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95

This is DELICIOUS!

I love the way the dry leaves smell. Very fruity in a dark berry kind of way. Steeped its delicious and juicy. Sipping it’s naturally sweet and not at all artificial. It has aromas of berries and sweet flowers. A little seductive rose….I can still taste a clean green tea base. Very well balanced. A true delight. I will continue to buy this tea!

Flavors: Apple, Green, Rose, Strawberry

Preparation
4 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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95

Delightful!! Soft aromatic peach tea. Crisp and juicy. Not too heavy on the peach….it’s like a peach scented flower almost….except it isn’t floral. Almost like a peach blossom. So soft and delicate. No need to add anything. A pure cup of happy.

Flavors: Orange Blossom, Peach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

My morning sip today. The leaves smell invigorating and happy. Very citrus. I steeped about 5g in 8 oz for 4 min at 195.
Sipping hot, it’s so relaxing and there’s definitely the citrus. No astringency whatsoever. However there is not a lot of traditional oolong at the forefront. When hot the citrus is front and center…Not overpowering. Actually very very calming.
As it cools the oolong starts to come to the front. It’s a beautiful combination. A light citrus note with a sweet grassy flavor. I feel like I’m drinking a summer field…in February.
A delightfully calming and happy cup!

Flavors: Citrus, Grapefruit, Grass, Lemon, Orange, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100

First of all….the SMELL!! Oh what glorious goodness!! Dry leaves smell very coconut but amazing…steeped the wet leaves smell a sweet vegetal oolong with a more rounded beautiful coconut. Sipping hot there’s overtones of sweeet sweet creamy oolong and cocnut. Cocnut is not overpowering AT ALL! It is very well balanced.
I put my leaves out to dry for my second steeping as I wont be able to steep again till later this afternoon. The smell of the leaves is intoxicating. I walk by them and swoon.
Will continue to sip as it cools. However, I have to run to take my son to school.
TBC
Ok this tea just got better with every sip. By the end of the cup it was sweet cream, butter, coconut, sweet grass….. And the aroma…I want to wear it. My new daily drinker. About to see about the second steeping…..

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Not sure about this one. It smells amazing in the bag. I brewed about 3 g of tea in 8 oz…may adjust…I dunno. First run at this tea.

Sipping hot it is sweet. You do not need to add any honey etc. But it’s an odd sweet. I am considering calling to ask if they put stevia in this because it has a sweetness that I can’t place. It lessens as the tea cools tho.

I get apple pretty well. Wish the cinnamon and other spices would come through a little more tho. Was hoping for more “spice” in the apple spice. It tastes more like warm baked apples.

TBD

Ok either the sweetness subsides a lot as it cools or ’m just getting used to it. there is more cinnamon tones that linger after the sip. Warm sweet apples at the front and a cinnamon undertone. Perhaps the swwetness comes from hibiscus? Perhaps chamomile? I will have to take a closer look at the leaves. But it does seem to mellow. And I am slipping into a late night relaxed tea zen.

TDB….still.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve had this for a while and I don’t know how I haven’t reviewed this yet? Time hasn’t decreased the flavor on this too badly.
This is a nice buttery oolong with some coconut flavor. The coconut is not at all overwhelming.

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB

I’m not usually a fan of green tea, largely because I’m not a fan of vegetables in my tea, so I won’t give a numerical rating. Having said that, I really enjoyed this tea. Both the aroma and taste have strong grassy component with just a hint of veggies underneath. The tea had a good feel in the mouth: full with a hint of acid toward the end. Good, fairly long finish.

One re-steep was nearly as good as the first pot. I didn’t try more because, heck, I’ve got a travelling tea box sitting in my study, and there are a whole lot of other teas to drink.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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80

The tea was ok. I did not like the scent which smelled like cherry to me rather than rose. Taste wise it was pretty good.

Flavors: Floral, Grass

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100

Amazing green tea. Not bitter at all in fact it was a tiny bit sweet even without honey or sugar.

Flavors: Grass, Green, Honey

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83

’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #6

I’m not sure what makes this a holiday tea but at first it seemed to have a cantaloupe flavor (not sure if that was intentional or just the imagination of my tastebuds.) Otherwise, this is a decent chai blend that uses that really sweet cinnamon I revisited the other day when I steeped up Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Sunset. I love that type of cinnamon! The black tea itself is a medium strength. I almost didn’t try this because of the peppermint, rosehips and hibiscus listed in the ingredients but thankfully none of those really showed up in the flavor, at least in my teaspoon. This was a great tea, especially with the unusual use of the sweet cinnamon. I don’t think enough chai blends use that. Tasty steeped twice.

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100

One of my favorites. Notes of honey so strong I don’t even need to add honey to it. Delicious!

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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77

I’ve tried this now hot, iced, and cold brewed, at least a few times each way. This is a really nice flavored tea in my opinion. It’s not too sweet and doesn’t overwhelm the tea itself. When brewed hot, it has an interesting milk chocolate flavor (not sure where it comes from though?) with some rose in there. Cold brewed, the chocolate flavor gets even stronger, in a good way. Iced is where the pomegranate really shows up in my opinion. The tea takes on a tart tanginess that you really don’t get with the other methods.

Flavors: Chocolate, Rose, Tart

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HHTTB

Wow, I can smell the cinnamon in this one through two layers of bags! That is some strong stuff. The scent is intensely cinnamon once steeped too. There is so much cinnamon that it tastes a little sweet on it’s own. It reminds me of Hobbie’s orange cinnamon tea that has so much cinnamon that it gives me a stomach aches. The most delicious stomach aches ever, mind you, but I have learned my lesson over time and am concerned of the same happening here. I don’t even taste the tea. Just cinnamon. That is what this tea is all about.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am still anxiously awaiting a shipment from the exotic land of French Canada (Camellia Sinensis order including some things I’ve never heard of, let alone tried) and have been pounding the new yixing with Upton’s Wang pu-erh pretty thoroughly, so I wanted to take a break, re-group, and clean house a bit.

So, I am brewing up the last of this in my pyrex and straining into the hand made glazed pot which I bought from the very nice octogenarian woman at the Japanese-American Cultural Festival of Houston two years ago.

I need to find out more about this tea so that I can investigate higher quality options, if they exist. This is a very fine tea, but because Path of Tea is serving a retail population they have to be much more careful to balance price point with quality than, say, Upton, CS, TeaG, or Verdant does. What I mean is that this tea is good enough that it makes me want to find the finest varient of it I can get my hands on.

A friend has said that the wet leaf smells like oatmeal. I get cacao, myself.

The cup has, as I think I’ve said before, the sweetness of Yunnan golden without the fruit.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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Today is a strange day. On the one hand, I’m recovering from a near miss with a migraine last night (my first in a long time, thank God), but on the other hand, a friend gave me the gift of YIXING and I have spent the morning seasoning my new jewel via David Duckler’s method which he shared on YouTube a week or so ago.

Because of the holiday weekend, my online orders of new tea have hit some delays and I was obligated to pick up a few onces of something drinkable from Path of Tea to cover the gap.

I love this qu hao, and I love it even more at home in the gaiwan than I do in their shop steeped Western style. The result is more like a Yunnan golden than it is like other Chinese black teas. That sweetness, honey and molasses is here as is that mellow roasted grain.

This is a fantastic daily drinker.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

I’m so glad the migraine passed you by although the storm warnings can be a discomfort almost as bad. Your tea arrival will be all the sweeter and the friend’s gift was a gift if great timing. God Bless you Jim!

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I’m into the last of this first order, today. The good news is I’m going to the Path of Tea tonight, so I can pick up another bag.

Although, I’m tempted to pick up the black pearl or the black spiral and see if I find myself relishing them the way I relish this qu hao.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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I had this yesterday, or was it the day before?

It was fast becoming my go-to tea of choice when at the Path of Tea shop and ordering a pot, so the last time I was in I opted to buy some loose to bring home.

I am slowly but surely falling in love with all these Chinese black teas that have more or less no astringency. It makes me wonder why anyone drinks Assam. I mean, sure, it’s good with ice and lemon, but it certainly isn’t premium tea most of the time.

Something about this tea and others like it always makes me think of premium black strap rum.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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Tried this today at Path of Tea. Pleasant, not much spice or chocolate. Not a must-have.

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A good black tea with pomegranate some vanilla and mabe abit of caramel.

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Tried this today. My first white tea. Definite peachy and floral flavor against the mild tea-ness.

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