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Thanks for this one, Stephanie! I was a little hesitant about this one, as it has mushrooms in it (the chaga). I’m not a fan of mushrooms! But the sweet scent of the dry leaves seemed unintimidating enough, so I just went with it and brewed up two teaspoons. I’m always worried there will be something I’m allergic to in tea that I was previously unaware of, but this blend worked for me! If anything, the mushrooms might not be noticeable other than making it seem like a ripened pu-erh. Otherwise, this dark brew tastes like a rustic, nutty cup of dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Somehow both milk and dark chocolate at the same time and all around sweet. I walked away from the second steep and it went for ten minutes. Didn’t get bitter at all, even though there is a deep flavor in the first cup. I’d probably prefer the second steep like that, actually. Delicious!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 10 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 10 minute steep

Stephanie

Glad you liked it. I couldn’t stand the stuff myself. The lady who blends those teas was very nice though!

tea-sipper

I expected the mushrooms to make it a worse blend but was pleasantly surprised. :D

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Stephanie

Glad you liked it. I couldn’t stand the stuff myself. The lady who blends those teas was very nice though!

tea-sipper

I expected the mushrooms to make it a worse blend but was pleasantly surprised. :D

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

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