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YUM! This is a wonderful Yunnan Black. Thanks so much TeaVivre for the free samples!!! This one is malty and rich and sweet. I could drink it all day long.

PS I am feeling much better today. Glad my bird is no longer suffering. Just exhausted/emotional hangover from yesterday. Whew.


Hugs. It’s hard, but it was right.

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Thank you for the sample boychik

I shouldn’t probably even bother writing a note on this yet. I’m numb and not really paying much attention as I drink. I had the last 4 days off work and they were mostly good- I had a very successful art show on Saturday and everything, but my terminally ill parrot took a turn for the worse, and I’m leaving work early today to have her euthanized. I know she is in pain and it isn’t going to get any better.

Anyway, its weird but I am actually happy to be at work today even though I’ve been weepy off and on, it is nice to have something to distract me until later. I’m not really tasting the shu but it is warm and comforting anyway.


I’m so sorry Stephanie. Warm big hug


Oh no :(


I’m so sorry to hear about your parrot. It’s so rough to lose a pet.

I’m glad to hear the art fair went well.


I’m so sorry.


I’m sorry for your loss :[


sorry to hear about your birdie…

Terri HarpLady

Offering a big hug, Stephanie, because I know that losing a pet is like losing a child, at least it was for me. It takes time for the Heart to heal, & sometimes going back to work is the best thing you can do.
I am glad to hear about the Art Show though! Congrats on that!


Thanks everyone. It was a rough day, but I am relieved her suffering is over. We buried her between the redbud and magnolia trees in our back yard. My husband found a tiny blue glass bottle when he was digging. It says Bromo Caffeine on the side. Apparently it was a headache medicine in the late 1800s-early 1900s! Now it is the Tweeter memorial bud-vase.

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drank Anna's by TeaGschwendner
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Thank you marzipan for the sample. This was really tasty iced with my lunch!

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drank 1994 Aged Bai Hao by Butiki Teas
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WHOA! Thanks for the sample Stacy

This tea tastes like a chocolate donut dusted in powdered sugar! I had no idea an oxidized aged oolong could be this good! The scent of the liquor is amazingly strong cocoa. This is going on my shopping list :)

I was a gawky awkward 13 year old when this tea was picked. How special!

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Sounds amazing!


Haha, you must be born in the same awesome year as me! This one is on my list, soon enough.


high fives TeaTiff!


I let the 2nd steep steep forever and it’s soooo goooood


Such a good tea.




haha, I was just thinking the same thing mrmopar. ;)

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drank Gui Fei Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Thanks Stacy for a sample of this one. It is really fun to get these samples, especially when they are not something I would have picked out for myself!

So I may have underleafed this one. I know Stacy usually sends exactly one serving in her little sample baggies, but it just really looked like more than 1 tsp to me so I used half. It took forever to steep it enough to get some good strong flavor going but I finally accomplished that. I will use the other half of my sample in my teeny 4oz gaiwan at some later point. Typically heavily oxidized oolongs are not my thing, but this has some impressive fruity and roasty cocoa noted like a fancy black tea might. Very complex and interesting! So glad I got to try it :)

Cameron B.

Yum, sounds wonderful. And isn’t this the one that she was playing around with a caramel apple version? :D


I think it might be! If so I am VERY EXCITED!


I love this one, it’s already fruity and honey like, I’m pretty sure it will make the perfect base for a caramel apple tea :-)

Cameron B.

I have little to no experience with oolongs, but I loved the oxidized oolong I tried recently and I’m fairly confident I would also love the roasted variety. Yummy!

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I’ve been enjoying this sheng all afternoon. This is another one of my huge batch of TeaUrchin samples I got for my birthday :D

Lovely sweet and somewhat mellow. I’m digging the vibe and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is bright and fresh with hints of floral.


Sounds yummy! Sheng sounds like it could be right in my flavor wheelhouse. I have one at home that I just need to try.

Charles Thomas Draper

This is an incredible tea.

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drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
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Yay! A new breakfast blend from Butiki. The Black Lotus is one of my favorite black teas right now, so I’m quite excited to try this one.

As with the Black Lotus I think the darjeeling on top of all the darker richer notes really makes this blend pop. Definitely worth a try if you are a fan of bold blacks!

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drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
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I got a sample of this tea from Teavivre as a prize in my sample packet during the Spring Tea Review Giveaway! Thanks TeaVivre!

Oddly enough, this one does not appear to be on TeaVivre’s website for sale yet! Sneak Preview? Count me in! :)

This is a sweet, bold, assertive young sheng. Some apricot notes. I believe this is the first puerh I have drunk that was produced this year! VERY young sheng! Also very strong cha qi. I am super energized :)

Love the lingering aftertaste. This one’s a keeper!

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I got a sample of this from Marzipan who got it as a sample with a recent Harney order. She hates both green tea and coconut but I love them both! Lucky me!

This is actually pretty decent iced tea! I was very skeptical when the directions said to put the giant bag filled with green tea into boiling water for 15 minutes. But it worked! The green tea is not bitter and the coconut flavor is both pleasant and strong.

I would consider purchasing these some day if big bagged iced teas were my thing. Seems like lately I’ve just been making iced tea out of whatever is taking up room in my tea stash but not thrilling me hot, ya know? Anyway, decent stuff :)


I had a sample too. Not bad at all

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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