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51
drank Darjeeling by Twinings
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I tried this once before, as was far from blown away by this tea. I decided to try this tea one more time, I admit, because I was drawn back to the pretty purple box and the elegance of the name of this tea. Darjeeling. It just sounds like a word made up to be used in poetry.

Ah well. I was optimistic for the first sip, and I was initially surprised by my earlier memory of this tea. As I get near the middle of this cup, I start wanting to get this stale, papery aftertaste from off of my tongue. Quite a shame, as the initial taste of the tea and the smell coming off of the tea is very warm and inviting. I think I notice the aftertaste more with this tea because of the underwhelming strength of this tea. Unlike what I’ve read about this tea, I really do not notice any particular bitterness to the drink, even after steeping this cup for a little over four minutes.

Dull, slightly unpleasant, I have a suspicion that this tea would taste better iced. As a hot drink, this tea leaves me feeling disappointed.

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

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Tried it again, and I have to say the Blueberry is probably the most tasty of Boston’s fruit green teas, but that ain’t saying all that much. Tastes like fake blueberry, but thankfully the green tea itself isn’t too terrible and it saves me from wanting to dump the whole thing down the sink.

Now that I think about it, the blueberry reminds me of the “blueberry” flavor you get in breakfast cereals.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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blend. I was a bit skeptical; I am not a big fan of Stash’s Peppermint, and thought that I would just not like mint teas period.

Well, apparently, I just don’t like pure mint teas. This tea actually is not pure Spearmint – which is, by the way, just delicious – but accented by yummy, subtle black tea to make a tea that even cold doesn’t fall into the category of toothpaste backwash. As others have stated, this tea tastes best cold, which differentiates it from Stash’s mint tea.

Spearmint + black tea = delicious dessert tea that pairs perfectly with cheesecake or chocolate anything.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Bigelow Tea

Kayla, so happy to hear you’ve discovered the Plantation Mint and enjoyed it so much

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88
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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88
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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88
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
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Bought this with a sampler set that I procured from the local Sam’s Club and have ignored this particular

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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Bought on sale, so I can’t complain too much.

Maybe I steeped it for just long enough to make it quite bitter, but I highly doubt that a few seconds made such a high difference. I’ve had it a few times before this, and I found the taste to be adequet. Pretty dull, but it does leave a pleasant aftertaste on the tongue. Not sure what ginseng tastes like, and am still not fully certain what it is supposed to taste like, after having drunk this tea.

The tea bags smell lovely, but it doesn’t equate a wonderful taste, at least iced. I think it tastes vastly better warm.

Preparation
Iced 2 min, 30 sec

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A small bag whose ingredients include green tea and mint “flavoring”. I really think that I want to give away/throw away a lot of the tea samplers I got in the large collection that I originally thought was a good deal – as I look at other brands of bagged tea and their genuine efforts at great tea with real ingredients, I can really tell the difference between this brands and every other one I have in my cabinet.

Weak flavor with a slight twingy after taste of mint that clings to your tongue for a minute after you sip this tea. I frankly cannot taste the green tea in this concoction, which was why I had bothered trying this tea int he first place. I already have some Stash pure peppermint tea, and this one simply tastes like a weaker version of that already pretty weak tea.

I’ll give this tea another chance some other time – I’ll try letting it steep for three minutes, against my better instincts – but I think the bag’s small size and artificial flavor and probably poor quality of tea has made this tea dead on arrival. Now I think I’ll finish this cup and try something with an actual flavor.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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