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Smooth, but with a pleasantly full body. There’s absolutely no need to add milk and sugar, though to each their own. I don’t like my black teas too malty or harsh, but I don’t like them weak either. This turns out to be a perfect match for me. If your palate doesn’t appreciate being jolted awake in the mornings, yet you hardly want to be starting your day off without caffeine, you might like this tea.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I grew up drinking oolong. My parents would toss a pinch of leaves into our cups and we’d steep them again and again until the brew was tasteless. Sometimes my little sister and I would throw some toasted rice in there and munch through our sips while doing homework or watching TV.

I had never had any other tea until I was in college. My first non-oolong tea was Earl Grey and I dumped it down the drain. Milk, sugar, bergamot oil, black tea—what a shock!

Years later and I’ve now become a big fan of all other types of tea and tisanes as well. As cheesy as it might sound, I believe tea is a very personal experience. There will always be something new to surprise you, yet there is nothing so reliable as a good cup of tea.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee at Stash Tea, though I am not representing them on Steepster in any way. While I will log my honest reviews of both Stash’s and other companies’ teas, I won’t be posting any ratings so as not to come off as biased.

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