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I was hoping for a more aged taste based on what I could dig up on this tea, but honestly, wasn’t getting much love from this one. It’s not much of a bitter tea, although it has a teeth smacking astringent quality despite that (can feel all my teeth while drinking this one).

The aroma is incredibly honeyed and there is something like a waxy honey aftertaste, although the liquor itself has almost no sweetness until closer to the end of the steeps, and even then it is a more of a throat sweetness than a mouth sweetness. The color is less red, more deep yellow bordering on orange.

All in all, wasn’t feeling this one, it was too dry for me to enjoy what flavors might have been underneath (although that honey aroma is pretty nice, I have no idea how it can taste almost nothing like how it smells). Also not a huge fan of the hint of smoked leather or tobacco clinging to the edges of it.

Flavors: Astringent, Hay, Honey, Smoke, Tobacco

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
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I found this undrinkable. It didn’t taste like pumpkin or pumpkin spice. It did have a flavor I couldn’t put my finger on and couldn’t stand. Brewing it according to Adagio’s instructions I didn’t get any bitterness from the tea itself, so I guess that’s something.

3 min, 0 sec

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Earth. The Final Frontier.

There have been a few reviews on this tea, and invariably the taste mentioned is earh, or soil or such. This is definitely the tea those loamy shous are trying to imitate. You’re not going to get more ground taste in your tea without having to chew.

And I suspect, really, that’s all I’ll need to say for you to know whether this tea is for you. It harbored no surprises, it didn’t evolve during the steeps, nor did it out stay it’s welcome. Although, to be fair, this sort of tea gets brewed very long very early when in my pot by preference (and due to being “bombproof”), so perhaps a more measured approach would extend its number of steeps considerably.

Of particular note is the lack of funky or off flavors, despite a taste profile that usually features some. Not sure how it was stored precisrly, but I did only one rinse and couldn’t taste anything sloughing off as the session progressed. Well done.

Overall, an enjoyable cup, but certainly not one I’ll miss when it’s gone. Perhaps like the fabled Red Marks of old, it just needs another quarter century to come into its own. Don’t look to me to exhibit that degree of patience, however.

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Pretty one dimensional, non offensive puer. Not terrible or fishy like cheap shou tends to be, but also not all that interesting. A good introduction shou for someone who has never had any experience before and wants to avoid the fish taste/smell. More experienced shou drinkers will likely find it boring as far as cheap gong ting grade loose shou goes,

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Nice but tasted all the world like a fall candle (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

Flavors: Pear, Spices

205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

You know, I’ve never had this tea, but from your description I can guess exactly what it smells like.

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drank Ginger by The Tea Haus
561 tasting notes

I remain the only person to date who has reviewed this tea. Your loss, suckers. I needed something to simultaneously wake me up and settle my stomach (the onset of shark week). The black tea did the former with sturdy full flavour, the ginger did the latter with just a little bit of sweetness to lighten up the blend.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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From the Pu TTB Round 5

Brews up a light amber color. Tastes of tobacco, peat, slightly smoky with mineral and warming spice notes. Slightly musky incense-like aroma. Not much green left, but moderate in bitterness and light sweetness. In short: tastes like Xiaguan. A good daily drink semi-aged sheng and I might need to pick up a tuo or two.

Completely unrelated and unusually blog-ish for me: Several years ago I fell in love with the sounds of North Indian/Hindustani music. I saved up a pile of money and bought myself a beautiful sitar. I started off really into it, but a major bout of depression caused me to lose interest and it ended up living in my closet.

I’m managing my depression much better now, and the other weekend I went to I really inspirational sitar concert by Ustad Shujat Kahn, son of Vilayat Kahn. I decided to open back up the sitar case and completely restrung it (takes hours) and I’ve been practicing from a book and DVDs daily. I knew from experience that I would need a teacher if I really wanted to learn, so I contacted the shop that sold my the sitar and asked for recommendations.

Last weekend I had my first skype lesson (good sitar teachers are few and far between) with the owner of the shop, and by his recommendation I’m going to take lessons from his teacher, Indrajit Banerjee, in the future. I’m really excited! Unfortunately I’ve been drinking less gong fu tea and doing more big pot brewing (hadn’t done that in a long time) haha.

Anyways, I’m really exited and feeling much more motivated in day to day life

Flavors: Mineral, Peat, Spices, Tobacco

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

Congratulations on being in a better place with depression. I admire you for pursuing learning a musical instrument – what a great way to celebrate life and beauty.


Thanks Zennenn!

Cathy Baratheon

The sitar is a beautiful instrument. So glad to read that you feel better.

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drank Detox by TeaTaxi
561 tasting notes

I’m . . . not sure how I feel about this tea, honestly. It smells like Buckley’s. Tastes like a sweet cough drop. But I feel better after drinking it. And it wasn’t terrible. Medicinal but not horrible. Don’t think I’ll restock, but this cup will stick with me until I figure out if I liked it or not.

Flavors: Medicinal, Pine, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Assam by The Tea Spot
7739 tasting notes

I also had this version this morning and, 3 yrs later, still find it the same. Slightly malty, a little sweetness and overall preferable to the organic version :)

Terri HarpLady

I see you’re delving into the box :)


gotta get down to 100 (or ideally…70, but that won’t likely happen)

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drank Organic Assam by The Tea Spot
7739 tasting notes

Another chance to revisit this courtesy of terri. It’s nice to see that even 3 yrs later, my opinion of this one hasn’t changed. It’s a decent cup, but slightly less enjoyable as it’s a tiny bit astringent. Still though, goo for starting the day out.

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drank Yume by Lupicia
1625 tasting notes

Its going to be nearly 100 degrees again today. Bleh. So, while I am ready for fall, the weather is not.
But, its a perfect chance to sip down some of my more “springy” teas, which is exactly what I will do.
I love Yume, I really do. I can see how its not exactly everyones thing, but to me its a springy, fun tea, and I love having it in the warmer times of the year.
However, today I have sipped it down, and may that be an omen of cooler weather to come.

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I had to drink this one again straight away after because it is a bit of an interesting tea. Thinner bodied than the offerings from Greenland (quite watery from my first brew) but with a lurvly aroma, but very hidden away. I think I did 3g for 2:45 12oz water or something. But that aroma & huigan really piqued my interest.

So after the first brew I dashed the leaf & immediately overloaded the infuser & gave it a mini-competition brew, pushing it to see what it was that caught my attention.. so maybe 5g 3:00+..

The aroma is lovely! I didnt think Muscatel in the classic sense, but something more akin to a grapeflower, if that would ever be possible. its heady & yummy.. The taste was more astringent & almost bitter compared to the other Nepali teas, im guessing partly down to this wonderful floral aroma, which is pretty kick-ass if you ask me. Tastes very natural.

There is more of a kaleidoscope effect with the sensations, rather than everything being mushed together. I love that.

Wonderful grapeflower (well my madeup interpretation of a grape-flower mix) Huigan.. More complexity & liveliness in the mouth due to this. Thinner bodied but fruitier on the tastebuds. Slightly sour(?) lip numbing, its very plant-like in a good way. There is a sweetness but its overtaken by the other sourer characteristics.

This one needs a bit of attention in the brew, it can be a bit fussy, one for Darjeeling lovers. It might benefit from a little sweetener (or at least not pushed so hard), i’m unsure on this as ive just drank my whole sample & am now very tea’d up indian style.

That aroma & huigan though. YUM

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Grapes, Plants, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Sounds divine.

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drank Caribbean Breeze by Tealux
1654 tasting notes

After achieving a couple of sipdowns today, I figured it was time to pull some more “new” black teas out of my sample box. In all honesty, they’re not actually all that new anymore. I guess what I really mean is “unopened”. This one sounded appealing, although I had to check twice because I didn’t believe it would be a black tea at first. “Caribbean Breeze” had me thinking of a while or green blend, probably tropical fruit flavoured. This one is chocolate coconut.

Once brewed, I can kinda see it. I used 1.5 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water. It brewed up pretty dark, so I added a splash of milk. An oily scrim gathers on the surface, and I can only assume the chocolate is responsible for that. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to have any effect on the texture or mouthfeel, and it doesn’t taste oily. All good so far.

The main flavour is definitely coconut, swiftly followed by milk chocolate. It’s very reminiscent of a Bounty at this point. The while chocolate comes out a little in the mid-sip, and with it a creaminess that I think the milk also helps to promote. There’s a slightly odd pepperiness at the end of the sip that’s a little jarring, but mostly ignorable. It’s putting me in mind of a David’s Tea I tried a while back…maybe last winter? I can’t remember the name now, but I know it’s going to annoy me until I do…

On the whole, I enjoyed this one. Liquid bounty, with added pepper. IGNORE THE PEPPER!

ETA: White Chocolate Frost? I didn’t much like that, though, apparently…

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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Another nice Nepali tea from Greenland Organic farm via Alistair, again Darjeeling-esque Spring flush Oolong style. Sugar-sweet with a thick luscious body & lovely nutty-whatever-that-is floral DJ aroma.

I found it forgiving to brew, not astringent or fussy in any way. I get less of the nectarines compared to the pearls (again from Greenland) but as mentioned more of a sugar-sweetness. I’ll have to try the pearls again today to compare back again but pretty much all of their teas have been a pleasure to drink.

Delicious stuff. Relaxing chi, feels really nice in the head – non-spiky/yogic thoughts arise & my body feels thick & heavy. Everything nicely balanced in taste & satisfying. A winner with me this one.

om-nom-om :)

Flavors: Floral, Nutty, Sugar, Sweet, Thick

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Definitely enjoyable. There’s a fairly strong fragrance to this brewed tea that backed me off initially because I have an aversion to strongly scented teas (like earl grey). Other keemuns I’ve tried haven’t had this. However, it lessened enough as it cooled a bit and I was pleasantly surprised that the flavor wasn’t perfumey.

Really easy drinking tea, fairly smooth and medium body. Sweet potato with a bit of malt, tastes like autumn, perfect for this late-September morning. Just a touch of astringency at the finish which melts away quickly. I brewed it for about three minutes, and based on the reviews I’ll be trying it next time at 1/2 that length. Though Angel sent me this sample a few years ago, just enjoying it happily now.

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Sample from the Canadian Traveling Tea Box

I didn’t realize that I had tried this one already until I had already brewed it up! I really enjoy this tea. It is slightly cocoa notes with some sweetness (probably the honeybush), and some earthiness from the pu’erh. I would likely have this tea on the list if I ordered from this shop.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
1129 tasting notes

Thanks Shezza for including this in the Canadian Traveling Tea Box!

I had tried this tea years ago and was very happy to try it again today. It tasted more like root beer this time than I remember—I thought it was kind of a deeper, more “caramel” like flavour before. Who knows though, it was years ago!
Either way, I still really enjoyed this tea!

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Mmmm, this was so good. The chocolate wasn’t that each kind of chocolate, it was more the darker chocolate that I enjoy. It was sweet enough that I didn’t have to add any sweetener (which I don’t like to add anyway).
Nutty, chocolate tea…how can you go wrong?
If I ever order from this company, this tea would certainly be on that list!
Thanks to whoever added this to the Canadian Travelling Tea Box!

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drank Mango by Granville Island Tea Co
1129 tasting notes

The fluffy white bits in this tea were a bit odd, and I am not sure if I tasted them or not. I am glad that I had used a tea bag though because they made a mess.
I cold brewed this overnight.
It was really refreshing and just a little sweet but not overwhelming. The mango was fairly natural tasting. This was a pretty good one!

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Maybe I was expecting something sweeter from the golden needles, I’m not sure, but I was definitely expecting smooth, and in that regard this tea does not disappoint. It definitely has a smooth texture and flavor

Flavors: Asparagus

Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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