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This is a pleasant twist on oolong. It’s very fragrant with a general fruity/candylike aroma, and the color after steeping is a light, golden marigold. The flavor is light but full and has a few different layers to it. A little stronger at first, but has a nice, fruity finish to it. However, I can’t get past the fact that the taste resembles that of a blue raspberry or strawberry slushie. Am I crazy, or is anybody else getting something along the same lines? Either is quite probable. I think for this reason the flavor tastes somewhat artificial to me. Be this as it may, I still enjoy it when I’m in the mood for something sweet and juicy. In this regard, I believe this tea is fairly straightforward. It is mostly what it claims to be.

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170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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