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Chocolate Puerh from Leaf & Spoon

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 2nd, 2014

I think this is my first flavored shou. I did do one quick rinse, but mainly it was to wake up the leaves.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this, but damn… it’s really good. It absolutely tastes like chocolate, and the pu is very mild. No dirty flavors!

I added a little maple because chocolate should al...

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Heart of the Old Tree Sheng Pu'er 2012 from Mandala Tea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 13th, 2014

Method: 3 grams, 3 oz, 200 degrees, 10-15-15-15 seconds, ru kiln gaiwan and Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: This isn’t like some stinky pu’erhs I have smelled! It’s overwhelmingly pleasant, even though I can’t put my finger on the exact aromas.

Brewing Aroma: This has a mineral smell and then something else...

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Golden Fleece from Verdant Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

I’m not sure what to make of this! I was expecting something a little different based on the reviews and description.

Method: about 1tbsp (sounds like a lot, but these are small, pointy leaves), 8 oz, 205 degrees, 2 minutes, ForLife brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: This smells like a malted campfire.

Bre...

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Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Milky Oolong – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3 minutes and 8 minutes, brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf And Brewing Aroma: milky and buttery with a little hint of floral

Flavor: this tea is very light and “green”. I sipped it a bit and found the flavors to be pleasant, but quiet. I put the strainer back in and steeped to ...

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Taiwan Monkey Picked (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea from TeaVivre

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Taiwan / Formosa

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3 and 10 minutes, ForLife brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: The leaves had only a very faintly floral scent.

Brewing Aroma: Oh, THERE you are! This smells gorgeous! There's a very strong floral aroma, like jasmine, but not exactly jasmine.

Flavor: Smooth and flo...

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Ailaoshan Black from Whispering Pines

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 11th, 2014

Whispering Pines is going to be the death of me, but at least I'll die a very happy, tea-drunk death.

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 203 degrees, 3 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf and Brewing Aroma: light malts and honey

Flavor: Why, WP, WHY?!?!? Every time I think I've found my favorite tea, I end up with another ...

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Sparrow Tongue from Butiki Teas

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Anhui, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 7th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 3 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf Aroma: Seaweed

Brewing Aroma: very lightly floral

Flavor: Mild, with floral notes. I thought this was a pleasant tea. It’s not my fave, but I liked it!

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Tropical Sunshine Herbal from Simple Loose Leaf

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 5th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 7 minutes, Forlife Brew In Mug strainer

Dry Leaf & Brewing Aroma: Smells strongly of citrus. Very pleasant.

Flavor: I let this go beyond the 3-5 minutes of recommended time because Cameron B stated there wasn’t much citrus flavor after 5 minutes. I thought that maybe more tim...

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Morning Sun from Mandala Tea

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 5th, 2014

Ehrmagerd! OM NOM NOM.

This tea is amazeballs. I made it like this: 1 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3.5 minutes. I used my brew in mug strainer. I sampled at 1 and 2 minutes, but it wasn’t strong enough. 3.5 minutes is perfect.

I am going to try a second steep, but I’m already sold. This is gorgeous. It smells and ...

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Campfire Blend from Verdant Tea

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 4th, 2014

Method: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 10 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf Aroma: Orange, spice, chocolate. Smells like orange cake.

Brewing Aroma: Orange & weird. Something smells odd. Can’t place it.

Flavor: I sampled some at 3 minutes and 6 minutes. The flavor was weak, so I let it go for 10. Even after 10 minu...

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Elderberry Herbal from Verdant Tea

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 4th, 2014

Method: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 3 minutes, Forlife brew-in-mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: Cinnamon and licorice

Flavor: Cinnamon and spices. Licorice. I don’t taste the fruitiness I was expecting. I thought this might have some sweetness from the elderberries, but I didn’t find that either. I don’t think t...

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Taiwan High Mountain Oolong from TeaVivre

Style: High Mountain Oolong – Region: Nantou, Taiwan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 3rd, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 195 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Surprisingly non-floral. I didn’t smell much of anything.

Brewing Aroma: Buttery and floral.

Flavor: This is a great oolong! I have found that lightly oxidized oolongs tend to be my faves. I love picking out floral notes when I know the tea ha...

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Special Dark from Mandala Tea

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 3rd, 2014



Method 1: 1.5 tsp, 4 oz, 208 degrees, seconds: 30, 45, 60, ru kiln gaiwan. Then I blended these together to make 1 cup of tea

Method 2: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, grandpa style

Method 3: Slightly less than 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 195 degrees, 2 and 3 minutes, Forlife brew-in-mug strainer, Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma:...

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Decaffeinated Lemon Chiffon from Red Rose Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 2nd, 2014

Method: Tea bag in a mug, temp was approximately 195.

Dry Leaf Aroma: Lemon cake! Yum!

Brewing Aroma: Lemon with a hint of cream

Flavor: This given to me buy a friend. I didn't expect to like it, but I do. It tastes like lemon cake. I tried it plain, and it was good. Then I added a little rock sugar...

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River Song (Signature Blend) from Adagio Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 1st, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 5 minutes, Forlife brew in mug steeper, Dr. Who mug (duh)

Dry Leaf Aroma: Smells like earl grey

Brewing Aroma: Bergamot and cream

Flavor: Maybe I just don't like bergamot in tea anymore. The bergamot is certainly present, but very mild. I expected to like this MORE tha...

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Flowering Black Tea Cones from Mandala Tea

Style: Yunnan Red – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 1st, 2014

Method: 3 cones, 8 oz, 185 degrees, grandpa style

Dry Leaf Aroma: Black tea, a little malt

Brewing Aroma: I recognize something, but I'm not sure what it is. Dang it.

Flavor: Smooth, malty, not bitter. I will brew these properly eventually, but I purchased them to take to work specifically for this style...

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Honey Bee (Honeybee) from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 1st, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 185 degrees, 6 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf & Brewing Aroma: Smells like honey. Nothing more, nothing less. LOL

Flavor: This tastes like honey. The tea is also sweet on its own, but I did add a little sweetener about half way through. It's a pretty tea, with the cornflowers, and it...

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Wild Orange Pu'er from Teasenz

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 30th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 1.5 min, Forlife brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: mildly earthy

Brewing Aroma: mushrooms and cinnamon

Flavor: mushrooms and dirt, with a hint of citrus so subdued, you repeatedly ask yourself if it's really there. The mushrooms and dirt are also mild, but contrary to w...

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Chocolate Macaroon from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 30th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 5 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf Aroma: Chocolate with a hint of coconut

Flavor: I get some chocolate, but no coconut. The flavor is weak at a 5 min steep. Instructions were 4-7 minutes, so it might be better at 6 or 7 min. I have enough for one cup remaining, so I'll giv...

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Three Friends from Butiki Teas

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 29th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 3 minutes, French Press

Dry & Brewing Aromas: Both smell strongly of chocolate and orange. The dry tea is beautiful, with little bits of orange and chocolate chips among the black and golden tea leaves.

Flavor: I pick up the chocolate and orange, which are lovely and very...

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Yabao (Winter White Buds) from Whispering Pines

Style: White Tea – Region: China

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 28th, 2014

Method: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 5 minutes, Forlife brew in mug strainer & Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: Lightly Evergreen

Brewing Aroma: Same as above

Flavor: Fascinating. This was a very mild and lovely tea. It definitely doesn't look like most teas. The buds are very pretty. This wasn't sweet, but it...

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Campfire Blend from Whispering Pines

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 28th, 2014

Method: 1/2 tsp, 8 oz, 208 degrees, 5 minutes, French Press

Dry Leaf Aroma: Smells exactly like a campfire

Flavor: Luckily the flavor is more subdued. I was a little unsure if I could like a tea that smelled so strongly of a campfire. This tea definitely tastes smoky, but it's mild enough to be pleasant. Th...

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Rooibos Chai from The Persimmon Tree

Style: Rooibos Chai / Spiced Rooibos – Region: Blend

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 26th, 2014

I didn't think I'd care for this one, but it was really good! It had a very convincing chai flavor, but without the caffeine. Very nicely done!!

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Butterfly Pea Tea – Color-changing blue tea (Original Blue Tea) from Blue Chai

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Thailand

83 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 26th, 2014

I love this tea. I can't help it.

The flavor is not amazing. If you've ever smelled pea flowers, then you'll be able to picture the flavor. They taste just like they smell.

But the tea is purple! It's not lavender, or a deep plum that's almost not purple at all, but electric purple! It's gorgeous and I'l...

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Zhu Rong Yunnan Black from Verdant Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 26th, 2014

Method: 1.5 tsp, 8 oz, 205 degrees, 45 seconds, Forlife brew in mug strainer & Dr. Who mug

Dry Leaf Aroma: O. M. G. This is positively sublime. See how it made me use a word like "sublime"? It smells like roasty chocolate, malt, and roses. That's right. Roses.

Brewing Aroma: Very malty, but with a hint o...

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