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Flavors: Peach, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Happy birthday fellow Steepsterites who share same day with me, but sadly I just don’t remember who… I was never good in rememering names and personal data together.

Anyway, yes, I have been in Dresden again and again in Teerausch. Bought 6 samples I believe and two full pouches for my brother who wanted to come visit me, but in the end he couldn’t.

And I have been in mood for black sweet tea. This one suits perfectly. Assam and Chinese black tea base, caramel cubes and that’s all. Strong, and sweet. Hints of cocoa, that’s the Chinese base tea I suppose, creamy, but definitely not too sweet. A little tannic and astringent, but at least you can notice it’s black te. Long mouthfeel. Not artificial.

Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 17 OZ / 500 ML
tea-sipper

Happy birthday!!

ashmanra

Happy birthday, Martin! I hope you have an awesome day and a wonderful year!

Leafhopper

Happy birthday! Mine was just a few days earlier than yours.

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100

Addicted. This is so good. I’m just beginning my Oolong journey but out of the 10-12 I’ve had so far, this one is stand out. Good experience gong fu brewing. Great experience Western-style brew…I added goji berries and a bit of honey. So so good. I’m buying the biggest bag I can next time!

Flavors: Sticky Rice, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

As I just finished one tisane (for iced tea preparation), I decided to look through my tea cupboard and I still had this tisane unopened.
I first have it hot according to the instructions by K&S T&C co (steeping time of 10-12´), and although it takes me a while to find the rhubarb, I like the colour – like the liquid when making rhubarb compote, just less viscous – at once. Hibiscus and rose hip define the aroma´s, but the rhubarb comes through at the end with a not so subtle ;-) acid touch, which I really like. In a couple of days, I´ll test the tisane for iced tea, and I´ll decide which preparation I prefer from now on.

Flavors: Acidic, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Rhubarb, Rosehips

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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84

Iced tea season has started once and for all now (a bit late this year, but for other reasons that´s quite OK), and I still had enough of this tisane left for 2 batches of iced tea.
By the method I use to make iced tea (brew a pot, leave it infuse quietly – I honestly don´t count the minutes, or even hours ;-) – and cool it overnight in the fridge), this tisane is fresh and tastes more of peaches than the nose detects at first. Definitely a good pick but I think the blood orange tisane I used before (and I ordered more of) I like even better.

Flavors: Fruity, Peach

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 g

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
71 tasting notes

my final steep, and what a lucky one! Somehow, I had exactly 4g left, and that’s exactly the quantity of tea I typically use for the last clean tea bottle I have

Been having terrible sleep (nightmares, back pain, not a lot of hours of sleep as well), so a kick of caffeine is also necessary

Overall, it was nice to have this tea, and I’ll definitely repurchase (just not right now, have a lot of tea to go through)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I am sorry your sleep is deserved! Good sleep is so necessary. It is from your Covid? I think I had some vivid dreams when I had it.

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95

Earl Grey tea bags. Possibly one of the best impulse buy recently. The whole box has an almost lemon zest smell, it’s highly aromatic. This is cleanest earl grey I’ve had and it might be the best one I ever made. Did not expect a Korean brand to have better earl grey than western brands. Normally I like intense tea but I don’t mind this being on the lighter side. If someone said they hated earl grey I would tell them try this, it goes down extremely easy.

I got mine at H Mart for $10.49/20 tea bags, I don’t see Osulloc’s American website selling this.

Sold for 9500 South Korean won ($6.83)/ 20 tea bags

https://www.osulloc.com/kr/ko/shop/item/teashop/18683

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drank Bada Wolf Sheng by JalamTeas
1569 tasting notes

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2024 sipdown no. 45

The description of this matches perfectly! Rich flavour with honey sweetness and malty notes. There are perhaps hints of fruit adding to the sweetness as well. Really lovely cuppa and I would happily order this one again.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Oolong Royal Ginseng by ZenTea
42 tasting notes

Light taste a little green. Tastes like little purple flowers

Flavors: Floral, Green, Smooth, Toasted Rice

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60

This was kind of a mistake of a purchase for me. I bought a smaller quantity (100 grams) off of Amazon to see if I enjoy sheng puehr, in preparation for my next order of teas from Yunnan Sourcing. I have been suspecting that I might find very young sheng puerh to be enjoyable, because I absolutely love green teas and young sheng is perhaps similar to a green tea with something a little “extra” added. The problem here is that probably shouldn’t have purchased a 2010 aged sheng puerh to see whether or not young sheng puerh is something I would like. And furthermore, buying from Goartea I know I’m probably not finding the greatest example of a good tea, but I have purchased other teas from them before and I have generally been satisfied with the quality of this vendor’s teas. Wouldn’t expect them to be 100% authentic or top-shelf, but I find them to be not a bad deal for the price.

Anyways, experimenting with this tea, smelling the dry leaf I very much notice the “aged” aroma. Kind of the tea version of smelling old library books. I really like the “dragon ball” style of tea processing, and I think it is really convenient and makes more sense to me than buying teas in the larger cake format. For this reason, I have been eyeing White2Tea’s offerings as a possible alternative to Yunnan Sourcing – They seem to offer most of their teas as dragon balls, which is awesome. But Yunnan Sourcing has better taste in the artwork on the wrappers, so difficult decision, LOL. Also, I like how Yunnan Sourcing gives more details on the source gardens and picking season/grade of each tea, with the exception of “secret garden” offerings.

Brewing this tea, I drank the rinse a time or two (after a 30-second or even 1-minute rinse – leaves open up slowly and sometimes I used a lower 175-degree temp), and I was actually intrigued by a nice thicker texture and pleasant nectar-like sweetness which emerged in the very very light yellowish-orange liquor at that point. Almost what I was looking for in sheng puerh! Something green tea-like, but different. Alas, the intriguing sweetness and texture was there in these early steeps, but without much flavor or overall interest to back it up. Then when I give it a second, third, or even fourth brew (at varying lengths, but largely with similar results), I got something more akin to a very woody tasting black tea, with some mushroom earthiness. Not quite as much earthiness as the “cooked” puerhs I have tried, but it is there. The woody notes somewhat remind me of English Tea Store’s Scottish Breakfast blend I had years ago, in which the woody notes I understand come from Chingwo County orange pekoe black tea. There is also some sweetness, but definitely a bittersweet thing going on here. Sadly, not finding much in the way of florals or fruitiness. I especially enjoy floral teas.

I find this tea to be kind of lackluster, which isn’t surprising given I didn’t pay very much for it, and it is from a generic tea vendor. And it totally doesn’t answer my question for me, either, which is whether or not I might enjoy the world of young shengs. Doh!

Planning another Yunnan Sourcing order in about a month or so, and I will definitely buy a 2023 or 2024 young sheng or two to try – maybe a 2023 and a 2024? I don’t know.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Banana Cream Pie by 52teas
283 tasting notes

Currently sipping this tea. When I first decided to craft this tea, I was surprised that it was not a tea that we had currently blended before. We had created the Banana Coconut Cream Pie Houjicha & then later the version with white tea & houjicha – but never just a Banana Cream Pie tea. How could that be, given my love for banana teas?

Anyway, it was high time I remedy that! I slightly overleafed this particular pot of tea and I must admit that it’s even better when a little overleafed (sorry!) It’s really good when prepared according to package parameters, however, when it’s overleafed, the black tea base tastes a bit more robust while not sacrificing the flavor of banana cream pie.

I taste banana, I taste the creamy custard and a hint of pastry. I even get a note of the whipped cream topping. So nice. An ideal breakfast tea when overleafed like this. While conducting taste testing sessions with this tea, there were a couple of times when I had forgotten that I had a cup of tea somewhere (lol) and I’d return to it gone cold. It was really good cold too! I also tried it cold-brewed and it makes a really nice cold brew.

This one is almost gone although I will be adding a couple more pouches to the website later this afternoon – so if you go to the website looking for it, please be patient with me!

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Flavors: Bright, Citrusy, Rich, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 4 g

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I love this tea! The soda flavor is as delicious as ever, and the orange isn’t tart, just light and fruity. The resteep might taste even more soda-like. The green rooibos is smooth and nice. This makes a really smooth cold cup of tea. I will always say yes to more soda teas!

ashmanra

I just got a new supply of this one! Perfect for the summer heat.

AJRimmer

Totally!

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drank Souchong Liquor by Mei Leaf
1249 tasting notes

This was a black Friday buy. Ugh, I really need to make more tea friends in the area or just make a community group so I can bring tea to have others drink too. ^^; My wiffer is a little off because I got sick so I’m going to have to revisit this another time. But I had a noticeable moment last night while drinking the barley tea I bought in Japan where at some point something in my sinuses changed and went from a mute cup to oh there it is! I can’t smell the leaves well yet but I can detect some hints of marzipan, rose, and dry wood. It is a very uniform leaf of the small darkness of brown, the same medium size, and twisted leaf. By the way, hand rolling is hard. T_T Oh for crying out loud. I could taste my cinnamon cereal but the notes in the tea are muted. Steeping past the suggested time imparts some dark wood tones and liquor notes. I will be interested to see what this one really shows when my nasal cavities fully clear.

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72

I deleted my review 3 times it goes something like this

1st Steep:
Honey-like, sweet
2nd Steep:
Overbrewed it but it’s still very good
3rd Steep:
Nice good equilibrium on the top, very round taste, definitely one of the best offering from PDT.

- Flavor Complexity: 15/30 – What it lacks in complexity, the tea gains in balance; it’s on the lighter end.
- Brewing Forgiveness: 15/20 – Seemed to take my 95°C pretty well!
- Quality Across Infusions: 17/20 – Definitely high quality and it resisted by overbrewing.
- Overall Enjoyment: 25/30 – I liked this. It’s a good session, very light, a good breakfast tea.

72/100

- yaro

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank 2024 Philtre Minis by white2tea
28 tasting notes

I got this mini as part of a giant purchase of samples from white2tea’s newly released teas ! (https://skoomaden.me/posts/teas-arriving-in-july/)

I actually got two of this mini by mistake lol, nice to note I also got a free 2024 nightlife mini ! (yay)

20s wash 95c

1st steep (15s):
Very bland vegetal green tea for now, nothing note worthy, no bitterness for now.

2nd steep (20s):
Boring, bitter green tea that I know is going to inevitably evolve into a bitter mess of vegetal astringency.
I can’t feel the “blend” part for sure.
Not great.

3rd steep (10s, 87C):
I don’t see where this is going at all, I’m sure a bigger fan of green teas could probably explain to me what’s going on but to me this is just not pleasant. While I admit it’s far from the worst green blend I’ve ever had, this is simply not good.
Bitter, boring, vegetal, the same traits we find in bad japanese greens, I didn’t like this one.

- Flavor Complexity: 10/30 – No complexity I could find at least.
- Brewing Forgiveness: 12/20 – Probably okay forgiveness overall.
- Quality Across Infusions: 10/20 – I mean it’s just boring throughout, and it got worse with time
- Overall Enjoyment: 12/30 – Boring (zzz).

44/100

- yaro

Flavors: Bitter, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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96

A return to one of my favourite teas yesterday. While perhaps not as striking as when I had it young some years ago, I am enjoying its gradual transformation.

The aroma is sweet and spicy, and reminds me of wet forest lands. The tea has a full body and a thick, oily mouthfeel as before.

First infusion also tastes kind of oily and nutty with an interesting pumpkin touch. Mid-session steeps give a full flavoured liquor with a sweet, vegeta, woody, and floral character. The tea is a bit numbing. Around infusion 6, I start to notice light bitterness. It is also a bit sour and overall very tasty. Later steeps are a bit overbrewed, but not off-putting in any way. There is a bit of an astringency now, as well as a warming quality to it. The flavours circle around notes like bread, burnt food, and brown sugar, on top of the familiar ones.

Flavors: Bread, Brown Sugar, Burnt Food, Floral, Forest Floor, Nutty, Oily, Pleasantly Sour, Pumpkin, Spicy, Sweet, Thick, Vegetal, Wet Earth, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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A sipdown! (M: 2 Y: 50) Really bad in sipdowns this month. And many teas bought! And some more on the way as well.

A tea received from derk and luckily it isn’t fiery as the other one. Thank you! Actually, it’s hardly spicy at all. A very mellow chai.

Black tea base is nice and good one, though a bit more robust one wouldn’t hurt; but from spices I noticed only allspice and some cinnamon. Sadly, there wasn’t much of pumpkin either (compared for instance to B&B Spiced Pumpkin Pie), so that’s actually quite a dismal.

All together it was fine enough for drinking, not bad per se, but lacking what I would enjoy and expect.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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83

A very pleasant tea that delivers what I would like, but doesn’t exceed expectations.

Its mouthfeel is thick and watery. The sweet aroma takes me to a garden full of fresh vegetables and flowers. The sweet, vegetal taste, on the other hand transports me to the rainforest. There are flavours of mint, custard, edamame, tropical fruits.

Flavors: Beans, Custard, Flowers, Mint, Rainforest, Sweet, Thick, Tropical Fruit, Vegetables, Vegetal, Watery

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

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