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82

Fairly simple but nice, smooth flavor. I appreciate that it’s quasi-organic, but for the money, I’ll take Golden Monkey any day.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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84
drank Ali San by Harney & Sons
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Flavors: Butter, Gardenias, Vegetal

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

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87
drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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98
drank Brandy Oolong by Tap Twice Tea
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This stuff is amazing. It’s Golden Monkey’s brother, with rich round notes of molasses , honey, and flowers.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Molasses

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Flavors: Chocolate, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98
drank Brandy Oolong by Tap Twice Tea
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91

Malty yet bright, this is definitely a crowd pleaser (in a good way) and a great way to start the day. As with most breakfast teas, I take it with a little sugar and a little milk. At least at the low end of the steeping time recommendation (4 minutes), this is well within the range of astringency for a breakfast tea.

Flavors: Malt, Mocha

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89

I love the scent of jasmine, both in perfume and in real life. And even for me, the first whiff of the unbrewed tea was overwhelmingly floral. Another reviewer likened the aroma to Juicy Fruit, and that’s about right.

Luckily, after brewing, the jasmine settled down and played better with the flavor of green tea. The tea has a nice sweetness, a very pleasant lingering finish, and a silky mouthfeel. In short, it’s a lovely jasmine tea. I will be curious to try Harney & Sons’ Jasmine tea to compare and see how it compares on quality/price ratio.

Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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79

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’m new to discovering teas in a more in-depth way. I’m currently enjoying oolong and black teas, both unflavored and flavored (when flavors are handled nicely). In terms of flavors, I love florals but not so much fruits or vanilla). Working on my appreciation of green and white teas.

Please forgive any forays into wine terminology – my background is in wine tasting (cork dork, here).

My Rating Scale

90-100 Excellent/outstanding
80-90 Very good/would buy again
70-80 Decent/would drink again if offered
Sub-70 Blurgh
Unrated I don’t know enough about this type of tea or otherwise can’t offer a fair judgment

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