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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
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Well dadgummit. This was gonna be the ONE. The one to change my mind about flavored/fruity teas. When it appeared in the Teeny Tiny TTB thanks to jump62359, I “jumped” on it (sorry) because: French! Cinnamon! I thought it would be really accessible one for me to try.

Alas, this is just Not. My. Thing. I think it’s the apple. It was nicely balanced and the cinnamon wasn’t overwhelming and I can see how flavored tea lovers would really like this.

I don’t think it would be fair for me to rate this and bring down the rating so I won’t.

jump62359

This was good! But yeah, a bit too much fruit. I couldn’t have it on its own and I tampered with the flavour a lot so the result was something that wasn’t the tea at all.
I have like a wee bit of this tea left. Going to see if having it iced would make any difference :)

MzPriss

I have a wee bit left as well. I can see how it might be better iced. Maybe I’ll try that. But I’m glad you put some in the box, I really wanted to try it.

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95

Sipping on this tea on this RAINY early afternoon. Texas is parched y’all – we needed this rain so very much. I’m grateful to be sitting on my porch swing while it rains and drinking this tea.

looseTman

TX made the nat. PM news last night due the “historic” drout. Is your h20 supply at risk?

MzPriss

Yes it is – not as bad as some places in Texas. The lakes that supply us are really low and the flows into them are historically low. But this has been a nice rain event. Can’t make myself go back in the house. I’ve missed real rain.

looseTman

I bet! Tea w/o h2o is a major problem!

MzPriss

It is indeed. Hopefully it won’t come to that.

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100

Am enjoying a cup of this right now and just mmmmmmm.

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92

Just read Brenden’s note about getting to go home to Michigan and it inspired me to make a big ole cup of this. I thought it was gonna be a sipdown, but it looks like I have one more big cup left to enjoy. I love this tea MUCH!

So Brenden, in your honor, here’s some Johnny Horton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkrfvjrr1Yk

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Just put that song on my roadtrip music list! :)

MzPriss

It’s an old favorite of mine and has been on my ipod since they started making ipods :)

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89
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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This is Butiki’s version of an English Breakfast tea. EB is generally not the sweet spot for me but this tea is. It has far more complexity than your usual EB. It is more medium-bodied and something I believe I prefer in the afternoon rather than as a morning tea. There is a bit of malt from the assam, a bit of sparkle mid-tongue from the darj and a nice, grounded bottom from the keemun to balance it all out. Overall, this tea is about balance to me. As it cools, there is a delicate, pretty floral waft up into my nose and really pleasant sweetness. My overall impression is that this tea is sweet and lovely with a bit of bottom and a bit of sparkle. Like LaVern Baker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-s_TTKlIGE
This is happy tea.
More on my blog : http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/the-black-lotus-butiki-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Butiki Teas

Hi There-Would you mind PMing me? I can’t seem to message you.

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100
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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For my second round of Sunday morning tea. This. Still magnificent.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
whatshesaid

I fell in love with this recently

MzPriss

It’s so good.

sherapop

I am obsessed with Golden Monkey. My supply is from Tazo, but now that they are about to be shut down, I’ll try the Harney & Sons!

MzPriss

The Harney is the best one I’ve come across so far. Love it a lot.

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90

I’m not generally a lapsang souchong fan. At all. Says so right there on my profile. But this one. The usual Joseph Wesley excellence.

First sip was a revelation. A lapsang exists that I like!! This does not taste like I just licked an ashtray. It is full and complex with my favorite malty note at the front. There is cocoa midsip with a deep fruit, plums? toward the back. All the way back is the roasty barley bit that I love, all with an underlying but subtle tobacco bite that makes this really interesting.
More on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/lapsang-souchong-joseph-wesley-black-tea/

And here is its song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeyL1yVY_6Q&feature=kp

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaKlutz

Ooo, that sounds wonderful! Lapsangs are an interesting lot: they’re SO good when done artfully, but so easy to get wrong!

MzPriss

I don’t generally like them. This one is great.

whatshesaid

I like that you include songs :)

MzPriss

Tea almost always makes me hear a song. Not every single time, but most of the time. Some people taste colors. I taste music. I’m glad you like it :)

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

The Blackbyrds? Very cool! I’m sitting with a buddy in Detroit who loves that song and now can be found with a very large smile after listening to your musical selection. However, he calls your Walking in Rhythm, and raises you a: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5J54RVZjYs (appropriate on this Memorial Day, no?)

MzPriss

HA! Awesome :) Don’t get me started….but here’s some Curtis Mayfielfd just because: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVANQheoRUw

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100
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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A LONG hot steep of my beloved Special Dark is assisting with my recovery from that fuzzy-headed-not-quite-a-hangover feeling brought on by one too many lemon drops last night. I’m starting to feel a little more human.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Garret

oh, those lemon drops! This is the tea to help clear that right outta ya!!

TeaBrat

I hope you had fun ;-)

MzPriss

@TeaBrat – I did have fun :) I hope your shoulder is feeling better.

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95

There are many tigers in need of taming today and I am up so much earlier than I want to be. Luckily, I have this to drink. Previous note says it all. I still love it very much.

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Love that I’m living in Austin, 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.

I’m now blogging about tea and food at: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

I am always up for swaps, so stalk my cupboard and hit me up if you see something you want to try.

Black/red Chinese teas 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.

If I end up in hell, my punishment will be to drink rooibos.

Location

Austin, Texas

Website

http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

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