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drank Bungalow by Steven Smith Teamaker
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Thanks so much to Tea Brat for sending this as a swap. It has been on my wishlist of things to try. The aroma is slightly malty and seems brisk. The liquor is reddish. First sip – this was not what I was expecting. It is more to the mellow than the brisk side. There is a slight malt and somewhat toasty note with a winey, almost grapey flavor wafting around. It is not as astringent as I expected, which is a plus for me. Overall, this is a nice tea, but I don’t think it is something I would need to have on hand. I’m really glad I got to try it. Thanks again Tea Brat.

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Very smooth, earthy and shu-y. A really easy to drink shu. Deep, dark and slighty cocoa-y. This is good. It will never replace Special Dark for me but it is nice to have on hand. A very mellow and laid back start to my morning. I’m glad I have this.

Flavors: Cocoa

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drank Decaf Muscat by Lupicia
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Thanks to Tea Brat for this one. I’ve been trying to find decaf options for evening so I was happy to see this in my swap. It smells like candy! To me it smells exactly like pixie stix the powder in the waxy straws.I steeped it for 3.5 minutes. Dark amber liquor still smells really sweet and still like a pixie stix. I’m not much of a flavored tea person but this was surprisingly good. I thought the grapey taste would be overpowering but it wasn’t. Its sweetish and nice.

Flavors: Grapes

TeaBrat

glad you liked it. I’m not much of a Muscat person myself so good that it found someone who appreciated it. :)

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I’m a Keemun girl. I have really been looking forward to this tea. The mailman handed me the package and I brought it straight in to the kitchen and have my first pot steeping right now.

The dry leaf is black/brown, tiny curled leaves. I agree with boychik – reminds me of little lashes.

The liquor is a reddish amber. Slighty smoky and unmistakable Kemmun aroma. First sip: slight smoke, definite Keemun flavor. Mid-range malt with a little astringency on the back edges of my tongue. And although it would never have occurred to me to say it tasted a little of salt, I see where boychik gets that.

It is a nice Keemun. I generally prefer my Keemuns just a tad maltier and a wee bit fuller-bodied. This won’t be my forever Keemun but it is very, very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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I just took my first few sips of this enchanted dream of a tea. I don’t even know what to say about it right now. I went back to Verdant and ordered an absolutely piggish amount. Very often tea makes me hear music. This one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6QZn9xiuOE

Terri HarpLady

I totally understand tea making you hear music. Totally.
Music is my all, & I especially love it when a tea brings to mind a woodwind quartet, or other ensemble, :)
OH, and THAT song is one of my most favorite songs ever, & the sexiest song ever written, IMO! LOL! Thanks for sharing :D

Terri HarpLady

(and yes, I actually play this one on the Harp, in case you were wondering)

Terri HarpLady

AND Golden Fleece is totally hoard-worthy, & I do.

MzPriss

@Teri – you will frequently see me post a link to a song that a tea makes me hear when I sip. I adore that you play Marvin Gaye (and most especially THAT song) on the harp. I’m trying to hear that in my head :)

And as for the tea – yeah. I went all Silas Marner on it. It’s ALL I can do not to go back and order more – and um, I ordered it TWICE last night. Because soon it will be GONE! My credit card is still smoking and I keep thinking “just 4 more ounces….”

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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DANG! This tea makes me want to go all James Brown and yell “Excuse me while I do the boogaloo” or “Jump back and kiss myself!” No secret that I’m a big bold tea lover. This one goes directly and immediately without stopping into my deep dark pantheon along with Zhi Gong Fu Black, Mandala Black Beauty and even my beloved Special Dark.

I made beer a few times and this reminds me very very much of the smell and taste of the dark crystal malt that I chewed like candy to the point that I had to buy more to make beer.

This is round and malty and grainy and sweet and smooooooth. I made an error by only buying 2 ounces but that will be corrected immediately. According to Verdant’s website, this was an autumn harvest. I know there is discussion about one not being quite as wonderful as the other – and I don’t know which one of those this is – but if there is an even more wonderful one than this – I want to taste that bad boy.

Mr. and Mrs. He of Laoshan Village – rock on with your bad selves and thank you for making this tea so I may enjoy it.

Flavors: Malt

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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drank Decaf Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
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I love a good Earl. I have been searching for some decent decaf teas for nighttime as I have sleep issues. While this particular one is lighter in body (expected as it is decaf), it is fairly flavorful and not too bitey even with a 5 minute steep. I love the aroma – it seems a little extra lemony than a lot of the Earls and lightly floral. It’s nice. Very palatable for a decaf and I am happy to have this as a nighttime tea. I’m always looking for suggestions for other decafs that might be good.

I have samples of H&S assam and ceylon decafs as well but have been avoiding them as I don’t really care that much for the caffeinated versions of either. The base in this tastes and feels like ceylon, but the bergamont helps.

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Love that I’m living in beautiful Central Texas – land of good fun, good friends, good food, good music and good tea (Zhi – word.) Tasting great tea makes me hear music. Very often you will see a link to the song I hear for a particular tea.

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Black/red Chinese teas and pu-erh hold the key to my heart.

I don’t care much for flavored teas, especially the fruity varieties. My exceptions are chai and Earl Grey, and apparently now vanilla. Not much love for lapsang souchong either.

I sit squarely on fence with green and white teas.

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