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I migrated some of my stash of this tea to work so that I could have a small reserve there with the rest of my ‘work tea’ stash. My box of work teas is about 50 teas from my collection, so that I’m ensuring some of my stash gets finished off and I’m not exclusively drinking the teas that are accessible from work…

I’ve gone through a frankly shocking amount of this tea so far – by, like, my standards and not in general though. I think, if I’m really into a tea or REALLY focusing on sipping down a tea, I’ll drink a tea maybe two or three times a month? That’s a lot, given I basically have enough teas to have two different cups a day without ever repeating teas for the next year and change…

I’ve had this one four times so far.

It’s especially perfect today because the creaminess is coming out so clearly along the cooling, soothing mint and I’m finding it very relaxing on this more high strung afternoon. Damn, this tea is perfection.

52Teas

Happy Dance

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
2931 tasting notes

Both of Frank’s S’mores teas get the same score: 68.  That’s too bad!  I’d love to see Anne reblend one of the S’mores because S’mores deserves a good blend.  It seems simple enough: marshmallow treat genmaicha with chocolate (cocoa shells) and some sort of graham cracker element.  This blend is from StarFevre a while back. Thank you!  I always wanted to try this!  The blend looks mostly like genmaicha.  I can’t see much marshmallow root here which is a shame.  I’m sure the problem most people had back when these blends were fresh was that the chocolate had that gasoline chocolate flavor.  Like Browncoat had. Well surprise! now there is no chocolate element at all.  It NOW tastes like plain genmaicha which is fine with me!  It’s certainly no fault of the ancient tea (seven years old).

52Teas

I reblended this one within the first year – one of our supporters requested this tea be reblended as part of their Kickstarter contribution reward.

tea-sipper

Oh cool. Too bad I missed it! It’s hard to keep track of what you actually reblended.

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Sipdown 2020! 2/365

Only had a couple tastes of this one (made it for my mom), but it was better than I’d expected. Nice rich earthy puerh with mint and some other herbal flavours. Not too bad! But I only had a sample size and it’s gone.

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70

Drinking this one with a spoon because the matcha keeps falling to the bottom of my cup. It definitely has a crisp gingerbread sort of vibe to it because I get the hit of ginger but it’s also sweet/cake-y. I just want more molasses. More flavour.

Roswell Strange

…was it pudding-y to you?

VariaTEA

More cake-y but also a lot of milk flavor. I used 1/2 tsp in 8 oz of milk and I think maybe it would have been better to use more powder or to make it hot.

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80

Well, why not white tea today?

Took this one, as it sounded nice and I haven’t got white for a long time. I bet I have still it somewhere, but… nevermind.

Today I failed another exam. It was last chance this semester, so… next year probably. If I won’t give up the Uni.

The tea – hmm, decent. Nothing distinctive, but it had got notes of stonefruits and little bit of peach. Maybe little bit mineral. Drying aftertaste. Nothing great, but makes the day little bit brighter.

Maybe this tasting note is short, because I don’t really feel writing something.
Derk, I got your message, but can’t reply. Thanks for information and mine will be on the way this or next week.

Flavors: Mineral, Peach, Stonefruits

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
Shae

So sorry about your exam, Martin!

tea-sipper

Don’t give up on school. You’ll get it next time!

Leafhopper

Ugh, sorry to hear about your exam.

Martin Bednář

Shae and Leafhopper: well, it is way too bad :/
tea-sipper: I say that myself for fourth year in a row maybe? I just can’t go through this mathematics… it’s not so hard, rather, way too much to learn and when I remember how to do something, I lose that what I remembered earlier. That’s what is bad about that.

mrmopar

Don’t give up when you are this close.

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99

This was the first tea I chose to drink in 2020. Shibi has been a perennial favorite of mine over the years and this latest harvest was a reminder as to why. It’s rich, complex, and has a wonderful floral-fruity flavor. The tea starts off buttery and fresh with aromas of pear, coconut cream, and daffodils. The flowers arrive in waves, starting with peonies, wildflowers, lillies, and hyacinth. This is interspersed with hints of tropical fruit and a little vanilla. Thick in the mouth with a pleasant lingering aftertaste. An exquisite high mountain tea and one of the best terroirs I’ve ever tasted.

Flavors: Flowers, Tropical

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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84

Free sample for my very small order.  VERY small, guys.  I can’t resist those B&B sales, even it’s for a couple teas.  Especially with free shipping!  FYI: they have a ton of various teas on their secret VIP page, including the amazing Spiced Pumpkin Pie which is usually hard to grab. 
On to the tea:  I was intrigued by another sleepy tea especially with those gorgeous bright raspberries that seem almost fresh.  My sample really doesn’t seem to have a ton of them.  So I’m really not tasting much raspberry at all, which is a shame as the name hinges on those raspberries.  What I’m really tasting is something VERY similar to the lovely Lazy Boy blend: mostly coconut and lavender, even though there is also chamomile and fenugreek in this particular blend.  It’s almost like they could have just brought back Lazy Boy.  On the second steep, much more of the chamomile was noted.  I don’t mind this as a replacement for Lazy Boy but I really wanted more raspberry!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep   
2020 Sipdowns: 8 (Angry Tea Room – Raspberry Cherry)

Flavors: Coconut, Lavender

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85

TTB #27

This was not only a new-to-me tea blend, but a tea company I’d never even heard of! Based on this one, I’d be interested in trying more from Satori in the future. The fruit flavors are clean and fresh and not at all artificial and the black tea base provides a nice depth. This one’s staying with me!

Flavors: Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
tea-sipper

It looks like they only have one tea for sale on their site. This one sounds delicious.

Inkling

It is! :)

Shae

This is one of my very favorite companies! Try this link – https://satoriteausa.com/collections/all

tea-sipper

Now how did you get that to work, Shae? I only see two teas when I click ‘all’. Anyway, I’m intrigued to know the source of their Earl Grey Creme…

Shae

Same here when I click All through their menu so I went directly to this tea’s page and from there clicked All Products at the top and it worked. Not sure what’s up with that, but I had to check when you said that because I had just looked through their teas the other day.

Shae

Also, I haven’t tried any of their Earl Grey blends but if you enjoy chai their coconut chai is delicious.

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drank Maple Syrup Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
2148 tasting notes

This is my first David’s tea, and my first thought upon opening the packet was, “Oooh, I smell maple!” That was quickly followed up by “Where’s the tea?” This is full of dibbins and nubbins of fruit and other ingredients.

Hubby’s comment was much the same on his first sip: “I get the maple, but where’s the oolong?”

Don’t get me wrong…this is still extremely tasty; great for afternooners when you need a sip of something sweet. But the general impression it leaves is maple with fruit, not pancakes and waffles. I think it just needs to be more accurately renamed.

Michelle Butler Hallett

It’s one of my pet peeves with DavidsTea blends. Every time, I find myself asking ’Where’s the tea?’

tea-sipper

General info as this is the latest tasting note (now five hours old): Not sure if Steepster is updating right now. Most pages are getting a 404 Not found right now. Sent Jason an e-mail.

Roswell Strange

I think it’s probably fine? I have a tasting note on my dash that was posted after this (about four hours ago) and I just posted one and it semms to be visible? Maybe just a quiet Sunday?

tea-sipper

I JUST now see the one you posted about ‘The Night I Dark and Full of Terrors’. So it did take a while to pop up? hmm

Roswell Strange

I don’t think so – I literally wrote it just before replying to this comment? But maybe everyone’s dash isn’t in sync? IDK.

Roswell Strange

**seems

Also to clarify, when I say I have a tasting note on my dash from four hours ago, I don’t mean that it was written by me. I can see someone else’s tasting note that they wrote four hours ago.

derk

I experienced 404s and 503 timeouts for several hours. Only around 630 pm pacific was I able to access the site again.

tea-sipper

But since you wrote it right before I saw it, it would tell me it was from a few minutes ago instead of five hours ago. I’m confused! Your note is the only one I see after gmathis, but maybe you’re following someone I’m not. Steepster is definitely acting odd for me today. But maybe it’s just me.

tea-sipper

The “2 minutes ago” etc on the times of these messages seem accurate.

tea-sipper

Okay, now your ‘Night Is Dark’ is saying the right time – 18 minutes ago. What the heck.

tea-sipper

Yeah derk, that is the time frame it wasn’t working here. Glad Steepster’s back anyway!

Mastress Alita

I was receiving 404s yesterday too. Freaked me out because I’m convinced the next time the site goes down it’ll be for good now that the admins have abandoned it. So glad it came back up!

tea-sipper

Yeah, I dread that day. I think I actually had a dream about Steepster last night!

gmathis

Did somebody … I could’ve dreamed this, too … mention that they had figured out a way to conveniently access/download one’s whole tealog from the site? This has, over the years, turned out to be “my whole life with tea” rather than “my lifetime tealog.” Might be good to capture it.

tea-sipper

I think Kittenna can hook you up, gmathis.

LuckyMe

@gmathis, yes you can download Steepster tasting notes through your RSS feed: steepster.com/username/feed.rss. I do this every now and then because there’s no telling when Steepster might go down for good :)

gmathis

Ah! Thank you. I ended up with kind of a messy text file, but it’s there!

Martin Bednář

Thank you LuckyMe! It’s better than nothing :)

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I had this sample before bed last night. It was good. I didn’t even taste the hibiscus. Mostly it was a warm, lightly spiced, lightly sweet cup. Very enjoyable, but I won’t run and buy 50 grams of it. I have GOT to stop buying tea and drink what I have!

gmathis

(Says all of us :)

tea-sipper

haha definitely, gmathis. :D

Maddy Barone

The thing is… There are so many new teas that sound amazing, and of course, when I run run out of a favorite, I need to get more of it. Sigh.

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drank Crème Brûlée Beignet by 52teas
624 tasting notes

TTB #20

Not sure if it’s the age of the sample or my steeping parameters or something else, but this tea tastes like a straight-up rooibos…not getting even a hint of creme brulee. :(

Flavors: Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

Same! I only ever tasted rooibos with this one.

52Teas

I’m sorry you had a bad experience, but may I suggest that instead of boiling water, use a slightly lower temperature with Rooibos. I find that with a slightly lower temperature, less of what I call the rooibos ‘funk’ comes out. I enjoy rooibos but I don’t enjoy that weird, off taste that comes from rooibos and I find that it doesn’t find its way into my teacup when I use a slightly lower temperature.

Also, use a longer steep time. I usually recommend at least 8 minutes, and you can go longer without bitterness. (no tannins in rooibos!) This may result in a better flavor for you.

Kittenna

I second the reduced temp. My rooibos/honey bush experiences have been better with more like 200/190F water.

52Teas

I generally go with 190 degrees F for green rooibos and 195 for the red. It may not seem like a big deal – just a few degrees less – but it really does make a difference. At least … to my palate it does!

Inkling

Thanks for the tip! I will try that next time. :)

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drank Coffee by TeaMaze
2148 tasting notes

Welcome to just over 18 hours in southwest Missouri: 65 degrees F, severe thunderstorms, tornado warnings, flash flooding, areal flooding, winter storm advisories, freezing rain, and sleet/snow that goes “snick” against the window. Weather that goes “snick” isn’t much fun. Temps in the teens anticipated for tonight.

But as it was a great day to stay in, I made a full pot of this lovely, mocha-y, chocolatey pu-erh. The scent is as good as sniffing the liner of a Whitman’s chocolate sampler :)

ashmanra

Oh my! It sounds like a good time for good tea!

Shae

Glad you made it through the storms okay! They came through here this afternoon and were pretty scary for a bit.

gmathis

That’s right…your Tornado Alley season is January/February, isn’t it?

Shae

We have spring and fall tornado seasons, but the worst of it for us is usually around April.

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Additional notes: I really wanted to try a smoky tea mixed with a cream tea. Turns out I don’t have a cream tea around. The closest I could think of is Adagio’s Cream but I don’t have that around at the moment. So I tried Adagio’s Vanilla tea and I can’t taste it at ALL underneath all this smoke. I love the idea though! Maybe plain ol actual cream, but I don’t have that around right now either. It would be GOOD if I had the right teas to mix together.

Any suggestions for cream smoke teas?

Shae

What ratio do you use to mix your teas? A teaspoon of each?

tea-sipper

With these I used a teaspoon of both, since I usually use two teaspoons for Teavivre teas anyway.

Shae

Awesome, thank you!

Kittenna

I mixed a smoky tea with something once; I think it’s really hard to get creamy plus smoke – I usually just use milk to do that. I think I dropped the amount of the smoky tea to 1/2 tsp though, and I typically use1.5 tsp/cup.

tea-sipper

Yeah, it seems like most other flavors might disappear behind the smoke.

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I won a gorgeous scarlet tin of this tea during Teavivre’s Black Friday event. Very grateful, thanks so much Teavivre!  Somehow I haven’t tried this yet, even though I’ve tried most of what Teavivre offers. It is so nice to have a fresh green tea.  The leaves are lovely.  The flavor is so layered and exceptional.  Hints of minerals, very beany, nutty, sweet, lingering, both vegetal and fruity at the same time, with the slightest hint of butter.  Like I said, very layered!  It’s the flavor of health.  I love a great fresh green, so this found a great home to stop at.  Hopefully the red of the tin will scream at me to enjoy this one more often than not. 
Steep #1 // 34 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 34 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep 
2020 Sipdowns: 7 (Upton – China Keemun Heng Ru)

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drank Perfect Day by Pukka
392 tasting notes

Apparently another oldie (BB 2016.01.10.)

And what is the tea-like in this tea? Almost nothing! Yep, bres, dark copper colour. It’s even clear. But rest? It is like black tea with fruit syrup added (my grandma used to do it). Yep, it is black tea – they claim Nam Lanh wild tea; then 14 % of 1.8 gram BAG (not sachet) is licorice root. Yep sweet!

And then there is (should be) ginseng (not in taste), and black maca root (what is it?).

But yeah, it is sweet black tea. Sweet, almost syrupy. Only thing is is is not so viscous. I can finish it, because – yep, it is just sweet without any other bad notes.

Flavors: Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

This sounds terrible!

Martin Bednář

ashmanra: This is terrible. I was hoping that ginseng will be there. Nope. So far their plain black tea was best. All teas are way after best before date, but foil wrappings saved them well. But – I hoped, as well, that licorice will disappear, but it seems it rather became stronger (when you read other tasting notes).

Oh well! My fault trying old, way too old, teas.

Shae

I’ve only tried two Pukka teas but I didn’t like either of them.

Maddy Barone

The only Pukka tea I have is the ginger Lemon and honey. I bought it help my tummy when I’m unwell. It’s not quite horrible, but I didn’t enjoy it.

Martin Bednář

Happy to see that I am not only one who don’t like Pukka teas.

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March 2019 harvest.

The best morning/afternoon Assam I’ve ever had. Very complex and layered taste and mouthfeel yet approachable due to a distinct lack of bitterness, very light astringency and an inviting aroma. Savory and mineral backbone with plenty of berry tones and a lemony taste that zings. Emergent menthol. The leaves are alive and have plenty to give.

I would serve this to anybody entering my home.

Not for small pocketbooks but well worth a try! It’s very forgiving :)

Leafhopper

Agreed on all points. I’m hoarding my remaining 20 g.

derk

I gave away my last teaspoon or two. The rest of it I blew through like an addict. You are stronger than me!

Leafhopper

LOL, that was generous! I nearly made a What-Cha order just to get more of this tea and the Rohini Second Flush Darjeeling. I’ll probably repurchase both of them if they’re still available in a few months.

derk

It’s on sale right now whyyyyyy

Leafhopper

Argh! That’s dangerous! I need to remind myself that I’ve acquired 38 teas in the past couple months and I don’t need more! The current Taiwan Tea Crafts sale is also making me waver.

derk

I’ve been on an anti-hoarding mission since my last What-Cha order in 2019. I wish you the strength to not succumb to TTC but sipping vicariously through you is always welcome ;)

Leafhopper

Thanks! The struggle is real. I’ve been enjoying your recent adventures with tisanes, although most of them seem better to read about than to drink.

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This tea tastes like Sprite! I really like it! I don’t know how it achieves this almost bubbly quality, but it’s great! I cold brew a second steep, and that turns out very tasty as well. Definitely a new favorite. Totally a unique tea. I prefer this one room temperature.

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Could you believe it’s acutally over and I am sitting here, drinking Christmas tea? Simple, I knew I got it from Izzy (thank you, but what happened to her I have no idea – not even news on her website);

And then I forgot. So I took it today, as it is quite cold day; quite sad day that free days and exams starts tomorrow. Exactly tomorrow I have one – quite major one.

Anyway to the tea, it looks like decent black one, bold, quite spicy on aroma.

And in taste? Well, it is nice black tea, very strong (but I steeped it on upper limit), nice spice notes there and although cinnamon is not there, I feel it. But more prominent are cloves and vanilla is rounding the taste and adds sweet note. Not bad , but nothing to return.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Spicy, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

Nope, I drank Christmas tea yesterday. :D

Martin Bednář

Happy to see I am not only one who drank Christmas teas even after the tholidays.

ashmanra

I still have some to finish up, too! I hope your exam goes great!

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90

Once again a very nice Laoshan green varietal. This autumn harvest is sweet and crisp like butter lettuce. Notes of soy, green beans, sweet corn, anise, and flowers. While I like this tea I don’t quite love it. It may be that I’m finally starting to tire of Laoshan green teas. I’ve been finding myself craving sencha and kamairicha more than other greens these days.

Flavors: Anise, Green Beans, Lettuce, Soybean

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 96 ML
derk

Butter lettuce is best lettuce. I’m feeling a move toward Japanese greens in the coming months. I may have to pick you for some recommendations soon if you wouldn’t mind.

LuckyMe

Absolutely. I can’t say that I’ve had too many great Senchas this year but I can help you steer clear of the less than stellar ones. The most memorable one I’ve had was Yuuki-cha’s Kirishima Asatsuyu Sencha. It was super fruity and umami rich. A little different from your typical Japanese greens. Saemidori Kirishima Sencha is also good if you’re looking for a fukamashi with a deep grassy flavor. I have one en route to me from O-Cha right now. Will let you know how that one turns out.

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80

Sipdown

Second session of the night…I really liked this one…I had 5 grams remaining, so I brought forth my ‘special pot’ (made by Inge Nielsen) for black teas. It’s about 80-90 ml, so I figured it’d be the best piece to use for the remaining leaf.

The tea really started out strong—malt, cocoa, caramel, and sweet notes—however, after the sixth steep, the notes backed off, a lot. I tried raising the water to boiling point and over steeping the leaf, but it didn’t do much. I remember this brewing much stronger in the past, but I also used A LOT more leaf per water volume, then. Heh.

Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Sil

Ooh sounds tasty!

derk

I wanna know who’s the nerd behind Kuura with cake names like floating point, discrete, vector and rhizome.

Martin Bednář

Oh yeah, Kuura makes interesting wrappers with interesting names.

MadHatterTeaDrunk

I do dig the names/wrappers. I laughed when I first saw their ‘PRESCRIPTION ONLY’raw puerh listed.

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One of the first YS sheng productions I tried was the 2011 Autumn Mang Fei. It didn’t leave a particularly strong impression, but I was at a very different stage of my tea journey. Today I had the second from the Mang Fei series – 2018 spring vintage. It is a nice tea with a pronounced character, but its profile doesn’t quite appeal to me personally as much as some other YS teas to be honest. 

The aroma is an interesting mix of fish, dry earth, bitter melon, Mediterranean shrubs, and clay bricks. I found the taste to be very mineral, more so than any other raw pu’er I can remember. It is quite bitter and astringent with a lot of umami notes. There are flavours of vegetable broth, oregano, okra, cumin, banana skin, and a light honey towards the end of the session. The aftertaste is probably the highlight. It is long and spicy with a strong fructose sweetness and notes of cape gooseberry and curry leaf. The mouthfeel is also fairly interesting in that it is very warming and creamy.

Flavors: Astringent, banana, Berry, Bitter, Clay, Earth, Fishy, Herbs, Mineral, Plants, Spices, Spicy, Sweet, Umami, Vegetable Broth, Vegetables, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
MadHatterTeaDrunk

Sounds like it may need a little more time to rest…Perhaps those fishy notes will go away, then.

Togo

Perhaps, maybe 10 years or so :D
Some young Linceng teas can be disagreeable, but I have a feeling that the Mang Fei profile maybe just isn’t for me.

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drank Maple Nut Cookie by 52teas
4646 tasting notes

Sipdown (341)

I helped myself to a bit of this and am passing the rest on to Sil. For me, I am having a super weird experience because this tastes like a sweet honeybush. I am getting nothing from it’s namesake and it’s not even a honeybush tea. No maple and definitely no cookie. Maybe nut. Plus, I ended up with a couple of cardamom pods in my filter and yet I don’t even get cardamom.

I followed the package directions of 1 tsp/8 oz and steeping for 5 mins at boiling and I am not getting what I think I’m supposed to. Hopefully Sil has more luck.

52Teas

Personally, I feel like rooibos and/or honeybush should be steeped longer than 5 minutes… and not at boiling. Anyway, sorry this one didn’t work out for you.

VariaTEA

That’s alright. So many other 52 teas definitely work for me :)

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This is a custom blend from a local tea company that focuses on healing herbs and Ayurvedic philosophies. I contacted the owner and told her about my issues with vestibular migraine and she created two blends for me – this one for head pain and another for vertigo and dizziness.

I simmered the blend for five minutes and steeped for another five minutes, per the package directions. The result is a minty, bitter brew but it feels very soothing. I leaned over the simmering liquid to inhale the steam and it had a comforting medicinal feel. The same leaves can be used up to 3 times so I’ll plan to make a couple more cups of this tonight to get the most of it.

Flavors: Bitter, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 6 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tea-sipper

Anything mint usually helps my headaches – even mint candy.

MadHatterTeaDrunk

Mint and ginger do well for migraines. Hope this’ll help with your migraine!

Shae

I’m hoping if I drink enough it will ease up some. Thank goodness this one isn’t a migraine, but it’s still not fun. Thank you both for the suggestions!

Mastress Alita

I have chronic migraine, have had it for decades. Chronic as in “over 10 migraines a month” (I was averaging around 15 or so a month). I don’t have aura and while I have had vestibular migraine before, it isn’t my norm (I only get that sort on occassion). When the new CGRP-antagonist injectibles hit the market last year, I got on them and got a 50% reduction (so now I get around 5-8 migraines a month) and the severity and duration of the attacks went down going onto them as well. I don’t know how well they work for those with episodic migraine or other types of headaches but seriously… at my worst points, I didn’t think I could go on because of the chronic migraine. I know they are still hard to get on a lot of insurance programs but they can really help.

(And in my case, tea does nothing for the head pain, but does help a lot with the nausea/IBS symptoms that accompany the migraines. I use mint and ginger to help with the oh so fun GI stuff!)

From one migraineur to another, take care, hoping for many good head days.

Shae

@Mastress Alita- I have chronic migraine as well and was prescribed a couple of prescriptions (the first I was allergic to and the second I couldn’t afford) before trying an herbal supplement recommended in a migraine group on FB. It’s been a lifesaver for me. I still get the head pain and dizziness but not nearly as often. When it’s bad, I take Rizatriptan which helps but it makes me so loopy so I try to avoid it.

Tea hasn’t helped with the pain but it’s a comfort even so. I’m glad you’ve found something that gives you some relief. It can certainly be a debilitating condition.

tea-sipper

Yeah, I don’t mean to downplay what anyone else has to go through mentioning that mint works for MY wimpy headaches. :/

Shae

@tea-sipper – I’m sorry, I certainly don’t mean to downplay your headaches either! Your pain is relevant to you just as mine is relevant to me. And sometimes my migraine doesn’t even present with head pain! I love the idea of using herbal remedies when I can, which is why I tried the supplement when the medicines didn’t work for me. I’m actually about to start studying herbalism so I believe herbs can be powerful and very helpful. Anyway, I’m rambling, but I didn’t want you to think that your headaches are wimpy because headaches are certainly no joke for anyone who has them. Still grateful for your suggestion of the mint. :)

tea-sipper

No no, Shae, no need to apologize at all. I just know my headaches don’t compare and didn’t want to seem like “this works for my wimpy headaches, so it must work for you”. Especially if you’re already studying herbalism. haha

Rabs

Shae – I’m a wee bit jealous that you have a local tea co. who knows Ayurveda. I try and make my own blends using herbs from Rose Mountain Herbs. I’ll be rating some of their teas in the near future. :D

Shae

I’m looking forward to seeing your reviews and hearing about some of your blends. I would like to start blending soon myself. If you’re interested in Wild Fox for a custom blend, they are on Etsy so she could probably create something for you and ship it your way. I put the link to her shop under the description for this blend.

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This was my last sipdown of 2019, a year I am so thankful to have put behind me. I am planning on making some big changes over the course of the new year. I say that every year but have already gotten to work on a couple things. Hey, at least I’m actively trying to make some progress for once and not perpetually getting bogged down in the planning stage. I am not at a point where I feel comfortable sharing any specifics here, but more details will likely follow over the next several months. Anyway, this was an odd and interesting tea. Of all the dancong oolongs I have tried over the last two or three years, I could not compare this one to any of them.

I prepared this tea gongfu style. After rinsing, I steeped 6 grams of loose tea leaves in 4 ounces of 203 F water for 6 seconds. This infusion was followed by 16 additional infusions. Steep times for these infusions were as follows: 9 seconds, 12 seconds, 16 seconds, 20 seconds, 25 seconds, 30 seconds, 40 seconds, 50 seconds, 1 minute, 1 minute 15 seconds, 1 minute 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes.

Prior to the rinse, the dry tea leaves produced aromas of lemon, kumquat, tangerine, sugarcane, cream, and butter. After the rinse, I picked up new aromas of roasted almond, geranium, and yellow gardenia. The first infusion introduced a plum aroma. In the mouth, the tea liquor expressed notes of cream, butter, roasted almond, lemon, and grapefruit that were chased by hints of tangerine, geranium, sour cherry, and sugarcane. The subsequent infusions coaxed out aromas of grapefruit, roasted peanut, grass, violet, wood, baked bread, and orange zest. Stronger and more immediate sugarcane, geranium, tangerine, and sour cherry notes came out in the mouth alongside belatedly emerging yellow gardenia and plum impressions, Notes of minerals, violet, roasted peanut, wood, orange zest, pear, baked bread, grass, and white grapes also appeared, and I was able to pick up hints of pomegranate, coffee, and kumquat as well. As the tea faded, the liquor emphasized mineral, orange zest, butter, grass, lemon, baked bread, and tangerine notes that were underscored by lingering hints of cream, sugarcane, sour cherry, grapefruit, pear, kumquat, yellow gardenia, and roasted almond.

As you may have noticed from the above description, this struck me as being a very citrusy tea. Fortunately, it was not particularly astringent. The way this tea’s aroma and flavor components came together was challenging and truly bizarre, yet I do not recall anything striking me as being out of whack. Everything was actually balanced really nicely. Ultimately, I think I would just classify this as one of those teas that was not quite for me. The yellow gardenia (nothing like what most people would expect) and citrus characteristics were very interesting and satisfying, but I think I tend to prefer nuttier, sweeter Dancong oolongs over the tarter, more pungent styles. Still, I will definitely be trying more Huang Zhi Xiang in the future to get a better feel for it.

Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Butter, Cherry, Citrus, Coffee, Cream, Fruity, Gardenias, Geranium, Grapefruit, Grass, Lemon, Mineral, Orange Zest, Peanut, Pear, Plums, Sugarcane, Violet, White Grapes, Wood

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
tea-sipper

Wishing you luck on whatever changes you’re making.

MadHatterTeaDrunk

Good luck in your 2020 journey!
Also, this sounds like a fun tea to be had. I like teas that have such complexity and depth to the session.

mrmopar

What ever path you take you will always have your friends on here.

LuckyMe

Good luck to you in 2020 and the decade ahead.

ashmanra

May 2020 be awesome for you!

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