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55

Eh, it was ok. Nothing in particular stood out. Wasn’t good, wasn’t bad. I finished the tea, even tried a second steeping. But it’s definitely not one I would buy. The strongest taste is the rooibos.

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82

I have not had much experience in jasmine green tea so take that into account. I did really enjoy this. It wasn’t a wow I love it but more of a this is good, hit my mood right, and was great sipping. I enjoyed the scent. I agree with another reviewer, 5 minutes seemed long. I did mine for closer to 4. I had a single bag for a sample, it’s one I plan to buy and add to my stash once I drink through a few more teas.

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100
drank Peppermint by two leaves and a bud
1574 tasting notes

Excellent and very potent peppermint. Not really anything to say about a peppermint tea other than it tastes like fresh peppermint.

it also resteeps very well.

Flavors: Menthol, Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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65

I found an unopened box of this tucked away in my closet. I am always amazed at how often I find random quantities of tea that I don’t remember. This box states that it is still good for another year, so I am in luck. Lately I have been getting crap for sleep, so I started bringing these to work to help keep me alive. The sachets are nice, and the tea inside looks like a typical Chun Mee or Hyson with a few pieces of jasmine. The scent is nice and heavy with jasmine and a base of vegetal. However, that is where my interest stops. The taste is okay. It’s a bit rough and sickening with the florals. Honestly, the more I drink of it the less I like it. This is the sort of tea that gives me headache and makes my stomach turn. Although, at just one cup it is fine. It is far from good, but it is drinkable. I have tried using cooler water (doesn’t have any flavor, except for the bitter floral), and I have tried shorter steep times (same conclusion), but I cannot make this a great brew…

Flavors: Bitter, Drying, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I really wasn’t expecting much from this tea with the lack of reviews both here and on two leaves and a bud’s website but here i am leaving a good review. Maybe my taste buds are just fried today but when really hot it doesn’t seem to have a flavor but once it cools off a bit it is really nice.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Very nice earl grey. Even with a second steep it is still delightful.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86
drank Pomi-berry by two leaves and a bud
1574 tasting notes

I couldn’t find “Orchard berry” anywhere, but I looked it up and found out it was previously called Pomi-berry. I’m just going to write my tasting note under the old name, that seems easier than making a new listing

I had this hot first, and steeped it 30 seconds in 90 deg C water. Second cup was 1 minute in cold water. I think this is best with very short steeps to prevent hibiscus-domination. It was excellent cold, I think this would make a wonderful iced tea to drink straight (no sweetener).

Very fruity, hibiscus starts coming out a few seconds in, berries, chamomile, lemongrass. A nice fruity herbal.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Blueberry, Dried Fruit, Herbs, Hot hay, Lemongrass

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84

This is awesome. Perfect balance of green and tropical. Tastes and smells great. One I will keep buying for sure. Keeps that green tea flavor I love but also brings out the tropical notes without overpowering the green. This is comfort tea for me and one I can always go back to.

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Not rating this tea because I tossed it. Not sure why this labeled for a better morning since none of the ingredients bring morning to mind. I didn’t like it right as soon as I opened the bag. The mint in this one just really turned me off. Many probably would love this tea but I couldn’t get into it. Definite hard pass for me. I only choked down about half of this before I said no thanks, moving on.

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55

This was an okay tea. Not brilliant. Had a good scent but it didn’t carry over to flavor for me. It was very light tasting without a whole ton of flavor. I was glad I only got one as a sample and not a whole box. I’d drink it again but I have lots more tea I like more. Was not overly berry flavored and not a strong tea in general. Hint of mint but not strong. I just wasn’t a fan of this one. Brewed it according to the directions

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

This was definitely a lighter sencha. The orange is present but not overwhelming. Seems like a good everyday tea. I used to drink Lipton Green Tea with orange in it, this was a good organic replacement. Tasted way better. Was able to steep it twice but it could probably go more. Well balanced and not overpowering.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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84

Well balanced green tea. The orange and pineapple are not super strong but are noted. Smells great, drinks smooth, and finishes with the taste of the green tea. Not sure I was energized but it was a nice tea and one that will become a often used tea.

Flavors: Pineapple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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65

The first time I brewed this I WAY over brewed it. Darn those kids and their distractions!

But it was much better when I did it right. It’s a very light white tea, taste of strawberry comes out more on the second steeping but it’s still very light and well balanced. The kind of tea that is not strong or overpowering but can be sipped all day. I drink it hot and use no sweeteners.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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44

A bland green tea. Perhaps its because I had their tea bag version. Perhaps the loose leaf would be better but honestly there were no good green notes to pick up from this one. Drinkable but not something I would get again.

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80

While this is a solid chai blend, it is nothing special. I’ve had better, but I’ve also had worse. The spice combination is pretty typical and nothing spectacular. The black base and spices all seem very high grade and fresh, though, which puts it above most grocery store teas.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Nutty, Peppercorn, Spices, Spicy, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec

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50

Pleasant, hay-like aroma and taste. Actually reminds me very strongly of my grandmother’s barn. In a good way.

However, very weak even when steeped Western-style for 3 minutes in near-boiling water. I don’t detect any apricot, floral, or other notes besides the general sunny grassiness of the tea.

Flavors: Hay, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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91

It looks like I will have more time to review teas for a while. My job was eliminated last Thursday. I am not going to rant, whine, or complain. This is the first time it has happened to me in a 40-year career, which makes me fortunate. The last thing I will say about it is if you know someone who is looking for a very experienced technical writer, online training developer, and jack of many computer trades, please let me know.

OK. Now to the fun stuff! I found this tea for a great price at our local Dean and Deluca store. Its round cardboard container intrigued me as it reminded me of the packaging for fireplace matches.

The very short and thin black tea leaves had a sweet malty smell. I brewed them for four minutes at 212 degrees as recommended on the container.

The steeped result was a dark molasses-colored liquid with a sweet aroma. The odor was almost like tea covered with healthy doses of milk and sugar, although I was drinking it straight.

The flavor of the tea was extremely pleasant with distinct sweet and malty accents. The specific black tea flavor was just a subscript to the other more clearly enunciated attributes. The entire cup went down exceptionally smoothly with no astringency detected by my palate.

I like this tea a lot! It is the perfect storm of flavor and smoothness. It will be a fantastic addition to my morning black tea rotation.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML
caile

Sorry to hear about your job!

Stoo

Thanks, Caile. I wonder if there are any open positions for a professional tea reviewer… :-)

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85

I have not been able to brew much tea lately, and for the most part I have been putting up with cheap-o green tea bags during my work day. Today at work, I thought I would give this genmaicha a try to liven up my 9 to 5 a little.

This was my first rodeo with a tea of this variety, and it is safe to say that it will not be my last. I steeped this sachet in about 10 oz of just under boiling water (which is the best I can manage at work). At first I was taken aback by the flavor profile of this tea, it tasted like soup, not tea. The tasting notes on the front end of the sip could best be described as slightly salty, and “oily”. On the back end of the sip, I clearly picked up some bitterness out of the green tea.

After getting accustomed to its unique flavor profile in the morning, I found myself craving more later in the day, so I helped myself to a 2nd cup. :)

Flavors: Bitter, Nutty, Olive Oil, Salty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

I have been drinking chamomile since I was a child, and have had many brands, this is by far the best I have had and I discovered it at a coffee drive through. I think I may order from there website, it is organic, the buds are fresh the tea bags are in nice packaging, the flavor is sweet and pure. No milk or sweetener was added.

Flavors: Honey, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 16 OZ / 473 ML

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87
drank Jasmine Petal by two leaves and a bud
1574 tasting notes

I found the green tea used in this blend extremely pleasant. I have a difficult time finding green teas that I enjoy because so many are bitter, astringent, or too weak. Anyway, I love the green tea used in this.

The jasmine went really well with the green tea. I normally enjoy very strong jasmine teas but I actually really liked the subdued jasmine in this because it allowed the green tea flavour to how through.

First steep was 3 minutes in very hot water with one teabag in a medium size teapot. Second steep was more flavourful because i let it steep a four more minutes. Third steep was starting to be overly tannic. The second steep was my favourite, but I think if you played with the times a bit, you might be able to get three good steeps out of the teabag.

Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine, Sweet, Tannin

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 20 OZ / 600 ML

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75

This is a really good rooibos tea and I love that it’s caffeine free.

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100

I adore peppermint tea and this one tastes really good. I like it better than the Tim Hortons one.

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