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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
269 tasting notes

The lovely TheTeaFairy sent me some of this to try. Thank you! I likely wouldn’t have picked it up because although I need some greens in the house I always forget this and place orders for mostly black teas.
I am not sure about this. Smells great, which is why I picked it second out of the swap box, but it is just a little too green and a touch bitter. I steeped for exactly 2 minutes with 160F water. I am certain about it because I timed it and I have a variable temp kettle so there’s no guesswork. So why is it bitter? Not overly bitter but enough so that I likely wouldn’t reach for it given other alternatives. If I know I wouldn’t reach for it then of course I’m not buying it. Too bad.

It does taste like tropical fruit, more mango than pineapple to me. It brews pale green and clear. You can taste a lot of base. I have added no sugar. I’m trying to get away from sugaring greens unless they are really dessert-y. Anyway. Thankful for the sample but will not purchase.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Im a fairly recent follower of the loose leaf tea drinking cult. March 2013 to be exact. Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I prefer flavoured teas. It’s probably the newbie in me. I just don’t get cravings for a straight black tea. If I end up having one, I drop in a slice of lemon and artificial rum flavouring (ugh, what moron admits to this?). A black tea fixed this way reminds me of skating at an outdoor rink as a young one, with a thermos full of tea made just as I described..

Im learning so I drink them all. everything! Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

NOTE: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity. Home improvements, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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