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drank aquaovo therm-o terra by aquaovo
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I am enjoying the flavor of my favorite oolongs at work without the intrusion of metal or plastic nuances! This is a beautifully designed tea infuser/travel “mug” that is holding up well to continuous use. It’s doesn’t hurt matters that it is a work of art to behold.

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90
drank aquaovo therm-o terra by aquaovo
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What happened? I haven’t tasted “bad” tea since I pulled a bag of Lipton from water poured by a coffee carafe on an airline. I’m an oolong fan and have played with them all, but steep after steep, I was treated to a lovely light sensation that promised li shan, then dropped me with the thud of a taste I can only describe as dirty metal. This is not cheap stuff. Did I wind up with a poor crop? I was hoping to visit again and splurge on the Li Shan Wu Ling, but no more. Sadness.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

For me, the best Ceylon out there and I’m a loose leaf snob. I’m not quite sure why bergamot is mentioned in the tea description on Steepster, but I can tell you that there is NO bergamot in this tea. They save that for their English Afternoon. Caramel sweetness, nice bloom, mild astringency. I agree with the other taster that this is morning stuff. I don’t know why but it seems to be very high in caffeine.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

I tend more toward flavor and quality than “name,” but this delivers on all counts. Eight black teas carefully blended to produce one amazing cup of tea. I also tend toward single source over blends, but this breaks the rule again. Caramel-like sweetness, loaded with aroma, and a subtle kick that pleases. The blender deserves an award, or at least a meal at The Fort.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
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Update: the first time Harney’s has let me down, and with my fave no less, Li Shan. Yes, they are pricey, and that in itself can be a good source of complaint. However, this year’s Li Shan is a shade of its former self. That is the cause of my despair and lowering of their rating. 6/28/13

The gold standard. Pay a bit more but count on consistency. This is the only Li shan I have tasted that blossoms after the floral notes to reveal amazing base notes of lychee and citrus. Bliss.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank honeybush by Davidson's
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Best herbal substitute for black tea. Exceptional iced tea in summer. Loves to be dressed up with a squeeze of lime.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Sencha by Harney & Sons
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My tried and true friend. With me daily, consistent quality from Harney’s, a sweet vibrant nectar I adore both tasting and looking at. Life exists for moments with this tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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90

Thank you Upton! You’ve taken my favorite white tea, once offered only by Rishi Tea for a very pretty penny ($10 for 50 grams) and made it an affordable daily luxury. Yes, the wonderful linden-like aroma is still there with the dominant tone of honeydew melon. Steep this white longer and it begins to resemble a top-notch early spring darjeeling. Have fun.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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