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American Roland Food Corp

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Scent strongly reminds me of Da Hong Pao. Taste is lighter, I think… with a little less of that feeling you get in your chest when you sip a nice da hong pao. I may not have brewed it long enough, or perhaps not hot enough, as it almost looked greenish at first. Will revise this note accordingly if I find that makes a noticeable difference. A little chocolatey, slightly sweet, but with an almost watery aftertaste.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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Yesterday I wrote about a strange smell in Shou Mee tea from the same company. Now I know where it came from. Apparently it’s from a blossom called “Lychee.” Lychee scent gets into everything. It tastes just like it smells. THIS is the tea I detest. It’s gross, tastes like some chemical but sweeter. Slight lilac finish, but… /I/ can’t finish. Sorry, Laichee. :\

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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Someone gave me this as part of a sampler set. The smell… VERY reminiscent of something, can’t place my finger on what. Kind of soapy, but that’s not it. Didn’t think I’d like it at all! The leaves are a hodge podge of things, mostly greenish in colour. I immediately went for a cooler water temperature, thinking this a green. When it brewed (30 seconds or so), it came out a medium amber colour. The scent was very different, more of a green, but heartier. Surprise! It looks and tastes more like an Oolong once brewed. It’s sweet, light, kinda complex… hints of mint, almost… A little like a Da Hong Pao meets mint and Ginseng Puerh, but far lighter. Hard to describe! I finally looked it up and… it is not an oolong, either. You go find out yourself what it is! :)

EDIT: The horrible smell of the canister is from Lychee, which is a black tea in the same sampler set. It tastes like it smells. Run away, run away… haha

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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