1108 Tasting Notes

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I’m so excited to be the first person to review this puerh. Thank you Teavivre for the generous samples for review!

My first steep is extremely creamy and nutty, and just a little mushroomy. It is earthy but not at all dirty tasting. Very full bodied and rich!

2nd steep is woodsy and brighter…this steep is clean but still very rich.

Very nice shu! Glad I have the opportunity to drink it a couple more times :)

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92

2nd Teavivre sample treat of the day! Thanks Teavivre!

This is a very rich, satisfying black. Very honey sweet and malty with faint floral and cocoa notes. This is the kind of tea I could definitely develop a craving for in the future! Absolutely no bitterness or astringency. Top notch stuff!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate, Honey, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

This one is delightful.

TheTeaFairy

In love with this one, a forever staple!!

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Thanks so much to Teavivre for providing another round of samples for me to review. I just love trying new teas!

This MIGHT be my first straight keemun?? If not, I am definitely not well versed in them, regardless. I am finding this to be a perfectly bold malty breakfast cup, and although it is sweet, there is a twinge of something a tiny bit sour or tart at the end. But don’t get me wrong, not in a bad way at all! I find this element adds some fruity interest and keeps the tea from being too basic or boring. I think I am going to try it again another day before I give it an official rating, as I’m eating oatmeal with spicy Indian pineapple and golden raisins for breakfast and it might be influencing my palate. Also I am not getting any smoke from this tea even though I hear all the time that keemuns are smoky!

Very enjoyable tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Almost out of this one. I took a big travel mug of it to a 1 year olds birthday party this afternoon. It was delicious with dinosaur cake! Hehe. Luckily I like the regular laoshan green just as much :)

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89

This was my breakfast tea blended with almond milk and ice. I wish I was not burnt out on this flavor cos I’m almost out of my other matchas!

Courtney

Sounds yummy!

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92

I got a sample of this with my recent Mandala order. Thanks Garret!

Man, this is super good smooth shu. I have been drinking on it all day :) Basically, this embodies everything I like about shu!

I sort of wish I had ordered some of this instead of the Bu Lang Gong Ting now!

Stephanie

Apparently it loves me back! http://twitpic.com/dw9gye

Garret

It totally loves you back! So happy you are enjoying this one. I love love love this one, too. The Bulang shan stuff is great, but it is one small grade of leaf, begging for much shorter initial infusions. The Noble Mark is a blend of 4 leaves. I cracked up when I heard someone recently refer to this as a “gentleman shou”. That is fitting. Thanks for taking time to write about it, my friend! Tea ya!

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86

Afternoon pick me up! I’m almost out of this one…only a couple of tsps left! I really enjoyed this flavor though and think I would pick it up again. Not at all artificial tasting. Rich pie-like flavor! Today’s hot latte included 3/4 tsp matcha and 3/4 tsp white sugar whisked in 8oz warm milk. GOOD STUFF. Plotting a matcha order as soon as I have enough money :)

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
Courtney

How did the sugar work out? Matchaccino like?

Stephanie

It was just perfect for me. Just as much flavor as matchaccino but only about half the sweetness! I think about 2 tsp of sugar would be equivalent to the matchaccino sweetness level :)

Courtney

Excellent! It sounds tasty. I think the less sugar version actually sounds great.

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
1108 tasting notes

Day off to-go tea! I just dropped off the dog at the groomers and now I’m waiting while my car gets it’s oil changed. Woot for to-go tea and to-go internet! Happy sipping times :)

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drank Balade a Shanghai by Nina's Paris
1108 tasting notes

Sample sipdown! This one must have been hiding in my desk at work for a LONG time!

I had a bunch of leftover Indian food for lunch and now I’ve got curry breath! Ack! I’m leaving work early to get my tattoo touched up so I need something minty and refreshing to fix me up. This is perfect! Super GREEN tasting between the mint and the gunpowder tea :)

Courtney

Yay for tattoo touch-up and minty breath!

Stephanie

Yay indeed :)

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86

Enjoying this one again this morning. I will definitely enjoy every cup I have but this one will not be a “rush out and restock as soon as I run out” type of tea.

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