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drank 2019 Grandpa's by White2Tea
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This is my favorite tea and I have been burning through these with WFH meetings. It’s so easy to pop one of these in my mug with hot water and keep filling it up. It’s not so intricate that you feel bad about drinking it mindlessly. It gets me at least 3-4 full cups of tea. I have always loved this tea but it has become my best friend the last few weeks. I had so many stowed away and I am almost out of them. Someone recommend more pu-erhs that can be drank grandpa style

derk

Check out DrowningMySorrow’s notes if you haven’t already.

anutea

@derk I did! I love the earthy, Carmely coffee notes of this tea. I wish I could find an alternate until I get my order from w2t

derk

If you are in the US, Mandala Tea is a fantastic option.

anutea

I have been wanting to order from them for a while. Any recommendations??

tea-sipper

Really, can’t most ripe pu be grandpa steeped? I like many of Teavivre’s ripes. And they have samples.

derk

anutea, I don’t have any specific recommendations because my tastes don’t lean toward sweet shou, but pretty much everything I’ve had from Mandala has been very good. I know others here hold them in high esteem. I’d use their contact page to get some recs from the owner Garrett or his partner in tea.

derk

tea-sipper, that’s been my experience with the heavily fermented stuff :)

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It was a good tea. Not something I would reach for. It is naturally sweet from the apples and rooibos. The rooibos is strong with this one. Lots of apples.

Not my cup of tea but its good for someone who like rooibos

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drank Flapjacks & Flannels by T Kettle
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Just got an ounce of it. It was raved about in some of the tea community so I thought I would give it a try. Meh. It just tastes like Rooibos with an oil slick. I wish you could take a look at the ingredients before you buy at the store.

it was rather expensive for the quality and quantity. This is yet another tea that I am not a fan of , contrary to popular opinion.

I am cold brewing it finish it faster

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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Polishing off the last of this tea.
ehhh. The tea smells better than it tastes. The flavor has waned so much in the short time I have had it. It has been properly stored so I am not sure if I ended up getting an older stash of it. Probably one that I would not bother getting again.

Flavors: Candy, Peppermint

Preparation
5 min, 45 sec

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Chocolate bar pu’er from with orange peels. This tea has been one of my most coveted teas. I love the way it looks. The intermingled orange pieces with the pu’erh tea looks wonderful to me . I always admire it for a few minutes. It is a simple and comforting tea to me. It is not one that is complex tea or anything too special. It gives me a few infusions but it brings me joy like no other.
It has been out of stock since the pandemic so I have been rationing it.Today I felt that I should just drink what brings me joy instead of worrying about running out of tea.

It is a hardy tea with a full body. The liquor is woodsy and savory. I can really taste the orange in this one.

Tiffany :)

I’m seeing it on the site but out of stock like you said, your description and their photos make it look lovely. How much did it run price wise?

anutea

They were about $15-$18 a bar. Can’t quite remember. I am hoping it comes back

Leafhopper

I’m also tempted to keep teas I enjoy well past the point when they start deteriorating, though that’s less of a problem with puerh. You might be able to find something similar, if less pretty, on Yunnan Sourcing or Teavivre.

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drank Packs a Peach by T2
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sampler sipdown

made it as a night cap. It was so sweet and tangy. It was an artificial sweetness that I couldn’t get out my mouth.

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drank Jade Mountain by T2
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Another Sampler Sipdown

This one was surprisingly very good amidst all the meh teas that came as a part of the sampler. The dry leaves smell like a pancake breakfast. The tea itself is very nutty and the taste like toffee or candied pecans. It was delicious and sweet. It would make a great dessert tea. I was surprised by how much the sweetness did not overpower the tea.

Flavors: Nutty

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drank Gorgeous Geisha by T2
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Another Sampler Sipdown.

The dry leaves smelled of strawberries and cream. It was lovely. The brewed tea was weak. The flavor profile was not as fruity as I would have liked this time to be as well. The sencha tea which was the base was missing from the flavor profile altogether.
The flavor profiles from this tea reminds me of a similar tea from Murchie’s that was better in my opinion.

Another meh tea from the sampler.

Flavors: Strawberry

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drank Sleep Tight by T2
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Meh. This tea came as part of a sampler set. The base was quite nice but the floral notes and the lemon balm did not work well together. It was lavender heavy on the taste and the other floral notes were missing. I didn’t realize it had jasmine and other flowers until I read the ingredients.

Flavors: Lavender

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