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drank China Sencha by Aurora
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Unusually, my housemate requested a green tea so I was glad to oblige. I’m starting to run low and wondering how different i would be from a different company and whether japanese and chinese senchas are likely to be different

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They seem different to me, though it is difficult to put it in words. I like the Japanese green teas better when I am careful not to oversteep them. They seem much more delicate when it comes to bad temperatures or oversteeping. Brewed correctly they seem sweeter and fuller than the Chinese greens.

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It’s just too light. After a couple of attempts at it, I put in four teaspoons for a 2-3 cup pot and it still wasn’t strong. I know the description warns that it has some lightness, but you can hardly add milk to it and still taste the tea. Not what I was looking for

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drank Tesco Disney kids' tea by Tesco
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It’s reall not very nice but I thought I should try it to see what Tesco thought kids were ‘supposed’ to drink. It’s a bit sweet for me, but at the second attempt I had something drinkable – not sure what I did differently, maybe I’ll let you know

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I don’t have it often, I have had it for ages and only drink it occasionally, because it just reminds me of chinese restaurants. Doesn’t mean it’s not nice though, I enjoyed a pot and a half this evening!

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I’m more and more convinced this needs to be brewed at a lower temperature. I didn’t measure it but I let the water in the kettle cool a bi before brewing and it let all the lovely sweet flavours out!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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Just bought this for work so I gave it a try. It’s not quite as good as loose leaf, but it’s finally a teabag I think will actually impress my colleagues without costing as much as Mighty Leaf or anything horrible like that. Irish breakfast is always a winner

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In contrast to the Birt&Tang version, this was delicious. I had it a few weeks ago. The flowers aren’t overpowering and because the oolong isn’t oxidised quite as much as some, the taste of the flowers seems to fit in better. Delicious, and the exception that proves the rule (that I usually don’t like flowery teas)

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drank Osmanthus by Birt & Tang
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I’m only having this because I have teabags left over that need finishing [10 left after this one :-( ] and I won’t buy any more tea until I have finished up some of the tea in my cupboard. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, flowers seem to add nothing to a tea (other than colour to the leaves). I’m not saying they don’t taste of anything because they do, but I don’t like it, whatever it is

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drank White Dragon by Aurora
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Not sure why I haven’t logged this before as I’m half way through the packet. I took a bit of care to follow the brewing instructions. It’s not the best white tea I’ve ever had but I had 3 pots of it this evening and I’m not complaining because it’s pretty good

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drank Bombay Chai by Mighty Leaf Tea
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Wow! Didn’t realise such a good chai could come out of a bag. It’s just spicy enough, plenty of tea, brilliant! Also expensive :-(

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I moved from the UK to Australia in 2015. I’ve had a fascination with tea since university, and like to try lots of different types. My preference is for real tea over other infusions: green tea, oolong and black, including flavoured varieties. I love encouraging people to try new teas. I also play the trombone.
>90: Some of the best I’ve had so far.
80-90: I love this tea, likely to buy again
70-80: Good tea. Most tea in my cupboard is in this category because it’s fine to drink it all day!
50-70: I’d drink it if it was offered to me, and I’ll drink what’s in the cupboard, but I’m unlikely to buy it again.
<50: Glad I tried it, but it’s not very nice.


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