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drank Panettone Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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No one has been brave and tried this flavor yet??

Perhaps no one is familiar with panettone cake? I will briefly describe it for those of you who may not be familiar. It is a light, airy cake the texture of a yeast roll, very lightly sweetened and studded with candied citrus peel and raisins. Since it is so light and not overly sweet it makes AMAZING French Toast!

So I got this matcha organic, lowest possible flavor level, and with the slightly upgraded “royal” matcha.

I made a cold latte this morning with 1/2tsp match, 1 cup milk, and 1 tsp powdered sugar (sometimes sugar helps the flavor pop)

It was VERY good! It has a nice candied citrus taste, and is not at all artificial or funky. Highly recommended if you like the idea of candied citrus matcha :D

Cheri

This one I would be interested in trying a sample of…..

Stephanie

You got it Cheri!

Roswell Strange

You had me up until raisins :P

Fjellrev

So glad you tried this! I have it on my list for my next RLT order (which I made a year ago but told myself I can’t order until I finish the RLT matcha I already have!), so I’m excited to hear that it’s just as delicious as it sounds. I loooove panettone. :D

Stephanie

It didn’t taste of raisins Ros!

I do too Fjellrev! You gotta try making it into French toast sometime :D

Fjellrev

That sounds fabulous. Have you seen it year-round, though, or do you make it yourself? I absolutely love it toasted. Drool.

Stephanie

Nah I always buy it during the holidays :) Have not attempted to make it myself yet!

Fjellrev

Damn, here I was hoping you found a place that sold it throughout the year haha. I’d love to make it myself but have a feeling I’ll mess it up.

Fjellrev

Haha yeah I thought of online, but figured it would be quite expensive. Time to just make my own. ;)

Stephanie

:) :) :)

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Thanks again for all the DANCONG samples Kieblera5

I’m going to be real honest here. This is my 3rd different dancong sample from Jas-E-Tea so far, and they’ve all been extremely similar. I can’t tell the difference between Almond and Magnolia aroma. Not sure if this is a problem with my palette or a reflection of the tea itself. Having said that they have all been quite drinkable. Not OUTSTANDING but a solid B-

I’ve also read conflicting things about DANCONG itself. Like how it gets its “aroma”…not sure who or what to believe. “It is very hard to make this natural almond flower aroma since it requires great proficiency on the part of the teamaker to process the tea and impart this delicate aroma.” From Jas-E-Tea but yet another source says " The doppelganger of teas, Dancong teas are noted for their ability to naturally imitate the flavors and fragrances of various flowers and fruits, such as orange blossom, orchid, grapefruit, almond, ginger flower, etc."

Anyway, I’ll let you guys know if any of the other DANCONGS in this set are unusual or outstanding in any way :)

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drank Coconut Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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Thank you so much for the sample thelastdodo!

I actually drank this one yesterday for breakfast. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of unsweetened cold matcha lattes for breakfast with flavored matcha. I’m convinced that coconut is the BEST possible flavor to add to matcha. It has been so long since I’ve tried Red Leaf Tea’s coconut matcha that I couldn’t tell you for sure which one I prefer. I should have saved this one to do a side by side comparison since I have some of Red Leaf Tea’s on order right now and should be here soon! Oh well…I still enjoyed this one very much :)

BezoomnyChaiVeck

Be careful not to get cocoloco!

TheLastDodo

It came from Cocoloco headquarters, you better be careful Steph!

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Thank you for the sample Phi!

This is a soldly tasty black tea. Probably not something I will re-purchase because there are cheaper black teas that I enjoy even more but I am quite glad to have a chance to try this one! :D

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Thanks for the sample Dennis!

This is a bit of an odd bird to me. A lot more vegetal than other young shengs I’ve experienced. Light spiciness/herbaciousnes in early steeps. Extremely mild bitterness, and a tiny bit of sweetness but not much. Really interesting and different!

Glad I got to try it :)

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Thank you for the sample kieblera5!

This is a very nice DANCONG. There are definitely some floral notes but it is not as intensely floral as some others I’ve tried. Decent level of complexity. I give this one a B- or a C+

I was given several new varieties to sample so I’m definitely going to take notes on each one and figure out which kind is my favorite!

:D

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drank 2013 FT Feitai 7572 by White2Tea
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Thanks to my buddy BezoomnyChaiVeck for the sample :D

This is incredibly solid shou. Sweet and rich and very satisfying! Looks like this was a very good price too but is now sold out. I will remember for future reference that Feitai is good tea and 7572 is a nice recipe! :)

Cheri

I have a whole cake of this that I haven’t even broken into yet. I could send you some more, if you wanted.

Stephanie

Aww you should try it Cheri! :D

paxl13

7572 is the best recipe in ripe IMO :) and I’m the one who bought the last cake :)

AllanK

I have a cake of this I have yet to try. I will have to break it out soon.

Stephanie

Jelly pax!! I JUST missed you in chat too, I was at lunch :)

paxl13

I’ll come by later on today :) Cheers Steph!

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I was lucky enough to get a sample of this tea from a kind friend. Only my 2nd Naka puerh ever and so far they are consistently winners. The taste was wonderful and the feeling even more so. I drank this on Thursday while making art and it was like liquid inspiration! Sadly I did not steep the leaves all the way out in the first sitting, so I decided to try to save them to have again the next day and that did not work out very well for me. Lesson learned though. Next time I’ll just drink it all at once! No wasting Naka!!!!

BezoomnyChaiVeck

I hate it when good leaf goes bad while resting for an extended time between steeps.

But honestly, it’s really unpredictable in my experience! Sometimes they turn absolutely rancid, sometimes it makes no difference, and sometimes they really do well after some rest!

I wish I knew what made the difference so I could make use of it!

Stephanie

I have to say I was majorly bummed. I had been hoarding this sample for months! Saving it for a special occasion and then I basically only got to drink half of it. Oh well, what I did get to drink was wonderful. Win some, lose some :)

Cwyn

Would it work to stick the teapot into the fridge? I never of doing such a thing until just now.

Stephanie

That’s what I did actually, Cwyn. Well, I dumped them out of the yixing and into a bowl and then stuck them in the fridge!

boychik

i leave them on plate on a counter. i really dont like leaves after the fridge.

Cwyn

I leave them in the pot usually but in the summer that doesn’t work.

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drank Ma Passion by Nina's Paris
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Another sample from Marzipan thanks again!!!

This is another winner from Nina’s. Sweet juicy passion fruit! Really natural and well balanced flavor with the base. Great stuff!

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drank Peach Black by Tattle Tea
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Thank you for the tea Marzipan!

This makes decent enough peach iced tea. Not a spectacularly natural peach flavor but certainly no worse than bottled iced peach tea. Works for me and the price is very good.

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