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Tess Tea #2
Another score for the bagged teas!! I begrudgingly concede this… I hate to see my beloved loosleaves challenged :(
but this tea is all around goodness. The black part is present but not overly so. The orange aroma is enticing. It tastes like burnt citrus orange… backed by the apple and currant, finishing with a slight lychee aftertaste. I had to add sugar though, at least the first time. I tried some with milk as well, that was tasty though dampened somewhat.
There is something slightly dusty about it, which I think is the nature of bagged teas but I am more than willing to forgive that in this case.
Also, I made Mum try a sip and she absolutely fell in love with it (which pains me since she despises my looseleaf teas, and I didn’t mention that it was bagged beforehand)
Bah!
This will make an excellent on-the-go tea. Mmmmmmmm

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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