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drank Thai Tea Blend by Teavana
403 tasting notes

Yeah, Meghann M I almost want to curse you for sending me this. I’ve avoided Teavana pretty well so far, but I think this is the tea that will make me cave. I don’t even like coconut that much! But this just has this rich, soft, well-blended flavor; I like the nuttiness the rooibos adds, and appreciate that it lowers the caffeine content a little too. 2nd steep is weaker but drinkable, especially if you add a little more plain black tea or rooibos to give it some heft.

This is aptly named: it’s like a gentler (less spicy, less sweet) warm version of Thai Iced tea (which I also adore). I will likely be buying more once this bag runs out.

ETA: Does anyone know for certain whether this has natural/artificial flavorings (beyond the coconut, vanilla, and almond pieces listed?) I’m skeptical that it doesn’t, and the Teavana webpage isn’t really clear – just something I like to take into account in ratings.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
LiberTEAS

This tea makes an awesome thai iced tea. I brew it strong, chill, and then when I serve it, i top it with some sweetened condensed milk. SO GOOD, and so much like a thai restaurant’s iced tea that I don’t need to stop at a thai restaurant anymore to “just get an iced tea” because I’m craving one.

gmathis

I love it straight … will have to try your LiberTEAS version!

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LiberTEAS

This tea makes an awesome thai iced tea. I brew it strong, chill, and then when I serve it, i top it with some sweetened condensed milk. SO GOOD, and so much like a thai restaurant’s iced tea that I don’t need to stop at a thai restaurant anymore to “just get an iced tea” because I’m craving one.

gmathis

I love it straight … will have to try your LiberTEAS version!

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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