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Late night tea time! Another term paper, another delicious cup of tea. I absolutely love this. It came as a sample in my most recent order. I think I like it even more than my beloved Golden Monkey.
It tastes beautifully of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. It’s similar in taste to their golden monkey, but has a richer taste. It’s a little more dark chocolate than cocoa. It’s got a smooth roasted nutty flavor in the background, too. Yum yum. Maybe I’ll buy more as a treat when my finals are done!

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90

This is a sort-of sipdown. I finished off my original package. It’s a little bittersweet, because that was a gift from someone I’m not close to anymore, but luckily I can also buy my own tea. The next package is already here!

I kind of killed this steep a little. I wandered off and it steeped for probably around 7 minutes. It got a bit bitter (obviously) but I already planned to add milk and sugar, so now it’s a lovely, creamy treat.

The new bag smells a lot richer in flavor, maybe because it’s fresher. I’m curious to try it. It smells close to the Teavivre Bailin Gongfu (which I think is basically the same tea), but not as fruity as the Yunnan Sourcing version.

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90

This was the first loose tea that I ever really got into. This one is very chocolatey, and a little nutty, I think. There’s a teensy bit of astringency, and it doesn’t do well if steeped for too long. It’s wonderful hot or iced. I’m a bit of troublemaker and like my black teas with milk sometimes, and this one is certainly perfect for it. It’s like hot chocolate when hot with milk

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80

This listed on the package as a “double bergamot…very robust” tea and it doesn’t lie. I can usually get two steepings out of a portion of these leaves, it is strong enough and “in your face” with the bergamot that a quick first cup brew will leave you satisfied and enough left in the leaves for a second brew that is just a good, if a little less “in your face” about it.
Otherwise it’s based on a good, if not remarkable, base tea.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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70

This tea has a toasty, fired flavor to it. Almost burnt if you let it steep too long. Not smokey though. More of a cocoa than dark chocolate flavor, has an edge that is nicely smoothed by a bit of honey.

Flavors: Cocoa, Roasted, Tannic, Toasty, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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72

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #39
Another one I took the last serving of before sending on the teabox. Blueberry and jasmine is an odd combination! The green tea is a little tough but I like the blueberry flavor. I wish more of the jasmine made an appearance though.
I was also sipping Mountain Tea’s Sencha that I took out of the teabox because I saw it before and it was in a thin bag, but it still tasted delicious! So if a sencha can hold up in a teabox, I shouldn’t be too worried about other teas. My tasting notes might be slowing down a bit, as I will be focusing on getting some reading done for themorningnews.org’s Tournament of Books! I’ve got about six novels to read in about three weeks which will never happen because I enjoy being a slow reader. :D

MrQuackers

Sencha is steamed to keep enzymes from activating. Usually I get mine in a tin, though.

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80

Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #11
This is solid sweet green tea with subtle hints of fruit flavor. The dry leaves look like a sencha. Possibly peach, but it’s subtle enough that it isn’t cloying. This never was overboiled or astringent — just sweetness all around! Another little company that is fun to find in the teabox!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoon for a full mug// 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep

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75

A pleasant surprise. I thought for sure it was going to be artificial tasting but this actually tastes like real blueberries! The jasmine is on the light side of flavors, which I find rather odd considering jasmine usually like to make its self known. Had to cold steep this one. I’m wondering if the jasmine would come out more if its hot.

Inkling

I actually remember the jasmine being really strong in this one! Interesting how different brewing methods affect the taste.

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70

Another tea from my swap with Emilie!

I haven’t tried a jasmine green tea with another flavour blended in previously, and I must say that blueberry works very well in this mix! Although the jasmine is the dominant one, the blueberry is a subtle aroma and background aftertaste that I quite enjoy.

I hope everyone enjoyed their new year celebrations! I sure did mine. It consisted of opening my bottle of champagne at 8pm, drinking a few glasses of Mimosa while watching TV and falling asleep on the couch at 11. Then I get waken up at midnight by my boyfriend and I go to bed. It was just wonderful, considering I was pretty tired from being up at 7am for work.

Happy New Year everyone! Best wishes for 2016.

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I was intrigued by this tea when I read Emilie’s recent tasting note on it and she was kind enough to send me a sample in our swap. Unfortunately, this blend just wasn’t for me. The green tea base seems nice, with no grassiness or bitterness, but the jasmine flavor completely overwhelms whatever blueberry taste is supposed to be here. I feel like I’m drinking a garden!

Flavors: Jasmine, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

This had beautiful long green tea leaves as I was scooping into the tea ball. I had to break one of the leaves to fit it into the tea ball. Seeing that always just makes me extra enthusiastic for what I’m about to drink. I’m also getting a soft but strong coconut scent wafting from the resealable bag when I scoop. It makes me happy.

The coconut scent keeps wafting from the cup while it steeps and cools. This is a soft, unsweetened coconut scent.

The focus of this is definitely on the coconut, rather than the green tea. My first drink is almost pure coconut flavor – I don’t even notice the green tea. Subsequent sips bring out the green tea flavor more (there’s a tiny bit of bitterness from the green tea, but I like that), but the coconut doesn’t disappear. Instead, they blend beautifully together.

2nd infusion – left the tea ball in the cup his time. The flavor is a bit lighter, but still delightful.

Flavors: Coconut, Tea

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75

My first review!

This is a very fluffy and light tea, so I used I bit more than I usually would for most teas. While steeping, this has a pleasant floral scent – predominantly chamomile, though I can detect a little bit of rose if I look for it. It’s definitely a calming scent.

I’m letting this steep awhile, partially because I’ve burned my tongue too many times by being a little too eager to drink my tea. I’ve probably oversteeped my teas many times, but I’ve never had a huge problem with the flavor.

There is a very mild sweetness to this, like a drop of honey among the (not-too) bitter flowers. The chamomile is the predominant note here, blending with the other florals.

This is definitely a very soothing tea. The scent (combined wiih the warmth) just relaxes me, as it’s meant to.

Flavors: Floral, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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