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I just had this one for the first time from….my BRAND NEW GAIWAN that my son gave to me for Mother’s Day! Thank you, sweetie! This is a great green tea. I added no sugar or sweetener of any kind. I would resteep the leaves, but it is so late and I need to get some sleep tonight!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My husband dislikes flowery teas and won’t drink many herbals, but he likes this tea. He was having trouble sleeping due to stress at work, but this tea helps him sleep like a baby! He doesn’t feel groggy and it doesn’t put him out, but when he falls asleep he said he sleeps deeply and awakens feeling rested.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Jasmine Black by A Southern Season
1769 tasting notes

Tried this one both with and without sugar today. I usually add a little sugar to my tea and liked this tea better with, though even without it the jasmine adds a sweetness as the aroma fills your head. The jasmine is not too strong to me, though the dry leaves would make you think this tea could knock you down and take your lunch money! My big disappointment is that I couldn’t taste TEA. If someone had told me this was JUST jasmine I would have believed them. Probably won’t buy this one again, but I will enjoy playing with it a bit and trying it iced and with more sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by Harney & Sons
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I am not a big green tea drinker….yet. I tried this one hoping for lots of cherry flavor but didn’t get it. I gave a sachet to a student of mine who drinks only flavored greens and no black teas, and she said it was the best tea she ever had! So I guess I will give it high points as a great tea to serve to my green tea loving guests. As green teas go to my tastebuds, this one was good and as flavorful as any green I have had so far.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Lori

I tried this one and did not detect any cherry flavor either….

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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This tea made my morning! I woke up stiff and sore and drank some Irish Breakfast but it wasn’t quite strong enough to perk me up. But oh Catherine! You didn’t let me down! Liking you more and more……

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Wanted an unflavored decaf for evenings. Tried Decaf Assam by Harney and Sons, but it was weak and watery. Alas! This one is just as weak and watery. I had heard that decaf Ceylon orange pekoes were the only unflavored decafs that tasted like real tea, and now I must agree. Both Harney and Sons Decaffeinated and Southern Season Decaf Orange Pekoe are great teas, so I guess Ceylons just hold up better to the process. Not buying this one again.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Pearl Tea by Lipton
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When you want a Pepsi, you get a Pepsi. There is no difference between one bottle and the next, no nuance between bottlers and distributors. A Pepsi ISN’T a fine champagne. But sometimes you want a Pepsi.
That’s how I feel about this tea. It isn’t bitter, it isn’t too strong, it isn’t expensive. It is a decent cup of tea when you want some tea and every batch will be the same. Don’t steep it too long! These sachets are sized for a 6 to 8 oz cuppa, not for 12 oz like Harney sachets.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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I must be growing up! When I first started drinking tea I didn’t know the difference between astringency, bitterness, and smokiness. I loved smooth Ceylons and other teas that had very low astringency best. I thought I didn’t like most breakfast teas, but now I am beginning to like a little smokiness in the mornings to buck me up for my day. This one has that touch of smoky flavor, but is still smooth and satisfying. May have to get a refill for this tin after all…..

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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

Had a cup of this again yesterday. Made me go “Ahhhhh.”

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Ruby #18 by A Southern Season
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I wonder why I don’t drink this one more often? This is truly delightful – delicate, complex, smoother than smooth. There is absolutely NO astringency, a light vegetal aroma but not much vegetal flavor, and sweet light raisin notes. I served it to a friend who is new to teas and doesn’t like greens, and she loved this one even though it is very similar to an oolong in many ways. Even the second steeping was applauded, making this tea an even better bargain. Some people say they re-infuse up to five times, but I find three is my limit.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

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