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This was a sample sent to me from Dexter3657 – thank you!

Holy leaf expansion!

This is the first time that I have tried an oolong with a hint of floral in it. Took me by surprise, I was expecting the usual mineral taste from this one. The floral note is not so overpowering that it detracts from the enjoyment of this tea.

I’m only on the first steep and am looking forward to the different flavour profiles. So far I’m enjoying what I’m sipping.

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drank Sugar and Spice by DAVIDsTEA
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I do enjoy spicy tea’s and this one does not disappoint. The first time I tried it a couple of days ago, I thought that it tasted like some of David’s other blends. So I tried steeping it for the full 7 minutes, and found that it made a difference.

At first I did get the full spice cake flavour. As the cup cooled, the cake taste disappeared and I was left with clove. I don’t mind the cloves…sometimes I add extra cloves to tea.

This is pretty good. I’ll have no trouble finishing what I have.

JustJames

the evolution of a blend over the spectrum of temperature i find fascinating. =0)

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drank Black Pearl Sumatra by Tealux
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I thought this was a black tea, so I treated it like I would any other black tea. I added a touch of creamer. It tasted a little sour to me, so I wasn’t too impressed.

Then I logged on and discovered that it was an oolong. What?! Well, that just might change things. I put no additives in oolongs, so I left the creamer out for my second steep. Big difference. The sourness went away, and what I was left with was a deep, smooth flavour with a hint of mineral in the aftertaste. Much tastier than the first cup.

Thank you to Dexter3657 for sending me a sample of these delicious (if confusing) pearls!

Dexter

LOL This still confuses me. Package and web site say oolong – everyone else in the world lists Black Pearl as a black tea. Dunno, but I like it. I’ve ordered more. Glad you found parameters that suit you.

scribbles

The name of the tea threw me :) I guess what counts is that it’s pretty good.

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drank Black Pearl Sumatra by Tealux
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drank Black Pearl Sumatra by Tealux
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This has been in my cupboard for a couple of months. I was leaving it to get through the tea’s from my swaps, but I have mostly black tea’s, and since I was having trouble sleeping last night, I went for this instead.

The dry leaf aroma reminds me of margarita’s. Right now I wish it was a margarita or at least tasted like it, but no. That’s ok. Is still really delicious.

Sweet lime cream. That’s what it tastes like. Surprisingly not tart, which I prefer. Have to try a cold brew for this one.

Very tasty. Yum, yum.

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I had tried this one quite some time ago, and had promised that I would re-visit it, since I thought I had messed by adding too much honey. I am now sipping this, and my opinion has not changed.

I didn’t add honey. Just a teaspoon of white sugar. I am not very fond of this one. I am getting ginger and something else, but not cookie. Has kind of a funky taste. I like sweets, but this one is not for me.

My thanks to Dexter3657 for letting me sample this one, and opening my horizons to new experiences! If you don’t try, then you don’t know what suits your liking.

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Dexter3657 sent me a very generous package of this tea…thank you!

This is a light tasting tea. The flavours are there…but not too much. By that I mean I get the toffee flavour, but it is barely there. I get a hint of the apple…but also barely there. Same with the smoke…there, but not too much. It is a tea of subtle flavours.

This will do when I want a lighter tasting tea.

Thank you Dexter3657 for your generosity!

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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So busy lately and now have only a few moments to try to log this one.

I purchased this when it first came out at the beginning of summer and have finally got around to cold brewing and drinking it.

This is quite sweet, but not in a bad way. I am enjoy the fruity juicy mango sweetness of this one. It’s going down pretty quick ’cos it is sticky hot and humid. Again.

I am not a huge fan of fruit teas, but some, such as this one are really good.

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I have been off site going mental, preparing for the in-law visit (yay). Ahh, they are nice people; they welcomed me in their home a few weeks ago, and despite that I am spouse #2,they were very warm to me. So, I have been going crazy cleaning, cooking and food shopping in preparation for their visit, which led me astray from steepster for the duration.

On to the tea…I am glad that this was not my first experience with Mandala. I am a little disappointed with this pu’erh. It tastes a little weak and a bit musty to me.

It is however, a new tasting experience, thanks to Dexter3657, for this sample. While not to my preference, I am still waiting to put in an order with Mandala (tea hiatus), as I have read so many good things about their pu’erhs, as well as having an awesome tasting experience in a previous note.

Dexter

This wasn’t my favorite Mandala Pu’er either. I think I started with a couple of AMAZING ones, and the other GOOD ones just pale in comparison. Glad you tried it. My favorites might not be your favorites, so is good that you get to sample a few. :))

scribbles

I so appreciate your samples! Looking forward to trying ‘noble mark’.

Dexter

:)) Noble Mark is still my favorite. Good luck with the in-law visit.

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My tea journey started in 2012, when a friend gifted me some loose leaf. I guess she thought I was drinking too much coffee. Blown away by the amazing flavours I immediately embraced the loose leaf tea. I still drink coffee, but my main choice of beverage is now tea.

My tea preferences are blacks, pu’erhs, oolongs and greens.

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