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I was going through my “already tried” sample box (as opposed to the not yet open sample boxes of which there are many) and was shocked-shocked I say-to find that I had a good bit of this sample left and that it was still in the original packet which was NOT SEALED. The ATR sample bags I got back in the day don’t have a zip lock at the top (have they changed that? if not, they should). Still, that’s no excuse. I could at least have stuck the packet into a zip lock myself, but I didn’t. Sigh.

So I decided I had to drink this asap. I really loved it when I first tried it fresh so I was hoping some of the magic was still there. The dry leaf didn’t have a lot of smell left, though, so I was prepared for the worst.

And the verdict is-this one is best drunk fresh. It’s not that it doesn’t have some decent flavor left in it. There’s a lot of lavender in the flavor and the undercurrent of the Yunnan reminds me of what I loved about it in the first place. But the interplay of flavors seems to have gone off some with age-the bergamot, which was light to begin with is all but gone, and the tea base isn’t quite keeping up with the floral. There’s enough that’s still good about it so that I understand why I loved it, though. Still plan to buy some when I come out of lockdown.

sherapop

I must try this! Thanks for these notes!

__Morgana__

I hope you like it! There’s a LOT of flavor in this one. :-)

Sil

the sample bags from ATR are still NOT resealable :)

__Morgana__

Thanks Sil, good to know.

Fjellrev

Approximately how many grams would you all say their samples are? 4 servings would I guess be like… 10-15 grams? If so, too bad they’re not resealable when a person would rarely be able to finish it in one day.

__Morgana__

I haven’t weighed them but my guess is you’re right, it’s at least 10g. I steeped this in the Breville and got more than four servings using their measuring spoon. I’d say I get more like 6 servings out of each one.

Sil

swedish chef :) – you can get between 4-6 servings from their sample sizes if you don’t drink sil sized cups :)

Fjellrev

Sweet, well it’s nice to know that they’re reasonably priced if you get that much then. Sil sized cups = too much serious business for this Swedish chef. :D

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sherapop

I must try this! Thanks for these notes!

__Morgana__

I hope you like it! There’s a LOT of flavor in this one. :-)

Sil

the sample bags from ATR are still NOT resealable :)

__Morgana__

Thanks Sil, good to know.

Fjellrev

Approximately how many grams would you all say their samples are? 4 servings would I guess be like… 10-15 grams? If so, too bad they’re not resealable when a person would rarely be able to finish it in one day.

__Morgana__

I haven’t weighed them but my guess is you’re right, it’s at least 10g. I steeped this in the Breville and got more than four servings using their measuring spoon. I’d say I get more like 6 servings out of each one.

Sil

swedish chef :) – you can get between 4-6 servings from their sample sizes if you don’t drink sil sized cups :)

Fjellrev

Sweet, well it’s nice to know that they’re reasonably priced if you get that much then. Sil sized cups = too much serious business for this Swedish chef. :D

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I’ve updated this bio as it’s been a couple of years since I “started getting into” tea. It’s now more accurate to say that I was obsessed with tea for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it, and 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’ve recently started writing fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I much prefer to drink tea without additives such as milk and sugar. If a tea needs additives to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’m going to rate it high. The exception is chai, which I make on the stove top using a recipe I found here on Steepster. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs into the harder stuff, but once I learned how to make a decent cup of tea they became far less appealing to 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. I’m revising them slightly to make them less granular as I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas against other similar versions. So I rate Earl Greys, for example, against other Earl Greys, rather than against all teas. If something rates very high with me, though, it probably means it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is; will keep this stocked until the cows come home

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

80-89 Excellent; likely to become a favorite, will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again if in the mood for this particular one or a better, similar version not available

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but probably wouldn’t buy again unless craving this particular flavor

50-59 Okay or run of the mill

Below 50 So-so, iffy, would definitely pass
or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

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