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I usually do not like Jasmine tea, especially not by itself, however this new one from Teavana is different. Not to say that it is not Jasmine, but the black tea with the Jasmine is not overpowering and absolutely delicious hot. I am trying it cold brewed also, I will update when I try it tomorrow.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank MateVana by Teavana
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I have been fond of Mate Vana by itself for a while now, but I find it to be better in blends: specifically, is my favorite blend: Honeybush Vanilla and Mate Vana, brew with some sugar and you have an excellent hot or cold tea.

Update:

Drinking the Honeybush Vanilla and Mate Vana again. I find that this tea is always a good blend to come back to. It does not need sugar, but sugar definitely helps to bring it to the next level.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I went away for the weekend, and all I could find in the way of tea with Mighty Leaf, I tried this one, and it was fantastic. Slight tropical flavor adds to the wonderful green tea. I added Sugar in the Raw to sweeten. Was able to re-steep one bag two times, don’t know how well it would go beyond that.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone

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