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This tea is not my favorite. I keep tasting more of a crisp minty taste and I feel like I should be tasting something more sweet. If you are going to go green, I feel like there are so many better options. “Cloud Mist” being one.

Flavors: Green, Mint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a solid choice if you are looking for a green that has a little more of a sweet taste rather than vegetal. There is also a little bit of a nutty taste here. Overall, this tea is pretty light in nature. I wouldn’t mind having something very similar to this with a more “full” flavor. Although this is a solid choice, I still prefer Sencha if I am going Japanese green.

This tea can be steeped about 3 times. I honestly only go twice. The third time simply fees too weak for me. It also shouldn’t be ignored. I let steep an extra 30(ish) seconds and I felt it go bitter fairly quick.

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I actually purchased this tea from Happy Lucky’s in Fort Collins. However, I can’t seem to find it on their website so I am going to review the same tea from a different tea shop. I know, I know, risky business ;)

This tea is light and floral with a sweet taste going down. I would consider this to be more of a smooth taste rather than crisp. A nice cup of tea at night and a fair choice in the morning. I would prefer something a little stronger but if I am going to purchase a white tea, this would be a good option.

The leaves are larger and fluffy so it’s a tad hard to measure out the appropriate amount. I was told roughly 1 1/2 teaspoons per 8oz. However, if you can, I would suggest measuring by weight.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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In terms of Yerba Mate this is a pretty good choice. It is a smooth feeling but also a bit of an earthy or wood-like taste. I wouldn’t consider mixing this mate with anything to make it more sweet. If you want to do that try the roasted yerba mate, which is actually my favorite.

Flavors: Earth, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Assam Melody by Adagio Teas
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This is a good Indian black tea if you looking for something that isn’t going to be chalked full of bitterness. They claim to have notes of raisins but honestly I don’t taste it… However, I do enjoy the light malty flavor it offers!

I would suggest this tea if you are new to Indian blacks (which I am). This will give you an idea if you need to go sweeter (Maybe a nimbu) or if you need to go more bitter with a straight Darjeeling. Maybe you need to stay about from Indian blacks and stick with the more sweet flavors in Chinese blacks.

I don’t particularly think I would like anything much more intense then this. I don’t like it as much as a nimbu, but I do like it more than some of the more bitter Darjeelings I have tried. Overall I would purchase this tea again but am also looking forward to experimenting with more assams.

Please give me some recommendations if you know of any particularly good assam teas!

Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

I just tried No. 49 Assam FTGFOP1 and LOVED it! :D

Nick Boehm

That is some crazy name…Did you find that on Steepster?

Ost

Yeah, through Steepster. Oh I forgot to Mention. It’s by Steven Smith Teamaker. xD Haha-sorry about that. :P Was pretty good though. Tried some Assam from Golden Tips that was pretty good too, OH! I almost forgot. And Assam #8 from Tealux is one of my favorites!

Nick Boehm

Oh, thank you so much for your thoughtful reply! I am eager to try these out now!

Ost

Yeah! Enjoy! And if you ever find a super good assam, give me the heads up! I am on a quest to find the best Assam out there. :O I like the malty ones best :O

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drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
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I really enjoy this tea however I agree with some of the other postings about how the additives (popcorn/rice) almost overpowers the green leafs. I would purchase this at a cafe hands down but if I was going to purchase bulk I would probably look for another brand that has a stronger green tea flavor.

Flavors: Popcorn, Toasted Rice

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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I probably wouldn’t purchase this tea if I was at a tea house but when I am at a coffee/tea cafe this is a good choice, especially if you are getting tired of having the same selection of Darjeelings and basic greens. (nothing against them but it’s always the only selection!)

This is a full flavor with a taste of orange and chocolate. I am not really sure where the pu erh taste comes in….This seems much more like a black to me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Orange, Smooth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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I probably wouldn’t purchase this tea if I was at a tea house but when I am at a coffee/tea cafe this is a good choice, especially if you are getting tired of having the same selection of Darjeelings and basic greens. (nothing against them but it’s always the only selection!)

This is a full flavor with a taste of orange and chocolate. I am not really sure where the pu erh taste comes in….This seems much more like a black to me. If you are looking for a pu-erh then I would look elsewhere because you are not going to get that infamous pu-erh flavor out of this tea. This is much more of a dessert tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Orange, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
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