This was part of my TeaSource Green Sampler. I decided on a green this morning, and I had smelled this one far more often than was necessary, so I decided to finally try it. What a fantastic, fruity, tangy aroma…this needs no sweetener, by the way; it’s perfect as it is. I was a little concerned the “tartness” it advertises would be more like the super-super-sour feeling that I get when I try teas that claim to be tart. But no—this was just nice, fruity goodness, and the smooth, tasty green really comes through here. A perfectly flavored green tea—which I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before. A great way to start my day—I’ll be getting this again.

Oh, and this re-steeps like a pro.

165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec

It says “99,” but this should be 100.

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I’m a college tea drinker.
I cook feverishly.
I draw.
I make movies.
I knit.
Someday I wish to own chickens.

I love tea because of the complete sensory experience it offers me. Clock time fades away as I lean into my cup, watching the delicate cascades of steam waft up from the brew. Peace. Stillness. Feeling centered. It’s my meditation…

To give you a little background on my tea preferences (which will put my ratings into perspective)…

I love teas that are strong without bitterness and have earthy flavors to them, like rooibos or a really good black tea. (A few favorites in this category: Toffee Almond Supreme, Popped Rooibos, Oh Canada, Nutcracker Sweet.) Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutty are some of my favorite flavor notes. After about a year of warming up to greens, I absolutely love them—from the sweet, nutty, green-tea-ice-cream-like to the bold, grassy earthiness of Gunpowder Temple of Heaven. I also enjoy a nice white every once in a while. Fruity teas aren’t my favorite. I do have a few fruity teas that I love though, like TeaSource’s Green Tea with Pomegranate, Lemon Solstice, and Blueberry Fields.

I drink all of my teas unsweetened; if a tea needs sweetening, I usually don’t like it. A couple of notable exceptions: I sometimes sweeten straight green teas and matcha, and I drink my chai with soymilk (but no other sweetener). I sometimes like my black tea with a little dollop of soymilk.


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