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drank Dragonwell by Teavana
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Back logging from Monday is when I received 100 grams worth of this baby! The tea is actually a nice cross between an Assam and a Keemun with all the robustness of either, with the lightness of Darjeeling, and hardly tannic and astringent. The leaves smelled of pines, with some floral aspects, and upon the first brew with 208 degree water and 6 minutes time yields a nice amber hue and the smell of pines being prominent. The tea of course was never a let down! It tasted just like keemun, with all the smokiness (albeit light) and being piney ,with some maltiness normally one would associate with Assams. The tea has the robustness and flavor of Keemun, with the maltiness of an Assam which gives the first brew and impression rather well enjoyable. The second brew gave off a lighter amber color in the liquor, the same flavors being slightly less smoky, more on the piney side, grassy and malty. Its quite a tea to have, and after reading reviews being the jewel of Georgia and the “creme de la creme” of Soviet products, its even more satisfying to know that one day this tea will go out strong with the rest of the world!

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drank Chamomile by Trader Joe's
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So I was sitting there pondering something I can’t remember now while the Oscars was on, to which I suddenly craved for some hummous and pita chips to go along with! There I was swinging by the TJ’s , figured it was a grab and buy errand but as usual I got stuck in the store browsing around. Well, obviously it lead me to this fab tea, which I bought a carton of two along with some nachos(skipped the pita) and got some dips. I drank a cup at once i got home and brewed it with hot water for 5 minutes. It gave off the usual chamomile flowery aroma , but it turns out a bit starchy that gives off a woody taste. Another cup and steeped it again but it turns out mute and more woody, a fine stand by for any night!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Silver Needle by Teavana
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If anybody by now has not tried silver needles from a teavana I suggest do so! Its a great intro to White Tea 101 for anyone who willing to buy quality leaves at fair prices, and love purity in taste. Not a whole lot of frills, complex flavors, or the kitchen sink, its simply a grassy/ slightly hay-ish taste much like green tea. A nuttiness can also be found based from its primary flavor which are quite related to one another adding a tad bit of starchiness. There is quite a chocolaty aftertaste at the end of the tongue, a bittersweet sensation that beckons a dear drinker for more tea. Just my kind of tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Invader Zim

I found Silver Needle from Teavana and Rishi to be more sweet and less hay-ish than from other companies like H&S. I enjoy the ones from Teavana and Rishi better because of that. Definitely a good tea regardless!

Anthony Bazic

It is isn’t it? I never actually bought white teas by the bulk but instead have to deal with samplers and bagged white teas that satisfy my occasional urge. Its nice to have some sinful indulgence sometimes and say it’s worth the costs with best leaves in planet! Much love to devotion and effort of farmers!

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I got this packet a while back in December of last year visiting the Philippines. One of many pleasure besides white sand beaches, turquoise blue water, bustling cities and wonderful people of many cultures is the food! The mangoes, coconuts, pinapples, and mangosteens are just exquisite and abundant! I can’t just eat one fruit, with 20 dollars you can buy a bags full of fruits and have some to even take back!(too bad for customs..)This tea is a testimony of their best products of fruits called Guayabano, a green fruit bearing resemblance to a young pine cone with sweet fleshy white insides. It does not acutally have pieces of guyabano bits but leaves , stems, and bark, the actual tea looks like tiny strips of light brown woody fibers and dark brown bits. It all smelled wood of course but a faint smell lemons and flowers. The tea had a light amber color and it tasted a light floral flavor of chamomile that tastes very clean but woody without any starchiness. Unlike any other teas, it was not as astringent or even tannic on the first steep and the last , though it does not impart any more flavors upon the third steep only a slight starchiness. Its a great herbal drink and certainly a first try for guayabano tea! I can just feel the energy and my ills going away about now…
Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Bonnie

This is also called Custard Apple and Guanabana in Puerto Rico. The seedsare poisenous but the flesh is creamy pear banana apple. SO GOOD

Anthony Bazic

Most definitely a delicious! But, “custard apple” is actually called cainito or star apple. It really like a spherical fruit, dark violet with some green or brown tinge skin. The skin of the fruit is smooth and waxy, which is not edible when opening up the fruit, but the flesh is very much creamy and heavenly. A cross between a pear and lychees, its really quite fruit and too bad I can’t take some fresh fruits back:( I can only get some that are frozen in a Latino or Asian supermarket that cost 7 dollars for 4 apples.

Bonnie

Annona muricata; prickly custard apple; soursop; soursop tree (small tropical American tree bearing large succulent slightly acid fruit) I lived in Puerto Rico for a bit and the Guanabana fruit grew out back big green and spiney. White flesh with big black seeds. Google it and you will also see defined as custard apple family.

Anthony Bazic

It certainly is! Though star apples are also a bit interchangeable with the term custard apples, I think both of us kinda confused the two with different fruits. I don’t questions its far different at all, but I’m not surprised that its called a “custard apple” as its flesh is quite creamy and semi solid like custard. All are good eats anyway!

Bonnie

Did we just have a food fight?! Ha! So funny!

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Well…everyone might have expected(well obviously) that passing by a Teavana would be a crime if a sample was not taken or a stroll in the store for a browse. Surely enough, this beauty of tea makes me want to believe in Teavana even more and buy more! Just one sip of this tea you can taste the grandness of India and the Artistry of china! The white tea brew brought out every pureness of flavor that tea embodies, a light, crisp, a bit sharp taste of green beans or snow peas! its natural vegetal flavor along with fruity accents of pineapple really shows best when blended with a Chai-type spices! The cloves, ginger, and pepper gives it a medicinal feel that comforts you in knowing that its all healthy despite the fruitiness while cinnamon, lemongrass, coconut, and the pineapple bits beckons to let loose a bit and drink some more! The “German” rock sugar really gave off grassy notes about a tiny bit, and somewhat of a starchy flavor to it which reminds me a bit of Assamy-ness to it. Its really Beyond above average, the tea was well brewed and came out a bit hot, the sugar did not have much interference but imparted natural tastes, and the spices were balanced and welcoming! Suffice to say, I come out of the store feeling more happier than I was and profoundly “fixed”..yes a good way to describe my feeling.

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I’m a tea lover and a traveler. I believe in delving into cultures and cuisines. In so doing, I have found tea to be the most exciting and adventurous beverage in the world that has played a role in history and in the lives of many. Now that’s a shrub isn’t it!
Note: I may be a purist at times where some teas needs to be enjoyed naturally, yet I do enjoy many other teas that find its way into my palate!

Favorite Teas: Yunnan teas, the staple Assam and some Darjeeling, love Japanese greens, and “indie” teas either home grown or unfamiliar regions i.e. Turkey, Georgia, love Tisanes, Oolongs, some white teas, and my favorite staple: Chai teas.

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