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This tea…was a challenge when I opened the bag. It smelled like death and garbage. I wish I was exaggerating about that but I’m not. I was considering not trying it because the scent was hellish. But I had a brave night and I tried it. Once you get past the smell of the dry leaf, the tea is really very good.

This tea tasted like caramelized figs. This was very big on the fig for me. I loved it. I have been searching for a fig tea for quite a while—-I was hoping for vanilla and fig but I’ll take what I can get. The aftertaste was pure burdock root. I’m not sure about it. Some sips I found it to be pleasant and with others it was just…off. I did not get much cinnamon or orange.

I did like this tea quite a bit once I got over my fear. I think I could end up falling in love with this tea after a few cups but I am not quite there yet.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

Death and garbage?! I would have just thrown it out.

graceatblb

I almost did but I had a brave moment. I was completely flabbergasted by how good it was. But the smell of the dry tea is…unique and unexpected.

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Death and garbage?! I would have just thrown it out.

graceatblb

I almost did but I had a brave moment. I was completely flabbergasted by how good it was. But the smell of the dry tea is…unique and unexpected.

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Book blogger. Hockey fan. Reformed coffee drinker. Newly minted tea addict. I grammar police myself and no one else. Pu’er lover.

My favorite type of tea is pu’er. I can see myself living in a house alone with just pu’er cakes, a electric tea kettle, my trusty pu’er pick from Mandala and a thermos. I prefer ripe pu’er but love raw pu’er as well. My current favorite is the Special Dark from Mandala Tea.

Black Tea-I also love all forms of black tea. Black tea is where I started and I still love the malty loveliness of a good black tea. My current favorite is Grandpa’s Anytime Tea from Butiki.

Green Tea-Green tea is pretty hit and miss with me. I have never really developed a liking towards it. I have been dying to explore green tea more. Especially matcha and genmaicha. My current favorite is Autumn Harvest Laoshan Green from Verdant Tea.

Herbals/Mate-It depends on what’s in them. I gravitate more to herbs and spices rather than fruit flavors. My current favorite is Fired Up Fennel from Davids Tea.

I love mate (and guayusa). It helped me kick my coffee habit to one cup a day. I will try any blend with mate in it. My current favorite is Chocolate Rocket from Davids Tea.

White Tea-Sadly, I haven’t tried many white teas but I am planning on it very soon.

Oolong Tea-I have tried one or two oolong teas but in blends only. I am dying to try a straight oolong. My current favorite is Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea.

Rooibos-I love rooibos blends but they are very hit and miss with me. I love the woodiness of rooibos. My favorite is currently Oh Canada from Davids Tea.

Flavored Tea-I love flavored teas. I am willing to try just about any flavor combination and the weirder the better. My current favorite flavored tea is Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha by Verdant Tea.

I am always searching for a tea with fig or chili in it.

My favorite tea companies-Mandala Tea (their Phatty Cake was my first ever “Oh My God” tea moment), Butiki Teas, Verdant Tea, and Davids Tea

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