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I’ve had this for quite some time, and I finally got around to brewing it. The brick is teeny tiny, but it packs a lot leaf. I warmed my gaiwan up and popped this sucker in. I could only pick up a fruity pipe tobacco scent along with a deep roast, but the scent faded very quickly. I had to wash this about four times until it finally began yielding some good liquor. The brew was a thick red color. The weird thing about this tea is an odd freshwater or lakewater fish scent that kept creeping in. Then, it would quickly be covered by roast and some sweet fruit. The brew itself was full bodied and smooth. This was not an overly roasted flavor, for it went down without any bitterness. The brew followed this pattern consistently, and it ended each sip with a nice crisp sweetness. I liked this brew, and the nice texture helped me overlook the odd fishy scent. The best part was the qi. This brew packed a heavy hitter that went straight for the head. This drink gave a deep pulsing head high with some warming of the temples. I had to take a break and eat some bread to return to the table. I was able to pull a fairly good amount of steeping from this, especially for being a yancha. I liked this tea, but this is not something I’d get more of.

Flavors: Char, Fishy, Red Fruits, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I am always REALLY careful when steeping this tea, because when done correctly I absolutely love this one. I do add a tiny bit of truvia to it, though. It’s really smooth, not at all bitter, and lightly sweet. VERY fragrant and soothing. Just the thing for a stressful afternoon!

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This has lost some flavor with age but it is still a warm and delicious butterscotch tea, with just a touch more to make it special. I overleafed this and I feel that was probably a good call.

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Nice sized leaf, really green and when steeped give off a lovely aroma thats like Ya Shi but more nutty, like cashews or something. Very lightly oxidised.

Same with the liquor, its lovely and nutty with the whatever-it-is Ya Shi flavour and smell. Its quite green in taste, as well. The description says fruity, I’m getting nut paste like you would to go in a korma, alongside some floral . I guess there is some fruit in there but it isnt sweet. Nice medium supple thickness, goes down really easy.

Im drinking as Im writing, just been flash steeping it, I think im on steep five or six and its still going strong.

Good stuff. And why isnt cashew listed as flavours? That and dusty old sofa need to be there asap

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Nutty

Daylon R Thomas

I wondered about that.

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Sipdown (139)

This lost its flavor with age and so even though I overleafed this latte, it’s very thin. Oh well, that just proves this Sipdown was long overdue. So long, tasty tea!

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So, I am finally watching all the (on DVD) Star Wars movies in order. Today is ‘Revenge of the Sith’. Not sure if they have currants in a galaxy far, far, away. Haven’t much in the way of currants, except in scones. Anyway, certainly smells nice. Like a cross between dark berries and raisins. The flavour is similar, but a little on the sour side.

Alright, but there are better fruit flavours.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Raisins

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Chocolate and something. The caraway (which honestly I usually detest) wasn’t extremely prevalent. But it was more of a savoury chocolate tea, and I much preferred the sweetness of Passage de Desir (or whatever).

Nice tea, but the flavours aren’t for me at all.

Thank you for sharing all the teas, Sil!




:) I really really wish the other teas didn’t have poopy BARLEY in them! But I think I’ll be happy with Passage.

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drank Passage du Desir by August Uncommon Tea
7154 tasting notes

I totally pulled this one out today because everyone was drinking up samples and such the other day. Still love it and it was just the right thing today to cut my cravings for delicious chocolate and baked goods lol

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
7154 tasting notes

Full day session today with a vendor so i brought a couple teas with me in case all they had was coffee. Good think too! This was rather delicious and malty today – possibly since i steeped it a little longer than normal :)

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Has this the other night while a bunch of us were on Facebook egging each other on to make an order. It’s nice. The chocolate is a good chocolate, but what really made it for me was the sweet and nutty flavours.

This is, however, nothing like Chaud les Marrons! from Lupicia. Which is sad.

But I still bough some of this because it’s unlike anything else I have at home, and I happily drank the whole mug, and then uhh, a tea friend whose steepster name I forget came over and had the second steeping, and then we tried Leatherbound.

It was a good evening. :)

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drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Tazo
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I received a bag of this tea in a care package from a friend. I’m guessing it must have been a special edition autumn tea, because I don’t recall ever seeing it in store. When I opened the tea bag, the scent was an appealing blend of pumpkin and cinnamon. But the tea itself tasted like licorice and cinnamon with a slight kick of black pepper in the aftertaste. Not a fan!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Jas by My Kinda Tea
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Herbal & Decaf TTB

This guy is a bit drying and tannic but it could just be because my experience with peach teas is limited to mostly tisanes. The peach flavor is kind of muted under the black tea.

Flavors: Drying, Peach, Tannic

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This is a tasty rooibos, with nice rich vanilla/caramel undertone. If someone asked me to name it, I don’t know if I’d say “Gingerbread Cookie”, but it does taste like a molassesey cookie. I love when teas taste like I’m having a decadent dessert, and that’s what this one reminds me of.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Dirt, Molasses, Vanilla

1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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2016 Sheng Olympics. This tea is pretty good too, although not quite as good as the 1800 year old tree. This was notably more bitter. It is, however, in my opinion just as fake as the 1800 year old tree. This is a tea that could easily have stood on it’s own to command a reasonable price. It has a nice, what would you say, mouth feel to it, very pleasant. There is some sweetness in here too, although not as much of the apricots of the 1800 year old tree. It is very nice to have tried this tea.

I steeped this tea 14 times in a 60ml gaiwan with 3.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, and 3 min. If I wasn’t at my caffeine limit I’m sure I could easily get a few more steeps out of this tea. It was not finished. I was. This is another one where I wonder why they lied about it. They could have told the truth about the age of the tea and let it stand on it’s own.

Boiling 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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drank Blackcurrant by Harrods
2167 tasting notes

Yum. Had my last bit of this yesterday and it was delicious.

That is all I have. So tired. Lunch time nap???

Christina / BooksandTea

I have some of this in my desk at work. Maybe I’ll try it tomorrow.


Blackcurrant can smell kinda weird, but I do love the fruit. I remember when Sun Rype had blackcurrant juice boxes. :D I loved them sooooo much.

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This one is actually growing on me. I find personally, I need a couple of pieces of the crystal sugar with this one though or else the coffee flavour just takes over. Overall, it’s a good combo. Coffee, chocolate, and strawberry. This really would make a good cupcake!

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Tasted vaguely like an herbal tea, not particularly chamomile-y or citron-y.

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