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Soo good. I followed their 3-5-7 approach with 150 ml, and it worked beautifully. Dried plums, roast, vanilla, and smoke in the dryeaf, and fresh plums, rock sugar, roasty hints, and vanilla hints in the aftertaste. The liqours color was amber, but with a purple tint. The tea was immensely sweet, and it gave me a bit of a buzz. The same notes permeated the later ones, bringing out more florals like orchid and fiery charcoal in the aftertaste. The fourth began with plums and rock sugar again, then a zingy blackberry note, and then the tea hit the roof of my mouth: smoke and fire. It was not ashy, but it was so sweet and smooth. The Cha Qi made my arms and legs purr. Later steeps brought a little bit of grapefruit, but plum, blackberry, and currant later on permeated it overall. I wish there was more of this one because it had so much complexity. I highly recommend it for roasted tea drinkers looking for some nuance in short flash steeps…or people with taste buds, because it’s good.

Flavors: Black Currant, Blackberry, Brown Sugar, Char, Fireplace, Floral, Orchid, Plum, Roasted, Smoke, Vanilla, Wet Rocks, Wood

Kawaii433

Oh my. All of your latest reviews on this tea made me bookmark them. hehe They sound really good.

Leafhopper

This is the first I’ve heard of this company and that oolong sampler looks interesting! For Christmas I got some oolongs from a company in Poland called TheTea.pl. Seems premium tea is catching on in Eastern Europe. How much was the shipping to North America?

Kawaii433

Daylon: Nice! Thank you :D

Daylon R Thomas

Leafhopper, around 8 bucks. It was worth it for me, personally.

Daylon R Thomas

I think that our search engine has just expanded to them considering that they’ve been drinking tea longer than the U.S. has.

Leafhopper

$8 isn’t bad. Another Steepster member recommended TheTea.pl, so I didn’t find it using Google, but maybe the search engine has expanded (or the sites are being translated into English). I know there’s a vendor from Czechoslovakia selling tea and teaware that’s been around for a while.

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Kawaii433

Oh my. All of your latest reviews on this tea made me bookmark them. hehe They sound really good.

Leafhopper

This is the first I’ve heard of this company and that oolong sampler looks interesting! For Christmas I got some oolongs from a company in Poland called TheTea.pl. Seems premium tea is catching on in Eastern Europe. How much was the shipping to North America?

Kawaii433

Daylon: Nice! Thank you :D

Daylon R Thomas

Leafhopper, around 8 bucks. It was worth it for me, personally.

Daylon R Thomas

I think that our search engine has just expanded to them considering that they’ve been drinking tea longer than the U.S. has.

Leafhopper

$8 isn’t bad. Another Steepster member recommended TheTea.pl, so I didn’t find it using Google, but maybe the search engine has expanded (or the sites are being translated into English). I know there’s a vendor from Czechoslovakia selling tea and teaware that’s been around for a while.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Grand Crew Teas
Wuyi Origins Jin Jun Mei Sampler
What-Cha Jin Jun Mei
Good Luxurious Work Teas
A good Qilan
Best Sachet Teas

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwaneese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong

Me:

I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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