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694 Tasting Notes

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Yay my first Sheng! I’m really glad I ended up liking this cute little cake. The first few steeps were very smokey and woodsy, but still somewhat light tasting compared with shu. The later steeps became less smokey and started to have this CRAZY sweet dried apricot aftertaste that lasts for several minutes after each sip! I get a flavor similar to this from certain oolongs. Anyway, there is also a difficult to describe creamy or nutty element. I look forward to exploring this tea further :)

ifjuly

Ooh, I think you’ve motivated me to try mine tomorrow morning. :D

Stephanie

It is an adventure! Looking forward to your notes :)

Tea Sipper

Your description of this one sounds delicious!

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Mmmmmm Special Dark! I love this tea! I got it in the mail yesterday evening along with my first cake of sheng, which I am really excited to try, but this tea was the one I decided I HAD to have this morning. I prefer to drink it extra strong. I steep 1 tablespoon for a couple of minutes. OH YEAH dark and rich! Like creamy unsweetened cocoa powder but with absolutely no bitterness.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

This sounds delicious! I’m so jealous of your mandala order.

Stephanie

I will send you samples, buddy!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Oh goodie! P.s. you have something heading your way on Monday :) since you couldnt be in the first round of secret pumpkin.

pyarkaaloo

what a description! this sounds delicious… everyone’s giving it rave reviews, i must try it

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

I’ve never actually bought anything from Lupicia, but I’ve had the pleasure of sampling quite a few in Steepster swaps. I am really impressed with their fruity teas! I am drinking this hot, but it would be hella good iced in the summertime :) YUM!

Anna

This is one of the teas I got this week! I’m even more excited to try it now.

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I have a billion samples right now I need to try, but I also have around 4 ounces of this I need to drink before it goes bad, so I’m having a nice cup of this one this morning :)

I was in the mood for something chocolatey!

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

I only took a tiny bit of this from the box, just to compare it to the Golden Moon coconut oolong which I still have about an ounce left of. They are indeed very similar! What is it about coconut and pouchong together? YUM!

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drank Lychee by Lupicia
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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

I’m glad I grabbed a couple of servings of this one. The black base is unobtrusive, and the Lychee flavor is natural and delicious. This would be wonderful iced!

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drank Peach Oolong by Bigote Ecuador
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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

I found this one in the tea box and grabbed a serving’s worth. Eh, its not bad. I like a good green oolong, and the peach flavoring is not bad. This one is just average in my book!

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Tonight I was in the mood for a treat! I made up some strong decaf English breakfast, mixed in some of my chai mix in. THEN I added a shot of creme de cacao! Heck yeah!!!!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Wow what a blend make me some!

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drank Northern Wilds by Verdant Tea
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Final tasting from the October Verdant Blends Club box!

This one is really hitting the spot for me today. Very complex, but well balanced. It is herbal and woodsy and does taste like an autumn forest :) The mint is present but not overpowering…same with the cinnamon. Kudos Verdant!

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

Numi is pretty good for bagged tea, so I grabbed one of these to try. I was surprised to read that this is primarily a green tea, with just a hint of pu-erh! The magnolia is very intriguing! We have magnolias in our yard and I love the scent. The magnolia+green is like a twist on jasmine green, and the pu-erh adds a hint of rich undertone to the whole package. Very nice. I would love to see someone like Verdant or Mandala do a straight pu-erh version of magnolia!

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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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