My wife picked this up as a replacement early-morning tea for me—we’re nearly out of Twinings and this was $1.50 cheaper (a big deal for us on a tight budget). I was apprehensive, but this was actually quite delicious. The taste is different than what I’m used to, but I really enjoyed it.
Aaaaaaand then I decided to try it without milk or sugar. I’m afraid I’ve ruined it. Although it was supposed to be my early-morning tea (which I make sort of like a builder’s tea, when I don’t have the time to make loose-leaf or sachet, but still want a nice cuppa), I don’t think it can be any more. I didn’t like the taste at all without milk and sugar (the earthiness of the mate was just too much), but now I can’t help but taste that flavor, even when it’s properly sweetened and milked up. Oh, well.

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Hi, there! I’m Mark. I’ve enjoyed tea ever since I was a kid, but only recently (within the past few years) have I really gotten into high quality, loose-leaf tea. Now, all my friends know me as a lover of all kinds of teas, and I’m always happy to share. I try to make tea for people whenever I can.

When I’m not making and drinking tea, I’m usually writing, hiking, building with Lego, or spending time with my wife and kids.

I rarely feel satisfied with giving something a numerical rating, so most of my reviews are listed as simply either “recommended” or “not recommended.” I’m OK with giving ratings to amazing tea and terrible tea, but everything in between just doesn’t seem right, so I usually stay away, and hope that my written reviews will be illuminating enough.

Recently I’ve become a huge fan of Japanese green teas, though a good oolong or pu’er is always welcome.

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