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Sipping down the last of this blend. I’ll more than likely be restocking it; it’s easily the best bagged EG I’ve ever tasted. The bergamot has a dreamy feel to it, with notes of vanilla bean and fresh cream.

You don’t need to add milk or anything to this. It’s divine. I need to try the loose version next.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Cream, Vanilla

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drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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Had this at Starbuck’s today. It was nice. Smooth, floral, slightly spicy, and expensive.

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drank Milky Rose Tea by 3:15 PM
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Thanks to BabyBlue for giving me one of these teabags! This has got to be one of the most unique teas I’ve tried. It already has powdered milk and sugar included in it. When I opened the foil pack, a puff of it rose up.

The tea itself is just a basic black tea, but the sweetness of the sugar and the rose balance it nicely, making it a very yummy sweet treat. The rose gets watered down by the powdered milk, which is wonderful because sometimes rose can be too much.


Flavors: Milk, Rose, Sweet


Wow, what a neat concept! where on earth can one get this tea?


I think my friend got it at an Asian specialty store :)

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This one is delicious! I tasted lots of chocolate and cinnamon and creamy coconut milk. It’s way better than Zhena’s Coconut Chai.

Doesn’t even need any milk or sugar!

Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Coconut, Ginger


sounds delicious!


It’s very good. Highly recommend for coconut lovers!

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I still love this one… It would be even better with lavender!

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drank Jolly Green Kiwi by Tiesta Tea
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Backlogged again…

My canister of this blend is well past its sell-by date, but it still tastes great! Tiesta wins with the packaging on this, I gotta say.

I normally dislike kiwifruit; I think it’s the texture and the look of it that puts me off, not so much the actual flavor of the fruit. Maybe that’s why I enjoy this blend so much. It’s lightly sweet, and the perfect amount of fruity without being cloying or fake-tasting. I get apple notes as well as kiwi, and the green base has a savory, umami quality to it. The leaves are whole and open beautifully while steeping. Theirs is the only commercial green tea that I can tolerate. The only other green teas I’ve had that I really liked were from Butiki (sob) and Dobra (sob even harder because I moved away from the city where my favorite teashop of theirs is located).

I like this company because they are utilitarian without compromising quality or artistry.

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Backlogged from several days ago—

Tried this one hot by mixing the latte concentrate with milk and heating it in a saucepan on the stove.

It’s not as good as a hot drink. All I got was sugary sweetness. None of the cocoa, espresso, and spice notes that I was getting when I drank it as a cold beverage.

Good to know moving forward!

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Very definitely works. The dry bag smells overwhelmingly like Valerian (which is to say, it smells like dirty socks), so I was a bit apprehensive about drinking a cup of it, but once it is submerged in hot water, the smell goes away and the other herbs take over and make it very sweet, mild, soothing, and enjoyable. And it knocked me out. It worked better than the Valerian capsules I take sometimes. I’m betting that TM uses a superior grade of herbs than the company that makes the capsules.

Flavors: Floral, Mint, Sweet

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drank Black Mango by The Tao of Tea
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I finally steeped this perfectly. It was magic. It has a mushy, thick mouthfeel, reminiscent of the flesh of a mango. The liquor brews a deep brown with green around the edges of the cup.

It’s very fragrant, floral and fruity. You do need to be careful about oversteeping though because the base is finicky, and it’s also tempting to overleaf because the dry leaf is rolled into little pellets. Trust me, a little goes a long way!

I must remember to try this with honey next time.

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drank Earl Grey Decaf by Bigelow
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Double-bagged with milk for my pre-bedtime cuppa. This is good for a decaf blend. It still gets overpowered by milk though, so you do need to use two bags to get a decent cup. Doesn’t bother me any because it’s very affordable.

Bergamot is nice and bright in this blend, which makes up for the flatness of the decaf base. Bottoms up!

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Hello! I’m a recent college graduate, trying to find my way in the world. I love literature, politics, and tea. I work in the Information Technology field.

Favorites: Black, oolong, and rooibos. Blends that are vanilla, chocolate, nutty, or dessert-like are especially appealing to me.

I like green teas as long as they are blended with fruit and/ or spices, and I LOVE them when they’re floral.

I have a love-hate relationship with kombucha, and I’m very picky about my chai- It has to have a high-quality black tea base and be heavy on the cinnamon and light on the nutmeg. Also iffy about mate and herbal teas in general, although chamomile and I are usually on speaking terms.

Dislikes: White tea, unflavored green teas, honeybush, fruity herbals, hibiscus in high quantities, plain peppermint. (Although I am not opposed to trying blends that cross into these neighborhoods if they come from reputable companies.)

I’m not a swapper, but I hope we can still be friends :)

90-100: Perfection and heaven and magic, all in one cup.

70-89: Good.

50-69: Meh.

49 and below: Blerg.


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