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This is a tea with a lot to live up to. So many people have drank and enjoyed the White2Tea Naka. It doesn’t quite manage to live up to its namesake Naka. It had a slightly rocky start. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor and an unpleasant flavor note I never pinned down. It took several steeps for this unpleasant note to go away. What was left afterward was fairly tasty. The sugar I added to this tea may have helped but there were definite notes of chocolate here. Like its namesake Naka has a reputation for, this tea got me slightly tea drunk. It was not a lasting effect however. If it wasn’t for a poor start this tea would rate at least a 90. In the end I enjoyed this tea. I should add that this tea had quite the potent fermentation aroma to the bing.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 180ml teapot with 10.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 sec rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the strength of the brew in the eighth steep I’d say there were at least four more steeps to this tea if I wasn’t at my caffeine limit already.

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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I never left a review on this tea? I know I’ve had it awhile and have enjoyed it a few times so I’m surprised I never left a review.

Anyway, I’m enjoying it this afternoon. All that talk of chocolate pu-erh going on got me wanting some dark pu-erh.

I’m not getting much chocolate this afternoon. I know I have in the past from this tea so I figure it’s got to be from later infusions? I guess I will find out soon. Just brewed infusion Number 3. Lets see- sluuuuurp. Yep, it’s getting better.

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As a candidate for president of the HHH society (Heartily Hate Hibiscus), I will confess to scrunching up my face in preparation for eye-stinging tartness when I stirred a quarter teaspoon of this bright red powder into a chilled pint of water.

Surprise! Not one sting, not one tear, not one grimace: just a nice cool sip of fruit and flowers. Lovely cold on a muggy day. I was light on the powder, but even strengthened a little, the rose keeps that pushy H from taking over. Nicely done!

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drank Milk Oolong by Capital Teas
409 tasting notes

As I went about packaging this up for a swap, I remembered that I haven’t even drank it… so I brewed it up :)

This. Tea. Is. Epic.
Not only is the milk oolong taste present on each taste, there is a fruity note that lingers as an after taste. I’m not sure how this was done but I really enjoy it. Such wonderful tea, smooth and buttery while having that natural cream within the oolong itself.

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drank Hard Candy by DAVIDsTEA
3 tasting notes

I’ve only had this iced and I really liked this tea, it was like…candy xD I could taste the sour cherry/cranberry the most, I guess the coconut chips were the second thing I could taste then kiwi. I cold steeped this tea in my fridge for around 12+ hours? I can’t really remember. I bought it as a pitcher pack, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it because I’m not the biggest fan of coconut but it was a sooo yummy! I drank the pitcher in a day! Then bought more pitcher packs XP The flavor could be stronger but it’s fine as is too.

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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 I have only had this hot, I feel like it might be a bit strange iced xD maybe I’ll try it someday. FOR SCIENCE!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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