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I felt like finishing a lot of samples that I have in my banana leaf box. I pulled this on out. First, I loved the packaging. I could feel the rough, pebble like leaves in there – that is how vacuum sealed the sample packet was. It was also a beautiful orange/red package. Second, I am really surprised I found this tea on steepster because it has such a LONG name.

I believe Tie Guan Yin was the first oolong tea that I purchased a very long time ago. I remember steeping it so long that it was so strong in taste, but I loved it anyway.

When I opened the package and poured it into my little gaiwan, I saw the beautiful bright to dark green curled up leaves. They are tightly curled up. It smelled mildly of florals and greens.

Upon steeping the tea, the scent became similar to Andrew & Dunham’s Damn Fine Tea – Mermaid Kiss. There was a hint of milkiness to it and florals for sure. The leaves smelled like broccoli and florals. Delicious!! The liquor was a medium yellow color. It tasted very good! Again, the slight milky flavor mixed with sweet florals and light greens. It was not bitter at all and went down smoothly. It felt so smooth in my mouth.

This withstood several steeps. The leaves unfurled into huge leaves. Great tea overall!

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Drank this tea this morning. I LOVE this tea. I am so happy I have an enormous bag of this. Woo!! Such a staple tea, especially when Chai Bora isn’t readily available here.

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drank Chai by Teaism
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I made a large batch of this last night. I was up really late but I was craving chai tea so badly. I whipped this one over the stove! My husband and I shared it, and I put the rest in the fridge. Now, I’m drinking it cold. It is absolutely delicious! It isn’t as spicy as other chai teas that I’ve had, but I think it is because I put it in a tea bag instead of letting the loose spices float in the water. Still, it definitely filled my craving.

Also, it is weird… every time that I click on “notices”, I get an error. Is this happening to anyone else????

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Thank you The DJBooth for swapping this with me!

When I first looked at the dry leaves, I couldn’t tell what it was. Was it oolong? black? pu-erh? The leaves were wavy and dark brown/black. I couldn’t smell anything… perhaps my nose wasn’t working this morning ?? Anyhow, I wasn’t sure how to brew it up either, so I steeped it for 2 minutes Western style.

Upon sniffing the murky dark brown/black liquor, I knew there was Pu Erh in there! It was earthy, sweet, malty, and roasty. It was a dark tea! Delicious! I took a sip, and there was no bitterness! I was happy. This is a good tea. I read the description after and saw that it is a blended tea. I don’t know which Black Tea this is mixed with, but it is good. There was a tiny hint of smokiness. I added some sugar and milk just to try it out that way, and it was delicious! Lovely tea.

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The DJBooth

Glad you like it. The other black is ancient tea tree.

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drank Milk Oolong by Tea Cozy
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I finished this tea up today as well. Woo I’m on a roll. I have teas lined up for later as well. This tea is good as always. I brewed this up Western style, but this tea tastes a lot better brewed in a small gaiwan or small vessel. Delicious! This doesn’t have the powdered milk smell or taste to it, which is great! Lovely tea. :)

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drank Green Zoubrovka by Kusmi Tea
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drank Star of Africa by Teaism
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I enjoyed my 2 week vacation, but now that I started working, I realized that I drink far less tea than usual. This tea was great for tonight. It was fruity and light. Just what I needed before I go to sleep tonight.

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I’m someone who happens have an addiction to tea! My tea collection keeps growing and growing, which just means that I’ve got to drink more tea! When life gets a bit too stressful, I love sitting down to a nice, warm cup of tea.

Swap: I am always up for swapping! Take a look at my cupboard and send me a msg! I always send extras since I have too much tea! :)

My cupboard contains all the teas that I own. The teas that are unrated but are in my cupboard are ones that I haven’t opened yet. :)

Likes: chai, all types of teas, dessert teas, Dan Cong & milk oolongs, dragonwell & kukicha greens, flavored rooibos, vanilla anything

Dislikes: bitter
Allergies: Chamomile, Jasmine, Soy


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