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drank Chamomile by Adagio Teas
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This is such a lovely tea. I love the look of the tea “leaves” before they ever even hit the water. So pretty.

Anyway, this is a very nice, smooth chamomile. Perfect.

I’ve read others complain about difficulty in cleaning the breweing basket. Quick tip: I bought a baby bottle brush — it has a little sponge on the tip and bristles everywhere else (like a regular bottle brush) and it works perfectly for cleaning the old tea baskets. :)

We have also tried this as a blend with the Adagio Peppermint. It’s super yummy and makes a great evening tea as it is uber relaxing. This tea with a nice leisurely soak in the tub = blissful night’s rest!

It’s a relatively mild tea, so I do find that I don’t get as many cups out of one basket of leaves. With most teas, we average 5-6 cups before we toss it out for composting. This is more like 2 or 3. But for the lovely flavor, I’m perfectly ok with that.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Spiced Mate by Adagio Teas
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So far I’ve only blended this with the Adagio Green Citron tea. A pretty nice combo. An interesting combo. Not my all time fave, but certainly good for a few cups of tea. I’ll probably try blending with something else next time.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
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I wanted to try a differnt brand tea and opted for Adagio based upon some of the feedback on this site. So far so good! I purchased the green tea sampler. So far, I have only tried this flavor.

Alone, it’s a bit too “green” for me. I wish I liked straight green, but so far in the loose leaf tea everything I’ve tried has been too grassy for me (both Chinese and Japanese varities ;-/) Sooooo…. I also ordered the Mate sampler and opted to blend this with the spice blend. I was happy with the combo. Not my all time favorite, but tasty.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I am not typically a fan of fruity teas. I don’t mind a hint of fruit, but not full on, sweet fruity types. This sounded like the latter and wouldn’t have been a blend I would have purchased. But I received a free sample with a Teavana order. To my surprise I really enjoy this tea! I think of it as a happy tea. It’s not particulary energizing, nor is is super relaxing. It’s just a feel good kind of tea — at least to me.

And while it has plenty of notes of fruit flavors, it’s definitely not a tea I would describe as “sweet.” I would actually repurchase this tea. And although I haven’t yet tried it iced, I suspect that may be nice as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Sencha by Rishi Tea
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Alone, this tea is too “green” for me. I wanted to love it. I just started drinking loose leaf tea (threw in the bag!) relatively recently and wanted to add green tea with all of it’s health benefits to my repetoire.

I gave this a low rating BUT WAIT -- with Teavana Samurai Chai Mate (blend of 3/4 tsp each steeped at 1.25 minutes at 170) this is actually a fave for me! What a difference. So it’s not 100% “green” but I’ve drank about 48 oz of it this evening alone, so I’ve made up for that!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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Got this along wiht the peach blooming tea at Teavana. Delicious. Elegant. Flavorful.

The blooming teas (and all Teavana teas, really) are a bit on the pricey side. That said, I’ve found each serving of leaves yields multiple (5 or 6) servings per the steeping instructions. So it’s really worthwhile in the end. :)

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drank Strawberry Misaki by Teavana
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Super surprised this doesn’t have a better rating. I LOVE this tea. I just started drinking loose teas and blooming teas. I’m HOOKED! This flavor is both aesthetically pleasing (I’m considering a glass mug or kettle to enjoy this more like they had at the store) and delicious.

I like a smooth tea with only subtle tastes of sweet (e.g., fruit). This hits the spot. I love it!

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Tried this at Teavana store. Delicious. Following the directives re: temp and steep time, got the same fabulous flavor at home. Drinking this one now. :) Love, love, love!

Although it has caffeine, I find it very relaxing.

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93
drank Monkey-Picked Oolong by Teavana
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A good tea. A little too strong for me, and I’m a big oolong tea fan. To me, a good oolong tea goes down smoothly and has little after taste. This along is just a bit too much for me. May try blending it with another tea for a different effect.

Update: tonight I tried this as a blend with Teavana Youthberry. OMG – night and day to my review above. Blending it with this light fruity blend is delicioso!! So happy I found a way to enjoy my oolong. I did 1.5 tsp of each tea. Steeped at 190 for 3 minutes. Super good. For me, the Youthberry really took the edge off of the oolong. You gotta’ try this! Changed 66 to 93 based on the blending.

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

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