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So I did a side-by-side with this and Mandala’s Flowering Black Tea Cones.

Surprisingly, to me at least, they are actually quite different. Both are definitely Yunnans but this one is slightly sour with a dusty, fermented taste. It’s very thick feeling. Like Mandala’s, these take a long steep without issue.

While both are good, for a smoother, sweeter experience I prefer Mandala’s. For a heartier, more in your face experience, I’d go with YS. :) If I were serving it to tea novices, Mandala wins to get them hooked. For experienced tea-ites, either would be good.

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I have been doing a side by side tasting of this with Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company’s Farmer Lee’s Sun Moon Lake. My palate is not very nuanced, I know, but I don’t detect a significant difference between these two at 45 seconds or at 90 seconds. Honey, malty, sweet and sour at the same time. Neither will replace Butiki’s TWMB – lacking that bready, yeasty component. But both excellent teas. When I run out of BTTC’s and if they haven’t gotten any more, I’ll hope that Sanne Tea will still have this one!

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Zack S.

Hi, just wondering if you’ve found anything that could potential replace Butikis TWMB? I’m on the search as well! I did some searching and found a couple things from Taiwan Tea Crafts that seemingly come from the same exact area as TWMB, but haven’t tried any.

Nicole

I haven’t yet, no. I haven’t ordered from TTC yet, though.

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This is one of the few teas that I can taste and smell exactly what the vendor’s descriptions say is there. I smell fruits and wood and the flavor is pure malt with vanilla hiding in the background. A sweet finish with mild bitterness that fades quickly.

Truly an awesome Assam blend. This must be kept in my cupboard.

I think 3 1/2-4 minutes is my sweet spot for this tea. Five minutes would get too bitter for me and 3 isn’t strong enough. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Mmm, sounds like a wonderful Assam.

Nicole

@Fjellrev… I do have 100g coming at some point once it gets through customs. Would you like to try some? And Golden Tips has a really low threshold for free international shipping. :)

Fjellrev

Thanks for the offer but I’m ok, really! So swamped and behind with what I already have. I’ll just wishlist it and order it someday. :)

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100

So… this is a sipdown. On the permanent wish list this one goes. I’m getting a little sour note at the end of the sip on the 2nd infusion doing this gongfu style that I didn’t get doing it Western style. But that’s far from a downside. So, so good. Smooth, malty, sweetness, molasses, om nom nom.

Sil

what-cha has some lovely teas.

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I’ve had this sample for quite awhile. I just ran across it again when organizing the tea cupboards.

This is a very enjoyable light tea. The jasmine is subdued but definitely there. It is a sweet rather than a floral jasmine. Smooth and overall a refreshing cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Pretty balanced. Moderate strength tea-tea with some light fruit and a bit of bitterness. That may be coming from not remembering the Darjeeling in here and not being careful with the temp and time. Now I want sugar cookies to try with it.

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
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Hm. Could have sworn I tried this one previously but I don’t see it. This was a generous sample included by Garret in my recent order. Delicious, smooth, darkly sweet and fruity with a significant amount of malt. This one was sipped over the course of the entire day and it was equally tasty once it cooled off.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Garret

so happy that you enjoyed it. There is something about this particular vintage that is so pleasing even while it is so young. Normally, I like this tea best at about 1.5 yrs to 3 yrs of age! The wetter weather prior to harvest and the extra drying time required made this young tea quite special very early. I believe I’ll make some right now since you got me thinking about it!

Nicole

This was absolutely yummy. I have just enough left to try it in a gaiwan. :)

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drank Kris Grey by ETTE TEA
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So… I finally got around to trying this. And it’s… okay.

Love the sparkles – those don’t disappoint. And the side of my hand was silver dusted when I reached in the bag for tea. :)

The flavor is fine. Nothing awesome, nothing really unusual going on. And I generally prefer stronger bergamot. Glad to have some to try and I’ll experiment with steeping a bit.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Light spearmint, light Darjeeling… just a pleasant cup for a lightly rainy evening. :)

Liquid Proust

I need to go to sleep… I thought this said Pudding Chai Darjeeling and immediately thought that I need to step my tea game up… anyways, I found icecream that is blended with earl grey black tea per the label at Whole Foods today. Why am I writing this comment again?

Roswell Strange

Also read this as pudding, but my first thought was “What kind of pudding has mint in it!?”

Nicole

Y’all are not alone. I also read it as “pudding” when I first saw it. Luckily for tea but unluckily for desserts, this is nothing like pudding. :)

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Grabbed this one mainly because it was pretty. :) It does keep things hot for a few hours. Not nearly as long as the Ikea thermos but you can’t drink directly from the Ikea thermos like you can from this one. I got the one with the sip top. It isn’t very watertight either so don’t just throw it in a tote bag and hope it stays upright. :) Overall I’m happy with it and it will see a lot of use on road trips.

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