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drank Pina Colada by Tealish
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mmmmm time to be home…laundry and gaming now that exercising is out of the way haha. I love these winter weekends. Excuses to stay in…whereas in summer it’s hard to want to be inside unless you’ve spent like 10+ hrs outside. Still have some of this left so i’m trying to drink it sparingly since it’s one of 2? herbals in my cupboard at the moment, and i generally purchase 250g at a time of this one. lol my cupboard can’t handle that weight right now!

Dexter

Your cupboard had very little tea in it right now – I think it can handle a herbal that you really love. It’s all about having what you love right?

Sil

Haha it is but after BF I’m up almost a kg…so I need to drink some up first.

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drank Jin Jun Mei by Capital Tea Ltd.
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Successful Sunday fatbike ride! This was my treat for making it through the ride. We had two beginners sign up today so it was good to get out and re-experience the trail from the perspective of someone who is less of a rider than i am….since i consider myself a step up from beginner. All in all, fun was had by all – even the guy who hadn’t ridden a bike in 5 years! Now here’s hoping they come back out next week!

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drank Golden Monkey Black Tea by Teavivre
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Kicked the day off with this one to go with breakfast. I’ve been feeling pretty run down this week without feeling sick, so i needed something to encourage me to get out, since Sunday’s are the fatbike rides that my other half leads. Since it’s an excuse to get me out and i can help him with things, i am trying to go every weekend. But today was COLD and windy… so this tea helped. I’ll be sad when this is out of my cupboard but since i have so many straight blacks at the moment, i think i’ll be ok :)

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drank Cinnamon Rooibos Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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drank Thé de Lune by Mariage Frères
300 tasting notes

When I went on a shopping spree with Mariage Freres, this was the tea I drank through first. I am addicted to their flagship Marco Polo (presently have 1 pound left). This one, I would put up as being a co-star to their Marco.

It’s fruity, full of lush vanilla, and just so tasty iced. If you love Marco Polo like I do, I would totally recommend you try this one for variety!

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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30

I got this tea based on how pretty it looked, and the description. I thought if I got this tea, I would get so inspired to do something. Would this release my inner Monet?

Instead, it tastes like marshmallows. I love marshmallows, seared to almost black over a campfire. I am not a fan when that flavor is mixed with flowers and green tea. I got 100g, and I will most likely be ridding of it to friends. It’s just so sweet. I didn’t like it iced or hot. I just couldn’t get myself to drink much of it.

Flavors: Floral, Marshmallow

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drank Sakura 2000 by Mariage Frères
300 tasting notes

All you tea companies, if you put out a sakura flavored tea, I will buy it.

This one was ok for me. I prefer a greener sencha tea base. The green tea base was just okay. I was interested in their variation of sakura blossom flavored tea. It’s such a distinctive flavor, it’s hard to get right. I had no problem drinking through the 100g I got. It was lovely iced and hot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Saint-Valentin by Mariage Frères
300 tasting notes

If you want a peak of spring during a winter morning, this, my friend, is the tea for you. It shoves so many flowers in your mouth, you think you fell into a garden.

This is yet another tea I preferred iced. The florals made it sweet on its own. I always love Mariage Freres for the tea base they use. It’s a good strong black tea. Roses, violets, citrus..it’s a lot of flavor. It’s a little too intense to have all the time. It is nice for a cold winter day, though.

Flavors: Citrus, Rose, Violet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tokyo Breakfast by Mariage Frères
300 tasting notes

I was quite pleased with this tea. The smell was so fruity sweet, I never felt like drinking this one hot. It makes the best iced tea. It has a lovely sweetness to it. It’s yuzu, but also floral.

It’s lush, strong, and not a bit of astringency. I would buy this again for my early morning iced black tea for work.

Flavors: Citrus, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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tl;dr: Unoffensive, easy to drink, brews out quite a bit and forgivingly. Mostly a cardboard/pencil shavings taste in a soy-sauce colored liquid, mellows out into something sweeter. Not my favorite flavor profile to start, but if you’re into it this would make an excellent cake at the price, and the ending was worth it. 3.9/5.

6g leaf, 75ml porcelain gaiwan
98C, 10s rinse: Gentle smell of caramelized sweetness over earth.
98C, 5s: flat, watery, unremarkable.
98C, 20s: Can’t really get much smell off of it. Pensil shavings, cardboard/carton-y, flat mouth feel. Very unoffensive. Immediate qi (or maybe I just haven’t eaten yet xD). Basically soy sauce colored.
98C, 45s: gentle ripe notes finally appearing. mouth feel less flat, leaves totally opened up. Super easy to drink at this point, basically chug-able.
98C, 60s: mouthfeel really rounding out. some faintest fruity smells, currant?
98C, 90s: these leaves become more fun to smell the longer they’re brewed. cardboardy tastes are gone, simply a clean, unoffensive shou taste.
98C, 90s: sweeter smell, creamier texture/flavor.
98C, inf s: sweet….cardboard….? those are real flavor words….
98C, inf s: really loving these last few steepings. it’s still super dark, if no longer soy sauce level.
98C, inf s: third dead man steep, flavor starting to thin but I’m still enjoying it.
98C, inf s: probably done.

Flavors: Cardboard, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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drank Jasmine Green by Bigelow
11 tasting notes

A little floral for my taste. But not bad to sip on. A good quick bagged tea when you’re in a pinch.

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Not bad for a bagged green. Mild.

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Storm Breaker has none of the “off” warehouse/storage/wet-pile flavors commonly found in shou. It also had an impressive longevity. Most shous tap out after ~8-10steeps, but this one just kept going. This tea could easily push beyond 15 steeps, depending on your brewing parameters. It’s insane that, for being so freshly processed, the tea tastes and smells like it’s had plenty of time to rest…

Read the full review at: https://shenggut.wixsite.com/shenggut/single-post/2017/12/10/Crimson-Lotus-Tea-Storm-Breaker-Spring-2017

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Pu 'Eh?!

I loved the review, but at the end, you did not clarify one thing. Was the gift from Crimson Lotus Tea?
I love reading your reviews.

Sheng Gut

Thanks for your support! Yes, the gift was from CLT. I’ll make it more clear in the disclaimer.

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Day 10 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar — Walnut Orange Scone. Interesting choice for today’s tea to be heavily nutty after Day 9 was also a very nutty tea. I think I would have preferred if they’d mixed it up a bit more and spaced these away from each other. But I’ll try to keep my feelings on the other from influencing my notes on this one.

As I’ve done with others from this advent calendar, I split the brew into two mugs & added milk to only one. The milk-less mug had a bit of a bitter aftertaste, but the milky version was much smoother, the bitterness was balanced out. So my recommendation is based on this addition. Without milk, I dunno if I’d serve this to anyone. And even with milk, you gotta like walnut for this tea to work, as it’s pretty notable. But anyone drinking a tea with walnut in the title who doesn’t like walnuts and blames the tea, well … you knew it was a snake when you picked it up.

The orange-ness is not as in your face as I thought it might be, it’s nicely balanced there: noticeable but not overpowering. I also kind of expected this tea to be quite sweet, but that was, pleasantly, not the case.

So, yes, I’m saying Recommended, but it’s a pretty mild, caveated one.

Flavors: Orange, Walnut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Mint Sencha by Pique Tea
3729 tasting notes

“Mint. Sencha. Green Tea. All of these things are green and so all of these things would indicate GREEN powder was hidden inside the little brown tea packet. There is even a green stripe on the package to drive the point home. So I was certainly surprised when I dumped the powder out of the package only to find a substance that resembled golden turmeric in my teacup.” Confusing and honestly, not that great. It’s buttery and vegetal and also fresh but at the same time the flavor is bitter and harsh. Fun to try though!

Check out the full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/09/24/mint-sencha-green-tea-from-pique-tea/

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1975 tasting notes

This tin is really ageing. I think it is 4+ years old now. I’m going to try to finish it off this month (going for 35 sipdowns again this month!)

I still get carob and chocolate, generic vanilla/artificial cake, sweetness, a fairly stale black base (although it tasted stale when I got the tin 4 years ago so idk if it is the black tea they used or what). No mint…I actually didn’t even know there was mint in this until I checked the ingredients on the steepster page.

Maybe the soy milk changes what I can taste in the brew, as I don’t think I’ve ever had it plain.

Flavors: Artificial, Cacao, Chocolate, Sweet, Tannin, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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drank Root Beer Float by The NecessiTeas
3729 tasting notes

The downfall of this tea is it is on a rooibos base which comes through more than I would like. The upside? Despite the base, which is less offensive than many other rooibos bases, it still has a pretty nice root beer flavor. I mean, I wish there was MORE root beer but all in all I am happy.

Check out the full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/09/23/root-beer-float-from-the-necessiteas-2/

Sil

i found shorter steeping makes the rooibos less apparent…

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Well, what a difference a flush makes! Still recognizable as a Darjeeling, with its muscatel notes, but having a more prominent nut flavor. It also has more caramel notes instead of the herbal notes of first flush teas.

First, full disclosure – I continue to gong fu brew these teas. This one was very finicky in this method. My first round I overleafed and the brew was extremely astringent. My second round I reduced the leaf ratio and flash brewed well into the 6th or 7th infusion.

The astringency comes from what I can only describe as a unripe/green nut sort of flavor that is woody, nutty, and bitter all at the same time. However, once you get your brews right, the bitterness is interesting and keeps you coming back, like a good cup of black coffee.

Beyond the nutty flavors, there are substantial grape leaf / muscatel notes, as well as some dark/slightly burnt caramel.

I’m sure the astringency and bitterness could be tamed by adding some milk and sugar – but with only 10g to drink from my sample, I wanted to really get to know the tea by itself.
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Dry leaf – grape leaf, peanut shell. Secondary notes of sassafras, dried parsley, and chocolate. Hints of cherry cola. In preheated vessel – roasted nut, dark honey, tart and unripe raspberry, citrus.

Smell – roasted nut, grape leaf, unripe/green nut, dried date and fig, blackberry syrup

Taste – grape leaf, woody, unripe/green nut, astringent. Dark, slightly burnt caramel.
Occasional notes of woody spice – cinnamon stick, coriander seed. Tart red fruit and dried date in aftertaste.

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drank Coconut Cream Pie by DAVIDsTEA
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This review is for the Coconut Cream Pie infused Milk Chocolate Bar

This bar reminded me of a Bounty Bar with a toasted coconut flavor and crunchy coconut pieces. I would say it is one of the better tea chocolate bars DAVIDs has put out but at the same time, a Bounty Bar is significantly cheaper so I would probably just buy that if I was craving this flavor.

Check out the full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/09/23/coconut-cream-pie-chocolate-bar-from-davids-tea/

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This was the 1st Day of Christmas Teas from 52Teas and it is an absolute winner!

First of all, I love cardamom and I adore maple. The leaf is pretty. Black tea with whole cardamom pods and broad strips of coconut that stand out against the darkness of the tea. I am pretty frustrated that I am still sick and can’t smell this one. I bet it is divine. Naturally I can’t taste a lot. I can tell that the tea is mildly sweet, and mildly spicy. Even without a sense of smell this one has a lovely, mellow flavor, with no astringency or bitterness to take away my pleasure.

The 12 Days of Christmas actually BEGIN on December 25. I have my DAVID’s 24 Days of Tea to take me thru Christmas Eve, so really, I should start my 12 Teas of Christmas on Christmas Day. But honestly, I don’t think I can wait that long…

It is hard, but I am going to put this one aside to enjoy more after I get my kenalog shot. That should allow me to smell for a month or so, and then I’ll be drinking tea and inhaling beautiful scents. I can’t wait!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
52Teas

We actually start our countdown on the 14th – so that it’s like a countdown to Christmas, but I know that isn’t how the actual 12 days of Christmas works. So, I guess today is as good a day as any, right? :)

Maddy Barone

The 14th is a great day to start. I love that instead of just enough for one or two cups of tea you give us enough to make a couple of pots. Or more!

52Teas

I wanted to be sure to have enough to share. I like to brew a pot so that I can share with Mat who is actually drinking tea now. He didn’t used to drink it when I was a reviewer of tea – but now that I’m blending it – he apparently loves it. :)

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Oats, Rose

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Additional notes: A sad sad sipdown of this one. I will miss it terribly! I could swear it still tastes as good as the first time I tried it. This type of oolong is just dreamy with these types of flavors….

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Went to a Japanese’s tea ceremony today. It was a great experience. Learned a lot. The type of tea was a matcha green tea. The tea itself was quite bitter. But the experience was very nice.

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