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Another old one from Shmiracles!

I’m having a hard time with this, I drank it twice before writing anything, because it’s not easy for me to describe.

I guess if I had to use one word, I’d call it “nondescript”.

I was a bit surprised to see it’s an oolong. My sample was probably a bit crunched up. It would explain some of that roasty/floral aspect.

So, it was smooth and pleasant and subtly fruity, but nothing that really stood out to me.

Another fancy French tea to cross off my list! :)

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drank Rooibos Espresso by redespresso
2524 tasting notes

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A treat from boychik

oh so smooth.

Some infusions seemed really sweet. Some seemed a little earthy. Some seemed both.

Rich and tasty.

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boychik

it makes me happy ;)

Cheri

Me too!

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85
drank Oriental Beauty by Butiki Teas
364 tasting notes

This is a sipdown and by the way an eternal sipdown.
For the occasion I took more pics than usual to put on my blog.
Thanks Stacy

https://thevangeliste.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/oriental-beauty-butiki-teas-dernieres-feuilles/

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99
drank Breener Black Tea by Aldi
31 tasting notes

You can’t beat a classic black tea. Full, deep taste & beautiful color, this black tea holds up to any branded tea. I was very surprised since I purchased at such a low price! I will be buying this from now on

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24

It seemed so promising. A fresh, autumnal, Apple cider flavor? Sign me up! Smelled delicious while brewing, and the first hit upon tasting was true to the name: apple cider goodness! But then came this odd chemical sweetness that ended with an almost bitter note. I can’t get past it. Glad I only bought one ounce.

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Bitter, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
5075 tasting notes

Figured i might as well hit up my two maple teas at the same time :) This one is close in sipdown range, so i’m going to force it and let another tea friend try this one out hahaha. I enjoyed this, but i’m still not convinced the popcorn had a place in this tea lol

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97

Pretty great! I had a house full of people stopping by the house & wanted to whip up a batch of iced tea to cool them off. This tea was just want I needed. Plus, the price was in my party budget. Everything from the color and the test was everything that I could have hoped for in an iced tea.

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71

Final verdict on this one after several cups of this, is that it’s not the tea for me. The “nutty” factor in it, ruins what i like about it. It was a decent enough time while i had it, but i’m over it. :)

Sami Kelsh

The name of this tea is what does it for me. Maple seduction! HOT

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87
drank Fukamushi-Sencha Yame by Den's Tea
2472 tasting notes

Sample sipdown…
I could have sworn I reviewed this tea before but according to Steepster I haven’t. Anyway this is a sample I got from Den’s Tea which is a few months old at least, but it was very well sealed so I’d think it’s fresh.

I’m still sick and am going to the Dr. today because I suspect I have a sinus infection. I don’t know how much this is affecting my tastebuds, but I still feel like they are okay.

I definitely have enjoyed these type of fukamuhi senchas in the past. After steeping for 90 seconds, the tea liquor is light green and is very fresh and mostly sweet. I get a lot of spinach notes here and not a lot of noticeable astringency. Hopefully this will perk me up a bit…

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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87

How i got it: Bought It (Basilur’s “Leaf of Ceylon” Assorted Pack)

Experience: First 50 tasting notes, yay! hehe.. Well, it’s time for some Basilur teas, so i began trying this one. It smells like a mix between Ceylon and Darjeeling, with an acidic and light aroma. At the other hand, its flavor is mainly malty (i’d say even a bit more than an Assam), but with a good deal of richness and complexity. It has a particular soft-bitter touch at the beginning of the sip, which reminds me of Breakfast blends, along with some ripe grapes/blackberries notes. Its taste tends to fade a bit at the end of the sip, but not that much. Really interesting tea, and a good start for this pack. Quite good.

Would i buy it again?: Has good possiblities. I’m looking forward to try the loose-leaf version someday

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75

i think that this tea is the correct one. KallieBoo sent these my way a while back and i haven’t yet had a chance to sit down with them. I’ve been drinking this over the afternoon while helping my other half feed the little one he’s looking after. I am apparently better at making kiddo eat solids lol I don’t have much to say about this one beyond it’s feeling very middle of the road for me. It’s not bad, it’s not knock your socks off…it’s just kind of there. being tea. neither FANTASTIC! or OMG GROSS… just there. Glad to have gotten the chance to try this, but nothing i need to restock. :)

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75

This is from the TTTTB 2.0. I’ve had a lot of caffeine this a.m. and decided I needed to back off a little. This is an oolong so there is some caffeine but not as much as Chocolate Rocket and My Morning Mate (This mornings caffeine of choice). I’ve got most of my ‘chores’ and exercising done ( walked 4.5 miles).

The tea has a mild orange and almond flavor. It’s quite soothing. It’s not one I personally would buy but I certainly would enjoy a cup of this occasionally. I’m enjoying drinking it while the kitchen floor dries and watching the most recent Doctor Who episode.

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80

Unfortunately Tea Merchant is closing, but I was lucky enough to snag some heavily discounted teaware and the owner was nice enough to include a sample of this tea. According to the label Tea Merchant’s teas are both Fair Trade and Organic, although I could only find the organic symbol on the label, not the fair trade one. For those of you who don’t know Kukicha is a tea made from a blend of stems, stalks twigs and some leaves, I first encountered this type of tea by it’s slightly less used name (I blame Lupicia). Besides the name, there are two main types of Kukicha produced in Japan, Shiraore is made from Sencha and Karigane made from Gyokuro; although I should note that it is often hard to tell if Shiaore or Karigane is made with Sencha or Gyokuro leaves, or the unused stems, stalks and twigs are mixed in with lesser grades of tea.

It’s been a while since I had a proper Japanese green tea, so I was really excited to try this one. Immediately I noted the lovely shades of yellow and white in the stems/stalks and there are a couple brownish twigs throughout. This is a very lovely tea to watch while brewing.

I had two infusions with this tea, although I could have had a third I chose not to and I noticed the Tea Merchant decided not to have suggested brewing times and temperatures, while I trust my intuition I always like having the option of either trying the vendor’s suggestions or adjusting it to my tastes.

I started off brewing at 175 °F for two minutes and for my second I brewed at 180 °F for three minutes; ultimately both infusions were almost exactly the same. I noticed the roasted aroma, it is not as roasted as a houjicha, but there were slight chocolately notes to it. The taste was a mellow woodsy as well as being floral and having a slight unami edge. It feels very much like a roasted sencha, but sweeter than you would expect.

I enjoyed this tea, while I normally don’t enjoy tea made from the factory sweepings, I am fond of Kukichas, it is interesting that you don’t see much beyond the leaves and young stems being used in teas, but this Green Kukicha is quite economic; this type of tea is perfect for those who are on a budget can’t quite afford Sencha, or for those who like a roasted green tea.

(“Amazing” photography at http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/10/tea-merchants-green-kukicha.html)

boychik

thank you for letting me know. he didnt credit me for the pot he never sent. im disputing it on my credit card

RahRahSan

I am sorry to hear that boycik, I also didn’t get one tea canister I purchased.

boychik

its been a while . my order was placed in August ;(

boychik

i like your blog, nice pics ;)

RahRahSan

Thank you, unfortunately my camera has been acting up, so I’ve been using my phone and I never notice how underexposed the photos are till I send them to my computer.

boychik

I use my iPhone for Instagram. It’s good enough I think ;)

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Both dry and steeped leaf smell musty, like old books.

One quick rinse and then first steep, 100ml, 40 seconds, boiling water. The liquor is very dark brown.

My first impression is bitterness, followed by earth and must. Not really feeling this steep at all.

2nd, 15 seconds. Not great yet, but developing. Less bitter, a bit richer tasting, with the puerh numbness starting to peek in. Still missing some dimension.

20s, 25s, 30s. This isn’t developing much with subsequent steeps. It’s totally drinkable, just really boring. You know how sometimes a black tea just tastes like tea and there are no real discernible notes that aren’t “tea”? This is kind of like that – it tastes like generic puerh.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Musty

Preparation
Boiling 2 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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90

I found this hiding in the back of the cupboard when I was organizing last night, and I’m nearly out! Good thing CrowKettle and I are planning to go to Bayswater soon! :) (Anyone have any requests?)

Anyways, it was as delicious as always. Burnt sugar, sweet nougat. These teas go together SO well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
whatshesaid

Are these teas pricy? I’ve wanted to try the divine temptation! I wasn’t a fan of the creme brûlée so much though

Cameron B.

I would love to try samples of these two and possibly Maple Taffy if I have anything you want to swap for! :)

OMGsrsly

They are very inexpensive. I think $4.50/50g? Something like that. There’s a website, but it’s not updated at all.
http://www.bayswatertea.com/

Sil

cameron – i can send you maple taffy. DT and CB that i had are going to RS though.. unless i check and there’s enough..

Dinosara

Hmmm I am tempted to request some Divine Temptation. Anything you want from Mariage Frères, since I will be near a store soon? Or TeeGschwendner? I would offer Theodor or Fauchon but I’m not sure what I will find from them.

OMGsrsly

I can totally get some, Dinosara! How much would you like? And of course I’d love to try stuff, but you don’t need to get anything specific for me – samples would be fine. Unless TeaG has the strawberry honeybush in stock, then I could go for a bunch of that. Yum yum yum.

OMGsrsly

Cool Sil, thanks for offering the maple taffy. I can send you the other two though, Cameron B! Definitely buying more of each. And whatshesaid, I can get you some divine temptation or just send you a sample. Your choice. :)

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75
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
16 tasting notes

I just received this tea in the mail and gave it a try. I think I made it a bit too strong, and it may have been a mistake to drink it immediately after the chili that I had for lunch. I got mostly coconut and banana flavor, and I liked it more as I went along. I’m going to try a second steep and see how that works.

Edited to add: The second steep is a bit more subtle and quite nice. The base tea flavor now comes through and it is malty and rich. At some point I will try a bit of sugar in it just to see, although I generally do not sweeten tea.

Flavors: banana, Coconut, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
65 tasting notes

I’m always looking to expand my caffeine free flavor palette, so I can take some of the overcaffeinated burden off my heart. I’ve had this on my wishlist for a while and got a chance to try it today. This tea is rich with red rooibos and its medicine-herbal flavor, but it is tempered with some barky, nutty honeybush. Creamy coconut is very forward and adds much of the sweetness to this blend. I have a hard time detecting the lavender when brewed, but the loose leaf certainly looks pretty with cornflowers and lavender.

Flavors: Coconut, Cream, Frosting, Nutty

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85
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
60 tasting notes

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The biggest issue with this tea is that I can’t remember the name to save my life. Ok, maybe that’s an issue with ME, which makes this tea AWESOME.

I blame Cheri, because I opened my previously sealed package of this so I could send her a sample, then I spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about how good it smelled. Now I have had it for every cup since.

It’s a total fairy dust tea, you know that brown Yunnan dust? What is that anyway? Oh right, it’s tea crack. Right.

Malty, hearty, hug in a cup. You should buy this NAO. It does make my husband look at me funny because I say, “MMMMM” after every drink.

cookies

Ugh… I am trying so hard not to place an order, but you people are making it so difficult.

Cheri

It’s all my fault, and I’m a-okay with that.

Sil

oh man… another reason to place an order…

Marzipan

You also want the Nepal golden tips.

Tealizzy

Lol :) Love this note!

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90

I had a 2 hour break yesterday from classes in the afternoon so I went to Chinatown to poke around. I really wanted to go to RedBlossom Tea even though I am broke and of course I couldn’t leave without buying something. Honestly I only go to their store probably twice a year and I just refuse to buy the top shelf teas because they are too expensive for me.

Quite a few other vendors carry this type of tea so I wouldn’t say it’s rare, it’s one of their every day kind of teas. The Golden Monkey by RB is one of my favorite morning teas so I thought I’d get this to compare.

I steeped the tea for two minutes and this may have been overkill because the resulting brew is quite strong. The tea liquor is very smooth and sweet, however. I am definitely getting sweet potato notes, raisin, malt and cocoa but at the longer steep it almost seems roasted.

I tried a second steep for one minute and it’s a lot nicer, very smooth and lighter. I can’t say I am getting maple syrup but I do see how you get orange out of this, especially at the shorter steep. I love Chinese black teas because they’re so easy to drink straight, although sometimes an assam with milk and sugar hits the spot too…

Happy with this brew, I don’t have a lot of other teas like this in my stash at the moment. If you don’t live near Red Blossom I don’t see any reason to purchase this tea especially from them, but it is a nice yunnan, in my opinion.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Long Jing (Dragonwell) by Tazo
1177 tasting notes

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i know i reviewed this tea before. Steepster eats older notes… Sigh…
This time i’m tasting a new version. I liked the older one but this just blew my mind. It is liquid chocolate people. Without any sugar or maple syrup. You dont have to guess the flavors. Bold yummy chocolate, maybe some malt, but not much.
i still have an older one, and was hesitating if i should get another once. Im so happy cause this one is so much better and richer (not that anything wrong w/older one ;)

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaTiff

Brings up web page to place order…….

Sil

yeah i really liked the old version…new one came out after i ordered..

Cheri

I’ve been trying not to order more tea, but this one keeps popping up. I may have to order.

Tealizzy

Me too, Cheri! Must resist!!!

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
1504 tasting notes

Wait, what? This is a WHITE tea? I am sooooo confused!

It’s good, though. Really good. Malt and hay and sweet. A little spice. Yum.

I’ll have to do another steep when I get home from work.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

love this one..so sad i didn’t get to order much more..

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s really REALLY good! I didn’t even think of it when I was placing my order. I don’t think I really checked out the white teas (except for a little more watermelon xylophone) at all.

Fjellrev

I regret not getting it. I didn’t find out about its notes until it was already sold out. Thought it would be a typical white tea too.

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