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drank Green Chai by Dragonwater
403 tasting notes

Wanted something warm and spicy, but mild and not needing milk, today. This was perfect – sweet green tea with almond and clove. The clove is really standing out today. Looks like it’s back in stock over at Dragonwater, so yay! They’re one of the companies that got me into tea.

1tsp, 3.5 oz water, short steeps

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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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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