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drank Flora by Tea Forte
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Eh, it’s alright. It mostly tasted like subdued cinnamon, and it had a strange effect that made my teeth feel gritty much like a sugary soda. I’ve had far worse cinnamon tea and I wouldn’t say no to another cup of this, but I wouldn’t buy any of it either.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96

This tea was thoroughly delicious. My first steep tasted of sweet sumptuous banana bread. My second steeping was less successful, but I’m fairly sure I’m to blame – I left the leaves in for 7 minutes and the result was a tasty cup that somehow affected my tongue so as to make everything seem to lose its flavor (as tends to happen when I eat too much candy). I’m fairly sure that’s due to the oversteeping of the stevia leaf in particular, and I’m not holding it against this tea since the first cup was exceptional.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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96

I steeped this tea twice to see what would happen, and I must say both times were quite good.

The first steep (5min) was a well-balanced chai with the spices all being distinguishable. Oddly enough, the one thing I couldn’t really taste was the rooibos, which seems to have been lost among the spices. With a small dash of milk this blend is particularly delicious.

The second steep (7min) was still quite good, though the ginger seemed to dominate making it a spicier cup on the whole. Still delicious; makes me glad I have 7oz. of this to go through!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Guayusa by Runa
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I bought a pound of this from Amazon since it was so cheap, but when I opened the bag I was worried – it just smelled like grass. And when I had steeped it it still smelled only of grass. Still, it ended up being a very tasty tea. I find it’s best if I throw a few pods of star anise in there, but that’s just personal preference.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94

I came by a free tea forte sampler chest as part of a promotion Microsoft was running, and this was by far my favorite of the 20 flavors I tried. It had a wonderful aroma and it tasted like a sweet, delicious pear. I’m afraid to use my second bag of this tea, because then it will all be gone!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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1
drank Wild Sweet Orange by Tazo
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This is absolutely undrinkable. It certainly tastes of orange, but only in the worst way. It is sour to the point of being unbearable, and I couldn’t even suffer through the remainder of the cup. It tastes like Tazo discovered citric acid and added a handful to each teabag along with a piece of orange peel.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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77

I’m sad to see this rated so lowly. This was my gateway tea that took me from the bleak world of Lipton to the tasty world of flavorful tea. While it doesn’t seem as delicious now as it did when I first tried it, the cinnamon balances nicely with the other flavors and you can taste the plum. All in all it makes a nice low-effort cup on a chilly night.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
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drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
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Good lord this stuff is awful when served hot. Even when it’s only steeped for 2-3 minutes it tends to become unbearably bitter. For years I thought that I hated tea because of this stuff. That said, I always keep a box on hand for when I want to make some sugar-saturated sweet tea since this serves as a nice, low-cost base for all that saccharine goodness.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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