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drank Rainforest Chai by QNTM Leaf Tea
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drank Mindful Mint by QNTM Leaf Tea
1464 tasting notes

Shae Advent Day 12

I refrigerated this and added milk, hoping to draw out some chocolate or creamy flavors. It tastes mostly minty, and I think the milk goes with it well. I wish I could taste the chocolate, but regardless, the mint is really fresh and lovely.

Shae

This is one of my favorites, but I’ve never tried adding milk. I’ll have to store that idea in the back of my mind for later.

AJRimmer

Ha I keep four types of milk in my fridge so that I can pair the right milks with the right teas – I love my teas milky!

Shae

Oh smart! I love milky teas too. :)

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drank Rainforest Chai by QNTM Leaf Tea
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Shae Advent Day 10

I had to get up super early today, so I was happy to have something caffeinated this morning! I wouldn’t call this chai spicy, but it has a really complex and interesting flavor that I can’t quite decipher. It’s definitely my favorite tea from the advent so far! I wish their website had more information so I could see what the ingredients are because I really can’t tell what I’m tasting, but I like it!

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This was sort of like drinking a lullaby. I really love jasmine white teas, and this is not an exception. It’s delicate and smooth but with a great fresh sweetness – and really I think that’s a huge part of why I lean so, so incredibly in favour of jasmine white teas versus jasmine greens. The jasmine notes themselves are just so much sweeter and almost fruity compared to the way that they play with more grassy or vegetal tea bases.

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drank Flower Garden Oolong by QNTM Leaf Tea
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Flower Garden Oolong was sent to me as a sample with my first order from QNTM Leaf Teas. It’s never been listed on the website and still isn’t now. I’m not sure if/when it will be offered again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (1416)!

Sipped this one down since I don’t need multiple coconut oolongs in my stash right now. It was very waxy/buttery and fatty in terms of mouthfeel from the large quantity of coconut in the blend – it got to be a little much by the end of the cup but for the most part I really liked how rich that mouthfeel was because it was such a nice contrast to the lighter and more delicate creamy/buttery coconut and fresh green and floral oolong. I think of the few different coconut oolongs I’ve had in my stash this past year, this is the softest in terms of coconut flavour – but it’s got the most interesting and standout texture.

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Cold Brew!

I recently ordered from QNTM to get more of their GABA Oolong and Purple Jade, and I decided to add in two ten gram samples with my order as well.

This seems like a pretty straightforward blend – oolong & desiccated coconut. I’m not even sure if there’s flavouring in the blend at all, which is cool! It was refreshing with a lot of the floral notes of the oolong coming out and a fresh, creamy coconut flavour that complimented them. Not overly flavoured, but smooth and incredibly natural tasting! I did think it was a touch waxy tasting/feeling, and I’ve tried other coconut oolong that I found a bit more enjoyable – but I’m also definitely not disappointed that I picked up this sample either!

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drank Purple Jade by QNTM Leaf Tea
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Samurai TTB #42

I think I’ve only tried 1 or 2 purple teas before and this one blew me away with how good it was! Light and delicate like a green tea, but with a rich toasty, nutty flavor that reminded me of my favorite roasted oolongs. There was only enough left in the box for 1 cup, sadly, but I would definitely consider purchasing this one in the future!

Flavors: Nutty, Smooth, Toasted

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Coconut Oolong by QNTM Leaf Tea
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I don’t drink much oolong, but I’m always surprised at how much I enjoy its roasted qualities when I do have it. I picked up a few oolongs from QNTM Leaf to try because, let’s be honest, they are beautiful. Also, if I have to choose between an oolong and a green or white tea, I’m going to pick the more robustly flavored oolong. Admittedly, I probably should have tried one of each but I suppose I can do that on my next order.

This blend looks like a good 50:50 mix of shredded coconut and rolled tea leaves. The coconut flavor is mild, but present, and I’m mostly getting that roasted quality I mentioned before. This was a very drinkable oolong, in my opinion, and I mean that in the best possible way – coming from someone who doesn’t drink oolong tea all that often, this was one I really enjoyed and would gladly come back to.

Flavors: Coconut, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Purple Jade by QNTM Leaf Tea
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Geek Steep S214 – The Dark Crystal

Gongfu!

I definitely picked this tea out for the name; it just felt so perfect for the iconic imagery of the deep purple Crystal from the film poster of this movie. However, it ended up being a lovely setting and a great tea pairing! It’s medium bodied and so nice and smooth with toasty notes of roasted peanuts, cocoa butter, corn silk, and plum skins!!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CW1PdN9FdDF/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pYpMv4Qidk&ab_channel=JamesSupercave-Topic

gmathis

You hit a soft spot :) The Dark Crystal is not the first, but one of the first movies my husband and I saw when we were dating.

Roswell Strange

Oh boy – I’m somewhat hesitant to recommend listening to the podcast episode then, haha. We had… perhaps unpopular opinions when it comes to the Gelflings.

gmathis

(Grin) No worries. I’m more sentimental about the date part than the movie part!

Dustin

Unpopular opinions about Gelflings?! Now I’m super curious! Also, I think you should do a review of all the different tea advents you have done over the past few years! I’d be curious to know which you really enjoyed and which you’d pass on.

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drank Purple Jade by QNTM Leaf Tea
12897 tasting notes

Gongfu!

Recently got a new QNTM Leaf order so I dug into it this morning with a tasty little session! Love how smooth and toasty this purple tea is! The tea liquor has a great body and thickness to it, and the taste is heavily grilled/roasted nuts and corn with a pleasant minerality and slight woodier undertone! Resteeps considerably well, and was a nice cozier session to begin the morning with!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ1TuJ9Ajc7/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8f3puF-hU8&ab_channel=DavidDeanBurkhart

Inkling

Were you the one who added this to the TTB? I really enjoyed sampling it!

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drank Purple Jade by QNTM Leaf Tea
12897 tasting notes

Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #27

Cold Brew!

To be very transparent, I had low expectations for this blend because I’ve not had a lot of great experiences with purples teas – with a couple exceptions. I had no reason to think that this tea would beat the odds though…

However, the dry leaf aroma was immediately intriguing – very toasty barley/roasted peanut in aroma and y’all know I’m a slut for almost anything with that roasted flavour.

I almost wish I’d made this hot, but it’s truly excellent as a cold brew as well! The strongest flavour is a deep, toasty and caramelized peanut and almond flavour that makes me feel all warm and cozy inside – even if this is a cold brew. Aside from that prominent nutty flavour, the brew also has hints of woodiness to it, some roasted chestnut notes, and a very slightly fruity undertone. I’m also adding this to my QNTM leaf shopping list and, as tempting as it is to finish the sample, I’m going to leave it in the box so that someone else can experience it since I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a QNTM order sooner rather than later…

Shae

I got a message from QNTM Leaf on Thursday and they said they will be adding a few more to the site in the coming weeks!

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drank Mindful Mint by QNTM Leaf Tea
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drank Mindful Mint by QNTM Leaf Tea
1687 tasting notes

Currently: making potstickers, listening to The Magnus Archives, and drinking a cup of this tasty peppermint tea.

This mint tea is from QNTM Leaf Tea, a Black-owned tea company. It’s probably the one I’ve most been looking forward to out of the samples that I purchased. It has great flavor – it’s probably the most minty mint tisane I’ve had. The peppermint is so strong it almost stings the eyes a bit on that first sip, and there’s quite the lingering coolness in my throat halfway in. I really like that this includes three different types of tulsi as well. I have some Vana tulsi from Mountain Rose Herbs that I enjoy and, though I can’t speak to the flavor of the other types, I like the Vana so much that this was one reason I was so excited to try the Mindful Mint. I’m not tasting the cacao nibs, but perhaps with a second steep those might come through? I feel like this tea has a few layers to it. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s very nice even as it cools, so I think this would make a really refreshing iced tea as well.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank GABA Oolong by QNTM Leaf Tea
12897 tasting notes

Had a Western style mug of this a few nights ago and it was just lovely. Thick liquor with such a complex flavour – sort of somewhere between medium to full bodied. I think the general flavours of oak and other sweeter but dark leaning woods stood out the most to me, but they were pretty matched by a stone-y mineral quality, more savory and umami herbaceous dill and other brothy flavours, some charcoal roast, and then a nice undertone of dark plum that built up on the palate over the coarse of the mug. A smidge of vanilla too – not much, though. It was just so warm and inviting with a great spread of really cozy flavours that still felt connected and embedded in nature.

Shae

Their website is down, but I noticed there is still an Esty shop. I hope they are still around!

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drank GABA Oolong by QNTM Leaf Tea
12897 tasting notes

Samurai Travelling Tea Box – Tea #10

Drinking this one today Grandpa style – I wanted to make sure I tried it because this company is from the Black Owned tea company list, and I was debating ordering from them already…

I don’t have a ton of time right now, so we’re going bullet point tasting notes:

- Drank Grandpa style throughout the late afternoon/lunch
- Prune/plum undertones to the flavour
- Thick and syrupy liquor
- Deep woody/oaky notes and lots of minerality (petrified wood)
- Hint of spices like clove; especially on the “inhale” post sip
- Sandalwood notes

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXYA3-z_JH8

Really loved it; making a mental note to order myself some!

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