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44
drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
838 tasting notes

A hot sample in store. I was expecting coconut and orchid oolong flavours, but I couldn’t taste the oolong at all actually. The dominant note was ginger, with a hint of creamy coconut under it. Very odd.

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger

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This is a sample , part of generous package sent to me for review.
Non Smoky Lapsang Sauchong.
i used my usual parameters. Entire sample of 6g
6g 100ml porcelain gaiwan 200F
rinse/pause/ 5/3/5/7/10sec etc
This tea is rich and sweet like dark chocolate. No astringency or bitterness. Sweet and smooth and pleasure to drink. Some may add drop or two of maple syrup (I have to always mention Sil and Terri since its not my idea). it rounds up all the flavors.

Thank you so much NanNuoShan tea for your wonderful samples

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Dexter

I would love this. Happy that you are enjoying it. :)

Sil

i need to try this one… sounds yummy!

boychik

Sil, you tried this tea ….

boychik

Thank you Dexter. Im having a lot of fun sampling. But then i have to write reviews….

Sil

hahahahaha i so didn’t see my tasting note when i went to check lol

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I’m trying to do too much and that means it’s Friday and I’m exhausted. I can’t perk up. I need something to slap me in the face and get me going, and lbr, Sherlock is down for that. He can be such an ass. But he’s rarely subtle.

So, you know what’s crazy? I don’t write. I haven’t written since High School, and yet, SOMEHOW, I was talked into doing Camp Nanowrimo this year and that means that in April I’ve committed to writing 10,000 words. Of story. WHAT AM I DOING?

I originally signed up for a small prompt where I promised to write 500 words where two characters meet in a bar and I go from there, but now that I’m doing Camp Nano, I’m going to see if I can expand that a bit. And then maybe write bits and pieces here and there. I am definitely not going to write one cohesive work at 10k because I’ve had… let’s see… 2 days to think about this and we start writing on Wednesday, but I’ll play with a few different tropes and see how it goes!

I chose John Watson as my main character, and the second character will be RANDOMLY ASSIGNED from Supernatural, Hannibal (tv), or Saga (comics). So I can’t really even plan that part out until I get that assignment, but basically the point is to just get me writing a little each day and get better and stay confident and see where it goes! Part of being in Camp Nano is cheerleading others on so they finish and I am GOOD AT THAT SHIT, YO.

It’ll be fun. Also, I’m using Scrivener to help organize my thoughts etc, and I can totally see how this software would be amazing if I were writing a proper story because it’d keep everything straight for me, and so if I spend all month using the trial and getting good, AND I reach my 10k limit, I can buy it for $20 instead of $40. I’m a total dork for fancy software.

Hey – I think it’s working! This tea is waking me up! WOO!

Flavors: Smoke

Cavocorax

I’m crazy, right?
Doing this, then doing gishwhes in August. Looks, I don’t have free time, let’s just pile all these challenges on!!!! :P (But I ordered a green wig and a flower crown for the scavenger hunt!)

Sil

a what now? lol what did i agree to get myself in to?

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Well, those are optional! I figured that I’ll probably get some challenges for gishwhes where I’ll have to go outside and interact with people – maybe at the subway – or WHO KNOWS. So, if I’m going to be doing that, why not dress up a bit? I get shy and have trouble initiating conversations with ppl, but if I have bright green hair, they can notice me? :P

And so…. are you thinking about it? :D I’m in, but I haven’t started/joined a team at all yet. Just poking at people to see who might bite.

Sil

only thing i’m waiting for is to make sure work doensn’t have weird things scheduled going on at that time

Cavocorax

Sweet! :D #fingerscrossed

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When TeaVivre posted this on Instagram, I knew I had to have it. It’s just so unique! And at the time, I don’t think I even had 1 traditional gaiwan. I have one now, along with a couple of what I’d consider “easy” gaiwans. I really love brewing things gong fu style now! This is really like an in-cup infuser/gaiwan/serving pitcher. I really like the serving pitcher part, as I still don’t own one…I’ve been using a small Pyrex measuring cup for that (lame, huh?).

Anyway, this came in the mail today, so I tried it out with the Da Hong Pao sample I ordered.

The overall quality is pretty good. One thing that bothers me about one of my easy gaiwans is that the holes look unfinished and have sharp points on the inside. This one has an infuser with both holes and a fine mesh metal strainer inserted inside and the holes look nice and finished. The fine mesh strainer will be nice to catch sediment or little pieces of leaf. I found three scratches on the glass pitcher portion, which worry me a bit regarding its integrity…hopefully they won’t be a problem. The pitcher and infuser portions don’t sit as securely in the base as I expected, but it’s not terrible. I found the lid can double as place to measure out your leaf. ;)

Since you can sit the infuser in the base while you pour from the pitcher into your cup, people used to traditional gaiwans may find themselves almost pouring the water for the next steep into the infuser without putting the infuser back in the pitcher….I almost did this! That would not be wise!

Also, it’s important to watch the water level in the pitcher when pouring into the gaiwan, rather than the water level inside the infuser, as you may overfill and cause a spill. Not a problem if you’re using a gong fu tea tray, but otherwise it would be. Also, overfilling will make the top of the pitcher hotter, making it more difficult to handle/pour.

I know some folks like to agitate the leaves with the lid while brewing, but you can’t really do that with this one, as the water level in the infuser is lower than in a traditional gaiwan, and the infuser is not as wide.

I like the portability of this, as you don’t need a separate pitcher. I also really enjoy watching the color of the liquor change as it steeps, which could also be a very useful indicator of how long to brew it. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it and expect to use it often!

Stephanie

Sweet, I was curious about this!

caile

I use a pyrex measuring cup sometimes too. :)

Tealizzy

caile -high fives!! ;)

boychik

i use Pyrex too when im in my summer place

Tealizzy

boychik – I guess I’m not alone! :)

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80
drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
1047 tasting notes

I haven’t had a proper latte in ever so I decided to partake in one yesterday, grabbing this to keep me company while I started to clean this kitchen for the very last time. I was really excited about it because I loved making this with just plain milk at home, so I figured that DAVIDs fancy preparation will elevate this tea to another level.

Did it? Sadly, not really. I got it with a bit of sweetener and 2% milk, which is the milk I was using when I’d make them at home. Yet, for some reason, this was rather lacklustre. The tea flavour itself seemed a lot weaker, but that is probably to do with how the tea guide prepared it. Plus, the extra sweetener was a little too much. It only covered up the oh so subtle chocolate and coconut notes more rather than enhance them. Once I finish with this damn move, I’m just going to pick up more of the actual tea to enjoy at home. Man, to think how many cups I could have made at home with that $4.50!

Maddy Barone

My God, moving is the biggest nightmare ever! I keep looking around at all the stuff I have to somehow cram into boxes and all I want to do is take a nap! Holy moly, I’m tired.

It’s too bad about the latte. That must have been enough to make you want to kick the wall.

Fjellrev

Hahaha right? I have most of my packing done but I’m at the point where it’s still cluttered because I have odds and ends that really don’t go with anything else so the last couple boxes will be like “junk drawer” boxes.

Too bad we can’t take a break from this stupidity and go for tea together!

Maddy Barone

I’ve barely started packing! I’m not freaking out yet. A friend is coming tonight to help me pack my books. That will be huge. But I still have all my kitchen stuff, by bedroom stuff and the bathroom stuff. And the rest of the living room.

Really, going for tea with you would be lovely!

Lynne-tea

Oh man they must have underleafed it! That’s very unfortunate.

I hope your move goes smoothly! Where are ya goin?

Fjellrev

I’m sure that’s what happened, Lynne-tea, and I do not doubt you for a second that this makes an amazing latte! I’ll just have to try again at home, finally start using the frother I bought last year haha.

Thanks, and I’m moving back to AB! I’ll be popping in and out of Edmonton from time to time so we should enjoy a spot of tea sometime. :)

Lynne-tea

Awesome! Welcome back to Alberta. Are you excited to be coming back?

I would adore going for some tea sometime! :)

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88
drank Frozen Summit by Dachi Tea
838 tasting notes

This is one of the most interesting and delicious oolongs I’ve ever had.

The dry leaf fragrance is roasty with a hint of cannabis.

Again I steeped 2g in my 50ml gaiwan in 96C water for 1min.

The flavour of the first steep is complex – coconut, roasty, honey, granola, brazil nuts and dates. This is amazing, I love it. The finish is fairly long and carries the sweet notes through.

Second steep, 1min again, is quite smokey, almost like cigarettes except not unpleasant. The second steep lacks the complexity of the first.

Third, the complexity comes back with a layer of orchid.

I got I think five or six steeps out of this, but the first was by far the best and most interesting. I wish more of the granola qualities shone in the latter steeps – if I could get multiple steeps that were the same as the first, I’d be drinking this all the time.

I will need to try steeping western style to see what kind of results I get. Even with the less impressive subsequent steeps, I think I will need to pick up more of this.

Flavors: Cannabis, Coconut, Dates, Honey, Nuts, Oats, Orchids, Roasted, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 50 ML
scribbles

Sounds amazing! Yum!

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91
drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
5919 tasting notes

tea from last night and i am still in love. the fresh pumpkin chunks are delicious!

Final Count: 110 (which means i’m officially allowed to make purchases again AFTER i come up with a plan to get down to 50 by year end. heh)

Fjellrev

Chug it! Not a very solid plan but it should get you there haha.

Sil

hahaha if i’d stop buying puerh i’d probably be ok lol

Fjellrev

OH god yeah, forgot about that. So lucky I don’t drink it haha.

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Urgh, I had written a note for this and accidentally closed the window before I could finish it. Starting all over!

Yesterday I decided to boil my shu puerh teapot as I thought it picked up a moldy smell after accidentally leaving water in it for a few days. Here’s the pot, looking and smelling a lot better:

https://instagram.com/p/0lb7doILaA

This sample puerh came from the YS dark tea of the month club. I’m quite pleased with it so far. As Allan noted, there is no fermentation flavor or aroma present. I am doing short steeps in the yixing and get a sweet, creamy tea that is very smooth. No bitterness is present. The tea is chocolate-y and also went fabulously with a dark chocolate peanut butter cup from Justin’s. :)

3 steeps so far and the flavor is quite good. I would consider buying a cake of this, a good value at $30, but my tea budget is not very large at the moment.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I hate when that happens!

TeaBrat

me too :-P

Marzipan

Mine is sitting in San Francisco.

boychik

Mine left SF few days ago . Still nowhere :( in transit …I have no prob when it goes thru Chicago or JFK. SF always a pain in a b…

TeaBrat

I guess it’s good that I live in San Francisco!

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95
drank Noël en Alsace by Dammann Freres
2098 tasting notes

Another one of my faaaaavorites (#39). Why was this only rated 90? It deserves higher, in my estimation, so I bumped it up. I love the flavor combos here, even if they are a bit hard to pull apart. They work for me. Even though I don’t find any of these flavors (fruits, honey) particularly Christmasy, I do associate this yarn with the holidays since it was at that time that I first had it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Veronica

I love that you called it yarn instead of tea. :)

Dinosara

LOLOL what a hilarious slip! These days it’s all yarn on the brain. :D

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Thank you so much for this sample, Tea Ave!

I have never tried an Osmanthus Oolong before, and honestly, I was a little nervous that this would be a really flowery tea (flowery teas can be hit or miss with me…). However, upon opening the sample packet, I was hit with this sweet honey stone fruit fragrance. Jammy and sweet!
The liquor is a really gorgeous golden yellow. I followed the instructions on the pouch for gaiwan brewing, using 8grams. If I were to do this again, I think I’d use less leaf. This tea is so flavourful that I really think I could personally use less leaf and still get a perfectly lovely session out of it (just a note to myself for next time).
The steeped tea itself is really wonderful… creamy, buttery mouth feel with honey, fruity loveliness. It may only be 16F outside, but I have spring in my cup. :)

The second steep yielded a darker, deeper liquor with a more vegetal base (spinach and kale, like)… this steep was almost roasty.
I truly love the finish of this, too… it’s so sweet and lingers for quite some time.

I love finding out that I like something I would’ve thought I wouldn’t… Osmanthus, you’re pretty great. :)

Dexter

I now know who to pass those onto…. ewwww is all I have to say baout osmanthus.

DeliriumsFrogs

Lol!! I didn’t expect to like it, but I really do!

boychik

i have this sample and afraid to try.

TeaBrat

I will take your osmanthus!

boychik

Hold on, I checked I have Magnolia oolong and Jasmine if you want Teabrat. No osmanthus . Sorry ;)

tea-sipper

You’ve inspired me to try my sample tomorrow… I’ve been a little wary of the osmanthus..

TeaBrat

hmm. magnolia maybe ;)

Teaave

We are so happy to see you you actually do enjoy our Osmanthus, DeliriumsFrogs!! We would like to invite you to share your review and rate the teas on our website when you have a min, cheers.

DeliriumsFrogs

Will do, Teaave!
I’m drinking the leftover leaves that I cold steeped right now… makes a really lovely cold brew. :)

Teaave

DeliriumsFrogs, cold brew are always wonderful, and that applies to all of our oolongs ;)

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80
drank Sunny Citrus by DAVIDsTEA
1047 tasting notes

Wow, I’ve been working on this batch of cold brew for two days now. I added something like four teaspoons of leaf to 2 litres of water and it is actually really strong, to the point that it’s syrupy. It’s extremely tart, as well. I drank like a litre of it yesterday, then filled the jug up again and it barely even changed colour, it’s that concentrated. It’s better this morning. I’m tasting more of the citrus and not just tart hibiscus with a hint of fruitiness. Note to self: maybe only try two teaspoons next time.

OMGsrsly

That’s incredible. O.o

Fjellrev

I might have even put a bit more! I don’t know, but it was still not a whole lot considering the ratio. On the upside, you don’t have to rip through this one as fast. :D

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drank Peach Melba by Lupicia
720 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this tea, as I am generally a fan of Lupicia’s rooibos blends, and Ta Da! It was in this month’s newsletter! Score!

It tastes very mildly of peach and vanilla. Very smooth. Overall, I like piccolo and jardin sauvage better, but I wouldn’t turn it down, if offered. :)

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OK – I’m just having a morning of surprises – this one too is not at all what I was expecting.
I’ve had flowering cones before and none of them were anything like these.
First sip – wow caramel – second sip – fruity. If I didn’t know better I would almost think this was a flavored tea. Not malty at all, zero sweet potato (there is sweet but no starchiness). It’s not at all like any straight black tea I’ve had – it’s missing the “blackness”. Almost a little salty – I really want to say salted caramel with a hint of apricot (stone fruit anyway). These are really good – strange, but I like it.

Thank you so much Sil for another interesting experience. :)

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I liked this tea before, and I am liking it even more today. My daughter and I drank a liter of puerh from just one teaspoon of leaves and even the final steep has nice color and plenty of flavor. I didn’t scimp on early steeps, but made one or two of them extra bold with long steep times, because I enjoy strong puerh when it is smooth and has no bitterness.

I get the most flavor from puerh when I am patient and let it cool a bit before drinking. This is extra creamy today, especially the later steeps.

I don’t usually see puerh graded as first, second, third, etc. it is usually just named. So my first impression when I recieved the samples was that first grade was the good one and seventh would be passable. Instead, first grade is the layered and nuanced one good for quiet times, and seventh grade is the highly enjoyable daily drinker with lots of virtue of its own, my favorite at this moment being the creamy, weighty feel with its lightly cedar oiliness.

I think this would be an excellent choice for my husband’s new tea center that we are putting together for him at work.

gmathis

Any time I think about seventh grade I wince…not a stellar year in junior high :) So it’s good to know there’s something lovely that can come out of it!

WymmTea

Glad you enjoyed the seventh grade ashmanra!:) The grades of our Menghai Shou just represents the different type of Shou. Our Seventh grade is actually more popular and we have sold out most of it back in China. Shou works well for after heavy meals and calming the mind after a long day at work, which should suit your husband well:)

WymmTea

Thank you gmathis!:)

K S

Wow, the husband’s new tea center… did you ever think you would see this day? Pretty awesome.

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81
drank Jin Jun Mei by The Finest Brew
5919 tasting notes

As some of you might know, jin jun mei’s fall in to 2 categories for me – yes and no. lol They’re very hit and miss for me, but i continue to try various ones to see if there is a perfect one for me. This one, from Anlina falls on the “yes” side. this was a nice cup of tea yesterday – smooth and slightly smoky with a little sweetness on the side, sort of like sweet potatoes. All in all, a nice cup! thanks so much Anlina!

Fjellrev

That’s a solid dichotomy. :)

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90

Dear God. My eleven year old niece is staying with me this weekend while her mother is out of town house hunting. I need caffeine this morning! Being single and childless, I am used to having everything stay the same. I mean, when I clean the kitchen, it stays pretty much clean unless I dirty it. Today there is a winter coat in the middle of the kitchen floor. One child sized boot is under the table, and the other is god knows where. I asked her and she got this blank look on her face and said “I don’t know.” She lost her phone twice in two hours. When she does have her phone, she’s on it texting her friends. She uses a different glass for each can of pop she’s had (she was supposed to have ONE) and leaves the glasses in the living room. As a treat I bought her PEEPS. (shudder. I hate those things) and she ate the entire package last night. She told me she gets up really early, so I showed her where the frozen French toast strips were and told her to help herself to breakfast in the morning. I got up at 7:30. She was dead asleep. I made tea (did I mention how badly I needed caffeine?) and took it and my laptop back to my room to let her sleep. At 8:30 she came to my room to tell me she was starving. I now have a far better understanding of my sister’s weariness. NO wonder she looks so frazzled all the time. I love my niece, but I am clearly not cut out for children.
WHY DON’T THEY COME WITH AN OFF SWITCH????!!!

Tea helps. A little.

donkeytiara

good luck….is there a trampoline nearby? That wears them out quite well… :)

Fjellrev

Oh man, that’s rough. And I seriously can’t imagine having a phone at that age.

Maddy Barone

She has her own laptop too! Heck, this kid has more stuff than I do!

I suspect I’m turning into one of those disagreeable old ladies that yells at kids for cutting through her yard.

Fjellrev

Haha I think I’m becoming the same way. I keep catching myself thinking, “Wow, when I was that age…” and I’m only in my late 20s!

OMGsrsly

LOL. Good luck!

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MMMMmmmmmm shou…….
5g 140ml 95C flash rinsed twice
30 sec – that was a little too long – was a little in your face aggressive, but I don’t mind bold pu’erh so did another 30 sec steep and dumped them together. Yummy. It has a little fermentation taste to it but nice and smooth. It’s rich, it’s a little malty, but it’s all shou.
Backed down the steeps a little did 20 and 25 sec – this is getting a little chocolaty, a little woody, there is some fresh forest mustiness to it.
30 and 45 – this is just getting better and better.
I don’t think it’s as good as the other StreetShop88 shou that I have
http://steepster.com/teas/streetshop88/55915-2014-top-yunnan-yellow-dragon-golden-needle-puerh-ripe-cake
but it’s really tasty. That one is more of a cross between black tea and pu’erh. This one is all shou – and I don’t mind that at all. I would be very happy to have a cake of this in my house for those nights that you just want a big bold shou with no nasty….
Thank you so much Sil for sharing this – really happy you got some and shared it. :)
https://instagram.com/p/0bHILPuE23/?taken-by=dex3657
https://instagram.com/p/0bHTjxuE3U/?taken-by=dex3657

Edit: OMG steeps 9 and 10 – I’m in LOVE…..

DeliriumsFrogs

That second shot… So beautiful!! :)))
And, the first shot of the giant hunk of ‘tea friend’ kindness. :)

Sil

I’m so glad you enjoyed it since you technically picked it out lol

mrmopar

The Yellow Dragon is pretty good.

OMGsrsly

Oh hey I found my sample of this! WHOA! It’s a huge chunk as well!

Sil

Haha told you.

OMGsrsly

Thank you. :D It’s on my list of Things to Try Soon. :)

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90
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1493 tasting notes

Desperate need for comfort tea today. I’ve tried for two days to review my last Simple Loose Leaf sample, and I have a stack of What-Cha and Whymm to get to, but at the moment it is just not going to happen.

I haven’t posted much lately. Really haven’t felt well for a couple weeks. The medicine the pulmonologist put me on 6 weeks ago worked fine for a month. Got it refilled and it was like a switch flipped. I’m back to not being able to do much of anything without becoming out of breath and I’ve never smoked a day in my life. Even making tea is work at the moment.

Checked with the pharmacy, his records show the refill is from the same supplier. He exchanged the old ones for some out of a different bottle but it appears the problem is me. Guess I will be making the trip back to the doctor for a different medicine.

On top of that, I got my welcome to Medicare packet in the mail. Kind of a reality jolt. It won’t kick in until July. It takes two and a half years once you admit to yourself you are disabled to get Medicare. My doctor tried to convince me so a year sooner – stupid man pride. The last year I worked, I would sit in my car for 5 minutes after everyone else left while I waited for my blue fingers to turn pink so I could drive home. Here’s your sign.

You have to be unable to work for six months to be considered disabled by the government, then two more years before Medicare kicks in. It’s stupid. The intention is to prevent abuse I guess but really it is much easier on the abuser to go without during the waiting period. The politicians and the press have turned it into a political football. Having been on both sides of the issue, I do understand. Anyway I am feeling a little old and battered today.

Sorry for the over sharing. Just hoping it might encourage someone who is struggling to hold on. Tomorrow is a new day.

While I wait for better days ahead with some new drugs, I am enjoying this my favorite peasant tea.

Maddy Barone

I am really sorry. Sorry that the meds aren’t working any more, and sorry that you have to wait so long to get Medicare coverage. My day job is for Medicare. The Medicare trust fund loses over $64 million dollars a day. A good chunk of that is fraud, so that’s why the delay. But it really gets my goat that honest people in need are the ones to pay for the bad apples.

gmathis

I am somewhat of a bureaucrat by trade (reluctantly; I just want to do crafts and play with kids when I grow up), but oh, how bureaucracy frustrates me! Hope the comfort tea propped up your battered bones :)

Nicole

So sorry to hear. I hope the meds get sorted out soon and things improve for you.

mrmopar

Prayers for you K S.

WymmTea

Please get well soon K S! We are sure everything will turn out fine in the end:)

caile

I understand, and give you my best wishes that things improve with every day.

K S

Thanks all.

Maddy, I have been fortunate enough to have insurance the last year. The coming Medicare thing is just a reminder of my new normal. You are on the inside so I believe you, however everything has been so well documented, tested, and double checked, I can’t even begin to comprehend how fraud occurs on the average person’s end. I know, just shows how naive I am.

Maddy Barone

Some fraud is committed by beneficiaries, but the bulk is by suppliers of medical equipment. At any rate, I hope things get better for you in the near future. Meanwhile, tea is pretty good medicine. Not a cure-all, but good!

ashmanra

Prayers for you, K S!

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Oh. My. Goodness.
This is amazing.
It’s everything I love about ripe puerh….
Mineral notes (which always come out as baked-good…almost baking powder/cream of tartar notes to me)…. raisin like, sweet and so deep…
Yes. This is a definite ‘add to cupboard when you can!’ type tea….
Thank you SO MUCH Dexter for sending this to me to try… It’s even better than I had hoped! :)

Sil

it’s relatively inexpensive too and streetshop ships SUPER quick!

DeliriumsFrogs

…..It’s only $10.98 for 100g!!?? eeeh…..
I know I shouldn’t, but it’s SOOO GOOD!!!

OMGsrsly

TREAT YO SELF! Why not get a cake? :D

Dexter

LOL that is a cake – it comes in 100g cakes for $10.98 USD… I really should be looking at getting another one, but need to try the one Sil sent me first…..

Sil

i thought i bought this one.. but i guess not? lol

Dexter

And the wrapper is pretty…. I thought you bought a cake of it?

Sil

oh i figured it out…. ebay streetshop versus streetshop listing.

OMGsrsly

Ohh! Even better. That’s a good size for a cake. :) I wonder if I’ve tried this one yet.

OMGsrsly

LOL. Thanks, Dex. I think I need to go get some hot chocolate or something, I’m all over the place today.

Dexter

I’m drinking another StreetShop88 pu’erh right now – it’s really good too…. sigh …. it’s not like I don’t have a mountain of pu’er in my house right now

DeliriumsFrogs

You are all the best. :) Just had to say that. lol

Sil

I’m trying to get my cupboard down enough to be able to possibly place a mandala order by the end of the month…but man another streetshop order would be great…

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78
drank Ying De Black Tea by Tao Tea Leaf
2705 tasting notes

Sample from Tao Tea Leaf this morning. It’s an enjoyable tea, I would say sweet and smooth really describes it. It’s definitely a bit on the lighter side when it comes to body and has a good cocoa flavor. Amazing no bitterness or astringency at all. I steeped this for 3 minutes and it’s still a bit on the light side, overall I think I prefer black teas with a bit more heft. This was tasty but probably won’t be a repurchase for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Rhubarb + Custard by Bluebird Tea Co.
5919 tasting notes

HGTTB I had the last cup of this one from the box as well. I wanted to revisit this one since it’s been a long while since i’ve had teas from bluebird. Turns out, this is still a tasty cup of tea and still one that i rather enjoy as far as herbals go. Just the right amount of tang and sweet :)

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drank Fu Shou Shan by Butiki Teas
535 tasting notes

This may be the only oolong, at least with Stacy’s steeping parameters, where I enjoy the first steep the most. Usually it takes somewhere between the 2nd-4th.

I’m getting quite a bit of melon and floral butter in this cup- it’s as good of a send off as I could’ve hoped for!

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Melon

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I thought it was almost time to go home like an hour ago, so it’s been decided that I need a cup of this, liquid joy, to distract me while I wait out the rest of my day..

It’s so good and I will miss it.
(I’m not convinced that guayasa really wakes me up but maybe I’m just immune to everything. I mean, lbr, I drank a full cup of coffee and then napped on the couch like 5 minutes after on the weekend…)

Stephanie

I’m having Good Morning Sunshine today :)

Fjellrev

Haha I’m totally immune to caffeine. It’s all about drinking for pleasure.

Cavocorax

Woah! That’s interesting!

CrowKettle

Coffee naps have saved me a few times now, during my undergrad. :)

Indigobloom

I tried it once with coffee, a few times with tea unintetionally. Its a different sort of nap that’s for sure!

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Oh this is goooooooood. I will need to taste it again in the future and pay more attention but right now I’m just loving that it tastes and smells like chocolate covered raisins. This is the most raisiny tea I’ve ever had.

Flavors: Chocolate, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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