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Observation 1: The tea is individually wrapped. Yay freshness!

Observation 2: My boyfriend made the tea, not I, so I have no notes on the uncooked tea. To my knowledge, 2 bags were steep for 3 minutes in a 32oz tea pot with boiling water.

Observation 3: Once steeped, the tea has a very spicy pear scent and is a clear deep tawny solution.

Observation 4: My first cup of tea was with sugar. There is a very spicy pear flavor and the tea tastes very bright. It definitely perks me up at first sip.My second cup was without sugar. Alone the tea is very spicy and the pear is very subtle. This tea is all about the ginger.

Overall: I love this tea. Its ginger and pear and a great morning pick-me-up. I will be repurchasing this tea.


boyfriend review:
“I liked it. I put too much sugar but that was fixed with more tea creepy giggle

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Sil

haha the boyfriend review makes me smile

Lady 0f Spaydes

Yay! He doesn’t mind me doing it and its always funny to me; I’m glad someone else ejoyed it!

Sil

My other half just won’t drink tea lol unless he’s sick

Lady 0f Spaydes

PMine prefers stuff like boba and chai lattes, but he drinks hot tea just to be social since its a big past-time with my friends. He makes a much better pot than I do anyway since I’m constantly sending him in the kitchen to make tea so I figure he should speak his mind. That and I love the nearly paraphrased way he always says what I was thinking (he doesn’t get to see my review before he says anything, its weird!). Its like my review went through a guy filter.

Besides, there’s nothing more amusing than watchin a giant heavy handed guy try to hold a fine china teacup. :P

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Sil

haha the boyfriend review makes me smile

Lady 0f Spaydes

Yay! He doesn’t mind me doing it and its always funny to me; I’m glad someone else ejoyed it!

Sil

My other half just won’t drink tea lol unless he’s sick

Lady 0f Spaydes

PMine prefers stuff like boba and chai lattes, but he drinks hot tea just to be social since its a big past-time with my friends. He makes a much better pot than I do anyway since I’m constantly sending him in the kitchen to make tea so I figure he should speak his mind. That and I love the nearly paraphrased way he always says what I was thinking (he doesn’t get to see my review before he says anything, its weird!). Its like my review went through a guy filter.

Besides, there’s nothing more amusing than watchin a giant heavy handed guy try to hold a fine china teacup. :P

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A casual tea drinker since my childhood; I recently began to truly explore international tea culture in my search for the perfect tea ritual in my extremely hectic lifestyle. I am a young pantheist college student pursuing the science of medicine with a minor in bioethics (philosophy) and I firmly believe that having a ritual for relaxation and meditation is crucial to physical and emotional wellbeing. I recently hosted my first afternoon tea party and hope to assemble a routine arsenal of tea and literature enthusiasts to share my teatime. My tastes are international and I embrace styles and ideas of different cultures across the centuries. I look forward to tea and literary recommendations from you all!

So I know there is no proper way to truly gauge teas as the best or the worst, but like with education, a standardized rubric system is very important to communicate certain aspects of a quality before one has a chance to read in-depth reviews.

It is with this in mind that I strive to follow the proceeding guidelines and rubric:

1. I shall not provide a grade based upon an improperly brewed tea. This includes: experimental blending, scalded leaves, oversteeping/understeeping and insufficient amounts of leaves provided.

2. All rated teas must initially be steeped in accordance to the guidelines provided by the tea company. Addendum/reevaluation may occur if properly documented.

3. I shall try my very best to leave personal preference out of the scope of grading. However, I shall endeavor to be very clear of my opinion of the teas that I rate.

Grading Rubric
100 point scale:

- Clearly and concisely conveys the flavors of the artist’s intent with no supplemental explanation if the flavors are within the taster’s experience (20 points)
- Requires menial ingredient adjustment (i.e.: milk, sugar, stevia, etc.) to achieve the flavors intended by the artist. (15 points)
- Is completely consistent in flavor and quality from batch to batch. (15 points)
- Requires little to no adjustment to preparation (sans accounting for regional differences in altitude, airpressure, etc…) for a full flavored steeping (10 points)
- has a very high quality tea base that compliments the blend (note: does NOT require whole leaves)(10 points)
- Re-steeps at least two to three times strongly if able. (if bagged, re-steeps twice well) (10 points)
- Stores very well (No flavor diminishment when stored in a dark, cool and airtight space for short periods of time). If bagged, is packaged promoting optimal infusion, ease of use and freshness. (10 points)
- has a clear explanation of ingredients, allergens and preparation instructions. (5 points?)
- Is very well priced in relation to the quality of ingredients and quantity provided. (5 points)

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Los Angeles, CA, USA

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