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I sipped down the sample that Dexter sent me a while back. Made a strong cup with the rest of the leaf and then made it into a latte with lots of sugar. Probably more sugar than I would have normally needed, but I had this right after eating two bowls of Lucky Charms, so my sugar meter is way off.

I think this had lost some flavour due to poor storage on my part, but it was still very tasty.

Flavors: Cardamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sad sipdown. Goodbye lovely Huang Shan Mao Feng! The smell of the dry leaf is downright fragrant with a faintly buttery, grassy, sweet aroma. Once brewed, I enjoyed this in a different way as flavors of crisp green edibles emerged. It is almost airy, a touch floral, with even a hint of mineral at the end. Another good green tea and and on the lighter side from those that prefer to avoid bold flavorful choices like Dragon Wells or Bi Luo Chun. Happy Sunday all!

Flavors: Floral, Mineral, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea…let me tell you about this tea. I ordered it on a whim because I could get it for a discounted price, and the description sounded delicious. I am a big earl grey fan, so either way, I assumed I wouldn’t be disappointed.

It. Is. Delicious.

First off, I love getting tea in tins, it helps keep them fresher, the tin is well designed and beautiful, and you get a good amount of tea in it for the price. I cracked it open and I was hit with smells of warm, sweet caramel, vanilla, and lemony bergamot. I was immediately suspicious; surely it couldn’t taste as good as it smelled. But it does. It tastes EXACTLY like it smells! I devoured the first cup, and re-brewed the tea bag, to find the flavours stood up to another round.

I drank two teapots of it that day.

Needless to say, I have finished one 20 bag tin, and got another one before ran out. It’s going to be a go to for a while.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Earl Grey, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Tao Tea Leaf
602 tasting notes

This is definitely tasty. Sweet, moderate to strong malt, smooth even after a looooong steep time. No mineral notes showing up at the longer times. I am glad to have gotten in on Marzipan’s group order with Tao. Also glad to find that while I like this one, I don’t have to replace it as I have other GMs I like that don’t involve Canadian shipping. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1706 tasting notes

Yay! Dexter sent me part of a tin because this is my most favourite chai ever but she didn’t love it as much. So I don’t have to be so careful with what I have left! Thank you so much Dex! :D

Good tea is SO GOOD yum. With a splosh of cream, as usual.

So I’m sipping this, I ate some of the matcha white chocolate cookies I made (I know…) and had some hardboiled eggs. I want to EAT ALL THE THINGS because I don’t think I ate quite enough while I was out yesterday. But then I was abruptly not hungry. I mean, I put the cookies away! O.O What?

The nice thing is that I’m not extremely sore. Some soreness, but I can walk without much of a problem today – just one foot is giving me some trouble, but I was expecting that TBH. My tarsals (aka cuneiform, why are there two names for these bones seriously people) are slightly overlapped and the arch collapses/ankle turns in on one foot. I’m working on it, but it takes time to restrengthen the right muscles.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I got this tea as a gift, just a little sample bag, and I was excited to give it a try. The ingredients listed pineapple, coconut, strawberry, and I was ready for a big cup of tropical fruit.

I ended up with sweet swamp water.

First off, the smell I get from the dry tea is almost medicinal, like cherry cough syrup. I managed to get 3 blue jellybeans in my cup, and the water turned a murky green-blue with a film on the top. The blueberry, or whatever it might have been, jellybeans made the tea a cup of conflicting flavours and sadness. I drank a few sips, and had to dump the tea.

That being said, it sounds like it should be delicious. I am going to try this tea again, but remove the jellybeans and for a straight brew of tea.

Flavors: Cherry, Medicinal, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 425 ML

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
2164 tasting notes

Finished off the last of this as a candy cane eggnog and it tastes just like an After Eight. Yum!

OMGsrsly

OMG. I need milk so I can try this. And maybe some candy cane. Hmm.

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
5 tasting notes

Dry leaves smell like blueberries, dry moss, and an herb store. Once brewed, the color is a bit like an orange oak finished wood. Smells in the grain and malt region. What I like about it is it doesn’t have biting bitterness. I taste some malty, some sweet. Astringency that leaves my mouth watering after I’ve finished the swallow. Lingering hints of caramelized fruit (banana or yam maybe?) maybe along with that bit of bitter astringency. But really, the bitterness is subtle. I like it better than their Assam Harmony. Basically, this tastes like a nice, enjoyable Earl Grey, without the bergamot… which I suppose is what a nice Earl Grey is.

The smell of the dry leaves reminded me of a high quality tobacco shop I walked into in Bath, England, just down the street from Bath Abbey and the Ancient Roman baths. So I popped over to a cigar aficionado website. Black tea aroma has a lot in common with cigar store aroma, to me. Certainly different things come out stronger in the tea. It may also be that I had a lot of tea when in Bath, so I’m just relating the two in my brain.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 g 16 OZ / 480 ML

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Interesting. This has more butter notes initially than other GMs I’ve tried. They add a nice rich smoothness. It smells moderately of smoke but that flavor doesn’t show up until about 6 minutes of steep. The longer the steep, the more minerally it gets and the more the smoke comes to the fore. Sweet spot for this one with me is about 1.5-2 minutes. Before the butter gets overwhelmed by minerals. The buttery notes make this one stand out. Take those away and it’s a good GM but not distinguishable from others.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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An interesting combination of spicy, citrus and floral notes with a smooth oolong base.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Continuing with my slow exploration of post-fermented teas.

I steeped this twice, western style over two days. Broke off 6g of leaf and orange peel for 8os of water. I rinsed twice and then steeped for 1min in boiling water, and then a second steep for 6 minutes.

This is musty and earthy, with just a hint of citrus. Slightly sweet and quite smooth. A pleasant cup, but nothing remarkable or deeply nuanced. I’ll give this another try soon, gongfu style.

Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Musty, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
157 tasting notes

Ok, decided to try this again. I have two 25g bags, so made a cup of each to drink side to side. Both bags have an obvious vanilla smell. Sitting here with one in each hand and going back and forth, sometimes I think I can detect a difference in intensity, and sometimes I can’t. For both, I’m definitely finding it to be vanilla, not chocolate. Steeped 3g (approx 2 tsp – it’s light tea) in 10oz water (just off boiling) for 3min. I could definitely taste a difference between the two cups – one definitely had more vanilla. For both, I was again missing the chocolatey flavour I remembered from my previous batch. Both cups had a little bit of vanilla dust in the bottom. I tried resteeping for 5min, and both cups were kind of bland/watery in the resteep. Ugh, I wish I still had that sample to compare with! Also, I need someone to come over and taste with me, in case the problem here is just in my taste buds/brain. So confused. :p

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Thank you Sil, for this sample!

I am a sucker for golden Yunnan teas, and this one is delicious. Rich and malty, with notes of dates, plums and slightly alcoholic tasting. Faint astringency, no bitterness.

I think I measured out 2g of this, and steeped it for 4 minutes at 96C.

Flavors: Alcohol, Dates, Malt, Plums

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

love swaps for not having to buy 50g-100g before tasting things! terri turned me on to this one!

Anlina

Swaps are seriously the best.

Sil

yeah i hadn’t been swapping for a while…. yours was the first in a bit after i got burned by someone not swapping back :(

Anlina

Boo, that sucks. I’ve only had one swap go bad, and I think the package coming to me must have got lost in the mail, because the person sending it had several other successful swaps under their belt. Sadly, they stopped being active on Steepster and so I was never able to follow up with them.

I haven’t sent out your package yet – I’m waiting for sample sized bags to come in the mail, as I ran out without realizing it, and they’re non-permeable, so really nice for tea.

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