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I’ve made this a few times now. And I really want to love this like so many of you do. And it’s good for sure, but I guess I can’t seem to get it quite right. I’ll keep experimenting but blueberry crumble still wins the blueberry battle easily in my book.

Tealizzy

Yay for blueberry crumble!! :)

Uniquity

I assume this is one of the newer batches but in case it’s not, try a shorter steep and/or lower temp. I have some of the older stuff still and it can only go about 2 – 2.5 minutes without becoming bitter. Good luck!

TastyBrew

Great! Thanks for the tip!

Lindsey

I wonder if it’s something with this new batch. I received mine about 3 or 4 days ago (so I assume it was from the same batch as yours), and I’m having the same reaction that you are. The dominent taste is bitter black tea. I had to pour out my first cup (steeped for 4.5 min) and now I’m on my second (2 min steep). While this one is better, it’s still a bit bitter (even with a piece of rock sugar) with not much flavor. I’m a sad panda after reading all these rave reviews. I think I’m going to step away from it for today and try again next week to see if I can get it right.

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Tealizzy

Yay for blueberry crumble!! :)

Uniquity

I assume this is one of the newer batches but in case it’s not, try a shorter steep and/or lower temp. I have some of the older stuff still and it can only go about 2 – 2.5 minutes without becoming bitter. Good luck!

TastyBrew

Great! Thanks for the tip!

Lindsey

I wonder if it’s something with this new batch. I received mine about 3 or 4 days ago (so I assume it was from the same batch as yours), and I’m having the same reaction that you are. The dominent taste is bitter black tea. I had to pour out my first cup (steeped for 4.5 min) and now I’m on my second (2 min steep). While this one is better, it’s still a bit bitter (even with a piece of rock sugar) with not much flavor. I’m a sad panda after reading all these rave reviews. I think I’m going to step away from it for today and try again next week to see if I can get it right.

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I love tea. And I love beer. I spent my twenties thoroughly enjoying all that beer has to offer but now that I’m into my thirties and a stay at home mom of 2 little kids and 1 big kid, I spend more time enjoying tea.

I joined steepster in Feb 2013 and it’s crazy how much my tastes have changed since joining. Before, I liked cream and honey in all teas and loved mostly dessert blacks. Now I almost rarely drink them, but enjoy them from time to time. What I love more than anything are straight rich black teas, Fujian, Laoshan, Rizhao, etc… I also love pretty much any black tea that the little leaf hoppers have gotten their teeth on.

I’m still not too into the green/white/oolong varieties. I keep trying to but my tastes are evolving pretty slowly on that front.

Overall, I just enjoy tea. Something about it that just settles me.

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