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When I opened the pouch I got a whiff that was slightly floral, but the fireworks really began when I tossed a scoop into my teapot of water. As I was about to put the lid on top, an amazing floral scent wafted up to my nose, reminiscent of being in a greenhouse of tropical flowers. I knew I was in for a real treat in 4 minutes. And I was right, as it had hints of Honeysuckle, Orange Blossom, Grape Hyacinth and Roses, alongside a delightfully chewy vegetal taste and was very silky on the tongue. There were hints of Bok Choy, Escarole, Spinach and Asparagus, with a background flavoring of Wax Beans. Of all the loose teas I’ve tried so far, this has had the most complex bundling of flavors. On the second steep, I braced myself for a weak reminiscence of the first offering, but OMG!, it was just as flavorful the second time around, with only the slightest bit of astringency added on.

This tea is not going to last long, and I don’t give a damn how much it costs, it’s worth it!

Flavors: Asparagus, Bok Choy

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Dragonwell by Art of Tea
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Steeped it for about 4 minutes and the taste was very subtle on the tongue, with hints of Asparagus & Escarole. It also had a very calming effect on me, so it’s probably loaded with l-theanine.

Flavors: Asparagus

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70
drank Liquid Jade by Art of Tea
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It’s named aptly as it steeps to a jade color, and has a wonderful Bergamot scent, but overall, I found it a bit lacking in taste. Slightly floral with hints of green grass and green beans.

Flavors: Grass, Green Beans

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

This tea is definitely made for anyone who smokes cigarettes. It has a pronounced taste of tobacco with hints of Morel Mushrooms, alongside a hint of Musk. It is definitely not a tea for the faint of heart. If you like strong, woodsy teas, then dial this one up.

Flavors: Mushrooms, Tobacco

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86
drank Chai Redbush by Yogi Tea
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95
drank Premium by Dilmah
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A mellow, yet very flavorful tea. When I got my shipment in from Amazon, there were close to a dozen assorted free samples in the box, and I tried a few of those first. I wasn’t that impressed with the ones I tried, except for the afternoon tea, so I was a little bit afraid of what this tea was going to taste like. But my fears were unfounded, because this is a delightful afternoon type tea and will take its place there on my daily schedule.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank English Afternoon by Dilmah
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This was my third tea sample from Dilmah and it was the best of the three. A light bodied tea with a smooth taste and no lingering aftertaste.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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67
drank English Breakfast by Dilmah
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A pleasant cup of English Breakfast. But not as bold or as malty as others I’ve tried.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Ceylon Supreme by Dilmah
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A very light body with not much depth in the way of flavor. Has a peculiar aftertaste that I’m not caring for.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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52

I’m a big fan of Rooibus, so this tea wasn’t that bad. I could definitely taste the sarsaparilla, but not much in the way of Vanilla and the Cinnamon notes were very faint. All in all, kind of meh.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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