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With much homework to contend for my time, I decided to continue my procrastination by heading to Whole Foods Market for a box of tea. I initially had my mind set on purchasing a selection of Mighty Leaf assorted teas, but for the sake of writing about a new tea, made the decision to spend my tea allowance on Taylors of Harrogate’s English Breakfast Tea.

I had been looking for a good morning tea that I could supplant my soda habit with. An English Breakfast tea is a pretty good, all-purpose tea. I prefer mine taken with milk and sugar. English Breakfast teas are a blend, and the Taylors of Harrogate’s version comes from black teas from India and Africa.

When drinking tea with milk and sugar, it is often hard to make out the natural flavor of the tea, but in this case, I was able to distinguish an ever-so-slight taste that was unmasked by my additions. This black tea has a bolder flavor than what I recall other English Breakfasts having. It reminded me more of an Irish Breakfast. The taste, while bold, was quite enjoyable, and was assuaged as the temperature of the tea cooled.

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Today Jason and I went to Whole Foods to pick up lunch and dinner. While grabbing my drink of choice other than tea, Poland Spring Raspberry-Lime Sparkling Water, I bumped into a sample table full of Steaz Green Tea Sodas. I was intrigued by the concept, so I decided to give one a try. There were three options to choose from: root beer, raspberry, and orange. Upon careful consideration, I thought raspberry would match well with a green tea flavor, so that is what I opted for. According to a review site of beverages, I think I chose poorly. I could not taste any hint of green tea, but this did not make the beverage any less pleasurable. I did enjoy the drink, despite it taking like cough medicine (think Robitussin). The carbonation added to my enjoyment. And it’s organic.

A description of the sodas offered by Steaz:
One sip of Steaz Green Tea Soda (formerly Steap), and it will be obvious that this revolutionary beverage is going to change the way you feel about soda forever. Each bottle is micro-brewed fresh from the finest Ceylon green tea, grown high in the fog-shrouded, mystical mountains of Sri Lanka. We have miraculously blended the smooth, mellow taste of green tea with the highest quality organic sugar on Earth — the result is tantalizing.