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I’m actually really enjoying this one this morning.

When you bust open this package, lemme tell you, this tea smells delicious. I kept inhaling. There are some cocoa notes overlaid with honey smells, and a dash of a floral component as well. It smells three-dimensional and it beckons you out of that awful stupor upon waking up.

And the dry leaves themselves? People have mentioned this before, but they’re absolutely adorable! Very wiry with golden and brown hues. So pretty! Little curls, some in almost an eyelash shape. So I put a tsp. of this in my IngenuiTEA (which I just marked with a Sharpie in increments for 6 oz. and 8 oz., so I feel pretty special) and watched it steep up. I figured that the leaves wouldn’t do much and… they didn’t. Just sort of floated around.

The wet leaves smell more like a regular black tea with some honey blended in. And the infusion smells just as good as the dry leaves. The cocoa is a bit subdued, but the honey and floral scents are still there. Now, I’ve never had lotus or sandalwood anywhere near me, so I can’t speak from experience of those two scents/flavors. But I’ll try and explain how it tastes.

It’s fairly light with a bit of spice. I’m not getting any bitterness, but many floral and honey components, melted into a traditional “default” tea taste. This almost tastes similar to the Keemun Imperial I had by SpecialTeas the other day, if you tripped out the smokiness and added floral/honey components instead. At points I’m thinking this is full-bodied; at other points, it feels a bit watery. My cup doesn’t really have any astringency; Ancient Emerald Lily had much, much more than this. There’s a subtle sweetness underneath it as well, and some spicy qualities. I can’t pinpoint what spices, exactly, but it’s that feeling of warmth that comes from some of the more comforting spices out there.

Overall, really enjoying this cup. I’d rate it higher, but I don’t think the flavor profiles and components are really going to stick in my mind. It’s like that one acquaintance that you have that always remembers your name. They come up to you and say, “Hi, teaplz!” And then you feel awkward because you can’t for the life of you remember theirs. So you stand there and go, “Hi…. hi.”

And then the rest of the night you’re trying to deduce their name. You’re eavesdropping on their conversations with other people just on the sheer chance that someone might say their name. And if someone does, you’ll remember it that night. But after that night, it’ll be gone. That’s sort of this tea. I bet two weeks from now, I’ll probably forget I even tasted it.

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Angrboda

I have that problem with my Nepalese Top Oolong as well. I can only remember that given how expensive it was, it was fairly disappointing on the first go and it had something to do with the noticably lack of aftertaste. Other than that, I’m lost. My notes on it seem to be fairly inconsistent. Maybe it has something to do with the region.

teaplz

Tea from Nepal comes with memory-nuking properties! It’ll start slowly. You’ll forget how the tea tastes. But then you’ll forget larger things, like your mother’s maiden name and if you like ice cream. Eventually by the time it’s through with you, you’ll be rocking back and forth in a corner, wondering WHERE the hell you are. Beware.

Angrboda

OMG HALP! I bought a 100g bag! They wouldn’t sell me less. Maybe it’s a ploy to make sure that I can’t remember that the really expensive oolong wasn’t living up to the price so I’ll buy more because it’s from an uncommon area and uncommon areas intrigue me.
I’m pretty sure I like ice cream. And I still know what my Mum’s name is. (It’s ‘Mum’. What else? ;p) Maybe I’m averting disaster by passing out a few samples.

Ricky

Haha, I was tempted to mark my IngenuiTea as well (8oz,12oz). But after making so many cups of tea, I know 8oz is before the words and 12 oz is right over the words. =D

I liked the smell of the tea a lot. The taste was decent, but it didn’t taste as good as it smelled. Nothing remarkable other than that stuck in my mind.

I never remember people’s names the first time they are introduced to me. It goes in one ear and out the other =(

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Angrboda

I have that problem with my Nepalese Top Oolong as well. I can only remember that given how expensive it was, it was fairly disappointing on the first go and it had something to do with the noticably lack of aftertaste. Other than that, I’m lost. My notes on it seem to be fairly inconsistent. Maybe it has something to do with the region.

teaplz

Tea from Nepal comes with memory-nuking properties! It’ll start slowly. You’ll forget how the tea tastes. But then you’ll forget larger things, like your mother’s maiden name and if you like ice cream. Eventually by the time it’s through with you, you’ll be rocking back and forth in a corner, wondering WHERE the hell you are. Beware.

Angrboda

OMG HALP! I bought a 100g bag! They wouldn’t sell me less. Maybe it’s a ploy to make sure that I can’t remember that the really expensive oolong wasn’t living up to the price so I’ll buy more because it’s from an uncommon area and uncommon areas intrigue me.
I’m pretty sure I like ice cream. And I still know what my Mum’s name is. (It’s ‘Mum’. What else? ;p) Maybe I’m averting disaster by passing out a few samples.

Ricky

Haha, I was tempted to mark my IngenuiTea as well (8oz,12oz). But after making so many cups of tea, I know 8oz is before the words and 12 oz is right over the words. =D

I liked the smell of the tea a lot. The taste was decent, but it didn’t taste as good as it smelled. Nothing remarkable other than that stuck in my mind.

I never remember people’s names the first time they are introduced to me. It goes in one ear and out the other =(

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

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