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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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85

I’m a big fan of this one. It does have quite a bit of jasmine flavor, but not too much that it’s terribly overpowering. Smells fantastic as well.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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83

Wow! The smell of this tea is amazing right off the bat. Strong almond scent. Citrusy and fruity tones as well, with scents reminiscent of cherries and oranges. Some spicy undertones lurk in there, too, but in a good way.

Brews up very nice! The smell is stronger than the flavor, but the flavor is definitely not lacking! This tea doesn’t taste like a plain green tea or a plain black tea at all—I’m not really sure how to describe it. But it tastes natural and fruity. Flavors coat your mouth and make it a perfect afternoon tea. No bitterness, just smooth tea that mellows in your mouth. Awesome!

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94

Is it wrong to brew the just for the bouquet?

So I saved it and iced it later…waste not, want not!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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94

Found this interesting blend during a recent vacation. Visually it is pretty and the aroma is sweet and intoxicating so I bought a big bag…

On the advice of the salesperson, I steeped it for less time than I would have left a typical green. I was glad that I did this, as I learned later that too much time makes it very bitter. But a short steep was fragrant, floral, sweet, and nutty. Very almond-y, as I like it.

This is a versatile tea and is equally delicious hot or iced. A little sugar is a modest remedy if you get distracted and leave it to steep too long.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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30

There was pretty much no flavor in this tea, unfortunately. It had a really nice bergamot smell, but I didn’t get that in the taste at all. I could taste the sencha, but it was very faint. Pretty much just hot water. I probably need to steep it longer though.

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

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89

I needed chamomile today. It was very stressful and I had been on campus for 12+ hours. The boyfriend prepared my tea for me today. Very sweet of him. This chamomile seems to be a prototypical chamomile tea. Soothing and light. I do like to add a little sugar to sweeten it up and take the edge off any potential bitterness. There was some really nice maltiness on the finish. Mmm. Today was a good day for chamomile.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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44

Well, my sister bought this one for me for Christmas, and I love a good chai, so I tried it. The smell is quite nice; the spices really come out while it’s brewing. On tasting it though, I was a little disappointed. The wonderful spices just sort of mellowed and disappeared inside of the black tea flavor. There are some hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, but not enough to redeem it. I wanted to like it more than I did.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92

This is the most delicious oolong I’ve ever had. I was a bit nervous about the basil, but it was only present at the end, and even then, it wasn’t overpowering. The oolong definitely came through, and the lemon took a backseat to the wonderful flavor of the oolong. Some sugar really enhances the contrast between the lemon and the oolong. It’s a shame I wsa only given two ounces; it’s one of my favorite teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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