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Cold brewed this one half and half with Berry Basil Blast for about 12 hours. Initially it smelled of delicious gummy candies. Strongly blueberry or Swedish berry. The taste initially was good. Strong blueberry, candy like. But after it sat for a day, the basil began to take over and the taste was not good. The basil kept getting stronger and stronger and it was making the sweet fruity taste astringent and bitter.

Anna

Fun fact of the day: in Sweden, ‘Swedish berries’ are called ‘forest berries’.

Lala

That’s interesting to know. I wonder why we call them Swedish berries then. I am going to have to look this up.

Anna

Because Swedish candy manufacturer Malaco made the original berries (as well as ‘Swedish fish’). They were then exported, and then Leaf bought Malaco and then the brands were licensed to other companies, or simply bought off – the way things usually go. But Swedish fish and Swedish berries are Swedish in origin – hence the name. (Yes, it does say, ‘Ask me about candy’ on my name tag.)

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Anna

Fun fact of the day: in Sweden, ‘Swedish berries’ are called ‘forest berries’.

Lala

That’s interesting to know. I wonder why we call them Swedish berries then. I am going to have to look this up.

Anna

Because Swedish candy manufacturer Malaco made the original berries (as well as ‘Swedish fish’). They were then exported, and then Leaf bought Malaco and then the brands were licensed to other companies, or simply bought off – the way things usually go. But Swedish fish and Swedish berries are Swedish in origin – hence the name. (Yes, it does say, ‘Ask me about candy’ on my name tag.)

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

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