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Sipdown (125)!

Finishing this one off as my first tea of the morning, and a gentle way to ease into the day while I get some guinea pig cuddles! The base is really prominent, but the sweet caramel and raspberry notes are pretty strong too. As always, I love the sort of “tang” that comes both from the raspberry and the ‘cream cheese’ frosting.

Thanks again VariaTEA for sending this to me way, way back. I really stretched it out, huh? Is it even sold anymore? I know I’ve looked in grocery stores a billion times but I’ve never found it. It’s a shame; it’s one of the only generic “Red Velvet” type things I like! I never really bought into the RVC obsession…

VariaTEA

Hahah wow! I saw my name and was like “I sent this YEARS ago”…back when our tea journeys had just begun :)

VariaTEA

Also, I will keep an eye out for it. If I am ever back in Montreal, I can check the grocery store I got it at all those years ago.

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This was such a treat! This tea is the closest I’ve found to resemble the “legendary” 30 year aged Dong Ding that hooked me on aged oolongs. I knew that it was going to be perfect as soon as I opened the bag. I looked at these small brown curls and inhaled. I instantly spotted the quality aged oolong scent being raisin, plum, and sweet fruit. This heavy aroma is a syrup tang that lingers and fills the air. I got my trusty celadon gaiwan and warmed it up. I placed a fairly good amount inside and shook it up. I lifted the lid and let the heavy aroma fill my tea room. I was picking up tobacco, raisin, wet wood, and pungent over ripe cherries. This tea is highly aromatic and smells so very delicious. I sat for quite some time just sniffing the gaiwan. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves slowly unfurled and gave off an array of conflicting scents being: char, grape jelly, raspberry,and burnt sugar. The leaves kept jumping from sour to sweet. The taste was perfect. I was in love at first sip. The brew fills the mouth with a sweet juicy taste. The brew leaves the mouth with an intense ripe fruit aftertaste the stays at the back of the throat. I experienced an incredible amount of mouth action. The brew was filled with heavy concord grape flavors and a medley of berries. The sweetness that surrounded these flavors was stevia thick. The body of the brew was heavy and full with so many rounded flavors. The brew would fill your senses with an oily mouth,fruitful flavors, and a soft wooded base. I experienced no astringency and no bitterness. The tones flowed like silk through my senses. The qi began much later into the session. The sensation began at forehead and slowly warmed throughout the body. My mind began turning and slowly building up with an incredible lifted spirits feeling. This brew gives the iconic aged oolong tea drunk. I was slurring yet full of energy. I didn’t want this session to end, and I was able to pull a fairly good amount of steeping. I enjoyed this session a lot, and I am very happy to have tried it. I am saving some to drink with my friend that shared the 30 year aged Dong DIng with me. I highly recommend this brew as a fantastic aged oolong experience. This is what it should taste like, and this is some quality stuff.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBtccD_zGem/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

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Flavors: Berries, Blueberry, Burnt Sugar, Char, Grapes, Oak wood, Overripe Cherries, Plums, Raisins, Raspberry, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Rasseru

Ah, nice review. Was totally there with you :)

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Another sample that came with my Bana order (thank you Linda!), the dry aroma of these leaves in a prewarmed gaiwan is of freshly cut wood, muddy forest floor, and flowers. Wet, they smell like trees, flowers, and surf, a summer storm in a cup.

The first infusion is really light. It’s vegetal with wildflowers and a woody, slightly peppery finish.

Moving right along, the second infusion is round with flavors of grass, wood, and a nectar-like sweetness. Orange flowers come to mind, which has become a rather common mental association for me with many raw Puer teas.

On the third infusion, there’s a good amount of sweetness and the flavor is more rich. I can definitely taste this tea’s age, starting to develop some very nice rounded, sweet aged notes, but still with a good amount of the peppery spice and woodiness of its youth. Subtle flavors of goji or wolfberry emerge.

Fourth infusion, I’m starting to sweat. Is that the tea or just me? Woo! The flavor is quite strong, and a pretty even blend of the sharp woody taste and the sweet nectar-like mildly floral taste.

Fifth infusion brings out more sweetness. The flavor is quite full and rich. Overall, I think round is the best word to describe this Puer. It has a good balance of contrasting elements. I personally find it to have a bit of a punch, but some more hardcore Puer drinkers may find it on the easy side. The description from Bana is accurate that it has a good huigan and yun.

Flavors: Flowers, Goji, Nectar, Pepper, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

Now I have a shopping cart with stuff in it! You make me want this one!

TeaBrat

I tried a few teas from Bana years ago. they have good stuff! I don’t understand why they’re not more popular here.

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I had some this morning and it was SO GOOD. Malty, bready, biscuity, but not overpowering. I love how the dry leaf has a hint of dark chocolate to it.

This is some seriously good stuff. Once I have my cupboard under control (and hopefully, by then, currency conversion won’t suck so bad), I’d love to get more Laoshan Black in general.

Sil

i’ve started converting funds and dropping them in to my USD account anytime the dollar is higher than 70 cents when i have “extra” cash.

Christina / BooksandTea

Hmmm… I don’t think I have a separate US funds account. Are they hard to set up?

Sil

heh same as a canadian dollar account, at least at BMO. Suspect other FI’s are largely the same since it’s not a account in the US, it’s merely a US dollar account. I just don’t know what sort of fees there are with the accounts because i don’t pay service fees.

Dexter

I have a USD savings account through RBC – it was no problem to set up – just went in and did it. I think you can even open accounts through online banking ?

Sil

@dexter – yeah i think with most FI’s you can just open the account through your current online banking when you’re signed in.

Evol Ving Ness

With Scotia, no charges if you keep at least 200USD in the account.

Christina / BooksandTea

Interesting. I will have to consider this.

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delicious morning tea. I’ve got a super long weekend ahead of me with work so i’m working from home! Made egg muffins last night as my other half had to be at work for 5am and they’re not half bad. I wanted to sleep in today, so had a couple instead of making “freshh” breakfast. This tea is totally hitting the spot for me. just a hint of smoke, a little astringency but mostly just a downright good cup of tea. Looking forward to picking up a tin of this for myself at some point, but need to get my cupboard under control first…maybe finish off a couple of my other damn fine teas as well since i have all of them but one? in my cupboard at the moment lol

Fjellrev

Your egg muffin talk makes me want to make some quiche since it’s been over a decade since this Swedish Chef has had some. 5am work day? GROSS. Poor guy.

Sil

haha i don’t like that early either but we’re both usually up by 5am lol so it’s not that far from a usual day

tigress_al

Those egg muffins are so neat. What toppings do you usually put in?

Sil

this was our first time trying them – so ham, onions, spinach, feta, peppers….essentially everything you’d put in to any sort of scramble or omelet.

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I am really enjoying this one! Notes of coffee, chocolate, sweetness, some fruit maybe. I like this one because it has a thick dry edge to the taste reminiscent of coffee. Not bitter in any way, but it reminds me in a nice way of something I miss. This is a good potential coffee substitute.

Quite a nice dark thick liquor, and while it to me, seems quite similar to other shou Ive been recently trying, this one does things in a nice way, if im wanting a coffee-like drink.

I’d be interested to know others thoughts on this one, I think its quite good.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coffee, Sweet

Roughage

I’m not a big fan of shou but this sounds pretty good.

Rasseru

Yeah, something about this one is just nice.

Rasseru

Its quite strong. I can feel the caffeine

S.G. Sanders

I’m saving this one on my “to get next” list. I’m currently working on the Feng Quin Dian Hong from Yunnan Sourcing, and it’s brilliant.

Rasseru

yeah ive got some of that. its lovely, isnt it :)

S.G. Sanders

Yes. I’m trying to break away from sweets, and that tea is pretty great to do that with!

S.G. Sanders

Now I just need this tea to break away from coffee, too! Ha. Ha.

Rasseru

haha, I dont know if it will do that. I’m also a bit of a puerh noob, so my recommendations arent that of people with more experience. Its one of the nicest ripes ive had though for this kind of flavour.

I had to give up coffee over ten years ago now – thats what sparked off my drinking of different teas. I was happily surprised with the flavour of this one. That might mean there are some out there with much more of a coffee flavour! that would be amazing

AllanK

This one is on my list.

Rasseru

I’d be interested to know what you think of it. Something about the balance of the flavours just seems really nice, like someone has done a good job on the processing & storage.

Rasseru

or it was a leaf I would like in the first place

S.G. Sanders

I don’t like coffee flavored teas, but the teas that are bold like coffee, I suppose. I usually drink tea (98% of the time); however, I have “coffee-only” friends. Perhaps this would be a tea to introduce to them!

Rasseru

it definitely tastes like shu puerh, no question. But there is something about it, maybe the way the body is, which reminded me of black coffee.

S.G. Sanders

Mmmmm. I’ll have to give it a go :)

Tea and Cheese Lover

I find dark roasted flavors such as coffee, dark chocolate, and stout beer in Keemun teas, and I really like those teas. I’ll also have to add this to my want list.

Rasseru

try the sample first, I dont want people rushing out to buy it – im a bit of a puerh noob tbh, and it might not be the best substitute, its just something I noticed :)

Tea and Cheese Lover

I’m not too experienced with puerh either, but I’ve like all of the Shu that I’ve had so far, so it wouldn’t be much of a risk either way. I’m just beginning to figure out how to brew the Shengs, that truly is an art…

Rasseru

yes it is, i flash steep mine a lot and dont use boiling

Rasseru

drinking it again today, i immediately thought of coffee again smelling the liquor. And it wakes you up first cup the same way

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I like this tea. After an asthma attack took me back to the er last night I needed something good an quick this morning. Since I’m awake I’m going in to work. This one fits the bill. I will soon have to go back for more. The fermentation flavor is not too strong or is covered up by the chocolate, ,not sure. It has a strong, natural tasting chocolate note too it. I believe they add chocolate chips to it.

I have yet to try this tea gongfu. I don’t think the chocolate flavor would hold up anyway. I brewed this one time in a 160z Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with boiling water with 3 tsp leaf for 30 seconds after a 10 second rinse.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Rasseru

Damn, sorry to hear you had to go to hospital.

Ubacat

Oh my. Hope you’re doing okay. Take it easy and get some quiet time.

mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better!

MissLena

Yikes, hope your breathing is better today!

TeaExplorer

I’m sorry to hear about your asthma attack. I hope you’re feeling better today :)

AllanK

Thanks, just hoping to avoid a repeat tonight.

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drank Jasmine by Pique Tea
1696 tasting notes

I feel like I have too many things going at once and I am not doing any of them justice. I’d give you a list but I’m sure you have your own. Tea is on the list. I don’t seem to have time to drink just for the enjoyment much less serious meditation on the cup for reviews. With that in mind, I have been enjoying the alternative brewing methods that have come my way lately. Of these Pique tea is the simplest and most convenient. Cut the individual serving packet open. Pour the crystals in the mug. Add hot water (or add to cold bottled water). Drink. Except for RTD there is not a simpler method out there. Unlike almost all bottled RTD there are no piles of sugar added. Pique says they use only organic whole leaf to brew their tea before crystallizing it. While it is essentially instant tea, it is unlike anything remotely instant I’ve had before.

This is a scented green made with jasmine blossoms (not flavored). It has a very natural jasmine fragrance. The brew is golden in color. The taste is sweet, floral, jasmine. It is not overly intense but definitely not a wall flower. If you want a mellower cup add more water. The green tea jumps forth halfway in the sip and finishes with a clean bite. The aftertaste is sweet, grassy, and lingering.

This is really pretty good. Better than any bagged jasmine I’ve had. As good as many loose jasmines I’ve tried. The however here is if you are accustomed to the higher quality loose leaf, the crystallization process does seem to scoop some of the nuances out of the middle of the sip. If you need something for everyday on the go drinking, or a convenient fast way to have tea in the office, in my opinion this would be a solid one to try.

Sil

i hope things settle down for you, i am with you in that boat!

mrmopar

The simplest sip is sometimes the best.

K S

Sil my days busyness pales in comparison to your’s. Somehow being retired I had the impression I would be staring out the window all day. Sometimes I wish – not really.

mrmopar, agreed.

Sil

hey you’ve earned slightly less busy days than me! :)

ashmanra

Tea crystals! Neat!

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
8063 tasting notes

GCTTB meh. tastes like a boring genmaicha, an average one at best. I’ve had far better so this doesn’t really do it for me. seems almost musty.

VariaTEA

In fairness, this is probably quite old (which could account for the mustiness) as I don’t think this is one of the reblended teas. Though, even fresh it was pretty meh

Sil

i didn’t get any cocoa or anything.. :(

VariaTEA

I don’t recall getting much either. Not one of my favorite genmaichas

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This shou is quite woodsy, wet earth forest floor, lightly shroom and mineral sweet. It very much so tastes like how the forest smells on a rainy day on the west coast. Later steepings it develops a more mineral and wet stones sweet taste.

A very good daily drinker and a great first shou cake for a new pu drinkers as the price is really nice for 500g. It’s very approachable and easy to drink, not over thick or bitter.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2014-iron-forge-shou-puer-crimson-lotus-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML
MissLena

This sounds so good!

Rui A.

Off shopping I go again! That sounds my cuppa of tea. Thank you for the review.

boychik

I like this brick. I use less leaf compared to other shou as its potent. Two rinses ( usually one ) and it steeps forever. I really like big leaf shou for its durability

Rui A.

Going to order it tomorrow. It is starting to sound better and better!

Lindsay

I do not need more tea. I most definitely do not need a 500g brick of shou puer. My god Lindsay, quit drooling over those pictures and get a grip! (Great review, btw) :)

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I’ve had this for quite some time, and I finally got around to brewing it. The brick is teeny tiny, but it packs a lot leaf. I warmed my gaiwan up and popped this sucker in. I could only pick up a fruity pipe tobacco scent along with a deep roast, but the scent faded very quickly. I had to wash this about four times until it finally began yielding some good liquor. The brew was a thick red color. The weird thing about this tea is an odd freshwater or lakewater fish scent that kept creeping in. Then, it would quickly be covered by roast and some sweet fruit. The brew itself was full bodied and smooth. This was not an overly roasted flavor, for it went down without any bitterness. The brew followed this pattern consistently, and it ended each sip with a nice crisp sweetness. I liked this brew, and the nice texture helped me overlook the odd fishy scent. The best part was the qi. This brew packed a heavy hitter that went straight for the head. This drink gave a deep pulsing head high with some warming of the temples. I had to take a break and eat some bread to return to the table. I was able to pull a fairly good amount of steeping from this, especially for being a yancha. I liked this tea, but this is not something I’d get more of.

https://www.instagram.com/p/70KRO2zGbz/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Char, Fishy, Red Fruits, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 OZ / 100 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I’ve been curious about White 2 Tea myself in general, especially their oolongs. My biggest hesitation is the cost of shipping.

Haveteawilltravel

Yeah, I usually only place large orders when I go through them. Also, they specialize in puerh, so I’d keep that in mind when eyeing oolong with. However, I’ve only had a few of their oolong offerings and they were fairly good. I’ve been wanting to try the clover patch simply because of the mass of reviews and the “incredible aroma”.

Haveteawilltravel

I highly recommend them for Puerh. It’s some of favorite.

mrmopar

You can load your cart and put a basics raw or ripe set in there and use the coupon code basics at checkout and get free shipping.

Haveteawilltravel

same^ planning to with the new ripe set next month

Daylon R Thomas

That’s what I normally do with companies. Plus I have the recommendations that you and Oolong Owl put up. Haveteawilltravel, I’ve been tempted to try clover patch myself.

Haveteawilltravel

right?? I mean the reviews are just raving about “this smells sooo good”, so I’m not sure if it’s just a buzz monthly club, or if its the real deal.

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
8063 tasting notes

Full day session today with a vendor so i brought a couple teas with me in case all they had was coffee. Good think too! This was rather delicious and malty today – possibly since i steeped it a little longer than normal :)

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I’m not a huge Earl Grey fan, but this is decent. The bergamot is strong, but not overly metallic or cloying, and the base is also sturdy and decent.

Thanks for sending me a sample of this to try, Lala!

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Sad sipdown today.

I have been drinking this one the last couple of weeks with just a piece or two of brown crystal sugar. Does anyone know where else to get the brown crystal sugar that Butiki used to sell? It is so convenient to use.
Anyway, I actually enjoyed this tea more as it aged because it seemed that the mocha notes slipped into the background, making way for the butterscotch and hazelnut to come to the forefront. The White Rhino base was delicious of course. I miss that tea too.

Evol Ving Ness

If I am not mistaken, DT, Teavana, and maybe Williams Sonoma carry brown rock sugar if that is what you are speaking of. I wasn’t around in Butiki days.

tigress_al

Thanks Evol! I didn’t even know DAVIDs had it! I will pick some up once I run out

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drank Darjeeling Green by Petit Tea
1696 tasting notes

It snowing. I hate snow. Its cold. I hate cold. OK, maybe hate is too strong a word. I confess to being very ready for spring, though our winter hasn’t been that bad. It just feels forever since I was able to sit on my porch, at dawn, with a cup of tea, sipping, while the world wakes up. So here I sit instead, in my den, dreaming of sunshine.

On to tea – I grabbed this one today because… well, because. The box says use boiling water. I didn’t. It said to steep 3 minutes. I was typing and went 4 minutes. My opinion might be stronger if I followed directions.

I like these infusers. They are great for the lazies. I just didn’t feel like messing with the pot today.

The tea is a delicate green color. It is like a white tea in that respect – you look at the cup and wonder if you made it correctly (of course I didn’t – but you know what I mean). Dry it had a light grassy scent. Brewed, I’m not getting much of any scent. The taste is delicate. It is quite grassy, just very light. There is also a citrus like bite that gives it character.

I would never guess this is a Darjeeling green. It reminds me of Tazo green tea (but lighter) which I believe is a sencha. It has a sweet grassy aftertaste.

I did add sweetener halfway through the cup – my recommendation is don’t. It takes sweetening fine but tastes better without it. Take that Splenda monkey.

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I have Steepster working on my phone!
Drinking this at work because it’s easy to brew and consistent with taste that isn’t great or bad. This tea takes little to no maitance for time or brewing style it seems. A bit salty with a small nut finish. Wish it was either lighter or wetter. Kind of drying after a bit and becomes stale tasting as you go deeper with more steeps… which is an odd way to describe a tea, but the leaf seems older and now not awakened as you brew it.

Zennenn

Non-temperamental teas at work FTW!

Kirkoneill1988

hmm i’ve never tasted nuts in some TGY… is it a green TGY or Roasted TGY?

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This was a sipdown! I have been having it for breakfast to whittle down my older stock of Keemun teas. This is good, lighter than Zen Tea’s Keemun Finest, and I have enjoyed, but I do prefer the Zen Tea one.

Keemun teas are funny. There is such an incredible variety of flavor and strength, and you can change it so much just by how you steep and how much leaf you add – true of any tea but really can be a saving grace or complete damnation with Keemun, IMO.

They can be refined or hefty, smokey or cocoa-y, light or strong, wine-y or chocolate-y, brash or smooth. I like mine somewhere in the middle. Afternoons are great for the super refined, smooth, wine-y, lighter fellas, but for mornings I like that scrape of dark cocoa!

Doug F

I just received Upton’s Xiang Luo and it’s delicious—haven’t posted a review yet but I will.

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2016 Sheng Olympics

I can only be honest when I review tea and unfortunately this isn’t something I want to keep drinking. The other Laos tea I had the other day was wonderful, in fact I want to buy a cake; rather, I will. This tea though… not feeling it. The intimidate dryness after the sips is quite annoying since there isn’t a taste to associate with it. This tea lacks depth, taste, and anything inviting for me to drink it again. Hopefully the blue will be better, but I will try that tomorrow and continue with an oolong for the night.

Daylon R Thomas

Oolong, I need your consistent comfort…

Dexter

Is this the one that you’ve marked “black” on the packages?

tea123

James mentioned the Sheng Olympics on the latest TeaDB episode :)

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90

2016 Sheng Olympics sampler. This tea is really, really good. It had little bitterness and an apricoty sweetness from the beginning. It was very smooth. The only thing I wonder about this tea is why they bothered to lie about it’s age. Even if in reality it is from 40 or 50 year old trees it is good enough to stand on it’s own. They weren’t using the age claim to charge a premium so why did they bother. This is certainly among the best young sheng I have ever drank. It is right up there at the top. I gave this tea fourteen steeps in a 60ml gaiwan. If I wasn’t at my caffeine limit I bet it would have gone twenty steeps. Again, I wonder why they didn’t just let this tea stand on it’s own.

I steeped this tea fourteen times in a 60ml gaiwan with 3.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min and 3 min. Again if I wasn’t at my caffeine limit this tea would have easily gone twenty steeps. I seriously wonder why they felt the need to lie about it’s age. But there is little doubt in my mind that this is not from an 1800 year old tree. I think the thread on Transparency in the Tea Industry proved that.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
Rasseru

After all that drama it was a good tea. Very weird – they could have had really good reviews here and none of the bad image they ended up with. Strange

AllanK

It was an excellent tea filled with sweet notes. I would buy one despite the controversy if they still had it in stock.

JC

Probably the reason is the price, difficult to say it is worth that they claimed if they didn’t tell the story. But I don’t know why the need, there are plenty of good and cheap tea out there so they had a good market to begin with.

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76

Chocolate, hazelnut, and orange. Although DF teas seem to hold their flavour very well, at least considering I’ve had these for nearly a year, the flavours in this one don’t really pop. Despite this being my first tasting note, I have had this when it was a lot fresher, and if I recall, it wasn’t particularly flavourful then either. I’m not getting much other than the base. Perhaps a vague nuttiness that is blending in so well with the base that it could pass as a base note itself. Orange? Not much, and the chocolate is faint too.

For a chocolate orange nut blend, I prefer Velours Nacré, which has almond instead. I could be wrong, but I swear the orange and chocolate notes are stronger in it too. Also prefer Coquelicot Gourmand when we’re talking about ultra desserty DF teas. This only makes it easier for me to decide on what to get in the future.

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drank green tea powder 250g pack by Tradition
1696 tasting notes

I haven’t had this one in about 8 months according to my tasting notes. It is really inexpensive. I have been drinking mostly higher dollar stuff since last time. I was a little concerned I might not like this anymore. Not a problem. It is still really tasty as a latte. Nice light green tea taste with a nutmeg spice note. Doesn’t have the deep green color of expensive powder. For everyday, lightly sweetened, with frothed milk, use, it is still a good budget conscious choice.

Kristal

Sounds like the perfect tea for those who love matcha but are on a budget :)

Fjellrev

Agreed! Always a win to find a tasty tea with a price that’s right.

Kristal

Lately I find compromising on quality just a LITTLE bit is worth it if the price difference is significant. I’ve only been giving myself $25/week in “fun money” (meaning take out, tea, books, whatever) so whatever I buy, I gotta make it count + last!

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drank Cotton Candy by DAVIDsTEA
269 tasting notes

So. At the tea festival, I bought three clear glass travel containers: two with glass interior and plastic exterior and one with double glass. When I was living in China, I had a fantastic clear plastic one that was a daily workhorse. I haven’t been able to find one like it here, so I keep buying and hoping.

My intention was to use them for continuous in-jar steepings and cold steeps, the latter being a novelty for me.

This tea was not a hit for me hot, so it seemed like a good candidate for cold experimentation. And it was. Score!

I used about one and a half or two spoons per 14 oz approximately and left it near a frosty window overnight.

It tastes good. Very close to candy floss, with all the imitation flavours that one can expect from that as well.

And now this tea is gone. I won’t be repurchasing it.

Flavors: Candy, Cotton Candy

Preparation
2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

three! haha go you!

tigress_al

Which teas are best for continuous steeping? Top 5?

Evol Ving Ness

Generally, based on my experience in China, I find oolongs and some greens are good because multiple steeps which you can top up throughout the day . Silver needle is usually good. White bases usually go bitter, but it depends on the tea. Anything finicky that needs exact timing would not be a good bet. As for flavoured, I have no idea—discovering this just now.

Evol Ving Ness

Sorry I can’t be more specific yet. However, I will be posting my findings as I find them. :)

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2016 Sheng Olympics

This is by far the smoothest raw pu’erh I’ve ever had; you can say border tea or whatever, but Chawang already remarked towards that (https://www.instagram.com/p/BAV5oDdxYFX/)

I’ve only had this Laos tea as of today, buy I’ll remark on it briefly. This doesn’t provide a feel, rather it provides a smooth taste that doesn’t deviate between steeps. I’m unsure how long this can go on… I brewed it 14 times and it tasted the same at 14 as it did at 1. Much of that may do with how I broke it up completely after soaking the leaf, regardless it keeps its taste throughout very well. There isn’t a remarkable taste nor did it provide a feeling as I said, but for what it is… I really can’t see how anyone could deny the value of such a tea as this.
I can easily promise that after I finish all three of the Laos cakes, I will be buying one of them for sure; unsure if it will be this one, we shall see which ones comes out. I’m just amazed at how well this steeps and how light it is because I love light tasting tea that allows me to continue to sip it for hours.

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GCTTB Another one that LP provided. I’ve been excited to try this one because i do enjoy black berry teas. The addition to sage in the blend made me even more curious. When this is hot, it’s mostly blackberry and delicious…as it cools, the sage gradually takes over. this is quite nice and i’m super glad to get to try it. thanks LP!

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I quite liked this one as well.

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