong even if I didn’t get the marshmallow others mentioned. The dry leaf smells like you put your face in bunch of vines and inhaled. The taste of the liquor is green and by that I mean alive. It is kind of earthy. There is a light roasted element. It is only lightly floral to me in comparison to tiequanyin – those I often find to be geranium or latex like. Not this one. I have never been around orchids so I can’t compare but this is very pleasant in taste. The interesting thing to me is an almost pineapple taste. All of these aspects come together to make an amazing cup at only $3.99/oz.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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