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drank Strawberry Matcha by 52teas
236 tasting notes

I forgot to review this tea! I received this tea from a swap eons ago from AmazonV. This was my first time making matcha. A nice refreshing smell of strawberry. The matcha was just ok. I usually like matcha mixed with genmaicha or sencha. I mixed the matcha with some coconut ice cream and made a shake. The matcha wasn’t as upfront as I have had. The strawberry came at a little. I drank it plain, too. I wasn’t a fan of the matcha. The flavoring was ok.

This mixed with banana would probably be good. It just wasn’t me.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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I got this tea for my mom. I have tried and tried to get her into other types of tea, but she just wants her sweet and spicy Good Earth tea.

So I brewed some for both of us, and we both tried it. I found it bitter, and the flavor was weak. I needed sugar to enjoy. My mom took one sip, and didn’t want anymore. We tried it iced, and it was hard to drink it all. I had high hopes for such a tea with such a following. Just wasn’t our kind…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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Tea can be like music sometimes. My favorite band Everclear, some of their early stuff I didn’t care for at first. But once I started listening to it, the early stuff was all I wanted! This is what happened to me with this tea.

It grew on me a little more every time I had it. So I have to up my rating! And now I love it!

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drank Shizuoka Black Tea by Den's Tea
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I purposely ordered tea to obtain this. I love trying something rare. It is a nice medium black tea. I couldn’t tea anything sencha about it like that others. My tastebuds can be lame. I like the fact they attempted black tea. I feel honored to have it! I would drink this again if given the chance. Not my all time favorite, but yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
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I really was looking forward to this tea. My first experience with Silver Needle was with Grace Tea Company. I absolutely loved their tea, so I wanted to try this one. This wasn’t anything like it! It’s just okay. It’s didn’t have the oomph that I had from the other Silver Needle. It also loses points for needing to add a lot of tea leaves to produce a flavorful cup. It resteeps 3 times.

I wouldn’t recommend this tea, it was a let down for me. I think I’ll just go back to Grace Tea Company, their Silver Needle will be hard to beat!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

“A lot” is relative… are you saying “a lot” in terms of volume or weight? I use a standard 3g/8oz for my whites and because they are so light in weight, yes. They do take “a lot” of leaf"… most whites take over a tablespoon because the shape does not allow them to fit into a measuring spoon. I’m not sure it’s fair to down grade it just for being a light weight tea. Or do you mean that it specifically takes more tea to get he same flavor vs. the GTC needle? Then that I could see. That’s a shame you didn’t like this. I have yet to find a needle I didn’t like,.

Mel

Compared to GTC, I needed to use 3x the leaves to get the same strength from Adagio. I prefer teas where I don’t have to use as much leaves, just b/c I am kind of a cheapskate. I never scale it, I use the same teaspoon for everything. Moneywise and tastewise, GTC’s Silver Needle just was better to me.

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75
drank Coconut by Adagio Teas
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This is a good coconut tea. It tastes like the sweetened coconut you get in the baking aisle. I prefer toasted coconut flavor, or coconut flavor. It’s slightly sweet, better warm than iced. It’s good naked!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Asian Pear by TeaGschwendner
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I got this as my free sample. I really like this tea! I haven’t been a fan of the apple or fruit teas from TeaGschwendner, but this tea has changed my mind. The pear flavor is wonderful, light, and tastes like it smells. Crisp is the one word to describe it. I would consider getting this again. The green tea blend is quite tasty, medium flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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This is a nice, straightforward black tea. I didn’t pick up much astringency. It has a wonderful sweetness to it. It’s rich on the tongue. My friend who just visited the Nilgiri Mountains said this tea was just okay. This tea is my first experience of the regional Indian tea.

She gave me 500g of different types of Nilgiri teas, so I should have a better opinion on it later! But from this sample I had, it’s quite good. Very different from the assams and ceylons I’ve had.

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drank Tencha-Kuki Houjicha by Den's Tea
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I got this tea on a whim, and also after reading the reviews. I have had all kinds of kukicha. Some I either hate or like. This is one I will love. When I opened the bag, I didn’t think it smelled like anything special. I thought it would just taste like another houjicha. Well it sure surprised me.

It has such an distinctive taste I never had in a tea. Savory, earthy, unami. I like the idea another one had to make potato chip flavored with this! I might have to grind some in my spice grinder mixed with salt and sprinkle on steak. I could see this tea as a spice, it’s that original and good!

I will update when I cook with it….but I am still going to drink this stuff. YUM!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Le Touareg by TeaGschwendner
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I got this at the TeaGschwendner store. It’s very pepperminty and you can barely taste the tea. TeaGschwendner’s herbal blends with applemint, nanomint, and lighter mints spoiled me with their light elegant dose of mintiness, I can barely stomach spearmint or peppermint.

I actually like the tea for what it is. I am not the world’s biggest fan of gunpoweder tea, but this was drinkable to me. I wouldn’t buy it, but I would drink it again if given the chance.

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I love cooking, sleeping, reading, reggae music, and tea. I also enjoying reading about tea, the culture and ceremonies, and the diverse types.

I think most the teas I drink are 80% iced, but on some days, it’s opposite that, especially days off! I can’t believe it took me this long to try different teas. Better now than never!

Reading the reviews help guide me to the right tea. I have been turned on to so many delightful brews.

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