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DELICIOUS! Talk about love at first sip. I’ve always considered myself to be more of a matcha/green tea fanatic.. but recently, I’ve found an undying LOVE for a good oolong tea. There’s just no other flavor or tea like oolong tea. There seems to be a different flavor with every sip, and a warm cup of oolong is delightful to have during the cold months. 10/10, HIGHLY recommended.

Flavors: Almond, Honey, Spices

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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My favorite breakfast tea! My step-dad is from England and he’s the one that introduced me to PG tips years ago. This is a delightful breakfast tea, great by itself or with milk and sugar. For a teabag tea, the flavors are bold and delicious. Highly recommended!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Not the best, but still recommending this tea for those who enjoy the tase of Chai. There’s a good amount of caffeine and the tea itself doesn’t taste bad. My only major issue with this tea, is that is tasted rather artificial and the tea was almost too sweet without any added sweeteners (a good indication of artificial flavoring). With that being said, this is an acceptable Chai if there’s no other option…. but, I don’t believe I’ll be purchasing this specific Chai tea again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Sugar, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I am so glad that I have found and purchased this tea. This tea has such an amazing cinnamon flavor. It reminds me of cinnamon candy (like fireball) but in liquid form.

I often drink this tea, as is. I find that it has it’s own level of sweetness and I personally rather not mess with the amazing flavor that this tea has to offer.

If you love cinnamon, I highly recommend this tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Passion by Tazo
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I really enjoy this herbal tea! It’s tasty hot or cold, and it doesn’t necessarily require any sweetening. I especially enjoy this tea over ice during the hot months of the year. Yes, I first tried this at Starbucks many moons ago.. but the Tazo brand itself is great for those beginning to dip their toes into the tea drinking world. The Passion herbal tea, the Earl Grey, and the Vanilla Bean Macaroon tea are my favorite from the Tazo line.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Fruity, Herbs, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Licorice, Orange, Rosehips

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Assam by Waitrose
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A heavily oxidized tea, long dark twisted strips that have a roasted aroma. The wet leaves are medium to dark green and like the amber liquor, it has a lovely roasted aroma as well. It’s balanced, full-bodied tea and is very smooth, with chocolate, wood, malt notes, slight minerals and a consistent roasted flavor throughout all the steeps. Nice finish. No bitterness. Very soothing, calming. I haven’t found a Mandala Oolong that has disappointed me.

Yixing teapot, 6g, 130ml, 212°F, rinse, 9 steeps, 25s, 35s, 45s, 55s, 1m5s, 1m15s, 1m25s, 1m35s, 1m45s

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Malt, Mineral, Nuts, Roasted, Roasted nuts

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
2325 tasting notes

I had odd dreams last night and when I woke up this morning I had that weird feeling like resembles dread in my gut. For some reason, it made me want Troika for breakfast. I know! I know! Queen Catherine is my strong lady, but I have had her for the past couple of days and Troika was on my mind.

There was a moment of panic as I pawed through my samples stash but I finally found it. And finished it.

When I tried the Kusmi teas that Cameron B. sent, I told her that Troika and both Anastasias were on my list to order. I guess this is confirmation that I need to get Troika.

It has bergamot but doesn’t come across as an Earl Grey. Too many Earls have Ceylon bases with high lemony notes that over-sour the cup for me, since bergamot is really just a sour citrus fruit already. But Troika has a little more depth, more bass notes, in the tea so it balances nicely. I only had a scant teaspoon left so I double steeped in a Kamjove and combined the two steeps for a really nice breakfast experience.

Now to shake off those bad dreams…

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drank Tower of London by Harney & Sons
2711 tasting notes

Its Tech Week, and if you’ve ever been in a play before you know that means that this is the point where you rethink all your life decisions and get to bed veeery late.
So I am going to need all the tea this week, and the good stuff too.
Uuuugh.
But Tower is proving a sweet and nurturing friend this week, and I am very glad to be drinking it.

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One of my friends and I are always looking for what we consider a “wow” tea. A wow tea is one of those teas that you drink and you are just overall mind blown at how delicious it is. We have definitely found a “wow” tea here with this one.

The way the flavors all come together harmoniously is outstanding. I have always had this tea, as is. It isn’t bitter and has a nice blend of sweet and tangy.

I highly recommend this tea and have even had some friends try a cup of it. I have yet to hear anyone have a single negative comment about it. I really do not think you will go wrong with this one.

Flavors: Fruity, Lime, Sweat, Tangy

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bai Mudan White Tea by Made Of Tea
629 tasting notes

This one is from Sips By. It’s my first pure white tea in a long time. Still getting used to the whole using a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon thing. It feels wrong!

The leaves are long and pretty, with stems attached and a good amount of fuzz. So much that a little collects on top of the water as it steeps. The flavor is very light despite the healthy yellowy tan color. I taste a faint, unexpected tartness. There is also a faint fruity note. Otherwise, this tea might be a little subtle for me. I’m afraid I’m mostly just tasting my stevia. I have enough to try again, so maybe I will use less sweetener and see what happens.

For now, I can’t really taste anything… Maybe when it cools some flavor will appear.

Ron Howard Voice: It didn’t.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Had this lovely stuff this morning, sweet and strong with milk. Though I love to snack on almonds, it’s not really my favorite flavor for desserts or beverages — nevertheless this is really gorgeous and yummy when I’m in the mood. The weather hasn’t been cooperating with the whole chilly “festive season” thing, so some of the more wintery holiday tea options didn’t strike my fancy and this was a nice alternative, just a wee bit spicy and smoothly cheering, without a jarring jingle bell vibe.

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361/365

Made this one up as a shot, since I’m having a lot of success with that recently. It’s also quick and easy to prepare on a morning, which is when I tend to need matcha most! I’m not sure why this is called swampthing – there’s certainly nothing particularly swampy about it, in terms of colour, scent, or taste. It’s described as lavender & lime, which gave me pause, but the initial flavour reminded me more of Skittles than anything. Or Starburst, maybe. The green ones, mostly, which would make sense, but not exclusively by any means. There’s a kind of tangy, fruity, sweetness that’s reminiscent of fruit flavoured candy generally – but I’m okay with that!

I get a lot of lime from this, in a tangy, candy-like sort of way. I don’t get much lavender at all, which is fine by me. The thought of floral matcha scares me a bit. I hadn’t expected to get along with this one, but it’s actually really nice. A good surprise, for once! This is another matcha I’d be happy to add to my morning repertoire – which, thanks to Bird & Blend and their sudden explosion of flavoured matcha releases – only seems to keep expanding!

Facebook reminded me this morning that today marks one year since I began my challenge. I’m happy that I haven’t slipped too much – only by 4 days or so, thanks to colds, new jobs, and general life stress. This year has gone so quickly, though! I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas already! Today is also my first work-at-home day, which I’m thoroughly appreciating. Peace, quiet, no commuting, no phones…I’m so glad I finally put the effort into changing job this year. My new one isn’t perfect, but it’s way better than my old one and I’m a lot happier for it. Hopefully next year will be an equally positive one!

ashmanra

What challenge are you celebrating? Congrats on the first day working at home! Peace and quiet are precious!

Scheherazade

My 365 days of tea :)

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drank Tata Tea Gold by Tata
1 tasting notes

best Tea for young persons

Flavors: Honeysuckle, Jam, Lemon

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A bit of sugar makes it delicious chilled. Add a drop of milk when drinking it hot to accentuate the vanilla.

Flavors: Lavender, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 50 OZ / 1478 ML
Carl Kruse

never had but want to try

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drank Black Oothu by TeaGschwendner
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So, a 20-year-old old arbor tea. For €35. I bought a 50g sample of this just to try. It is actually not a bad tea to my taste. It is sweet, somewhat savory and there is a smokey sweetness that lingers. This sweetness isn’t really deep or warming, it’s more of a high, citrusy sweetness, almost acidic. This tea isn’t weak or unsubstantial, nor is it overly strong or astringent. Perhaps it’s even a nice budget raw, although I think it would get boring pretty quickly. . The leaf and liquor color are really light. I’m no expert but really can’t imagine this having been stored for 20 years.

Flavors: Astringent, Citrusy, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 150 OZ / 4436 ML

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I tasted this tea in local restaurant and I liked it. Decided to buy it and drink it every day!

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