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This is quite nice. It has the typical Xiaguan sweet and smoky profile. It seems a little less pungent and a little easier on the palate than the 2006 Te Ji that is my main Xiaguan reference. Very cheap and great value.

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RoT’s 12 Days of Sipping, day 6.5. Quickly prepared the second cup, this time with oat creamer and stevia. It’s still pink, but not as pretty with the creamer. The creamer and the sweetener do a great job of cutting the tartness, of course, and the result is somewhat reminiscent of Fruity Pebbles.

I’m still not sure about oat creamer: no matter how little I use, I taste it too much. That said, it worked well here.

Still not for me.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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RoT’s 12 Days of Sipping, day 6. It’s a pretty pink. And it’s tart, as expected—thanks, hibiscus! Not for me.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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A tea bag from Izzy, thank you — I guess this is a tea for today morning, a simple tea, a caffeine boost, but not trying to find some flavours and such. As I have received it recenly, I guess it’s new blend.

This tea exactly delivers that what they say: rich and full bodied. It’s indeed full bodied tea; pretty much rich flavour and almost 3 minutes steeping was quite a lot.

I didn’t add any milk, even it is suggested for longer steeps. It was nicely astringent and a bit bitter, but I have been expecting that. Niko said it reminds him Lipton Yellow Label and I have to disagree. The Lipton tea is way more rough, their tea essence is my nightmare in pure blacks, while this was typical black tea flavour. It’s not though autumn leaf pile or some other “good” flavours. It’s a bit tannic, and “tea-ish” Don’t expect you will find anything else.

Not a tea I would drink daily, but better than Czech Pigi čaj (a bestseller here (rolls eyes) ).

Flavors: Tannic, Tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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drank Roobios Orange by Teekanne
161 tasting notes

I am drinking my last cup of this. I was so excited to try this one with my newfound love for Roobios. It has a nice orange flavor. Not much Roobios, however I just can’t get into it. For some reason I am just not a fan. Could be because I put milk in it at first. Definitely not one that goes well with milk.

Flavors: Bitter, Orange

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drank Capri by August Uncommon Tea
58 tasting notes

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I really liked this one – it was lightly spiced, warm, and soothing, and overall an enjoyable herbal drink before bed.

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drank Fruit Mixture by Teekanne
161 tasting notes

This is another that is almost identical to a Mesmer tea. Although I think I like this one a little better. Its still a bitter/sour hibiscus tea, but less so than its Mesmer cousin. Drinkable but not one I need to have again.

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drank Crimson Oolong by Art of Tea
2395 tasting notes

This is another tea that I don’t have a date for in my spreadsheet. It was a gift from a friend – she regularly orders one specific tea from Art of Tea and I think this was included as a sample, so she gave it to me. It’s in an adorable little mini tin!

This is pretty scrumptious. Lovely thick and sweet cinnamon honey notes that remind me of a Taiwanese black tea, though this is from Fujian. Perhaps the tiniest bit of a syrupy dried fruit, like fig or date. There’s chewy thick bread and malt, backed by some dry autumn leaf and tobacco. I also taste a touch of molasses, especially at the end of the sip. There’s also a woodiness that makes me think of whiskey barrels. A floral note appears in the aftertaste and lingers long on the tongue.

This is really reminding me of a Taiwanese black tea, and given it’s 90% oxidized, I suppose it’s not far off. I’ll happily sip down this small amount, but wouldn’t reorder this one given the exorbitant price. Plus I tend to order straight teas from more specialized vendors…

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Dates, Dried Fruit, Fig, Floral, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Smooth, Sweet, Tobacco, Whiskey, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Taiwanese black teas are just my favourite. ❤ Plus fig/date? It sounds divine!

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Apparently this is called Blood Moon because it’s supposed to steep a red color. It’s a straight black Darjeeling, so it steeps more of a reddish brown…wouldn’t say it’s quite fitting of the name. As for the flavor- muscatel and floral. Quite a bit of astringency and dryness.

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Sipdown!

So I overleafed this one this time to get a bit more oomph out of the base. But as I suspected, the spices are a bit too strong and drown everything else out. The ginger especially is very strong.

I wish they had added just a bit less of the dried spices here, as I really like the idea of this one. But I want more caramel goodness!

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Clove, Ginger, Malt, Spices, Tannic

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Martin Bednář

It’s shame it is such a letdown for you. My first pouch was indeed salt caramel-y a lot, including well procesessed Lebkuchen taste.

tea-sipper

oh no, I hope this one that I just ordered tastes just like the old sample I had! I don’t want only ginger. :/

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drank Buddha's Blend by DAVIDsTEA
145 tasting notes

This smells amazingly refreshing. Like juicy, fresh peach candy! So good.

However, be really careful when preparing this because it can go from mild to bitter in an instance. I prepared this at a low temperature, 16 oz of water, steeped this for a minute, and used only a tablespoon of tea. I find anything longer than that makes it go bitter.

Sadly, the taste just does not live up to its smell. It has a very mild flavour, like the leaves were just subtly touched by the water, which makes sense since this is a white tea. It is so subtle, I cannot even pick out prominent notes that are jumping out at me. Maybe this tastes like a mild white tea and peaches?

But when prepared properly, it is a smooth sip with minimal astringency.

Flavors: Fruity, Peach, Smooth

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Another winning tea from Lexa’s gift! This one is super tasty and I would consider ordering this one every so often for the cupboard! I am wondering if they’ve reblended this one after reading some other teanotes on it?

The chocolate and orange play nicely together and are very mellow. It would be nice if they were a bit less mellow, but I’m not too bothered by it. I love the milk chocolate they’ve managed to achieve! The only thing is that I had to check the ingredients because I could have sworn they had maybe used fermented orange peel in this and it doesn’t appear that’s there case — but not bothersome, so that’s a-okay!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This really hit the spot this morning. It was just as expected, which was nice! Slightly grassy and vegetal, with a toasty nuttiness. Simple and satisfying.

Flavors: Green, Nutty, Roasted, Vegetal

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I would never choose a de-caffeinated black tea on my own, but it came in a mystery sampler. Chocolate mint sounded particularly delicious tonight. Sadly something is just not working with this blend. The chocolate flavor is almost nonexistent, and what is there is thin, powdery, and flat. The mint is too sharp and seems to be fighting the little chocolate flavor there is.

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drank Puerh Bordeaux by Rishi Tea
1110 tasting notes

Work tea #1

I found this very enjoyable. There were woody, earthy notes from the puerh as well as sweet spicy grape flavors. There was also a slightly deeper note that hinted at wine, but I think it fell a bit short. The tea was full bodied and had a nice creaminess to it. All in all really good. I’d happily drink it again. I wish I could’ve tried several steeps, but work is work. If I can I’ll pick up a box to keep at home. This is a good one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Martin Bednář

That sounds like a tea I would try.

Veronica

It surprised me. Since it was at my work I’m guessing one of my co-workers bought it but didn’t like it. We have a collective tea/coffee area, and people often bring things to share.

Martin Bednář

That’s nice, my brother has got something similar, but as they are working mostly from home this ending year, I haven’t got much teas from him. I have only one experience with Rishi and unfortunately not a good one.

Veronica

My experience with Rishi has been similar, which is why this one surprised me. :)

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I like this tea a lot because it helps me to feel calm at night when I have the most anxiety. I’m not usually a big floral fan, but my tastes may be changing. This reslly does make me feel so relaxed. I only had a tiny bit of this and Harney’s chanomile left so I mixed them together and loving it!

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drank Caramel Chocolate by Kenneth Ave
5963 tasting notes

Iced Latte Sipdown (305)

My sister and I chipped in to get my brother-in-law a nespresso for his birthday. We also grabbed the aeroccino aka the milk frother. He was very surprised and very excited. He was like a kid and wanted to try all the things but it only arrived around 5 pm and having cup after cup of coffee and espresso seemed like a bad plan. So when he wanted to try the cold froth option on his frother, I said we could drink one of my caffeine free teas.

He loves caramel and this was one that I saw recently so it was in my mind. I made this while he frothed the milk. Unfortunately, this, like many of the other teas from this company just wasn’t great. We took one sip, looked at each other and dumped it. It was mostly bland and the little flavor we did get was a woody rooibos.

ashmanra

What a thoughtful gift!

VariaTEA

Thank you! I will say we are a bit early since his birthday isn’t until April but he accepted the delivery with his name on it so it sort of just happened.

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drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
58 tasting notes

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Still working my way through the big White2Tea ripe minis Halloween pack. I think I only have Grandpa’s and Lumber Balls after this.

The wrapper smells like fruit (is it weird to sniff the wrapper?). Dry tea also smells fruity but not as much as the wrapper. After a quick rinse the wet leaf smells sweet like caramel and dried fruit (black raisins, maybe?). I started with the little baby gaiwan because it was clean and within reach but but it was too much tea for such a small brewing vessel. And I wasn’t really tasting any of the caramel-y fruity stuff I was smelling. So after three or so steeps I scooped all the leaves into a mug and went grandpa style until it lost its flavor. Not fussing with short steeps gave me time to leisurely sip and browse teaware. I realized I don’t have a larger “real” gaiwan and should probably do something about that. I have plenty of pots and easy gaiwan/quick-pot type things but no big regular gaiwans. The tea is smoother and more pleasant grandpa style than brewed with a too-small gaiwan but I still couldn’t taste the interesting things I could smell. It’s not a bad tea but disappointing that it smells better than it tastes. Maybe stuffing it down to the bottom of the tea box and forgetting about it for a while will improve it. It’s still drinkable as is and White2Tea’s description of it being an uncomplicated daily drinker seems pretty accurate. Maybe it was those first few concentrated steeps and drinking them on an empty stomach but the “tea derp” is pretty strong with this one. I feel like I need a nap.

Preparation
Boiling 7 g

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Tea Lemonade Sipdown (306)

I wanted something refreshing and to me that means a tea lemonade. I tried to find something that sounded like it would go well made that way and this fit the bill. Alas, this is tea bought for $1 and the green tea base wasn’t the best quality and it was pretty broken up. That means there is a lot of flavor from the base and it’s sort of a musty grass flavor…plus lemonade. Not a good combination.

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drank Bonfire Herbal by Tupelo Tea
1347 tasting notes

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