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Thanks so much, Nicole! I’m amazed that I’ve loved basically all of the teas you sent along. Your tea collection must be astronomically delicious to part with these teas! The only type of tea like this I think I’ve tried was in Butiki’s Three Friends (that I adore.) But Three Friends is actually a Zhen Qu base. I’m not sure what the difference is but the leaves certainly look the same. Dark curly crumbly fuzzies with a lot of twists to the leaves and a lot of gold. The scent of the dry leaves is very much like dried grass. The flavor is deep and dark with two teaspoons… a lot of dark chocolate flavor but it’s a very smooth tea and never astringent while also being a very strong cup. My favorite type of black tea: dark, strong, but smooth and never astringent! I certainly like it with two teaspoons. I think it was too weak when I tried it with one teaspoon.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

Flavors: Dark Chocolate

Liquid Proust

Could you compare the dark chocolate? Is it bitter like? Or is it more like a bolder DianHong malt/chocolate note?

tea-sipper

Well, I guess it depends on how much you like dark chocolate. I love it, so I probably wouldn’t notice if it’s too bitter for others. But I noticed the smoothness. It is like a bolder DianHong.

Liquid Proust

I love dark chocolate, a lot, however I hate bitterness in tea (coffee is a no go, bitter pu’erh no thanks, strong green tea, and bold black tea)

tea-sipper

I definitely noticed the smoothness with this one, even though I used two teaspoons. I don’t think this one could get bitter if I tried.

Liquid Proust

Good, this is now on my list to watch out for. I’ve had STRONG DianHong tea from YS and it’s just like… punch in the mouth strong.

Nicole

I’m so pleased you have liked so many of them! I tend to obsess when I find a taste I like. Used to be TRY. ALL. THE. TEAS! Now it’s just TRY. ALL. OF. ONE. TEA! :)

tea-sipper

haha. Yes, I think I’ll always be in try-all-the-teas mode though. :D Did you manage to order the Harney teas yesterday?

Nicole

I did. I’m guessing they will be in early next week or Saturday.

tea-sipper

Oh awesome – thanks so much!

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Liquid Proust

Could you compare the dark chocolate? Is it bitter like? Or is it more like a bolder DianHong malt/chocolate note?

tea-sipper

Well, I guess it depends on how much you like dark chocolate. I love it, so I probably wouldn’t notice if it’s too bitter for others. But I noticed the smoothness. It is like a bolder DianHong.

Liquid Proust

I love dark chocolate, a lot, however I hate bitterness in tea (coffee is a no go, bitter pu’erh no thanks, strong green tea, and bold black tea)

tea-sipper

I definitely noticed the smoothness with this one, even though I used two teaspoons. I don’t think this one could get bitter if I tried.

Liquid Proust

Good, this is now on my list to watch out for. I’ve had STRONG DianHong tea from YS and it’s just like… punch in the mouth strong.

Nicole

I’m so pleased you have liked so many of them! I tend to obsess when I find a taste I like. Used to be TRY. ALL. THE. TEAS! Now it’s just TRY. ALL. OF. ONE. TEA! :)

tea-sipper

haha. Yes, I think I’ll always be in try-all-the-teas mode though. :D Did you manage to order the Harney teas yesterday?

Nicole

I did. I’m guessing they will be in early next week or Saturday.

tea-sipper

Oh awesome – thanks so much!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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