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I chose Blueberry White as my August sample. Recommended temperature is 200F but I lowered it a bit. I was baffled to see it was so high. For a white tea?? o_O Though based on the cup I’m currently having, it seems that brewing this at that temperature might not be as bad as I thought. I don’t understand white tea.

A deliciously flavored tea! The blueberry is light in both aroma and taste, and it blends well with the Shou Mei, which, as far I can discern, tastes like white tea. I rarely drink white teas – they’re too delicate and subtle and have an odd grassy flavor. With this one, the grass isn’t so bad since it has blueberry flavoring for a companion. A good balance. Good ol’ blueberry.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

This sounded really good. I figured it would be one of my selections next month.

KiwiDelight

I’ve made up my mind to get an ounce of this. I was originally going for the unflavored honeybush, but BLUEBERRY!! Hope you like it as much as I do.

Cameron B.

I feel like they shouldn’t have one of the slots be only white teas… They’re all shou mei so far, so how much variation can you get… I think they should have one slot be oolongs only and one be white OR puerh teas.

Cheri

What will you get as your other tea then?

KiwiDelight

Cameron B It could be that it’s just for two months in a row because they have left over Shou Mei (assuming they blend the teas themselves). I don’t specifically know what they included in past boxes because it’s my first. Maybe they’ve already done that.

Cheri Lady Earl Grey, Milk Oolong, and Four Seasons (sample)

Cameron B.

I dunno, I checked the past menus on their website and every single one is a flavored shou mei… Harumph.

KiwiDelight

Oh I didn’t do that durrrrrrr. “Harumph” indeed! You should send them your feedback.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I wrote them a note when I submitted my choices for next month! I chose Blueberry White, Lady Earl Grey, and a sample of Four Seasons. I’m glad I chose the Milk Oolong sample this time, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would…

KiwiDelight

Sweet! I wanted to try different milk oolongs for comparison. Which is your third tea?

Cameron B.

I think it’s either get all five teas or pick two teas, isn’t it? Plus the sample from the next month.

KiwiDelight

ACK. I made it a mistake D: I’m just getting samples everything then…

Cameron B.

Honestly, I wish it were pick three. That way if there’s a tea I know I’ll hate, I don’t have to sacrifice two others in order to not get it. :P

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Cheri

This sounded really good. I figured it would be one of my selections next month.

KiwiDelight

I’ve made up my mind to get an ounce of this. I was originally going for the unflavored honeybush, but BLUEBERRY!! Hope you like it as much as I do.

Cameron B.

I feel like they shouldn’t have one of the slots be only white teas… They’re all shou mei so far, so how much variation can you get… I think they should have one slot be oolongs only and one be white OR puerh teas.

Cheri

What will you get as your other tea then?

KiwiDelight

Cameron B It could be that it’s just for two months in a row because they have left over Shou Mei (assuming they blend the teas themselves). I don’t specifically know what they included in past boxes because it’s my first. Maybe they’ve already done that.

Cheri Lady Earl Grey, Milk Oolong, and Four Seasons (sample)

Cameron B.

I dunno, I checked the past menus on their website and every single one is a flavored shou mei… Harumph.

KiwiDelight

Oh I didn’t do that durrrrrrr. “Harumph” indeed! You should send them your feedback.

Cameron B.

Yeah, I wrote them a note when I submitted my choices for next month! I chose Blueberry White, Lady Earl Grey, and a sample of Four Seasons. I’m glad I chose the Milk Oolong sample this time, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would…

KiwiDelight

Sweet! I wanted to try different milk oolongs for comparison. Which is your third tea?

Cameron B.

I think it’s either get all five teas or pick two teas, isn’t it? Plus the sample from the next month.

KiwiDelight

ACK. I made it a mistake D: I’m just getting samples everything then…

Cameron B.

Honestly, I wish it were pick three. That way if there’s a tea I know I’ll hate, I don’t have to sacrifice two others in order to not get it. :P

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I began drinking tea because its complexity fascinated me. I love learning about its history, its manufacturing processes, and its place in various cultures.

My favorite teas are Japanese greens, and my favorite herbal tisanes are peppermint, lavender and chrysanthemum. So far I like exploring dark oolongs, Chinese blacks, and, most recently, shou pu’erh. African teas are my babies. The only teas I truly dislike are fruity tisanes and the ones that have too much fruit. (Hibiscus – I actually like alone.)

I’m an MFA graduate who studied nonfiction writing. I mostly write nature essays. I’m birder as well as a tea enthusiast. I also like exercising, Tolkien, and Ancient Egypt.

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