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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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Seemed like a nice tea, but my experience was slightly marred by the fact that it was way oversteeped. I ordered it at a bakery and they just kinda let it sit before calling it out. Still enjoyed it though!

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
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My go-to comfort tea. Growing up as a Korean American, I drank a lot of these teas when I started realizing I didn’t like coffee. My tea experience was pretty limited to this tea and a couple of others. Even after discovering tons of new teas recently (mostly thanks to Steepster!), this is a pantry staple.

I normally don’t like green teas as much because of that bitter taste, but I think the brown rice nicely hides that bitterness in this tea. I’ve had it hot & iced with nothing added and enjoyed it both ways.

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drank Precious White Peach by Teavana
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This tea definitely has a punch of peach flavor. It was pretty tasty. The only slight problem I had with it was that the peachy smell and taste seemed a bit on the artificial side.

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drank Iced Passion Tea by Tazo
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drank White Orchard by Mighty Leaf Tea
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The first time I brewed this, it was very bitter. However, I was more careful this time around, only steeping for about 3 minutes, which did the trick! The tea has a light fruity flavor that seemed to lean more toward melon to me.

After steeping a hot cuppa, I resteeped in my water bottle for a cold brew. I can’t decide if I like it better hot or cold. Both are great for this hot summer.

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drank Camomile & Spearmint by Twinings
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Hmm. So I found a box of this in my mom’s pantry that she had never opened. It was expired, but I googled around and found out that expired tea just loses flavor rather than being harmful.

Anyway, the smell right off the bat was a bit medicinal. It kind of reminded me of the Icy Hot patches you put on sore muscles. But I love spearmint, so I went ahead and steeped a bag. The taste was not quite as medicinal as the smell, but not as soothing as I hoped. Since I have a box of it now, I may give it another chance, but I’m really on the fence about this one.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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