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drank Countess Grey by Fortnum & Mason
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Bought this after becoming addicted to Twining’s Lady Grey (with milk!). For whatever reason, I hate Twining’s Lady Grey without milk, but LOVE it with. It’s the opposite for F&M’s Countess Grey. I strongly prefer it without milk.

Annnyyywayyy. Super orange-y. Very bright and juicy. The black tea base is of good, but unremarkable quality.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78

Delicious! I will say that this has a very thick, buttery mouthfeel. The first time I drank it after coming home from San Francisco, I literally thought “wow, this is feels like butter in my mouth!” The taste itself is lightly floral and slightly creamy. I wish it wasn’t as expensive as it is, but it’s worth it. Very, very good :)

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85

I’m very bad at describing teas, but I got this one not long ago at their store in San Francisco’s Chinatown. It’s so yummy! Very light with a nice mouthfeel, it reminds me of the very first ‘nice’ tea I tried, which was a Silver Needle. I don’t know if this is the correct terminology, but it has a nice earthy minerality to it. My second steepings sometimes have a bit of a lemon-y, citrus taste as well. Delicate. Delicious.

Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Mineral

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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95

Creamy, slightly sweet, floral goodness. It’s so good. Ugh. Just. I love it. So much. Drink it.

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83
drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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Absolutely perfect for times when you want something flavored and sweet but not artificial. It just tastes like sweet honeydew and a nice green oolong perfectly balanced. I love that you can taste the tea base, and that both flavors complement one another so well. I usually let it cool a little before drinking it, as I find that the melon flavor stands out more once it’s cooled down.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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63

It’s… fine? It tastes fine, it’s not bad or anything. It’s just not noteworthy. It tastes like a basic Japanese sencha. Lightly grassy. I feel like this can become bitter more easily than average, but once you figure out what works for you it’s fine.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67
drank Thé au Sahara by Mariage Frères
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Lovely, though it can get a bit “much” if you’re not a huge minty rose fan. I can’t drink it all the time, but it’s quite dreamy when I’m in the mood for it. It’s perfect for a hazy summer afternoon spent wondering.

Flavors: Flowers

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85
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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This is a very sweet, very fruity, very yummy tea. It’s a tea for people who don’t drink tea. My boyfriend, who prefers overbrewed Lipton tea to high quality loose leaf varieties, likes this one a lot. He asks for it with some milk and sugar… I personally think it’s quite yummy but I can’t drink it everyday. It definitely fills its niche very well though! Lovely sweet strawberry scent and taste.

Preparation
1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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