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I know most of you are not as tea crazy as I seem to be recently, but do you think it would be reasonable for this community have some kind of weekly/monthly/fortnightly/whatever themes? For example we could try to make chai and share our experiences or a month when we focus more on green teas or something like that. We give each other some time to try things out or not if they already have an opinion. The thought is still a bit raw, but how do you feel about the general idea?
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Let's talk about preferences, just like the title suggests.

Which tea do you like the most? Black, green, white, red, something else?
What flavours do you like?

Personally I still prefer black tea to any other kind. And I love it when it have some distinct, somewhat spicy flavour that reminds me about gingerbread and Christmas. As far as I'm concerned, it usually means that there is some cardamom added, maybe also a bit of ginger and cinnamon. Not sure what else.

What about your preferences?

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My huge tea order just arrived, I'm so exited. It will be a while before I get through all of them. And my tea book is waiting for me in the post office.

To better tell the difference I made three different oolongs. The ones I got today were left out of the comparison. The teas used:

Formosa Choice Oolong - Just pure oolong

Orange Flower Oolong - oolong with, surprise, orange flowers

La Luna Oolong - oolong tea, caramel candy, almond, honey pollen and malva.

There was taste difference, but it was much easier to tell them apart by looks, smell and colour. They were all amber, Formosa Choice was the darkest, almost brown and Orange Flower the lightest. I liked the aroma of Orange Flower best. Cousin said it tastes like it had cookies in it. XD Formosa's taste was both the strongest and the most unassuming, compared to it La Luna had a lighter note to it. I have had some trouble finding the right brewing time for Orange Flower, if I use the same as for others, it turns out way too weak.

In conclusion, I think I prefer La Luna, it has sweetness and character, but for everyday drink Formosa might be more fitting.
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Another tea I bought today was white tea pearls with jasmine. It was a bit more expensive than I would like, but I decided to indulge myself this once. It is a quality tea and came with a jar. The colour is very light and the taste is mild. It was fun to watch the leaves uncurl. Mum was not impressed and although it didn't make an instant favourite, I don't regret buying it.

The tea presented me with another problem, it linked to their web shop here and now I'm really tempted to buy a lot of stuff. I like how you can buy the more expensive teas by 10g, great for experimenting. I think I'll make a big order to save posting fees and then put a tea buying ban on myself for a few months at least.
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I bought a few teas today, one of them was Ginger Eucalyptus. It's green tea with eucalyptus, ginger, nutmeg blossoms, tomato, tangerine and orange taste. The taste is strong, slightly bitter and dry. I might have made it a bit too strong, have to experiment with that. When generally flavoured green teas tend to have quite similar tastes, then this one is quite unique. not a favourite, but I appreciate the variety.
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Today I tried to compare two types on green tea with ginger. One was Myrtle Ginger and I didn't find the English name of the second one, but it should be be something like Ginger Fairytale.
Ingredients for the first: green tea, myrtle, citrus, ginger, lemongrass, orange, English daisy. And for the second one: green tea, ginger, orange peals, rose petals.

Myrtle Ginger has a light, slightly lemony taste. It reminded my mother of lemon balm.

Ginger Fairytale has a warmer, less distinguished taste and slightly darker colour. For me the taste is more likeable if it has cooled down a bit.

I asked for as many opinions as I could. One preferred the first, the other said the first is not drinkable, the third said they can't tell the difference. I, I just can't decide. I think I like the second if I feel like ginger tea, but the first if I want something different. I'd call this experiment a fail, because the point was to reduce the number of tea I have, but at least we got to drink the tea.
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I made my last pot of Old Love. It's a green Sencha tea with papaya, pineapple, raspberry and strawberry bits, raisins, rose petals and flavour. I'm not sure whether I buy some more. Maybe it was because I used the last leaves, but I don't think I saw any strawberries or raisins in there. Well it might be a good reason to get more, to remind myself how it was supposed to taste. Today it was mostly just green tea, not bad, but nothing special.
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I ordered this book about tea. Unfortunately it will take up to three weeks till I get it.
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Today's tea is Caravan. Green tea with mango, papaya, pineapple bits, sunflower and cornflowers petals. The taste is mild and a little sweet, you can really feel the fruit in there. The colour is very light. I like this tea and I plan to buy more once I run out.
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Today I'm drinking this tea called Eastern Fragrances. It is pinkish in colour. Green tea, mango, papaya, cherry bits, sunflower petals, flavour. The taste is very mild. I can't quite make up my mind about it.
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