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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
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I got a sample of this tea with my first Mandala order. Thanks Garret!

This is not a kind of tea I actively seek out, but a kind I always tend to enjoy. Very smooth and sweet. Lots of nice roasty and cocoa-like flavors without being super heavy. I’m glad I got to try it :)

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Oh yeah! I almost forgot I made a big pitcher of iced Verdant oolongs. I had a couple of almost empty sample packs that I wanted to finish off- It was half hand picked Autumn Tieguanyin and half Shui Jin Gui Wuyi Oolong (Don’t freak out, purists!) And OMG it is SO GOOD! Best straight iced tea ever! :D


Did you cold steep it? or hot steep and cool?
I’ve never had any luck with cold oolong and was just wondering how you did it?


Hot steeped , actually. Over and over and dumped them all together and chilled!


Interesting, I have both of those – need to try it again sometime. Thanks for the info.

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I gotta say, this one scares me a little. Not because of the spooky ghosts, but because it smells a bit like fruitloops or something, LOL.

Yeahhhhh, this one is not my thing! I’m getting blueberry candy flavor, but no chocolate. Kinda glad though, actually.

Thanks for sending me a sample to taste BrewTEAlly Sweet! :)

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
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YUM! Having another cup of this delicious and seasonally appropriate tea today. I wonder how soon the art contest results are going to be announced! I’m trying not to get my hopes up but I’ve always got so many teas on my Butiki wish list :)

Here is my entry if anyone would like to see it https://www.etsy.com/listing/167380897/tea-mandala-12×12-canvas-wrap-ready-to

Butiki Teas

I think we will announce results by the end of this week or beginning of next week. I need to get the art entries to the judges.


Oh cool :D I was wondering how that is going to work. YAY!

Terri HarpLady

That’s adorable! :)
I still haven’t tried Pumpkin Milkshake, & now the I have some money in my Playpal account, I’m itching to do a Butiki order…


no terri. not yet.


That’s beautiful!

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Thanks to Courtney for sending me a sample of this to try!

I’m very glad I got to try it. I think the flavoring is pretty good, but the marshmallow base is a little too weak for me. I think this would be wonderful on a genmaicha or decaf black base. I’m pretty picky about my herbals, I will say. There are only a few I actually really like.


Stacy’s may be reblending this with another base

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I’m enjoying this seasonally appropriate tea this afternoon from my surprise secret pumpkin box from BrewTEAlly Sweet :D

This smells like pumpkin spice with a hint of chocolate. Mmm, dessert! The base tea is smooth, the flavorings are realistic enough, and everything is pretty balanced. It is an enjoyable desserty treat!

Having all these new teas to try is great- it is keeping me from jonesing to make another tea order, lol. Yep, I’m a tea addict :P

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay I’m glad you enjoyed it I have yet to get to it:( I’ll try and wake up earlier than 3.30 am so I have time to make some tea to take to work!


Eewwww. That is really early!

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Back at work today, boo! Courtney was awesome and sent me some extra of this tea she had laying around, so I’m enjoying a cup while I work to celebrate! One of my favorite strawberry teas :D

Thanks again, Courtney!

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I’m back! Camping was excellent. We picked the perfect weekend to go hiking in Indiana as the trees are just about at peak color here. It did get VERY cold last night though. We woke up with red noses and frost on the outside of the tents!! BBRRRRR!

Anyway, I got a sample of this with my most recent order. I’m very excited to try my 2nd Sheng! I only have Mandala’s Wild Monk to compare this to. My husband and I have been sharing the sample faux gongfu style. I set up the kettle to hold at the right temperature, and the leaves are sitting in a David’s Tea perfect steeper basket, and we will take turns each filling our little vintage pyrex cups halfway full of water, since they hold exactly 8oz each. The first couple of steeps are a little smokey, but not as smokey as Wild Monk. If Wild Monk is a light pine wood flavor, these purple buds are a richer darker oak or maybe apple wood. As the infusions continue the lingering fruitiness begins to build at the end of each sip. I thought of the Wild Monk as a tangy apricot, but this is a sour cherry/plummy/prune type fruit. Very rich and thick. There is a mushroomy note, but not an unpleasant one. I’m excited to see how many steeps we get total this afternoon. I think we are up to a dozen right now. YAY! I’m really getting to be fond of puerh!

Thanks Stacy!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box

This is one I’ve always meant to try! The flavors seem relatively mild. Not sure if the stuff in the tea box is getting old or it’s just a more subtle blend! Either way, this is an enjoyable morning cup!

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Graphic artist, printmaker, lover of tea.

I love pretty much every type of tea camellia sinensis can produce. I like herbal teas sometimes but I can’t stand rooibos. I’m recently becoming a puerh addict.


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