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I received this from Ost ages ago, thank you! I have steeped it up a few times but never write a note.  It’s a confusing tea for me!  Even using two teaspoons the big leaves have a roasted flavor, but very light.  I don’t think I should steep the first steep so cool, as the tea is never that tasty being so light.  It’s a slow unraveler.  The flavor is roasted, lychee, or smoky – when it cools it’s like maple syrup.  Somehow I would still describe it as one noted and not the flavor notes I’m looking for.  I’m not tasting most of the flavor notes that other Steepsterers are. Also, the packaging with this is like the Fort Knox of tea packaging.  Crazy metallic wrapping that folds way too many unnecessary times to create a crazy amount of unnecessary packaging that seems very wasteful.  It has probably changed by now.  I’m not thrilled with the tea, not thrilled with the packaging. 
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 //  4 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep

Mastress Alita

T2 has some of the sort, most wasteful packaging I’ve ever seen.

tea-sipper

The Tao Tea Leaf reminds me of metal though! And it rolls down at least a foot!

Leafhopper

When I made a big order from Tao Tea Leaf in 2017 (or was it 2016?), the packages were resealable Ziploc bags, with the 5 g samples in small paper envelopes. I hope it hasn’t changed for the worse!

tea-sipper

I can’t see an original note from Ost for this tea, so I don’t know how old it might be. (Probably older than 2017.)

Leafhopper

LOL! I’m glad I’m not the only one drinking very old teas! I only have a couple teas left from that order, but plenty of others from the same time period.

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Mastress Alita

T2 has some of the sort, most wasteful packaging I’ve ever seen.

tea-sipper

The Tao Tea Leaf reminds me of metal though! And it rolls down at least a foot!

Leafhopper

When I made a big order from Tao Tea Leaf in 2017 (or was it 2016?), the packages were resealable Ziploc bags, with the 5 g samples in small paper envelopes. I hope it hasn’t changed for the worse!

tea-sipper

I can’t see an original note from Ost for this tea, so I don’t know how old it might be. (Probably older than 2017.)

Leafhopper

LOL! I’m glad I’m not the only one drinking very old teas! I only have a couple teas left from that order, but plenty of others from the same time period.

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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
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Yunnan Sourcing
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justea.com
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teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
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Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
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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

Happy sipping!

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