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“Floral Death” as dubbed by crowkettle who put some nice warnings on a few fun teas she sent my way. I’m going to have to agree with her on this one. I think there are a few people i know who would love this tea but it is not for me. That being said, evaluating this tea, ignoring that i am NOT a floral fan, it’s not bad. It’s actually got a nice medley here of florals and the base tea is quite nice. Thanks for the share crowkettle! tomorrow we sip on blergamot!

CrowKettle

Glad you could picked up base. This one has suffered from neglect in my cupboard, and I’m pretty sure the flowers have tripled in power out of spite.

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This tea is just lovely. It tastes like a bready chocolate Yunnan with the slightest catch in the back of the throat at the tail end of the sip.

But also, it reminds me that I did not take the opportunity to go to Guilin in Guangxi province when I was working in China. Of course, I wasn’t into tea at that time, so I likely wouldn’t have sought this tea out or possibly even found it memorable if I had come across it. Still, it would have been nice to visit with the misty peaks in Guilin. Apparently, it is quite a magical place to be in person. I did enjoy them through the train window as I made my way across the south of the country to Yunnan though: exactly like a Chinese ink scene come to life. In the sense of—wow, this place really exists. I feel quite fortunate to have seen them despite having been in motion.

http://www.guilinholiday.com/images/Photo/6-day-guilin-zhangjiajie-tour/p574_d20130502153010.jpg

Thank you for the sample, Sil. Very enjoyable cups and memories.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Sil was kind enough to include a sample of this in our tea festival swap. Yum, it’s got that bready-chocolatey Laoshan black-like thing going on, but I may have steeped it too briefly to experience the full flavour components.

Thanks for this, Sil. Enjoyable on this lovely slow morning.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Can it be resteeped? sounds yummy

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, the second steep was really good, but I was in motion, so my attention wasn’t all there. Tried a third steep, but nope not happening. Thankfully, I have enough for another cup or so. More later.

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pulled this one out as well. I should try it as a cold brew because this isn’t a lemongrass overpowering things blend. Instead you can actually get the basil notes to come through. Makes for a unique blend versus other stupid lemong grass blends where that’s virtually all you’re tasting.

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I wish there was more basil to this one. What sounded like an interesting blend is largely lemongrass. It’s not BAD, just not what i was hoping for. Admittedly though, as it cools there’s a little more to it, so i’ll have to experiment some more :)

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Pulled this one out today as i’m a little under the weather. It’s got an interesting flavour that i think would be good to try as a cold brew. and work esloded. bah.

mrmopar

Hope you feel better soon!

Sil

thanks! here’s hoping

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This tea ferments to make a distinctively floral kombucha. Tempered nicely by the subtle tang of the ferment, the brew is supremely drinkable.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 15 g 128 OZ / 3785 ML

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I really like floral black teas, so I’m not surprised I really like this. The lavender and blue cornflower dominate for me, in a very good way.

Flavors: Floral, Lavender

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The colour of the steeped tea is such a beautiful pale gold: the first sign that this is no ordinary green tea.

No. 93, Feng Ling Ming Ye makes sense of how highly prized good tea has been in Asian history. This tea is glorious: smooth, so smooth. The most delicate vegetal butter. I detect an ever so slight bit of coconut here. Perhaps that is the sesame hint mentioned though my taste buds are taking it coconut way.

Thank you, Sil, for sharing this with me. This tea is making this day infinitely better.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

At this moment, it is hailing. Yes. I heard a rush outside, as if it began to ran, but nope, it is hail. Like a snowstorm, but the hail bits are bouncing off every surface. In May.

No global warming here.

Sil

Glad you enjoyed it.

Evol Ving Ness

And still enjoying.

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86

Farewell delicious tea! you were an enjoyable cup this morning.

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Almost done this one and it’s a little sad. I can’t quite explain this one, so hoping that someone i’ve shared it with can figure it out haha. But i really like it…a unique cinnamon? like flavour…or something lol.

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tea from yesterday….today is the last day of the year! Need to get my (tea) drink on! woot woot! Here’s to an evening out, drinking tea lol

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guys…. i totally forgot i was aiming for 55 this year not 50…which means i COULD hit my sipdown goal as long as the tea that i want to show up, doesn’t show up lol. i am still digging this one, even if there’s not much new to say about it

Final Count: 59

Nattie

YOU HAVE 8000 TASTING NOTES!!

Sil

lol yeah i saw that the other day.

Nattie

And here’s me trying to get to 200 :’)

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mmm i love how unizque tasting this tea is. something about it just makes me happy every time i drink it, even though i don’t ever crave it :) i still can’t really place the flavour..it’s like cinnamon, but that’s not quite it….it’s more than that.

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NOM. lovely cup of this this morning, really enjoying how interesting this tea is with it’s weird cinnamon notes.

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Morning tea! Having a few cups while i get organised for the coming week. lots of things going on with work before the long weekend and our short vacation!

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86

love this one. juicy weird cinnamon tea haha…only’it’s a straight tea!

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86

Still getting cinnamon from this one. It’s totally weird but delicious!

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86

oh man…this is tasty. sweet, smooth….almost hints of cinnamon in the brew. honey…mmm delicious…

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