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Fifth “top six” tea, an oolong, y’all. Steeped at 195*F…

I have to say, I actually really like this one. I didn’t think too much about it before trying it, but chai-like spices and citrus actually work quite well together. I definitely get more blood orange and tangerine out of this than lemon, which can only be a good thing paired with cinnamon and clove. It’s another one that’s both tart and sweet, but this is actually pretty well balanced…especially with the spice coming out more towards the back. I feel like there’s just a wee bit too much citrus at the front, so I’m knocking it down a few points for that. But that’s not a fatal flaw.

It’s got kind of a holiday feel going on for sure; makes me think of stuff like fruit cake and turkey gravy.

I don’t know if it’s going to please all the Teaopia fans who are crushed at Market Spice not making the cut, but…maybe some of them will go for this. I never had Market Spice myself, and I understand it was fairly subtle, so this might be a stronger flavour than some would prefer. Still, I think it’s quite nice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
momo

I see what you did there hahaha

ashmanra

I feel stupid, coz I don’t see! LOL!

Daniel Scott

Don’t worry, you’d only have seen it if you caught this discussion:

http://steepster.com/discuss/3521-oh-teavana

Basically: Customer makes a mistake. Store is at fault, naturally.

(In The Tea Merchant’s defense, it sounds as though they didn’t know that Teavana prints steeping instructions on their bags. Teavana does enough dumb things that no one gives them the benefit of the doubt anymore, even on little things, it seems…)

Adam

I absolutely LOVE this tea! It is my #1 fav right now!!! ahhhhhhh definitely a rejuvenating relief after my Sweet Oolong Revolution was taken away…

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momo

I see what you did there hahaha

ashmanra

I feel stupid, coz I don’t see! LOL!

Daniel Scott

Don’t worry, you’d only have seen it if you caught this discussion:

http://steepster.com/discuss/3521-oh-teavana

Basically: Customer makes a mistake. Store is at fault, naturally.

(In The Tea Merchant’s defense, it sounds as though they didn’t know that Teavana prints steeping instructions on their bags. Teavana does enough dumb things that no one gives them the benefit of the doubt anymore, even on little things, it seems…)

Adam

I absolutely LOVE this tea! It is my #1 fav right now!!! ahhhhhhh definitely a rejuvenating relief after my Sweet Oolong Revolution was taken away…

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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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