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drank No. 319 Mighty Green by Paper & Tea
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Sorrel, dock, fresh green grass and herbs, spinach, green tomatoes, slight sweet floral aroma hidden beneath the green notes.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Herbs, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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60

Much lighter tasting than a normal rooibos. Less caramel and more grassy and woody notes. Dry mouthfeel but also sweetness on the tongue. I should experiment with shorter steeping time.

Flavors: Caramel, Grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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80
drank Mckeag's Lapsang by Paper & Tea
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Ooh wee, that’s something. Sweet and savoury pine smoke, reminds me of BBQ sauce. Hints of earth and leather, more pronounced on the wet leaves. It’s good neat but I love it even more Tibetan style – with a good pinch of salt and a dollop of butter. The creamy saltiness really complements the smoky notes.

Flavors: Earth, Leather, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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67

I was on the fence about reviewing this tea. I bought it almost 3 years ago, the company doesn’t even carry it anymore, it’s a sipdown for me, and it’s not like any of the other Steepsters have this one. But, for the sake of completeness, I’ll write some notes.

This is a Nepalese black. It’s a bit old, but I’ve stored it well and I think the flavor has held up pretty well. As for the flavor profile, the label says: “honey, geranium, peach, sweet corn” Um, OK. I get the corn, a little of peach sweetness, a tiny bit of honey. No floral notes. I found it a bit tricky – too little leaf and the flavor is meh. Too much and it turns tannic. I know I went nuts for it in the store, but since that store is in Berlin, it’s entirely possible I had “vacation mind” and got all carried away with it. I mean, the store is fabulous (see my review in the Places section), filled with beautiful teaware and paper goods. It was really quite the experience.

Anyway, I made this mostly for iced tea, after wrestling with the idea: wouldn’t it be kind of a waste for such a nice tea to be made iced? Shouldn’t I just sit down and do a gongfu session to at least appreciate a resteep? But then the tea languished in the cupboard and I decided that it should at least be drunk, even if not in the optimal way. It makes a nice iced tea, but the exact leaf to water ratio, as I’ve said before, I found troublesome. Mostly too tannic, as I tend to overleaf and oversteep, especially with iced tea.

Well, Summer Moon, you deserved better, but at least you’ve been consumed. And you were a pretty good tea, although I think with more deft preparation, you could’ve been great.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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80

Milky, creamy and buttery with floral notes – I guess that would be the gardenias, though it also reminds me of lily of the valley.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Milk

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80
drank Imperial Dragon by Paper & Tea
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Toasted chestnuts and sesame seeds, savoury aroma.

Flavors: Chestnut, Nuts, Toasted

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80
drank Imperial Dragon by Paper & Tea
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Pleasant nutty aroma of sweet chestnuts. I can’t pick out much else.

Flavors: Chestnut, Nuts

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85
drank Pu Er Bai Ya by Paper & Tea
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Sweet, sweet smell, woody resin, bales of hay and wild flowers. Beautiful pale green buds.

Flavors: Flowers, Hay, Resin, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80
drank No. 313 Kumano by Paper & Tea
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The wet leaf has strong aroma of spinach, green grass and sweet chestnut. Those are also prominent in the taste but there is also a second layer of sweetness and hints of tropical fruit that coat the tongue and linger there. A very interesting combination of flavors.

Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Spinach, Sweet, Tropical

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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90

Apricots, apricots, apricots. Also flowers and an unobtrusive hint of cocoa on the finish. Pleasantly sweet.

Flavors: Apricot, Cocoa, Floral

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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100
drank No. 405 Gabacha by Paper & Tea
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Amazing aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie and apple strudel. Tastes like Christmas.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Nutmeg, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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83

- great DianHong – like a good Silver Needle but more warm honey apricot notes.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Mushrooms, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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76
drank No. 313 Kumano by Paper & Tea
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Flavors: Seaweed, Sweet, warm grass, Umami, Vegetal

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Honeysuckle, Orchids, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Flavors: Fruity, Pepper, Salty, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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86
drank Lapansi Antlers by Paper & Tea
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- realy clean WhiteTea stems creating a wonderful BlackTea or Oolong appearence with impressive honeysweet peach and lychee smell & flavour.
-definitely worth checking out if you like some intense WuYi’s or realy fruity Blacks.

Flavors: Honey, Lychee, Peach, Smooth

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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81

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Flavors: Astringent, Orange Zest

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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80
drank Kumari Royal by Paper & Tea
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Flavors: Black Currant, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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80
drank Vintage Lotus by Paper & Tea
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Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Mushrooms

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

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80
drank Vintage Lotus by Paper & Tea
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Flavors: Dust, Licorice, Mint, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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72
drank Muse (Darjeeling) by Paper & Tea
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Flavors: Mint, Orchid

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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90

This is a great tea. From the first steep until the (NOT) bitter (AT ALL) end, it’s smooth and full-bodied, with an earthiness as well as the subtle honey notes I’ve come to expect from a Yunnan Gold. No need to add anything to it, although I could see putting a bit of milk in it after a long steep. Love this tea.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Smooth

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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