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Thanks so much Cameron B for the sample!

This is a very cute tea and tasty too! I like it very much but it isn’t blowing me away like it has some of the other reviewers, perhaps because I’ve had quite a few other equally tasty Yunnan blacks :)

Good stuff though! Definitely my kind of thing. Glad I got to try it.

Cameron B.

I haven’t had this one in a while, so who knows if I still love it. :P You’re probably right about it being similar to other golden bud Yunnans.

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What? No one has reviewed this one yet?? OK, I’ll give it a shot :)

I just steeped up a cup. It smells SO plummy! I can taste plum and the brandy too, and some creamy something or other that my brain is trying to make cheesecake. I’m drinking this unsweetened so I’m sure sweetening it would boost the dessert-like factor, but I like it plenty well unsweetened!

I feel the base is perfectly matched here, and plum is such an unusual flavor to find in tea. Quite interesting and unique!

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85

What a unique and delicious young sheng!

It reminds me of sencha, oddly enough. It is very sweet and sort of vegetal. It has a pleasant and delicate huigan, and is light on the cha qi scale. This might be good for people who are unsure about puerh but really love green tea!

I’m glad I got to try it :)

Cameron B.

Do tell… What exactly is huigan?

Stephanie

It’s that sort of aftertaste that some shengs leave in the back of your throat/tongue http://articles.bannacha.com/index.php?article23/describing-pu-erh-tea

apt

returning sweetness. I get huigan from good Taiwanese Oolongs, especially the slightly more processed ones.

Stephanie

Yeah, I get real nice huigan from Phoenix Dancong sometimes :D

apt

I just get sweetness from start to finish with Dancongs. Where have you gotten Dancongs from in the past?

Stephanie

The one I have right now is from Verdant tea. It is really good. I like a long steep

apt

I like the Dancong from Jing Tea Shop, especially Mi Lan. I also need to try Tea Habitat, that’s essentially all they do, Dancong.

Amariel

Did you steep the whole packet or part of it? I can’t find instructions on how much to use anywhere. I’m doing the whole thing with a shorter steep, so I hope I have not killed my sample.

Stephanie

Whole 10g packet for how many ounces of water?

Amariel

12 oz. I was wrong….very wrong. It was too much.

Stephanie

Ugh, bummer. You can sometimes salvage by diluting with water…

Amariel

Yeah, I did a little. It’s my fault…I don’t know what I was thinking.

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drank Pure Buds Black by Mandala Tea
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Mmmmm! Thank you Cameron B. for the sample :)

I had a feeling I would love this one. It’s a very good black indeed. Nice and complex. My kind of tea!

Cameron B.

Its picture on Steepster doesn’t do it justice, either! :)

Stephanie

Agreed. It is a very CUTE tea!

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
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I shared a mini gongfu session of this with my husband over the weekend. It was reaaaallly tasty. My husband liked it so much I actually let him drink most of it, haha!

All I can tell you for now is the list of flavors that people have noted on this tea is pretty accurate. Good times :D

Cameron B.

I like this one a lot. Thanks for the sample! :D

boychik

Get him addicted. I’m working baby steps with my hubby. Yesterday I shared some DHP . He said he liked it.

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Thanks Cameron B for letting me try the non-rooibos version of this tea.

I actually drank this one yesterday but was too lazy to log it at the time. SO MUCH BETTER WITHOUT THE ROOIBOS! Very yummy actually :D

I sometimes sweeten teas when I’m at home, so I tried it that way. Very s’mores a licious. heh. I actually quite enjoyed the smokey element.

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I’m glad I only had one sample packet of this. It is drinkable, but not my favorite shu ever.

First steep was a little musty…subsequent steeps are a little more open, with a sweetness and nuttiness. Not bad, but not something I’d purchase :)

boychik

I guess we are just spoiled;)

Stephanie

Yeah, I partially blame you, LOL! You have sent me SO many delicious shu puerh samples :D

boychik

Any time;)

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drank Peach & Thyme by Fauchon
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Thanks for the sample Cameron B! :D

I hot steeped this one and poured it over ice to take to work with me this morning. I find I like these fruity Fauchon teas iced the best. The peach is very nice and the thyme is not too strong or too weird or too overpowering. I’ll definitely pick up a tin if I ever see one at TJ Maxx, but I checked my local store again last night and we are still Fauchon-free.

Now I kind of want to experiment with peach/thyme flavored desserts…ooh or maybe jam!!!

Cameron B.

I really need to try more teas iced and cold-brewed, I just never know how much tea to use. :P And if you want more of this one, I’m willing to share!

And peach & thyme jam sounds lovely! Or a peach & thyme tart on puff pastry! Hungry! XD

Stephanie

Hehe, I like the tart idea. I’m hungry too! Stuck at work a little while longer, boooo.

My rule for hot brewed iced tea is I use twice the amount of leaf, so it is double strong when I pour it over a whole glass of ice so it will not be too diluted. Cold brew is another beast all together. I usually only cold brew flavored greens, personally.

Cameron B.

Making iced tea seems like a good way to use up leaf quickly, so I’ll probably go that route for some of the teas I don’t like as much or have a lot of.

You could make peach & thyme jam, and then spread that on the tart and top it with fresh peaches and bake it! And then it needs whipped cream, lul. >>

Stephanie

Oh and no need to share more, I’ve got almost a full tin of pear and 2 more tins of Fauchon, a 2nd pear and also an apple coming to me soon from a very sweet Steepster pal :D But I appreciate it!

Cameron B.

I still have a little bit of pear that I need to try and write a note about. I like the apple a lot too! And the sweet almond & orange one. :D

Stephanie

I really want to find some almond and orange! One of my top fave Fauchon teas featured almond heavily. It was called La Naissance and I think its discontinued. http://steepster.com/teas/fauchon/41333-la-naissance

The pear is glorious iced :D

Cameron B.

Silly girl, I have a whole tin of it, I’ll send you some. XD

Stephanie

:D :D :D!

Tealizzy

Peach and thyme! So interesting…the jam idea sounds yummy! Ooh, maybe I should try peach and thyme scones!

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I totally forgot about this sample! Yang-Chu included it with my portion of the group TeaUrchin order. Thanks again!

It has a mild but pleasant bitterness, and its flavor lingers in my throat. It has a nice flavor but isn’t very sweet. I like it, but I do prefer some other shengs in my collection :)

It is hitting the spot. I was definitely in the mood for sheng this morning!

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