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drank Russian Blend by Samovar
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8 min or more

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This is my favorite morning black tea. It doesn’t take much to get you pumped for a good long session of brainstorming on a Monday morning. It’s smokey, malty and makes your taste buds dance while your brain crackles.

SpecialTeas has ruined me to most widely-available tea companies out there. Their extensive and thoughtful collection of teas set the bar, IMO. I’m very sad that they are no more.

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98

This is by far my favorite genmaicha so far. I’m sad to say that even the version I purchased from the local Japanese market pales in comparison to this.

So nutty. So green. So full of in-yer-mouth goodness. I need another cup, stat.

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98
drank Orange Ginger by Samovar
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I love this tea. This was my first Samovar tea, enjoyed on a cold San Francisco evening after a long day at work. The pep and bite was exactly what I needed.

I bought a tin of this some time ago and when it was empty, I got sad. I’ve finally gotten around to replenishing it and I’m grateful to have one of the more delicious herbal blends out there once more.

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67
drank Cinnamon Stonefruit by Samovar
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I have to say the marketing on this blend is really top notch. Against my better judgment I ordered a tin of this, knowing full well that I have a strong aversion to hot fruit.

Well, I brewed this and it smells great, but yah it falls on the tart side which doesn’t really work for me.

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68

I’m fairly new to white tea so I was eager to try out this one from the sample set from Samovar. This tea is very fragrant, but there’s something about it that doesn’t jive with me. I liked the delicate flavor, which leads me to believe I’ll enjoy the other varieties they offer, but not sure I would buy this one again.

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67
drank Ryokucha by Samovar
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I had this at the Samovar in MC and it was OK. The color as fantastic but as a genmaicha iri matcha fiend, I wasn’t really impressed with the flavor. I was looking for a more nutty taste, but it fell a little flat.

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