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drank Keemun Hao Ya A by Vicony Teas
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A longer review of this is now up at www.itsallabouttheleaf.com. This is a nice, tangy Keemun for no-frills, no-flavors, non-adulterated black tea lovers.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
wombatgirl

I tried the Hao Ya B the other day, and I thought it was…. very odd. I didn’t know you were out there too! Cool. :)

gmathis

Do you think I have the terminology correct … that Hao Ya isn’t a “flavor” per se, but it’s the grade of tea? That’s the best info I could find.

Its All About The Leaf

Your review will most certainly be up on the website next week GG – Monday is the plan :)

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Aesthetically speaking, it’s lovely in the little sheer bag. Flavorfully speaking, it’s OK, but nothing to write poetry about. Maybe Will Scarlet on a scale of zero to Robin Hood. Just one sample bag available, but I’m thinking it might be better iced.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Auggy

Haha – love that rating scale!

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69

I like the nice little acidic bite—almost lemony.

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70
drank Thai Tea Blend by Teavana
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This is WONDERFUL (thanks Lori!)—-you can taste each individual flavor distinctly…got the almonds, got the vanilla, got, the rooibos, got the other goodies. Very, very sweet, without needing additional sugar. Spending a lazy Mother’s Day sipping, rocking and listening to Pushing Daisies soundtrack (gift from teenage son) and getting the leaky toilet fixed (gift from husband).

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75

I used more like a teaspoon and a half to a 12-oz mug, which means this smells heavenly, but after I actually paid attention to the directions, discovered that’s a little too strong. Which may be why I’m getting quite a bit of pear bite and not much truffleness in the flavor. But did I say this smells heavenly? I keep sticking my cold morning nose in the cup like a caramel pear truffle pig.

(Addendum): Adjustments made … less leaf, little less steep time … yum!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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68

The first of my “limerick” teas :o) Quite a mystery, in that the Franklin Tea site doesn’t give me much to go on … but I could have sworn I was tasting some citrus. Orange? Mango? Very light, very enigmatic, very nice.

wombatgirl

I think you should write a limerick about each tea… ;)

gmathis

That’s be a stretch, especially if I have to rhyme “orange,” but I’m never one to run from a literary challenge:

The Franklin Tea Company sells
Green tea that’s as good at it smells.
It’s possible I missed it,
But it think it’s got citrus,
But nothing on their website tells.

wombatgirl

You, m’dear, rock! :)

AmazonV

woah, Shakespeare notes and limerick notes! head explodes

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65
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
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I like Teas Etc. rating system - zero to coffee. This one is a little more than halfway up their scale. Nice, dark and strong, but I made my first test cup at work - minus anything but tap water, in probably not the most clean/pristine mug in the world, minus my favorite “One Perfect Cup” measuring spoon, and in the microwave - so I don’t have anything very exact to say about it. Taking the rest of the sample home to a friendlier environment. I think I’ll like it.

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28
drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
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Another tuck-in from Doulton…thank you for widening my horizons :o)

Green tea + lemongrass is a winner combo for me, but the mate (which I also like, separately) makes this one come out with a Pine-Sol whang. Of course, if it’s doing to my insides what Pine-Sol does to my nasty kitchen floor, the health benefits may outweigh the industrial flavor.

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drank Detox by Kusmi Tea
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65

Really, really nice balance of the two flavors. Not too much of one or the other; perfect peach-i-cot.

The little brown rabbit next to the work picnic table kept eyeing me while I was sipping and smiling. I offered him some, but he wasn’t real interested.

TeaEqualsBliss

Sounds like the Rabbit missed out! Maybe he was more of a White Tea fan…or Oooooooolong?!

Cofftea

I would have laughed if you said he drank it… maybe he needs something green like matcha.

LiberTEAS

This is one of the better blends that Metropolitan Tea offers. In fact, I used to create a similar blend that I called “Summer’s Harvest.” This blend is so very much like that one, that I hardly miss my Summer’s Harvest at all.

AmazonV

bunnies do like fruit, but my bunnies have not been too keen on tea either

gmathis

Let’s see…wasn’t it chamomile that Mama Cottontail offered Peter when he went belly-up after a buffet in Mr. McGregor’s garden? I’m a little rusty on my Beatrix Potter.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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