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drank English Tea No. 1 by Ahmad Tea
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The flavor notes are light bergamot, pretty fruity, somewhat over run with ceylon tea, a rich tea. It feels not bad to drink in the afternoon/evening.

In the morning, I really didn’t like it. It felt really bad, it tasted off and I really didn’t like it. Then again, I’m an Assam guy in the morning, so there’s a big difference.

When I first tried it, I absolutely hated it. It tasted weak, and I was confused as to why my Iraqi friend liked it.
As time went on, I reeeeeeally began to enjoy it. Now it’s every day. Help.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND SMALLER CUPS WITH THIS TEA.

All in all, if you’re gonna get a cheap bagged tea, this is a great choice. I’ve got 5 bags on me at all times.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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77
drank Joy by Tazo
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To be honest, this wasn’t half bad.
It steeped for a while and yet it was smooth.

It’s not strong, but it has a slight caffeine kick, like that of a can of coke.

If you’re wondering what size to get Starbucks for this tea, I’d recommend medium as it will make it less strong than the large with two bags. Eeeeeggghh.

Get some! It’s not bad as an afternoon to evening relaxing tea.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

I don’t know who said this isn’t bitter, but it’s STRONG!

As a cheap tea, this is one of the best. I was initially wary, but the cheap price tag and the amount made me get it.

Flavor wise, it is FANTASTIC! When I go mineral collecting early in the morning, I brew a cup of this with a Ceylon tea and it is just FANTASTIC! Strong, smooth, will give you a boost and has a distinctly malty smell to it.

All in all, highly recommended for a morning tea when the early mornings await you and you have the morning “uuurrrrgggg uuuuhhhhh gguuurrrrrr” language.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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93
drank Danedar by Tapal
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WOW!!!!

This is a fantastic tea for a strong cuppa! I carry some around with me at all times because I never know when I am gonna be spending a night somewhere different, and I’m wary of their tea.

Flavorwise, it just depends on how you like it:
w/ milk: smooth, easy to drink, nice to the tongue.
w/out milk: Strong, bitter and great for after eating a big meal.
w/cardamom: like a light masala chai, but smooth.

Recipe with cardamom: lightly crush the cardamom with a roller (the wooden thing for dough. a spoon works, too) and put it in the cup with the bag/loose tea. Make sure the cardamom is opened up and you can see the seeds. Let it steep, the cardamom will infuse.
Tastes light and good!

Funny story how I learned of this tea:
I had to take a driving course and the guy was Pakistani. Since I’m a tea nut, we of course talked of tea. he said “there is a good one called Tapal Danedar you’d like a lot.” he then drove me to a new Eastern World Market near me and I bough a box.
He asked me next time I saw him, “you like the tea I recommended?” “oh, it’s fantastic!”

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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71

This is the only thing I get when I go to Starbucks

They shove two freakin bags in there and it will keep you wired for a bit.

It’s so bitter, it makes you paranoid and amazed that Tazo even makes this.

Pretty impressed with it.

Flavor wise, not really gettin much Bergamot, but it’s black. I add milk to mine for some odd reason, but it helps thin it out.

It really is a nice tea in the morning, but not my first choice.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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4

Oh god no. Not the Pu-Erh.

Yeah, this stuff is pretty horrid. it reminded me of Japanese fish treats, which wasn’t good for a tea at all. I highly don’t recommend this tea.

Pu-Erh is really Poo-eeerrrrrgggghhh

Flavors: Fishy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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29
drank Earl Grey by AKBAR
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Not that dark, flavor is not that great. It reminds me of some junk thing that stores have as “De-Luxe” tea.

I have the loose leaf tea variety and it really isn’t that great. If you can, get some other earl grey.

Also, it’s not real Bergamot in it. It’s just the flavoring.

EDIT EDIT EDIT EDIT

It’s fantastic when it’s iced! Warm, meh, but cold HECK YEEEEAAAAHHH. Add sugar to it, definitely, but as a cheap tea, it’s pretty good ICED.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
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Constant Comment is an interesting tea. It’s kind plain, but it really isn’t that bad.

As a morning, smooth tea, this is good. It’s not overpowering in the morning, which is what I like on the early mornings before class.

All in all, it’s not my favorite, but in a pinch, when you really want something different, this is a good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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41

This really isn’t that great. It’s just not that tasty. If you like the chemically earl greys, go right ahead.

If you’re looking for a rough as nails, plain tea, then this is your bet.

Oddly, it leaves a film on my teeth and I really tired after drinking it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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84
drank British Blend by Tetley
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Tetley British Blend is the classic “Builders Teas”. They have commercials from the 80’s about the bag shape and all the perforations. To be honest, if you’re looking for a good, strong tea to get you going, this tea is one of the classics. When I was over in England for Christmas, this tea was in the house. Sadly, the house flooded when I was there. But, to keep me company in the days I had ahead with all the cleanup, Tetley British Blend was my companion. It’s a cheap, good tea and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good “Builders Tea”.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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Let’s keep this short:
I like ornithology (study of birds) and minerals (rocks).
Minerals are fun because there are loads of them and I’ve met some great people from them.
Birds are fun because I like birds.
The kakapo, my icon, is a flightless parrot. It’s so cool.

The person who really got me into tea is a friend in real life and the person who got me into this:
“IIfx”. You may notice he and I review the same teas, just because we share a lot of teas. I’m usually the risk taker, and he just takes the rest. :P

I must say, after seeing some of the reviews here, I am a bloody right noob. I don’t know squat, and I like it that way.

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