Hmmmm. Tea of last evening after a few glasses of wine….

And that is where the comedy of errors started. I steeped it way too long, and as I was looking into the infuser, I saw this thing that reminded me of some kind of worm. I say reminded, because on closer inspection, it was some kind of seed. Weird. I did not see any others (I have two samples, one from Uniquity and one from DaisyChubb. Thank you, Ladies!) The bamboo was light, but I really did not get any of the blazing or strawberry…but then I could have killed those tastes in my epically long steep. Moral of the story…don’t drink and make tea…..

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Boiling 8 min or more
Dinosara

I know what you’re talking about with the weird seed, because I saw one in my blazing strawberries dry leaf and recognized it from a different tea I had before (but can’t remember what it was now). I wonder what it is??

Mercuryhime

Strawberry seed?

Uniquity

I’ve known a couple people to have that issue. I feel like it is mallow blossom or something like that that is mistaken for snails or bugs or what have you? I think @Ashley had a post with a similar experience.

Jessie

Yeah, I’ve had them in this tea as well. I’d recently read some bugs-in-tea stories and had to convince myself it wasn’t a worm.

DaisyChubb

I think they had good intentions with the mallow blossoms, but every time this tea comes up with bug references I want to throw it all out haha

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Dinosara

I know what you’re talking about with the weird seed, because I saw one in my blazing strawberries dry leaf and recognized it from a different tea I had before (but can’t remember what it was now). I wonder what it is??

Mercuryhime

Strawberry seed?

Uniquity

I’ve known a couple people to have that issue. I feel like it is mallow blossom or something like that that is mistaken for snails or bugs or what have you? I think @Ashley had a post with a similar experience.

Jessie

Yeah, I’ve had them in this tea as well. I’d recently read some bugs-in-tea stories and had to convince myself it wasn’t a worm.

DaisyChubb

I think they had good intentions with the mallow blossoms, but every time this tea comes up with bug references I want to throw it all out haha

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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