drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Well, I did something quite different today at work for tea. As I mentioned in a previous tasting note, this latest batch of LB that I got in January is not hitting the spot for me as did previous batches of LB. So this afternoon, when I was resteeping, I noticed that our office has a bunch of those Torani flavored syrup things. I usually don’t add anything to my tea, but I thought I’d mix it up a little. So I plopped some ice cubes into the tea to cool it to an iced tea and added a couple pumps of peach syrup. I think I like it? It reminds me a bit of Snapple’s peach iced tea, except much less sweet (which is good). I will probably try it again with different flavors/amounts of the syrups. Next time, I will probably also steep a stronger cup of tea to offset the ice added to cool it down. Depending on how this goes, this could be my summer work drink staple!

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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