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drank Russian Samovar by TeaGschwendner
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This is a very straightforward black tea. Nothing to write home about. However, it smells wonderful before steeping - very rich and fruity (like raspberries). After the steep, the scent is much milder. It reminds me a lot of sweet oranges, which is nice. This fruitiness subtly carries over into the undertones and aftertaste of this tea…and I do mean subtly. Overall, this tea is ok as a light compliment to breakfast. I wouldn’t reach for it any other time though.

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

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77
drank Teas' Tea Matcha by Ito En
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Wow…all I can say is “Yum”.
This tea boasts a satisfyingly complex, yet consistent flavor profile. The first few sips are always mellow… a familiar black tea. From there, it grows more robust and earthy…all while somehow retaining those light undertones. I think the best thing about this tea is the sublimely sweet aftertaste, which always seems to bring cream and honey to mind. Seriously, it’s a real treat.

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

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drank Teas' Tea Matcha by Ito En
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drank Jasmine Green Tea by Ito En
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As far as bottled teas go, this is by far my favorite. It’s absolutely delicious and refreshing when served ice cold. Although it’s little expensive, I always keep a couple in the fridge at work for convenience. In my opinion, this tea tastes exactly as it smells (easiest way to describe it); the jasmine is very prominent with almost a nectar-like sweetness. I only start to pick up on the green tea aspect when the beverage starts to warm up.

While this tea can’t really compete with the loose leaf variety, I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle or two if you can find it.

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