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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
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I forgot how good this tea was. I needed a good tea that I could relax with. I had such a rough first week, and today was one of the worst days. This tea was so good. So flavorful and clean.

TeaBrat

I hope things get better. :)

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10
drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
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68
drank White Whisper by Butiki Teas
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I just started my ICU rotation, and I am drained. I’m too tired to write a full review, but this is a good white tea. Mild and dainty. The dry leaves are fuzzy white and smell really good. The taste is very very mild. It is naturally sweet, and I love that.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
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68
drank Kenya Kangaita by Butiki Teas
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96
drank Royal Golden Safari by Butiki Teas
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Wow! This one smells similar to the other Kenyan teas from Butiki teas. Delicious and sweet smelling!

The dry leaves are beautiful. They are twisted, soft, fuzzy leaves that are gold to black in color. They are also bulky, so while transferring it into one of my pretty washi tins, I had to be extra careful. The scent is like blueberries but very soft. I wasn’t sure if this was a black tea at first.

Steeped, it was a medium brown liquor. The taste was fantastic. Another great tea by Butiki Teas! Maybe I am a bit biased toward African teas also, but this tea is amazing. It isn’t bitter at all. I did not need any additives, though I might try next time to see if I can elicit other flavors. I love the natural sweetness in this tea. The light berries and cream type of flavor. It isn’t astringent either. Definitely another good one. I may purchase this in a large size if its available.

YUM!!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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97
drank Sweet Velvet Fog by iHeartTeas
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79
drank Gunpowder by thepuriTea
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I still need to try one sample per day! So this was it today. I opened this tea up expecting to find the balled up leaves, but instead, I found coated balled up leaves! They do resemble little rocks in a river. So beautiful and from the look of it, I figured it would be sweet. Anything coated makes me think of sugar! I’ve tried coated oolongs but not gunpowders. Dry, this tea smelled very sweet and herbal and slightly roasted.

Steeped, it was a nice golden honey in color. The scent was strong and sweet again. The taste was nice! It is green and vegetal (but not in the grassy sort of way). The sweetness lingers on my tongue with gentle spices like ginger and ginseng. The sweet aftertaste, however, reminds me of splenda or one of those artificial sugars. I am not a big fan of those.

I am battling a headache right now, so I hope this makes it better and not worse. I will attempt another steep as the leaves have not fully opened. They are still encased in their shells!

EDIT:

I forgot to mention that I really enjoyed hearing the pop and crackle of the rock leaves as they opened up. I did another steep of this and it still maintained great taste. I still am bothered by the splenda aftertaste though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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62
drank Lemon Yunnan by Samovar
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Finished this up today. This is so light and delicious and not bitter at all. It is nicely blended that the yunnan and lemongrass are playing harmoniously. Not one stands out more than the other. Perfect for lunch! :)

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I’m someone who happens have an addiction to tea! My tea collection keeps growing and growing, which just means that I’ve got to drink more tea! When life gets a bit too stressful, I love sitting down to a nice, warm cup of tea.

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My cupboard contains all the teas that I own. The teas that are unrated but are in my cupboard are ones that I haven’t opened yet. :)

Likes: chai, all types of teas, dessert teas, Dan Cong & milk oolongs, dragonwell & kukicha greens, flavored rooibos, vanilla anything

Dislikes: bitter
Allergies: Chamomile, Jasmine, Soy

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