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On my seventh cup now because I really need to get it right, but I am finding that my cups are often astringent, at least for a good part of my drinking. I am wondering whether I should be steeping this at lower than boiling.

The flavouring is tasty, but the leaf appears to be a bit finicky. I am wondering whether the problem here is the base. Either that, or my tastebuds are just not loving this proportion of this and that which, for me, is moving towards a more acidic sour astringent combination. I tend to favour darker richer maltier happenings.

The tasting continues. I am determined to love this tea.

Sil

try 195. i know i almost never brew blacks at boiling anymore..

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Sil. Tomorrow, I will try lowering things and seeing what happens.

52Teas

I steep at 205. I never steep at boiling either. I find that with Marshmallow Root as an ingredient (or really, any herb) – it comes off as a bit astringent with boiling water.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. Will lower and report back.

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This is my first experience with this blend, so this tea and I are just getting to know each other.

I will also say that vanilla teas are one of my most favourite things and that being the case, I take every opportunity to drink the ones which I find to be delicious. So yes, I have high hopes that this one is one that I start the day thinking about.

One of my favourite vanilla teas has big hunks of Tahitian vanilla bean in the leaf and this is the scent that I inhale when I plunge my face into that bag and inhale.

This leaf is a far more gentle delicate beast and the scent is more that of vanilla extract. Delicate and thin rather than the deep sensuality of the bean.

My first few sips were quite astringent, but thankfully, the tea mellows as it cools a bit.

Delicious. Not what I had expected or had hoped for, but delicious.

Maybe I have mentioned that I do mindfulness meditation. One of the things is to check into what is rather than what you expect or what you hope for, ie. to let go of the judging mind. It’s been many many many months of practice and it’s hard to shake that habit of well, it’s just not what I thought it was going to be.

Hurray for blenders who experiment with standards that people have pretty fixed ideas about.

And hurray for tea drinkers who experiment and stay open-minded. Flexibility is, after all, good for the brain. And probably good for the rest of us too.

Evol climbs down from soapbox.

Ok, that’s what I’ve got so far. To be continued.

Rosehips

Vanilla and marshmallow? Oooh. You have piqued my interest.

Indigobloom

aw yum!! sounds delish

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Sip down.
I really enjoyed this tea. The cream aspect was really nice. I did find that it was a bit finicky with steep times and getting cold. It got astringent quite quickly. But, if you paid attention, it was delicious..just drink it while it is hot!

gmathis

Interesting! Love cherry teas, but as many of us have mentioned, it’s hard to find one that gets the flavor right.

tigress_al

It isn definitely a tricky flavour

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drank Winter Cabin Chai by 52teas
1708 tasting notes

Another example of have a few cups of this before actually bothering to log this. The dry leaf doesn’t smell nearly as smoky as I expected. I can’t really even detect any smoke, actually. This smells sweet and spicy more than anything, like candied ginger mixed with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. I would have even expected there to be some licorice in here based on its sweetness in the pouch, but there isn’t.

In terms of flavour, the black pepper comes through. The ginger and cinnamon are the main spices in this, with a touch of nutmeg, which is faint. I can’t get any cardamom or clove, unfortunately, and those are my two favourite spices (ok, and star anise too). The vanilla is present, for sure. Can’t taste the honeybush in here, and rather taste a slightly tannic black tea base, with the mildest whisper of smoke. I normally detest any smoke in tea, even the slightest bit, but it’s not bad since it seems to blend effortlessly into the spices.

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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #42
The tasting notes for this one sound amazing, so I probably wasn’t steeping correctly again. sigh. I have been busy. I have a tough time describing any sheng though unless it is a favorite and that has only been a couple shengs in my life (hint, they are also usually Teavivre shengs.)

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A friend from Winnipeg drove down to Fargo and stayed with me last night. She brought a small sample of this with her so we brewed up a small pot. Yum. Really yum. Very minty and creamy. I really enjoyed this one. I’m not sure if I like this one or Santa’s Secret more. I may have to order 50 grams of this.

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I ran out of milk yesterday and have yet to skip down to the store today but maybe that’s a good thing because it nudged me towards a green blend rather than having coffee or a (flavoured) black that I would have otherwise had with milk.

Love the scent of the dry leaf. It’s bursting with juicy blackberry, and it’s nice to experience real blackberry and not artificial juice crystals I get from a lot of fruit-flavoured teas. The tea leaves are an unusual, beautiful dark green, twisted and fluffy.

Steeped, this is absolutely lovely. The base is sweet, mellow, with no trace of vegetal notes whatsoever. And that blackberry flavour is consistent with the scent of the dry leaf. There is a layer of cream going on too, I swear. Like a heaping bowl of berries ‘n’ cream . Not sure whether that was intentional or not.

Great work, 52teas!

CrowKettle

This one sounds amazing; I’ve been eyeing it and another zomba green blend in the store for a couple days now XD

Fjellrev

I’ll admit that I always overlooked this one but it was the mystery grab bag sale that had a taster of this wind up in my parcel. No regrets!

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Drinking this one again, after ripping myself away from my Thailand Sticky Rice binge. I finally came up with an arbitrary rating but it will likely change with time. Also, it smells like Turkish Delights, and second steep is always better than the first steep (duh).

The pink packet it comes in is nice too, and I like it.

That’s my Deep Thought tea note for today (I drank tea!).

Steep Count: 4

(2017 summer harvest)

Flavors: Cream, Rose

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 1 OZ / 29 ML
Fjellrev

Ooh, sounds heavenly. I shall wishlist the hell out of this one, thanks!

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drank "25 DECEMBER" RED by THE O DOR
2271 tasting notes

Strange things have been happening at my house.

Youngest asked if I wanted some Lapsang and OF COURSE I said yes, but when I went to the kitchen a strange tin which I had never seen was on the counter. It was Lapsang from The Odor and no explanation was forthcoming from the child person.

The next day I was offered the opportunity to try a sample. Now, I had dismissed the Lapsang as being a tin youngest had squirreled away for a rainy day after a previous order, but…samples! Clearly a new order has secretly been placed and received and then hidden from Mom, but it IS that time of year.

This sample turned out to be a rooibos, my second least favorite after hibiscus but when flavored right can be tolerable. The Odor didn’t let me down and I found this to have a festive taste and aroma and it was nice that I didn’t have to worry about caffeine keeping me up since it was nearly midnight when we drank it.

We always resteep our The Odor samples, sometimes two or three times, so we got a decent amount of tea of it and even had a bit left over for a cup this morning.

This is orange-y but fruity as well, so it doesn’t taste as cliché as the ubiquitous Christmas blends with orange and cinnamon and clove.

Sil

oh man… seeing this and the add for their 25 days not really a tea calendar, calendar makes me want to place an order…

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drank S'mores by The NecessiTeas
8941 tasting notes

Noms. Almost done this one but SOMEONE is making an order with this company so maybe i’ll pick up some more of their teas hahaha

VariaTEA

Is the “someone” me? Since I have not decided that’ll be a thing but I also really want fluffernutter tea

Sil

haha yes. But i am NOT looking at their teas in case you decide you’re not doing it…and so that maybe i can manage to NOT buy teas…

Evol Ving Ness

Omigoodness—
Do you banana?

If you haven’t had a Fluffernutter, then you are missing out! It is a wonderful concoction of marshmallow fluff and peanut butter in a delightfully tasty sandwich! These were my favorite growing up, but my mom made them even tastier by adding (in my best Minions voice) BANANAS!! If you love the classic combo of peanut butter, toasted marshmallows and banana, imagine that in a cup of tea! Make sure to add banana to your next Fluffernutter, you’ll thank me!

Sil

shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Sil

there’s also an eggnog tea haha

Evol Ving Ness

You know, if need another body to throw in another couple of bags in the order, I might be the person you are looking for.

Evol Ving Ness

And by couple, I might mean five.

VariaTEA

Sil, are you talking about EggNaughTea? Cuz I have that one

VariaTEA

I can share…unless I finished it as a latte two days ago

VariaTEA

And now I’m on the site…darn you guys and the enabling!

VariaTEA

Fluffernutter is out of stock. I’m out.

Sil

hahaha i will resist….actually contemplating a the o dor order…

Evol Ving Ness

When I was on the site, I noticed that there were only two fluffernutters available, but yanno, I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to enable—any more than I had already :)

It’s all good though because nobody here really needs more tea, right?

And I bet they’ll make it again, really soon even, and then, we will be all over it.

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So I sat on this light/medium fermented shou for over 4 years. It sounds like awhile back it was certainly greener. As of 2017 it is dark and tastes like roasted chestnuts, early infusions with a bittersweet bite to it. It gets nicely sweet and creamy in the later infusions. Not bad for paying $12 over 4 years ago.

Full review http://oolongowl.com/2009-menghai-dayi-yellow-box-tuocha-shou-puer/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 0 OZ / 13 ML
Garret

That was great tea! It was a sad day when the last of those cases were gone. I really enjoyed that one.

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drank Amethyst's Gold by 52teas
1708 tasting notes

Totally approaching this tea from the opposite end and comparing it to the more recent Vanilla Marshmallow blend. I’d say that this one has a mellower base but they are so incredibly similar. This tastes and smells creamier than Vanilla Marshmallow, yet it’s not as vanilla-y. No astringency whatsoever with the base. It’s a nice blend but it’s not what I ideally look for in a flavoured vanilla tea. But I can see others loving this one.

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drank The Vanilla Marshmallow. by 52teas
1708 tasting notes

Oh no, the pressure of writing the first tasting note on this one. I tried this the day that my parcel landed and have had it a couple times since, wanting to experiencing it more than once before considering writing anything. Silly me still has my taster of Amethyst’s Gold from my last order waiting to be cracked open, so I can’t compare for the time being, but at the very least, I can compare—mentally—to the original French Vanilla Assam available a few years ago. As a side note, merely thinking of the original 52teas blends is making me feel really old. How time flies! I remember trying French Vanilla Assam in my very first order back in… 2012 maybe? It feels like yesterday. It doesn’t help that I’ll be reaching a birthday milestone in a couple weeks, which has been leaving me crying in my sauerkraut as of late.

So, this blend, I’ll be quite honest. When I opened the package, I was quite disappointed. The scent of the dry leaf smelled a little dusty. Nineteen-02’s Coffee Caramel comes to mind, whose base I sadly described as “pseudo-stale” and reminiscent of Metropolitan teas. Maybe it’s just my nose but that’s what I’m getting.

Steeped, it smells extremely lightly of melted vanilla caramels. In flavour, I am picking up mostly on honey notes, a touch of dried fruit, and there’s a slight smokiness in the far background. It’s not that malty, which I was expecting it to be. I can pick up on some marshmallow root but it’s quite faint, and is completely killed off once milk is added. Overall, it’s a decent blend but not my favourite. I’ve already tried the other two fundraiser blends but have yet to write about them, but I will say right now that I prefer the other two!

Sil

oh no! i was really looking forward to this one…it’s on my list to try today/tomorrow

Indigobloom

Oh dear. This tea is the reason I ordered the trio.
Also… HUGS! birthdays can suck. Atleast there’s sauerkraut <3

Sil

oh man.. i missed the b-day milestone comment. I feel you on that one!

Fjellrev

You never know, maybe I’ll be the odd one out. I love my blacks on the bolder, maltier side and my vanilla to be OMGWTFVANILLA-level vanilla.

Honestly, so weird to think of trying teas from years ago that only felt like yesterday!

Evol Ving Ness

I love my blacks on the bolder, maltier side and my vanilla to be OMGWTFVANILLA-level vanilla.

Me too. :(
However, I fully expect this particular tea to make me sing out in jubilation regardless.

And birthday. I feel ya. Mine is in a couple of weeks too. Do we share a birthday!?

Fjellrev

Ohh, maybe we do!

Evol Ving Ness

Forgive me if I don’t remember. Birthdays generally do not stay in my mind.

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This accompanied me out the door into the cold and the dark at ridiculous-o’clock to do yoga this morning.

Shae

Good for you!

Evol Ving Ness

Tea is a good bribe for getting out of bed and out the door. After that, the benefits of yoga take over.

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Ugh. At the boyfriend’s house. Internet is down at my place so I’ve been suffering at home. and my phone battery is dying, it isn’t charging properly. Not that it matters, as the cell towers around my place don’t reach us very well, thus the wifi on that doesn’t work either.
Also, I tripped over a cord with the just boiled kettle and fell on my knee. Already bruising. Not my best day to say the least!
Hopefully it isn’t a setback that my chiro will have to address, she ain’t cheap and I’ve got a pile of other things for her to fix. On the plus side, she made my leg pain go away last time I saw her (well, 95% of it. There is still some residual stuff going on but that should be fixed when she looks at the other things, I hope). I’ll tell you the story because I think everyone should try this method out. Seriously. I HIGHLY recommend matrix repatterning (and M.A.T. therapy but that’s another story)
My whole upper torso is slightly twisted to the left, but you wouldn’t know it unless you were trained to recognize stuff like that. As in a personal trainer or physical therapist etc. My twistedness causes muscles to pull everything in a bad way.
I was super skeptical at first. Reading online, it sounds like a hippy dippy money waster. But I was desperate as the body tension was becoming unbearable. I’m so happy I gave it a go. After two treatments, consider me convinced. It’s a super gentle process. My leg issue wasn’t something I ever expected a chiro to be the one who would fix me. It was a muscle thing, not a bone thing or so I thought. All she did was place her hands on me while I was on the table, and keep them there for a few minutes. Literally no pain or jarring movements at all. Anyone who has issues in their body that doctors can’t explain, especially those with fibromyalgia (sp?) needs to look into it. Worth every penny. Yeah I was a tad sore after, although an epsom salt bath really helped. Long story short, I’m uber excited to finally have more forward movement.
Physical therapy for an entire year before that fixed a few things but stopped helping after two months or so. I wish I’d gone to see this chiro first. To say I’m relieved, and honestly? grateful!!!! that I’ve finally found something helpful is an understatement, I guess that’s why I’m so eager to share.
OK. Story over. If anyone has questions about my experience I’d be happy to chat.

On to the tea: warm and toasty and oh so good! Just what I needed to soothe me as I deal with the aftermath of my klutz drama. My whole body has stiffened up. Sighs.
There’s a little extra sweetness today even though I’m drinking it straight. And that refreshing menthol lingering once the sip is finished. This is just the first infusion. I’m looking forward to more :)
Almost half my stash is gone but I wasn’t planning to order more for awhile, as I have so much tea in my cupboard and a few things on the way. Plus my annual black friday/cyber monday splurge coming up. So do I ration this and hope it doesn’t go stale? or binge and deal with an LB cupboard gap. Bah. What’s a tea hoarder to do???

__Morgana__

I don’t know how chiropractors do what they do, but they always make me feel better, too! And mine recommended the epsom salt bath last time I went, when I’d pulled a muscle in my calf. It’s so soothing. Did you drink tea while in yours?

Indigobloom

Sadly no tea during the treatment!
Ah glad to know the bath is a common suggestion. Is your chiro’s process similar to what I described?

Evol Ving Ness

Ouf! Sorry to hear about the pains of your morning. Is your chiropractor located in the city? If so, I’d be interested in her contact info. I hope you feel much much better today. It’s a good day for tea and cozying up. Also, the hoarder in me says hoard AND buy soon.

Indigobloom

Thanks :) Feeling less shaky now.
Chiro is near St. Clair station. http://www.dralisoncoutts.com/
Definitely check her out! there are other docs who offer the same service in Toronto and therabouts as well. You can find them here: http://matrixrepatterning.com/Pa_practitioners

Let me know what you decide and how it goes!

__Morgana__

OIC. I did my bath at home, not at the chiropractor. Mine did some gentle manipulations but he also cracked me to align my spine and neck. I always feel like a bunch of tension is released after that.

Indigobloom

ah I didn’t mean I had the bath there. Mine was at home too (though our drain stopper broke so some comedy ensued haha)

Indigobloom

My pleasure Evol!! oh and in the lobby of Dr. Coutts office there is another unit where the ladies speak Polish. I could understand a few bits and pieces. Highly entertaining, feeling like a spy and yet not wanting to step in and declare that I understand some parts haha

Indigobloom

(I think it was Polish, could be any Slavic language as I only know a few words here and there)

S.G. Sanders

Feel better soon!

Evol Ving Ness

Great to feel like a fly on the wall sometimes. :)

I am looking forward to seeing you at the festival. It’s become a lovely pattern.

Indigobloom

Thank you S.G Sanders! :)

Evol – hehe tis indeed!!
Yes, I hope it turns into tradition :)

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First tea of the morning as I continue to experiment oomphing up my pumpkin spice teas with pumpkin seed oil. Not bad. Even better with dark chocolate. But that hardly counts as a tea review.

It’s all been more or less said about this tea, so I don’t really have more to add. It is probably far better as a sweetened latte, or at least with milk or cream.

I am moving my way through this tin of tea. Just a few more cups and that will be that. Out of curiosity, I checked in with the DT’s website to see the cost of a rebuy, though truly, I have far too much tea to consider restocking a tea which, though fine and enjoyable, is not a must have.

Further, I find that I am moving more towards removing the bulk of imitation flavours and colours from my world—not completely, mind, but slowly, slowly. Health continues to challenge me, so I do what I can to simplify and purify. With the occasional binge, of course. But only when it is well worth it.

And ouf! How their prices have escalated! Quite a number of their products are now sold prepackaged and they seem to be putting even more effort on packaging and presentation, if that is even possible.

All in all, clearly, someone like me is not in the demographic their marketing team is aiming for.

And I still have mountains of their teas from before they decided to imitation and stevia everything to death and boost up their marketing frenzy. So, for the time being, I will content myself with those before I maybe maybe maybe make another purchase with them again. If absolutely necessary.

Arby

Ugh I know. Do they actually think stevia is adding to the blend? I’ve been moving away from DT because I’m not interested in dairy and stevia in my teas, and that seems to be almost all of their new teas. I can add milk and sweetener myself is I choose to.

VariaTEA

Dairy I don’t mind, but stevia is disgusting. I just wrote a review for Caramel Shortbread for Sororitea Sisters that was basically all about how it is weird for them to throw stevia in everything, especially in a tea they also added sugar to.

Evol Ving Ness

Sadly, stevia is becoming their trademark taste. Ouf! They could do better.

Evol Ving Ness

VariaTEA, I can’t seem to locate your review. I’ll keep an eye out for it.

VariaTEA

They don’t post right away. It’ll probably pop up in 2-3 months :P

CrowKettle

I completely agree with your DT observations.

I could rant on and on about how much I despise stevia. They completely lost me when they made that a signature ingredient- I was forgiving of the overuse of apple up until that point.

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, yes!

There’s also the thing where dozens of their herbal blends seem to taste like exactly the same thing, give or take an apple or handful of hibiscus or two.

Evol Ving Ness

Sad too because to me it used to be such a joyful brand.

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One of my grandmothers, my dad’s mom, passed away last week. Last night we had a visitation and this morning was the funeral.

Today I drank several teas; YS Assamica gold needle black, YS Fou Shou Wuyi oolong, and YS Shan Hou sheng.

I will miss my grandma greatly, and funerals are of course no fun (I would like a very casual/non-traditional funeral when I pass) but it was great to see the many family members and family friends that I normally only see at Christmas or not at all.

We had a gathering after the funeral at my dad’s house and enjoyed some of my grandma’s favorite foods and drinks; Cuban sandwiches, wine, Millano cookies, and brandy Alexanders. It was a great time reminiscing and reconnecting.

I brewed some dian hong and shared it with a few people, all of whom enjoyed it. One said “It’s kind of like Earl Grey… but better!”

It was all quite nice until everyone had left but my uncle, cousin, and grandpa (who lives with my uncle in Texas). My dad and uncle went to see my grandparents nearby house which is for sale. When the came back the were screaming at each other with wide variety of expletives. My dad and uncle have had a rocky relationship for a long time, and both were slightly drunk, but things broke down to a shouting match and my dad told my uncle never to set foot in his house again.

It was gut wrenching and really hard to watch after my grandma’s funeral. Me and my younger cousin could do nothing but stand by and watch. My dad was crying and grandpa tried to console him. All in all a beautiful day ruined.

I turned to wine until I found myself a bit tipsy and then went for some strong young sheng. I think I’ll cook dinner tonight and try to console my dad.

looseTman

I’m sorry for your loss. Lossing a grandparent is truly the end of an era. It’s unfortunate the events that followed must have added a great deal of additional stress. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail after they’ve had time to cool off and to think about constructive solutions to their conflict. Perhaps a third party they both respect could assist them to resolve their disagreement?

Evol Ving Ness

My condolences to you. It’s a hard hard thing.
Unfortunately, death brings out all the family disagreements and splinters which manage to be carefully hidden in normal times. A very sad thing but common in so many families.
I hope all this can be peacefully resolved.

looseTman

Agreed. Very well stated.

mrmopar

My friend from a long ways back. I can feel for you. My family has seemed to split after my fathers passing. I have done what I could to keep them together but it is to no avail. Maybe one day. I will put you in my prayers for peace and comfort as this is a hard time to go through. If you need anything you know how to get in touch with me if you need to.

Teatotaler

Sending prayers your way.

__Morgana__

So sorry to hear about the loss and strife. Strength and comfort to you and your family.

tperez

Thank you all for your support. Hopefully the disagreements will cool down with time.

tanluwils

Sorry to hear about your loss. It’s very unfortunate to hear about your father’s falling out with your uncle. I hope they can find it in their hearts to overcome this. Sending good thoughts.

ashmanra

Tperez, I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you at this time. Remember all the happy things about your grandmother as a tribute to her, remember all the times she was strong and all the times she was loving, and know that it is still in you, all that she gave. Everything is changing all the time. I will be praying for your comfort and that the bad situation will change. I have seen relatives make peace after complete breaks, even tho it took time, it did finally come about. Until then, peace to you all, and hugs from my soul to yours.

looseTman

Amen. Simply beautiful.

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Another nice Korean green tea. Description is perfect, green taste (i get peas) transition into sweet corn. Green aroma, perhaps a slight nice bitter along the sweetness, compared to some of the other Korean offerings.

Managed to get a nice second cup too.

Flavors: Green, Peas, Sweet

tanluwils

I’ve been looking to get me some nice Korean green tea, but it’s always over my by budget. Oh, and by the way, I received the 7536 yesterday! I’m going to let it acclimate for a month or so.

Rasseru

Great. You should try some, these are similar to your mao fengs and long jins, but their own thing

tanluwils

There is a nice Korean tea house in Manhattan called Franchia that serves/sells excellent sejak green tea, but at a premium. I think $30 for 50g.

Rasseru

I can’t think of one in London! Maybe some cheaper tea from a restaurant but that’s about it

Leafhopper

I’ve always been turned off by the high cost of Korean tea, especially because greens aren’t my favourite. I was also underwhelmed by Teavana’s Jeju Island Green. However, your two tasting notes might change that. Moreover, after Jiri Horse, some more balhyocha might be in my future.

What-Cha

With Korean tea it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

1) Jeju grown tea is a lot lower quality (due to cultivars and geography) and quite different from traditional Korean tea, it’s best to treat it as something different.

2) Korean tea which is hand picked and processed is very expensive due to the high labour costs in South Korea. You can get cheaper but it has to be a later picking (Daejak) which has larger sized leaves (larger leaves weigh more so are less labour intensive to pick a given weight) coupled with machine processing. It’s why I’ve found Dong Cheon’s Daejak to be the perfect starting point for Korean greens as it’s not expensive while being representative of what to expect from the more expensive earlier pickings.

Leafhopper

Thanks for the info. I figured Teavana wouldn’t have top-flight Korean tea. I might have to pick up some Daejak from you when my tea cupboard is a little emptier.

tanluwils

I’ve had some nice Korean greens when I was traveling in the Hadong, Gimhae, and Busan area, and I do think it’s worth a try. Personally, I still don’t think it’s worth the price for everyday consumption, since I can get something of comparable quality from China (hand picked!) or Japan for far less. I think it’s more of a fad in the West that will pass with time. Perhaps something as unique as Balhyocha or hwangcha will always have a place in the Western tea world.

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Good Lord, this is good: so so good. Smooooooooth, chocolate, sweet potato, no bite—at all.

Another one from my festival tasting packet. By far the winner for me. One that I would want as a staple in my tea cupboard. For all my days.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Smooth, Sweet Potatoes

Daylon R Thomas

Have you tried What-Cha’s Jin Jun Mei? I might have sent you a sample, but I honestly do not remember.

Sil

yep. same for me evol.

Evol Ving Ness

Nope, I don’t think I have, Daylon. On the list it goes.

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This was the second lovely sample I received from Mandala. I was a little sulky when, a couple days after I placed my order, they added this as a tea (that description)! I would’ve ordered it instead of the random puerh I ended up going with (edit: looking for Special Dark replacements- Noble Mark is still around and Noble Dark doesn’t exist… yet).

First and second steeps exceed expectations, with a creamy and silky profile and a touch of high grade dark chocolate (traces of earth, nuts, berries). Mandala description says later steepings have notes of brown sugar but I get hints of that now. The aftertaste reminds me slightly of dark chocolate covered acai/blueberry jellies. These flavours mellow out as it cools, becoming simply milky with an earthy dark chocolate finish.

Third steep was equally perfect.

Fourth steep was ditto (this was from last night so I may have been half asleep and missed the development).

Steep Count: 4 + a rinse

Flavors: Berries, Brown Sugar, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Milk

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Sil

is noble dark gone too?!

Sil

er well noble mark…since i’m guessing you meant special dark + noble mark?

CrowKettle

Oh, dear, no! Noble Mark is still around; I even bought some with this order. Sorry for the heart attack >.>

CrowKettle

Tea typo of the month

Sil

haha way to give me a heart attack thinking i had to horde noble mark too!

mrmopar

Been aiming to brew this one up too. Still airing a bit.

CrowKettle

This tea layperson looks forward to your insight and observations on this one, mrmopar! I love and respect your thoughtful tea notes.

Sil, I’m so envious of your Special Dark horde- I always have the worst luck when I try to stock up. Also, how do you only have 39 teas? Is that for real? (+200 teas is permanently burned into my mental image of a Sil cupboard)

Sil

Yeah. Down to 39….and 2/3 of that is Pu’er. By weight like 3/4 is Pu’er lol

CrowKettle

pu’er layperson: it’s probably my least explored tea type.

That’s impressive (both in cupboard size and pu’er ratios)! If you’re going to horde, why not it be something that takes aging well? I always make the mistake of trying to horde green tea and the results are sad.

Sil

here’s hoping i don’t eff up the tea while they languish in my cupboard.. heh

CrowKettle

I’m sure it will be alright! I have a tea cake (Wild Monk Sheng 2012) that’s been sitting in my cupboard for +6 years, unopened, and I worry when I remember about it too :/

Sil

i have 2 of those and a 2014 version haha. At this point it’s a sunk cost so if i screwed it up…well that’s a learning experience

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drank Pumpkin Muffin by Savoy Tea Co
2004 tasting notes

Finally broke down and opened the baggie. (Reason for delay: If I drink it, it’ll be gone!) Black tea chock full of goodies, including what appears to be dried pumpkin or dried sweet potato and white chocolate chips.

It smells as good steeped as it does dry. Due to the chips, it’s creamy, cloudy, and very sweet; flavor stays a while after each sip. Pumpkiny? Yes. Tasty? Extremely. Caffeine? Gentle. Want more? Absolutely.

Rosehips

Oooh, this sounds delicious.

gmathis

She shared enough for a couple more small cuppas. One of those I will try with milk—I can’t imagine that doing anything but improve it further.

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drank Earl Grey Cider by 52teas
1708 tasting notes

Quick note before heading off to walk in the snow to work. Fun! With my FUNdraiser (presumably) on its way and just ordering more of the Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish and Chocolate Eclair (booourns for not knowing these were on the site until this morning and missing out on the Vanilla Marshmallow), I thought I’d finally start tackling my last 52teas order. I always seem behind on these.

I quickly grabbed this because it seemed like a safe bet this morning. Love the addition of apple in an EG. The bergamot is sparkly and a true live wire in this blend. Putting these two notes together was a great idea! A little on the astringent side but nice to drink in the morning. Maybe I’ll try the last of my taster with some milk. Not to mention, the juicy chunks of apples were a flavourful treat after the tea was finished steeping.

52Teas

I may still have some Vanilla Marshmallow if you’re interested – please PM me. :)

TastetheTea

This sounds pretty amazing! Earl grey is my morning go to, be interesting with an added fruity twist!

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drank Jiri Horse by teabento
1708 tasting notes

Holy moly, this is hands down my favourite Teabento tea that I’ve tried, and I purposely left this one to try last because I had a feeling it would be my favourite.

While I was expecting some chocolate when I initially opened the packet, I didn’t expect this much. Seriously, opening it was like unwrapping a bar of dark chocolate with cacao nibs. Although I haven’t had it in ever, this totally reminds me of Endangered Species chocolate, in particular, this one:

http://www.chocolatebar.com/?portfolio=dark-chocolate-with-cacao-nibs-2

Look at that cute little bat. Just in time for Halloween too. But yeah, dark chocolate tea without the guilt. Brewed up, this has the thickest mouthfeel of all the ones I’ve tried, which is my thing. The chocolate notes are the strongest, followed by grainy sweetness. No bitterness whatsoever.

Thank you so much for the wonderful bento box full of delicious samples, Teabento! This brings me to the end of my sample bento journey, and I can definitely see myself ordering this one.

Evol Ving Ness

Heart broken that I didn’t receive a sample of this one.

However, that said, I have been very much enjoying my teabento journey as well.

Comm Guy

That was my favorite from Teabento, too. Mostly because it was different. I hope it catches on and the growers go deep with distribution.

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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #30
A very high quality green with super wiry leaves. There is such a delicate but complex flavor here — fruity and sweet. I can’t say enough about this, so I won’t try. DELICIOUS.

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