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After buying more of this, when it was released, I took the rest of my original container into work, where a nice large pot is now steeping.

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drank Royal Pu'erh by Vital Tea Leaf
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Another one from tea tasting, yesterday. Knowing my heavy preference for pu’erh, the folks at Vital Leaf tend to – after serving everyone along the section of counter – simply set the rest of the pitcher of pu’erh in front of me.
I have no qualms with this.
Usually, I prefer the Supreme Yunnan (12 year aged) over this, the Royal (15 year aged), but yesterday it tasted better and richer than I remember, perhaps due to not having drank any for some time. (I think my cupboard no longer has any Royal.)

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drank Milk Oolong by Vital Tea Leaf
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I really enjoy the Vital Leaf milk oolong, but I tend to shy away from buying much of it, as it is just not a tea that I could see myself drinking on a daily basis without getting tired of it. On the other hand, I love having it every once in a while, as a bit of a special tea.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I feel that way with Milk Oolongs in general, they are great ‘treat’ teas :)

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drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
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Tea-tasting, yesterday, and this tea always gets served at some point in time. A favorite of my father’s and definitely one that I enjoy.

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drank Dong Ding Oolong by Vital Tea Leaf
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Tea-tasting with a friend, yesterday, he was looking for something to drink at work (and I was pushing him to give-up on Stash and Yogi teabags). Knowing his preference for oolong, Herman helped him settle on this and the Black Pearl Supreme Oolong, both with dark, roasted notes.

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Tea-tasting with a friend, yesterday, he was looking for something to drink at work (and I was pushing him to give-up on Stash and Yogi teabags). Knowing his preference for oolong, Herman helped him settle on this and the Dong Ding Oolong, both with dark, roasted notes.

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Hooray! The time of year has come again, when Peet’s carries Winter Solstice (and Holiday Breakfast Blend) in their stores. While it is by no means a limited edition, it is a special edition, so it will only be sold from now until approximately the end of December. Of the half pound I just bought, we shall see how much is gone by mid-December…

The tins have a new design, this year – more of a white, whimsical theme, vaguely reminiscent of the patterns on their cups: http://d3mrtwiv4dr09z.cloudfront.net/media/catalog/product/cache/2/image/300×400/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/w/t/wts_-_500665_l_1.png
I think I liked the old, metallic blue better. Interestingly enough, one can still purchase teabags of Winter Solstice that have the blue wrapper.

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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For early morning work times, it seems like this is my standby. The bergamot really adds a wake-up call to the cup.

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drank Palekaiko by Lupicia
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After far too long away from Steepster, I am back! This is actually the last of my container of Palekaiko, and it was a delicious several cups. Coincidentally, I also just posted a review of this tea to my website, here: http://www.createwritedrink.com/2014/10/tea-review-tuesday-review-of-lupicias.html

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drank Dark Beauty by Mandala Tea
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Okay, time for a delicious cup of this, as I just found the last of the Black Beauty in my cupboard. First, the two-steep method. Delicious as usual. Second, I wanted to try the new method for the single-steep method. The flavors differ a bit…I think I preferred the two-steep method.

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“I love trading tea and trying new teas. My favourites are oolong (mainly Chinese) and pu’erh.
Will gladly talk all day about tea.”

The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

Still more than glad to talk about tea – anytime, anywhere, anyplace.
Additionally, if fountain pens, books, music, or computers are on the discussion list…

My ratings, this “personal enjoyment scale” about which I talk, are just that – based on how much I enjoyed the tea. I might have enjoyed it immensely, yet do not keep it stocked for various reasons. On the flip side, I have a few teas that are “good” but not “great,” which I keep stocked for various reasons.

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