I took a break from doing math homework and clutching my aching belly to go to the post office. Yay!!! My order arrived!

This is the tea that won out for first try. I’ve done a 1 minute brew with 2 tsp tea and 200ml water that’s just off the boil. First impression? It’s weird. There’s a lot of spice here (Cardamom! Whoa!), a lot of complex tea flavours that I can’t pick out, and a weird sour note.

Steep 1 with sugar: added 1/4 tsp sugar, and its better. The sour note is more juicy, although this is definitely a cardamom steeping!
Steep 1 with sugar and milk: even more to my taste.

Steep 2, 3 minutes: This really is a very light tea. I don’t know why i was expecting something significantly darker. Anyways, i could drink this steep plain, but i prefer this tea with a little sugar and milk. 1/8 tsp sugar, 1/2 tbsp soy creamer, 200ml tea. Pretty darn tasty.

I’ll have to try this again with a 3 minute steep right off the bat. I’m not sure I would order this one again, though. I guess it depends on what I think of future cups!

Kittenna

This one may grow on you, once you get accustomed to it. It’s definitely quite light though! I usually go with a similar tea:water ratio as you, but a 4-min steep to start off, otherwise it’s too weak. And it does taste great with milk and sugar (although just a bit).

OMGsrsly

Good to know! I was reading and someone had less sour with tap water than brita filtered, so I’ll try tap water tomorrow too. Our water here is pretty good, just chlorinated.

Kittenna

Lucky – the tap water here is ridiculously hard. So much so that I have trouble drinking it straight unless it’s ice cold and I gulp it down. So it’s Brita or nothing for me (I’m not buying bottled!)

OMGsrsly

It’s (much) better today, but yes, a very very light tea with lots of spices. Not really what i was looking for, and now i’m scared to try the laoshan village chai.

Kittenna

Laoshan Village Chai is definitely more your classic chai :)

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Kittenna

This one may grow on you, once you get accustomed to it. It’s definitely quite light though! I usually go with a similar tea:water ratio as you, but a 4-min steep to start off, otherwise it’s too weak. And it does taste great with milk and sugar (although just a bit).

OMGsrsly

Good to know! I was reading and someone had less sour with tap water than brita filtered, so I’ll try tap water tomorrow too. Our water here is pretty good, just chlorinated.

Kittenna

Lucky – the tap water here is ridiculously hard. So much so that I have trouble drinking it straight unless it’s ice cold and I gulp it down. So it’s Brita or nothing for me (I’m not buying bottled!)

OMGsrsly

It’s (much) better today, but yes, a very very light tea with lots of spices. Not really what i was looking for, and now i’m scared to try the laoshan village chai.

Kittenna

Laoshan Village Chai is definitely more your classic chai :)

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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