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80
drank Summer Cabin by TeaSource
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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 4 g

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75

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g

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95

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This is my second bag of this tea…At this point, I may go ahead and buy a pound. It’s incredibly affordable and holds up to the OG vendors such as Yunnan Sourcing. I love a great daily drinker sheng puerh. This tea has the right amount of bitterness when pushed, which oftentimes, I will, and a pop of fruity notes. Now that there’s a sale, I’m going to go ahead and make the purchase!

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85

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g

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90

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90

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g

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90

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g

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70

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g

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85

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g

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85

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g

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80

Kind of a creamy feel on the tongue. Very subtle flavors, wonderful aroma.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g

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86
drank Kenya Nandi Gold by TeaSource
2388 tasting notes

TTB tea! This is quite malty and nice! It has a tasty, rich body. Really, I’m happy with this! I actually regret sharing the cup of it. I wish I had more!

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82
drank Grand Keemun by TeaSource
2388 tasting notes

TTB tea! Actually, this is quite hearty and tasty. With sugar and milk, it’s not bad at all. A nice plain black tea!

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74
drank Earl Grey White Tip by TeaSource
4210 tasting notes

From Tiffany a while ago, thanks very much!  I had this tea yesterday, so this note won’t be great.  It’s a middle of the road earl.  Sadly so, as it looks like a great quality black tea leaf.  I’m not sure if it’s worth saying it has silver tips though… I only see one or two of those sickles in my sample pouch.  The bergamot used here is just okay.  Not my favorite, not terrible.  Maybe hints of grapefruit.  Always happy to try all the Earls!

Album: Buck Meek – Haunted Mountain
Song: Paradise – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RdRqZTLce4
Bonus Song: Haunted Mountain – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv8uI2VXppA

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73
drank Candy Apple White by TeaSource
1269 tasting notes

TeaTiff TTB. Whoa. I went into this tasting note knowing nothing. The aroma is intense with apple. We love apples up here in Minnesota. Our UofM has done a lot of research etc on apples. This one reminds me though of a Fuji apple with a slight hint of red delicious and a bit of golden delicious. Muted olive greens mixed with muted browns. Maybe not the prettiest leaf but the aroma makes up for that. I’m not sure of how old this sample is so I know that will take into account some of the old notes I am getting but they aren’t terrible. But overall, I’d say the flavor isn’t anything too exciting. It is mellow. Earthy with different apple notes and a small hint of barnyard. The wet aroma is somewhat vexing. Reminds me of some Indian black teas with bready and raisin notes. The mouthfeel is smooth.

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83
drank Kenya Nandi Gold by TeaSource
1269 tasting notes

TeaTiff TTB
A nice mix of dark chocolate colored leaf and golden fuzzy buds and is mostly tightly twisted. Woody aroma. The wet leaf becomes a muted milk chocolate with green olives mixed in. The smell is a pile of fall leaves long since forgotten. Very dark liquor color. Opaque, deep golden brown. That is a punch in the face. If you like a tea that will talk sweetly to you while it’s warming up and then utterly wreck you to make sure you are walking out the door in top form, you’ve found a good one. Brisk yet smooth. Astringent with its pinky pointed. There is a bit of cream and a side of cedar wood balanced smoothly with an old decaying tree.

gmathis

Sounds like exactly what I need in the a.m.: Be kind when you wake me, but boot me out the door when you catch me shillyshallying.

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89

A toasty dancong. Leaves gave off a roasted, sugary smell, the first cup sort of reminds me of a Taiwanese dongding but sweeter and with some more orchid, second cup after has more mineral. The dancong aroma, that winey quality isn’t particularly strong with this one. Hydrated leaves are roughly 1 – 1.5 in long.

The tea is good and they lowered the price of this dancong. I bought 2 oz for $23.04.

sold for $16.36/2 oz

https://www.teasource.com/products/honey-flower-dan-cong-oolong-tea-1?variant=46949204984120

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68
drank Lavenderberry by TeaSource
2388 tasting notes

TTB tea! This is refreshing cold, but it’s not a great blend. I think the fake berry is a bit too fake, it’s a bit too floral, and the rooibos isn’t the most delicious. It’s fine, but one cup is enough for me. The resteep was okay too.

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83
drank Earl Grey White Tip by TeaSource
2388 tasting notes

I’m drinking this with milk and sugar, and it’s pretty well-balanced and tasty! It has a medium level of bergamot, and the combination of teas makes this one taste a little softer and extra floral. I only had about 1.5 teaspoons full from a previous TTB, but I enjoyed it!

Nik

Oh, gosh, I really want Early Grey, now. I haven’t had any in aaages.

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88

A fruity black tea. Dry leaves smells like sweet potato. The tea has a playdough-like scent, floral, fairly tart with a liquorice flavor. Not terrible for the price.

edit: The tea got significantly better after weeks of opening it, the playdough smell went away and the malty, flowery flavors started to show up. Changing the score from 83 to 88.

sold for $9.60/4oz

https://www.teasource.com/products/purple-beauty-black-tea

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76
drank Roasted Chestnut by TeaSource
2388 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 24. This is heading toward bitterness, so next time I’ll certainly give it a shorter steep. The flavor really does taste like chestnuts, plus that slightly harsh black tea. I’m enjoying it sweetened with milk, but it may be a little simplistic for me to want to purchase for myself. And as always, I wouldn’t mind the flavor being even stronger. I like the nuttiness though.

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76
drank Moon Over Madagascar by TeaSource
2388 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 22. This one smells so creamy and nice! It doesn’t taste as strong as it smells, but the cream/vanilla flavor is quite pleasant, if a little artificial. There’s also a bit of pepperiness randomly. I’m conflicted about this one because I do enjoy the cream a lot, but I feel like it needs to be paired with something like bergamot or something else.

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75
drank Candy Apple White by TeaSource
2388 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 18. Hot, I can taste apple plus the plantlike tea base, with a bit of sweetness that’s meant to be the candy. I feel like the candy and the apple mix better cold, and the base tea is still quite present, but it has a nicer quality. This one feels a bit sophisticated and mild, but nice.

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70
drank Midsummer Moonlight by TeaSource
2388 tasting notes

Inkling Advent Day 16. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, and I couldn’t find it with a quick search online. I can’t tell what the flavor is – maybe lightly floral or fruity? I can’t tell. It’s not as smooth or delicious or heavily flavored as I prefer, but it was decent both warm without milk and cold with milk.

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