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drank White Rose by Numi Organic Tea
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drank Kan-no-shiro by Ippodo
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Light, sweeter flavor than other matchas. Great with milk

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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50

I got this tea as a sample size. When you steep it, it smells heavily of soy sauce, and when drunk it still has that “umami” flavor. It has a dark cup but a nice smooth texture

Flavors: Seaweed, Soy sauce, Umami

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Black Rose by T2
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Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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73

This is my go-to Earl Grey but it’s not my favorite. I find that it’s really bitter, almost oily, and it doesn’t have that mild floral flavor that some Earl Greys have. It needs a copious amount of milk to make it something palatable, and somehow adding sugar just makes it more bitter, but it brings out some of the vanilla.

The upside to this tea is that it’s cheap.

Flavors: Floral

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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67

I’ve had this sample in my tea drawer for a while now. Mild and sweet flavor, not as grassy as some green teas. Could have probably steeped it longer, but I won’t purchase it again.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Hot Brandy by White2Tea
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Relatively herbal but not too bitter, able to finish 8oz without getting tired of it. It’s a pretty good, basic travel tea and is good with sweet or savory food.

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85

This tea lived up to its namesake. It very clearly tasted like cream and Brandy, and if steeped too long became incredibly bitter. I found after several steeps the bitterness actually increased. It tastes best with sweets, and has a strong and astringent taste reminiscent of alcohol.

Steeped gaiwan style.

Flavors: Alcohol, Brandy, Cream

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97

I’ve only tried a few jasmine teas before and was not impressed, so when the salesperson recommended me this tea (and I bought it, of course), I was apprehensive.

I have been drinking this tea for breakfast this past week and have fallen in love with it. It has a wonderful scent with a refreshing feel and taste. It’s not as floral as some oolongs and is a bit sweet. It holds its flavor for several steeps. The balls generally hold their shape even after being steeped several times.

I will most likely be re-buying this tea when I run out, it’s such a delicious basic.

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I’m not an oolong fan but this is definitely changing my mind. I bought it because the milky scent really intrigued me. The downside is that I’ve read that this oolong is actually flavored, but I don’t have too much familiarity with unflavored oolongs.

It definitely has that milky taste and creamy texture to it. It’s slightly sweet and floral – almost a bit too floral for my tastes. It goes well for breakfast and I’ve found it tastes even better cold. It can be a bit too strong on the first steep (or if it’s oversteeped), but if you do it right it comes out very refreshing. The scent is amazing and it definitely enhances the taste of the tea.

While I enjoyed it I most likely will not be purchasing it again. I prefer it iced versus hot as I feel it reduces some of the floral notes that I personally don’t like.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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