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76

A Berry Frui-tea July! This is an old sampler, that has still never been opened… now, I’ve had other old samplers that have never been opened that, upon breaking the seal, I’ve discovered rancid coconut, so I know that means nothing, but I’m still crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. I actually grabbed this one because considering it’s age, and that it has the unlucky tea ingredient, I’d better check it now. * long sigh * Okay, here goes.

Well, it passes the smell test… The dry leaf actually smells like key lime pie to me, and I quite like key lime pie! But I’ve had other teas pass the smell test, too, so I’m still not entirely convinced. Eating a small piece of coconut from the package, it still tastes sweet and doesn’t have that sour taste, though, so I’m hoping it has, somehow, managed to be spared by the Tea Gods. Now I just need to give this a speedy sipdown before They decide to smite it…

The brewed cup is a bright yellow, and smells much more strongly of lime than the leaf (there is less coconut and sweetness presenting in the aroma now, so I’m not getting much of that key lime pie association). The lime is actually quite nice here, though. I’ve had other teas where it was very strong and overpowering, and here it is a very distinct flavor note, and certainly the strongest note in the cup, but it still doesn’t feel like it is completely dominating things. It is tangy with a noticable citrus bite which makes it feel more natural to me. The lime leads in the sip, with the coconut a softer flavor note that falls towards the end of the sip. It does blend with the citrus nicely, and if anything, I think the coconut could’ve been a bit stronger, since the lime is pushing a little heavy here. But overall, it is a very pleasant cup, slightly more tangy than sweet, but not overly so. I think the green base lends enough grassy smoothness to pull this off nicely, but the flavoring here is heavy enough that you won’t really notice any base flavors pulling through.

I like this, and am glad it has survived the test of time! Will probably be making an iced jug to help it on its way, both because lime is a refreshing flavor for a cold brew, and because I can drink up iced tea very quickly in this hot weather. And it’s just time for this sampler to go, before the coconut in this sampler decides to turn its back on me.

Flavors: Citrus, Lime, Smooth, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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64

Really interesting tea.

Flavors: Berry, Black Pepper

Preparation
Boiling

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76

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86

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95

Absolutely delicious! I drink a cup every morning! It always wakes me up and puts a smile on my face!

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98

I’ve never had a Silver Needles that has a bouquet such as this. Amazing!

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100

Malty, earthy, smooth and even creamy. This is a great tea.

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93

A very light, delicate tea with a mild sweetness. I highly recommend this tea.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Light White tea, floral notes, with only a slight tinge of bitterness that is enjoyable. Leaves the mouth with the sensation of fresh rain.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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84

A pretty mild white tea when made at the recommended temperature and time for a white tea. I had three variations of it in which the water was hotter or it steeped longer and none of them were as smooth and pleasant but each had and increasingly sweeter, more honey-like aftertaste.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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98

I don’t think I’ve had a tea this smooth yet full of simple flavor. Granted I haven’t had a lot of different Silver Needles but I’m in love.

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100

There are a few Valerian based teas out there but this is the only one I’ve found that I actually enjoy versus taking like medicine.

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100

I have over 15 Silver Needles so my friends and I did a taste test. This one won by 6 out of 8 votes… An amazing tea.

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100

Valerian really works for me and this is the only tea I’ve ever found that makes it taste great. It’s not as spicy as I thought for having the name “chai” but I love it anyway.

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98

My new favorite tea. Light but with an amazing flavor through the entire sip.

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99

This tea is a life saver. I’ve tried so many methods to try and sleep naturally. This is the only thing that works. Plus it tastes great

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10

Tasted really medicinal to me. I tried it several times, different steeping times, and really tried to give this one a chance. Even steeped several times it still wasn’t my taste. The flavor was much stronger then I like even with lesser amount. Some part of the ingredients gave it a medicinal smell and flavor. I ended up giving this to another tea lover, hopefully it’s something they like. Hate to waste it as it’s quite expensive tea.

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80

Very smooth and drinkable, but doesn’t have much in the flavor department. Typical leafiness and a bit of butter on the tongue. Having some right now, notice that the astringency is fairly low, but has a nice bite at the end. Was surprised the reviews were so overwhelmingly for it, however, as I have had much nicer teas.

Flavors: Butter, Grass

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85

Looking for a tasty puer blend? This one is up there. Not as good as Lupicia’s puer blend, but this Marmalade Puerh blend is better than Adagios and many others I’ve tried.

It is zesty, tangy citrus, just like a rindy marmalade, candied orange notes, hint of sweet licorice, with an earthy background of puer. The puer isn’t funky and the licorice is really subtle.

However, this is provided you steeped it well – this tea is fussy to brew. It weighs a lot, and if you overleaf you will get something too licorice and sludgy. Best is 6 grams, 10oz water, 3 minutes. No rinse.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/marmalade-puerh-california-tea-house-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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