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I’m fed up with trying to drink black teas, at least for a little while. Every single one of them tastes bitter to me. This has been going on for a couple of weeks now, & I’m sure it’s due to allergies, but it is SO frustrating.

To give my tastebuds a break, I’m having a pot of this one. This is an old favorite, from my mostly green tea days, a lovely fragrant tea that is also beautiful to look at. I don’t always love floral teas, but I don’t really hate them either. The main taste I’m noticing today is a light sourdough bread quality, coming from the white tea in this blend. I’m still getting a slightly bitter sensation, but it’s mild, so it isn’t ruining things for me. The jasmine & rose are nicely balanced. For some reason when I drink this, I always feel like there is a bit of mint in there, & in fact I used to think it had mint in it, but it doesn’t.
Anyway, the Cardinals vs Nationals game is getting ready to start, & I plan to spend my entire day in my PJs, watching baseball, surfing the internet, & drinking tea.
A perfect day in the making!

Terri HarpLady

Sadly, as I’m getting further into the pot of this, it’s taking on an acidic quality that I’m not really enjoying…

Tea Sipper

oh no! I hope your black teas aren’t bitter soon!

Terri HarpLady

This whole allergy thing is getting old…sigh…

TheTeaFairy

May you reunite with your beloved black teas ASAP!

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Another tea unfortunately effected by my currently enhanced bitterness detection abilities, :p
I added a little stevia, thinking maybe I could counteract the bitterness with some sweetness. It helped a little.

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I’m having a really nice leisurely day with my man, Tony. I drank this tea while I was fixing breakfast, & sadly, I’m still having a hypersensitivity to bitterness, so it wasn’t as fruity & tasty as I know it to be.

MzPriss

I’m having a bit of a weird taste thing going on today as well. Everything tastes astringent and slightly weird.

Terri HarpLady

Allergies do it to me every year. They also effect by digestion.

MzPriss

I started out ok with mt first cup of tea – but since then, everything has tasted weird and I’ve had an odd astringent thing. Which makes me sad because I was gonna gong fu a bunch of pu today :(

Terri HarpLady

I hate to ruin a good tea by not being able to enjoy it properly.

MzPriss

Yeah I just stopped with tea for today. Gonna see if a big strong cup of coffee hits the reset button at all. I have wicked allergies going on as well, so maybe that’s it.

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Although I don’t celebrate Easter, I hope everyone who does has a wonderful one, & for those who don’t celebrate it, have a wonderful Sunday!

It’s been awhile since I had a cup of this one. As I opened the tin that I’ve been storing it in, the aroma of Honey Grahams cereal rises to meet my nose. It’s a smooth, gentle, creamy aroma. The cup is also smooth and gentle, like honey Graham crackers dipped in cream.

Stephanie

Have a nice Sunday, Terri! :)

Terri HarpLady

Thanks! We’re just sitting here watching baseball, currently the Cardinals are leading, 2 – 0. Tony is smoking Pork steaks, I’m gonna bake some sweet potatoes soon, & I’m thinking a salad of spring mix, mango, avo, & a little lime juice. Later it’s Game of Thrones, the Mentalist, & I’ll still be in my PJs. A perfect day! :) I hope your’s is as well!!

MsWhatsit

MMmmmm sounds good.

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My 2nd tea of the days, also hours ago! Sorry for the lame review…

Dag Wedin

This is a decent everyday “tabletea” :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it’s a little more robust than the golden pure bud bi luo, & although I like both teas, & the novelty of their shape, I much prefer the mo jiang, and a few of the others. I DO love yunnan sourcing, & I can thank you especially, for your enticing reviews!
Make any scones lately?

Dag Wedin

:) Spring teas are special! Perhaps it is because we get to drink them outside in the sun ^^ Everything tastes better in the open air :)
I´ve made your scones several times already. It´s a kind of luxury on weekend mornings. Walnuts and pieces of dried figs last time. Warm from the oven with lots of butter :D

Terri HarpLady

Walnut & fig? yum!
I think our favorite around here has always been dried cherries & walnuts, but cranberries & walnut held a close 2nd. Dried apricot & pecan…sigh…now I want to make a batch of gluten free scones, not nearly as good as the recipe I sent to you, but still tasty, especially with dates!

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First tea of the day, but that was hours ago!!
Still, a very tasty cup, & I’m running low on this one, so time to start getting serious about the YS order I keep planning to place :)

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This has been in my cupboard for some time. For way longer than it should have been, actually. Luckily, it still tastes good! Tony & I shared a pot of it this afternoon, & he enjoyed it too. It’s not very often that I come up with a tea that we both enjoy, so maybe I’ll keep it at his house, & start making a pot of it every weekend until it’s gone. :)

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drank Two Tigers by The Devotea
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I just really need a cup of some straightforward black tea.
My senses for bitterness are unfortunately high these days, I guess because of allergies, so although this was a little on the bitter end, everything I’ve drank lately has been. Otherwise, this is the tea I was looking for.

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I don’t know if it’s me, but this was totally undrinkable for me today. I was careful to keep the temp low, but it was pretty bitter & I ended up dumping it, something I almost never do.

Butiki Teas

That’s a bummer. We are switching the base on this one. The Doke Rolling Thunder can be finicky.

Terri HarpLady

It might also be me, seems like so many teas are bitter for me right now

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Tart & tangy. I’m a little nervous, because the last time I drank a strawberry tea, I think I had an allergic reaction to it. I’m not positive it was the tea, & even if it was, I’m not positive it was the strawberries, as I’ve never had a reaction to strawberries before, but I definitely had a reaction to something, in the form of a terrible rash.

More will be revealed…

Edit: I’m happy to report that I didn’t have a reaction, so at least I know it wasn’t the strawberries in that other tea. And of course it might not have been the other tea even…allergies suck!

Stephanie

Allergies do suck! Glad this one was ok!

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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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