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drank Vanilla Blueberry by Tea 72
1313 tasting notes

So many teas to backlog, so many to add on Steepster.

After being spoiled by the natural teas I have, I decided to spoil myself even further and see how well a Tie Guan Yin does with flavoring. I got this two weeks earlier for a convenience tea, and figured that the blueberry and vanilla would pair well with a Tie Guan Yin’s florals. I was right, they did, and the dessert tea turned out nicely. It’s on the lighter and greener side which is more than welcomed. This tea is also difficult to over brew.

Thank heavens I served this to my TE Class instead of my other teas. This was a definite hit, and people tended to prefer it with a dash of honey. I’d prefer a little bit of sugar or some on it’s own straight (the sachets are 2 grams each), but it does nicely almost anyway. It does take a while to brew, however.

If you need a convenient dessert tea or fruity oolong, this might be a good bet. The only things preventing me from putting the rating at a 80 is the price-it’s cheaper to get online than it is to get from the local store if that store even carries it. The strength of the leaves only bothered me a little bit since I like to have some teas only twice instead of power-housing them. I definitely recommend a try, and this is something for newer drinkers getting into tea though it might please a few veterans, or otherwise bore them.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Grand Crew Teas
Wuyi Origins Jin Jun Mei Sampler
What-Cha Jin Jun Mei
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

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I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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