drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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I still have a ton of teas from my swap with Sil, & I was digging around for a ‘dessert’ & decided to have a cup of this.
I love strawberries. Up until last summer about a 5th of my garden (which is huge) was named ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Strawberry season always startsed with everyone at my house excited, picking, eating, coming up with ways to enjoy the ridiculous bounty of berries. At the peak of picking season, we had to pick them twice a day. Soon nobody liked them anymore, nobody wanted to pick them. “Can’t we just let the birds & slugs have them?” one of the boys said. We’d freeze enough strawberries to enjoy for the rest of the year in smoothies, etc. Sadly, last year’s drought killed most of my plants. There are a few, so I’ll get a berry here & there, plus a few alpine strawberries. I need to start a new berry bed this year, but this time I’ll try to keep it more manageable.

I’ve never had strawberry rhubarb pie. I like this tea, the berry is there, along with the crust, & a pleasant tartness, but there is a bitterness & astringency that I don’t much care for. Looking at the ingredients list, I’m not really sure where the bitterness is coming from. I’m still glad to try it, & I have enough left to try it one more time. Thanks Sil :)

Sil

Hmmmmm maybe its the base not agreeing with you.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

After I drank this, I realized that it tasted exactly like the strawberry sour gummy straws I used to eat in high school. That tartness is kind of addicting. Sorry to hear that the bitterness didn’t work for you, Terri.

Terri HarpLady

yeah, IDK…I like the Khongea golden tippy, so not really sure.
I don’t remember it being this bitter when I drank it the first time. It could even be a result of what I had for dinner, you know, maybe my taste buds that pick up bitter are just switched on high tonight.

Terri HarpLady

So I may have diagnosed the problem, LOL.
Tony’s been making fruit water alot lately (slice up fruit, add to pitcher of water, stick in frig to chill, enjoy). Yesterday’s fruit water included grapefruit, orange, & lime, & it was quite tasty. We had a glass after we got home from the pool hall. A little while later I drank the Ruby Pie. I’m thinking the grapefruit made my ‘bitterness’ taste buds over active maybe.

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Sil

Hmmmmm maybe its the base not agreeing with you.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

After I drank this, I realized that it tasted exactly like the strawberry sour gummy straws I used to eat in high school. That tartness is kind of addicting. Sorry to hear that the bitterness didn’t work for you, Terri.

Terri HarpLady

yeah, IDK…I like the Khongea golden tippy, so not really sure.
I don’t remember it being this bitter when I drank it the first time. It could even be a result of what I had for dinner, you know, maybe my taste buds that pick up bitter are just switched on high tonight.

Terri HarpLady

So I may have diagnosed the problem, LOL.
Tony’s been making fruit water alot lately (slice up fruit, add to pitcher of water, stick in frig to chill, enjoy). Yesterday’s fruit water included grapefruit, orange, & lime, & it was quite tasty. We had a glass after we got home from the pool hall. A little while later I drank the Ruby Pie. I’m thinking the grapefruit made my ‘bitterness’ taste buds over active maybe.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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