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Discovered this stuff at the back of the top of the beside-the-microwave tea cupboard where my mother keeps most of the bagged non-Tetley tea she doesn’t drink regularly. (Not to be confused with the large beside-the-dishwasher cupboard we actually call “the pantry,” which is loaded with a horrifically embarrassing amount of my loose leaf.)

I recall, at one point, having bought this stuff for myself and having hoarded it. It was my own Earl Grey because EG was one of my favourite Tetley bags, but people kept drinking it up before I could have much, so I bought my own.

It’s a drugstore brand. I had to add it to the database, and, needless to say, I don’t have a picture. I think it smelled better at one point.

But you know what? It’s actually still much better than Lipton.

I’m getting half-way down the cup where the honey has a little more influence (dumb stuff, honey, doesn’t seem to like to dissolve), and it might even be approaching nice by the bottom. I’ll see.

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

The guy in my avatar can be bought at Teaopia or here: http://www.jas-etea.com/products/Jingdezhen-%22Easy%22-Gaiwan-%22Blue-on-White-Phoenix%22-100ml.html

I currently work for Teavana. But I just work there, and my opinions about any of their teas are entirely my own and not meant to be reflective of the views of the company.

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