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This is my final variety of Upton’s Holy Basil choices for the night (am getting a bit holy basil’d out). Upton now has a new/fresh batch of this in, and is re-numbered (BH08).

Dry leaf is much bigger than previous ones (BH02 finely chopped dry leaves, BH03 more so than BH02). They also instruct using more (2-3 tsp … used closer to 3). Can sense a mint in there, but spice too.

First sip is mostly clove, like BH02. But this overall has a “fresher” feel, and is stronger (but hey, they said to use more). Pondering the taste, for the first time I’m remembering (Beemans?) Clove Gum, with that little bite that it can have (was favorite gum, when I used to chew gum, many moons ago). Stand alone, this tastes a wee bit better than BH02. But keep in mind, that I LOVE the clove flavor. If I had a lot of the other, and pondered ordering more of this, not sure I’d need it though. Will see how they blend another day/night.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Daniel Scott

Never heard of Beech Clove Gum! Sounds interesting, though…

Cheryl

Oh oops, editing text … thought the brand was Beech, but confused it with Beemans, who did have a Clove gum, but not sure if they are or aren’t related. I’ve seen Clove gum recently, but not Beemans (google it, lol).

gmathis

Teaberry isn’t bad either, nostalgia gumwise … I think you can find it at Cracker Barrel stores

Cheryl

My (tiny town) local source also carries Zero and Bun (maple and vanilla) candy bars, which are way more dangerous for me to know about. I remember Teaberry too … if I were still chewing gum, also good.

ScottTeaMan

Thanks for reminding me of this tea…….I’m gonna buy a sample with my next order! :))

Cheryl

Try all 3 : )

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Daniel Scott

Never heard of Beech Clove Gum! Sounds interesting, though…

Cheryl

Oh oops, editing text … thought the brand was Beech, but confused it with Beemans, who did have a Clove gum, but not sure if they are or aren’t related. I’ve seen Clove gum recently, but not Beemans (google it, lol).

gmathis

Teaberry isn’t bad either, nostalgia gumwise … I think you can find it at Cracker Barrel stores

Cheryl

My (tiny town) local source also carries Zero and Bun (maple and vanilla) candy bars, which are way more dangerous for me to know about. I remember Teaberry too … if I were still chewing gum, also good.

ScottTeaMan

Thanks for reminding me of this tea…….I’m gonna buy a sample with my next order! :))

Cheryl

Try all 3 : )

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Originally started testing teas, to replace a lifelong Coke (Coca-Cola) habit. Now I’m just amazed at all the choices. Still in beginner stage of tea education. Until I get really good at iced/cold tea, the Coke habit remains, but is down to a minimum.

My cupboard here on Steepster was ridiculous, containing each and every sample size that I have been accumulating. It now only contains non-sample size teas. Loose leaf outweighs the bagged teas, but it doesn’t look that way by the list (over 100 samples).

I started my tea journey testing flavored teas. My favorites are chai and mint flavored teas, along with Earl Grey. Also like chocolate, caramel, coconut, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and some others. Most flavors are better with a nice black tea base. The mint ones seem best paired with greens. I’m branching out now to unflavored teas and it is way more overwhelming then the flavored category. Phew.

My (grown) son has decided that he wants to try to find tea that he likes too, so I’ll be passing along the ones I don’t care for to him (with instructions to then pass them on to his sister…evil plot? yes!). So I’ve removed my shopping list from Steepster and moved it to a spreadsheet (swaps are out for now). My shopping list had grown to 197! By going through each one, I was able to split that in half (since many were added in beginning, before I knew what I like/don’t like).

While not swapping, if there’s something in my cupboard that you’d like a sample of, please feel free to ask : )

Ratings (for now):
90s: Must have in personal rotation. Crave it.
80s: Makes me a happy tea drinker. Very good. Unsure of long term relationship.
70s: Like this. Will drink what I have (sample/tin/box), but unsure of whether I’d buy again.
60s: Probably a good tea for what it is. Just not to my personal liking.
50s and below: Do not like…at all. Either poor quality, yuck flavor or … (see tealog).

Old (and still current) obsessions: books, music and fragrances. Hopefully my tea collection stays much more “normal” then those. (too late)

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