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79

Not liking this as much as the first time I bought it. It is strong with a note of malt. I might be better with milk.

I brewed this one time with 3 tsp leaf in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

interesting. white tea that isnt white. Its golden hairs everywhere, like its sporting a giant afro.

smell is weird, I get sweetness & malt. Aroma is the same. Taste is a very very smooth golden tips with zero bitterness or astringency, just sweetness, honey, caramel. (although these arent strong like in other oolongs). I also get orange, but not citrus, very rounded orange taste. Malt, but not malty.

So its either a delicate light red, or a full-bodied white. This is very nice for me, who often wants my red tea to be more delicate/less malty. It certainly isnt chocolatey. Its got pretty zappy energy too. Even after a few sips i felt shaken out of bed.

Second cup I steeped it out a bit and got a very amber liquor, and was met with a dryness more akin to golden tips, so you can make it taste like that a bit more if you want. There is something cake in the body but I couldnt picture what it was (its not doughy or bready), also I was reminded of a 2nd flush tea, although this is Spring. (a bit woody & malty but not overpowering)

Depending on parameters you can get either a few steeps of something more white but full bodied, or a couple of steeps of delicate subtle but still golden tipped red tea, its an interesting mix!

Flavors: Cake, Caramel, Honey, Malt, Orange, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Daylon R Thomas

I love how flexible this tea is. Hence it being one of my favorites along with its caramel note that should belong to a Dian Hong.

Rasseru

Yeah I read someone else gonfuing it & it working nicely too. I will try that out next

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drank 2016 Teadontlie by White 2 Tea
198 tasting notes

And I’m on tonight you know this tea don’t lie
And I’m starting to feel it now
The cha qi, I’m tea drunk
Don’t you see baby, this is some good stuff

http://www.aguywithagaiwan.com/2016/09/17/2016-teadontlie-white2tea/

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68
drank Ceylon Tea by Ahmad Tea London
1386 tasting notes

I am finding Ahmad Teas to be among the best I have gotten at an Indian or Asian Market. While they are not up to the quality of what I get online, or even at my local tea store, they are not bad. This one is strong, making me think of adding milk. It has a note that I would describe as loosely citrus and it seems to be often found in Ceylon teas in general. It is also brisk like a Ceylon tea. Some bitterness steeped into this one. I think it would be better at a lower temperature.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Mike

This is definitely a strong one…I always seem to overleaf. :P

AllanK

I was surprised by this tea brand, surprisingly good for something I paid $9 for 500g of.

Mike

Absolutely! I love Ahmad! They might not be the very best, like you said, but they are really good considering how much they cost. I like a couple of their Assams, the gunpowder green, and the Earl Grey green..all around the same price at Turkish markets, from what I have seen.

AllanK

Yeah I got these at my local Indian market. They have tea that is a grade above average supermarket tea but a grade below what you get on the internet.

Mike

Exactly. Nice everyday teas.

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86

I would agree with Allan there is a chocolate, malty & fruit note. Perhaps I should try with a touch of sugar (gasp!) as sometimes the malt & chocolate is too much for me with red tea, its isnt my favourite profile.

Either way, this is a really good one. So nice & fresh smelling, soft leaf & a really good cup – The taste reminds me of maltesers or when milk chocolate goes a bit dry & goes whiter in colour.

I really need a red tea lover to come into my life at this point, ive got quite a collection needs drinking :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Malt, Milk

Kirkoneill1988

nooo! not the sugar! sugar most of the time, ruins teas! :P

Rasseru

I’ve never done it, this was a response to Allam talking about sugaring the same tea

Rasseru

& I’m actually finding I don’t like malty tea like I used to. I’ve got a giant backlog of tea to drink

Kirkoneill1988

wow :O

i don’t add sugar or milk to any of my teas anymore

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88
drank Cardamom French Toast by DAVIDsTEA
7764 tasting notes

Word on the street is that this one might come back. I certainly hope so ‘cause i’ve got exactly one cup left of this after today. So worth it, but still super sad.

Rosehips

What? It might come back! Eeeee! I really hope so, as I adored this.

Sil

that’s what someone mentioned the other day…they had been in the store and the rep said so… Here’s hoping :)

sundaysipping

I heard the same thing! Hoarding what I’ve got left until it comes back for sure, though.

Maddy Barone

I never got any of it last year, and it sounds so good, so I hope it does come back!

Sil

Mir added sugar than I really want in a tea, but I can’t resist.

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80

Here’s Hoping TTB.

So, I definitely thought this was a tasty oolong, but I didn’t taste pineapple at all. In fact my experience of this tea seems to be wildly different than the flavors other people have noted. I got a nice roasty mineral flavor which none of the seventy other reviewers have noted. I may buy some and see if it has a different flavor when fresh or if it got some flavor contamination. If not, I’ll still have a pleasant oolong to drink.

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73
drank Glazed Donut Black Tea by 52teas
3132 tasting notes

I thought I wrote about this, but I guess not. Overall, it’s a decent tea, though I feel like I’d prefer a different, more malty and chocolatey base with the glazey vanilla flavouring. That said, I think it would then become Chocolate Glazed Donut tea (I am not opposed to that idea). The base here needs to be a bit more… bready(?) in my opinion, but I’m pretty happy with how the glaze flavouring worked (vanilla, yaaaas).

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90

Do I like oolongs? I wasn’t sure when I ordered this. I just threw it in my cart for the name. And the idea of a tea that sparkled.

So let’s get this out of the way first: it doesn’t sparkle much, which 52teas had actually mentioned in one of her reviews. Apparently the glitter is a pain in the you-know and doesn’t have a lot of payoff. So I wasn’t expecting much sparkle. The sparkle is (or should be) secondary anyway.

Other than the sparkle, the appearance is really striking. It’s got SUPER LONG leaves. There’s a certain DRAMA to the look of this tea. The leaf length makes it kind of hard to figure out how to portion it, since it doesn’t fit neatly into my Perfect Tea Spoon thing. I just eyeballed it. (Do other people have a solution to this?)

Anyway, this tastes great. I don’t know if I like oolongs or not (gotta keep trying around), but I definitely like THIS. It’s got a rich, throaty sweetness. I would have described it as “plum-like.”

When I looked at the ingredients, there are “pluots” in there. What’s a pluot? It’s a plum-apricot hybrid. I didn’t even know that was possible! This tea isn’t just a tea — it’s an EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE.

So fruit, a little bit of sweetness, some slightly vegetal tea, and a deep booming bass note.

I am super-bummed I only got a sampler of this tea. I should have purchased a vat of it.

Flavors: Apricot, Plums, Sweet, Vegetal

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So, my health-seeking/improving journey continues. Saw a naturopath for the first time the other day who suggested, among other things, that I include coconut oil in my nutrition plan. Yeah, I am continuing the One Night in Rio and Brazilian Fruit, as in previous post, now with the addition of a bit of coconut oil. A bit odd, but it works.

Mookit

Does it make the tea texture oily at all?

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, it creates a coconut-flavoured oil slick on the surface. Odd, yes, but fine once you get used to it. You see, I have a daily quota to uphold. It may as well be in coconut pineapple and tropical fruit tea until I can find a better way to ingest it.

Evol Ving Ness

Also, the oiliness is a bit different from other oils, a bit less slick-like.

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83
drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
7764 tasting notes

Another visit with an old friend courtesy of terri. It’s been really nice to visit with these teas again – though it does make me want to place another order. I will continue to resist though…still a long way away from my sipdown goal for this year. If i really focus maybe i can get there a month or two early.

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85

Got this the other day. There is some smoke to this but it is not overpowering. There is also a sweet note to it, not sure what to call it. It did not need milk but was fine without.

I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
141 tasting notes

So, this is another shot in my journey to find a sheng that I like. The dry leaves of this brew have that sour sheng smell that I can’t stand, so already I am not holding out much hope for this being a positive experience. But I’m pushing forward with as open a mind as possible because I really do want to find a sheng that I enjoy.

It gets worse when the leaves get wet. The aroma is sour formaldehyde and hot spinach. I actually have to move the gaiwan away from my desk area so the smell doesn’t waft in my face as I’m working. Yikes!

Luckily, when the leaves are removed, the brew smells a bit sweeter, with no trace of formaldehyde, but there’s still a bit of a sourness that turns my nose up. This seems pretty standard for a sheng to me, so don’t let my description turn you off if you actually enjoy young sheng.

The taste of the brew itself is actually pretty surprising. It has a creamy, thick mouthfeel with a sweet taste lingering below the sour vegetal taste. There’s also a hint of spice…is that cinnamon? Perhaps with some aging, it would be perfect. In the later steeps, I got more of a sweet butter mineral flavor.

What made this tea undrinkable to me was the astringency. I brewed this tea from 30 seconds all the way down to flash steeping, and the temp varied from 195 to 165. No matter what, there was a cotton mouth feeling throughout the session. I might have actually liked this tea without it.

Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Creamy, Mineral, Spices, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
mrmopar

You have to smack this one with boiling water.

tanluwils

Hey, if you don’t like it, we can trade. :)

Hoálatha

Ha! I never actually BUY sheng. This was a sample from a kind tea friend.

tanluwils

Gotcha. I do the same with aged sheng unless I really like it. I’m hoping to find another good aged cake soon.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
132 tasting notes

Following the cleaning out of my sample hoard and the reorganization of my tea cabinets, I set about going through some of the many samples that I have accumulated in recent months. I ended up with a free sample of this tea in an order from Harney and Sons a couple months back, but was not all that excited to try it since I ended up with a tea bag rather than a sachet, and boy do I ever loathe tea bags.

I prepared this tea by steeping the bag (I’m guessing there was about a teaspoon in there) in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 5 minutes. That’s all there was to that. Naturally, I did not attempt additional infusions.

In the cup, the infused liquor was a surprisingly light, clear amber. On the nose, I picked up delicate scents of caramel, cream, vanilla, black currant, and bergamot. In the mouth, I mostly just detected notes of caramel, cream, vanilla, black currant, and bergamot. I also got a mild toastiness, but that was about it. I could only imagine how much more robust, complex, and lively this tea would have been in loose leaf or sachet form.

As far as bagged teas go, this could have been a lot worse. I did not get the usual grittiness or pronounced astringency I normally get from bagged teas. I could still tell, however, that this was likely a big step down from the other formats in which this tea is offered. I know that several individuals whose reviews I read fairly regularly and whose taste I trust are big on this tea, so I can’t wait to try this in a form that is more appealing to me. Until then, I can only say that this is semi-decent for a bagged tea, though I highly doubt I would try this tea in this form again.

Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant, Caramel, Cream, Toast, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cathy Baratheon

The loose leaf version of this is excellent, however.

S.G. Sanders

I have almost a pound of the loose leaf if you wanted to try some. PM if you’d be interested. :)

Mookit

Interesting. I have tried this only bagged and loved it (I don’t usually love bagged teas) so I wonder how much more I will like it loose!

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85

Good day, Steepies! Today I’m hitting up one of my Quarter To Tea samples as a nice little break from the things I’m actually supposed to be doing. (I hoard my samples and deploy them as pick-me-ups as needed.) Reviewing teas is a nice little counterpoint to my day.

Today’s victim — er, topic of discussion — is a maple vanilla Earl Grey.

Which this tea totally nails.

If you wanted
a) maple
b) vanilla
and
c) bergamot

You would swiftly locate
a) maple
b) vanilla
and
c) bergamot.

If you blindfolded me and asked me what to call this, I’d call it that exact thing.

So now the operative question for you, Dear Reader, is: do you like those ingredients? I certainly do. That’s why I purchased this tea.

I’m pretending right now that I’m in Canada watching a mountie on a moose amble by. (I think they ride horses. But shush.) I am eating a pancake in a diner. The waitress is a curvy lady with fake red hair and perfect lipstick application. She calls me “hon.” The sun is rising over the maple leaves, and I feel a sense of optimism.

Mookit

Sounds like just what I would like!

Mookit

Also, it would be pretty awesome if the RCMP rode moose, because they are freakin’ giant.

Super Starling!

I like the idea of domesticated moose. My reason is simple: I would like to pet one.

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79

I’ve been wanting to sample more oolong since I haven’t had any in ages. I had purchased a few smaller samples from Puerh Shop, which seemed pretty reasonable, and they had small portions to buy/try. Therefore, I added a few of these to an order (a few weeks ago), and I’m now starting to get to the samples.

This Wuyi is the second oolong from the few that I had purchased. It has a nice roasted seaweed note, with a touch of peanuts. The mouthfeel is thick. This tea almost reminded me of pu-erh, but similar to a black tea, too. I didn’t like the first two steeps, but as the tea lightened up, I found myself enjoying the liquid more. Overall, I’d say that this was pretty enjoyable.

Flavors: Nutty, Roasted, Seaweed

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98

While this tea probably deserves to be brewed gongfu today it got brewed Western style. I think the only thing added to this tea is vanilla beans. But it works. It is a very chocolaty base to the tea. And somehow there seem to be notes of cherry as well as vanilla. I rarely buy from Whispering Pines because his prices are so high. But with the recent sale I just couldn’t resist. His quality is as high as his prices I’ll give him that. This is one good tea.

I brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

Oh boy, oh,boy! It’s quite COLD this morning. I really LOVE it! It’s such perfect tea drinking weather. I brewed up a whole pot of this and the first sip reminded me why I like this tea so much. Smooth. Rich. Warm. Just one of my favorite teas for chilly mornings. I know we’ll have warm weather again before fall really hits, and after fall is winter. But I’ll just enjoy this morning and not worry about those things. And drink tea.

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80
drank Pina Colada by Tealish
7764 tasting notes

mine mine mine mine mine mine

Daddyselephant

I’m loving these reviews XD

Sil

Hahaha I was lazy…more a record for myself but also just having fun :)

Super Starling!

These are basically the Doge Meme in Steepster form.

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70

Cold Brew from yesterday…

This one doesn’t have the worst flavour in the world, I just wish that the strawberry notes were a lot less artificial tasting. Add on top of that the fact that, even as a cold brew, it comes out astringent as heck.

Need to start looking for a new flavoured Earl Grey alternative… Suggestions?

Daddyselephant

My wife is a huge Earl Grey fan and her favorite flavoured Earls come from Red Leaf Teas.

Roswell Strange

Hmm; never thought about ordering from them before for non matcha things, but I’ll definitely take a poke around the site! I’m actually not a HUGE EG fan, but I like having something plain around for the occasional time I want EG and for guests who aren’t super adventurous, and I like having something with a bit of a twist as well.

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75

I found this tea sample the the back of my tea cupboard the other day so I decided to take it to work with me so that I can try it. I think this is one of my last samples from my trade with Emilie, so thank you!

When I first opened the bag, the aroma of the dry leaf really reminded me of an oolong. It had an earthy/woodsy aroma but with a little bit more depth to it than an oolong. I steeped it for about 3.5 minutes, which resulted in a tea strength that I found perfect for my tastes. The aroma of the steeped tea is more distinct from an oolong. It has a slightly floral aroma, and the earthiness gives way to a slightly more smooth and slightly sweet/floral.

I don’t remember every having a pure darjeeling tea before, so my first experience with this tea was very pleasant. It’s like a smoother and less woodsy oolong with more floral notes than wet earth notes. Enjoyable!

Rasseru

If you can get some Turzum ‘Muscatel Dream’ its basically Grapes & wood. Lovely stuff as far as 2nd flush goes

MrQuackers

What difference between the 2nd flush darjeeling and ceylon I was drinking. The darjerling was black with lots of green flavour in it, while the ceylon was wonderful dark tanin. Really shows how 2 black teas can be different.

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Have I got my sheng legs? This does taste better than it used to. It’s not as Caramel or floral as my really-very-good oolong.

It’s bitter, milky/creamy through the middle very leafy green. Had lovely stonefruit aroma, but the taste was pretty zappy. Tacked my lips together.

One thing I know is I liked this hot instead of 90. So dunno if that means anything.

Reviewing this like this because I really don’t know if my taste is changing (it is) or I’m forcing it to drink too-young sheng and my pumidor game needs upping

I enjoyed it. Ish.

Flavors: Bitter, Caramel, Cream, Green

moot

I wish I had my own puerh blending company, so I could call a cake, “Your Sheng Legs”

Rasseru

totally, you could level people up to sheng master grade

mrmopar

Or sheng mrmo’s way..

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85

I received a taster pouch of this in my recent Mystery Grab Bag and it has become my go-to bedtime tea! The strawberry and coconut flavors blend perfectly: the sweetness of the strawberry is a lovely counterpoint to the rich creaminess of the coconut. And the honeybush-rooibos blend is mild and sweet and supports the flavorings without overwhelming them or adding any unpleasant aftertastes. I would definitely consider ordering more of this one!

Flavors: Coconut, Strawberry, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mookit

Sounds very delicious! Have you tried it iced?

Inkling

I haven’t! Guessing that would be good, though.

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80

So I’ve drunk this before, but apparently did not bother to log it when I did so. Whoops.
This smells amazing. Absolutely rich, fudgy, and lush. Its a earthy combination of coco and mushrooms, I’d say, and yes, maybe a touch of wood as well.
It brews up “paler” I’d say then it smells, and the coco note is gone completely. That’s not a terrible thing (chocolate and myself in teas do not always get along), but its a bit of a disconnect.
But this is still a lovely cup, strong without overpowering, and rich without being too much. I’ll enjoy this for sure.

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