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88

Lipton, eat your heart out! This is a great transition from tea bags to the wonderful world of loose leaf. Welcome to the Matrix

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

This post made me smile. :D

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91

Calling all oolong fans, prepare to blown away! This was an OUTSTANDING green oolong. I tried a sample of it not knowing what was in it and next thing I know BOOM I’m hooked. Magnificant!

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80

Love it love it love it! now this here is a great tea iced in the summer! My little island vice!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Young Hyson by Tea Licious
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A little on the bitter side. A very earthy Chinese green, I prefer the Dragon Well. I get this when I feel adventurous

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Grand Keemun by Tea Licious
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And then there was Grand Keemun. Delicious Chinese black that falls short only to the legendary Royal Yunnan. this one is a little lighter, but if you fell in love with the R.Y. , you will find an affair with the Keemun to be a guilty pleasure! ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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69

Ok, I am not normally a fan of fruity teas. However this one is actually pretty good. New to tea? Give this one a try, whites are a great way to wean yourself into the tea world.

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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Rose Oolong by Tea Licious
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VERY aromatic! The tea that keeps on going and going and going! I get about three to four steepings on average from this otherworldly ambrosia of rose and lemongrass without sacrificing flavor, each pot just as good as the last. The delicate oolong is just the icing on the cake. Highly recommended for oolong fans.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

Now here is something special, another of my favs. Here we have a traditional Chinese green. Earthy and slightly bitter, however takes on a smokey essence and serves to be a great green tea base if you are planning on doing some of your own blending. I am particularly fond of the gunpowder with peppermint and spearmint. Take this blend and steep for 3-4 minutes and enjoy with an Irish cream coffee creamer for a delicious shamrock latte. If you want to make it REALLY Irish, use instead Bailey’s Irish Cream and let the good times roll.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Royal Yunnan by Tea Licious
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I am a simple guy with simple tastes. I prefer the teas unadorned with fruits, fluff, and extras. This is not to say I can’t treat myself to a flavored tea once in a while! However, if you are going to have a tea, have a TEA! In its truest of forms, Camilia sinensis itself. The Royal Yunnan is bar none the greatest of the pure Chinese blacks. Full, malty, and sweet. Goes great with meals and salty dishes, or if you just need an afternoon “pick-me-up” look no further. Easy to brew and lacks the bitterness found in many of the Indian blends. Simply put, if you are looking for an all-around, anytime black, your journey is over. Fill your holy grail with the noblest of black tea elixirs!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Gyokuro by Tea Licious
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This is hands down my FAVORITE of all the green teas, flavored or otherwise. I order mine by the pound from Tea Licious every couple of months or so. It is a lovely Japan green with a full buttery flavor with a sweet, delicately vegetative aftertaste. Goes down smooth and always a pleasure, it really lives up to it status as the “precious dew”. highly recommended!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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