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Really surprised that I haven’t written a note on this before. Finishing it up tonight with the fam, and with it the entire Adagio honeybush sampler. Yay for the sipdown.

As the flavored honeybushes went, this one was pretty good. The apricot flavor masked any woodiness, and worked really well with the natural honey to add some sweetness to the taste. The apricot is subtle, but present, which is nice. If it wasn’t subtle it would risk heading toward artificial. But what I like best about it is the mouthfeel. It’s very soft to the mouth, balmy almost, and really soothing to the sore place I’ve developed as a result of this virus.

I’m having a lot of fun introducing my sons, 7 and 9, to the decaffeinated infusions, and the older one professes to love this one. The younger one fell asleep before he could give it a try. ;-)

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TheTeaFairy

I love soothing teas when under the weather…hope it makes you feel better. I think involving kids with infusions is awesome! I started doing it with my 3 year old nephew and he’s fascinated with watching me prepare fruity blends, and he thinks blowing on it to make it cool down is hilarious :-)

__Morgana__

Wow, 3 years old! Awesome! My kids had rather unrefined palates at 3 (see previous mac and cheese discussion). The older one was a functional vegetarian and really ate only cheese, mac and cheese, eggs and avocados for the longest time, which is odd because when pregnant with him I craved steak and hamburgers. But they’re both now to the point where they’re curious about tea which has made it quite fun. I’ll have to bring out some fruit blends and get them going on those.

TheTeaFairy

Yes he’s so curious, and he always wants to drink whatever I’m having. He loves everything fruity so I brewed some Youthberry / Wild Orange Blossom Blend from Teavana (the only Teavana tea I keep now just for him) and he loved it! I always add maple syrup or honey in his cup though., so much healthier than KoolAid!
Lol at your kid’s functional vegetarianism :-)

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TheTeaFairy

I love soothing teas when under the weather…hope it makes you feel better. I think involving kids with infusions is awesome! I started doing it with my 3 year old nephew and he’s fascinated with watching me prepare fruity blends, and he thinks blowing on it to make it cool down is hilarious :-)

__Morgana__

Wow, 3 years old! Awesome! My kids had rather unrefined palates at 3 (see previous mac and cheese discussion). The older one was a functional vegetarian and really ate only cheese, mac and cheese, eggs and avocados for the longest time, which is odd because when pregnant with him I craved steak and hamburgers. But they’re both now to the point where they’re curious about tea which has made it quite fun. I’ll have to bring out some fruit blends and get them going on those.

TheTeaFairy

Yes he’s so curious, and he always wants to drink whatever I’m having. He loves everything fruity so I brewed some Youthberry / Wild Orange Blossom Blend from Teavana (the only Teavana tea I keep now just for him) and he loved it! I always add maple syrup or honey in his cup though., so much healthier than KoolAid!
Lol at your kid’s functional vegetarianism :-)

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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