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drank Ruby Red by Joy's Teaspoon
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This is not a good day for tea, apparently. Woke up late for the third time this week and had no time for breakfast tea. The beau did up my travel mug with Ruby Red to take me to work, but I get here and taste it and it tastes wrong. I don’t know what the problem is, but it does not taste like the Ruby Red I know and love. It’s too sweet (way too sweet!) and just..not right. Don’t think I’ll make it through this.

The travel mug was cleaned after the last tea I had in it, but this one, I’ve found, holds onto smells like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Hopefully that isn’t the problem, because there’s nothing I can do about that. My last travel mug was plastic, but I did NOT have problems like this with leftover tea smells. I want my proper Ruby Red back! : (

EDIT: I think the problem is that the tin wasn’t shaken up and rather than getting a teaspoon of Ruby Red there is a teaspon of fruit bits with a light hint of rooibos. That would explain the crazy sweet taste. After five brave sips, I’m pouring this out. Terrible morning.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Muiriddin

I’m sorry to hear your morning didn’t go well… mornings have been messed up for me too this week. The time change always messes me up! What is your new travel mug made out of? My commute to work tea “cup” is a double walled glass tumbler made by Bodum. It looks like a pint beer glass, but keeps the temperature of my tea higher than anything else I’ve tried so far, is easy to clean and doesn’t suffer from leftover taste/smell. The only problem is it could break, but so far it has been fine.

Uniquity

My guy is plastic…When I was on the hunt for a new tea travel mug there were very limited options in my area, and I prefer to avoid ordering things online for security reasons, but more because I prefer to do things in person and support local businesses. I also require it to be see through (so, plastic or glass) because I love watching tea steep. This is quite similar to my previous plastic travel mug, which the smells never stayed in. it’s been a sad surprise. Davidstea website has a neat looking double glass travel mug, I think I am gonna check out the store near me and see if they have any.

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Muiriddin

I’m sorry to hear your morning didn’t go well… mornings have been messed up for me too this week. The time change always messes me up! What is your new travel mug made out of? My commute to work tea “cup” is a double walled glass tumbler made by Bodum. It looks like a pint beer glass, but keeps the temperature of my tea higher than anything else I’ve tried so far, is easy to clean and doesn’t suffer from leftover taste/smell. The only problem is it could break, but so far it has been fine.

Uniquity

My guy is plastic…When I was on the hunt for a new tea travel mug there were very limited options in my area, and I prefer to avoid ordering things online for security reasons, but more because I prefer to do things in person and support local businesses. I also require it to be see through (so, plastic or glass) because I love watching tea steep. This is quite similar to my previous plastic travel mug, which the smells never stayed in. it’s been a sad surprise. Davidstea website has a neat looking double glass travel mug, I think I am gonna check out the store near me and see if they have any.

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I am a lover of many things, but my passions include my records, tea and books (not necessarily in that order!) I embrace local food and good cooking as much as I can, and place great value on time with family and enjoying the bounty of nature. As of January 2014 my husband and I finally moved to the country to be closer to family and continue our journey in a family home. We have been wanting to do this for a couple years, so we are very excited to follow our hearts. We also have a wonderful kitty named Emma that is the princess of the house.

I am drawn toward good Chinese blacks, enjoy some herbals and the odd roasted oolong. Greens and whites can make me nauseous, but I will have flavoured ones on occasion. While I don’t yet adore puerh, I am giving it my best effort. Chamomile and coconut are the devil though, I wish they didn’t exist. Mint has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood, and I enjoy both flavoured and pure teas though unflavoured blacks are tops for me.

As for ratings, I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: WOW. This is the cream of the crop.
71 – 80: This is a solid tea. I enjoy it, and would recommend it to others, but may not repurchase.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. May try again to improve.
41 – 60: Bleh. Might finish it, but it’s not to my taste OR just doesn’t impress me at all.
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.

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