http://steepster.com/discuss/6555-dear-steepster-team-dot-dot-dot-happy-holidays-and-thank-you RIGHT OFF THE BAT I THOUGHT I’D LIST A LINK TO A ‘THANK YOU STEEPSTER TEAM’ THREAD. they work unbelievably hard on our behalf for a place that all of us love— tis the season to say a hearty thank you!
it has been MONTHS since my awesome swap with Ysaurella…. you know, the one that changed my whole tea persona? well, THIS blend has been a holdout this whole time. Ysau wrote very clearly on the bag 95 degrees, SHORT STEEP. i did short steeps! several times! i think the problem was not the time, but the temperature. it’s a black tea that wants to be treated as though it’s an oolong!
aha! homo sapien brain succeeds over tea…. wow, that really shouldn’t read as victorious as it does, lol.
very nice feather in the mariage freres cap. this is a jasmined black, but the bend of the two creates a new hybridized tea element. (momentary distraction as i ponder the concept of a periodic table of tea elements….)i taste less jasmine and more pepper, alternating with thyme and mint. quite striking! the base blend doesn’t taste like a back or a green either! instead it’s entirely new.
not happy steeped as a black though, lol. has to be steeped as an oolong. but maybe that’s just in my kitchen… could be a different story in yours.