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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

A great morning tea with the peppermint and slight vanilla flavor that adds a touch of creaminess to your cup. Truly lovely on a cold morning (I drank this every morning in the winter). I can’t wait till winter for them to bring it back x3

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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100

This is probably my favorite tea of all time, so I thought this tea should be the first one I review~ It’s right in between fruity and earthy. I was crushed when I found out that this one was being discontinued so I ordered 500 grams of it, would have bought more if it was still available in store or online. I seem to have a sunnier disposition when I drink this tea, I feel like it relieves some stress and gives a sense of comfort. I just can’t help but feel happy when I taste or even smell it. It’s great hot or iced.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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99
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
137 tasting notes

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David Tea’s Coconut Ice and Coconut Grove mixed with pineapple juice and blueberry lemonade seltzer. Twas my bestie and I’s 4th of July celebration drink.

Kaylee

Sounds yummy!

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90

So far some of the new 2015 greens I’ve tried from YS have been good but not amazing. I’d say this one was pretty amazing.

Brewed up the aroma had that sweet pea smell/flavor. So good. It came through in the taste as well. Sweet nutty, sweet pea. Yum!

Flavors: Nutty, Peas, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

This was my morning tea and hubby shared it with me. It gave me a good energy boost. I ended up on a big cleaning spree afterwards.

There was no bitterness in this tea at all. After two quick rinses I brewed 10, 10, 15, 20, 25, 25 , 30

I think my favourite one was the first infusion when I could taste fruity but it was very light. All the infusions were great though with a nice fruity apricot flavour

Flavors: Apricot, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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81
drank Kamairicha "Gokase" by Lupicia
28 tasting notes

a solid green tea. it’s very straight forward and simple.

i agree with larukucafe on the umami finish. i also thought the mouth feel was slightly buttery.
Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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100

Easily my favorite tea. Lovely rich flavor, works beautifully with a little milk. A must.

Flavors: Honey, Oak wood, Paper

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Seems the main complaint with this one is its bitterness. Can’t say I disagree. It’s a very dry, papery, bitter flavor, but with a little sugar it mellows a bit. It’s not bad, and for a bagged tea it’s a decent option, one that I’ve purchased more than once. However there are better Orange Pekoes out there. Oddly enough I like the Stop & Shop brand OP tea better, it’s a little lighter and not as dry.

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84

Tastes pretty good, I made it in a two litre flask and drank it iced. Beautiful honeyed green tea flavor with a nice mellow floral effect, but I can’t help but think it’s an artificial floral flavor because it’s so consistent with the aroma and frankly doesn’t taste very natural. Nevertheless, it tastes really, really nice.

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Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Floral, Green

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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I am loving this tea today! I made Egg Fu Young for lunch and served this. It had so much flavor, sweet and creamy, smooth but no shrinking violet, it had lots of flavor. After lunch when I sipped, I could taste the slight smoke as well, but the food covered it with the meal.

This is fabulous, and just may join Huang Shan Mao Feng and Bi Luo Chun in my list of must have green teas.

Thank you, Teavivre, for sending this for me to try.

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84

Firstly, this tea sounds like it’s trying to be fancy. It smells nicely like cocoa. The flavour is slightly malty, with mostly baked bread. When it cools, the bread comes out stronger.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Malt

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB Round 4.

Brewed in a shudei kyusu. Steeping times: 45 seconds, 60, 90.

All around, a sweet shincha. The leaf has a heavy aroma of cooked and buttered acorn squash. The electric green liquor has a full body, yet is light with a wild grass flavor and bright character.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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88

I finally got to this tea… I just have so much that it is hard to know what to drink next!
This tea brews quite easily; in the past I had to tinker with the 1991 aged oolong Butiki had because I messed it up.
There is little aroma to this tea which is interesting. The taste is pure and very smooth. While the flavor is quite enjoyable, there is a dryness that is left in the mouth after a sip is taken. That part of the tea is unfortunate because it is one smooth aged oolong that I will continue to enjoy as I have quite a bit left :)
Maybe I’ll get crazy and cold steep this (not really though)

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75

Sniffing this tea dry gave me notes of bittersweet chocolate and greenness. Steeped, it smells a bit vegetal and earthy. Very earthy. The first sip is also vegetal and earthy, but there’s the slightest hint of sugar and sweetness

Flavors: Earth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Rishi Tea
195 tasting notes

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6g of tea, gongfu, water just about boiling, two short rinses, then 5-10 second steeps. This came as part of an “intro to pu’er” set from Crimson Lotus. The first thing that really hits me is the aroma of the dry leaves. They smell delicious, like candy or fruit (mangos). Wet leaves have the same aroma, plus a note of tobacco. Light soup, looks like a roasted oolong. The aroma of this tea is amazing. This is unlike any other sheng I’ve tried: the aroma and the flavor don’t match up. You expect sweetness, but it’s not really there. The flavor is more smoke, pepper, tobacco, with a fair amount of bitterness.

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drank Gaba Oolong by Tea Chai Te
408 tasting notes

This oolong had such a bizarre taste! I had to brew it a few times to figure it out, but I couldn’t. Wishing I could explain this tea, I am unable to as I haven’t had anything like it. Fantastic dark oolong, but for an oolong it does have this slight bitterness on the aftertaste within the mouth feel. Not sure is all Gaba oolongs are the same, but if they are then it is something to try for sure as it might be someones favorite.

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88

I believe this is the 2014 raw pu’erh I got a sample from for Misty Peaks:
The leaf is quite appealing as there are a few silver strands in the dark green sheng. I thought that the first few brews would be bitter since it’s a newer pu’erh. Interestingly enough this was not bitter from steep #1. Quite nicely done. Though, I’m still a shou guy for sure :/

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drank Real Black by Informal Tea.
408 tasting notes

There is an interesting mix of malt and smoke in this tea. Unlike the Classic Black blend, I was able to drink this. The smoke is mild which allows for the malt notes to be noticeable. The mixture is a bit odd, but it is smooth. Chocolate and smoke may not be a mixture that works well… but I will test that :P

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I brewed this one for breakfast on July 4th and it was absolutely awful so I threw it out with hopes that Informal Tea’s ‘Real Black’ would be something I could drink.

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