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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Dark, thick molasses sort of initial feel and thought it makes. Top, back of mouth has a darkness, too, some of black.

The rich brown goes to the front bottom teeth and after a bit creates an acrid taste in the back of my throat.

Not much to this one. The flavor isn’t that complex and the feel is a bit flat after the molasses feeling passes a moment later. Not loving it.

2.25g/6oz

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Molasses

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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50

Orange. Very barely almost not there bit of floral with green underneath. Astringent but only mildly and it’s around the top of the back of the throat.

Blues and greens with a leek tone. Dark green vegetables like leeks, raw kale, but no taste at all of broccoli or Brussels sprouts. Not like those.

Finish becomes astringency behind the front teeth and lightly back of tongue, between there is none.

Fruit comes to mind but maybe apple. Apple that is not sweet, a dryer, blander apple taste..

It’s not bad but I’m not impressed. It’s a mid-level taste.

2.25g/6oz

Flavors: Apple, Astringent, Floral, Flowers, Leeks, Vegetables, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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60

Dark, heavy clearly Assam black tea. Black and dark oranges on back of throat. Apple reds around the middle sides of tongue. Moderate bitterness. Very astringent in the finish.

Dark and chewy in texture.

This is, indeed, a very heavy black. Not as much as could be, but Heavy.

Feeling of a round fruit in my mouth that presses against the roof of my mouth. Sort of like an orange in the back of my mouth. No orange fruit flavor, just that size and texture.

And yes, continued astringent finish.

2.25/6oz

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Round

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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85

Floral, almost jasmine. Crispy but not clearly noticeable black tea underneath. It’s rich and dark after a few moments before the floral flavors come back up over it. The taste flows and switches. It’s nifty.

A back of tongue/throat bitterness comes through after a while as a blackness. The floral is purples and yellows and poppies and petals. It’s a weird bouquet sort of flavor in the flower tastes.

The finish is long and the flowers stay on the front half of the tongue and wraps around the sides towards under it. The light black flavor seems to float inside the mouth above the tongue and throat as it ends.

This is a very good tea. But at the same time I don’t know what to make of it. Maybe that’s why it’s as good as it is.

2.25g/6oz water. Since the rating here doesn’t show decimal amount.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Floral, Flowers, Jasmine, Round

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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67

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

I just got a sample of this and I’m glad I did. Dry, this tea smells like bergamotty cookies!
The taste is pleasantly strong if you steep it for half the time recommended on the package. The flavor reminded me of lemon biscotti with vanilla icing on it, and was improved by a dot of sugar. It’s not a zesty or tart lemon, much more like lemon that has been baked in a cookie. The vanilla became more evident with sugar and when the tea had cooled.
Overall it is a pleasant experience, but it is so flavorful/robust that I have a hard time drinking it without milk, and I’m not a fan of milk in my tea!

Flavors: Bergamot, Cookie, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

Sipdown of this sample, which I have really enjoyed. If brewed improperly (too hot of water), it’s a bit too roasty (at least that’s what I remember from months ago).
This is a slightly roasted green and tightly-rolled oolong with a sweetish osmathus scent that tends more towards jasmine than did the Osmanthus Tea. The base is much better, though: a decent oolong with a nice long aftertaste that is minerally, like cucumber. A very pleasant cup.
I got two steeps out of it, just so the leaves would unfurl all the way, but the second wasn’t as sweet.

Flavors: Mineral, Osmanthus, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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73

I really hated this tea when I first tried it. It was bitter and awful, with the overwhelming flavor of burnt flower petals, like someone boiled away a generic Chinese restaurant tea until nothing but the bare kettle remained.
I realize now that I was just destroying a perfectly fine green tea with boiling hot water. Now that I have my fabulous fancy kettle, this is a decent osmanthus scented cup.
The osmathus is not terribly strong. It reminds me of a less perfume-y jasmine, much sweeter, but I still wound’t describe this tea as sweet like I would some oolongs. More like the memory of sweet, like how you can almost taste a sweet smelling flower without physically doing so. The flavor is also most prevalent on the sip. The aftertaste is slightly astringent but strongly reminiscent of steamed veggies. Like you ate stem of a steamed artichoke.
Pretty good overall, I’d like to find it at an upscale restaurant, but nothing I would buy quantity of. Now that I have the brewing temp right, I think I will enjoy the rest of this sample.

Flavors: Artichoke, Osmanthus

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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76

Made a mug of this. It’s got a nice, light flavor to it, good for my morning tea: it is not an ‘in-your-face’ tea, but that’s fine for me . Sometimes I don’t want to be kicked in the pants. It’s rather unspectacular, tasting a little ‘foresty’. You know, what you smell when you walk in a pine forest (albeit it does NOT taste like pine trees). It has a nice lingering sweetness. It’s a very unspectacular tea, but it’s certainly drinkable and not a bad oolong for drinking daily.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90

This has a nice delicate taste that reminds me of lemongrass but without the acidity. It has a light green liquor

Flavors: Lemongrass

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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90

The first time I drank this I found it a little too light, but after a bit more than the recommended amount of leaf I fell in love with it. I was thinking of adding honey but ended up not doing so because it is so sweet already.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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71

Nice, mild white tea. HUGE tea leaves!

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94

Love it. I hate the caffeine haunting every decision to consume Earl Grey, but this usual blend has all the bergamot you could ask for, and I love the mild sweetness of the rooibos underneath. Milk and sugar are welcome but not required.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus

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74

I quite like this black/green blend, but I’m not sure about approaching it as an Earl Grey. The vanilla adds a nice aroma, but it’s not at all creamy. Still making up my mind whether I prefer the blend from Upton or Tealuxe.

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74

I quite like this vanilla black/green blend, but I’m not sure about approaching it as an Earl Grey. To me it has entirely its own character. Still making up my mind whether I prefer Upton’s blend over Tealux.

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77

Absolutely delicious! You couldn’t ask for anything more light and sweet. If you like straight rooibos sweetened with honey, definitely give this a try.

Flavors: Honey

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Not a huge fan. Lovely aroma, but no sweet taste. I probably oversteeped it.

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83

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Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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65

This tea brought back memories of the time I asked a fellow of Irish descent which teas are used in Irish breakfast blend. His reply? Black tea.

Very standard black tea profile, as in: Lipton, Red Rose, Tetley, if that’s what you’re after (and many prople are), then you may as well just head on down to the grocery store. Nothing wrong with a stout and economical midafternoon caffeine jolt, of course!

Perhaps the Irish fellow thought that I assumed that everything Irish somehow had to be green?

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Flavors: Mineral, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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