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A tropical-fruit laden jasmine green tea. The fragrance is of juicy green pear, mangosteen, pineapple gummies, flowering pear tree, lychee, honeycrisp apple, and tangy green grapes.

Tastes of watermelon and grape Jolly Ranchers, Nerds candies, white flower pollen, watermelon rind, magnolia tree, summer wind, and then finishes with buttery green tea notes like bok choy. Medium-intensity, fruity, and not soapy at all, as some jasmine teas can be.

Today hit 80 degrees in Los Angeles (about 27 degrees C) and the evening was perfectly cool and fragrant with orange blossoms. The hummingbirds seem delighted by the improving weather, chirping their happy hellos to one another, and maybe, I hope, to me as well. A quiet seat outside, enjoying the delicious silence after a beastly workday. The gift of a sunset. A perfect moment for this tea.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Pear, Watermelon

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Green Tea Wafers by OSULLOC
2901 tasting notes

Know those little cheapie wafer cookies with various and sundry artificial flavored cream between the layers? (Lemon and strawberry are my favorites, especially chilled in the summer.) Imagine a smaller, chunkier, version filled with matcha and not-so-sweet cream—that was my afternoon break today and a lovely little birthday treat from my son. The office HVAC is out of whack, which meant it was way too sultry to steep something hot to accompany them, but once the universe is in balance again, they’ll pair nicely with something nice and green or nice and lemony.

ashmanra

How lovely! <3

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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 11 OZ / 330 ML

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drank Jeju Organic by Camellia Sinensis
1443 tasting notes

This is like a black tea mixed with salad greens. There is a lovely underlying sweetness as well. A very unique cup.

The description notes seaweed notes and maritime briney-ness, but I don’t get that. I recently had Coastal Oolong from MS, so perhaps that has swayed me since that was very ocean-esque. Though to be fair, this is my second cup of this one and the taste profile has been the same both times.

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drank Sweet Black Gulou by Harney & Sons
218 tasting notes

Attempting to sip down/de clutter teas from my stash.

Well looking in the tin, its obvious I’ve tried this before a few times in the year and more since I bought it. But no notes or ratings, which means I didn’t like it.

Now, its not bad, but not a flavor profile I am wild about. Its more astringent and drying than I like, which becomes more pronounced as it cools.

I think this is one I should be able to finish. Might try this as a cold brew and see how I feel that way.

ashmanra

Sometimes that profile is best with food, as the astringency can clear the palate and become almost unnoticeable…until the plate is clear!

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A sipdown! (M: 1 Y: 44), prompt: A tea with a special meaning to you
Just marking a sipdown as I finished it on Saturday. But well, it’s hard to make sipdowns when your stash is roughly 5 hours by car away.And in meantime, I have been busy and somehow not in mood writing a note.

Happy to have this finished and the special meaning? Of course I could pick so many others… but this will be as a tea bought on the 1st tea festival I have been to.

Preparation
7 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

I was thinking of you and wondering about your time in Germany! It is good to hear from you!

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This is quite fake tasting, but not bad cold. I taste a pretty even mix of peach and raspberry flavoring, but I would have preferred more of a fresh flavor combo.

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
39 tasting notes

today’s brew had warmer water, and it’s much stronger! I feel that it may have lost some of the citrus, but it is still distinctly a grey, instead of a straight black tea (i.e., english breakfast, prince of wales, etc.)
this tea is shaping up to be quite versatile, and I’m glad I got it! might consider adding it to the repurchase list :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I prefer Lady Grey teas to Earl Greys. There was a wonderful one that I had trouble sourcing again but you might find it easily. It was called Genteel Lady in translation where it was purchased in Amsterdam. I found it from a German company under the name My Lady. You might love that one! I reviewed it here on Steepster under Genteel Lady.

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Sipdown (2583)!

I was reorganizing my desk a few days ago and I can across a mug with a couple of these different Adagio “portions” stuffed in that, I’m gonna honest, I had totally forgotten I still had. So I figured I’d brew this one up and put the others somewhere a little more visable where I will hopefully not forget about them…

I’m not at all familiar with the fandom this tea is inspired by, so I’m drinking it and judging it on flavour alone. It steeps up bold and brisk with strong nutty notes of roasted almond. I like that there’s an almost chicory root kind of dark, “burnt” edge to it. Not enough to be, like, bitter – but it’s just so clearly not a sweet amaretto or marzipan style of almond. The finish is a little creamy and vanilla-like in a way that makes me think of coffee creamer. It’s nice, though there’s something about the almond and vanilla combination that feels eerily familiar. I’m confident that I must have had it in more than a handful of other Adagio fandom blends.

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Gongfu!

It’s been pretty rainy the last couple of days and, like clockwork, I’m finding my cravings have shifted to darker and more cozy teas like this session of chenpi shou pu’erh!! It’s incredibly smooth with a dense, heavy woody and earthy flavour and a clean, medicinal aged citrus note. However, most striking is the very brothy and savory taste that runs like a current throughout the sip and lingers in the back of the mouth and throat after each swallow. It made for a really calm and grounding session with all the forest-y and petrichor aromas in the surrounding area.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5yjY9gOsyZ/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzeoOUGvVgU

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Gongfu!

Today I’m enjoying some raw pu’erh from a new to me tea company!! This beauty is 2017 Honey Water, a Lincang sheng that settlingtea was kind enough to gift me to try along with several other tea samples that I’ll be tasting throughout the next week. The dry leaf was sweet smelling with notes of honey and ripe fruit. Those notes only intensified after the rinse, really show casing exactly where the name of this tea comes from. In addition to bright, sugary notes of golden honey this tea also has playful red berry notes, floral undertones and a finish that tastes of beeswax candles in the best sort of way. Very, very soft and smooth liquor without lacking in flavour department one bit. As a first showing from this company, it’s very impressive. Cannot wait to keep sampling!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5vsqHWu0xq/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtjuAStxd2o

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drank Yuzu Sencha by Momo Tea
15662 tasting notes

oday seemed like a perfect day to enjoy some kōridashi (aka “ice brewing”), so I’ve got some tea all set up and steeping!! The wait is the hardest part, but when I’m finally able to enjoy my first sips of that silky smooth green tea with the pop of bright and citrusy yuzu top notes it will be well worth it!!

For my tea friends who more frequently brew kōridashi style tea, have you ever tried it with tea types other that green teas? I’ll be the first to admit this is a method of brewing I’m less well versed in, and I’ve really only ever seen it done with Japanese green teas. However, as most of y’all know, I don’t exactly drink a lot of those – so I’m just wondering before I go and get too experimental if anyone has had success trying a something else!!

EDIT: And, once all the ice had melted, it sure enough was a ultra refreshing and velvety smooth brew with that perfect sunny and complex yuzu citrus flavour. So good!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5tNkN1Oe5X/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUw3LPM7OBU

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Sipdown (2584)!

Polished the last of this off over the weekend and it was one of those cups of tea that kind of tasted really ethereal in its strange makeup of flavours? A little nutty and toasty from the rice, but also tropical with a more generic “yellow/orange” leaning fruit flavour and a soft, hard to pin point spice note. Sometimes I find teas that hit so many flavour points without really leaning heavily into any of them kind of “middling” in taste and a little generic, but this one was just soul soothing. Exactly the kind of tea I needed for a drizzly, low energy sort of Sunday.

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Sipdown (2585)!

A bit of a bittersweet sipdown since this is such a pleasant and deeply unique tasting blend. It’s got one of the nicest and most accurate orange blossom notes I’ve come across in a tea with that perfect balance of floral and citrus elements that riff off the natural honeysuckle and creamy cucumber pulp notes of the white tea. It’s also got a wickedly smooth and nutty note of almond that’s jussssttt sweet enough. Makes me think of whipped or otherwise more creamy marzipan? Not as rich though. But similar idea. I love the way the almond and orange blossom interact – so sophisticated and complimentary!!

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drank Radiance by Pukka
15662 tasting notes

Sipdown (2586)!

Not something I’d probably seek out since I have many similar things in my stash already, but I found this to be a pretty in offensive blend of peppermint and other herbs. In particular I like the sweetness and kind of licorice-y depth that the fennel inclusion adds to the cup, and the nettle was very inoffensive. Not spinachy like it could have been. Made for a smooth and soothing cup with a light medicinal sort of feel to it. Medicinal, in this case, in a good way where it felt like it was doing something positive for me.

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Sipdown (2587)!

I like the inclusion of spearmint in this blend because it adds more dimension and natural sweetness to what is otherwise a very basic and straightforward peppermint. However, I think leaving this tea sachet to steep in the mug while I drank may have been a mistake because near the end of the mug it ended up getting very potent and savory with a herbaceous element that almost felt like tulsi or even dill??

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In my head I was remembering this tea as a bit more medicinal tasting, so I was surprised when I took my first sips of this mug and was met with more of a creamy yogurt sort of note. Strawberry, too. Fresh with a hint of a tart snap to it. Very “strawberries and cream” as an overall profile with a nice mix of bright top notes and silky vanilla/cream in the finish. Rooibos forward to be sure, but just not quite as medicinal as I think I experienced my first go round.

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Weekend cuppa! Very strong, aromatic and sweet notes of roses. Not light and delicate, but the kind of rose that makes me think of giant bouquets of deeply pink roses that fill the whole room with that potent but pleasant perfume-y sorta smell. The caramel note was present (especially in the finish), but something about it almost read more as a thick golden honey. Very delicious, regardless.

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I’ve been putting off trying this one because I’m a little fickle about ginger, but it was actually kind of perfect!? Just ginger-y enough with undertones of cinnamon and a smooth but full bodied black tea base. Most importantly, though, it really nailed that more golden and kind of malty biscuit flavour. From sip one I really felt like it was quite accurately conveying the namesake inspiration, and I ended up enjoying the profile a lot. Made me want to dunk actual biscuits in it!

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Cold Brew!

Brisk, tannic black tea with notes of pithy fresh squeezed lemon and a hint of stonefruit all with a very distinct, boozier tequila flavour. As I’ve said before in a past tasting note, I don’t particularly love tequila and I’m not a HUGE fan of this tea (though I think it’s very well executed). However, I ended up drinking the last half of this brew with my supper and I have to say that something about pairing it with food actually made it much more enjoyable. It was just flavourful enough with that sort of “sweet tea” vibe from the bold black tea and citrus to feel… I don’t know… correct?

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Iced!

I pretty much always drink these SuperBelly powders in a rotation of three to make sure I’m going through the packets evenly, but this is always the one I reach for first when I start a new rotation of three. My opinion hasn’t changed: the darker juicy berry and pomegranate notes in this make it the best of the three.

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Iced!

The more I drink this flavour the more frustrated I get with Blume’s comparison of it to a Pink Lemonade. I guess visually the two drinks are both pink, but it just doesn’t taste like a lemonade one bit. It’s very clearly a sweet, tart strawberry note. More like a Kool-Aid mix than anything else. And it stands on its own two legs flavour wise – no need to compare to something it isn’t in order to make it appealing. Especially when Blume does have a lemon tea in their SuperBelly line…

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Iced!

I’ve been trying to pace myself a little better with these single serves – not because I’m getting sick of them (far from it) but because I’m sipping through them at such a fast pace that I’m going to be out soon, and Blume is very back ordered on them so I won’t be able to repurchase for a while…

This “brew” was very, very interesting though. In general I’ve really enjoyed the almost lemonade-like sweet and tangy citrus notes, but I’ve found the ginger notes somewhat lacking. In this case, I actually tasted the subtle earthy heat of the ginger more than any other time I’ve whisked this up. It tasted fine, though it through me for a loop because I’ve just become so used to the flavour being lemon forward without much ginger at all.

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