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There is a great Japanese food store next to our layover hotel in YVR. I try to pick up different things while I’m there. I ran out of genmaicha so I figured I’d try this out. I like it better then their bottle version which I don’t think has enough of a brown rice flavor. The first few cups were meh. But this last one was good. Perhaps its because I had to get back a taste for it.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp

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Sometimes a cup of tea is just what you meed even when you don’t realize it. Wasn’t so fond of the flavor at first but as its cooled off I’m finding more of the flavors introducing themselves. Quite enjoyable.

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Have to be real honest. While the dry leaves smell great, I’m not so pleased with the flavor. It reminds me of the smell of paint. I’m really trying to find more flavors but the more I do the more I think of paint.

CelticBrew

Lol oh dear. I would say boo to painty tea also!

Skysamurai

It was so weird! I tried so hard to come back after eating something and getting different tastes on my tongue but… ug

CelticBrew

Sounds like you’ve given it a good go. There’s some really nice mint chocolate rooibos teas out there that are worth trying if you haven’t yet.

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drank Maple Delight by Tealeaves
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Had a rather odd sensation just now as I took the steeping leaves from my cup. Somewhere in my brain there was an idea that if I licked the leaves I might be able to taste more maple. Must be what happens when you have a kid. Perhaps it was the sweetness of the maple scent that compelled me to think as I did.
I’m not very good at naming bases for black tea but I know I like this one. Woodsy. Slightly twiggy. I taste the maple coming through first and the black base finishing.

CelticBrew

That sounds lovely.

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drank S'mores Oolong Tea by Teavana
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I’m definitely picking up hints of darker oolong and spices. But smores? No. There are hints of chocolate here and there but no Graham crackers. If named differently it would make more sense

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It’s a wonderful thing to be able to support a family that is devoted to something I love.

This is quite a bit more nutty then I expected and yet not nutty in the way I imagined. The grassy flavors come at you just as expected with slight surprises of earthiness.

Evol Ving Ness

I also quite enjoy the extended write-ups that Verdant Tea devotes to the various tea masters and their families and their involvement in the tea process. Exceedingly well done, Verdant Tea.

That said, I have so far only tried one of their most recent box from Laoshan. Must get steeping and drinking, but I find greens are not a daily thing for me.

Skysamurai

What type of tea do u prefer?

Evol Ving Ness

I like all types of tea.

That said, these days, I find myself wanting black, straight up or flavoured, in the mornings. I tend more towards either gentle or medium body blacks. Though I do like the assertive ones, for example those which Mighty Leaf uses for their fruity blends, but I have to be in the mood for them.

Greens, oolongs, or whites in the afternoon, depending on my tolerance for caffeine at that point in the day. I find the Laoshan teas with their many steepings are an all day affair.

Rooibos, honeybush, or herbal blends in the late afternoon and evening.

As for flavours, mostly all good, though I am not a fan of mint, usually. Sometimes, however, it works.

Skysamurai

Ah ok! Then you will definitely like their Laoshan black. I bet you would like Big Red robe as well. I myself am not a hug fan of black tea but I do enjoy the pure flavors in theirs

Evol Ving Ness

Most likely I will. And yes, the purity in the flavours of their teas is extraordinary in itself.

Somewhere I read the recommended order of drinking their teas in this particular box, though I forget where. From light to dark, pure to most processed. I intend to follow that order (unless I get muddled, of course).

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
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Received this in my secret pumpking package. Thank you so much! I haven’t had anything from David’s tea in awhile. I think this would be really good if you mixed it with chai. It’s pretty good on it’s own but there is a slight lemon flavor that’s a bit odd.

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I’m enjoying this one much more then I thought I would. Somewhat eartjy. A bit of hay. Creaminess here and there. Woodsy. A perfect tea for this beautiful fall day.

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My first steep was a bit weird. Mainly grassy. Flavors like thier Lashon green. Second steep is more like an oolong. A bit creamy. Vegetal and slight mineral.

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Steeped for about 2 mins and that was perfect. So good in fact that I forgot to pour the rest of it in my cup. It probably steeped a good minute or two more. Wasn’t enough to ruin it but definitely added a bit more bitterness.

As I’ve let it cool down tue bitterness has somewhat lessened oddly enough. A bit more grassy and some what oaty. Is that a word?

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Where to being… well, I’ve been drinking jasmine tea for a long time. It still remains a favorite of mine but I’ve now added any more.

Green teas are my favorite. I like black tea but generally prefer it flavored. I’m finding a new love for oolong. Especially the type that leans more toward green. Whites are nice. Rooibos can be a hit or miss, but honeybush is better. (Golden Honeydew by Lupicia is the best). I don’t mind herbals but it really depends on the ingredients.

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