Wow. This was the first of the wonderful parcel sent to me by Sil and what a first tasting! I’ve been drooli… I’ve been looking very hard, and very often, at the Butiki teas on offer at the moment, and this was one I didn’t even give a second look to, as I’m just not a big grapefruit fanatic. There wasn’t much smell from the dry leaves, as I oh-so-carefully measured them out, but the first sip had me shaking my head in disbelief about how good the tea I had not been interested in was. The green tea base is amazingly smooth and sweet grassy without being like, well, chewing on your lawn grassy, and the grapefruit flavour went through a variety of interesting notes without hitting a single bitter one. Amazing.

I had to run yesterday after drinking this, which is why I didn’t get a note on it, but I still had time to do three properly appreciated infusions. No way I’d have skimped on tasting tea this good. I’ll be making this again, and sharing this time with my younger daughter, because she’s interested enough to deserve a taste of this too. :P More notes to follow.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

woot! So glad this was an unexpected delight. I adore this grapefruit tea and harassed stacy forever to release it :)

Hallieod

Yes, an unexpected delight is exactly it. And I read the history of you and this tea with great interest! :)

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Sil

woot! So glad this was an unexpected delight. I adore this grapefruit tea and harassed stacy forever to release it :)

Hallieod

Yes, an unexpected delight is exactly it. And I read the history of you and this tea with great interest! :)

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I’ve been drinking tea pretty much all my life, allowing for the fact that there probably was no tea in my baby-bottles. I gave it up twice, once when a then-boyfriend sneered at me for being addicted (okay, I was, but I was also stubborn enough to bear a week of the blinding headaches and overwhelming exhaustion that followed cold-turkey withdrawal), and once on my first pregnancy. Neither experience gave me any reason to believe a life without tea is a good life.

Having spent most of my younger days in Ireland, where tea is everywhere, and mostly it’s decent, I whined my way across the States in the 80s and first half of the 90s. Now back in Dublin, and the tea situation is a bit mixed, but there’s the internet to provide what nearby shops don’t!

I started drinking green and white teas as well as my staple black a good few years ago now, but have recently decided I need to LEARN something more about tea than the little I know.

My likes:
- strong black tea blends; some flavoured blacks, such as Earl Grey and a small (but growing) number of other fruit and flower-flavoured ones; and chai. (For some daft reason, I feel like a tea fraud drinking sweet chai at home, though I’ll happily drink it out.)

- Chinese greens (may update this when I’ve learned enough to be more specific); some flavoured greens, especially if they’re made by the fabulous Yumchaa; Genmaicha; getting to like Sencha, as long as it’s not too bitter.

- White tea, pretty much as long as it’s good quality, I like it. Some flavoured ones are nice, though it’s easy to overpower the more delicate taste of white.

- Rooibos, which I know, I know, isn’t properly ‘tea’. (As above for Yumchaa flavoured rooibos – some of my favourites.)

Dislikes:
- Any black tea made by someone who doesn’t know you need BOILING WATER. (See above about the Whining Years.)

- Hibiscus in fruit-flavoured teas. Looks so pretty! Tastes so awful!

I’m working on trying to like Hojicha, which isn’t going too well yet. Jane Pettigrew describes it as “biscuity”, but unless she’s eaten a lot of cigarette-flavoured biscuits in her time, I don’t get it.

- Aniseed in spiced teas. (Just discovered this one for the dislike list today, in an otherwise-tasty chai. Don’t like the tongue-numbing effect.)

Indecisive, despite being opinionated – okay, very opinionated – so may just add notes rather than rating.

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