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Firstly — incredibly cute packaging! I love opening my cupboard to see a sweet little wintry penguin!

But on to the tea itself… This would be a hit if you are the type of person who likes chocolate cake. It is rich without being sugary, and it definitely has the smooth and creamy texture of a black forest cake. It isn’t too rich that you feel sickly, yet it satisfies your sweet tooth. I am not often a fan of “dessert” style teas, but this one is smooth and comforting. Perfect for a snuggly night on the sofa!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cake, Cocoa, Smooth, Vanilla

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drank Asamushi by Nikaido
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Flavors: Sweet, warm grass, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C

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drank Fukamushi by Nikaido
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This is by leaps and bounds the best green tea (or tea for that matter!) that I have ever had. Fukamushi deep-steamed sencha is absent of bitterness, and this tea has a deep taste of sencha (and the aroma of a good matcha) . Not to mention, what makes it most unique, is that it has a very notable body and “creaminess” to it that you would not find in a green tea. It is incredibly satisfying. Wow. I’ve still yet to find a tea to surpass this. I would recommend it to any avid fans of Japanese sencha.

Flavors: Sweet, warm grass

170 °F / 76 °C

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This is a really delicious tea! It’s a nice, light black tea with a very delicate peach and champagne taste to it. It is a very refined and quintessentially summer tea! I could definitely see this being enjoyed iced, too, on a patio in the hot Summer afternoon. I love how mild the peach is, and the body itself is nothing too robust. Very likely the most refreshing black I’ve had before.

Flavors: Champagne, Peach

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drank Dragonwell by Silk Road
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I’ve never been more sad about a tea being discontinued. :(

A beautiful English rose garden… that was what it was — both in taste and imagery.

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I bought this on a whim after reading a review of a gentleman who drank this tea while reading long Russian tomes (Tolstoy’s War and Peace). It isn’t just the English major in me that pounced on this coupling of images. The scent of books and a smokey, full cuppa…. Well, I am a fan of the occasional wintry smoked tea, especially because it brings to mind 19thc Russia, or frosted windows by a rustic fireplace…

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