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Jin Jun Mei from Verdant Tea aka Super Starling enjoys steamed buns!

I have a confession to make. I purchased this tea because Verdant told me it tasted like “steamed buns.” I laughed at the phrase “steamed buns,” and then I laughed some more. Steamed. Buns. It hasn’t gotten any less funny. It’s still really, really good. And yeah, this tea totally tastes like bread! It’s smoky and malty and a bit sweet. I detect maybe some butter/vanilla in there, around the edges. It’s so heavy and thick it’s almost broth-like. Even before I drink it down, it just SMELLS really good. It feels like it should have calories. It’s not the Read More

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Himalayan Dew Delight SFTGFOP1 from Terroir Tea Merchant

How wonderful is the title “Himalayan Dew Delight”? Pretty great, but the flavor is even better. Usually black teas taste heavy, a sturdy base that tastes malty, chocalate-y, rich, or some combination thereof. If you want a lighter touch, you have to look elsewhere. Not today! This was called “dew delight” to clue you in! It’s springy and warm. It tastes like flowers and pollen and ragweed. Sparrows swooping through clean pale yellow air. Just a general spring outdoor vibe. Minus all the runny noses. Oh man. Our family has been struck by seasonal allergies like a nuke. Our sinuses Read More

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Take A Walk On The Dude Side- King Dragon Oolong fro Wendigo Tea. . . .

When Nichole (Cuppageek) described this tea as “something to behold” in her round-up review of favorites , I knew I had to get on board. Therefore, when I found this in my packet of samples, I got right on it! This tea has a rich mineral leather/earth taste. It’s a far cry from my usual sweet teas; this is more of a dudely beef jerky/UFC fighter type of vibe. I daresay it’s MEATY. In fact, the very first thing I thought upon sipping this was “the manly side of the gym.” (Sure, you can feel free to say “everyone uses all Read More

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Black Ruby – Taiwan – Sunmoon Lake from Terroir Tea Merchant. . . .

I don’t think I have disliked any of the teas I have tried so far from the Sunmoon Lake region of Taiwan! Lucky for me I had another one to examine! This time it was Black Ruby – Sunmoon Lake – Taiwan – from Terroir Tea Merchant! Back Ruby from Terroir Tea Merchant is a low altitude black tea of Sun Moon Lake origin. It’s an ECO Cert organic certified legendary black tea with a smooth, sweet, and intriguing flavor. There are specs of cinnamon and mint to provide a natural yin and yang of sorts. It’s malty and sugary…naturally-speaking…there Read More

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Oriental Beauty from Dachi Tea. . . .

These long twists, amber and brown with white tips, are stunning. They are also sort of difficult to measure out with my “perfect teaspoon.” So what you’re getting with this review is a BEST GUESS at how this should have been made. Regardless, this is a sweet little number tastes like white grape juice. It tastes like sugar, and flowers, and grapes, and candy, and ribbon-dancing. Do you remember ribbon-dancing? There was a product called Ribbon Dancer.   My mom wouldn’t let me have it, so I took a stick, tied some braided-up yarn to it, and made do. This Read More