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Marshmallow Treat Genmaicha from 52Teas. . . . .

There are teas in my collection I know I can rely on and this is one of them. I come back to this tea when I want something a little bit sweet and a little bit toasty. I’m typically not someone who loves green teas, but this one I can always enjoy. The dry leaf smells like green tea ice cream and after water has been added, I smell more roasted caramel popcorn. Mmmm… Sipping.. definitely a bit more roasty than expected. The marshmallow pops up in the background, but it’s actually more of a sweetness and not that specific Read More

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Black from The Virginia Tea Company. . . . .

I often like adding milk to certain black teas, but I’m going to try this one without so I can review the tea as it is. Sipping… this tea is interesting because I’m not getting a whole lot of flavor. I detect a little bit of citrus, but otherwise it just tastes like a black tea.. smooth, but uneventful. I can’t pull apart any individual flavor notes. I think that adding a slice of lemon or some milk would make this tea a bit more interesting. Even though this tea seems to be on the simpler side of things, I Read More

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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