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95

I must preface by admitting that I am no connoisseur, most of my tea experiences have consisted of the stale bagged lawn clippings they sell in supermarkets. Or at least, that’s how they taste to me now, after tasting this tea.

I wouldn’t have even tried it, had I not stumbled across an unopened box in the garbage at work, and it ended up being the best tea i’ve ever had.

Opening the foil bag inside, the aroma of tea immediately wafts out, this tea is very fragrant. Bright, fresh, green, sweet, like a green tea perfume!
Perhaps i’m just a noob, but I was very impressed with how strong the brew was with only one teabag; it could handle milk and sugar (yes, i’m blasphemous, but i love my milk tea) and I one bag lasted me 3 steeps, even with milk!

It doesn’t say on the box, but I think there is bergamot in this tea.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Perfume, Sweet

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30

I tasted no chocolate, a bit of citrus-y zest (did not taste like orange though) and a bunch of spices (but not any specific ones). Very disappointing because I was hoping it would taste like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. I didn’t get any green tea either.

Flavors: Orange Zest, Sour, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I found some at a a Shell Gas Station. And I am so happy I did.

The dark oolong base of the Se Chung and Shui Xian is nice. You get the nice, smooth bamboo notes and smokey notes that you normally do from those teas. The peach and apricot are also nice, but a little too strong. Overall, this is a yan cha at its ideal flavor, perhaps closer to a Dan Cong, with the flavoring being a hint dominant.

I quite enjoyed it for a bagged tea. Some people might be dissuaded by the flavor and brisk tartness while some might like that aspect. In the end, I feel a little bit accomplished in finishing the quest in trying this tea.

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84

Strong fruity aroma, delicious tasting as well. Quite strong, steeps twice with great flavour. Really delicious.

Flavors: Apricot, Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 240 OZ / 7097 ML

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I got this in a secret santa exchange and had pretty high hopes when I saw “Caramel” on the box. Unfortunately, it’s not as caramel-y as I had hoped but I liked it much more than I would have expected given the reviews on here.

The caramel is muted and it’s generally not a very sweet tea. Adding some sweetener might pull the caramel flavor out a bit, but thats something to try later. The honeybush was very strong and almost malty, it had a deep earthy flavor (but not like a green or puerh tea might have, this was more like bark and less like dirt or grass.) It might be good with cookies as a ying/yang of flavors.

Flavors: Bark, Caramel, Earth, Malt

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70

Again, on discount, a really awesome consort of flavors, and then all of them overpower each other. I wanted to taste more jasmine with the pineapple, but the mint and lemon blockaded the delicate flower. I definitely taste the tropical and I thoroughly enjoyed the tea in the first few seconds, but then I was so severely disappointed by a pineapple lemony green tea blur. Looks like this is a bag better Gong fu’d, and a partial waste of five dollars. I do like this tea. It just falls short of its potential.

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65

Only got this on discount and even for five bucks it was overpriced. Really, your usual Earl Gray with an herbal background. The ingredient combo seems awesome, but the bergamot overpowers the natural notes of the oolong and Darjeeling. The lavender itself is also overpowered by the bergamot, letting it be known in the second steep. The second steep was a huge improvement from the first, being smoother and more flavor packed, but again not worth five dollars.

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drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
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Had this at a spa while on vacation. It was a light EG. I would not have placed oolong or Darjeeling in the mix by taste alone but that may simply be me. Someone with a more nuanced palate might well pick them out. All in all, a pleasant cup of lightly bergamotted (is so a word) light bodied tea. Might be worth investigating price compared to say a Harney sachet. As TeaTiff recommended, I may stick with taking sachets along on trips from now on since I never seem to have time to use my good stuff when I take it.

tigress_al

Bergamotted is so a word I would use! And I will!

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40

I find this tea has a flat taste to it. No richness, no great after taste/smell. The Adagio EG with lavender is much better, as is White Lion (which might just be adagio repackaged, I’m not sure).

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1

This is the first rooibos tea I’ve tried. My wife is an EMT and a gas station attendant gave her a few packs of it to try (he recommended it). She doesn’t really drink hot teas in the warmer months, so I became the beneficiary of the two sample packs.

I took my first sip, after steeping per the directions for 5 minutes, and it had a familiar smell I couldn’t quite place…but other than that it was like drinking hot water. Went and got the tea bag out of the plastic container I had placed it on and dropped it back in the water.

All of a sudden it just hit me like a ton of bricks. I KNOW what this smells like!! It smells exactly like the old pipe tobacco my dad used to smoke, ACK. Definitely not tasty, and I’m seriously considering this being a drain pour…I can’t do it.

I will try a loose leaf Rooibos one day, after the memory of this swill fades from memory.

Flavors: Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

I had this from a friends, and this was a nice combo. I tasted the white tea distinctly having the sweet hot hay notes it normally has, which in turn provided the soft body for the pear. It tasted like hot pear juice, and did not need any sweetener. I got two good steeps out of it. Something that I would want again, but not something that urges me. Good flavored tea. Tea purists, be warned.

Flavors: Hot hay, Pear, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 OZ / 236 ML

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34

With the addition of tropical fruits like pineapple and orange, this tea tastes… eek. I don’t think I can bring myself to drink another cup… but the tea bag looks so cool! it’s see through and triangular so who knows.

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70

A clean tasting oolong blend with peach, apricot and slight ginger aroma. Had it at PF Changs. Went pretty well with Chinese food. Normally fruit flavored tea taste or smells harsh, but this one had enjoyable peach/apricot aroma. Satisfactory.

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In spite of the fact that I have way too much tea, I do tend to be very frugal and try to use what I have or give it away, not just toss a bad one. This one was a little bitter and sour to me hot. I honestly didn’t know anyone who would just love to get their hands on this, so I decided to try it iced. If I make a few big pitchers of it, it will all be used up and I will have saved some of my favorites for more special occasions.

My youngest daughter and I tried it today and it was good. I don’t mind drinking this at all now that it is cold. I used four tea bags for my Bodum iced tea pitcher. I poured a liter of 174F water in and steeped for three minutes, removed the bags, and added water to the top of the pitcher. Then I chilled it in the refrigerator.

The tea is now smoother and I do taste the green. The pineapple is okay but when hot it has the bitter pineapple taste and I wanted a sweeter, more candy like one. With the tea cold, the mint is more refreshing and I am enjoying it more, especially with our 105F heat index. That’s around 40C for you metric system folks. My daughter was just sure I had sweetened it and was surprised when I told her it was absolutely plain.

I have a feeling we will be done with this whole box of tea really soon.

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I bought this on a whim at The Fresh Market. The bottom line is that if I had sampled it first, I would not have purchased it. It wasn’t terrible, but it was nothing special. I did not read the instructions, so to be fair I will say that maybe it tastes better made just under boiling like they say. I used 174F water for three minutes. I want to be done with it, so I will make a pitcher of it iced and give the rest to my daughter to see if she likes it.

My best friend tried it, too, and said it was just meh.

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80
drank White Pear by Revolution Tea
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Delicious, everyday tea. Very comforting. I get a lot of osmanthus in this. I have a soft spot for osmanthus tea, it’s a tea I always drank to relax in college, so I really like this.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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44

I got this through a fundraiser so at least so ex good came from it. I had purchased tropical green blends before from my local tea shop and figured it would be similar to the green mango that I enjoyed so much. Sadly, I was wrong. I tried shorter steep times, longer steep times, blending it with a plain green tea to cut the flavor a bit. Nothing worked through the whole dang box. As several people have said already it has an odd minty flavor to it that overpowers the green flavor and whatever tropical was they were going for. I finally made a few lattes to kill off the box and they weren’t awful but next time I try to support my cousin’s school I’m getting something else.

Flavors: Citrusy, Mint

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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36

There would’ve been a much easier way for me to drink soap during my afternoon break, if that’s what I had intended to do.

Flavors: Soap

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drank White Tangerine by Revolution Tea
2167 tasting notes

I can’t believe I didn’t have this listed in my cupboard, mostly because this is the special large sachet that is specially made for PF Changs and I called their wholesale division and offered to buy a case if they would sell it to me even though they don’t list it as available to the public. They sold me the case and I divided it among friends and family.

The instructions say to pour boiling water over and leave the bag in, encouraging customers to go ahead and fill their cups when you get it to the table, and then you resteep. Whatever they did at the restaurant worked, but those parameters did not do well at home.

Today I gave it three minutes in 180F water. It was beautiful. So very citrus-y. I agree that the white tea looks quite dark for a white tea. I only did two steeps because it just didn’t seem like it could handle more.

I noticed that the sachet was big and crunchy, so I cut it open to pour in the compost and the leaves were a very nice size! It was pretty much whole leaf tea in a sachet, with good sized bits of something – probably peel – but I didn’t have time to investigate much.

I am really enjoying this. Had three pots total today of just this one.

Sil

oh wow. that’s awesome!

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drank White Tangerine by Revolution Tea
2167 tasting notes

I am very sure this is what I had at P. F. Chang’s tonight. There was one tea bag that looked pretty large to me in a little tetsubin that was so cute my daughter wanted to slip it in her purse. (Not the sort of thing any of us would actually do, by the way.)

It was pretty golden yellow for a white tea, but tasted really good with our food and had a fresh, lively tangerine flavor. I would buy this if I saw it in the grocery and knew it wasn’t artificial. I will have to look into their flavorings.

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