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Pu-Erh Gourmand from Dammann Freres. . . . .

I’m always surprised when I make a puerh tea.. I don’t drink it often, but when I look down into my cup, the tea is incredibly dark and mysterious. Lovely! The scent of this tea is sweet… vanilla cookies, perhaps? Maybe a bit of dry wood. There is only a tiny bit of that fishy scent that I detect in puerhs. Phew! Sipping… the flavor is very much like the scent. The puerh base is smooth and not fishy. I also don’t taste much of the wood that I smelled earlier. I really like whatever sweetness this cup is offering. Read More

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Jin Shuan from Teance. . . . .

I love oolong teas, but especially oolong teas that have creamy, milky flavors. While I enjoy oolong teas that have the addition of flavors, my favorites tend to offer up the creaminess in a more natural way, without other ingredients. I love watching the tightly rolled leaves unfurl over time. I also enjoy the journey of the tea changing over the course of many brews as the leaves are used again and again. The scent is much lighter than I was expecting. It’s sugary and floral with just a hint of that leafiness I get from oolongs. Sipping… this one Read More

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Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea. . . . .

I haven’t had this tea in the longest time and while it used to be one of my favorites, I had moved on for a while and decided to try other black teas. I found this one while digging around in my collection and want to see if it still holds the same flavors I remember. The black tea leaves are incredibly pretty – silvery, a charcoal black. This scent is of cocoa and… possibly cardboard? While it doesn’t sound too appealing, this is definitely the scent I remember. Sipping… this is definitely bittersweet chocolate I’m tasting. The background offers Read More

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Rooibos Pecan Pie from Dammann Freres. . . .

The scent of this tea is of lovely, sweet and floral almond. There is also something more explicitly nutty and starchy.. almost like a walnut. The woodsy rooibos comes out in the background, but is overshadowed by the almond. Sipping… wow, it’s really the almond that I’m tasting. Pure, sweet and gorgeous almond. I don’t really taste much of the pecan pie, but the almond flavor is so yummy, I’m not too disappointed. It would have been nice to taste some pie crust or pecan pie filling. The sweet and nutty flavors work really well with the rooibos base, though. Read More

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Sweet Autumn from Lupicia. . . . .

Even though the weather here is warmer than usual.  I find myself craving warming and comforting teas. I think that Sweet Autumn from Lupicia fits my cravings perfectly. It’s a very unique tea in that it’s composed of a rooibos base, sweet potatoes, chestnuts and squash. To me, this is like a fall harvest in a cup & it’s rare to find other blends that all, if not one, of these ingredients. The scent of this tea is mostly of the sweet rooibos base, with a hint of something smoky, roasted and almost burnt. I also pick up notes of Read More