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reviewed Lipton Black Tea, Bavarian Wild Berry. September 20, 2012
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Lipton Black Tea, Bavarian Wild Berry
I appreciate that Lipton is attempting to improve upon the standard tea bags. Pyramid shaped bags with larger bits of tea "breath" more while seeping so there is better potential for improved flavor. The flavor depends upon the quality of the tea though, and at least in this one I cannot say that Lipton has done much better than their standard bags. While this tea has an enticing aroma, …
reviewed Gold Kili All Natural Instant Ginger .... April 26, 2012
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Gold Kili All Natural Instant Ginger & Lemon
Co-workers introduced me to instant Ginger "tea". I've purchased a few different brands locally. I prefer the instant in this case because tea-bag varieties I've tried tend to lack flavor and be quite tame. I like my ginger with a kick to it!      Gold Kili's Ginger-Lemon drink has that kick, though it isn't the strongest I've tasted. That honor goes …
reviewed Gold Kili All Natural Instant Ginger .... April 02, 2012
Gold Kili All Natural Instant Ginger & Lemon
I really like herbal teas, I often enjoy a cu or two of cider, and like to use ginger in various recipes. So I was fully expecting to enjoy this ginger-flavored beverage. However, it's incredibly strong and pungent taste really hit me for the first sip, and I literally recoiled. A friend of mine also tried it and she had pretty much the same reaction with just barely tasting a drop of it. I didn't …
reviewed Primula Double Wall Glass Mug. November 28, 2011
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Primula Double Wall Glass Mug
The Primula Tea Bag Buddy is a generous (16 oz.) sized double wall glass mug that retains the heat or cold of its contents very effectively. Too effectively perhaps. When swapping out my usual coffee mug for the Primula model, the water stays almost too hot to sip for a much longer period of time. This heat retention is great for brewing, but it makes it difficult to enjoy the tea right after seeping. …
took a poll, Your Favorite Tea(s). July 19, 2011
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posted a Quick Tip about Tea. June 22, 2011
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Is hot! But it's a sweet and refreshing drink during the long winter months!
reviewed 1997 Heng Li Chang Bulang. February 09, 2011
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1997 Heng Li Chang Bulang
If you aren't familiar with the aged Chinese tea Pu-Erh, take a quick look HERE before reading further. I received a sample of this tea for part of a tea taste test (OTTI) sponsored by Adagio Teas and two tea vendors.  It is a classic example of a sheng Pu-Erh and specifics can be viewed at the vendor's website.      Recommended brewing for the Heng Li Chang Bulang …
reviewed Red Matcha Bowl. February 07, 2011
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Red Matcha Bowl
This is my first chawan, purchased from DoMatcha. Chawans are used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and are for drinking matcha; finely ground green tea powder whisked with hot water. Before acquiring this chawan, I would drink my matcha from either a wide soup cup or cereal bowl. I must say that it is more satisfying to drink matcha from a traditional vessel.      Chawans …
reviewed Black Dragon Pearl Tea. February 07, 2011
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Black Dragon Pearl Tea
   Black Dragon Pearl Tea tastes even better than I had expected. It is a smooth black/red tea that is strong without being bitter. There is a definite cocoa component, yet it subtly compliments the Yunnan tea flavor rather than overpowering it. There is also a sweet, earthy quality, but nothing near what one might find in a Pu-Erh tea. The pearls are good about five infusions, with the …
posted a Quick Tip about $5 your Adagio order. January 26, 2011
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$5 your Adagio order
Adagio allows it's registered customers to send family and friends a $5 coupon towards any Adagio order. For members of the Tea Tim Community, I am willing to extend this offer to you. I just need you to message me with your full name and email address. I would only use the information for that purpose and dispose of it afterward. If you are interested, feel free to contact me. Don't post your information …
reviewed China Tea Loose Leaf Sampler. January 26, 2011
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China Tea Loose Leaf Sampler
   I converted to drinking only loose leaf tea last year and gave this gift pack a try. While it was decent, I have since had better and will probably not be ordering it again.      For one, it is impossible to tell the age of the teas in the tins. For Pu-erh, that's not such a big deal, but for green teas and the Jasmine, you want normally want to get a batch that …
reviewed 2007 Menghai Golden Needle & White Lo.... January 18, 2011
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2007 Menghai Golden Needle & White Lotus Ripe Pu-erh
   First, here's a little info on Pu-erh tea:      Pu-erh is aged, large leaf Chinese tea mostly from the Yunnan province that is low in tannins and has a rich, unique earthy flavor. They actually can improve with age, much like wine, cigars and cheese. All teas offer a variety of health benefits, but pu-erh has an extra one.  According to scientific studies, …
reviewed Yunnan Gold Curls. December 30, 2010
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Yunnan Gold Curls
Yunnan Golden Curls from Adagio Teas has been a constant companion during the this chilly end of 2010. There is nothing quite like it to revitalize and warm you up. It is a pricey indulgence, but it there is a difference you can taste. The tea is soothing and delicious, and has a body/mouthfeel that one could compare to broth. Very smooth and full. It also has a sweet aftertaste that lingers well …
reviewed Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey Leaf Tea. November 14, 2010
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Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey Leaf Tea
The English firm Taylors of Harrogate supplies many Great loose leaf Teas which you can purchase from their website - ( http://www.taylorsofharrogate.co.uk/ ).      I really love Earl Grey and the Best I have tasted yet is from Taylors of Harrogate.      Earl Grey is named after 2nd Earl Grey who was Prime Minister of Britain in the 1830's and the story …
posted a Quick Tip about Numi Tea Flower Jewel. November 08, 2010
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Numi Tea Flower Jewel
How ironic, I just bought this tea yesterday. Ihad a Groupon coupon and I also purchased the glass tea pot for flowering teas. I love it.
posted a Quick Tip about Numi Tea Flower Jewel. October 29, 2010
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Numi Tea Flower Jewel
To help keep the tea flower intact, either add it to the pot after it is filled with hot water, or slowly and carefully pour along the sides of the pot and not directly on the "jewel".
reviewed Numi Tea Flower Jewel. October 29, 2010
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Numi Tea Flower Jewel
   For those looking for a more exotic tea drinking experience and who like white Jasmine tea, Numi's Flower Jewel is worth a look. About the size of a gum-ball, these jewels slowly open in water to form a flower shape around the central amaranth flower. They are meant to be decorative so glass teapot is a must when preparing this tea.      Decorative does not mean …
posted a Quick Tip about Celestial Seasonings. October 22, 2010
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Celestial Seasonings
With green tea it is easy to over brew if you leave the tea bag in the water too long or have the water too hot. Try seeping for two minutes in water that has been off boil for about 5 minutes. The taste may be lighter but you may be amazed to find the flavor sweeter and less astringent/bitter.
posted a Quick Tip about Numi Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong Tea. October 13, 2010
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Iron Goddess of Mercy (Tieguanyin) Oolong Tea
Do yourself a favor and get the whole leaf version of this tea rather than the bag. You get a improved flavor and multiple infusions this way. Also, TGY is not a variety that is meant to be aged, so consume it quickly after opening and be sure to buy it from a reputable vendor (so that you are getting fresh, better grade tea leaves).
reviewed Numi Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong Tea. October 13, 2010
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Iron Goddess of Mercy (Tieguanyin) Oolong Tea
   Tieguanyin Tea translated into English as "Iron Goddess Tea" is one of the most famous types of Chinese Tea. It has many different translations and is often called Tieguanyin, Ti Kuan Yin, Tikuanyin, Iron Buddha, Iron Goddess Tea, and Iron Goddess of Mercy Tea. No matter the name, it is a wonderful, easy drinking tea. Originating in Anxi County in Fujian Province, some of the …
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