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drank Laoshan White by Verdant Tea
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very interesting tea – I had to get this in my latest order from Verdant as I love white teas. I am drinking this tonight in a wine glass, aren’t I sophistimicated?

Anyway, this is lovely! I am surprised by the flavors and everything going on here with this tea. I decided to steep it for two minutes at 165F — Western style — but would like to gongfu it sometime just to see what that’s like.

I got a nice, clear infusion and I agree with Doug that it has some similarities to a dragonwell; the light vegetal notes with a hint of butteriness is what struck me first about it. There is a definite light creamy element about it that is rather charming. The clover element is what sticks with me through the finish. I’m not really getting vanilla soymilk, but perhaps I need to steep it differently in order for that to happen? It isn’t as sweet as some white teas I have tried, but still rather nice all the same. A very nice offering from Verdant! I don’t know why I am so sleepy this evening, or I would try to write more… I feel like all I do is work, sleep, eat and drink tea!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

You are sophistimicated! I love the lingering flavor on this one too. You can really keep steeping this for quite awhile…and then…sleep!


Ooh, how fancy! That seems like a lovely way to enjoy tea, especially one as nice as this.

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drank Orange Spice Tulsi by Fusion Teas
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Finishing off the rest of this sample tonight, I cold brewed it for 24 hours as an experiment. It’s pretty good this way, but you would have to like rooibos. See previous notes for more info…

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drank Holy Basil Spa Blend by Verdant Tea
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This a tasty and lovely herbal blend from Verdant tea. If you read my tealog, you may know I am a fan of tulsi but some blends are better than others, of course. The peppermint and the spearmint are a nice compliment to the tulsi here, which I am having after lunch. The licorice is adding a touch of sweetness, the ginger is not very strong here which is too bad, I could havve used a bit mre but I’m a ginger freak. Overall, I think this is an excellent blend and really relaxing. Too bad I’m not at a spa. :)

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I like this too. I can understand the pull back on ginger, licorice and tulsi…almost an introduction that says…“if you like this try some more”…and sometimes, well a toss of candied ginger in my cup is nice.


I was thinking this would be nice with some green tea also…

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drank Guricha by Den's Tea
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Green tea of the morning here, I actually like this one a lot but seem to be neglecting it for some reason. Today I’m feeling like it’s quite brothy and slightly vegetal, very nice compliment to the bowl of blackberries I’m eating. See previous notes for more info.

Last night I was at meditation and feel quite well balanced and relaxed to start the week off right!

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Muscat by Lupicia
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This came as a sample in an ancient Lupicia newsletter and I’m just getting around to trying it now.

Firstly, I am not a huge fan of grape or muscat flavored anything, a muscatel flavor is nice if it’s in a darjeeling and it’s natural, but this reminds me of bubble yum, or japanese gummy candies. Very artificial tasting. I have no idea what the base tea is here, it’s a lighter color which makes me wonder if it is an actual darjeeling with artificial muscat flavor? I like the base tea a lot, it’s smooth and light.

It’s easy to drink plain without any milk and sugar. Not my favorite due to the overwhelming flavoring but I will certainly finish the cup.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

I wonder if they have reblended this as I loved it. Very natural tasting to me. Mine is pretty recent – two months ago and yours was older so maybe that is the case.


Could be!

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drank Lemon Cardamom Chun Mee by 52teas
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Sadly, i had to be at work for a few hours today even though it’s a Sunday. I’m sipping on some of this with lunch and it’s yummy! I wish it would go in the permanent collection, Frank!


Really hoping for this in my grab bag!


It’s mighty tasty!

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drank Mango Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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This sample came to me courtesy of Mercuryhime who didn’t really care for it. First off, I had some this morning in a smoothie with banana, frozen mango, chia seeds and soy milk and it is so incredibly good this way! yum! I feel like I am eating a decadent mango dessert, but that doesn’t say a whole lot for the matcha since there are so many other things mixed in with it.

So then I decided to mix it in with some water the traditional way to see what would happen. The color is a brownish-green and is not that attractive. The flavor is swampy and gross – mango swampwater?! lol. This is just dandy mixed in a smoothie but quite disgusting on its own in my opinion. Oh well! I will enjoy it in my fruit!

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec

MMMM MMM!! Mango swampwater…….delicious. :))

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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I still have some of this left, but I ended up mixing it with some plain honeybush I bought in bulk at the Scarlet Sage herb company. I think it’s a bit nicer when it’s a little less strong, also I added some soymilk to it which was nice. I decided to quit alcohol at the same time my ex-BF and I broke up, I wasn’t drinking that much anyway but I figured I didn’t need anything that would be making me feel depressed… so far, so good. Drinking a lot more herbal teas and the like currently. I like my new routine even if I am something of a goody two-shoes right now. The Buddha would have approved. Nighty-night, Steepster!

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I’ve had this tea for about a month but decided to get around to trying it today. I should have been doing my copyediting homework, but instead I was goofing off all day and then took a nap so I’ll probably be up kinda late trying to get it done.

I followed Upton’s steeping instructions and decided to steep this for 4 minutes at 190F in my For Life teapot. Someday I will need to gongfu this, but right now I’m running a bit short on time. This really does seem like a baby dong ha pao, it has the traditional wuyi rock tea sort of flavor but much softer and gentler. I’m getting some peachy notes as well as a gentle cocoa element that is really quite a surprise. And loads of caramel – yum! This is really quite delicious and has a soft mouthfeel that lingers.

Definitely enjoyable for an evening/afternoon tea – now off I go to be productive!

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Scott B

Good luck with your homework!


Amy. did you get any other 2012 Pre-Chingming samples from Upton’s?? Hhhhmmm, I wonder if most/all P-C teas are lighter and “like a baby”. The 2011’s seemed to be that way too. :))


Scott – just the ones you sent me :)

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty


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