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Hoarded this 2021 sample til the mood struck me. I steeped it up about twice so far in short 15 and 20 second steeps, and it’s heavy on the baked pear and syrupy thick texture, but light on the roast and woady profile this time. Now, even steep three at 15 sec, and four at 30 sec, there’s a sweetness that leans almost in a vanilla or maple direction. Steep three was a little bit woodier, but four fruitier with the fancy poached or baked pear flavor again. Steep 5, forgot the time-maybe less than a minute, aroma remaining. The charcoal creeps up a bit, but so does some minerals, vaguely cinnamon (by association and imagination), and rock sugar. Oh yeah, didn’t I mentioned a cooked version of a pear yet?

Either way it keeps coming and its a nice break from the frequent greener oolongs I’ve had. I still prefer to drink the greener oolongs more often for some reason, despite the cinders I’ve flecked from my wallets well scorched hole. Oddly though, my palette like fruitier tones and higher oxidized oolongs tend to be in fact fruitier than green ones, but I go back to the green ones.

Sometimes, the higher oxidised oolongs are actually too sweet for me, edging for cloying. I know most people wouldn’t use that word for red oolongs and I’d argue they are a little bit better suited to a western palette in some ways, but it’s the weird border into fructose, honey or syrup that makes me think they are. I’d be curious if anyone else has the same kind of experience. I know I’m hypocritical because I like vanilla, floral, chocolate, or fruit leaning black, white, and oolong teas, but I’d be happy to know I’m not the only one. Maybe it’s just my western palette preferring those teas.

I still recommend this one though. It’s quite good. I still agree with most of the earlier notes written, and the newer ones drawing the dill and spice comparisons. It’s like a savory baked fruit desert or starter.

Flavors: Apple Skins, Brown Sugar, Charcoal, Cherry, Cinnamon, Fruity, Honey, Maple Syrup, Mineral, Pear, Red Apple, Smooth, Sweet, Thick, Woody

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drank Mao Feng by Mandala Tea
1217 tasting notes

Today it smells like dried basil and an ant colony. Ohhh sweet larvae. And sweetened egg yolk?

It tastes like the idea of the essence of lotus seed moon cake added to a bottle of spring water with grass living in it. Cooling, herbalmint finish.

Flavors: Basil, Egg, Grass, Herbal, Mineral, Mint, Nutty, Pastries, Spring Water, Sugar, Sweet, Umami

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Light brew yesterday, still a great 5 cups. 4th and 5th were weaker, but aroma going strong. I’ve just opened my last 50 grams of it, and am now starting to have diet addict freakout. I know this was limited, and weather permitting, I’m hopeful it might return. There’s a distinctly canola oil like vibe with the fruity qualities of the tea that I absolutely love, and it’s definitely my favorite black tea in my stash right now. I actually started looking into Green Terrace’s to hold me off and see how it compares, but they’re Paypal isn’t working. So I may have to reach out for help or be more responsible by finishing this slowly.

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Sipdown, and upping the rating. I don’t remember what I did differently, but kept things shorter at 15, and then 30 seconds so far. Orange is coming out with the geranium and rose, having a herbaceous finish for me. I’m enjoying it more.

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2 separate sessions, one yesterday and one today with different people over. 5.4g, 90mL gaiwan, Brita tap both.

The first session was from my sample from Liquid Proust, and the second was from edges of my cake. Both somewhat crushed up, but not dust. The LP sample session was a much better experience for whatever reason. Some decent florals and throatiness, slightly nutty sometimes, with some plummy notes and heat expanding and then dissipating in chest. sweet aftertaste and woody notes.

Mine felt dead by comparison. The first steep had a nice taste and aftertaste like a particularly sweet plum, but then it fell immediately downhill from there. Most steeps were totally bland, but once pushed, was slightly bitter and had some astringency.

Slight mushroominess at times from both, but not as strong as the Naked Yiwu displays.

A bizarre experience. Was quite disappointed by mine, but will give it some time and see if things change. Hong Yin is said to be an uplifting tea from what I’ve read, but I’m really bad at evaluating mood changes from teas, so no comment there.

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AJRimmer Advent tea #3
Unfortunately, this one was a bit of a miss. I mostly got toasted ricey genmaicha, and a little bit of cream but I can’t say I tasted any orange flavor. The genmaicha was nice, but unfortunately not the only thing this tea is supposed to be. I might try the rest of this iced and see if that brings out the creamsicle orange flavor any

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Tea #2 from the AJRimmer advent!
I love anything even remotely Earl Grey and this was a nice delicate cream Earl Grey so I was a fan! Sadly it’s all gone now

Shae

If you like strawberry, their Gratitude Blend is so good!!

Shae

It’s a strawberry Earl Grey. Should have mentioned that. :)

Emilie

Omg I definitely need that!

AJRimmer

Yes, I’m so glad Shae introduced me to this blend! I had to acquire more for myself after I finished the bit she sent me.

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
1699 tasting notes

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drank Peach & Passion Fruit by Ahmad Tea
2573 tasting notes

From a sampler; long neglected in the office stash. I think I scorched the first round, which may have something to do with the age of the remaining couple of bags. However, a shorter steep time helped. Nice balance of both flavors and tasty on ice even without completely chilling it first.

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drank Yerba Mate Herbal by Maya Tea
3698 tasting notes

From the sale a year ago… I guess they didn’t do a sale this year.  huh.  Anyway, this is… yerba mate!  Simple enough.  And I was happy to stock up a little more yerba mate for $1.  The brew gets quite the olive green color.  I’m not sure if it helped me focus more.  The flavor is impossible for me to describe.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 28 minutes after boiling //  2 minute
Steep #2 // 20 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep

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drank Vanilla Bean Black by DAVIDsTEA
34 tasting notes

I got this one from the TTB and I’m quite enjoying it! It’s nice and creamy with a decent vanilla flavor and some hints of coconut. I haven’t been able to try many flavored black teas due to their usual high caffeine content, but this one says it’s low caffeine. Makes me wish I could try more black teas because many of the interesting flavors I’ve seen seem to use a black tea base!

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
88 tasting notes

I wish I would have took better notes which teas I received from which swaps so I don’t accidentally give credit to the wrong Steepster. ( :x face palms) I think this one was from Shae though.
Preparation: Western (no additives)
Tasting Note: First off warm, it smells so good, vanilla-almond sweet cookies wafting around my office. There is a light astringency in the black base, which I kind of enjoy as far as blended blacks go. Then there is a light sweet and creaminess from the vanilla and almond and it really does remind me of a buttery almond cookie. :3 Very yummy!

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cookie, Cream, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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VariaTEA gave me a sample of this and while i’ve had it a few times now it’s just not that memorable. It’s a good every day tea if the price is right but it didn’t envoke any sort of “wow” facto for me :)

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drank Jin Die by Camellia Sinensis
13512 tasting notes

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drank Mi Xiang Hong Cha by Camellia Sinensis
13512 tasting notes

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drank Jin Hou Organic by Camellia Sinensis
13512 tasting notes

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drank Xiao Zhong by Camellia Sinensis
13512 tasting notes

Sipdown! rest is over to VariaTEA for her to try :)

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drank La Creme by Tealish
13512 tasting notes

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Tea Runners
13512 tasting notes

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drank Classic Laoshan Black by Yunnan Sourcing
13512 tasting notes

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I’m a total sucker for anything peach, so I was looking forward to this one! The dry leaf definitely smells very cobbler-y, with creamy pastry notes layered on top of the peach.

The brewed cup is a bit of a letdown, though. Hot, I’m just not getting much of anything beyond the Ceylon base. Once it cools, it reads as more of a peaches and cream flavor than peach cobbler. That base is super astringent, though! It nearly overwhelms all the other flavors.

Reading through the other reviews, it seems like this might be a fairly temperamental tea—others seem to have coaxed more flavor out of it. I could see it being quite tasty cold-brewed.

I won’t be keeping this from the TTB, but I’m glad I tried it.

Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Pastries, Peach

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drank Three Ginger by Pukka
1475 tasting notes

This has a nice strong ginger flavor. It’s good sweetened, but nothing special. I think I still prefer straight ginger, but I am enjoying the little extra something that’s here. It’s not that spicy. I like it cold and sweetened. I wouldn’t have minded grabbing another bag or two of this from the TTB!

ashmanra

I need to keep an eye out for this one because it sounds like it would make a great tea soda that would taste like Gingerale.

AJRimmer

That’s a great idea!

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