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drank Milk Oolong by Gong Fu Tea Shop
519 tasting notes

This was a gorgeous light buttercup color. It smelled wonderful – creamy and mildly vegetal. And it tasted even better. It lived up to all the promises the smell made – buttery, smooth, creamy, lightly vegetal, mildly sweet.

Thanks, TeaTiff for sharing this at the tea this afternoon! It definitely goes on my list to pick up from Gong Fu!

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I had the opportunity to taste this in the store on Thursday. We went through about 4 steeps I think and while I preferred the 1st steep, the subsequent ones were also excellent.

It was buttery, smooth, and woodsy. Another excellent offering from Shang Tea. We also tried the White Tea Wu-Long Premium which, IIRC, has been aged longer than this. Both were great but both my mother & I preferred this one. The longer aged one had a somewhat sharper quality. Not putting this in my cupboard since I wasn’t the one who actually bought it, but I can snag some from Mom anytime so it is still available for swap. :)

boychik

You are so lucky !

Lion Repshire

So awesome you got to try them both! I am going to write a review of the Special Reserve one very soon, as I have some on hand and have been trying to get more Shang Tea reviews written lately.

I tried the regular Wulong and the Special Reserve Wulong on separate occasions and I thought I had preferred the regular as well. I wanted to find the specific differences in taste so I asked the folks at the shop if we could brew them both and do a blind taste-test. We did that and after a few steepings, the one I consistently liked the most was the Special Reserve, so that’s the one I came home with.

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Thick, honey, malty, smooth, cocoa-ey, molasses-y… good for 2.5 steeps of long length. I seriously regret not buying a larger amount.

This. Is. Freakin. Good. Tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

mmmmm

whatshesaid

This review singlehandedly made me add this tea to my wish list. Lol

Virginia

What whatshesaid…said. Well that was awkward lol

Sil

That’s what sometimes I call her whatsherface giggling

Sil

Er…why not what

whatshesaid

I’m ready to change my name but fear no one would know who I was, haha

boychik

dont change, its fun
im not happy with mine, what the hell i was thinking…

Sil

as long as you keep the picture the same for a while, name changes are doable. i think

boychik

Sil you’ve changed pic several times. When notifications come its by name. And I like her name;).

Nicole

I think it still keeps people following you. I know I’ve had “new” people show up in my dashboard and had no idea who they were until I figured out that they had changed their name. :) But I like everyone’s names. :)

Sil

haha yes, i change pics instead of names :)

Terri HarpLady

boychik, I love your name!

boychik

Terri, that’s how my late grandpa called my son. I dunno why I picked it. I just miss him a lot

boychik

Lets just keep it the way it is, I think I’ll start freaking out;)

TheTeaFairy

I think boychik is adorable, and that explanation is so worth keeping it :-)

Angrboda

You can always change the display name but keep the url name the same. Like how Sil’s or Nicole’s display names are different from their urls. :)

whatshesaid

Never noticed that before!

Sil

shhhhhh angrboda!
i agree…boychik cannot change names! :)

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
519 tasting notes

Not even really sure what to say about this one. It’s the only pu-erh I can say at this point that I can drink more than one cup of. :) It’s very interesting but I’m not sure I can pick out any specific flavors, it’s just very unique. Not what I associate with pu-erh, which is good. Thanks for the sample, boychik!

boychik

I’m glad you like it. You can make a latte with some maple syrup. It just soo good, like hot chocolate.

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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This smells much more vanilla than it tastes, which doesn’t much surprise me about a white tea. But yes, I can taste a light vanilla and a little lemon. It smells sweeter than it tastes. I don’t think I’d reach for this white over some others, but it was nice to try. Thanks, Sil!

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Found this in a stash I took to work to try. Initial scent of the dry leaf was very Darjeelingy. I suspect my temp was a bit too high for this but I didn’t have a way to measure at work. To me, this tasted very much like a Darj as well. Dry, bit of muscatel notes, hint of sweetness and light fruit. It was a little bitter though and that’s why I suspect my water was too hot. I wouldn’t turn this down but I haven’t decided yet if I need to order some to have on hand.

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drank Mandarin Silk by Art of Tea
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I’m pretty sure this one came my way from ifjuly! I’ve had it at work forever and lost track of it. Found it today and steeped it up. It’s a nice, smooth oolong with vanilla and a bit of citrus to it. I think I prefer Tea Merchant’s Silk Dragon but this is a pretty nice option and I wouldn’t turn down a cup. :)

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drank White Night by Mandala Tea
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This was included as a sample in my Mandala order. It is a very pretty tea with long, long leaves. There is a mild earthy quality and overall a mild flavor. It has a very smooth mouthfeel. Nothing I’ll keep in the cupboard but very pleased to have tried it.

boychik

If you still have leaves, leave them steeping in maybe 165F for 20 min. You will be surprised. Maybe even lower temp

Nicole

Unfortunately, I did it at work and while I did steep twice, I didn’t keep them. That sounds like a worthwhile experiment though…

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drank Golden Stars by Butiki Teas
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This has been on my looking list for awhile but I had never ordered it. It was a sample kindly included in my most recent order (I think, or maybe the one before that…). I am not sure I’ve had artichoke outside of spinach artichoke dip so I can’t say anything other than this is definitely more vegetal than grassy. I get a lot of sharp lemon though, both in scent and taste. It’s a little too mineral-y and tangy for me. So glad to have had the opportunity to try it!

Virginia

Lol, so what you are saying is we can at least be certain it does NOT taste like dip xD

Nicole

Yes! I can say for sure there was no cheesy taste to this! :)

mj

LOL

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A sample of this was included in my recent order. It was a good choice based on my other teas. :) It was a good tea. However, even with filtered water, I get smoke out of this. Smokey cocoa. Not strong enough to be bad, but too strong for me to want to keep it on hand. Glad to have had the chance to try it, though. It was one I was on the fence about maybe ordering more of.

Courtney

Noooooo. I hope I don’t get smoke. :/

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Smoke? Really? Hmm…I haven’t tasted or ever heard of anyone getting smoke from this…that’s very strange!

Sil

courtney… if you do i have a nice toasty seat waiting for the tea at my place lol

Nicole

My taster is weird about smoke. I get it in all kinds of things that no one else seems to get it in. It is more than likely just me. That’s one of the reasons I follow lots of people – everyone seems to have at least slightly different taste buds, especially when it comes to tea! It may not even be my taster, it may be my sniffer, which is very hypersensitive to smoke of all kinds. So maybe I’m just smelling something that isn’t really there and that is coloring what I taste.

Courtney

Sil haha! :P

Nicole I also get it in things others don’t. I guess we will have to wait and see. I’m glad it was just a sample for you, at least. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hmm…I do sort of get warm pinewood in this one, but I agree, we all taste different things :)

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