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I’m on a tea-buying hiatus in order to control the massive amount of space my tea cupboard takes up. I bought over 100 types (not including any samples) in only 3 months. ;~; So, no more tea buying! Even samples! But somehow, a small (5 sample) order from The Persimmon Tree snuck in. At $1 a sample + free shipping I couldn’t really resist since there were a few flavors I’d really been meaning to try. This was not one of them, but I’ve never had lotus flavored tea so I was curious.

I’ve had a lot of lotus-flavored snacks: one of my favorite things to pick up in Chinatown is candied lotus root (even if it does trigger a bit of my tryophobia). It’s got this juicy, crisp quality very reminiscent of watermelon with a nice earthiness too. So I foolishly hoped this tea would taste like that, despite it being stated as anise-like with a hint of vanilla. Well, those flavors are definitely there and quite pleasant actually, but the base green… oh my god. Mushy canned peas. I HATE peas, and this tea is all steamed veggies. Not nice, fresh from the garden veggies (I’ll even eat peas if they are very fresh)… canned veggies that have been sitting in a grocery store for 2 years. I had 2 sips and had to pour it out, it was making me nauseous. If it weren’t for the anise/vanilla at the end, this would get a big fat rating of 1. But really, you don’t want vanilla in your canned peas. It might actually make it worse!

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TeaBrat

good luck with the hiatus… :)

Alphakitty

It’s going pretty well so far! My debit card is currently not working due to some idiocy on my bank’s end and I am confined to only using sites that take Paypal. That’s pretty much the only reason why I haven’t purchased any more tea… I almost made an order at ESP Emporium today before I remembered they only take cards!

TeaBrat

I pretty much have no self control, I’ve just decided to allocate a monthly budget to tea (which is a lot less than what I’ve been spending) and try to stick to it!

Dorothy

Omg that is a lot of tea!

Alphakitty

It is a lot! I get worried about it going stale before I actually manage to drink all of it ^^; I am very bad about self-control… if I have the money and I want it, I buy it, regardless of how feasible it is to actually drink through my cupboard!

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TeaBrat

good luck with the hiatus… :)

Alphakitty

It’s going pretty well so far! My debit card is currently not working due to some idiocy on my bank’s end and I am confined to only using sites that take Paypal. That’s pretty much the only reason why I haven’t purchased any more tea… I almost made an order at ESP Emporium today before I remembered they only take cards!

TeaBrat

I pretty much have no self control, I’ve just decided to allocate a monthly budget to tea (which is a lot less than what I’ve been spending) and try to stick to it!

Dorothy

Omg that is a lot of tea!

Alphakitty

It is a lot! I get worried about it going stale before I actually manage to drink all of it ^^; I am very bad about self-control… if I have the money and I want it, I buy it, regardless of how feasible it is to actually drink through my cupboard!

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Tea has always been a passion of mine, though I got away from it during college. A lack of cupboard space and a constant influx of people into my suite made me pretty much abandon my teas at home. But now that I’m done with school, it’s definitely come back with a vengeance—to the point where I’ve purchased about 65 different kinds in the past 3 months!

I like most kinds of teas—yes, even peach, which I used to think I disliked!. Oolongs are definitely my favorite, and I’m an avid fan of earl grey, floral teas, and chai blends along with anything melon. The only kind of teas on my “no” list are rooibos blends (which gives me headaches) and banana flavored ones since bananas are public enemy #1 in my mind.

The best thing about tea for me is how you can be passionate about it and still have it integrate into all of your other hobbies. I like a lot of things: writing, video games, books, sewing, figure collecting, astronomy… it’s a long list. But whatever I’m doing, I can have a cup of tea in hand!

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