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drank Coffee Lovers' Tea by Tay Tea
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Another sample from Amoda – the ingredients on the bag say almonds and vanilla, but the tea description says caramel, which is a bit confusing. It’s fairly similar to the Caramel Toffee Puerh I have in my cupboard, so I’m brewing them together to compare. It smells delicious, a bit more caramel-y dry, and a bit more vanilla-y once steeped. I used 3g of leaf for 10oz of water, two quick rinses with boiling water, and then a 5min steep. This is actually pretty nice. The puerh base is smooth and rich and a bit sweet. It doesn’t taste as sweet and desserty as it smells, but there is definitely some vanilla creaminess that really comes out in the flavour. It smells and looks so similar to the caramel toffee puerh I already have, but it actually does taste a bit better. When that one runs out, I might restock with this one instead.

Edited to add: Second steeping (7min) is milder in flavour, but still sweet and pleasant. Also, I feel like I could have a nap. Is it normal for shou puerh to make you sleepy?

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Well it has been over a year and everyone I know thinks my tea obsession is a bit out of hand, so… I guess I’m not a total newbie anymore. :)

I’m drinking a lot more pure tea these days, though I still love a good flavoured blend too. Current favourites: Chinese and Taiwanese blacks, fresh Chinese greens, oolongs both green and roasted, sheng puer.

I really love companies that buy directly from tea farmers, and have an emphasis on quality and sustainability. Favourites: Verdant, Whispering Pines, Eco Cha, White 2 Tea. I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, so I buy almost all my tea online.

For hot tea, I’m usually brewing in either a 100ml gaiwan, or a 10oz mug with a steeping basket. For cold tea, I cold brew overnight in 500ml mason jars.

My cupboard on Steepster doesn’t include small samples, just the ones I have at least 15g of. So if you see something you’re interested in, I probably have enough to share. :)

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