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drank Sencha Jade Reserve by Teavana
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Literally my favorite tea ever.

Flavors: Seaweed

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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74
drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
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This is pleasant. I haven’t had a good chamomile in awhile, so I picked this up with my last Amazon order. It’s very, very chamomile and not a lot of lavender, but that’s fine by me.

Flavors: Flowers, Lavender

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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74
drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
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70

I just made this again. I had a pretty terrible time with it last time, but it was the only caffeinated thing in my work stash, so I tried again. I didn’t steep it for too long and used hotter water. It made all the difference. Comparable to regular ol’ Lipton black tea. I don’t get the green tea flavors at all. It’s totally fine, though. Works in a pinch.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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80

Next to last tea for February 2015 Select!

This is a really solid green tea. It hits the buttery, dashi flavors I like, but it’s not as strong as a gyokuro. I’d definitely buy this for an everyday, after-lunch green tea.

Flavors: Floral, Grass, Seaweed

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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60

February ’15 Steepster Select:

It’s fine. I made it and then got called away from my desk, so I’m drinking it at a little closer to room temperature. It reminds me a little of Teavana’s Golden Monkey, or whatever the super expensive one they pawned on me the first time I went there was. I agree with the “malt, toasted honey, and stewed fruit” description on the package. Maybe not so much the stewed fruit, but definitely the malt and toasted honey. Very nice mouth-feel, too.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Toasted

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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67
drank Fuding White Peony by Steepster
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From my Select box this month:

When it was steeping, it smelled a bit like the farm I grew up on. I made everyone in my lunchroom smell it and they agreed on the farm smell. It’s a good smell, though. Like sweet hay and earth.

It brews to a golden color and has a very subtle floral taste. Not a barnyard taste, thankfully. I don’t specifically taste peony, though, but I would definitely buy a couple ounces of this to keep on hand.

Flavors: Earth, Floral, Hay

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

My Steepster Select box came in yesterday! Having this for my morning work tea. First sample of the box!

In the pouch, it smells like flowers. It reminds me of the garden we had when I was little.

It steeps to a pretty golden color and smells a little floral, but not as strong as it did in the pouch, obviously. The taste is a very mild flowery, sweet taste. Very mild. Maybe it’s just that way because I’m still getting over a cold. I don’t know. It’s pleasant, though.

I added a little bit of sugar to it and it made all the difference. The sugar made everything taste a little brighter. A+. The package says I can get 3+ steeps out of this. Challenge accepted.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Orchid

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Twinings
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I also got this as part of a Twinings sample thing. Meh.
First impressions: Smells like fake smoke and leather. There’s also something that’s vaguely reminding me of the beach, but I can’t put my finger on it. And I just brought it out to my desk at work and everyone’s going to hate me when they walk by because the smell is so strong. Oh, well.

It tastes pretty much how it smells. I’m not a fan. This is the first lapsang souchong I’ve ever tasted, though. I’m sure there are better ones out there. At least I didn’t pay for this one.

Edit: I only managed two sips and had to throw it out. The smell is too much. And now I can’t get the smell off of my hands. Ugh.

Flavors: Leather, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Finally got some of this after seeing good reviews on here. I’m not a big Earl Grey fan, but the descriptions of Paris sounded nice. And it is nice. I’m kind of sick and having a stressy day at work. This is just what I needed.

Edit. Had to downgrade my rating a little. This got super duper astringent after I let it sit for awhile.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Honey, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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