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Had this yummy tea this morning. It was pretty good. I liked how it was light on the earl grey flavor with a nice kick of floral goodness. Loved starting my morning with this one.

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Cold Brew!

This was one of the things that got added into the Herbal Blending Box, and it’s something I’d never had before, let alone heard of, so I decided to try it on its own to see what I think of it before mixing it with anything. I definitely like how it looks visually though; it’s fluffy and light and the green and purple colours contrast really well.

It brewed up incredibly light in colour. I’m having a very hard time describing the flavor; it reminds me of chlorophyll and the air before it rains but then there’s this note that reminds me of the taste you get in your mouth when you lick a battery. Don’t judge me; it was an intense game of truth or dare and I know I’m not the only one who’s done it. Finally, the finish is like a very, very watered down sage flavor. This is so peculiar and interesting; and I’m liking it a lot actually.

I can’t really think of how I’d use it in a blend, though. But I’m sure I’ll figure it out – there’s enough here to play around with. There’s definitely a particular flavor I want to put my effort into recreating first, though.

Today’s word of the day is… “Insurrection.”

Insurrection is “an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government”.

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I wanted to compare these with Teavivre’s black pearls, and I think I prefer Teavivre’s. These pearls have 2 good steeps in them and then I find it quite weak. I find myself just wanting more with these. Good enough, but could be better.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Bonnie sent me a sample of this tea some time back and I have only now found myself in the right mental place to taste it. So, I threw the pillow into a gaiwan today after work and set to. I’m glad I did. It’s light, floral and sweet with a vegetal base note. It reminds me of why I really should drink more oolong. I should probably write more about it, but the other two tasting notes tell you as much as I would. Read them for more on the tea, because I am going to focus on drinking it instead of writing about it! Thank you, Bonnie.

Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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90

I’m on my last cup of this and I wish I’d ordered more than an ounce! It’s such a beautifully smooth, sweet cup, and I’ve finally figured out what the taste reminds me of: coconut milk caramels. I’m always on the hunt for a good vegan caramel and the ones made from coconut milk have so far been the best I’ve found. This tea really captures the essence of that flavor for me, and the creamy mouthfeel of a coconut milk caramel.

I found this company through a sale they were having linked on the miscellaneous sales thread, and I’m so glad I ended up giving them a shot! They have a really unique approach in how they flavor their teas and create blends, I’ll definitely be ordering from them again.

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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80

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84

This is a solid choice if you are looking for a green that has a little more of a sweet taste rather than vegetal. There is also a little bit of a nutty taste here. Overall, this tea is pretty light in nature. I wouldn’t mind having something very similar to this with a more “full” flavor. Although this is a solid choice, I still prefer Sencha if I am going Japanese green.

This tea can be steeped about 3 times. I honestly only go twice. The third time simply fees too weak for me. It also shouldn’t be ignored. I let steep an extra 30(ish) seconds and I felt it go bitter fairly quick.

Flavors: Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

In terms of Yerba Mate this is a pretty good choice. It is a smooth feeling but also a bit of an earthy or wood-like taste. I wouldn’t consider mixing this mate with anything to make it more sweet. If you want to do that try the roasted yerba mate, which is actually my favorite.

Flavors: Earth, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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56

I am still searching for my black tea and unfortunately this is not it. I can’t really put my finger on the flavors in this tea that bother me, but I don’t care for this tea. The vanilla is okay but the black tea isn’t my favorite.

I tried mixing the tea with some almond milk but the almond milk actually overpowered the black tea. I think that is because the tea isn’t actually that strong so when you combine it with sugar or milk you have to be careful.

I am not saying you shouldn’t try this tea or that you wont like this tea because you honestly might like it a lot. It simply just isn’t for me.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

This is the first Pu-erh tea I have purchased, but not the first I have tasted. Overall, I really enjoy this tea. The smell is a little odd at first. Many of my friends wont try this tea simply because the smell. It is almost like a creek full of fish in the spring….I could see how this smell might not be everyones “cup of tea”…..like we haven’t heard that one before.

This brews a very dark and full cup. The color is actually more like a black red / cherry red. The taste is earthy, smooth, and a little smokey.

I would highly recommend using a Gaiwan to brew this and not a large tea pot. This tea will produce a variety of flavors throughout the brewing process and you will miss a lot of that if you only brew one large pot. For example, the first brew is can be a bit crisp and refreshing almost. Then after you continue to brew I noticed a more smooth and full flavor, even smokey. After the 5th or 6th I really started to notice some of the wood-like flavors. My throat even reacted a little different throughout the process.

I brewed this anywhere from 30 sec to 3:00 min. Each will give you a different flavor and enjoyment!

Flavors: Earth, Smoke, Smooth, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Awesome green tea! I was taken back by the size of these leafs but it makes sense once you learn that it is flattened after it is pan-fired. Thankfully I asked the helpful gentlemen at Happy Lucky’s how I should brew this because I wouldn’t have done it right.

Apparently you simply add the tea to the water unfiltered! You can also eat the leafs when you are drinking for some extra flavor. Leafs are little bitter for my liking but overall still unique and good.

This tea is light, sweet, and smooth. Probably my favorite green tea out of China that I have currently tasted. It is a little on the expensive side…. $7.00/OZ or something like that. Don’t let that shy you away! GO FOR IT! DO IT!

Flavors: Floral, Green, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I am not going to lie, the smell of this tea is a little strong and it can put my off a little. However, it really brews nicely. I have never enjoyed a tea similar to this blend. VERY strong smokey flavor.

Flavors: Jasmine, Orange, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83

They don’t call this three fragrant cups for no reason, it really does have three distinct flavors. The first one is my personal favorite, however plenty of people will argue the second and third are their favorites. It really depends if you prefer the piney taste or the sweet taste. The first steep gives you the pine and the second and third are a little more mild and sweet. Regardless, every steep is worth a taste but some people will actually pour out the first steep because they prefer the sweet and mild.

Flavors: Nutty, Pine, Sweet

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This smells sweet and has a little bit of a malty taste. It is very smooth. It can be a little strong but that depends how you like your tea!

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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99

This is a wholesome, nutty tea. It is blended with toasted brown rice and infused with Matcha green tea. This is the best tea I have ever had. Nice silky green color and perfect nutty taste. This is a MUST have in your cupboard if you like matcha. Careful not to over steep this one. It only takes a minute.

Flavors: Nutty, Rice

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Nice tasty herbal tea that is famously known as the base ingredient for root beer. I enjoy to steep this herbal for extra-long to bring out a strong earthy/root beer flavor. I prefer this beverage at night for a dessert.

Flavors: Root Beer, Sarsaparilla, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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50

This is a strong grainy Oolong. Overall, I am not overly satisfied and would not consider this one of my staples. This is a tea that I would crave on a fall day but not everyday. It has a bit of a earthy/grainy taste to it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

As far as Earl Grey goes, this is probably the best I have ever had. It has a bit of a citrus taste to it and a very relaxing effect to it. It works well for multiple steeps. I am on my second cup and the flavor of the tea is still perfect.

Flavors: Citrus, Flowers

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

To date, this is the one of the best, if not the best tea I have ever made. It is very smooth and silky with a milky / buttery taste to it. This tea works great for multiple steeps. I have been drinking mine all night long and it still has a fantastic flavor to it. I have heard you can steep this tea up to 8 times. I am on 3 and it has shown no signs of finishing.

Flavors: Butter, Milk, Smooth

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Bonnie

Hey nick, nice to see a neighbor! Say hi sometime at the tea bar because I’m old and have trouble with names and faces. I have this at home too. If you want to learn about brewing tea, sit at the bar and ask Joe or me (I talk a lot).

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70

Great mild green with a bit of a kick from the Pomegranate. I steeped mine for three minutes, but I am eager to steep for a little more. I think it could be a bit stronger.

Flavors: Fruity, Green

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Nice flavor, however it’ s a little hard to taste any of the tea leaves. Maybe the place that brewed it for me didn’t do it right. Overall, it’s fruity and delicious!

Flavors: Blueberry, Sage

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Good light tea with a little taste of mandarin orange. It is a bit delicate so I would suggest watching your steep time(s).

Flavors: Green, Orange

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

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Flavors: Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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