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drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
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I am tempted to go out and get some green curry right now to eat with a resteeping of this tea because I bet it would be AMAZING.

I can so clearly taste the coconut milk in here and it is so good. This is the first time I’ve ever had a pouchong but I can taste how good of a tea it is too. Floral, buttery goodness with the most delicious coconut flavor, I do not want to stop drinking this ever (except that there are 5 other Golden Moon teas to try so maybe later).

This is the best tasting coconut tea I’ve ever had, and I really like coconut in tea. I am definitely buying more of this in the future, because this little tin is going to be lucky if it makes it another month around me.

TeaBrat

I think this is delicious also… :)

Tabby

Green curry is amazing. :D

momo

Up until 10 days ago I had never had it before because I always order pad kee mao, but now I have had it twice since then and I feel like I think about it whenever possible.

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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I still am amazed at how this smells like white chocolate and yet contains no chocolate. The cardamom in here is just so good. I love it and the vanilla. I know I said before I thought the vanilla gives it that white chocolate taste but I think it’s also a bit of the cardamom somehow.

I really do love this tea. It’s nice and light from the white tea base but it’s full of such good flavors.

It’s a bummer that the only loose leaf option is to buy a pound or just the sample :(

Tamm

mmm it sounds tasty! This made me laugh b/c as I was making dinner tonight I sniffed some cardamom and instantly thought, “mmmm tea flavoring?” :)

TeaBrat

This was good – I agree I wish there were more options for the loose leaf form!

Dinosara

If they sell it by the pound that means you can probably call the actual tea room in Millerton and order a few ounces of it that way… I know ashmanra has ordered loose tea from them before using that method. You’re only really out of luck if they don’t sell it by the pound… like their Wenshan Baozhong, which they have loose in bulk at the tea rooms for tastings, but you can only buy it in a 1.5oz tin.

ScottTeaMan

I know…….that’s one think I don’t like about Harney’s-a 1.5 oz tin! Yeah, I’d really would like SIX of those!!! C’mon ever heard of refill bags. At least give us the option. I love more options. :))

momo

Ahhh! Maybe I should just find a bunch of people who really like it and we can all split a pound hahaha

ScottTeaMan

not a bad idea

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drank Buttered Popcorn by 52teas
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This is the last tea from the 12 teas of Christmas that I hadn’t tried.

I didn’t think I was going to like this, because I cannot stand that popcorn flavored jelly bean. But it is so very different because the butter here is not disgusting.

It is a savory tea, that’s for sure. It’s a lot like pancake breakfast, but I think even more buttery. The popcorn taste isn’t nasty at all. It’s like a salty aftertaste, with more of a savory taste from the grain. I like it.

We’ll see if it’s enough of a like to spring for some more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank French Vanilla Assam by 52teas
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I am not a fan of Assam, which is probably weird because I like malty flavored cold drinks but I guess for me, hot doesn’t do it?

It just tastes like a vanilla aftertaste that typical vanilla flavored things taste like. Where is the in-your-face vanilla others mention? Come to me!

Even though it’s not as vanilla as I hoped, it still tastes a bit like melted ice cream..or maybe that’s just the aftereffects of tasting some Thai tea ice cream at 10am and ice cream is still on my brain…hm…ice cream for lunch.

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drank Oh Canada! by DAVIDsTEA
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OH CANA-DRAMA!

So apparently my favorite hockey team is run by drama queens who took a player out MID-GAME AND SENT HIM OFF because they traded him. So to enjoy all the ridiculous rumors right now, like he’s going to 3 different teams, I figured this was a fitting tea as they are the Canadiens.

This is still super tasty, and somewhat of a soothing thing to drink so you do not blow up at people on the internets because you are too busy being like “it’s like drinking maple syrup!” to be mad. Now if only I could give it to people through the internet so they calm down…

Plunkybug

Ha ha ha! This is funny! :P

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I saw this in Whole Foods before I saw anything about it…since I saw people say good things and I love cake, I kind of purposely just went back to get it…

O. M. G.

Adding the beetroot to color the tea more red is freakin’ genius, and just like in traditional red velvet you can’t taste it! It is delicious and chocolatey, sometimes I get a big taste of blackberry but that’s no problem.

I swear there’s even this slight tang to it like cream cheese frosting.

Entirely worth the ten bucks for the canister. And I have cake flavored vodka, can anyone say boozy tea latte when I actually buy milk sometime?

TeaBrat

I’ve heard good things about this one too but my experience with RoT has been terrible for the most part so I’m skeeered. ;-)

momo

Ugh too bad I mailed your tea before I bought this! I’ve never really bothered drinking anything from them because the prices don’t seem worth it for teabags, but I can be swayed with cake flavored things (see: vodka).

Tamm

This sounds amazing! I really want to try it b/c red velvet cake was my wedding cake! :)

TeaBrat

Oh cruel fate! ;-)

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I think I prefer oolong by itself…gasp. Or apparently with peach. I don’t know what my thing is with peach, so I figured maybe I’d like orange and got this.

It’s still tasty, but I am just not getting all the things I love about oolong. It’s like they’re hidden behind the orange. It’s a bit more like orange spice than just orange though. Hopefully when it cools a bit more I can taste a bit more oolong! I feel like there’s just maybe a tiny bit of a floral flavor but I require more more more.

TeaBrat

I have an orange blossom oolong I feel kind of similarly about

ScottTeaMan

I’m hesitant to try flavored Oolongs. I feel alot of Oolongs have a natural peach quality to them—lesser oxidized ones.

momo

Yeah, I think that’s why it works with peach flavors for me, it adds to it. But this one it feels like the orange is taking away from the oolong. Beyond 2 peach ones I have I’ve never bought any other flavored oolong and now I know why haha.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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When I was taking the infuser out of the teapot, I was hit with the smell…it took me back to when I got a mint chocolate chip Lipsmackers lip balm…wow. That is exactly what this tea smells like.

And it’s kind of not a good thing, because the chocolate scent in that lip balm was so clearly artificial. It smells like chocolate but it’s just not enough like chocolate, you know? That’s how this tea tastes, at least when it cools. Straight out of the pot though it’s not bad.

I do love the cooling of the mint, and every so often I feel a little pinch of the pepper.

I’m not gonna give up on it just because it cools into what tastes like liquid lip balm. It’s too cute for that.

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Ok so awhile back I said I got a panda gaiwan on eBay. Here it is with 2 of the cute little cups that came with it! http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxnvzmGPU81qz5e5oo1_500.jpg

Since I somehow had yet to drink this tea I decided to play with the gaiwan finally..man I am glad burning my fingers doesn’t phase me.

I put three steepings of it in my mug and I am melting away in deliciousness. Butter, cream, subtly sweet, you know what, I think frosting should taste like milk oolong.

I can’t say anymore, I’m too busy drinking.

TeaBrat

Burnt your fingers? It takes some practice. Are you using it like this? http://www.teanerd.com/2007/03/beginners-guide-to-gaiwans.html

momo

yes, but I keep clumsily touching everywhere obviously hot EVERY time like I’m up against the timer.

momo

that guide though is cracking me up with the “I would suggest pouring into a small pitcher or cup, rather than onto a desk.”

ScottTeaMan

Do you pick up your gai wan with the saucer or without? I’ve seen it done both ways.

momo

I picked it up with it because I figured it’d help direct any spills away from me entirely, plus it wouldn’t be as hot on it. It was easier to hold that way than to try to grip the outer lip in a not-so-awkward manner.

ScottTeaMan

Sometimes I will brew a second time, but I usually add more leaf to the 2nd cup.

ScottTeaMan

I don’y use mine too often because i usually end up spilling tea. I know it requires more practice, but I don’t like to spill even more tea. Of course I could practice with cheap teabags. Scott, you’re a genius! Thanks man. :)) Hahahaha

momo

haha, or just plain water! that was what I was going to do but I got too excited to drink tea.

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