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Been awhile since I’ve talked about a tea on here…and it had to be one I didn’t like very much. Oh well. This one meant well.

This is the first blend that I’ve delved into since…uh…yesterday. (That English Breakfast teabag shouldn’t count!) First impressions: It was a blend. A green tea blend. Specifically, Chinese sencha as the base with orange and red bits strewn about. On smell, it was…well…fruit sugar. Not sure if they were aiming for apples with the aroma, but I got the impression caramel dipped apples. And we’re almost two weeks out from Halloween.

I obeyed the brewing instructions to the letter(ish) – 1 tsp. of blend in a 6oz. steeper cup, infused for three minutes. The water used was “about” 170F degrees. Couldn’t say for certain.

The liquor brewed a pale, somewhat foggy green with a leafy (but sweet) aroma invoking a sense of honey-dipped peanut butter. When I sipped it, I must say I recoiled a little. There was an unwelcomed syrupy texture on the forefront. It settled down, allowing the rest of the tea aspects to shine through, but it was definitely jarring. Like, “flavored tea” jarring. The middle was sweet and lightly floral. Some of the natural grapy lean of the Chinese sencha even poked out like a prairie dog. But…the finish.

Ugh.

No polite way to put it. The epilogue and aftertaste were…soapy. Astringent, still sweet-ish, kinda lavender-y…and just unpleasant. If only everything from the middle and top note had remained. I think that the blended elements themselves could’ve held this infusion up better without the flavoring agents. ]

A second infusion was a drastic improvement, keeping hold of the fruitier aspects, while ditching the soapy palate texture.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
NofarS

Ugh. I hate that “flavoured tea” flavour, which is why I stay far far away from flavoured tea

Geoffrey Norman

I’ve encountered some flavored teas I’ve liked. This is not one of them.

Bonnie

Hi GN come to Happy Lucky’s in Fort Collins and have some tea with Eric and I.

Geoffrey Norman

@Bonnie – I had no idea you worked there. So does another tea pal o’ mine – Eric Scott. Been to the site, seen the tour. Love the selection.

Bonnie

Nope I don’t work there, I drink TEA there with Eric and the gang. It’s my pub. I write about Happy Luckys all the time and post pictures on Facebook with Eric if you want to check it out (Bonnie Johnstone). It’s a great place!

Geoffrey Norman

Too bad I’m on the wrong side of the country.

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NofarS

Ugh. I hate that “flavoured tea” flavour, which is why I stay far far away from flavoured tea

Geoffrey Norman

I’ve encountered some flavored teas I’ve liked. This is not one of them.

Bonnie

Hi GN come to Happy Lucky’s in Fort Collins and have some tea with Eric and I.

Geoffrey Norman

@Bonnie – I had no idea you worked there. So does another tea pal o’ mine – Eric Scott. Been to the site, seen the tour. Love the selection.

Bonnie

Nope I don’t work there, I drink TEA there with Eric and the gang. It’s my pub. I write about Happy Luckys all the time and post pictures on Facebook with Eric if you want to check it out (Bonnie Johnstone). It’s a great place!

Geoffrey Norman

Too bad I’m on the wrong side of the country.

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