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drank Camel's Breath by Silk Road Teas
1567 tasting notes

Brewed my last mini tuo of this grandpa style in a 16oz mug. I think I got 3 refills on top of the original pour. Good strength for 4.5g of shou.

This reminded me a lot of a freebie no-name mini tuo I picked up from the SF Tea Fest, offered by Imperial Tea Court. This one, though, was a different shape: classic birds nest vs the flat puck from ITC. I bought a small handful of these Camel’s Breath from bulk tea section at the co-op.

Dark, smooth, oily and briny, lots of leather and barnyard. There was a distinct finish to this tea, something almost gamey-musky or cheese-like in taste. Sounds gross but it complemented the brininess very well. I feel like I should be working in a horse barn at the edge of coastal cliffs when I drink this. Spent material reveals no fannings only finely chopped leaf. Daily drinker type of tea.

Flavors: Barnyard, Fur, Leather, Salty, Smooth, Umami

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Fur is not a flavor I’ve seen listed before, nor one that I can imagine!

derk

You’ve never licked a furry animal? I laughed when I saw fur in the flavors list so I threw it in. It fits the theme.

Mastress Alita

They have “fur” but don’t have many of the things I’m constantly looking for as flavors like “chamomile”, “pomegranate”, “water chestnut”, or “furniture polish.” Go figure. Sadly using the “add a flavor note” and “add an ingredient” doesn’t seem to do anything because I have e-mail history showing I e-mailed in “pomegranate” over a year ago and it was never put on the list, so I just gave up.

Kittenna

Sad. I’m not good enough at identifying flavours to use that feature, but it would be nice if it worked!

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Kittenna

Fur is not a flavor I’ve seen listed before, nor one that I can imagine!

derk

You’ve never licked a furry animal? I laughed when I saw fur in the flavors list so I threw it in. It fits the theme.

Mastress Alita

They have “fur” but don’t have many of the things I’m constantly looking for as flavors like “chamomile”, “pomegranate”, “water chestnut”, or “furniture polish.” Go figure. Sadly using the “add a flavor note” and “add an ingredient” doesn’t seem to do anything because I have e-mail history showing I e-mailed in “pomegranate” over a year ago and it was never put on the list, so I just gave up.

Kittenna

Sad. I’m not good enough at identifying flavours to use that feature, but it would be nice if it worked!

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