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This is a pretty nice oolong! Very creamy and green. I’m only on steep #1 so I’m not sure if the lilac flavors are going to show up or not, but overall I’m quite happy with this offering from Steepster Select! I brewed this packet western style but perhaps I’ll save the other one for a time I can do it gongfu.

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I suspect that this is a very fine tea, just not a type I am particularly fond of. It is roasty and very sweet, but kind of weak, in a way. I think I would appreciate it more if it was a bit more bold. Again, very appreciative I got to try it though! :)

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drank Sencha Shot by Ito En
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Saw this today at the Fresh Market on sale 2 for $2, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. This is actually pretty dang good, folks! Very good for bottled green tea. It is VERY strong, grassy, and a little nutty. Tastes just like I brewed up some strong sencha and chilled it myself. Color me impressed!

If you are on the go and love unsweetened green tea, give it a try!

Brendan

I bought one of these a few weeks ago. It was very good. I’m definitely planning on keeping a couple of these around.

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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I got a wonderful swap package today from Dexter3657!

This was the first baggie I opened and sniffed…probably because I couldn’t tell from the name what it was going to be like, and I saw almond slivers and that piqued my interest. Anyway, after sniffing I had to steep some up immediately! There was a rose bud and jasmine blossom in my steeper, and the rose unfurled seductively as it steeped. Man, this tea is downright sexy! It tastes like an almond pastry of some kind, with just a hint of floral. Heavenly! I might prefer this one to everyone’s beloved Brioche from American Tea Room, but I’ll have to try them side by side to be sure. I have one cup left of Brioche and 2 or so left of this sample :)

Thanks again, Dex!

Fjellrev

I think I like this one more too, but yet they’re both so different. Hard to choose, really!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I got this one in my HUGE package from dexter too!!! I’ll have to try this tomorrow!

Stephanie

I thought of you when I tried this BrewTEAlly Sweet you will LOVE it.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Awwww now I definitely have to try this!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I just tried it! I just tried it! I just tried it this very second! Oh em gee! Sexy it Tis!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

No rose or lavender buds in mine but I definitely smelt them and tasted them and after reading your note it makes sense!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

You’re right this tea is soooo me! I want more!!

Stephanie

PS you bought the two Fauchon teas today that I almost bought…I would have ordered for sure if this one had been an option!!!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I only bought the raspberry macaron,the chocolate eclair was all sold out! I want it so bad, and I know I looked for this one too!

PS I found a jasmine bud in my tea after all !!

Stephanie

Grr now I wish I had ordered the eclair

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I was going to when I got to work but I thought it would b there after and nope! Just my luck..

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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drank Rum Vanilla by Island Rose
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Swap sample from SkySamurai! Thanks!

Wow this IS extremely rummy! LOL! The hint of vanilla makes me think of rum cake! Generic black fannings base is mediocre but not offensive in this instance…this is actually kind of fun because it tastes like I’m having a tea cocktail at work! TGIF? :)

Anyway not something I’m likely to purchase but certainly is fun to try! So far I find Island Rose to be pretty good for bagged tea.

Fjellrev

Haha that’s awesome.

Skysamurai

They have alot of good stuff but dont ever try the green lime unless you really like lime.

Stephanie

Ha! I think you sent me one! I do like lime ;)

Skysamurai

I probably send it in every trade now because I really can’t drink it. I tried to like it but I couldn’t get a good feel for it. I am sure someone will like it though! If you end up liking it let me know and I’ll send you the rest!

Stephanie

Cool thanks!

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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This is a wonderful tea for a cold, snowy January day. Rich and thick and dark and comforting :)

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drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
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Tea #3 from my free Steepster Select box!

This is my kinda green! It is like a heartier gyokuro…sweet and intensely GREEN with no bitterness. Very nice. Thanks Steepster!!!

TheTeaFairy

Mmmm, sounds like a good one.

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I’m spending today hanging out with my favorite Sheng. I haven’t brought it out to play in a while so I’m really enjoying it! :)

Garret

HI! I’m thrilled that you are enjoying this, my friend! I may not have told you that I had secured a bunch of the autumn 2013 crop of this leaf. 500 – 600 cakes are being pressed with it this week in China! So excited about it as the Wild Monk has been so well-received.

There’s a little bit of nail-biting that happens each time I do a pressing because I never know if people will enjoy it as much as I do and it’s a lot of money to throw down each time. I should stop it with the nail biting because people sure seem to enjoy the product :)

Wishing you all the joy you can stand,
Garret

Stephanie

Oooh, fresh pressing! I will look forward to trying it some day :)

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I FIXED IT! I combined 2/3 these pearls, with 1/3 straight jasmine pearls. PERFECT! Just enough peach and just enough jasmine. Now that I know how delicious these can be I would definitely consider reordering :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I love these pearls!

TheTeaFairy

Great idea Stephanie! I get the peach also, but jasmine is totally absent in this tea for me…will try with teavivre jasmine green, ran out of the pearls.

Kamyria

Uh oh… jasmine and peach… that’s a lovely marriage I never thought of before… I think I can already taste it in my mind and I like it!

Brendan

Sounds like a good combo. Might have to get some!

TeaVivre

What a great idea! In fact, we never try to combine the two teas, and i can’t wait to try it now.

boychik

i do the same. not enough jasmine for me either

Terri HarpLady

I love experiments! These little peach pearls are lovely too.

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