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drank Rooibos Peach Bloom by Teavana
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Lovely! The peach tastes natural, and there’s a sharp, not quite citrus note in the background that sets it off beautifully. I think I just prefer green rooibos with softer flavors; I wish I’d thought to get some plain before I started mucking around with blends.

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drank Key Lime by Teavana
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It’s called Key Lime, but all I can taste or smell is papaya and mango; not bad, simply disappointing. This is the first Teavana green rooibos I’ve had that seems to lack the freaky undertaste, though, so it’s got that going for it.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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Indeed. This + 7 minute steep + a teaspoon of agave nectar = just about perfect.

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drank Cloud 9 Rooibos by Teavana
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I just don’t think green rooibos is for me. The strawberry/citrus blend is wonderful—though my bag seems (happily) free of marshmallows—but there is an underlying wrong, chemical-y taste to the whole concoction. It’s not undrinkable, but I’m going to have to try icing it to see if that cuts the weird flavor.

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I’m honestly not certain if it’s the green rooibos, which I’ve not had before, or the pomegranate overpowering everything else, but I just cannot get into this one, which is a shame, as it smells heavenly in the bag. The hints of apple and lemon in the background are interesting, but overwhelmed by an almost synthetic fruitiness.

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
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I think I may have just found my new daily cup of the morning. It is full-bodied without being overwhelming, and has a really unique tingle without being peppermint-y at all. I’d like it a hair stronger, but as Adagio claims it can’t be over-steeped, it may just want another minute or two in the press.

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drank Keemun Encore by Adagio Teas
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This is very rich and has an almost metallic bite to it (which I think would be greatly improved by a teaspoon or so of agave). Definitely buying the next size up.

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drank Golden Spring by Adagio Teas
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They’re not kidding about the umami with this one; it’s super-aromatic with a thick mouthfeel, and the best I can describe it is as bracing. Definitely not for those who prefer more delicate flavors, but I could see this being a lifesaver on a cold winter morning.

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drank Orange by Adagio Teas
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This is the first of Adagio’s flavored teas that hasn’t bowled me over. While it is as fragrant as any of the others (seriously, my kitchen smells faintly of oranges a few hours later, even though I only brewed a cup), the actual taste is of mediocre black tea with a faint touch of citrus in the background.

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drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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This is the first time I have ever tried real rooibos, and I am passionately in love. It is warm, rich, and hearty—it almost tastes as if it’s got protein in it. :) It almost reminds me of Suntory whiskey; not that it tastes of alcohol, but rather that unique, full, sweet, brightness. Really, really excellent; my search for a low-caffeine alternative has ended; now to try all the variants I can find!

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