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This smelled like a riverbank. Like… with marsh grasses and shade. Really really nice, really green, really sweet.
The scent of the liqueur has a really nice buttery hay scent.
I might brew this at a lower temperature and for a longer time. I think the way I brewed it I missed out on some of the more subtle flavors. I’ll see about the second brewing.
It has a really nice buttery aftertaste!

ETA I did a second steep, this one with 180 degree water for 3 minutes, kind of winging it. The liqueur smelled more buttery rather then green to me and the flavor this time was a lot nuttier. There was still a fairly vegetal aftertaste. The liqueur had a really nice mouthfeel too. I think in the future I’ll go for the cooler temp.

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’m a writer and as such, am obviously an emotional rollercoaster. I used to drink tea a lot more, but kind of stopped and switched to coffee. Now, after too much stress, I’m completely unable to drink coffee anymore, so I figured tea would fulfill some of my “awake” needs as well as calm my emotions. I’m working my way through a huge selection of samples of pretty much everything, leaving notes so I remember what I like.
I love being adventurous and trying new things, even (especially?) things that sound strange or off-putting. Aside from tea I also enjoy tasting wines. The last really interesting one I tried was a dandelion wine! (And yes, it actually was delicious. Extremely bizarre and herby, but delicious).

I don’t have a set of numerical ratings set down yet, mainly because I’m very intuitive (read: disorganized and opinionated) about how I rate things. Basically, If something is in the 70-85 range, it’s pretty good, totally drinkable. Below that, in the 50-69 range, it was probably incredibly boring. I really hate boring tea. Below 50, I wouldn’t drink it again and might not have finished it (I actually really hate leaving ratings below 50, it makes me feel bad. I’m probably too nice). If it’s above 85 then I really liked it. Super high ratings are reserved for teas that totally blew me away.

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