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drank Pouchong by Adagio Teas
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This is my first unflavored oolong purchase. I ordered a sample, and have had a few cups before this particular occasion but always struggled on how to steep it properly. (I’m thinking about buying a tea thermometer – how does one know if the water is 180 degrees or 195 degrees or some other temperature without it? I certainly don’t.) Other times, I ended up with a cup that was either slightly bitter or very smooth but without a distinct flavor.

So this occasion (a happy occasion) needs to be recorded: I flipped the switch on the electric kettle, waited until it was near-boiling, turned it off, and waited a few minutes. I infused a “heaping teaspoon” for about 30 seconds. I worry about steeping too long – bitter and astringent tea is the worst. I took a few sips and it was okay but nothing to write home about, as usual. Then I got distracted with work and the tea sat there, becoming lukewarm, until I took a sip a half hour later (meaning, now).

WHOA! It’s crazy smooth and sooo buttery with a floral taste at the end. I love it! So this is what I was supposed to be getting all this time, huh?

Tea Experts: what have I been doing wrong? Lower tea temp? Always wait until it’s lukewarm?

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Sweet

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I bought a box of this last week when I finished up my Twinings Peppermint bags. I remembered that it received satisfactory and downright glowing reviews here on Steepster a few years ago, and decided to try it out.

Now that I have – a few times now – I find that I don’t particularly care for it. Its odor reminds me of potpurri and tasting it reinforces the image in my mind (not that I know what potpurri tastes like…). Adding at least two teaspoons of sugar helps me get it down but I’m trying to consume less sugar, so that’s not really that helpful.

I have 18 bags left and I think it might end up being pushed to the back of the cupboard (there will be a post going up in the swap category soon if you’re interested in taking some/all of this off my hands).

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85
drank African Autumn by Harney & Sons
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I’m surprised that this tea has low ratings as it’s a favorite of mine. I hope that doesn’t imply anything negative about my palate, but to each his own, right?

One of my favorite coffee shops makes this as a tea latte so on my last H&S order, I bought a tagalong tin to experiment. It wasn’t very hard to emulate – in fact, I discovered one could just add milk without going down the latte route and it tastes roughly the same. It’s not exactly the same because the coffee shop puts flavored syrup in its tea latte but now that I’ve made it at home a few times, I like it more without the flavoring.

I like this one as both a hot tea latte and as an iced tea latte. I’ve never had the tea on its own, so that might be one thing that differentiates me from the other reviewers. With the “latte”, I can taste the cranberry orange-ness but the milk adds a bit of creaminess, which is quite nice. I like to drink it as a dessert tea for times when I’m trying to limit my caffeine and/or sugar intake but am still in the mood for something that tastes indulgent.

Sadly, I only have one more bag left of this. But on my next H&S order, I’ll definitely be restocking and buying a bigger size of this tea.

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drank Decaf Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
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drank Pomegranate Oolong by Harney & Sons
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I love love love this tea, it’s one of my very favorites. It is delicious straight either hot or iced or, as I often get it from the coffee shop, as a tea “latte”. Today was an iced tea latte sort of day.

This needs to go straight to the top of my shopping list as this should really be one of my cupboard staples.

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drank Blackberry Sage by The Republic of Tea
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Figured out how to make iced tea (it requires more planning than I expected), and ever since, I’ve been enjoying this one. It’s not as naturally sweet as when it’s cold-brewed, but once I add sugar or honey, it tastes a lot like the way the coffee shop makes it. My bank account is grateful I’ve discovered a cheaper alternative.

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drank Blackberry Sage by The Republic of Tea
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Despite the cool temperatures outside, I haven’t been in the mood for hot tea. I bought this tea a few months ago. One of my favorite coffee shops stocks only Republic of Tea varieties and I’ve had this tea several times there. I ordered it hot a few times, but the blackberry flavor comes across very artificial and a bit too heavy-handed when made that way. I switched to iced on the recommendation of the barista, and it was delicious. Decided to purchase it so I’m not stopping by the coffee shop every day. I can save a few dollars if I’m making it at home for myself.

Last night was the first time I made it. I didn’t have ice at home so I cold-brewed a few bags of this tea in a pitcher overnight, and drank it in the morning and with lunch. The blackberry flavor comes out really well. It was naturally sweet, so I didn’t have to add any sweetener – definitely a plus as I’m trying to watch my sugar intake currently.

I still like iced better than cold-brewed, at least for this tea, so I’m going to pick up a few ice trays from the store soon. I look forward to enjoying this during the actual hot days of summer.

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drank Pomegranate Oolong by Harney & Sons
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drank Elaichi (Cardamom) Tea by Tetley
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