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This is definitely a full bodied, malty black tea. It has a nice flavor too it, but nothing terribly special. Another solid, middle of the road black tea from our TropicalTeaCo order.

The one interesting point here… holy hannah is it astringent. Easily one of the most astringent teas I own.

The tea does have a good flavor though, and will lend itself well to some sweet tea over the summer which we’ll have for a week or two, if we’re lucky. I don’t think I’ll buy it again though… it simply isn’t the star of the show, and is far surpassed by other straight black offerings from TropicalTeaCo such as their English Breakfast or their Organic Texas Iced Tea blend.

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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My fiancé and I are beginning to enjoy tea infusion, and it’s slowly becoming an interesting hobby that the two of us can share. Maybe not slowly… it’s somewhat amazing how much tea you can buy when everything looks shiny and new.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

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