Lumbini Tipsy Eve Ceylon FBOPF SP/Lumbini Tea Valley

Twigs or perhaps larger dried out branches.

Go bite one and that is what this dry leaf smells like.

The wet aroma turns to wet twig, big surprise, compost, and wet forest floor. Silky mouthfeel.

So far no astringency, just wonderful earthy hints of wet wood and slight citrus hints. For a CTC, cut, tear, crush tea this is very satisfying but at the same time soothing.

 

 


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Lumbini Tea Valley

Description

Make your evenings more stimulating with Lumbini Tipsy Eve, a robust – full-bodied tea, richly aromatic of the many compounds infused into it. Finely crafted from the rare tiny apical tea buds fresh from the valley, the unique tip and broken leaf combination contains plenty of zest. The flowery tones accompanying the main notes of a touch of caramelised butterscotch are infused by the tender apical buds, along with the lingering hint of citrus. The ‘slow-release’ nature reveal different elements across multiple infusions; from flavor, aroma and health-boosting antioxidants to the essential minerals. Made in extremely limited quantities by the ‘Dalu’ Master Tea Makers, Tipsy Eve is a ‘strong’ testament to the diverse craftsmanship abilities of Lumbini Tea Valley.

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Blueberry White/Adagio Teas -Skysamurai-

Top of the morning to you. Had to wait till I was done with my granola to drink this one because I knew it was going to overwhelm the flavor.

The aroma though, I don’t think, would have been overcome. It’s intensely blueberry. Not the artificial type but that same smell you get from blueberries in blueberry muffins. Delightful. This can be found in both the dry and wet aroma, surprisingly. The wet aroma, I find, generally lacks the fruity aromas as they percolate into the water.

The flavor is good both hot and cold the blueberry flavor is dominate while the white tea gently sits on your palate with a few earthy tidbits. I would try to guess what type of white tea this is but honestly it’s ctc’d too much to tell.

 

 


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Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Adagio Teas 

Description

White Blueberry tea blends together the taste of juicy blueberries with premium white tea from Fujian province, China. Very fragrant, like freshly harvested ‘highbush’ blueberries (the aromatic variety). Soft, rounded mouthfeel with a clean, refreshing finish. White Blueberry tea is a customer favorite, delectable both hot or iced.

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Lemon Vibration/Wise Ape Tea -Skysamurai-

Are you familiar with the song Good Vibrations by Marky Mark feat The Funky Bunch?

If not or if you need a refresher go take a listen then come back. This tisane definitely has lemon vibrations.

To be honest I don’t drink herbals unless I’m sick but seeing as this was in the review pile I didn’t want to wait till I was sick to drink it. Plus when your sick your sense of taste is messed up. Everything about this cuppa shouts spa. It smells like you walked into a high-class spa. The flavor isn’t overly lemony.

So it’s perfect for relaxing and winding down. Everything blends well, with a unique sweet after taste.

Also want to give a shoutout to the company for sending 10% profits to charity.

 


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Leaf Type: Herbal

Where to Buy: Wise Ape Tea Co.

Description

An herbal blend of lemongrass, lemon balm, and st. john’s wort harmonize to realign your vibration and recenter your psyche. Sip slow and reset with delicate hints of lavender, lemon peel, and rosemary as they soothe your senses and brighten your mood into a state of inner utopia. Designed to recenter, reset, and realign.

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Assam Nokhroy Estate Black Tea (STGSOP1)/Simpson & Vail -Skysamurai-

This is a tea for you cream/sugar tea drinkers. Not that us purists won’t enjoy it but I find this one is lacking the appeals of a cup that can manage on its own. No dry aroma.

This is a gifted review tea so I suspect some of the other teas have leached.

However, the wet aroma is quite nice! The smell of wet peeled twigs! I love that smell. The flavor is good but just not what I would expect after smelling the leaves.

The malt is prevalent with this one. Subtle woodsy notes make an appearance at the beginning but they disappear with a bit of astringency at the end. The liquid is dark amber.


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Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Simpson & Vail 

Description

The black, slightly tippy leaves brew to a dark amber cup with a woodsy aroma. The brewed cup has the malty flavor profile that characterizes Assam teas with a pleasing, light peppery finish.

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2019 Original Tieguanyin Revival/Verdant Tea -Skysamurai-

Have you ever tried to use a dehydrator to dry herbs?

It gives you a good sense of all the work it takes to make a good tea. Too hot, too cold. Too long, too short. And so on.

A unique tea like this one, which one can tell just by looking at the leaves, requires concentration and years of hard work.

Let’s not forget either that Master Zhang uses the highest and above standards for sustainability when it comes to his tea and other plants. One sip of this tea transports you to the mineral rich mountains of Anxi, China. Straightforward mineral flavors. It’s like licking a wet rock.

Tasting the purest granite surrounded by spicy dark woody notes. They mention florals along with the woody notes but honestly all I can taste are the mineral and woody notes.


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Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy: Verdant Tea

Description

This unusual tea is based on Master Zhang’s ongoing research into early Anxi oolong teas with a half-rolled / half strip-style shape, and a very meticulous turning and fluffing process that goes further than most modern tea would. In this experimental offering, he applies this research to the Tieguanyin varietal and provides enough roast for a deep, rich aroma. The result is a very well-balanced tea full of toasted sweetness, rich plum, and an lilac floral complemented by lingering minerality.

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