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OK, so I love having a nice black tea I can drink in the evenings (I’m hugely sensitive to caffeine, so sue me), and this one has some great flavor. The vanilla is neither overpowering nor weak, and overall this has a great, slightly nutty, taste. I make a cup of this using one teabag in 8 oz. of water, steeped for 4 minutes, and with a teaspoon of sugar. It’s pretty yummy, and I enjoy it that way….But, I’m also a fan of milk in my tea (depends on my mood), and with the addition of milk (whole, organic) it gets too dilute. Well, darn it, that’s not cool. I have even tried steeping it to 5 minutes, and I still couldn’t get enough flavor to stand up to the milk – it just managed to get bitter.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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First and foremost, I’m a Mommy to my one-and-only daughter. After that, I’m a full-time student-nurse working on degree number two. Then, I’m a wife, a voracious reader, and a newly minted lover of loose-tea.

All my life I’ve enjoyed herbal teas, but am ready and willing to explore other flavors and concepts.

Being a full-time mom and student, the ritual of brewing and enjoying the subtlety of tea is extremely appealing.

I tend to like strong teas: original chais (not boring “masala chai”) are a big deal for me, and I’m hunting for new ones that can accompany my breakfast. I love EGs, especially EGCs, and I hope to find the perfect one some day. Not a huge fan of tisanes or overly fruity teas. I’m starting to love greens and whites, but only if they’re generous enough in the flavor department: no wimps. I’ve got to say, though, I really do not understand pu-erh (yet?).

80-100
Outta the park: delicious, amazing, a cupboard staple.

65-79
Good tea: not a staple, but would brew and/or buy again if in the mood.

50-64
Fair to good: nothing wrong with the tea, but not particularly interesting or not flavored highly enough.

25-49
Not good: can probably finish the cup, but may not brew again.

0-24
Down the drain.

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Upstate, NY

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