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Second of my samples.

What makes this Long Island? (No idea).

I made my wee sample with about half the amount of water I’ve been using for the GM samples.

First surprise, the dry leaves smell nicely fruity. No cough syrup or any such oddness. I had a tiny dried strawberry and two tiny bits of papaya in my sample. Second surprise, the aroma of the steeped tea is vague but sweet and nice. The color is just barely yellow.

Third and last surprise, this is a pretty good flavored green tea. This from someone who has only met 1.5 flavored green teas she’s actually liked well enough to reorder. It is pretty delicate, and not quite as robust a flavor as I’d like, but it’s not what I call thin. I think this is 100% attributable to the strawberry which adds a fruity sweetness to the taste that gives it (shut my mouth) the beginnings of character, something mostly absent in flavored green teas I’ve tasted.

It isn’t quite enough to get me over the hump to ordering it, but I think those who like fruity green teas should give it a whirl.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

I just looked up Long Island Strawberry and apparently there are many strawberry farms on Long Island so perhaps either the strawberry came from there, or it reminds the blender of the strawberry season on Long Island. I can’t believe I lived in NY for 10 years and had relatives on Long Island and totally missed the strawberry thing.

~lauren.

Here’s another wiki-info: Darryl Strawberry, former Major League Baseball outfielder, lives/lived on Long Island! Hehehe!

silvermage2000

Nice review I was only able to get one sample how did you get more? Did I needed to do something? Yum strawberry.

__Morgana__

@silvermage2000 - I just added a number of them to my cart, and they all arrived. :)

__Morgana__

Ugh, I hate when I forget to put the dash the right amount of spaces away from what I’m writing and get a line through.

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__Morgana__

I just looked up Long Island Strawberry and apparently there are many strawberry farms on Long Island so perhaps either the strawberry came from there, or it reminds the blender of the strawberry season on Long Island. I can’t believe I lived in NY for 10 years and had relatives on Long Island and totally missed the strawberry thing.

~lauren.

Here’s another wiki-info: Darryl Strawberry, former Major League Baseball outfielder, lives/lived on Long Island! Hehehe!

silvermage2000

Nice review I was only able to get one sample how did you get more? Did I needed to do something? Yum strawberry.

__Morgana__

@silvermage2000 - I just added a number of them to my cart, and they all arrived. :)

__Morgana__

Ugh, I hate when I forget to put the dash the right amount of spaces away from what I’m writing and get a line through.

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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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Bay Area, California

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http://www.jjroth.net

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