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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
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This tea was sent to me for review by Teavivre. Thank you!

I woke up this morning with a cold. I’ve had a lingering cough for a while and figured I got sick from the kids during my month of pediatrics. But now I woke up all clogged up! Ugh! Perhaps this isn’t a good time to try a new tea, but I really wanted to! So I chose this black tea this morning. I don’t think I’ve tried this tea before. When I opened this up, I took a big whiff. It smells so fresh and reminds me of autumn. The dry leaves were dark brown to black and were delicate, long, and thin with some twisting.

I made this with a larger 8oz tetsubin and drank it in my white mug. After infusion, it smelled a little savory. The color of the liquor was a medium red-brown. I have been trying to cut down on sugar so I wanted to infuse this for a shorter time. I was also a bit worried this might be bitter, but I decided, “what the heck!” I took a sip, and the taste was lovely! My sinuses and everything completely cleared up, which I was happy about. It is bold, but was not bitter or astringent at all! It went down so smooth. I was surprised and happy about it too. There was a mild hint of sweetness but I tasted dark chocolate and some savory tones. It was also toasty with a slight touch of earthiness to it. I can’t wait to try this again later.

Overall this is a very good black tea. I might consider having this in my cupboard as a staple. I want to find black teas that I don’t need any additives. I’m not a big fan of astringency or bitterness…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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This was sent to me for review by Teavivre.

When I opened my package today, I saw 5 large bags about 9×7 inches large. I was trying to decide which one to try first and I opted for an oolong. I am a huge fan of milk oolongs. I opened it up and there were 4 small about 2×4″ bags of tea. I’m definitely going to be reusing these resealable bags.

Anyhow, this milk oolong tea came in a beautiful red sample bag. I opened it up and inhaled the sweet, creamy/milky scent. I love the small, dark green rolled up leaves. I poured it in my gaiwan, and it was the perfect amount. I’d say it was about a tablespoonful and then some.

The first steep brewed up a golden yellow-orange. The scent was fantastic, which was similar to the scent of the dry leaves. Once it hit my lips, I knew this was amazing. I would say this is comparable to the milk oolong by DAVIDsTea. In my mouth, the creaminess was tame compared to the scent. This tea was smooth and wasn’t bitter or astringent. There was a sweet, fruity taste with light floral tones. It wasn’t heady at all. I love this tea.

I got about 6 steeps until it began to become very mild in flavor. I had my husband try it too, and he loved it. The floral tones became more prominent as the steeps progressed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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76
drank Star of Africa by Teaism
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I bumped this up in rating because I gave it another fair chance. The scent is still a little boozy but its not as bad as before. That might be due to the fact that I let it sit in my cupboard in the non-airtight bag that it came in. It tastes very good this time. It tastes like a mixture of tropical fruits, more like pineapples. I love the bits of yellow flowers and dried fruits. Good tea over all. I’m glad I gave it another chance. I’ve drank this several times after.

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I accidently forgot this steeping in my mug for about 10 minutes or so!!! Surprisingly, it wasn’t astringent AT ALL! No bitterness. Just creamy, light earl grey goodness! So delicious! This earl grey is VERY forgiving!

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drank Gen Mai Cha by Teaism
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drank Original Masala Chai by Yogic Chai
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I absolutely love this blend. This blend is perfect for those times I don’t feel like blending spices on my own. I love this steeped western style or traditionally made via stove. I’m sad to see this one go, but it was perfect for the holidays. It has been a fairly warm winter so far, and I’m glad! However, I was definitely in the mood for chai. mMmm… This last mug I made was made western style. I even used this blend previously for making chicken as I usually use cardamom for chicken. It is delicious! I even put it in my rice cooker.

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I’m someone who happens have an addiction to tea! My tea collection keeps growing and growing, which just means that I’ve got to drink more tea! When life gets a bit too stressful, I love sitting down to a nice, warm cup of tea.

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