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I boiled up a session with this tea for my daughter and her boyfriend this last weekend, 5g tea, 500ml water, boiling in a small pot. I try to keep the boil low so that too much water does not boil away.

This session I boiled the leaf for 10 minutes (the soup was not red enough for me after 5) and poured off 250ml which I replaced with fresh water and reboiled. I repeated this several times, increasing the boiling time like 15, 20, 25 min. Even after the 4th boiling this tea was still making fairly dark soup but we had to knock it off by that point and I was not ashamed to discard the leaves.

Flavors: Smooth, Spices, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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This has been made with the hot water from my office, so steeping my not be under the ideal conditions. Take my review with a grain of salt.

I love that neither the rooibos nor hibiscus are overwhelming in this one. The hibiscus adds just enough tartness to work with the lemon. The only thing I would add is a bit more of the strawberry flavor

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drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
18 tasting notes

83! That little slider is hell to use on mobile. Close enough!

As you see from mom’s (ashmanra’s) review, I cleverly ordered this tea so as to be waiting for me when I got home from Mexico. It was a fun vacation but not a relaxing one. It’s the kind where you come home sunburned and mosquito bitten after climbing Mayan pyramids and riding bikes in the jungle.

And waiting for me it was! T-We is on top of their shipping, let me tell you. They even noted it was my third order since April. Lol. Uh oh.

Now we should know by now that I’m a huge fan of minty teas so putting two mints together on me wasn’t really fair. Coming off the airplane I was, in fact, a very grumpy dinosaur myself (memo: never fly through Cancun, if you can help it). It’s a nice tea, the sweet spearmint fills out the peppermint but I didn’t really get much vanilla. Maybe I can tweak my steep and pull it out more.

Overall recommended for us minty types. If you want something more serious try their Madame Morocco.

I used boiling water, 2 tsp per 6oz, 5 minutes steep. Sliders. Mobile.

But seriously don’t fly through Cancun. It’s a zoo. I haven’t seen that many people teeming for customs since Hong Kong.

Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 45 sec 10 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML

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drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
18 tasting notes

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Just pouring in the water created a beautiful rice aroma that was strong enough to fill my kitchen and living room. Wow, it’s making me salivate!

Once steeped a yellow tea liquid is produced with the aforementioned rice aroma. If someone were to blindfold me and ask me to guess what it was by scent I would say it was a bowl of rice. There is also the same sweetness and toasted notes from it’s raw form.

The first few sips are interesting…I can detect a toasted grass, milky, floral Oolong but by it’s side is a sweet yet thickly moreish rice flavour. The after taste is a lingering thick (almost stodgy) rice note that has coated the whole of my tongue. A few more sips and it has an added sour note though honestly it’s not for long. I have noticed a slight dryness however which becomes noticeable in the after taste which frankly feels even more like I’m eating rice.

Ok so as rice heavy as this tastes it still does not take much away from the Jin Xuan base which manages to hold it’s own. This I am pleased with, if you’re going to drink Jin Xuan then you should really be tasting it.

Half a cup in and the dryness has increased again to a point that I have a cotton dry tongue. Not pleasant but the lingering after taste is making up for it. It’s still consistent though in strength and flavour from those first few sips.

For a longer review and more information please view the blog: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/05/17/premium-cha-khao-hom-thai-rice-tea-siam-tee/

Flavors: Rice

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drank Girlie Grey by T2
912 tasting notes

HAY GIRLIE! It sure has been a while!

I know I was dead set on sipping down my stocks, but in doing so I’ve come a little off balance (I need more black teas in my life than what I have left!) and T2 had a ridiculous sale where I picked up 250g of this (and a free tin) for only $20. I’m sorry but I can’t argue with that.

Also, it’s been so long and I forgot how much I enjoyed this.

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GCTTB Sipdown
Creamy blueberry is a pretty accurate assessment of the flavour of this tea, though it has a bit more tangy tartness than what you’d get from a blueberry. Sea buckthorn is a pretty rare flavour to find in a tea and I wish more companies would experiment with interesting fruits and berries like this.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Taiwan Pu'er by IDEStea
47 tasting notes

This is so interesting, It’s a pu’er rolled like an oolong, and it’s so delicious;

It starts with dark crispy burnt toast notes, but after a few steeps it settles into this lovely malty, caramelly, vanilla, buttery, dark roasty wonderful thing, and this flavour lasts for SO. LONG. I’ve refilled my teapot (I pour from my teapot into my gaiwan, the teapot is about 800ml) 2 times already and it’s still really strong and delicious and sweet.

I’ve never had a tea remotely like this, I’m blown away by it. I want more, and if IDEStea ever gets around to posting these teas on their site (7 samples were in my subscription box and it said they were going to be on the site at the beginning of may) then I’m going to have to buy some, it’s amazing. seriously.

This is the first 100/100 I’ve ever given, because this is so unique and wonderful I’m so happy.

Flavors: Burnt, Butter, Caramel, Malt, Oats, Roasted, Toast, Vanilla

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by David's Tea
28 tasting notes

This tea is amazing. I brewed it hot, and then added ice cubes to it; I’m also going to try cold brewing it next time. It has a mild, milky flavour that’s just right. And it actually tastes like authentic Oolong! The only sad fact is that this tea is expensive. I redeemed my Frequent Steeper reward to try this.

Flavors: Cream, Milk

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is rich and smokey. Sweet for a second then pleasantly bitter, with an astringency that coats the mouth without feeling to dry. It tasted earthy, damp and woody. Very smooth. It is a lovely autumn orange color when brewed. Brewed gong fu style, 5 grams in a 60ml gaiwan. Ten second wash, 1st infusion 20 seconds, 2nd infusion 35-30 seconds, etc. Lost track of how many infusions I did because the flavor continued to intrigue me after many steepings!

Flavors: Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Decayed wood, Moss, Mushrooms, Smooth, Sweet, Wet Earth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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This tea is delicious! Very floral and buttery. Hardly any bitterness, it is mellow and satisfying with a delightful aroma. It brought to mind toasted coconut and honeysuckle. It feels thick in the mouth, and nourishing. I could drink it often. Brewed Gong Fu style, 5 grams in a 60ml gaiwan. Washed for 15 seconds, first infusion 15 seconds, 2nd infusion 20-25 seconds, and so on.

Flavors: Butter, Cannabis, Coconut, Creamy, Honeysuckle, Nectar, Pastries, Roasted, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
361 tasting notes

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Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Marzipan, Nuts, Nutty, Spices, Spicy, Stonefruits

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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This was a shincha originally bought back in 2014 and stored until just recently when it was time to revisit. I’ve got to say that even with age this is just as amazing as I remember. The usual grassy goodness but also so much more…like a buttery miso soup. I have several other Japanese green teas stored and will slowly start to drink them down and share if there is interest in older stored green teas. This was a shared tea session which is always nice and a great excuse for larger teaware.

6g of beautiful bright green leaf, 290ml Masaki Tachi Shigaraki Kyusu, with a 20s first steep at 190F, second at 5s, third at 10s and a fourth and fifth at 200F for 45s and 60s. Served in an
Oni hagi warikoudai yunomi by Yamane Seigan.

Part of "A Week of Tea Exploration” suggested by Lion on Steepster, day two of seven, green tea.

The session:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxQ_zxBUrQ/

The tea:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxTA0PhUvB/

The teapot:
https://instagram.com/p/BFxU40TBUi2/

Preparation
6 g 10 OZ / 290 ML

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
349 tasting notes

Upping my rating for this tea because it is fast becoming one of my favorite teas.

Flavors: Almond, Spices

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I went up to Philadelphia for a day trip with some friends. At Reading Terminal Market, there is a merchant selling dried fruit, spices, coffee, and tea in bulk. It was tiny, bins everywhere, and it smelled like heaven. I limited myself to only picking up a few teas, though I easily could have bought more, especially given how cheap the prices where! I got 4 types of tea, 2 oz for three of them and half a pound for the fourth for about 25 dollars.

Tonight, I remembered I hadn’t unloaded the tea from my shopping bag, so I transferred them over from the plastic baggies the clerk at the store used into plastic Chinese takeout containers, for want of anything better. I will do for now.

So, first tea up was the Rooibos Peppermint Patty. This is a lovely before bedtime tea. Despite the sprinkles and chocolate chips in the tea, it’s not very sweet. I might have to add some sugar or almond milk in it for extra flavor depth. But the peppermint definitely comes through.

It also smells heavenly dry.

Flavors: Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Flavors: Blackberry, Creamy, Floral, Green, Milk, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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