Another sample I received from them yesterday (only two left). Opening the package I instantly smell mint and vanilla, like a creme de menthe. The wet leaves, which are very disappointingly broken little things, smell like an Andy’s candy:chocolate and mint. I brewed this up at 175 instead of boiling because of the green tea in it. The package says boiling but I’m always afraid to bitter the green tea. It came out nice and smooth, the vanilla tempers the mint a bit and at first all I could taste was mint, black tea with a vanilla like aftertaste. Now that it’s starting to cool I can taste the green tea, it’s gunpowder green tea, I know that smokiness just about anywhere. I can definitely taste the flavors more as it cools, I would like to try this iced but I would have to buy more considering that I find that I have to use their entire sample to make a 10oz pot or cup. But it’s good and if I buy from them again this will be on the list!

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I’m an avid tea drinker, it’s what I drink all day and why I’m here. I don’t sweeten my teas except for the occasional iced tea or cold-brewed tea. I typically brew my teas with a brew basket in a 12 oz cup. If I brew another way I will always note it.

Dislikes: black teas, milk flavored oolongs, hibiscus, red rooibos, licorice, dessert teas, mate, guayusa.

Loves: straight teas, especially Chinese green teas, sencha, jasmine, dan congs, mint, coconut.

My ratings are based mostly on the smiley faces. If a tea is of good quality but not to my taste preference I try not to rate it because I think that is unfair.

I drink a lot of the same teas and will not record every time I drink them. I log them the first time I try them and then again if I did something different and/or got different results.

I also try to keep my cupboard updated to what I actually have for those that wish to swap, although some of them are merely samples.

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