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This is a winner in my book. It’s very refreshing after a surplus of rooibos teas. I used to hate chamomile until I realized that I had never experienced it in a decent format. This lovely delicate balance between orange, lemon, chamomile and a few other flavors is refreshing and will make a splendidly bracing iced tea. The flavors are very nicely balanced and nothing dominates.
It’s a Mélange of pleasure.

I woke up to a hallucination today: snow was all over the place. It could not be because last night I was drinking this lovely brew iced—and it makes a divine iced tea. But as my eyes are clearing, I see that snow really is everywhere1

I love this both hot and iced and can see it becoming a favorite iced tea for the summer. I’m giving it a nudge up the ratings scale.

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I really love big, bold, brash teas. Smokiness enthralls me. I don’t seem to do subtle.
I don’t do rooibos.

My rating system:
0-30:
Never again in a hundred million years

31-55: This tea probably has some redeeming qualities but I won’t would not seek it out again.

56-70:
Shows some promise but also has a fundamental flaw. I probably owe these a second taste but am unmotivated.

71-80:
Good with at least one strong quality; I probably would not buy it but would drink it cheerfully.

81-90: Worthy contenders; they might be ranked 100 on somebody’s else’s scale. I like them a lot but have not fallen in love. Will probably buy and use.

91-95: These are the true loves, the chosen ones, the ones I dream about and crave. Unless they are in a limited edition—la! how you tease me!—I will always keep in my cupboard.

96-100: I cannot be separated from these teas and would develop a panic attack if I were to run out.

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“She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain.”

Elderly dowager. Quintessential cat lady.

Tea which must be in stock always:

Black Dragon LS by Upton Teas: My choice every morning.

Florence & Lapsang Souchong by Harney & Sons

a good Gen Maicha

Samovar: Russian Blend, Maiden’s Ecstasy, Ryokucha

Mariage Frères: Confucious, Vivaldi, Eros, Aida, Marco Polo

American Tea Room: Brioche

Leland Teas: Bogart

Life in Teacup:
An Xi Tie Guan Yin Grade II modern green style & also Charcoal Style

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