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I’m going to be honest here and admit that I’m quite picky about green tea and have only found a few over the years that I really liked. But I had high hopes for this one, because I really enjoyed the Laoshan Black. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. This certainly isn’t a bad tea…the leaves are tightly curled and unbroken and hold up to re-steeping and the tea is nice and smooth with no bitterness and little astringency. But the flavor just wasn’t my favorite. It has such a strong green bean taste, I felt like I was drinking the cooking water from a pot of beans! Definitely not something I’d repurchase, but I’m still glad I had the chance to try it.

Flavors: Green Beans

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Indian Marigold by Teabox
412 tasting notes

After almost three frickin’ tablespoons of grounded vanilla bean, I finally got it to taste exactly like the description. The bag has so much vanilla that it smells like brownies, but despite how intensely I flavor bombed the leaves, I can still taste the almond and the saffron. I can now be happy with my whopping three ounces of it.

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I have Steepster working on my phone!
Drinking this at work because it’s easy to brew and consistent with taste that isn’t great or bad. This tea takes little to no maitance for time or brewing style it seems. A bit salty with a small nut finish. Wish it was either lighter or wetter. Kind of drying after a bit and becomes stale tasting as you go deeper with more steeps… which is an odd way to describe a tea, but the leaf seems older and now not awakened as you brew it.

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This is just okay. It has a strong hit of rooibos and then is sweet in a weird kind of way. I wouldn’t really want to drink it again.

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It has been a few months since I had this and I’m not dissuaded that the flavor profile of this tea really stands out from other shengs. I’m picking up a more floral perfume this time along with the same mouth-watering thickness. Like an excellent poem, there seems to be something new to discover each time I try this.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 4 OZ / 130 ML
JC

Nice note!

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This was a sipdown! I have been having it for breakfast to whittle down my older stock of Keemun teas. This is good, lighter than Zen Tea’s Keemun Finest, and I have enjoyed, but I do prefer the Zen Tea one.

Keemun teas are funny. There is such an incredible variety of flavor and strength, and you can change it so much just by how you steep and how much leaf you add – true of any tea but really can be a saving grace or complete damnation with Keemun, IMO.

They can be refined or hefty, smokey or cocoa-y, light or strong, wine-y or chocolate-y, brash or smooth. I like mine somewhere in the middle. Afternoons are great for the super refined, smooth, wine-y, lighter fellas, but for mornings I like that scrape of dark cocoa!

Doug F

I just received Upton’s Xiang Luo and it’s delicious—haven’t posted a review yet but I will.

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85

Love this tea! Reminds me of drinking Kool-Aid…nah seriously, it has a wonderful tart cherry flavor, perfect for hot or cold steeps.

Flavors: Apple Candy, Cherry, Tart

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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95
drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1437 tasting notes

Back on the matcha after yesterday’s blip. I went with one of my favourite combinations so far – 1/4 tsp whisked into a shot glass of cold milk. It taste just like vanilla milkshake, and I love it – no chance of queasiness with this one! It begs the question, though – what will I do when I run out of Vanilla Matcha?

ashmanra

I have both the French Vanilla and the Madagascar Vanilla from Red Leaf. They are so good as lattes, but I was shocked at myself when the Bavarian Creme one was my favorite! It has a light lemon flavor.

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drank Organic Peach Cobbler by Tazo
457 tasting notes

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Another tea from the Gong Fu Tea Shop binge. My girl friend said this one was really goo and calming. The cost of a cup to try was half the price of buying 2oz so I just bought the 2oz. I have never had sencha and was a little nervous about this one, but I figured my mom might enjoy it if I didn’t. I really liked it! I have been making a pot of this one at night before bed and the calming smell of it with the light taste is really nice. I would actually like there to be a bit more lavender taste to this….. the sencha comes across pretty strong i the brew, but it is a really nice cup. I will be swapping an oz for Gong Fu’s vanilla rooibos, so I am not sure how much longer this one will last.

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Sipdown 19 of 2016. Purchased 1/2016 – Finished 2/2016.

A week near Gong Fu. Oh how nice it was to have good tea just right up the street. I picked up 2oz of this and I enjoyed quite a few pots of this with my mom and sister over the week. My grandmother had a cup of this as well, but she likes her tea black and so she said this one just tasted like fancy water.

My mom lost her husband to a massive heart attack, as I packed to head home to help her I received my new little tea pot that I had purchased for H&S. I brought the teapot and my sister and I picked up tea from Gong Fu. It was a sad time., but it was also a good time spent with family. All of the women in my family have come to enjoy tea and being able to share a cup with all of them at the same time was so neat despite the circumstances. Thank you tea for providing an avenue to talk and socialize and stay warm!

This tea isn’t my favorite. It is good and calming night cup, but I can’t seem to get it to be the correct strength. It is either way too light or way too over powering with the lemon. My mom really enjoyed this one so I left what was left of the 2oz with her.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
632 tasting notes

Sipdown 18 of 2016. Purchased 1/2016 – Finished 2/2016.

I really really really wanted to like this tea but I just couldn’t. The mint flavor in this tea was fantastic, but there was nothing to support it. There was not a strong tea flavor, and there was not really even a hint of chocolate in my opinion. At first I thought well maybe I just didn’t use enough leaf, but for my second pot of this I almost doubled the amount of tea and still it provided a really weak base. I am glad I got to try this one, but I am still on the hunt for a minty cocoa treat.

ashmanra

Could it need to be shaken or turned over a while? My son-in-law loves this one in sachets from Target. Maybe the loose leaf is weak. Our last two batches of green hot cinnamon have been weak. It was disappointing.

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drank Qilan Fire by White 2 Tea
14 tasting notes

Lovely roasty nose with floral and fruity undertones. Brews a smooth lightly roast cup with a present florality, nice mineral notes build alongside the sweetness with each brew. The key attribute of this tea is its lingering, soft, and sweet aftertaste which lasts long after the last brew. At times the tea was a bit nutty/oily and had a nice thick mouthfeel. Unfortunately I just ran out of my 20 gram sample from tea club :(.

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank vitax by Pu-erh & grejpfrut
31 tasting notes

Strong pu-erh smell combined with subtle citrusy (not necessarily grapefruity notes).
Refreshing citrusy notes in taste, along with earthy pu-erh notes, though the base tea is quite low quaiity.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Grapefruit, Wet Earth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank vitax by Pu-erh & grejpfrut
31 tasting notes

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80

…well, hello Coffee, hello Chocolate…Cherry Oolong? Okay, the flavor stayed in the tumbler and this tea absorbed every scent it could. Oddly enough, it tastes like a carbon copy of the Chocolate Cherry Latte Oolong. Attack of the body snatchers!

But to emphasize the point about THIS tea: it is VERY delicate. Who knew it would be this easy to flavor? I at least had a prolonged goodbye to a favorite.

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65

I cold brewed my sample of this overnight. All the reviews screamed TART, and I mean of course, hibiscus! So I threw in some Turkish cherry tisane at the last minute and it’s screamingly good. Roll on summer.

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Sipdown to make first class of the week awesome, and it did. I finished it off in my Urban Tea Tumbler and it was the perfect combo yet again. Chocolate covered cherries with coffee roasting in the background indeed making my morning that much better, and my classes that much more enjoyable. 5 or 6 grams yielding three strong steeps in 16 ounces, 15, then finally 11. Goodbye, and I look forward to meeting you again…

(Waiting for people to gag at my cheesiness.)

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drank Peach Oolong by American Tea Room
1137 tasting notes

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
45 tasting notes

Taste great when served chilled or iced!

Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Grapefruit, Green

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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