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I love this flavor of honest tea. It’s really just the perfect sweetness and tastes great.

Flavors: Mango, Orange

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100

I love this tea! I can quite literally drink this every day if I could. The tea has a good amount of sweetness to it, and the peach flavor is not overwhelming. I love it!

Flavors: Peach

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86

This was my first foray into chumushi sencha and ordering from yuuki-cha for that matter. It’s a delcious unami filled tea, with the first infusion brewed at low temperature really brings it out. First steep has strong notes of unami and grassyness with bery slight astringgency. Later steeps become sweeter but a characteristic green tea taste and vegetalbleness. I’m not finding as much buttery and sweetness but all together I’ve really enjoyed this sencha and would order again.

1st – 160 for 1 minute
2nd – 170 flash
3rd – 175 for 45s
4th – 180 2 mins

Flavors: Grass, Green, Seaweed

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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75
drank Golden flower by AdagioTeas
3 tasting notes

Sweet and floral and not so much vegetal.
Medium-body with creaminess; smooth start turns into a minor tannin after taste.
Careful not to over-brew, can quickly become too astringent.

Flavors: Honey, Honeysuckle

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84

Smells like fruit preserves in the bag. Smells like honey and hot spring water in while steeping. Taste is the same, with some toasty notes that come through as it cools. Surprisingly mild, but I steeped at kind of a low temperature. Easy drinking, no weird aftertastes. Iced and sugared it gets kind of caramel tasting….I prefer it that way by far.

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88

I experimented quite a bit with different temperatures and water to leaf ratios. Higher temperatures (82°C/ 180°F) bring forward the dark and woody side of the tea and kill off the flowery notes, whilst lower temperatures (75°C/ 170°F) make the tea appear more flowery (roses and other flowers) and sweet with just an undertone of darker notes. Personally I prefer lower temperatures and 3g of leaves per 75ml water in a gong fu style session.

This is the first Pai Mu Tan I am reviewing but in comparison to other white teas (silver needle, blends of different white teas) I enjoy the stronger woodsy notes mixed with honey and flowers.

Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Rose, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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drank You Are My Sunshine by 52teas
9722 tasting notes

guys…i’m 5 teas away from being on a SINGLE CUPBOARD PAGE! that’s insanity. Seriously. This is probably my last cup today since this evening i’ll be drinking water and wine. ha! I’ve been enjoying this one quite a bit esp with a tiny bit of sweetner to make the flavours pop. i prefer this version to sun and cloud mist….that one for whatever reason never really made me as excited as others….

Final Count: 23 (9 teas, 14 puerh)

__Morgana__

How is it possible to have a single cupboard page!?!

VariaTEA

Provided I finally get over whatever I’ve come down with…I can either (a) meet you for lunch downtown next week to give you a bag of teas or (b) drop it off at your place one evening next week. Let me know if either option works.

Sil

Either, or works.

Morgana – I know right?

Evol Ving Ness

VariaTEA, hope you feel better soon. Sucks to be sick.

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87
drank Psychocandy by August Uncommon Tea
9722 tasting notes

All gone…finished this one up today. Feels like i’m drinking my way through my cupboard at break neck speed….guess that’s sort of true since you can drink everything when you barely have any teas haha. This one was enjoyable, though i have to say recently AU has been more miss than hit.

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97

The second of my two Leafy Green samples. Creamy with notes of brown sugar, dry wood, candied citrus, and incense supporting a fresh vegetal background. Extremely tasty tea.

Full review here: https://wordpress.com/post/themellifiedcup.wordpress.com/59

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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88
drank Ali Shan Jin Xuan by Leafy Green
315 tasting notes

Received two samples from Leafy Green. This is a very tasty Jin Xuan, fresh and refreshing with notes of cream, kale, and wildflowers. It has a lingering sweetness, and that reminds me a bit of biting into a juicy plant.

Longer review on my blog will be posted soon.

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Kale, Mineral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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95
drank Tieguanyin by Lin Mao Sen
86 tasting notes

This apparently is a very mild roast, according to the proprietor. He said the roasted flavours are largely due to the natural notes of Tieguanyin. This is from Muzha.

The dry leaf is certainly roasty in aroma and appearance. Almonds, warm wood, apricots, delicate floral notes. Quite intoxicating

Liquor surprised me with guava and mint. creamy espresso and still with milkiness…so yes, a cappuccino aroma. underneath roasted almonds. a darker floral note like lily also lurking

Palate shows more freshness of mint and nuts. round and creamy. green bean, honey. complex.
long finish with ever so slight bitterness at the end.

The body and richness of a more fermented tieguanyin while maintaining plenty of higher notes.

delicious

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75
drank Punjabi Masala Chai by Teabox
100 tasting notes

A very strong chai, it was good and strong. I enjoy spice and usually drink my chai without additives, as I did this one. It seemed a bit strong for me, I had only one serving since it was from the Joy box, a Christmas Advent box. I wished I had added milk before it was finished, I didn’t think of that until it was too late. Oh well, a good chai but not my favorite, but then I didn’t really give it a complete try.

Flavors: Astringent, Cardamon, Clove

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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94
drank Fairy Dust by Tealish
4051 tasting notes

Brewed this up with green apple honey. It’s to sweet but its soothing my throat so I am dealing with one evil to help another.

Lexie Aleah

Green apple honey? Oooh where did you find that?

VariaTEA

I got all the honey straws at this giant Apple stop driving home from northern Ontario.

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79

Gongfu in a 70ml glazed pot, boiling water into a thermos, so probably about 207F. Malty sweet potatoes with a layer of chocolate. Delicious and very nicely balanced with very low bitterness. I usually find hong to be too bitter potato skin or bitter malty/astringent, this is much better ratio of those aspects. Does tend to go a little sour by the third steep. Thanks for the sample, steph!

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Sour, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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100
drank Jasmine Peony by DAVIDsTEA
77 tasting notes

I love jasmine, rose, and floral teas in general. The first time that I smelled this, I knew that it was going to be amazing, because it made me think of the Valentine’s bouquet that I got last month, full of fragrant blooms, and made me instantly happy. I own a lot of jasmine teas and this one definitely has the strongest fragrance by far. It smells so very good. Sweet, honeyed, heady jasmine and a juicy, rose-like scent as well. Mmm.
And that’s exactly how it tastes – rich, beautiful jasmine and juicy, tart roses with that vanilla-honey sweetness that blooms often develop. I love it. It tastes romantic and beautiful and so strong.
I’m going to be purchasing a big tin of this, and fear that it might have just overthrown all of the other jasmine teas in my cupboard…

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88
drank Pudding Announcer by Mei Leaf
36 tasting notes

First raw puerh I’ve tried. The first two or three infusions have a very strong initial minerality with wood and leather on the nose. This tones down on subsequent infusions. For me it’s the finish that is really interesting – pronounced lingering sweetness of honey, strawberry and apricot preserves, a hint of flowers and linden blossom.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Honey, Jam, Leather, Mineral, Strawberry, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Green Spiral by DAVIDsTEA
77 tasting notes

This tea had me at “rolled up just like an adorable little snail shell,” lol. I ordered enough to give it a few thorough testings. One time I left it on accident and it quickly went bitter, but the other times it wasn’t quite as strong as I would generally like. I’m really into Sencha Ashikubo right now for a green tea, and think that it has a stronger flavor overall and a brightness to it that I really like. Green Spiral is very mellow, calm and subtle. I do think that it has a watery lettuce (“refreshing romaine” says DavidsTea) quality to it, along with a slight buttery, honeyed sweetness. Clean, green, and verrrry lightly sweet. I wouldn’t say no to another cup of it, but it’s probably not one that I’m going to personally repurchase.

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52

Opens up with the start of some aged flavor to it, but quickly turns youthfully punchy and bitter in a light-ish fashion as it opens up (more noticeable with some mild pushing in the mid game). Pleasant, but not particularly unusual in any way. I think more age will bring out some different flavor due to the punchiness, but not something that stands out as of now.

Flavors: Bitter, Green

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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drank Pumpkin Chai by 52teas
9722 tasting notes

Latte style today on this sort of yucky grey day. I’m still around and drinking tea, but don’t have much new to say. Quite enjoy this one as a latte.

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86
drank Jin Jun Mei by Capital Tea Ltd.
9722 tasting notes

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81
drank Keemun Classic by Capital Tea Ltd.
9722 tasting notes

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Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Roasted

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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