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drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
1111 tasting notes

After my bad puerh experience this morning I wanted something “safe” I know I like this afternoon! Plus I was still craving pu. This works out nicely :)

Thanks again for the cute little heart tea Amanda Wilson !

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been thinking of trying these little hearts, always open for a novelty. They look adorable, anyway. :)


They’re simple, clean tasting, lightly fermented, and reasonably priced. Can’t really go wrong! Seems like folks who don’t like shu don’t like it. I could send you a couple if you want to try them, Terri


So it’s not puerh. Is it heicha?


They call it “Dark tea” but I think they might be the same thing boychik

Terri HarpLady

Stephanie, that would be awesome!
Seems like I owe you some tea, don’t I?
(I know I owe tea to boychik, & several others…sorry, I’m a slacker lately…no, I’ve just been incredibly busy for awhile)


no worries, Terri.

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Whatever this one was, I LOVE IT! It is definitely a raw/sheng puerh. SUPER fruity. Apricot/stone fruit mostly. Wonderful!


Isn’t stone fruit interesting?!


YES! Shengs are probably the most interesting teas of all in my opinion :) Especially really good and complex ones like this one!


Shengs will grow on you…

Terri HarpLady

I initially preferred Shu, but that has changed for me.

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Oof…this sheng is not for me! BLEH! I might have to dump it out :(


2nd steep is slightly more drinkable…but still!


What does a bad sheng taste like? newb


Bitter, “funky”…no sweetness or pleasant fruitiness. Try #7 if you want to taste a good but really unusual sheng!

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Thank you so much Courtney for sharing some of your precious Bavarian Cream with me!

This is one of my favorite matcha flavors now. Really good and creamy and vanilla-y :D

It has been a really long time since I actually ate anything filled with Bavarian cream, but it seems pretty spot-on flavor wise!


I’m so glad you enjoyed it!


I just ordered this one! Now I’m really excited to try it.

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drank Chocolate Tea by Forsman Tea
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Thank you Marzipan for a sample of this tea!

This is quite good chocolate tea. So many of them I have tried were artificial tasting, or not paired with a nice base tea…this one is good though! Not quite as good as Fauchon chocolate eclair, which is my favorite, but definitely one of the better ones I’ve had :)

1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Winter Fire by Butiki Teas
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Yay! I am finally trying this guayusa! It has intrigued me for a long time. I requested it as a sample with my Butiki order a while back and kind of forgot about it. I probably should have chosen a more wintery day before it was in the 80s outside, but oh well.

This is really good! I can actually feel the spicy! It isn’t TOO hot though. It isn’t making my eyes water or anything, heh. The tingle feels good on my allergy inflamed sinuses and throat :)

Tastes nice, too. I am drinking it plain but it would be nice sweetened. I’m going to give the other half of my sample to my husband because he loves spicy stuff! I would consider ordering this in the future, for sure.


I don’t think I’ve tried a guayusa yet.. this one sounds like fun being so spicy.


It also perks me up like coffee! But no jitters :)


Pun intended ?!?! :)

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Thank you so much KiwiDelight for a surprise sample of this in our swap!

Wow this is a extremely floral oolong, without being perfumey! It is like a gentle lilac aroma floating on a breeze…sweet and slighty vegetal tasting too. I like it very much!!!


Yay! I like this one a lot, so glad you like too! :]

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Thanks Garret for a sample of this with my recent Mandala order!

This is the 2014 harvest. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such large FUZZY white tea leaves! This is seriously some fluffy downy stuff :) The kind of tea you want to pet like a kitty!

I may have slightly underleafed this for my tastes. It is so hard to measure big leaves! This is a smooth, creamy white though. Light but with a rich earthiness. Creamy hay may not sound appealing but that is what it reminds me of. Sweet and summery :)


This tea makes my mouth water :) It’s been so fun to break this new crop out for the tea classes lately. I typically will do my first steep at 5 to 8 minutes when I am working with a white tea. This stuff works great in a tea thermos (grandpa style), too. Try a longer steep with it and see what you get.

And I am the one who should be doing the thanking, pal :) So, without further adieu – THANK YOU!!

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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Marzipan gave me some of this tea! Thanks!!!

It is one of the first teas I purchased from Butiki ages ago and I haven’t had it in forever!

Not my favorite offering from Butiki but still very enjoyable :)

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Thanks so much Marzipan for a sample of this tea!

Ehh, not my favorite chocolate tea ever. Not rich enough! Not bad though. I drank the cup with no problem, but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any in the future. My favorite Teajo tea is the tropical mango. OH MAN it is SO GOOD iced!

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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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