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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
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Mmm, lychee! I’ve been very excited to try this one, thanks a bunch teamore for sending me a sample!

Like all of Butiki’s flavored teas, this is a very natural lychee flavor. It pairs perfectly with the sweet floral free oolong base. Very nice and I bet it would be equally wonderful iced!

I’d definitely consider buying this one when my fruity oolong stock gets low :)

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I picked up my Teavivre Oolong sampler at the post office this morning, YAY! Thanks Teavivre!

I was excited to try the Oriental Beauty first, since I’ve never had it before! It is a very mellow and sweet oolong. I think I am starting to recognize that signature leaf-hopper flavor! :)

Anyway, I think personally I prefer a buttery green oolong over an oxidized one, but this is very pleasant and I would drink it again.

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drank Sexy Chai by Steep City Teas
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This is a fun chai for me this morning. I like the intensity of the spices, but there is almost too much going on here for me. It’s pleasant with a bit of honey! Glad to try it but not something I’d purchase on my own. Thanks BrewTEAlly Sweet! :D

BrewTEAlly Sweet

You tried it before me. It still waiting for me ha ha

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drank Sencha Fuka-midori by Den's Tea
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I am off work today, so I’m enjoying a Kyusu full of this sencha since I don’t normally get to through the week. I am almost out of this one, but that is fine since I have other senchas waiting in the wings to be opened! :D

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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WHOA! I did a long several minute steep on this one, because my water is a bit under boiling here at work, from the fancy water filter/instant water heater dealie in the break room. Anyway, this tea is INTENSE! But super good! As others described, very much like unsweetened cocoa powder, but not at all bitter. WOO I got a huge caffeine jolt from it too, heh. I ate a piece of pumpkin spice cake with my first steep and it was SO good together. Both were so rich :)

This is going on my shopping list for sure. Thanks so much Kimquat for letting me try this one! :D Next time I want to try it as a sweetened latte ;)

One of my favorite puerhs I’ve tried so far! YAY

kimquat

:D This one wasn’t to my tastes as much as other Mandala shu’s, but I’m glad you liked it.

Garret

Pumpkin spice cake? Do you deliver? That would rock with the Special Dark! Right now, my biz partner is serving up some of the special dark to a very picky customer who travels to China quite regularly. This is his first time in the shop and when he tasted the first 20 second infusion he said “this is exactly what I am looking for!” Yes!

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drank Northern Lights by DAVIDsTEA
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Sample sip down! I need to start working through some of my smaller samples. Really hoping I get accepted into my first traveling tea box soon! Occasionally I crave herbal teas with peppermint, I dig this one tonight for that reason :)

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Well this is interesting. It has a creamy straw/hay flavor like a white tea, with a hint of green vegetal flavor, and a slight maltyness like a black tea. Also a hint of floral aroma. It is good, but hard to describe! Smooth and mellow and somewhat sweet.

Thank you Little Red Cup for providing me a sample of this unique tea for review! :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Mmmmmmm I’ll have to try mine soon!

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Thanks very much Little Red Cup for a sample of this tea for review!

This reminds me of a stripped down version of one of my favorite green teas of all time- Laoshan Green. There is no soybean creaminess, but the sweetness and GREEN vegetal flavors are there. I would also compare it to Spring Twist by Butiki, but less sweet and delicate. If you are a fan of either of those teas, this might be a suitable and much less expensive alternative!

Hint of floral aroma and tiny bit of astringency. I went for extra leaf and extra steep time so I could hopefully assess everything this tea has to offer. I would definitely drink this one again :)

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YAY! My first Mandala tea :) I’m very glad Kimquat sent me some samples in our swap to check out so I can decide what I want to order.

Well, I messed up this one. I was a little confused about the instructions and accidentally underleafed this. SO, I steeped it extra long…nevertheless I am very impressed! I think this might be one of the first “GOOD” puerhs I’ve tried.

I will be more careful with my other Mandala samples ;)

Garret

Thanks for writing about it! I always like to remind folks that there really is no messing up with tea. It’s just a different experience than you meant to have. Tea is so much about surrendering to the moment, letting go into life and giving up expectations. Not to get all Zen on ya :) But really, any experience with tea is better than no tea experience at all, isn’t it? Dang… I love tea. Yes, I do! Let me know if you have any questions on any of the other samples you got from Kimquat. I’m happy to help. And I’m mighty appreciative that she shared some of our tea with you! Have a tea-riffic day, my friend!

Stephanie

Thanks Garret! I love tea too!!

And I still enjoyed this very much, even if it was a little weaker than I would have preferred.

I’m looking forward to trying Loose and Luscious Lincang, milk oolong, and Special Dark very soon :)

Garret

Hi! The Noble Mark is still quite young. I imagine it’ll get a little more kick to it with some age under its belt. It was moderate fermentation on the 4 different leaves which will give them an edge in the long run as far as real aging… just like the Lincang (pronounced lynn-song). That Lincang was the leaf used in the Phatty cake. Can’t wait to hear what you think of the other teas. That Special Dark is a special dark, indeed!

Stephanie

So cool, I love learning about all this stuff! :D

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