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Today I have not been lucky with tea. First I spilled my cold brewed EGC all over the floor, then I had a mishap with this one! The top seems to be kind of loose, and it exploded EVERYWHERE when I tried to move it. Thankfully, it exploded over the floor I’d literally just cleaned because I spilled iced tea… so at least I was able to salvage all of the leaves. However, they didn’t all fit. Somehow they fit before the explosion, but not after? Anyway, I wasn’t planning on making any of this today but I had a heaping teaspoon of extra leaves with no place to go so I made it hot over ice.

It’s a way I haven’t used to make iced tea in a long time, and I’m so used to cold brewing that I found myself pretty sensitive to the bitterness here. Granted, it’s very very mild and is probably because I spazzed out and the water was too hot, so I won’t count that against the tea. It’s just funny how smooth cold brews are compared to the over-ice method! This is a mildly tart, fruity tea. The raspberry is definitely front and center, though I don’t know if I would really identify the other fruit as pomegranate if I didn’t know it was there. To me, pomegranate is rich and silky while this is bright and fruity. Not exactly a negative, but I did expect more, well, punch and tartness.

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Azzrian

Dang rough day! Hope it gets easier!

Alphakitty

I followed up this mishap by choking on a piece of pizza while watching Project Runway haha. Definitely not my best day ever!

Scott B

I think their tins are packed a little too tight and are a little too narrow.

Alphakitty

They’re stuffed pretty full which makes me a bit nervous about opening them until I’ve used up a few cups, but the top on this one was extra loose. I had to tape it down since it popped off twice after the first incident!

Scott B

I appreciate lots of tea-but what good is it if it gets spilled?

Regarding the lids-I had one or two get dented in shipping-maybe that’s why you have a real loose one?

Alphakitty

I just checked and indeed, the tin is dented quite a bit which I think is making the top too wide. :/ I do like their teas but I wish they were packaged a tad better.

Scott B

Yeah, I realize the tea is in tins, but they are brutalized in shipping, so some protective packaging is needed.

I have heard (but not sure if this is true) that when a tin gets dented, it’s no longer airtight and you lose a lot of the benefit of having your tea in a tin.

Alphakitty

That’s a little worrisome, perhaps I’ll transfer it to a different container then!

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Azzrian

Dang rough day! Hope it gets easier!

Alphakitty

I followed up this mishap by choking on a piece of pizza while watching Project Runway haha. Definitely not my best day ever!

Scott B

I think their tins are packed a little too tight and are a little too narrow.

Alphakitty

They’re stuffed pretty full which makes me a bit nervous about opening them until I’ve used up a few cups, but the top on this one was extra loose. I had to tape it down since it popped off twice after the first incident!

Scott B

I appreciate lots of tea-but what good is it if it gets spilled?

Regarding the lids-I had one or two get dented in shipping-maybe that’s why you have a real loose one?

Alphakitty

I just checked and indeed, the tin is dented quite a bit which I think is making the top too wide. :/ I do like their teas but I wish they were packaged a tad better.

Scott B

Yeah, I realize the tea is in tins, but they are brutalized in shipping, so some protective packaging is needed.

I have heard (but not sure if this is true) that when a tin gets dented, it’s no longer airtight and you lose a lot of the benefit of having your tea in a tin.

Alphakitty

That’s a little worrisome, perhaps I’ll transfer it to a different container then!

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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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