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Er… Is this listed under another name? I’m sure one of you has got to have tried it…

Anways, thanks to Sil for this one. The bag is labelled “random black”, but the moment water hit the leaves, I remembered that “random black” was mislabeled and it is actually a loose leaf pu’erh. The aroma was… unmistakeable… And by that I mean kinda fishy. And the flavour… is a little weird. Not fishy, but it tastes kind of old. Again, seems weird for a strongly-flavoured tea, to me. Starting to wonder if some weird old-smelling thing did get into that box of mine… I’ll have to try something that’s a bit more delicately flavoured to see. Boo! This hasn’t happened to me before :(

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this seems such an inappropriate way to classify this amazing tea!!! huge thanks to MissB for this. she surprised me a few weeks back with a lovely package and i’ve been saving it for crunch time (ie now).

she included 4 big black pearls simply listed ‘chinese black’……. they were black blooming teas! i have always thought if you see something that is supposed to have colour and brilliance in black or grey, consider yourself warned. the rule absolutely applies to this tea! ….i chucked in 2.

beautiful black prongs, a ball of claws unfolding…. this tea smells beautiful and looks mean. just what i needed to lock in my 35% final mark in geography! lol. i did a quick poll of FB friends, OMGsrsly told me to knock it off and stop pushing the word limit. CelebriTea said something similar. 1778 when your cap is 1500 isn’t too bad…. right? (what kind of a picklehead gives that weighty a project such a low cap anyway?!!!)

the prof did not like me. this they knew (as did i), however he was looking very forward to the interview i’d managed to get…. and i’d managed to build some models i was fairly certain would impress.

end of the day? 90% …. apparently it would have been higher but i bungled something in my citations. sigh. IN ANY CASE i drank this pokey black tea all day! it was awesome! MissB, if you tell me where to get it i’ll grab more in a heartbeat…. i stopped at 7 steeps? and the flavour was still solid.

smooth black, cocoa notes, light on the malt. light elements of underlying vanilla. no fruit tones, no vegetal tones….. somber, serious. reminds me of verdant’s zhu zhong and laoshan blacks combined but with an almost sparkling element.

i will always affiliate this tea with that win.

one more essay. 2 days…… what tea shall i choose?


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:) 90% isn’t too shabby…


nope! not when it holds up 35% of your mark. although he was a bit snippy saying i’d non-specifically botched something in my citations (my constant bane) and had i not my mark would have been higher.

i am happy with 90. he also said it was very interesting. originally i had to convince him to even let me choose this as a subject. …… noticing a theme? i don’t seem to like easy roads. sigh.


Do you use citation software? I use Zotero, which is FREE. :) Saved my butt on a lot of occasions. Much better than trying to do everything by hand.


yeah! i do! i use bibme. honestly- i’ve washed my hands of it. i am out with an overall A, keeps me happily in the running for ‘my’ scholarship. i’ve let it go. 90% is nothing to cry over. especially seeing as i haven’t been able to read much.


:) Do you have Kurzweil? Highly recommended. The main problem my friend has is having the resource centre scan everything in a timely manner. But it works great for journal articles.


i am just experimenting with tech. i’ve been approved already…. i’ve tried read/write gold. i have to start into kurzweil. i have to evaluate and pick one. R/W gold is pasky for reading my e-texts. =0(


Never tried a black blooming tea…for that matter, I’ve never seen one on any vendor sites. Cool!


me neither! MissB has a knack for finding stuff ;0).

big pearls too— 3/4 inch? beautiful. awesomely lethal looking!


I’ve seen some on some aliexpress sites. Probably not this tea though as the most recent one were like traditional blooming teas with flowers and stuff in them. Yay!



everytime i knock down a class and finish with an A i feel like i won. i have no clue if i’ll get the scholarship- but i do not want to excluded from getting it because my grades dropped.

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