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I love a good Earl Grey, so I was excited to see this one in my Rare Tea Company sampler. The leaf is very finely chopped, almost like a CTC tea and has a strong aroma of bergamot. It steeps up strong and hearty with a sharp bergamot flavor; a bit too aggressive on its own, but lovely with milk. It’s not the best Earl Grey I’ve ever had and I’m not sure its worth the premium price tag, but I’ll certainly finish and enjoy the 2oz I have!

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Lost Malawi by Rare Tea Company
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This was one of the teas I was most excited to try in my Rare Tea Co. gift set, as I haven’t had the opportunity to try many African teas. The leaf was much more finely chopped than I was expecting, almost like a CTC tea. It brews up to a rich reddish brown color with a nice malty aroma. The flavor is strong and earthy with notes of malt and stonefruit. Despite the torn up leaf, I didn’t get the anticipated bitterness or astringency; it’s smooth enough to drink without milk, though it’s also robust enough to take milk well. Overall, this is one of the best breakfast blends I’ve tried and definitely something I would repurchase!

Flavors: Earth, Malt, Smooth, Stonefruit

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Leafhopper

I read the owner’s book on the teas she sells and a lot of them sound interesting.

Inkling

I read that book too, Leafhopper! Such a fun one. :)

Leafhopper

I found myself checking off the teas I’ve tried. I look forward to your reviews!

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I got a Rare Tea Co. gift set for Christmas that included six different unflavored teas. This one is by far my favorite of the bunch and quite possibly my favorite white tea I’ve ever tried! The buds are very downy and brew up such a sweet, delicate fresh-tasting brew. It tastes like sugar-snap peas fresh off the vine and sips down super smooth with no astringency at all. It also re-steeps beautifully! This is definitely going on my wish list.

Flavors: Peas, Smooth, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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The photo for this tea … really is how this tea looks. The leaves are large and whole like that. Not crumbled or broken or in a sachet or teabag. Loose.

Sweet with a flavor that’s reminiscent of a light green tea. It’s a little lighter in flavor and texture and a little sweeter than most green teas, but it’s similar to that kind of taste. This is what I’d recommend to someone who loves green tea but needs to cut back on the caffeine. Drinking this will help you not miss the green tea so much.

Sweet, notes of savory (and be sure to check out the recipe link on the full-length review for this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/06/17/english-olive-leaf-tea-from-rare-tea-co/ – it sounds so yummy!)

A very enjoyable tisane.

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Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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This is probably the finest black tea I’ve tried. It’s strong and malty, with a long, sweet, fruity aftertaste. It can be brewed at least twice, with the second brew bringing out more of the delicate sweetness and less power. The second brew should probably be done for slightly longer than the first.

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

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Tea #31 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

My first few cups out of the TTB today left me feeling a little meh so I decided to find something unflavored to try. This is a nice bold cup of tea and exactly what I needed to shake off the tea blahs so I could finish off the last few teas I wanted to try before sending the box on tomorrow.

This tea is a little malty, a little sweet, a little drying, and not at all astringent. This reminds me a bit of a cross between a Yunnan and a Darjeeling and since I enjoy both, this is the perfect tea for me. The only downfall is that it left me craving something sweet, preferably chocolate, and I don’t really have anything like that in the house right now. Guess that means it’s time to bake some more toll house cookies :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Lost Malawi by Rare Tea Company
615 tasting notes

Tea #45 from HHTTB2

This tea reminds me of a lot of other teas, but doesn’t match any of them exactly.

It has:
-The floral, fruity highlights of a Darjeeling. But they’re much deeper.
-The sweetness of a Yunnan, only not as pronounced or refined.
-The maltiness of an Assam, only not quite as thick on the tongue.
-And the slight roasiness of Keemun, but comes across more earthy than smoky.

So, despite my brain’s inability to place this tea, it’s very, very good. The flavors are well-rounded and balanced and it’s smooth. There’s a slight drying on my tongue, but no bitterness or anything of that sort.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Lost Malawi by Rare Tea Company
4843 tasting notes

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In a word, I’d describe this tea as masculine. It is very rich, malty and rugged. It is good and strong … with lots of gusto. Just the kind of tea you want to get going in the morning, you know?

I found this to be remarkably well-rounded. I have been very impressed with the teas that I’ve tried from Rare Tea Company, and this tea is no exception, rather, it emphasizes what I mean … this tea is really top-notch.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/16/lost-malawi-black-tea-from-rare-tea-co/

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Opening my second Rare tea company Tea tin.

It tastes very gentle and nice. Slightly silver needle-ish. Sweet. Very subtle should maybe even steep it longer.

Promising. Won’t rate just yet.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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