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drank 2006 Yiwu spring by Teaurchin
833 tasting notes

Another lovely tea from the slew of samples from TeaUrchin I got for my birthday. This is a different flavor profile than I am used to from sheng. It is quite bold and full of “darker” notes. It is kinda smokey and earthy as well as somewhat mushroomy and woody. Not exactly delicious tasting but not offputting either. Perhaps it’ll be one of those “feel good” shengs…we’ll see :)

mrmopar

Definitely dark and “Earthy”. It tastes much older my guess would be it remained in loose maocha as they said before pressing.

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Thanks for the sample Marzipan

Hmm, green rooibos is better than red, but it is still rooibos! Meh. Shame because I might’ve liked this flavoring otherwise. Oh well! Can’t win em all :)

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UGH bummer! I took a chance and bought an Asian tea I knew nothing about…so now I have several ounces of Vietnamese Lotus green tea and it is GROSS. Like, I’ll probably throw it away. At least it wasn’t too expensive.

mj

Someone else was just talking about throwing away their Vietnamese lotus green tea! That stuff must be truly terrible

Terri HarpLady

You win some, you lose some! ;)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, mj, you are referring to James, I’ve had that one also from Tealux, it was TERRIBLE and I got rid of it too. But I’ve had another unknown one that was really good, so that’s right Stephanie, you just never know!

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
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Finally drank my sample of this today- it is not as sugary sweet as Stacy’s other Taiwanese blacks, though it is plenty sweet! I feel this one has an even more sophisticated complexity about it, too. It feel fancy and delicious :)

Terri HarpLady

Looking forward to getting my butiki order!

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Finally trying this tea boychik sent me a sample of. DANG this is good! Malty yunnan perfection. Thanks so much for sharing :)

boychik

Glad you like it;)

Terri HarpLady

We love our YS teas!

Stephanie

I’m a YS convert!

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Marzipan gave me a sample of this tea last night at dinner, and I decided to drink it this morning while I baked a buttermilk lemon pie with saffron. Seemed apropos!

The first steep I drank straight, and was slightly underwhelmed. Mild black tea and faint lemon with some buttermilk tang. 2nd steep I added just a TINY bit of sugar and it really made this tea come alive! Everything seems more vibrant and delicious! Very tasty when sweetened.

This was also my first tea from this company, which I know very little about.

Thanks again Marzipan! :D

Still haven’t tasted the actual pie yet but it smells great!

Sil

TeaG has some really nice teas.

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I’m drinking a cup of a chai blend Butiki was working on but decided not to continue with. It is tasty! Passing the rest along to Marzipan tonight for her to try for fun :)

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98

OK so apparently I HAVE tried this one before! And this time, like last time, it is the nectar of the gods :)

Green tea bliss!

Thanks again inranger :D

inranger

bliss is good :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’ve got more of this tea now thanks to inranger YAY! Thanks!!!

So, I’m not sure I’ve ever had the 1st picking before. Also I haven’t had any LB in a while…someone educate me please, is the first picking supposed to taste different? I feel like there is a flavor note missing here! It is still quite tasty, don’t get me wrong. Just different! It could be my palate as I just ate a bunch of berries before drinking this cup, but still. Weird!

With the exception of shinchas and dragonwell, I’m generally a fall harvest kind of girl with most of my teas, so maybe it is just me.

TheTeaFairy

I’ve never had it myself, but is that what you are referring to Stephanie? There’s a nice description about it, explaining…

http://steepster.com/teas/verdant-tea-special/34874-mr-hes-1st-picking-laoshan-black

Stephanie

Oh oops, didn’t realize there was a separate page!

Sil

yep..two different teas…and the 1st picking i had back when it was a reserve tea, was more…dirt like? earthy? lol

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Thank you for the sample boychik

This is not my favorite Damn Fine tea, but I’ve loved SO MANY of them so far that this is still a very good tea in my book. Just not knocking my socks off the way the others did. It is smooth and somewhat complex, but lacks any malty or fruity notes to draw me in ;)

I am considering ordering a tin of the Spring Keemun before it is gone. I finished my sample of that one from boychik on my vacation and I miss it already!

Cameron B.

I keep looking at that Yunnan Gold Tips… But it’s $25… But there are only 8 left… QQ

Stephanie

The Yunnan gold tips were tasty, but I’ve had other Yunnan blacks I enjoyed just as much or even more and were available in smaller quantities :)

Cameron B.

I actually just ordered the free samples for reviewers from TeaVivre and that was one of my selections. :)

Stephanie

Oh good!!!

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