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Fan-freaking-tastic. I went out on a limb a little when I bought this the first time, but man, was it worth it. The sweet, rounded note at the end has so much sustain (now I’m talking in guitar terms, oh dear) that even in the minutes between sips I still have that marvelous taste. When I first got this, I opened the bag and it smelled like frosting—no lie. I’ve since learned that the fragrance of Teavana’s teas can be super strong at first. This tastes nothing at all like frosting, and is malty, smoooooooth, and satisfying. I’ve recently been experimenting with multiple steeps for this, and it’ll go at least 3 times while still tasting yummy (and, as sophistre said, it does lose all of the very-slight astringency that I feel honeybush has after the first steeping.) I drink this all day. You should too. Also great when blended with Teasource’s Lazy Susan.

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Second steeping is the best, yo! And I tested, and it really can’t go any farther than three.

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Second steeping is the best, yo! And I tested, and it really can’t go any farther than three.

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I’m a college tea drinker.
I cook feverishly.
I draw.
I make movies.
I knit.
Someday I wish to own chickens.

I love tea because of the complete sensory experience it offers me. Clock time fades away as I lean into my cup, watching the delicate cascades of steam waft up from the brew. Peace. Stillness. Feeling centered. It’s my meditation…

To give you a little background on my tea preferences (which will put my ratings into perspective)…

I love teas that are strong without bitterness and have earthy flavors to them, like rooibos or a really good black tea. (A few favorites in this category: Toffee Almond Supreme, Popped Rooibos, Oh Canada, Nutcracker Sweet.) Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutty are some of my favorite flavor notes. After about a year of warming up to greens, I absolutely love them—from the sweet, nutty, green-tea-ice-cream-like to the bold, grassy earthiness of Gunpowder Temple of Heaven. I also enjoy a nice white every once in a while. Fruity teas aren’t my favorite. I do have a few fruity teas that I love though, like TeaSource’s Green Tea with Pomegranate, Lemon Solstice, and Blueberry Fields.

I drink all of my teas unsweetened; if a tea needs sweetening, I usually don’t like it. A couple of notable exceptions: I sometimes sweeten straight green teas and matcha, and I drink my chai with soymilk (but no other sweetener). I sometimes like my black tea with a little dollop of soymilk.


Northfield, MN

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