I received a sample of this from Hallieod. Thank you so much!!! I’ve LOVED everything Hallieod sent me, she did an amazing job sending me teas that totally suited my tastes. I’ve been avoiding this one. Didn’t want to break that streak. I was afraid of the lavender. Black tea with strawberry and rhubarb should be right up my alley. I don’t do so well with the florals.
She’s been right with everything else, so I hot brewed some of this last night. I’ll admit it – I took one sip and my initial reaction was, nope I don’t like this one. I left it on the counter to cool, and then popped it into the fridge. Shrug, sometimes they are better as iced tea.
So, now I’m home from work – opened the fridge, and tried the tea. It is MUCH better cold.
I’m not getting a lot of fruit – just a hint way in the back. I’m getting the black tea and I’m getting some floral notes (not sure it’s lavender, but it’s floral). What I am also getting is some….tart, bitter, astringent…something unpleasant. That might be my steeping error. I did steep below boiling as indicated for about 4 min (instructions said 4-5). Not sure. This isn’t incredibly horrible, but it’s not for me. Sorry Halliod, you’ve still done an amazing job with your choices 6/7 with two I haven’t tried yet.

Hallieod

No, no apologising! I’m actually kind of relieved – imagine the pressure if it had been all hits, all the way – would never have been able to send another swap your way in case it didn’t match up. :P And seriously, I’m happy getting to try something as a swap even if I really dislike it, because y’know, we just have to try ALL THE TEAS, right? And can’t order them all, because that would be just ridiculous… (Okay, I slid off the ‘serious’ note there, but I did mean it!)

Dexter

LOL I agree, it’s just as important to find out what you don’t like as it is to know what you do like. Other people often choose things for you that you would not choose for yourself. It’s tons of fun to try those “odd” choice even if they are a miss. :))

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Hallieod

No, no apologising! I’m actually kind of relieved – imagine the pressure if it had been all hits, all the way – would never have been able to send another swap your way in case it didn’t match up. :P And seriously, I’m happy getting to try something as a swap even if I really dislike it, because y’know, we just have to try ALL THE TEAS, right? And can’t order them all, because that would be just ridiculous… (Okay, I slid off the ‘serious’ note there, but I did mean it!)

Dexter

LOL I agree, it’s just as important to find out what you don’t like as it is to know what you do like. Other people often choose things for you that you would not choose for yourself. It’s tons of fun to try those “odd” choice even if they are a miss. :))

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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