1108 Tasting Notes

drank Caramel by TeaGschwendner
1108 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample Marzipan!

This is a very true to caramel favor. It is very good! I think it would be my fave caramel black tea if not for Butiki’s caramel vanilla Assam being superior.

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I ordered this as a free sample with my last TeaVivre order. It is very good stuff :)

Glad to have more of it!


Stephanie, Agreed! My 2013 sample was excellent! – http://steepster.com/looseTman/posts/23388. Was your sample from 2013 or 2014?


I will check at home and let you know. I packed it in a bag and brought it with me to work without the packaging :)


Thanks, that’s very kind of you!

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Another insanely good TeaUrchin sheng! Woo!

This is the last un-tasted TeaUrchin sample from my birthday gift from my husband. This is definitely not one I would have picked out for myself just for the cost alone. (30g for $17.50)

But yes, it is indeed something special. Delicious floral sweetness, nice balance with the tangy “bitter” spice notes, and amazing cha qi. I am tea drunk at work :) “One Thousand Butterflies” FTW

I’m super impressed with TeaUrchin in general and would recommend them to all fans of raw puerh!


Glad you are having a good time with this sheng! Tea drunk hehe


Sheng does almost give me a “buzz” sometimes. Maybe the Theanine? I dunno. Good stuff though!!!


Your husband must be pretty awesome!


Indeed he is, Sars! :)

Charles Thomas Draper

I agree about Tea Urchin. And this is an incredible GFZ

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Brewed this up yesterday extra strong, added sugar and poured over ice. Very delicious iced tea. Strong rich assam base and nice passion fruit flavor! My favorite is still Teajo’s tropical mango for fruity iced tea, though :)

Thanks for the sample Piccolo!


Glad to hear you enjoyed it…and yes, Tropical Mango is our most popular flavor down here!

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I almost forgot I still have a little of this left. I made an awesome smoothie this morning with a frozen banana, milk, peanut butter and half a scoop of this! NOM!



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Oh my goodness! This one is special! I’m so sad I only have one tiny sample pack!

The front of the sip is malty and sweet and rich, but the back of the sip has a long lingering dark stone fruity aftertaste on the back of my tongue, almost like a Dancong oolong or a sheng puerh. It’s crazy! So good! I wish I had gotten one of the free $10 gift cards so I could order more. Very unique :)

I also remember really liking one of TeaVivre’s Fenqging shengs, so perhaps I’m just in love with teas from there?


i should put it on my wishlist;)

Lariel of Lórien

Glad I ordered more.


I loved this one too! :-)

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Sample sip down! Thanks again boycik!!!

Goodbye adorable chocolate bar lookin pu. You were cute and tasty :)

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Thanks to Marzipan again for the sample!

WHOA smokey minty tea, eh? Interesting…not really getting any berry. That’s ok though. Not sure this is a tea I would ever crave (I’m picky and weird about mint teas) but I am enjoying it and appreciate its uniqueness :)

Next time I’ll try sweetening it and see if it changes much for me.


I was expecting more berry too.


Smoke and mint are just such finicky beasts, too

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Smoke? Hmm, perhaps this is the old version?


It would have been ordered since March, that’s when I started getting things online.


Ah! I was wondering cause I did not remember smoke at all from it so I went to fix myself a cup…zero smoke. Did you use to blend this one with lapsang Brenden?


maple syrup

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yep, there used to be a dash of lapsang. It’s been removed in the past month or two :)


I didn’t have smoke in mine


Sorry, I can move this note if I put it in the wrong place. And OMG boychik, yes to maple. I will do that soon!

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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. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.

Butiki, Verdant, Mandala, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, TeaUrchin, White2Tea and Den’s are my favorite online retailers so far.


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