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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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YAY! I’ve got some Laoshan Black again! I slightly underleafed it but it is still SO GOOD! Happy Friday :)

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I got a sealed sample pack of this in a swap with Dinosara ages ago. Because it was sealed it got moved to the bottom of the “try me!” list and semi-forgotten! Found it again and decided a nice oolong sounded good today. It is nice and light, very green and floral. Me likey.

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I bought a sample of this with my last Verdant order. I love green teas, but this is not my favorite. I feel like I should love it though! I wonder if I am steeping it wrong or something. It is a little bit too astringent or something for me. I do appreciate the vegetal and mineraly flavor and sweet smell. Also there is a richness I appreciate. Maybe I just steeped it too long…

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This was my free sample in my last order. I’m looking for a time to set aside it so I can steep it “properly”.

Stephanie

Probably a good plan. I’m going to be more careful with my 2nd steep and see if it performs better!

Stephanie

2nd steep went much better :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good to know! :-)

Stephanie

Hahaha, my Verdant order came today and I got another sample pack of this!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I guess they want people to try it!!

Lily Duckler

It’s true! :) We love sharing Mrs. Li’s tea, and we want to make sure folks can try it before it gets too late in the year. One tip for Mrs. Li’s Dragonwell is to keep your glass (or tea pot or mug) uncovered while you’re brewing it. Covering your leaves will let steam build up which can raise the temperature and scald the leaves.
Another thing to try is leaving a little bit of water covering the leaves in between steepings. This will keep protect the delicate flat-pressed leaves from oxidizing while you sip!

Mrs Li keeps it simple when brewing for guests: just leaves in an uncovered glass cup and below-boiling water. Have you seen her video about brewing Dragonwell?
http://verdanttea.com/tv/how-to-brew-shi-feng-dragonwell-green-tea/

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Good to know! Thanks for the tips, Lily!

Stephanie

Sweet! Thanks Lily!

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Dumped out my bamboo tea and dug around in my desk drawer here at work and found THIS!

I haven’t had any straight genmaicha in a while. Yum! I hope the matcha boost will perk me up since I seem to be getting a case of the afternoon sleepies.

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I got this in my swap with brewTEAlly sweet

Hmm…I’m not sure what to make of this! It’s kinda vaguely green tea and fruity flavored, lol. Maybe I’m not big into bamboo. I think I’ve only had it in tea one other time and it was strongly artificially flavored (Bamboozled from David’s) so I couldn’t really even taste the bamboo. Anyway, it was fun to try this but it’s not really my thing :)

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I’ve been hoarding my last 2 cups worth of this tea. I love it so much! This is definitely going on my fall Butiki order :D

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drank Unknown Puerh by Red Leaf Tea
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Brought one of these little cubes with me to work today, and I’ll be sipping on it all day! I’ll drink something more exciting tomorrow, but today I really just needed something to keep me awake!

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Ahhhh, now this makes up for the terrible tea I had this morning! I can’t wait to try the Summer harvest :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I hope you are feeling better! I can’t wait to try my samples on my days off:) hopefully wednesday and the weekend.

Stephanie

I am feeling MUCH better, thanks! Nice for you to have “tea days” to look forward to :)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

You have no idea how excited I am

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drank Honey Yuzu by Tea Forte
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I forgot to pack tea to drink at work this morning! Luckily I have a few bagged teas in my desk for emergencies, so it is time to try this one.

WOW, this will teach me to forget to bring tasty tea! Bleh! Super bitter, vague fakey citrus taste…count me out! The only thing pleasurable about it is the scent. Also HURRAY I can smell things again! Glad I only had the one bag of this though.

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Yum! I think I really like this, but I’m not going to rate it till I’m 100% over my cold. I am feeling 50% better today though, yay!! Anyway, I love pineapple, and jasmine, and green and white tea :) I don’t really get why the corn is in there it whatever, doesn’t bother me.

Thanks again for the swap brewTEAlly Sweet!

JustJames

there’s CORN in it?

Stephanie

Yep! shrug lol

JustJames

hmmm, well the starch aspect might make it appeal to the tongue more?

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Its sweet corn. I was drawn to this tea because of the odd quality. I loved it after trying it!

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