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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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This was a good drink, but I really would think of it more as a sweet peach beverage than a tea…

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drank Sencha Shot by Ito En
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Since I’d tried the oolong shot recently, I thought I’d give this a go. It’s good, too! This one seemed less necessary to be so cold, but still ideal that way. It was a rare canned tea that actually tasted exactly as I would hope it should taste. If anything, it was on the toasty end of sencha, which is awesome for me. I’m glad to have tried these Ito En shots!

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I ended up getting some of this the last time I was in Raleigh. It’s a good cup. It’s much smoother than the other assam I picked up, and less astringent. If you’re looking, you can pick up chocolate notes…

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This is a good cup of assam! I was interested after the sales person at the Raleigh shop said it was her favorite assam, and it was really toasty. And it is! It was perfect with the oatmeal I had for breakfast, and has enough of a kick that it’s a great way to start the day.

It’s a strong cup, with some astringency (though not too much tannin). Recommend!

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drank Oolong Shot by Ito En
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Dark and toasty, it feels a bit concentrated, but still quite good even with that feeling. I thought it was a bit dense, but like Cinoi, in the end I found it was the can. It’s a good quick fix for an Oolong tea. I especially liked it really cold.


Oolong does make a really good iced tea.


I love this stuff.

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I’m not sure if this is what I had or not today, but this is the actual tea: http://tinroofteas.com/green-aroma-teas/984-kombucha-plum/

That tea shop used to only sell Tea Gschwender tea, but now they’re doing some other ones, too, and Wiseman is an option, I guess.

Anyway, it was really good. I don’t typically drink Kombucha, so I’m not certain what it’s role was in the tea, but the balance of plum to tea was quite nice. The tea had a bit of a kick, too. I picked up three other teas, so looking forward to trying them!

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I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup


Seattle, WA



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