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Drinking this again today it’s honestly just SO Good and I really need to add this to my To buy list. I’d love to get a bag of this. I definitely am excited to try some more teas from this company in the future. So hopefully the bar isn’t set too high based on how much I enjoyed this one as my first.

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I don’t know why I bother with factory ripe pu erh, I might just stop buying it. Scott’s ripes from Yunnan Sourcing are almost always delicious, bold, high quality, tested for pesticides, and overall consistently good. Lucy is no exception. It is subtly different from their other ripes, a little more complex. I think there is a bit of camphor in the background, which is nice. It tastes of bittersweet chocolate and very slight smoke. Very smooth, and moderate caffeine. Another winner from YS.

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Loose-leaf gong ting grade material that was picked and processed in 2017. Despite its youth, this is exceptionally clean and easy to drink. Deliciously nutty with dry chocolate notes and noticeable molasses sweetness, followed up with date-like fruitiness. No unpleasant flavors – there is a bit of fishiness present in the smell of the dry leaves, but this does not carry over to the liquor or taste itself.

I was surprised to see this much going on in such a young tea, particularly in only a single-grade ripe pu’erh. I really enjoy the gong ting grade in general, but this is a great one, and will likely have even more to offer once it ages a bit. Excellent product.
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Dry leaf – some fishiness, dark cocoa, hazelnut, Brazil nut, hints of cherry wood and coffee grounds. In preheated vessel – pungent sweetness of blackstrap molasses present

Smell – Brazil nut, dark molasses, nutty woodiness, hints of dried dates

Taste – arrival is fairly soft, with Brazil nut and hazelnut. Development includes light coffee grounds, cocoa, molasses. Finish is clean, with nutty dryness. Aftertaste of date, molasses, nuttiness, even hints of slight floral.

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Very unique and refreshing white tea with strong notes of licorice and mint.

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Floral, Licorice, Menthol, Mint

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
apefuzz

Wow, interesting to see that those notes are present even when processed as a white tea. Do you think it is more successful as a white, or would black tea processing carry those flavors better?

Great to see some innovative stuff happening.

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91

Honestly, this is a terrific everything tea, just as the shop description suggests. I bought it to use for iced tea, as I wanted to try something besides the grocery store standbys. It was perfect.
I also used it for a tea party, where we hosted 30 people with 3 different teas. This tea is hard to screw up – it always came out tasty and many people really enjoyed it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Since it has been nearly a month now, I figured I should finally get around to copying over the reviews I hastily scribbled in a portable notepad I carried in my purse when I was on vacation Memorial Day Weekend.

On the last day of the trip, Todd and I needed to grab breakfast before his flight; normally I will bring my own tea to restaurants (and on this particular trip, I did bring my own genmaicha in fillable corn fiber bags to a sushi restaurant to avoid crappy bagged green tea!), but since it was the last day all my tea was already packed up and everything was moved out of the room for check out. I figured I’d just not have any tea with breakfast and I’d opt for coffee or juice, but the restaurant we found actually stated on the menu that they had Steven Smith Teamaker tea! I was shocked! I knew this brand actually uses whole leaf tea in sachets so I was like, huzzah! Tea for me! And I haven’t been able to try hardly any of their flavors since my local grocery only has two varieties, Fez and Meadow. So I went pretty classic and just got the earl grey.

And… oooooooh… this was one of the best earl greys I’ve tried yet! It was very sweet and smooth, I was so surprised! I’m used to earl greys being so harsh; usually the black base ends up being really bitter/astringent and the bergamot so strong it comes off really biting, which is why I have never liked it and avoided them for years (and only recently have I made efforts to adapt my palate to them). The base of this tea had no bitterness or astringency, and the bergamot was not overbearing at all. There was a very balanced citrus bergamot flavor on the tongue that actually finished in a sweeter black currant flavor, and I’ve never experienced that before. I would totally buy this tea!

Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant, Citrus, Fruity, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Since it has been nearly a month now, I figured I should finally get around to copying over the reviews I hastily scribbled in a portable notepad I carried in my purse when I was on vacation Memorial Day Weekend.

This is a pot of tea I shared with Todd at Snake River Tea during my Anime Oasis convention weekend in Boise. I have no idea where they sourced this tea from, but they do claim it is from an organic source. I remember that I shared this pot after a full morning of shopping the Boise Farmer’s Market, and really needed an energy reboost!

I was hoping this would be one of those really buttery senchas, and I really wish there was a way to know going in, as I was really in the mood for one of those that morning, but instead this one was more like a kasebucha or a gyokuro… it had that deep, umami/vegetal taste, which tasted of spinach to me, though Todd said it tasted of artichoke (I’ve never had artichoke before, so I imagine that has a lot ot do with the difference in what vegetal note we each noticed in the tea). It also had that seaweed note that I get from kasebucha/gyokuro teas, as well as that salty aroma and subtle salt/brine ocean note. There was quite a bit of a vegetal astringency right at the end of the sip, too. It was a rather strong green tea, and packed quite a bit of energy. It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t exactly what I was in the mood for at the moment (other than wanting the energy boost). Definitely need to find a way to detect those smooth buttery senchas over the strongly vegetal/seaweedy types…

Flavors: Astringent, Ocean Air, Seaweed, Spinach, Vegetal

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The “natural cinnamon flavor” overwhelmed everything else in this tea.

It tastes like the cinnamon scented pine-cones you see at the grocery store around Xmas time.

We have a box of this at work. The best cup I’ve been able to create was with one bag of this, one bag of english breakfast tea, water at a full boil, steep 3-4 minutes, and then a generous helping of half-and-half and brown sugar.

Even then, it tastes more like cinnamon tea than an Indian Chai tea.

Ingredients: Blended black teas, cinnamon, ginger root, allspice, natural cinnamon flavor, clove bud oil, cardamom oil.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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drank Vanille by TeaGschwendner
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Since it has been nearly a month now, I figured I should finally get around to copying over the reviews I hastily scribbled in a portable notepad I carried in my purse when I was on vacation Memorial Day Weekend.

This is a pot of tea I shared with Todd at Snake River Tea during my Anime Oasis convention weekend in Boise. It is one of the many teas that they wholesale from International Tea Importers. You can find plenty of iterations of it in the database under many different teashops that carry it from this wholesaler, but I prefer to list under the wholesale source rather than add yet another small teashop to the list, so there you have it.

The aroma of the tea was very floral, almost rosy. The tea was a very pale color and so light and smooth. It had a sweet berry flavor with a subtle floral note. There was a bit of a grape flavor (like an artificial grape flavor, like you find in grape candies or sodas rather than grape fruit) but I didn’t really get any of a champagne like taste or bite, and I’ve certainly tasted a champagne or wine sort of taste in tea before, like I get in Angry Tea Store’s Sparkling Wine or even from International Tea Importers other white tea I’ve tried, Black Fruits Bai Mu Tan. Perhaps this would just present a better flavor iced rather than as a warm pot of tea? In any event, I was unimpressed on the whole. It had a nice delicate floral-fruit taste, but failed to come off with any hint of champagne as advertised… yet the one fruity white tea I’ve tried by the same company tasted far more like wine than this one. Meeeeeeh.

Flavors: Berry, Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Rose, Smooth, Sweet

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Since it has been nearly a month now, I figured I should finally get around to copying over the reviews I hastily scribbled in a portable notepad I carried in my purse when I was on vacation Memorial Day Weekend.

This is a pot of tea I shared with Todd at Snake River Tea during my Anime Oasis convention weekend in Boise. They call it “Red Hot Cinnamon” but I am very certain it is the Hot Cinnamon Spice tea from Harney & Sons as the source based on the look of the leaf, the ingredients, and my experiences tasting the tea compared with other reviews.

This tea had a very heavy cinnamon aroma! The flavor of the tea tasted to me very much like cinnamon candies, like Red Hots or Cinnamon Gummy Bears (I always did prefer the chocolate covered ones…) Personally I find the cinnamon flavor a bit too heavy-handed, with only a very subtle clove spice note, leaving the cinnamon lingering on the tongue after the sip. Thankfully that lingering spice taste was more of a sweet warmth rather than an actual spicy heat. Not my favorite cinnamon tea, but it wasn’t an unpleasant pot of tea, either.

Flavors: Artificial, Candy, Cinnamon, Clove, Spicy, Sweet

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I’ll start off by saying I brewed this in the Jian Shui and I usually don’t like reviewing teas with the added variable of brewing in clay for obvious reasons. Taste being the most drastic.

So, I cracked into my cake after taking the day off yesterday and threw a bunch of this in the Jian Shui. Smooth, sweet and soft. All while maintaining a thick body throughout the session. Tastes were strong but lacking in bitterness. The lack of Qi was of note. Some mouthfeel.

Overall, I think this is a pleasantly easy drinker. Again, I prefer to brew in the Gaiwan to review but I wanted to use my clay teapot for a long day of drinking. I should review this tea again down the road.

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
9669 tasting notes

more tea from variaTEA, figured i’d start with some of the teas in tins. It was nice to see this one again though i think it’s aged a little. The creamy lemon is a little less bright than i remembered, but still tasty. :)

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Now this is some great shou, the citrus balances with the light earthiness of the tea perfectly. I definitely recommend brewing this with a good chunk of the the peel for added citrus flavour. I’m glad I bought a few because I can’t stop drinking it, each tangerine makes about three gong fu sessions in a small gaiwan! Lost some marks for only making it through three or four good steeps before the flavour dropped off, otherwise this tea would get higher marks.

Flavors: Broth, Citrus, Earth, Mushrooms, Orange, Orange Zest, Umami

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
9669 tasting notes

i haven’t had this one in an eternity. Thanks for letting me revisit it VariaTEA. Still find this one to be middle of the road decent, so that’s good. Nice sort of every day tea. :)

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drank Honey Bee Black Tea by PekOe Sip House
9669 tasting notes

sample from VariaTEA and this is kinda….meh? The website calls this one “An unparalleled combination of sweet and malty black tea with honey and honeybee pollen.” all i’m getting is a rather bland black tea. it’s not malty and i don’t get that honey taste at all. It MIGHT have something to do with the way it was stored or some such, so i’ll refrain from rating this one…but it’s about a 65 for me i’d say.

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I’ve never found a honey flavored tea that tasted like honey.

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
9669 tasting notes

Sample from my order with Mandala – really glad that Garrett including this one since the last time i had this, it had some sort of smokey notes to it. This time around i’m getting none of that. This is the 2018 version and it’s pretty tasty. Malty, smooth sort of midweight, just what i needed to kick off my day earlier today.

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This is an excellent tea. It is very good gongfu style. There is plenty of sweetbess and I get a strong lemon flavor. Lasts through many infusions.

Preparation
3 g 2 OZ / 60 ML

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221/365

I still don’t find this one particularly watermelony, and that makes me a bit sad. The main flavour I get from this one is coconut, followed by pineapple. It’s a bit pina colada-y, which is nice, but not exactly expected. There is an element of watermelon in the mid-sip; a kind of sweetish wateriness that’s actually really pleasant and refreshing. It fades quickly, though, and doesn’t make much of an impression against the stronger coconut and pineapple flavours. I like that it’s light and fairly subtle, because sometimes on a hot day that’s just the thing.

It was nice to revisit this one, but I think I’d probably not repurchase once I’ve finished my sample. I want MORE watermelon!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp
tea-sipper

I was thinking of this one when I woke up this morning!

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