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Finally got around to brewing this at a lower temperature as suggested by Amy oh.
Although the tea wasn’t bitter, the last time I brewed this, I tasted almost nothing else but 2nd flush Darjeeling-which I don’t care for.

Anyhow, brewing at 195 today the tea tastes much better. Can’t really pick out individual tea flavors, but at least the 2nd flush taste is hidden. Probably wouldn’t buy this again, but it tastes decent enough. I will certainly finish my sample pack without complaint.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I thought this eas a good blend.

Scott B

Yeah, the first time I brewed it, I liked it-but failed to keep notes on brewing. The second time was not good. At the lower temp today was good again. Not a favorite, but not bad.

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ScottTeaMan

I thought this eas a good blend.

Scott B

Yeah, the first time I brewed it, I liked it-but failed to keep notes on brewing. The second time was not good. At the lower temp today was good again. Not a favorite, but not bad.

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Started drinking tea for health benefits maybe 5 years ago-exclusively bagged tea. Usually went for various Celestial Seasonings type of stuff. I bought a tea infuser at a gourmet shop once and then I realized there was almost no loose tea available. Eventually tiring of bags, I started ordering loose tea online and I have never gone back. Initially, I was exploring all the wild and exotic flavor combinations, but now I mostly drink straight teas. I still enjoy blended teas-but prefer those without “flavoring”. Hope to learn here and find some new teas I might not otherwise find. Am a vegan, so “milk” generally means “soymilk” to me. If it’s almond, rice, or coconut, I will mention that fact.

I am new here, and new to reviewing tea. Many of my initial reviews will be from memory and may not be very detailed at all. I hope to write more informative reviews on current and future teas.

I won’t let external factors affect my rating of the tea-such as slow shipping, too expensive, etc. I’ll mention any customer service problems in my reviews. I also won’t let my mistakes in not following the seller’s recommended parameters affect a rating. I can’t believe people who say “I forgot about it and oversteeped it” and then give it a rating. If I brew outside the parameters, I will wait until I brew it right before I give it a rating.

TEMPORARY RATING SYSTEM- Don’t hold me to these numbers and descriptions-like George Bluth, I like to tweak.

90+ It’s awesome, right?? I’ll probably try to keep it on hand.

80-89 – I really like this and will buy it again at some point, but there are so many teas to try!

70-79 – This is a pretty good tea and I may buy it again based on my mood, what tea store I am buying from, and what kind of deal I can get.

60-69 – This is okay. I finished the bag. I would drink it again if offered, but would not buy it again.

40-59 – IF I finished the bag, I recall this tea thinking “Why in the hell did I finish the bag?”

1-39 – Did not finish the bag. Maybe not even the cup. Tea was given away or discarded.

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