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69
drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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69
drank Dawn by The Simple Leaf
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I’m going to just rip off the band-aid: I think this one was over-hyped.
OK, I guess I’m just weird. Everyone else thinks it is the most amazing tea ever…I don’t. It’s not bad, just not teagasmic. I get the pre-brew smells. Yup, Chocolate in abundance. Trouble is, it just doesn’t come through on the steep for me. There have been several descriptions of the taste, but for me the thing it tastes most like is…ready?…boiled peanut shells. That’s not necessarily bad, and I love boiled peanuts, but maybe not in my morning tea. I mixed some Dawn with some Assam, and I thought it was infinitely better. As expensive as it was with shipping, I probably will not order more. Nomex suit is donned; fire away!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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74
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
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Desserty. For me, it is a must have with 1/2 and 1/2 or milk. It seems sweet enough for me that I don’t need to add sugar. It is good, but almost too rich and special to drink very often. I mostly have it at night after dinner as it is a bit much first thing in the AM.

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91
drank Banana Peach Green by 52teas
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I think this is fantastic. Green is good, but the banana really shines through. Peach is subtle, but given the choice, I’d opt for more banana anyway. I just ordered more, and this bag was just opened. Great hot or iced, but I think the fruits come out more as the tea cools. Excellent with honey or without.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Strawberry Kiwi by Teavana
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I’ve had some tart/sour teas before, but this one isn’t one. This one surprised me. I ordered it for the kiddies and brewed up a Tetsubin for them and served it with a little honey. Perhaps the honey took the tartness away, but I was flat out surprised that I would like this tea so much. It is hands down the best herbal I’ve ever had, but then again I haven’t had many because I usually don’t like them. It is a bit strong and would cloud your tastebuds for any further tastings. Kids love it by the way…“Princess Tea.”

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Irish Breakfast by Teavana
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Good solid tea. I like EB or IB for my first cup in the morning. This was on sale close-out at Teavana, and I think it is the cheapest thing I have ever bought from them.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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Wow…what a waste of my birthday present: a Teavana gift card. This stuff reminds me of what it would be like drinking perfume. Really, really dry, tart fruity perfume. This is really not my cup of tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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66
drank Peach Black by Stash Tea Company
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Decent not great. I had a coupon so I thought I’d get some for travel this week. I made some iced with dinner. Tannins definitely show through. Peach flavouring is pretty good though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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77
drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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Travels well. I don’t like it quite as much as the Twinings IBT, but it is solid and good with a shot of milk or 1/2 and 1/2.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Irish Breakfast Tea by Twinings
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My everday tea when I travel. An excellent wake-me-up. Hard to oversteep, this tea is very tolerant. I serve mine with 1/2 and 1/2.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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My ratings mean this:
100-90 – Treat tea. Stuff that I consider the best.
89-75 – Stuff I want to have on-hand always.
74-50 – Decent but not outstanding. Probably won’t buy more.
49-30 – Below average. Definitely won’t buy again.
29-0 – I can’t finish the cup.

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