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drank Unknown Samples by Various
2265 tasting notes

Tried another of POM’s Pomegranate/Tea Drinks since i found the other one surprisingly good. This time I went for Pomegranate Sweet Tea which is supposed to have black tea in it; the other we carry is a Tea and Pomegranate Lemonade but something in that one keeps separating in the bottle which turned me off a little…

I drank half of this at work, and I’m having the other half now. It’s not too bad; definitely a stronger pomegranate flavour in this one compared to the last kind I tried – but surprisingly I don’t like the black tea in this: it’s reminding me of Nestea or Brisk’s “black tea” kind of flavouring, but less sweet? I guess like a Southern style black tea, which is normally ok but kind of weird with a sweeter and slightly tangy pomegranate flavour. It’s still not too bad though, and I have to echo my feelings from last time and just point out that I’m impressed I can even taste the tea at all…

Eventually I’ll try that last flavour, but I’m in no rush to.

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
2265 tasting notes

So this review is for POM’s Pomegranate Honey Green Tea; I didn’t want to add it to the database because even though there is tea in this it’s kinda more like a juice, and I don’t know if it counts?

I needed cashback at work on Saturday so I had bus fare ($3.10) so I bought one of those “impulse items” they keep near till/check out from work, and we have a display or “health drinks” there and I saw this one and thought, “why not”. It’s no worse than buying a pack of gum or a chocolate bar to get cashback…

I was a little surprised by how this one tastes; I expected the “honey” to just kind of be a general sweetness or not even noticeable but I think it was the most prominent flavour overall? Distinct, sweet honey with that natural rawness to it. Mmm! And then, surprisingly, the green tea was also pretty present which I was not expecting. A mild vegetalness – but sweetened. Pomegranate was also, obviously, a “check” but given I expected this to be the most forefront flavour it was pretty damn toned down.

All in all, I enjoyed it – and probably more than I would’ve a chocolate bar, and I’d try the different “flavours” from this company, but I don’t know if I’d buy this particular flavour again. It certainly wasn’t bad though!

Tabby

I think it counts! Then again, I’m the one who added a tea-flavored beer to the database, haha.

Cameron B.

Sounds yummy! I really like their Pomegranate-Pineapple and Pomegranate-Mango juices. :)

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
2265 tasting notes

It’s not gonna be long before my ears are bleeding now. Maybe even literally? Market Mall has started playing their Christmas music again and so far, from the sounds of it, it’s the same “Oldies” Christmas Carols as last year. Arghhh!

But anyway; a little ways back Sil surprised me with a bit of tea in the mail and, considering all the shitty things going on with Dollarama at the time, it was such a bright sparkly moment in all the dreary piss raining down. One of the little “extras” she included was this green tea latte candy from the same company I bought those Traditional Iced Tea candies from back in August(ish). I was excited to try it right away since the place I bought the iced tea ones from hadn’t had this flavour. So what did I do? I tried it right away.

Oh, pause that thought – UPS just arrived my the “Tit Covers” for the model magazines, so gonna go sign for them and put them up…

… And back. Censorship at it’s finest.

Anyway, I really, REALLY enjoyed this one. Far more than the Iced Tea version, actually. I’m pretty sure I know why though – I expected this to really heavily focus on the “Green Tea” aspect and less on the latte, but the reverse was sorta true so this was really rich and milky/creamy with a very full caramel flavour followed by a sweetened vegetal tone kinda a little on the lines of spinach (4090).

It took me forever to get thought the Iced Tea candies, but I think I’d actually plow through a bag of these ones. Now if only the gourmet candy store where I bought the Iced Tea ones carried this flavour too…

Sil

haha you can thank raritea for those…she gave me a bunch to share with tea friends before she ran away to the uk :)

aisling of tea

I’ve found those at bulk barn, maybe have a look there?

OMGsrsly

Janet’s in Victoria has this flavour I think. :) Not that Victoria is much help to most of us!

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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Grapefruit black tea from some company I can’t remember the name of (sample is at work), from the Tea and Cards TTB. Horrible. Black tea and grapefruit is just a terrible TERRIBLE combination that should never exist. I love grapefruit. I love black tea. I hate them together. The grapefruit flavour was spot on but the combination was just a sad, sad waste of black tea. Very blech.

Cameron B.

Yeah that sounds like a perfect combination for a horribly bitter and sour tea…

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
606 tasting notes

#5
I just threw a tsp of this into a mason jar and poured cold milk over it bc IT WORKS OKAY,

carol who

Don’t you wonder sometimes, what exactly are we drinking? It could be anything :p

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
606 tasting notes

Stuck my hand into my matcha bag and pulled out Sample #3 from Red Leaf!


In other news, I was so excited for the VoluntEARing opportunity for class today (we were going to the LA Food Bank and help out), but I woke up at 7:50 and we had to be there at 8… yeah it takes about 40 minutes to get there WITHOUT traffic. So I texted my teacher and told him that I wasn’t able to make it. I was so sad!
I was in bed at around 11, but I didn’t sleep till 5am and when I was finally asleep, I was tossing and turning all night long. Last night was terrible and I wasn’t able to volunteer which made today even worse.

So a cuppa matcha to hopefully make my day better, even if it’s already halfway over

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
606 tasting notes

Matcha sample #13

In a hurry but I’m in a habit of logging teas every time I drink it soo…

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #13
Side by side comparison with Sample 14, 15 July 2014

Dry: Nice, bright, and lovely! It looks so similiar to #14

Straight: A darker shade of green for the liquor, but it has a nice bright froth. Both froth and liquor are lighter/brighter compared to #14. Hmm grassy. That’s it ahha. Not super gitter, but really grassy! Very matcha-esque haha

Latte: Nice and smooth but hmm… it’s just /okay/ right now. Not the best matcha I’ve had. The good ones don’t need extra sweetener on top of my vanilla almond milk to pull the flavours out, but this one tastes a tad bland. Good, but slightly bland on its own.


Colour: 85
Flavour: 78
Bitterness: 876
Suggested Price: $11

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #14
Side by side comparison with Sample 13, 15 July 2014

Dry: Nice, bright, and lovely! It looks so similiar to #13

Straight: This one has a darker liquor and a darker froth as compared to #13 as well as others. Now this one does have a bit more bitterness and grassiness to it. Not the best, but still good. #13 is better in this round.

Latte: Oh so this one is just okay. It does taste a bit more bland compared to #13! Huh, maybe it’s me? But the two matcha bases were just okay so that carried onto the latte.


Colour: 83
Flavour: 72
Bitterness: 70
Suggested Price: $9

((and with this, I’m finally done with all the samples!! Dang, that took a long time, but at least I’ve finished!))

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #12
1 July 2014

Dry: Dark, yet a vibrant colour. Kinda like the colour of the face up near the 100 rating!

Straight: Not bitter, and actually quite smooth! Dark liquor colour, nice vibrant froth.

Latte: So good, and so smooth with the addition of the vanilla almond milk! Definitely one of the better matchas I’ve had. I compare everything to sample #6 cuz that was seriously the BEST matcha I’ve ever tasted, but this isn’t quite up there with it, but just a few notches down. Definitely better than a lot of the other matchas I’ve had though :)


Colour: 90
Flavour: 85
Bitterness: 82
Suggested Price: $19

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #11
24 June 2014

Dry: Darker green, grassier scent.

Straight: Dark green liquor, brighter, but slightly duller froth on top. Bitter, but not overkill.

Latte: I love my lattes so much okay. The vanilla almond milk definitely helps. It took the bitterness out a bit, and added more sweet :) All in all, a lovely matcha, but I’ve definitely had better from the bunch that I received from Red Leaf.


Colour: 67
Flavour: 72
Bitterness: 72
Suggested Price: $8

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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #10
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #9

Dry: Lighter than #9, almost like a Spring Meadow Green. Has a more leafy dry leaf smell compared to #9

Straight: Almost like a hunter green luquor, with a pale green froth. Not bitter :)

Latte: Ahh it was great straight, and it was just as great as a latte! Definitely finding myself reaching for this mug more than the other :)


Colour: 70
Flavour: 82
Bitterness: 80
Suggested Price: $13

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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #9
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #10

Dry: Darker, not so much olive, but.. same shade, a tad brighter.

Straight: Dark forest green liquor with an olive-like froth. Slight bitterness detected.

Latte: Nice! But a tad bland. A touch of sugar (on top of the already sweet vanilla almond milk) is needed to bring flavours out more.


Colour: 79
Flavour: 80
Bitterness: 73
Suggested Price: $11

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606 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #8
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #7

Dry: Is it weird if I said that this was a really fluffy matcha? Like it didn’t clump all that much as I was scooping it out, which was different. It was lighter and took up a lot more space compared to other matchas I’ve had. Slightly dull, olive colour.

Straight: Just on the /edge/ of being bitter compared to #7. Forest green liquor with a brighter froth.

Latte: Used regular milk since my vanilla almond milk was finished yesterday. Ahh it’s good. I blame the milk! But it is a tasty tea, just not as great as #6 and #2


Colour: 71
Flavour: 72
Bitterness: 65
Suggested Price: $9

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
606 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #7
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #8

Dry: Brighter than #8, definitely not as bright as #6 though! Looks more asparagus-y

Straight: Why is it that all my matchas taste bitter! Or maybe it’s just the tea? I made sure that it’s was well below 170 this time so it can’t be my water temperature! Looks a bit hunter green with a brighter shade/pale froth.

Latte: Used regular milk since my vanilla almond milk was finished yesterday. Ahh it’s good. I blame the milk! But it is a tasty tea, just not as great as #6 and #2


Colour: 79
Flavour: 76
Bitterness: 71
Suggested Price: $10

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606 tasting notes

Red Leaf Tea – Sample #6
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #5

Dry: Quite possibly the brightest matcha I’ve ever seen! SO vibrant and SO green. Picture like a really bright, granny smith apple.

Straight: Oh my gosh. This can possibly be the BEST matcha I’ve ever had. It has the brightest green liquor to it, the brightest froth on top, and it isn’t bitter at all! I think I can actually enjoy this STRAIGHT. Like I don’t like straight matcha all that much, I almost always have it as a latte with vanilla almond milk, but this is so good that I can just SHOVE THE MATCHA POWDER DOWN MY THROAT. Okay probably not that but this tea is crazy amazing.

Latte: And this tea does well yet again! Seriously. The milk helps bring the flavour out a lot more. In comparison to #5, this has really stuck out since opening the package. The colour was amazing from start to finish, and the taste was just heavenly. I can tell that this is probably one of the higher grade matchas I received. Thank you SO much Red Leaf Tea for giving me the opportunity to try all these matchas!! This is definitely something I enjoyed :)


Colour: 95
Flavour: 88
Bitterness: 89
Suggested Price: $1 ((hehe because I want more at an affordable price! But in all honesty, I feel like this is deserving of $40-$50. It is by far the best matcha I’ve ever had… and I have 8 more samples to go!))

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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #5
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #6

Dry: Wow. This has a very dull and dark green colour, almost like moss. Grassy scent is very pronounced.

Straight: This matcha is so dark and so bitter. And I KNOW that my water wasn’t too hot since I legit waited so long and my thermometer read 170 and thats 5 degress less than recommended! Or at least, from what I’ve read, 175 is ideal temp, right?

Latte: Weak and bland, but at least the milk helps a little bit. Well actually, this as a latte isn’t that bad. I’ll just probably never drink it straight because… no. You know, I’ll probably just cook with this matcha. Throw it in my dough when I make my pasta, or like make cupcakes out of it! Sad to say that I really didn’t enjoy this all that much :(


Colour: 35
Flavour: 55
Bitterness: 50
Suggested Price: $5

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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #3
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #4

Dry: Hmm.. not as vibrant as prrevious matchas. A bit brighter than 4 though.

Straight: Dark green liquor. GRASSY AND BITTER :/ Dang. My water may have been too hot since my other matcha was very bitter as well. It was at 180! Ahh well, 5° may have been a bit too much. I’ll see how it tastes as a latte

Latte: Hmm… did’t do that much of a difference? No bitterness, but the sweetness of the milk was just not present. Added sugar and made a bit of a difference, but the other cup is still significantly better.


Colour: 60
Flavour: 60
Bitterness: 50
Suggested Price: ((I’ll edit this later))

//will try again later with a lower temperature water haha

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #4
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #3

Dry: Not as vibrant as previous matchas.

Straight: Dark green liquor. Grassy and bitter as well. Ahh my water might have been a bit too hot? Ahh well, I’ll see how well it does when I add milk to it.

Latte: So SO much better. I the milk definitely helped; the bitterness was replaced by nice and sweet flavours. No need to sweeten :)


Colour: 60
Flavour: 65
Bitterness: 63
Suggested Price: ((I’ll edit this later))

//will try again later with a lower temperature water haha

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drank Unknown Samples by Various
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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #1
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #2

Dry: Nice vibrant green colour. A bit less aromatic as compared to Sample #2

Straight: Just tastes like watered down green tea? Decent, but I’ve had better.

Latte: Ahh well, this is how I like my matchas! It’s still okay though. The matcha base was a bit bland, even with a touch of sugar for an attempt to bring the flavours out more. The vanilla almond milk helped bring it out, but there’s only so much you can do with an okay matcha base.


Colour: 80
Flavour: 70
Bitterness: 70
Suggested Price: $10

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Red Leaf Tea – Sample #2
30 May 2014, side-by-side comparison with Sample #1

Dry: Nice vibrant green colour. Slightly more aromatic than Sample #1

Straight: A really nice matcha! Great green colour, and tastes… like grass. Which is how it should taste haha.

Latte: Oh this is wonderful! I really like this matcha. At first I was slightly afraid when I saw the package. I’ve only ever had just a couple matchas before, and I definitely thought that all these teas were going to taste the exact same, but I really do see a difference between Sample #1 and #2. This one was much more flavourful from start to finish. I find myself reaching for this cup more often, so sample #2 wins this round!


Colour: 86
Flavour: 88
Bitterness: 89
Suggested Price: $15

Cheri

I hope we get to find out which is what. This sounds good.

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drank Kerbal Krunch by Various
1412 tasting notes

Anna – this is for you. I don’t have a keemun so I opted for Moscow Nights from Empire Tea Services combined with Creamy Earl Grey from Zenjala. MN is a smoky LS with a touch of bergamot. CEG is EG with vanilla. Close as I can come this morning to rocket fuel and toasted Kerbals.

Both teas are sipdowns so there are no do overs, just like hitting Mun at 500m/s because you ran out of fuel – again. I love the smell of toasty Kerbals in the morning.

Just thinking a Genmaicha Earl Grey might work even better and if it had just a touch of mallow to give that squishy tiny brain feel. Mmmm Mmmm.

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Good one, I remember yesterday’s thread, Anna will be pleased :-)

gmathis

Kerbal Krunch…that could be a breakfast cereal!

TheTeaFairy

Ahah! Agreed gmatis! But steepster being a top notch learning institution, I now know what a Kerbal is…definitely not cereal…though they do seem crunchy. KS, have you tried eating one yet???

mrmopar

You have to stop hitting the Mun!

K S

Once the Kerbals hit Mun it is really more of a lightly crunchy liquid diet. :)

Mrmopar at least I’m hitting what I’m aiming at now. Just need to hit it with a feather pillow instead of a bus.

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drank Cold Brew Teas 4 by Various
101 tasting notes

For three of the four teas reviewed here, I used a slightly different technique. I covered the teabags with very hot tap water [45 sec to 1 min at about 120-130F]. I did this instead of heating the kettle, which is heated to a 30-40 degree higher temperature. Then, I filled my press with cold filtered water and refrigerated for a nice cold brew.

Ginger & Honey Green Tea-St. Dalfour

I used 4 teabags and steeped in my tea glass for 13 hours. This second time cold brewing this tea yielded similar results as noted in my * Cold Brew Teas 2* review. Full green tea flavor and pucker factor without astringency or bitterness. Little to no honey flavor noticeable. Basically, the green tea and ginger [kicking as usual-just the way I like it!] have the same [or nearly so] fullness, strength, and presence I tasted & noted in my first review. You can’t go wrong with this one. It is a very refreshing cold brew! :)) Score: 88.

Cupped: Monday, July 9, 2012. Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Ginger Tea by Yamamotoyama-Stash Tea

This tea was also prepared per instructions & refrigerated for 15 hours!! I had wanted to cool it no more than 12 hours but forgot about it. It probably turned out a bit stronger at 15 hours, but I didn’t care. I LOVE GINGER!! I really couldn’t taste the green tea or safflower. YES the ginger was strong, and DELICIOUS! The ginger played on my tongue like a guitarist abusing a triple neck guitar-and I loved every minute of it!! :)) All I can do is shout, ENCORE!! ENCORE!! :D Score: 97.

Cupped: Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Perfect Peach-Bigelow Tea

I made a quick Iced Tea using these old teabags, putting my remaining 4 teabags in my glass press, covering it with boiling water, steeping it for 5 minutes, adding about one cup (8 oz) of ice, and cold water. Here are the ingredients:

Ingredients: rose hips, hibiscus, peaches, natural and artificial peach flavor (soy lecithin), spices, orange peel, lemon peel, apples, strawberry leaves, roasted chicory.

The steeping tea was a dark orange and smelled of rose hips, hibiscus, & peaches. Then I tasted it. It mainly tasted like rosehips and HICH-biscus. :// After I swallowed the tartness (& it faded a little), I was picking up the peach flavor and the orange peel. I was glad to be tasting flavors other than HICH-biscus. There just wasn’t enough peach flavor in this blend. It was a little to tart, and didn’t have enough peach flavor for me; especially since it’s labeled “Perfect Peach”. It was a fairly good herbal tea, but not even close to a perfect peach! :// Score: 73.

Cupped & Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Earl Grey Tea-Twinings of London

Using the steeping method above, I used 4 teabags and refrigerated for 10.5 hours. Probably could have shortened the steep time to 8 hours. There was a tremendous aroma of bergamot!! The tea flavor noted in my hot brew review, is completely overpowered by the bergamot here. That’s O.K.-IT’S ALL GOOD! :)) The bergamot is very refreshing, & only intensifies on the back of my palate. :)) A great cold brewed tea! :D Score: 91.

Cupped & Reviewed: Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Preparation
Iced 1 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

All this cold tea, you should be shivering!

ScottTeaMan

I had 9 cups of tea Thursday, at 8-9 Oz each, that’s 72-81 oz, plus I had milk & water! That’s well over 100 oz of fluids, and alot of caffeine. I was running most of the day, ya know?! ://

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drank Cold Brew Teas 2 by Various
101 tasting notes

Another cold brewed tea review using three different teas! I steeped all teas in my glass press which is 18-20 oz. Also, I rinsed the leaves for 30-45 seconds at around 175F.

Ceylon Silver Striped, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka-The Tao of Tea

Using one level TBSP, with the water just covering the leaves, then I filled with cold water & put tea in refrigerator for 12 hours. This was a really good cold tea. I was getting a dark, full flavor with quite a bit of the molasses character. It also had a malty aspect that I enjoyed very much! This Ceylon had no lemony or minty characteristics that many Ceylons do. I also wasn’t picking up any astringency on my palate, which makes this tea ideal for an enjoyable cold brewed summer tea. :)) Score: 91.

Cupped: Sunday, June 10, 2012. Reviewed: Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Orange Cranberry Herbal Iced Tea-Stash Tea

I found this, and it was old, so I decided to use it up. My teabag was packaged in a silver foil bag and made 1/2 a gallon. I put it in the refrigerator for 8 hours. Here are the ingredients for this blend: hibiscus, rosehips, lemongrass, orange peel, natural cranberry flavor, natural wild sweet orange flavor.

So here’s the deal. As you can see the main ingredient is the dreaded Hibiscus. I hate the way the tartness from the dreaded H overpowered everything! Maybe there was some Cranberry flavor in there, but it was hard to tell where the tartness from the hibiscus ended and the cranberry flavoring began! :-// It took me two days to drink this crap. YUCK!!! Score: WAY below a 40, and after that who cares!

Cupped: Monday & Tuesday, June 11-12, 2012.

Reviewed: Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Ginger & Honey Green Tea-St. Dalfour

I used 5 teabags and steeped in my tea glass for 12 hours. This is another green tea that I like better cold brewed than hot. The Sri Lankan green tea is not astringent or bitter, but does have a full green tea flavor that makes my mouth pucker. I’m not tasting the honey, but the ginger has a stronger presence. The green tea pleasantly coats my palate, while the ginger dances [with chest high kicks] on the back of my tongue bringing a smile to my face. :)) I may use the rest of my teabags strictly for cold brewing refreshment. :)) Score: 88.

Cupped: Friday, June 22, 2012. Reviewed: Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 45 sec
Missy

Glad to see you back!

ScottTeaMan

Thanks Missy…….I guess you MISSed me. ;))

Bonnie

Misseded you too!

Charles Thomas Draper

I am glad you enjoy this process of brewing.

Missy

lol :D

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