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In the words of Daylon R Thomas, “Liquid Nutella is the best description I can offer.”

I didn’t want to stop drinking this lovely sample from @Whiteantlers. I have a little more left over, but I think I’ll make a small amount of Sun tea with it. I might as well experiment with this tea, since it’s so good. Plus, iced chocolate tea—it could be good!?

These samples have so far proven that there are other types of tea out there that I’ve yet to try; which I plan on trying more of, once I drink down more tea. It’s not that I’m not committed to tea, but I’m literally running out of room in my cupboard. I’ve purchased an unnatural amount in the past few months (there’s no such thing as an unnatural amount of tea, though), and I want to create a challenge for myself to see if I can drink away 5-6 teas before buying more.

Anyway, thank you for this lovely sample, Whiteantlers. It has been an adventure thus far, and I can’t wait to try the rest this week. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Nutty, Sweet

apieceofquiche

This sounds really tasty.

S.G. Sanders

Let me just say that I love chocolate, and I love tea. I usually dislike chocolate tea. However, this is unique. It has me wanting more. And when the time comes, I might purchase enough of it to last a long time.

hawkband1

Starting on Steepster helped explode my cupboard. I’m also working on reducing my stash so I don’t feel guilty buying more tea! :)

S.G. Sanders

I’m right there with you! I purchased the last bit of tea from Liquid Proust…Now it’s time to sipdown older teas before I get any more. I thought having 15 teas in my cupboard was bad, but like you, joining Steepster has caused the cupboard to become overstuffed with tea. Ha-ha.

Inkling

Okay, you talked me into it…just ordered this one!

S.G. Sanders

Great decision! Totally worth it. :)

apieceofquiche

Oh my heavens, there are so many teas on this website that sound beyond delicious.

S.G. Sanders

@apieceofquiche That is why I’ve bookmarked it in my “Tea” bookmark folder, and left the site before I had decided that the credit card needed to be used. Ha-ha. Their teas leave me longing for them as much as a kid in a candy store. I wasn’t a huge fan of dessert tea….until now.

apieceofquiche

I couldn’t resist. I placed a small order this morning. :)

S.G. Sanders

Wonderful! I look forward to your reviews! :)

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I am pushing myself to drink more green and white teas: teas that are usually not the first ones I reach for.

Honestly, I haven’t made up my mind about fruit-flavoured green teas. It seems hard to get the balance of tea and flavour right.

That said, this one, a blend of organic Chun Mee and Gunpowder, is good. The blackberry overlay is mellow. The butter crust is gently there. Nice.

The flavouring disappears by the second steeping and the lovely green remains.

Flavors: Blackberry, Butter

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Totally agree with you about fruit-flavoured greens.

Plunkybug

Agreed on the flavoured green teas…the balance is hard. Sometimes I am ok with it being more fruit than tea, but it depends on what it is.

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Last year during the Midwest Tea Festival I stumbled across one of the Kansas City area’s best kept secrets: Anna Marie’s Tea Shop. The shop is nestled away in Liberty, Missouri—a small suburb of Kansas City—and carries a wide variety of flavored teas. Flavored teas aren’t always enough to make me sit up and take notice of a new-to-me shop, but I had the opportunity to sample a number of their offerings and was immediately struck by how similar they tasted to the teas that were offered by Della Terra before they went out of business almost two years ago. If you’ve been looking for a company to fill the void that Della Terra left behind then you’ll want to check this shop out immediately, especially if you’re missing old favorites like Lemon Chiffon or Pineapple Upside Down Cake Black Tea. Anna Marie’s even offers sample sizes for those of you who are like me and must try all of the teas.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2016/4/19/lemon-souffle-anna-maries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

gawd that sounds good just based on the name.

Sil

of course i’d have to use a tea mule heh no shipping to canada OR they’ve never been asked/thought about it heh

Skysamurai

That sounds amazing

Short Sorceress

I’d say they most likely don’t have much call for international shipping, but you could always ask. The ladies that run the shop were incredibly helpful when I spoke with them last year.

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If this indeed is the right tea that I am reviewing…

What an interesting tea! I steeped it briefly at boiling and am drinking it straight up unsweetened. When it was hottest, my first few sips were vanilla custard. Enchanting. And then, as it cooled, it got all malty frisky. And then, a few astringent notes started rising up. As I continue to warm my cup by topping up from my travel mug, the buttery notes resurface. Yummy and very much enjoyable, but a tad finicky.

Thank you, Sil, for sending me this one to try.
I am very much behind on trying samples and tea swaps in general: ok, ok, behind with the whole tea world really, but making slow gentle progress nevertheless. Aaargh.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

No worries, i agree on the finicky notes, but it was one of those “let’s try something totally random while i’m here” sort of teas i picked up to randomly share with others.

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This is probably the most delicate green oolong I’ve ever seen. The smell and taste both make this a green tea to me though. It may have some viscosity that I would say oolong has in character that green tea may not, but that’s about it.

Really enjoy cup of tea during the spring and summer for sure, but I think I’ll stick with the normal baozhong BTTC has because I don’t foresee having the time to sit down and just enjoy sipping at this as it has subtle notes that need concentration to notice and I will miss out on them for the moment. However, I was able to rebrew this four times which I wouldn’t do with a green tea so that makes it more valuable to me as I look for a nice tea for spring when I do have the time for a hike; which will always include BTTC dragonwell because it’s hands down the best I’ve ever seen, tasted, or heard of.

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It’s been a long time since I last drank this one, but it came to work with me this morning in my Timolino since I’m hosting an event away from the office until lunch time. As ever with these things, it didn’t go to plan. Tea is obviously a requirement in these situations!I added a splash of milk to my cup this morning, but it would be equally palatable without.

Initially, this comes across as quite a chocolatey tea; dark, almost bittersweet, cocoa-like chocolate. There are also some fairly prominent baked bread notes which remind me a lot of Second Breakfast – there’s an underlying saltiness that I also picked up in that one. The mid-sip is mostly malt, sweet and thick tasting, and it works perfectly with the chocolate notes. So far, so comforting. The end of the sip reveals a light fruitiness, which lingers into the aftertaste. It reminds me most of plum – juicy, a little sharp, a little tart. It’s a flavour combination that almost shouldn’t work, but somehow it does! You have to try it to see. Upon reacquaintance, this is still one of my favourite black teas. I’ve left my rating unchanged accordingly.

1.5 tsp, 3.5 mins, boiling water (212), splash of milk.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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So now I know what it is like to have buyers remorse for those who buy YQH and do all they can to make it taste better than it is because of the price tag…

Tea Urchin is my go to place for high end stuff that makes e feel good, but this one did not do that. I should have read more about it online to know it wasn’t within my own preferences of a tea, but when there’s a group buy and you get deals… TRY EVERYTHING!

This particular sheng is in the medium to dark range for a sheng. Typically I like my raw tea to have essence of flower or fruit making it seem like it was a cake worth breeding with things that the bees like, not that the flies like; which leads me to this dark, damp wet hay. Some people really enjoy that taste, I do not.

I am in luck though, I can put 25g of this in the pu’erh TTB that is coming around :)
However, I need to find someone to swap the rest with because I won’t drink this… I’m becoming pickier with my sheng; but not my beengholes :P

p.s. for reference, I did steep this 14 times because it last and I love me some TU so it was hard hard hard to go ‘this is the first one I don’t want to hold onto’

MzPriss

If someone has “buyer’s remorse” with YQH they can send it right to me – I will give it a loving home right up until it goes down my neck and I will savor every drop.

Liquid Proust

I know of at least four people, but that only surfaced after I made a remark; seemed like they didn’t want to because nobody is making those comments.

MzPriss

Well bless their hearts. Teji is my favorite thing right now.

Grill

I’m sorry but “do all they can to make it taste better than it is because of the price tag” is pretty insulting. Why would I even want make stuff up? I’ve spent countless hours talking to people, reviewing and discussing these teas not to spread misinformation but to educate myself and other on what they are all about. On top of that I sampled up nearly half a cake out of pocket the last few months to people that asked about trying certain cakes.

Also to label the whole brand as overpriced, hyped or whatever is shortsighted. You have 3 reviews posted here on steepster, maybe you tried more Idk but there were 39 different teas being offered by Mr Yang and Emmett. Imagine trying 3 teas from any vendor, not loving them and then saying well they all must suck cause these did, seems a bit silly no?

You and others didn’t like them? That’s cool, there are plenty of teas I don’t like that lots of people love. I respect their opinion and they respect mine, like Cwyn said in her blog post, no one can tell you what tastes best to your taste buds.

I don’t want to make it sound like you attacked me personally cause you didn’t. Just like you said you speak for people with buyers remorse, I believe I speak for the people that are very happy with how they spent their money.

boychik

Me three. Love YQH , haven’t tried all of them but whatever I’ve tried was top notch.

Liquid Proust

@Grill it actually isn’t insulting because if you read it in context it is in regards to those who experience buyers remorse. In regards to the amount I’ve tried; that’s the way things are realistically as I give a band 3 songs or a tv show 3 episodes before I decide to give more time to it (which is what money is)

There is just no way I’ll find an old leather taste to be appealing, but I’m always up to keep trying which is what I have been doing. I am the same with White2Tea: I’ve tried over 12 of their raw teas and I’ve only liked one…

Liquid Proust

Thought about the English language and realized that you could say that my comment could have offended you… but it wouldn’t be me who did it but rather those I have spoke to who explained that they too like me couldn’t find a way to enjoy the YQH samples that they had tried. Considering it all comes down to opinions it’s pointless to argue; we know Bernie is a better canidate then Trump, Honda makes better cars than Ford, wheat bread is better than white, Star Trek is better than Star Wars, oh and oolong is the best type of tea. I suppose I don’t realize that people don’t know me so reading my comments are tough. I’m just some dude drinking tea and spilling thoughts from the top of my head. No expectations at all. However, maybe I should review what I say and how I say it. Either way, I come to Steepster without much rereading or monitoring so that could be what I look into changing next for myself.

MzPriss

Um no. Star Wars > Star Trek.

Liquid Proust

Data was hands down the best character on tv of all time. The entire human idenity is his character. Now that’s just one element of Star Trek. I suppose I’ll clarify: Star Trek TNG > Star Wars 4, 5, 6, and that recent remake where there is a larger Death Star in it but this time it blows up planets before it’s destroyed. TNG is hands down 110% more intellectually stimulating than Star Wars.Anyone who starts and finishes TNG will have gained an experience that just… It makes life better.

MzPriss

Nope. Best TV character of all time is Bobby Hill.

Tea and Cheese Lover

TNG or TOS or DS9 or VOY > Star Wars

MzPriss

Voyager was not better than pretty much anything, except possibly Enterprise. DS9 was meh. TNG was MIGHTY but still not better than Star Wars, but close. Because Worf.

Tea and Cheese Lover

I have nothing against Star Wars. A good action movie, but Star Trek always intrigued me. I haven’t seen enterprise and am on season 4 of Voyager right now. TNG was my favorite. DS9 was close. What it lacked in “exploration” it made up for delving deeply into spiritual matters on many levels, and different types of ethical questions as other series. VOY and TOS are tied for me so far. To keep things on topic, I like watching Star Trek while drinking tea ;)

CWarren

Gives Battlestar Galactica an honorable mention before hopping back into his Tardis, (yep, I threw the Doctor in there too).

MzPriss

The Doctor needs to be everywhere.

Gooseberry Spoon

Data is just the best. God now I got to go watch The Most Toys again and wonder…

rosebudmelissa

I’m a fan of Star Trek and Star Wars (and Doctor Who), but Stargate: SG-1 will probably always be #1 for me.

DharmaTea

I’m with you on the YQH MzPriss. I dunno how people have “buyers remorse” with samples but am pretty sure anyone with cakes could find a new home for them fairly easy. Especially when there are price changes coming and declining inventory. Thanks for your comments and reviews Grill. I learned a lot from you and James and appreciate the time and effort you put into it. While I like some of the YQH line better than others my only regret is that I couldn’t get more… As they say, there is no accounting for taste. peace

MzPriss

@DharmaTea – Teji WAS my fave. Now I’ve had Dingji. I echo your thanks to Grill and James. I would have been so very, very sad if I had never had any of this tea.

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I hope all of you are experiencing the same awesomely beautiful weather we are enjoying. Not a cloud in the sky. This morning I decided to completely forget all the stuff that I am supposed to be doing. Instead I got out my gorgeous Tivelasi teapot and filled it with Little Red Cup Lapsang Souchong. Grabbed the accompanying mug and a bowl of grits and parked myself on the front porch. It was so peaceful. No traffic. The sound of faint hammering across the road – the neighbors are building a barn for their horses. The sweet pine smoke from the tea along with the gentle warm breeze simply melted the stress away. The perfect early morning porch tea. Highly recommend you start your day the same way.

Unfortunately back to reality this afternoon.

Evol Ving Ness

A bowl of grits! How I miss grits.

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds like a perfect morning.

Xxxxx

What a beautiful, evocative post!

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drank Masala Chai by American Tea Room
1596 tasting notes

Oh boy, I didn’t realize I got down to 39 teas (thirty-freaking-nine!) the other day until now. My ATR order arrived the other day so it’s back up but not by too much.

So glad I ordered a sample of this. I love chai but sometimes so many are basically the same as not as complex as I’d like, but I took a chance on this just to justify my order more. It’s pleasantly heavy on the cardamom. Like DAVIDsTEA’s Cardamom French Toast with extra added cinnamon and ginger.

I steeped this with some homo milk and added a bit of brown sugar. Delightful. Cardamom note is the most prominent, followed by the ginger, and then the cinnamon, I’d say. The base is a bold Nilgiri but it doesn’t override any of the spices. Rather than doing a 4-5 minute steep (didn’t time it), I’m sure this would really benefit from a stovetop treatment.

Would I buy more? Not entirely sure yet but it’s been the best loose leaf chai I’ve purchased in a good while. I’m biased when it comes to cardamom, however, as I love that stuff.

Sil

wow 39….soooo little.

Evol Ving Ness

Thirty-freaking-nine! Shocking.

You and I are on the same page with the cardamom. This chai is going on my list. Sounds great.

Kristal

You’re doing well! Got any goals in mind?

Fjellrev

No goals in specific! Just trying to finish up some older stuff. It’s too bad that I have quite a bit still packed up that I’d love to finish up but I’m trying to work on the DF teas, at least. Just drink up!

Cardamom is so delicious, so I’m sure you’d enjoy this one, Evol.

Sil

cardamom is the best. i have a blueberry smoothie that i make that has just a little in it with some cinnamon and turmeric. so good.

Fjellrev

That’s a great idea, Sil!

Indigobloom

Wowwwwww now that is something to aspire for! good on you :)

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Backlog from December 1st:

There isn’t really anything new I can say about this tea. It’s always bitter and tastes like peach candy instead of roses. It’s surprisingly not as bitter today, even with the longer steep.

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Peach

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

Too bad, such a pretty name.

Shae

Since I wrote this note in December, I’ve finally found a way to steep this so that it tastes really nice. A lower temperature (175°) with a five minute steep time seems to do the trick. None of my Saint Simons teas have steeping recommendations so it just took me a while to figure it out.

Evol Ving Ness

It pays to play around.

Shae

Definitely!

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This week’s matcha sample is – Cheesecake! I feel like I prepared the ground well enough with “normal” flavours like Strawberry and Banana, so I finally broke out one of the left-field flavours that I’ve been looking forward to forever but still slightly scared of. When I opened the pouch, all I could smell was very sweet vanilla. That had me worried for a minute, but I needn’t have doubted.

I prepared this one as a latte, which has pretty much become my go-to. I used 1/4 tsp of matcha, whisked into 1/3 cup of hot water, and then topped off with milk. The scent lost some of its vanilla as soon as I added the water, and started to smell more like baking cheesecake. To taste, it’s super delicious! It’s creamy and sweet, of course, but with a slightly salty-sour-tangy undertone that really characterises cheesecake for me. There’s still the flavour of vanilla sitting over the top, but it’s not overpowering or sickly. It also avoids tasting artificial, which is a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned. There’s nothing chemically about the flavour of this one, it’s just straight-up flavour-accurate vanilla cheesecake. The matcha is completely masked by it, which is the whole point I guess, so there’s not even a conflict of “green” and “sweet”. It’s truly delicious stuff.

I can imagine that this would combine well with other flavours to make various “cheesecake” combinations, but I’m trying not to have too many samples open at once because they’re not resealable. It’s something I’d try in the future if I manage to get hold of a larger quantity in a tin, though.

For now, I’m just really happy with this one. It’s a desserty treat on a dull work day.

1/4 tsp, boiling water. Prepared as a latte.

Preparation
Boiling

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It is a beautiful day! Perfect weather, intermittent cloud cover with a pleasant breeze, 75 degrees (the perfect temperature for me) and the hint of possible storms in the future. Of course I am spending the day watching Fighting Games on the West Coast Warzone Stream and have been doing that since yesterday. I am using a break in stream (by break I mean it is a game I don’t care about, sorry Guilty Gear) to blog about some yummy tea.

Today I am looking at one of the teas from Eco-Cha’s most awesome club which I am a member of, I joined at the beginning and paid for the whole year because I know Eco-Cha has good tea, so far I have been very pleased. I plan on writing about all of the teas I have gotten at some point, but this one needed blogging about now because Taiwanese Black Teas are a thing of epic beauty. ShanLinXi Black Tea (the link takes you to their blog post, very informative) comes from, you guessed it, Shan Lin Xi Mountain, one of my favorite mountains in Taiwan to procure tea from. The aroma of these curly leaves knocked me out of my chair from first sniff, seriously, I am so easily floored by red teas, it is a bit embarrassing. There are notes of lychee, mango, papaya, cocoa, cream, and nutty almost coconut water undertones, this tea smells tropical and immensely sweet and rich.

Into my beloved ruyao gaiwan the leaves go, the aroma keeps up the tropical fruit notes with papaya, longan, lychee, mango, and a touch of cherries. There is also an undertone of chocolate and cream, it is so sweet, it is almost cloying but manages to sneak right under the cloying radar and fall happily into richness. Wow, somehow the liquid manages to smell even sweeter, but still manages to not be cloying, probably because it smells like fruit juice rather than candy, with notes of papaya, cherry, and lychees, with a woody and cocoa undertone and a delicate hint of cream.

Wow, just wow, this tea is sooo sweet! It is a bit mind boggling! It is very smooth in the mouth with a tiny bit of bright crispness at the finish that let’s you know there might be some tannins somewhere in this tea, but only a hint. It starts with papaya and lychee, then moves on to woody and creamy with cocoa undertones. The finish is a bit of autumn leaves and mineral. Then the real fun, the aftertaste on this tea goes on forever, super sweet tropical fruit creamy goodness that just does not quit.

Second steep, the aroma keeps up the intense sweetness, but it also has a distant floral note that took me forever to pin down, at first I thought maybe the spring flowers outside my window were playing with my sense of smell so I took the tea elsewhere to sniff where I was able to determine it has a subtle peony and plumeria notes. The taste also has a hint of that floral quality, it is almost ghostly dancing in and out of taste. The fruity and creamy cocoa notes stay strong, and woody notes become a little more pronounced, along with a mineral quality to the finish. The aftertaste is not quite as long lasting as the first steep, but it was still long lasting.

The third steep’s aroma has a stronger floral note, definitely picking up on that peony and plumeria, though it is woodier this steep, the cocoa notes are also more prominent. Wow, the mouthfeel on this steep is super smooth, which goes well with its nectar like sweetness. The tropical fruit notes are not as strong this steep, mostly the lychee note sticks around, it is joined by strong creamy cocoa and coconut water and a woody finish. The aftertaste is still strong but not as strong as previous steeps. And perfect timing, as I wrap this post up Mortal Kombat Top 8 is starting, so I shall take my tea and stare at the stream happily. Happy weekend everyone!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/04/eco-cha-tea-club-batch-5-shanlinxi.html

Daylon R Thomas

Sounds so good.

TeaNecromancer

It is, I wish they had it in their shop because I am going to cry when I drink it all…and it will be soon since it is so yummy!

Daylon R Thomas

Good black teas are to be savored. I’d be upset as hell too. I even hesitate whenever I drink Mandala’s Milk. I could drink it all the time, but it is so expensive. I’ve been so tempted to join one of their clubs solely for their Alishan, Shan Lin Xi, and Lishan blacks. Plus I’m curious about their greener oolongs-which Luckyme will send a sample of to try.

TeaNecromancer

I really need to try more of Mandala’s teas, all I have had is their puerhs

Daylon R Thomas

There’s a reason why Mandala’s Milk Oolong is one of the top teas on here. It’s probably the best Milk that I’ve had thus far because of how naturally thick and sweet it is.

Daylon R Thomas

It’s just pricey-which is a given. The re-steep value makes up for it though.

Matt Warren

I just got this for my first Eco-Cha tea club shipment. At first I was like, what the hell? A black tea from my Taiwan Tea Club? Then I brewed it up. Outrageous. I can’t wait until next month.

TeaNecromancer

I know!! I hope we get more black teas, Taiwan’s black teas are a thing of magic :D Though of course I will be quite happy with all the oolongs too!

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Bathdown (135)!

Normally I go for green tea baths, but this was just so tempting that I had to do it.

One of the best bath experiences I’ve ever had, honestly. The smell was just absolutely divine, but then the light tingly sensation of the mint all over my skin made me feel like I was on fire but in the most peaceful, relaxing way humanly possible. Oh Lord I want to experience that again…

My boyfriend thinks I’m absolutely insane though. He just needs to experience it himself, honestly…

Evol Ving Ness

How do you prep for baths? Do you make a strong brew and pour it in or what exactly?

sundaysipping

Tea baths in general are a genius idea.

Roswell Strange

@Evol I feel like that’s what I’d do if I was gonna use loose leaf but typically I use up my bagged teas this way so I just let the tea bags hang out in the bath as it’s drawing and infuse directly in that way. I use two to four teabags typically; it doesn’t actually take a lot to make the bath water strong though.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you! I agree with sundaysipping: genius idea.

VariaTEA

How many teabags do you use for the bath?

VariaTEA

Never mind…just saw above.

Fjellrev

Totally not insane. I’ve been doing this for over a decade and I agree, it’s awesome.

Mookit

If I had a bigger bathtub, I would probably try this too. That being said, I can’t even straighten my legs in mine… more of a showers-only-tub.

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Thanks for the sale, Greenteafairy! A chance for me to try a couple more Butiki blends! I really appreciate it. This is somehow such a smooottthhh blend. Whoa. I don’t think I ever tried the Butiki Bai Mu Dan on its own but it sure is a good one. The flavoring adds even more butter flavor. It tastes like buttery sugar cookies, even without adding sugar. Creamy, scrumptious, buttery sugar cookies. The second steep let a little more of the Bai Mu Dan peak through. I don’t really know what Irish Cream Butter Crisps are, but this tea is delicious. Oh Butiki, I’ll miss you forever.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 15-20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // few minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep

Kaylee

Uncanny timing. I’m literally drinking this right now and was about to write a tasting note!

tea-sipper

Oh cool! Butiki still lives. :D

TeaNTees

This sound brilliant! Alas Butiki! :.(

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Picked this up recently from King Tea on Aliexpress. It is quite good. It had a fair amount of fermentation flavor left. It was noticeable for the first four steeps or so. It was bittersweet at the start. It slowly evolved into something sweet. I think you could call it creamy and their were some notes of chocolate in there. This is a high quality long lasting shou. I gave this fourteen steeps which is longer than a lot of shou will go. Most shou is made from lower quality leaves than this is. Once I started this I knew I would be resteeping the hell out of it. This was somewhat expensive even though King Tea has it for noticeably less than EBay has it, cheaper by about $35 or so. It is real. I checked for the hologram that Dayis all have starting about this time in 2008 and it glowed green, both the outer seal and inner ticket or neifei glowed green. Taste wise it seems high quality too. The initial fermentation taste was not unpleasant or fishy in nature to my taste buds. This is definitely a ripe worth buying if King Tea is still selling it. He had discontinued it before my purchase but when I asked him about it he brought it back. It is noticeably cheaper than the 2007 version that goes for around $115 on King Tea. You may be able to find this cheaper on Taobao but this is one of the few Dayi ripe teas that you are risking getting a fake at. Most ripe is not valuable enough to fake. This one is. This was the best ripe I have had in quite a while. As to qi I can’t say I noticed much, maybe a little. Ripe rarely has any qi. The processing of the ripe tea tends to remove the qi from it.

I steeped this tea fourteen times in a 150ml gaiwan with 13g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec,15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, and 3 min. I’d say I could get another three or four steeps out of the leaves at least if I wanted to continue but fourteen steeps is enough caffeine for one day.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 13 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
awilsondc

Hmmmm, I didn’t know they did an ‘08 batch. I thought it went ’05, ’07, ’10 before they started producing it yearly. The wrapper matches the ’07 style. I see he has the ’05 listed on his store which I thought was all but gone forever. Makes me a little bit leary… $267 for a 250g cake is pretty steep though but I’ve heard legends about that ’05!

AllanK

It’s real all right. Had the Dayi security features and was wrapped right. They made an 08 batch all right.

Liquid Proust

A tong of this would be $$$$

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I woke up this morning knowing I needed a serious tea to power me for some cleaning that needed to be done. I grabbed this on because EOF is expensive so I made a dumb association with $ to qi.
This was quite nice. Chest warming and a mild head feel with a taste that mellowed out by steep four; became quite nice but I think that it does need a few more years. The mouth pucker is almost, ALMOST, gone. Probably only 2 years of some storage on this and it will be golden. The only negative aspect to this tea is that it is on the darker spectrum of sheng, to which people will continue to hear me say that I like my light sheng.

Ranting time:
Last night I had some friends over and we were talking about how one of my friends was kicked out of the church because he took a stance that homosexuality is not a sin… as difficult of a conviction that such a thing can be right now with things happening in the US and the church figuring out how to respond, it’s just beating me up. So, anyways, if only it was that simple!
My parents ended up joining us and it’s only around my friends that I discuss such things because I know that they will throw the: ’ I thought we taught you better’ and make me feel as if they ‘failed’ me…
My stance on not understanding psychological and biologic implications to life choices leads me to believe that this whole issue revolving around gay marriage is stupid. The condemnation has now put me in a position were I may not speak to my parents as much because they think that my thoughts are tainted and I’m not sure if I can channel my love for them to see past these negative comments that they spread to the rest of our family. Stupid ass drama that doesn’t need to occur; my thoughts do not change the way in which I act. Whether I think A or B is right or wrong, I’ll always treat people with respect and treat them as I would want to be treated.

Tears are shed as I lose my family because of my own thoughts which now define me…
p.s. that friend who was kicked out was a pastor and it was done via email; for real?

Teazilla

Dude, I know exactly how you feel. I grew up in a Southern Baptist household and my best friend, of 14 years now, is gay. He also used to be an active member of my parents church. In fact, we met at this church (lolz how times change). There were many, many times that I had serious conversations with my parents that inevitably devolved into arguments because my parents were incapable of understanding at it’s root that it’s just not a choice. Eventually, things came to a head when their church pastor spoke out one Sunday around the same time the US was legalizing marriage for the LGBT community and started saying things like, “Real Christians will vote against this.” I don’t like people thinking for me, and I sure as hell am not going to sit and listen to some pastor telling me that the person who has willingly been there for me and been the best friend I could ever ask for was going to Hell, solely for being gay. Fuck you, breh. That’s not what my Christ teaches. So I started looking around and I now consider myself part of the Presbyterian Church of USA (PCUSA, not to be confused with the archaic PCA). Their beliefs are more in line with my own, and they consider spirituality and religion to be a very personal journey, to be defined by free-thinking individuals under the tutelage and guidance of the church who focuses around the ministry of Jesus more than some Old Testament verse that is surrounded by controversy and misinformation, even amongst scholarly circles.

Whew! I didn’t mean to blow you up, I just say that to say, if you wanna talk about it, I’m all ears. I’ve mostly retained my faith through the whole ordeal, but it’s definitely caused me to view differently how I integrate my religion and spirituality into my life. :)

Kirkoneill1988

don’t worry Andrew, we love you just the way you are! :D

mrmopar

AS Christ drew the symbol in the sand and asked who among you is without sin? I ask you those who are withut sin cast the first stone. Then said “Those that condemned you are not here. I condemn you not”. As the Bible said “Judge not lest ye be judged”. It is to be judged by God not any of us here on earth.
God made us and loves us for who we are. No matter what. Else fore, why would he have sent his son to save us all. Jesus was asked how much do you love them. He said this much an spread out his arms to be nailed and crucified for us.
He loves us all as we are.

Xxxxx

I’m sorry you are going through this, LP. I have been surprised and touched by religious people here treating me with kindness and respect. A friend and I parted ways not too long ago because he was always fast to tell me that my ‘lifestyle’ was an abomination to God. I have been told and have told others that God created us in His image so did not create anyone who is imperfect. Thank you LP and thank you, too, mrmopar for being kind, generous, decent, caring, open minded people.

Cwyn

I wouldn’t give up on them. My long experience with conservative religious people is they are likely to change a stance when confronted with someone they love, given time. The key is an issue that is close to home, not just a hypothetical moral dilemma. When one’s own child is gay, that hits home more than someone else’s child. Look at Dick Cheney, if he can become an advocate for gay rights, nobody is a lost cause.

Kirkoneill1988

That’s a great point mr mopar

Kirkoneill1988

Christ died for everyone! :) there are far worse things out there. And I’ve been guilty of one of them. But Jesus loves me and died for me. Remember this, if god did not care about you, me or anyone, Christ would never been born. Keep your head up! Enjoy the good things of life that’s what god likes. When we do that and care about others. I care about you.

Kirkoneill1988

If you need to talk to me, send me a message

Shade

I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but your comment struck a chord in me. As a gay female who is, incidentally, an atheist and someone who cut family ties early in life… well, I’m often dumbstruck by the willful ignorance and disrespect that I see people direct at one other as if doing so were a badge of honor. It’s a wonder that anyone has the unmitigated gall to tell others who & how they should love and to pass such harsh judgments upon their character and worth as people is… wow. Just… wow.

That said, it’s always reassuring when I see people such as yourself who, despite what personal dilemmas may come of it, choose tolerance over bigotry. I can’t speak to reconciling theological morals and family dynamics, but I do hope that open minds and open hearts prevail.

Liquid Proust

@Teazilla The most important part is keeping dialog and not being exclusive with conversations. Why people won’t discuss comes out to what I find to be ridiculous answers… as if they have the plague or something.

@Kirk Nobody should dismiss someone because of their thoughts. If I acted on my thoughts in a way that harmed someone sure, but meerly just saying I believe this or that shouldn’t be enough to put me in a category of people someone can’t talk to.

@mrmopar exactly… and I had thought that the Golden Rule stretched beyond all people as a simple practice, but I continue to learn it doesn’t :(

@whiteantlers I never let the people speak or act for me which I believe causes some disconnect with religion nowadays. People tend to associate the actions of one for the whole group; it’s understandable, I helped a friend work through prejudices that kept her from religion all together because of a tragedy (sister was raped by a pastor on church grounds). This is the same reason that any type of people get prejudged to do or act a certain way which is wrong. Everyone is different and at the least deserves their chance.

@Cwyn I still have a lot in me, but it’s really hard when your mother gets on the phone with your family to tell them that her son (being me) is going to hell… just not the kind of thing I would like to be said around my family because of my thoughts. It’s really awkward at family events now; especially the time I told my mom I was Baha’i and she believes anyone who is non Christian is atheist so everyone kept saying they were praying I’d find God again…

@Shade I hope people can get past private affairs of one another as well so we can communicate without such anger and disgust. It really takes a lot out of someones day to think about the private life of two people who are attracted to the opposite sex and then bash them; it’s as if you’re missing life that can be lived by following a passion instead of tearing another one apart. I don’t get it… I mean, I tell people oolong is the best type of tea and I believe that but if they say otherwise I say cool and then it’s to the next topic.

@All Every year my beliefs change because I encounter new people and learn new ways to view things. As Kahlil Gibran explains things, you really have to travel around the mountain and not just up and down it to figure out the angles. The coolest part about all of this is how much dialog I have with those who drink tea about these matters or I get to speak to those I never would be able to because of the internet.

Thanks for your thoughts all :)

Kirkoneill1988

@lquidproust your right! you’ve been so kind to me and i appreciate that. you are a good fellow and friend :)

Kirkoneill1988

@liquidproust ive done terrible things in my life and to have people be friends with me. it’s such a blessing.

mrmopar

Kirk we all have done things we are not proud of. It is a learning experience on this world. The Golden Rule will always apply. It can take some people a while too learn it. I know it did me.

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83

Sipped this down cold brew style the other day. My DF stash has been dwindling, but I’m glad since some are starting to show their age. Would I get more of this? No, but it was packed with yummy fruits and was good hot or cold.

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90

I got this in a fantastic package from Evol Ving Ness! Thank you so much!

Normally, Ceylon isn’t generally my favourite base but pair it with vanilla and it’s delicious! I detect slight cocoa and cherry notes in here too or maybe I am just crazy. The vanilla is smooth and tastes natural.

Capital Teas is now on my list to order from! Thanks Evol…;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Evol Ving Ness

That was fast! Glad for the joyful beginning—yay!

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85

I had another cup of this earlier today to see how i feel about it, and as it turns out, the tiger is just not working for me these days. So, given how much i know cavocorax loves this tea, I’ll be giving her the last of this so that it can be enjoyed by someone who still loves it :)

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93

I’m still working my way through the Sheng Olympics teas.

I was fully prepared to dislike this tea. It didn’t help that I’m drinking it the morning after a session with 2014 Last Thoughts, which is one of the best teas I’ve ever had. However, this tea stands up to the comparison.

I started out a bit disappointed. The dry leaves consist of fairly tightly compressed small chunks. Not the whole leaves I’ve come to expect from premium teas. The first steep was light in color, with a mild aroma reminiscent of butter. The taste was light and viscous, with an incredible feel in the mouth. As I sipped that first cup the tea just grew on me. Every sip seemed a bit better than the last. I’m sure this was in part due to the extremely powerful cha qi, which started in my chest and arms and is now a whole-body experience, on a par with the Last Thoughts.

The flavors are mild, reminding me of some green-style oolongs I’ve had in the past: butter, straw, and hints of flowers. Strong, long finish, which is probably part of the reason why each sip seemed to improve.

Third steep is a bit darker: medium straw. Nose is still modest, but now is spice rather than butter. The taste is completely different: strong spice character, with the older, buttery flavor barely visible underneath. I like this flavor almost as much as the first, and give the tea credit for added complexity. The viscosity is still there but there is a bit of sharp bite riding on top, and a subtle bitterness underneath, which extends into the finish. I’m not a fan of bitter teas, but this is just a hint, adding interest. The fourth steep had the same characteristics as the third, but more integrated.

I don’t recall the exact price this tea sold for, but recall it was reasonable. I suspect that purchasers got fair value despite the marketing hype. If it hadn’t sold out I’d be buying some.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
AllanK

I’ve really got to get back to them too.

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It’s morning and I’m preparing for the weekend with some 6 year old lao cha. Smooth, dark, and somewhat creamy :)

Just wanted to pop on and say that while I’m 25+ teas behind on reviewing: I really feel like Steepster is an escape for me. Nobody from Facebook comes over here to stalk me or anything like that so I am able to treat it like a journal in a way where .

I’ve been using tea to keep busy as well which is making it take on a different role in my life and I don’t like it. I want to continue to like tea and not treat it like an obligation but a privilege to spread about. Sometimes I wonder if I take on too much but then I’m like, ‘na…. you’d regret it if you didn’t do all this.’

Ripe in the morning, sheng for better and the best stuff in the middle like an oreo; oolong all day long.

Dr Jim

I think most of us go through stages where we don’t want to write reviews, etc. but just sit a enjoy a tea. Don’t let some imagined obligation prevent you from just having fun.

Rui A.

Definitely I second Dr Jim.

mrmopar

Yes enjoy it. That is the main reason to have it. If I wrote a review every time I drank a tea my keyboard would need replacing.

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90
drank Jacked Raw by Liquid Proust Teas
1705 tasting notes

Thank you Liquid Proust for this sample. This tea was good. I’m not sure when the taste of the jackfruit ended though. It would be nice if the taste of the jackfruit was more prominent. I steeped 4.6g of this tea in a 50ml gaiwan twelve times. The tea itself was quite long lasting. I’d guess I lost the taste of the jackfruit somewhere around steep four or so. I do think there was a bit of a sweet aftertaste from the jackfruit later on. I don’t think it completely went away. Overall this was really good. The tea itself was not bitter and had a nice sweet taste to it. I am guessing this is a young raw puerh. I may have to buy some of this. This might be a tea better steeped western style because then you are getting the jackfruit more than in gongfu where it didn’t last.

I steeped this tea twelve times in a 50ml gaiwan with 4.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Flavors: Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 2 OZ / 50 ML
Liquid Proust

This particular raw pu’erh does work gogfu and western :) thanks for the review!

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I adore this tea. I like the powerful cardamon and black pepper zing of it. I like that cinnamon is way in the background in this combination. I like that the black tea base here beats its chest with enthusiasm amidst the spice medley. I reach for this blend when I need a strong-kick-in-the-pants kind of tea, even with milk and honey.

It seems I was bombarded by every conceivable kind of chai tea in autumn, so I got a bit tired of chai until the tea festival came around with their fantastic samples. It reminded me how much I do enjoy chai, the traditional way with milk and sweetener.

This one for me is a whole-hearted yes.

Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Although I mostly drink black tea, the past while everything started tasting the same, and even worse, not tasting good. So, I pulled out some pu’reh samples I have had stashed away as I had a feeling that is what I needed.. And I was right. This is what I want to drink now.

This tea in particular is so delicious, and although I am not able yet to describe any flavors other than smooth and darkly sweet, this is what I want to drink everyday. Since this is the last of my sample it will not be this particular tea, but this taste is what I want and am craving for now.

Thank you to a very special tea friend who sent these wonderful samples to me last year – I am lucky to have been touched by your kindness.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
Xxxxx

Nice to see you reviewing again!

caile

Thank you! I’m not very good at it but thought I’d give it a try.

Xxxxx

There are no ‘rules’ so don’t worry about good and not so good. :-)

boychik

Im glad to see you reviewing again <3

caile

My thanks to you

mrmopar

Nice to see ya!

caile

You as well! :)

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