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Yesterday, I decided to make sun tea with this tea. With the sun dancing on my deck the majority of the day, sun brewing was just beckoning me. I really get a kick out of watching the bottle transform into a deep amber throughout the day and nothing can beat the natural heat from the sun. mmm:]

I’m really quite impressed with this tea. The black tea is strong..which is a huge portion of what I was looking for in creating the Arnold Palmers that I craved. The vanilla is smooth and creamy and the almonds were nutty and roasty. Oh, yum. What a summertime treat I have in my hands today:]

Flavors: Almond, Vanilla

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drank Mango White by The Tea Nation
1285 tasting notes

’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #8
This paired really well with my raspberry shortcake tonight. The teabag also had to sink to the bottom of the mug, so I had to use my dipper infuser to nab it out… it reminded me of those fishtank grabbers, which is only from the movie ET for me. Anyway, this isn’t a bad little teabag. A decent taste of mango, sometimes candy sweet, sometimes a little plasticy, kind of like that lychee was earlier. The white tea paired well with it as well. Not the best white tea ever though. I’ve tried The Tea Nation’s Earl Grey and I liked that one too, though that one is better.
Steep #1 // 25 min after boiling // 2-3 min

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87
drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
5 tasting notes

Very mild taste with hint of Bergamot. Second favorite Earl Grey. Like it with milk and sweetener.

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This is not an especially flavorful tea. The raspberry flavor is good, but there’s minimal tea flavor. Kind of bland, but drinkable when a cup of tea is necessary.

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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
129 tasting notes

I love Earl Grey, but this is not the quality I associate with Earl Grey.
I would not ever purchase this again.
The Bergamot is barely perceptible fragrance & taste wise.

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drank Mango White by The Tea Nation
1680 tasting notes

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drank Mango White by The Tea Nation
1680 tasting notes

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88

Thank you TeaEqualsBliss! Finally got to this one tonight. It’s very delicious. It has a bit of tartness to it, but it’s just the right amount! It’s also slightly juicy in a way :] Thanks again!!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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5

We found this tea at TJ Maxx and grabbed a can. I like ginger, I like pineapple, and I think the two sound like they would be very good together. It would probably be much better to control what goes in the tea yourself.

This tea is legitimately horrible. It’s a nice dark tea, but the pleasantries end right there. There is no pineapple or ginger taste to it. At all. It’s bitter and tastes like nothing I can really explain. The scent isn’t any better. I hate to admit it, after choking down one cup, I just dumped my second when my roommate mistook it for chai.

I have almost a full tin left, and I need to think of who might want it so I can pawn it off on someone.

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76

I received this tea from a swap from Rachel. I let the water come to a boil then let it cool for 30 seconds before I added it to the tea. I let it steep for 3 minutes. I find this a nice simple black tea and the pom flavor is nice. Not to potent and not to delicate. I found I did enjoy this tea better with a little bit of raw honey added.

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Many thanks to TeaEqualsBliss!
So as I read the other reviews they said that they liked it better cold.. But it is such a chilly morning I think I’ll enjoy it hot :] This is a mellow tea. A strong black tea with hints of papaya and passion fruit here and there. A little bitterness at the end but it just adds to the experience. Mm :]

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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71

BB #6 for today.

BITTER! Eeeeek! Over steeped…my bad

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Bagged Bonanza Morning #2 – Tea 2:
I’m having one last cup before sending the last 2 bags to Azzrian.

I think this is one of their better bagged teas. I can taste both the vanilla and the almond in addition to a mellower black tea base. See other notes.

Azzrian

Sounds lovely thank you for sending to me! I like having some good bagged tea around for lazy mornings. Which I have often haha.

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76
drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
1285 tasting notes

Thanks for letting me try this one too, TeaEqualsBliss! I almost had written all Earl Grey off, as the only Earl Grey I had ever tried was probably the worst tea bag ever. Terrible stuff. Then I tried some Creme Earl Grey and it became my second favorite tea ever. (Worst and second favorite? Interesting.) I think I really love the creamy component in tea. I was still worried as I tried this one, just because I didn’t think I would like plain bergamot, because of my experience with “bergamot”. But this is GOOD. This is actually a quality bergamot and not floor cleaner like that other tea! And the bergamot might be responsible for a bit of the flavor I thought was just the cream in the other. There really AREN’T many teas I don’t like!

Emilie

I drank an Earl Grey a while back when I first got into tea that was extremely bitter and gross no matter how you made it. Silly me thought it was the safflowers in it, and I was afraid to try any tea with safflower until I finally realized it was the bergamot.

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100

I super love this tea too, aside from the Mango White variant. It has a strong, sweet raspberry scent that’s sure to make me smile any day :D

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100

This tea makes my day in the office :) I caught sight of this baby during coffee break in the afternoon. It tastes great, and at the same time I get mesmerized by its very beautiful mango scent.:D

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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
105 tasting notes

As of right now, this is my all time favorite brand of Earl Grey. And there is a simple reason why: to me, it has the best and strongest flavor. Earl Grey is known for it’s flavor, hands down. So when I open up a container of Earl Grey, I expect to smell Earl Grey, first off, and second, have that scent remain or be strengthened when the tea bag meets the water. But this is for tasting, so let me get to that.

As I said before, this has an amazing flavor. It’s classic Earl Grey, with a very rich, smooth flavor. It’s got the right amount of sweetness, and with this brand, I find that I don’t have to sweeten it much, just one level spoonful, maybe a bit of honey if I’m in the mood. I don’t like cream with my tea, usually, and that’s the same with this one, but when I am in the mood for cream/milk/etc, this tea takes to it very well, especially this brand.

I have a lot more to say about this tea, but I don’t want to just ramble on. I love this tea, and I LOVE the round, string free, tea bags. A good tea with no hassle is a winner in my book!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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79

It’s been a while since my last tasting note. Like many new teas of mine, this one was a gift. I decided to try it in the morning, because I ran out of my Golden Tipped Assam. This tea had all the true traits of Ceylon tea, and was actually quite satisfying with my morning breakfast. I also had a cup in the evening, which meant I was able to have the time to enjoy it more. I really liked the quality of the sachets- they weren’t like others I’ve seen. Also, there were almost no stems, which is rare for teas in sachets. Quite pleased with this one, but it could have been a little stronger.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Melon by The Tea Nation
673 tasting notes

I picked up some double wall glass teacups now that I can see again (had 2 eye operations) and saw this Melon White Tea in a shop…ah…let’s try this I said. I like White Tea. Nice and bright base for flavor,I find, and full. Took the heat just under a boil… steeped for 3 minutes for a slight first sip then gave it another minute. The liquor is so pure gold. I held my cup up to the light next to my Uzbeki purple velvet with gold embroidered tea cozy and the color matched the golden threads. Just beautiful. The flavor is a delicate melon and even though the container shows watermelon the flavor is more like the edge closer to the rind. Not bitter…just defused. I would caution not to oversteep too long because this will go bitter. This is good sweet only and too delicate to mix with anything else. A good tea for soothing the nerves and maybe as a base for adding chunks of cold melon in the Summer with crushed ice!

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100

I love this tea. it is delicious with water or milk

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec

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66
drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
526 tasting notes

Sipdown! Last of the tin.

I made my first mug of this for relaxation. Now I am making it for a study aid. I’m not sensitive enough to caffeine for this to do anything to me this late at night, but just drinking tea helps me do whatever I am doing.

Tea: when sleepy, it helps to soothe you. When studying, it helps to concentrate you.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
526 tasting notes

Earl Grey, hot. One more bag left of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by The Tea Nation
526 tasting notes

Not as flavorful as Twinings Earl Grey, but still pretty good. I might have a sipdown on it tomorrow since I only have two bags left. Or I might do a cold brew experiment. We will see.

Our room now has cable. Dad sent the cable cord to me this week, so I get to decide on whether I want to be sociable or stay in on Dr Who nights now.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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