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drank Very Berry by TeaGuys
796 tasting notes

I’ve had this three times in the past few days. My favorite local coffee shop, Krankies, carries an impressive spread of teas from a local tea shop. However, most of these aren’t decaffeinated or herbal. Luckily this one is, and it’s a good one!

It’s a tart tea, that’s dark enough that I worry I’ll stain my clothes if I spill any. It’s good piping hot or warm, after sitting out for a while.

Laura B

I just got some of this in the mail, along with a LOT of others (as in 14 others :D)… I had to ask Michael (the owner of Angelina’s—Angelina is his daughter) about a few he didn’t specify the maker of on the site (I’ve been correcting a lot of entries on here even though I haven’t had time to review many), and this is made by, to quote his email to me, “TeaGuys in MA” :) I hope that your rating of “wouldn’t actively try to get this tea but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant” by your rating guide doesn’t mean this will fail to thrill me, but while I am working my way through the massive list and sort of denying all the teas that fill my 6′×28″×18″ bamboo tea case (I really didn’t MEAN to have that much… they attacked me and threatened to take me prisoner if I didn’t treasure, display, sip, and share!)… but I hope I’ll be able to give it a good rating (after all, I did buy it)! As for Angelina’s, 700+ teas in house (he DOES make many of his own, like black raspberry truffle and a throat soother and such, but they aren’t listed on the web) and SO much awesome, quirky-to-crazy-expensive gear for tea drinking=you MUST go see him. He’s behind Midtown cafe, where btw a mug of his tea goes quite well with their omg pancakes… wish River Birch would stock it; I can imagine quite a few that would make their fantasmic tender juicy duck with raspberry merlot sauce and their chocolate creme brulee absolutely push me over the edge, delighting me into a foodgasm.

laurenpressley

This is an awesome comment, Laura B. I have been to Angelina’s but not in a while. You inspired me to make the trip again. :) I also am glad to know you’re the one updating the makers… I’ve been confused about it sometimes in the past. Fun stuff, and I am enjoying your reviews, too (esp. the Aveda tea one!).

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Laura B

I just got some of this in the mail, along with a LOT of others (as in 14 others :D)… I had to ask Michael (the owner of Angelina’s—Angelina is his daughter) about a few he didn’t specify the maker of on the site (I’ve been correcting a lot of entries on here even though I haven’t had time to review many), and this is made by, to quote his email to me, “TeaGuys in MA” :) I hope that your rating of “wouldn’t actively try to get this tea but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant” by your rating guide doesn’t mean this will fail to thrill me, but while I am working my way through the massive list and sort of denying all the teas that fill my 6′×28″×18″ bamboo tea case (I really didn’t MEAN to have that much… they attacked me and threatened to take me prisoner if I didn’t treasure, display, sip, and share!)… but I hope I’ll be able to give it a good rating (after all, I did buy it)! As for Angelina’s, 700+ teas in house (he DOES make many of his own, like black raspberry truffle and a throat soother and such, but they aren’t listed on the web) and SO much awesome, quirky-to-crazy-expensive gear for tea drinking=you MUST go see him. He’s behind Midtown cafe, where btw a mug of his tea goes quite well with their omg pancakes… wish River Birch would stock it; I can imagine quite a few that would make their fantasmic tender juicy duck with raspberry merlot sauce and their chocolate creme brulee absolutely push me over the edge, delighting me into a foodgasm.

laurenpressley

This is an awesome comment, Laura B. I have been to Angelina’s but not in a while. You inspired me to make the trip again. :) I also am glad to know you’re the one updating the makers… I’ve been confused about it sometimes in the past. Fun stuff, and I am enjoying your reviews, too (esp. the Aveda tea one!).

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a tea drinking librarian
& a reading, yoga practicing, mommy

I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup

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Blacksburg, VA

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