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More Streetshop88! On my last order, I asked my wife to choose a tea based on how she felt about looking at it. Sort of an ESP kind of thing. This is the one she chose. I ordered a cake knowing nothing about it. It turned out to be a pretty good tea. It is very light in flavor, but quite smooth. The cake is really nice, it has a pretty wrapper which uses very thick high quality paper. I like that. The leaf quality is very good, big leaves. The soup is medium brown, no fermentation flavor. There is not much complexity, but it feels nice and my wife likes it. If you’re looking for a light safe non earthy ripe pu erh to try, I think this is a good one. Anyone know what company this is from the picture?

AllanK

I just got this in the mail today. Glad it’s good as I bought a whole cake.

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Good morning :)

First cup of the day. Yum, as usual.

I have a huge amount of this stuff. I don’t understand my need to hoard it!

Stephanie

goooood morning :)

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Just a short tasting note here. I honestly didn’t know what this was and thought it was a black tea so I used boiling water with it. It still came out fine though, just reminds me of genmaicha. I don’t think I am picking up the black soybean flavor… it is nutty and rice-y though. Not a bad morning cuppa, I don’t think I need to get any more though.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

sounds….different heh

The DJBooth

Soybean Rice and Matcha? HMMMMMM.

Mikumofu

I like this one but it’s definitely an unusual mix :)

Stephanie

Very interesting

Ost

ahh still really wanna try this one sometime! Seems so interesting!

Kirkoneill1988

hi! id like to try this tea :D care to swap?

TeaBrat

@Kirkoneill1988 – I wish I could but I literally had the one teabag that came in the Lupicia holiday gift set.

Kirkoneill1988

that’s ok :)

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Overall the tea is fairly smooth and easy to drink. Smoke detected in the aroma of the dry leaf but this barely appeared in the tea soup. Orange liquor with a woody base, hints of nutty notes and a light sweetness. Not much (if any) bitterness found and no astringency. Good mouthfeel with a nice tingling on the tongue. The flavor held up nicely through 6-7 steeps. My experience with this tea was rather pleasant and enjoyable for sipping through the day yesterday.
—-Some recent tea notes for samples obtained from finepuer mentioned dry, flavorless tea and I can say that for this one, I opened the three sample boxes I had and dumped the chunks into a small yixing crock to sit for two weeks before trying. When I opened the boxes and plastic bags, there was really no aroma but after storing in the yixing for two weeks, there was a sweet, floral aroma with a little smoke and the results of brewing the leaves were very pleasant.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML
tea123

It’s good to see someone else reviewing the same tea.
I’m surprised you say the smoke barely appeared; I found the tea was overwhelmed by the smoke. I shall re-try a third time.

mrmopar

That’s why I have the storage in the pumi before I get into them. I think being in bags all zipped up doesn’t do much for the tea.

DigniTea

Yes, I definitely agree.

DigniTea

tea123 – there was light smoke which served as a complement to the other more dominant flavor attributes. I say this as a person who is not fond of smoke in my tea but can appreciate it in a light complementary way.

JC

Nice notes! and mrmopar is right, tea123 whenever you order tea, but specially if it is shipping for more than a week, let it air in a place with some humidity to it. I feel like most people are going to be put off by W2T’s tuo because of lack of airing it before tasting it.

tea123

DigniTea and JC – I will re-try this tea again after airing it out.

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I’ve had this one a few times now without writing a note. I picked this as my morning tea since i have a bit of time this morning before work gets a little crazy. I also desperately need to get through more of my puerh since my cupboard is back over 100. sigh I’m a fan of this one…if i had any sort of set up for storing puerh, i’d likely pick up a cake/box of this one. It’s very smooth and has creamy mushroom and brown sugar notes in it. I’ve only done a couple steepings but there’s no fermentation flavours here to throw things off and it’s just an overall good time. yum.

OMGsrsly

Interesting.

I wish I could work from home today so I could drink all the teas. Sadly, I can’t do the science from home.

Sil

i’m trying to get through as many things that i haven’t tried today heh

OMGsrsly

Monday’s a holiday which I was really excited about (time to stay home and sew and drink tea!) but I’ll have to work as all my experiments have a 5-day spread. Thursday, Friday and Monday, or Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Sil

yeah i’m on a release this weekend..so saturday overnight for me..but then i have sun and mon :)

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87

Thank you so much for the samples Wymmtea

This is a particularly awesome sheng! SO creamy and sweet and floral but still complex and interesting. Definitely just my style and up my alley. This is one I would drink again and definitely purchase if I could afford a cake :)

scribbles

They sent me this too. Can’t wait to try it!

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drank Organic Matcha by Terra Verve
1521 tasting notes

This is from the recent Red Leaf Tea side by side blind taste test. If you were included but haven’t completed your survey yet stop reading now.

Looking back at my notes, I didn’t rate this as well as I thought I did. Hmmm. Anyway, I am now exploring these in a frappuccino style. Matcha, cold milk, and Splenda. This one is very dark (before milk), has a solid flavor and sweetness, along with a lingering aftertaste. I think my initial reaction lowered the score because of some bitterness, although I noted that I liked what the bitterness added. Cold, I don’t notice any negative in the taste. The problem with this one is the price tag. That is a lot of money for kitchen grade powder. Solid flavor – high price tag.

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Backlog

For some reason I totally keep forgetting to write this tasting note…probably because It was a massive disappointment. xD
I was expecting it at the very least to just be a normal jasmine tea. But no.
It hardly tasted like jasmine. They went superrr light on the jasmine and it was mainly just grass flavor. Which is why I don’t drink green teas since I don’t like grass flavors. xD
So yeah, this one was awful. Jasmine Butterfly WAYYYYY better! One of the best Jasmine teas of all time in my book. At least so far! So like a year and a half in officially :P
Anywho, Liquid Proust sent me such a generous sample of this one which was so sweet-and thank you soo much for that! Really was very nice of you. But this one wasn’t my cup of tea…soo yeah. :/ Donut worry though! I will try my best to find a good home for it when I can!

Flavors: Grass, Jasmine, Vegetal

Liquid Proust

Hopefully you were able to tell that the tea was fresh too which says something about the quality. I was disappointed by it myself.

Ost

No wonder you sent me so much, Liquid Proust! XD

Kirkoneill1988

I’m sure you will find a better jasmine tea ;)

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!
I just got home from playing a Mother’s Day gig, & I’m finally sampling this tea, sent to me from Sil.

My taste buds have been off for awhile, thanks to horrible allergies this year, so I’m not gonna give a great description here, but what I can say is this cup of tea makes me think of a light spring rain. It has a delicate fresh quality to it.

MzPriss

I love The Bear. How is more pajama time treating you these days Terri?

MzPriss

And Happy Mother’s Day Terri

Terri HarpLady

Life is Much much better! I’ve still been super busy with gigs & gardening, but at least those are things I WANT to do! :)
Hugs!

MzPriss

Well I’m going to join you in the pajama and gardening brigade in the not too distant future. I’m glad for you. Hugs back!

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drank Vanille des Îles by Mariage Frères
6160 tasting notes

I need to sort out the teas from MissB and get them out to the girls. However, silly me forgot to pick up bags and labels so it’ll have to wait until tomorrow. However, it did tempt me in to make another cup of this just because. there should be SOME perks to getting a giant box of tea that needs to be repackaged and shipped out haha. For me, it’s getting to have 1-2 cups of things while i sort through them rather than having to add to me cupboard. This is a pretty tasty vanilla tea. Not my ultimate favourite, but still damn good. Thanks again for all the great (and not so great) shares MissB! :)

MissB

So glad you’re enjoying them, whether they’re awesome or, uh, otherwise. It’s like going around the world through tea! Some places we love, others… not so much.

Sil

yes! and all must be tried because you never know :)

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drank Yume by Lupicia
1233 tasting notes

Happy Mothers day, to all who celebrate it! My mother and I are doing our tradition, of going to a local festival and shopping. Hooray for a girls day!
This is one of my favorite spring teas. Really light and pleasant. I’m almost through this packet, which is sad, but hey, that’s gotta happen sometime.

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
6160 tasting notes

is it time to go home yet? I am so looking forward to the weekend. This version of this tea is delicious! I think it’s funny that zhu rong and yu lu sort of swapped for me last harvest since previous to that, it was the other way around – i preferred zhu. ah well, both decent offerings. :)

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drank Almond Sugar Cookie by Wegmans
1036 tasting notes

I swear this tea is keeping me from killing people. Or at least yelling at them. To be honest, I’d rather have a plate of cookies right now rather than a tea that taste like cookies, but since I don’t want to consume a bunch of unnecessary calories I’ll stick to this yummy tea and continue to not yell at – or kill – the people I’m forced to interact with today.

It’s almost the weekend. It’s almost the weekend. It’s almost the weekend….

Fjellrev

Aww, just hang in there!

MissLena

I feel you..thank goodness it is almost the weekend!

Veronica

I think I may have lost a few sanity points today, but it looks like I’m going to make it. :)

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Enjoying multiple steeping of this beloved tea this morning. I keep thinking I’m going out in the garden, & overtime I set foot outside, it starts raining. Then when I come in it stops. LOL
This tea is kind of like LB, but without the bean taste.

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Sipdown…
A delicious breakfast tea with some wonderful chocolate-y notes. I’ve been finishing some things off lately, which is good. However this is gone but not forgotten. It is definitely going in my re-purchase list as it’s one of my favorite breakfast teas. Very malty and chocolate-y, and perfect with a bit of soymilk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

this one and american breakfast are my favs i think. I picked up paris breakfast this last trip to see what it’s all about

Dustin

I have never thought of it having chocolate notes before! I’ll have to pay more attention next time I have a cup.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
6160 tasting notes

So busy lately. Really haven’t had a chance to sit and relax since we got back between work, wedding planning and my other half trying to kill himself while riding – that was a fun hospital trip. What have i been drinking?

Red Queen Cupcake
Laoshan Black + Cacao
Yu Lu Yan Cha Black
Salted Caramel butter oolong
zheng shan xiao zhong smoked wuyi black
pure bud
Spring Keemun
Mousse au Chocolat
Gao Shan High Mountain Black
Rocket Fuel

boychik

Im so sorry. is he alright ?

Sil

yeah – was wearing his helmet so no damage there, but he’s out of commission with the one arm – lots of soft tissue dmg and almost fractured his scapula. Means another 2 weeks of not working, so he’ll be bored in no time.

Mostly he just scared me

Veronica

Wow… I’m glad he’s ok! I hope he heals quickly.

Indigobloom

Glad to hear he’s ok!! Arnica to the rescue lol

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I’ve reviewed this tea several times, so I’m not really going to say much, except that it is pure enjoyment, and perfect for this morning…oh, I guess now it’s afternoon! Heh…
It’s been 3 weeks since I quit my job, & I’ve slipped comfortably back to little terri mode, sleeping in, doing my morning yoga/workout, gardening, & for the last 2 weeks practicing like crazy for an orchestra gig, which was completed on Saturday night. Today I’m sipping tea & practicing for a different orchestra gig that is tomorrow night. We’re doing the Harry Potter Symphonic Suite :)
I love my life, again.

Sil

jealous!

Terri HarpLady

neener neener :)

Stephanie

Harry Potter! OH MAN that sounds amazing :D

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I was staring at my teas, unsure of what to have this morning, until I remembered I had a lot of samples, sent by kind Steepster people, to try! So, something new!
This smells so rich and magnificent in dry form. Rich, almost custard-y, with a good hint of caramel. I can certainly smell all the elements advertised in the name.
It brews up less potent than it smells, but it still keeps the flavors, just a gentler form. Its a very smooth cup of tea, and a very nice drink.
Thank you, Ost for sending me this. I really enjoyed it!

Ost

Yah! :D

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Dolphin sprinkles. I could end the review right there.

Of course I had to order this! It’s actually really good too. Strong blackberry note, and as a first tea of the day it’s working well to wake me up. I may have more to write once I have had more of it. It’s still pretty hot.

But, dolphin sprinkles!

Nichole

Sprinkles!!!

Liquid Proust

The word blackberry caught my attention. I have been on a good blackberry tea search for awhile. I shall note this tea.

sren

Hundreds and thousands of dolphins!

Sil

oooooh…

Fjellrev

I could never pass up dolphin sprinkles either!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1413 tasting notes

I had this the other day. For some reason I got a strong barley or roasted note. Not what I expected!! No cocoa notes either. Odd. Two infusions, more or less the same. This has happened a few times, but not every time. Has this happened to anyone else? I bought it over the xmas holidays.

On the health front, after jumping through about a dozen hoops… I finally got my hands on meds. Except it turns out it isn’t strong enough to make any difference at all. To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. My doc is on vacay this week and doesn’t take appointments, only walk ins. So it looks like I’ll be in his office waiting next week for about six hours… great… plus now I have to wait a whole week… not impressed I am!!
Anyhow… May the 4th be with ya ;)

Fjellrev

Oh no, let’s hope that through the process of elimination, the doctor will be able to prescribe something better on the second try.

Indigobloom

Thx Fjellrev! I think he will just bump up my dosage. Doubt he’ll try another med but I’m ok with that :)

TeaBrat

hope you feel better soon!

Indigobloom

Thx TeaBrat! xo

sren

Some meds need time to take effect— antidepressants for example can take a month or two to “kick in” as your body adjusts. if you are taking a med that is meant to act immediately, then I agree we th Fjellrev. Try, try again!

Indigobloom

Sren, I would HATE to have to be on antidepressants, they scare me -ADHD meds are pretty clear cut. They know exactly what it does, and are supposed to work within an hour or so of taking them (mine is slow release so only 22% is supposedly released in that first hr, I just need more of it haha)

Indigobloom

But I accidentally took two this morning. Will see how that turns out!!! :/

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Morning matcha protein smoothie:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2g French Vanilla matcha
1 tbsp Fry’s cocoa powder
40g BSN Syntha-6 Chocolate Peanut Butter protein powder
150g ripe banana

Topped off with a dash of roasted Saigon cinnamon. Yum! It’s been keeping me full for three hours now. The matcha gets lost amongst the cocoa, banana, and protein powder, but it’s still a nice addition.

Indigobloom

is that a whey based powder? I need to find one that is cheap, healthy, and tastes good -tall order I know!

Fjellrev

It is whey-based, yeah. I highly recommend BSN products and Optimum Nutrition but I have no idea what your budget is. Their products taste great, they’re easy to mix, and they seem to be of much better quality than the crap you see at Walmart and random drugstores. Both brands can be found at GNC, and when the dollar was better, I also ordered from bodybuilding.com since they carry flavours that you normally can’t get here in Canada.

Also, if you’re looking for a quick protein snack, I highly recommend Quest bars. Loaded with protein (about 21g per bar) with a whopping 17g+ of fibre as well.

Indigobloom

Thanks I will check it out for sure!!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1233 tasting notes

So Boston Blend, which is one of my favorites, was my pot of tea this morning. However, I come not to wax rhapsodic over this brew, but instead tell of my weekend! It involves tea!
Sunday I went to a Japanese Tea School, to take part in a demonstration of the traditional tea ceremony for Boys Day.
It was fascinating. There is a ton of ritual and symbolism, and the actual preparation of the tea was done with great slowness and care and each guest is given the bowl of matcha one at a time, to drink. Then we pass the bowls around to study them, and the students told us about the instruments they used in the ceremony, where they were from, or any linage they had. A tea scoop with lineage! Thats fantastic.
I’m a novice in all things matcha, and to be honest I liked the ceremony more than the actual tea, but it was a wonderful experience! I’d love to go again.
And maybe I’ll be a little more mindful with my own morning beverage, from here on out.

ashmanra

That sounds awesome!

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drank TÊTÊ Black Tea by TÊTÊ
1521 tasting notes

I finally heard from Raunak of TETE. He lives in Kathmandu. The earthquake did much devastation there. He acknowledged the tea gardens are far removed from the epicenter. His words about the situation were, “…no time to ponder. Time to drink some tea and bounce back.”

So, I am having some of TETE’s black tea in honor of this spirit. It is my favorite of the three, though I found all of them to be very good.

Fjellrev

Aww, although I’m not familiar with this company, it’s a relief to hear that his business hasn’t really suffered from the devastation.

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I’m working from home today, the baby’s at daycare, and I finally have a moment to myself to brew a cup of tea. I swore to myself I wasn’t going to order a bunch of Butiki teas and then let them sit around for months untried. But then I had a baby and all Hell broke loose! The only tea I’ve had in the past 3+ months is Mother’s Milk teabags. I hardly remember what it’s like to have time to enjoy my old ritual of brewing tea: heating water on the stove in my kettle, using a thermometer to get just the right temperature before adding the leaves, waiting for it to steep and then enjoying multiple infusions while musing about what to write in a tea note. Those days of abundant time are gone! I’m lucky if I find time to shower once every couple days. Don’t get me wrong; being a mother is the most rewarding thing I’ve done with my life to date. But I do miss some aspects of life before motherhood, and brewing tea is definitely one of them.

So today I am making some tea and taking the time to enjoy it! I’m so sad Butiki Teas has closed. I managed to place a large order of my favorites (sans Almond Indulgence because it was already sold out) as well as some new-to-me ones before Stacy closed for good. The brewed tea aroma of this one smells amazing! I’m definitely getting cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. The flavor is WOW! So nuanced and delicious. The flavor seems to evolve throughout the sip, first being cinnamon and vanilla and ending in a lovely, hay-like Bai Mu Dan. Yum! White tea is the perfect base for these flavors. This is good!

I added a tiny bit of Truvia to see how sweetener affects the flavors. Hmm, it really seems to have brought the squash to the forefront. I was missing that before. I’d say the most downplayed element in this tea is the cinnamon. It’s there, but only a quiet whisper complementing the other flavors. This is a really lovely tea. I’d say that I recommend it, but sadly you can no longer buy it. :( But if you’ve been hoarding it like me and have yet to try it, you definitely should!

For those of you who are interested, I’ll write more about the birth of my daughter in another note. For now, here’s some pictures of my Olivia. :)

https://instagram.com/p/18NGUjF-nY/
https://instagram.com/p/18M_VTF-nM/
https://instagram.com/p/zIz1qIF-gs
https://instagram.com/p/zI8JP-l-iU/
https://instagram.com/p/2B_deSl-ld/

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

she’s adorable! congratulations :)

Sil

aaah so cute!!!

Fjellrev

Ahhhh, I’ve been wondering about how you’ve been doing! She’s so beautiful!

scribbles

Adorable! :)

Roswell Strange

Eiii! Too adorable for words.

Indigobloom

Ohhhh that is just the sweetest! Congrats!!!

caile

She’s beautiful!! Congratulations!

CHAroma

Thanks everyone! :D

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