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I only meant to go downtown to pick up a paycheck today…but I ended up veering off course and entering The Spice and Tea Exchange. It was relatively new. I did some background digging on their teas prior. None really stood out at first, but then I went in to smell ’em. The Mystic Dragon grabbed my attention for smelling exactly like an Orange Julius smoothie. Not a sophisticated comparison, I know…but an apt one.

Taste-wise, both green teas (the Japanese and Chinese) blend quite perfectly. The berry lean showed up in the middle, but not overpoweringly so. The round-out was quite floral. Subdued, slightly subtle, but sating.

Batrachoid

Tea sniffing is a dangerous habit. It always leads to impulsive purchases. Good outcome ths time at least.

Geoffrey Norman

That’s why companies let ya do it…so that your olfactory senses override your common sense.

CMT 雲 山 茶

Not all companies let you do it. I get strange looks when I ask If I can smell the tea first.

Geoffrey Norman

That’s when you ask if they have a “fitting” room.

Batrachoid

I don’t understand why some places don’t, though. It’s such a poor sales strategy. The people at my tea shop practically try to shove you into their bulk jars. They always sell something to anyone who smells anything!
Hmm…But then I suppose it could be a sanitation issue. Like if someone dropped their retainer in a jar and they wound up tossing out $80 in tea…

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Batrachoid

Tea sniffing is a dangerous habit. It always leads to impulsive purchases. Good outcome ths time at least.

Geoffrey Norman

That’s why companies let ya do it…so that your olfactory senses override your common sense.

CMT 雲 山 茶

Not all companies let you do it. I get strange looks when I ask If I can smell the tea first.

Geoffrey Norman

That’s when you ask if they have a “fitting” room.

Batrachoid

I don’t understand why some places don’t, though. It’s such a poor sales strategy. The people at my tea shop practically try to shove you into their bulk jars. They always sell something to anyone who smells anything!
Hmm…But then I suppose it could be a sanitation issue. Like if someone dropped their retainer in a jar and they wound up tossing out $80 in tea…

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