drank Tahitian Limeade by Teavana
953 tasting notes

Sorry I’m still rather scarce. I’m such a creature of habit and it doesn’t take long for me to break habits. Which is a pretty good thing, actually. As long as I go cold turkey I can pretty much kick anything whether I want to or not. This probably says more about my attention span than I ought to admit in public, but there you have it. I haven’t gotten back into the habit of logging onto Steepster, mostly because it is the first week of school and there’s a ton of additional paperwork, plus back to school night, etc., but also because it’s so hot here and I’ve been too busy to work on an iced tea method.

But I am working on reestablishing my habit. I need to, or I’ll have cartons of tea tins all over my office for the rest of my life.

In any case, though it’s a weird time of day for me to drink this, I noticed that there was just a smidgen left in the tin and I wanted to free up the tin for further use. So I’m having it in the morning and herewith, I am decupboarding. Good thing I had two cups of coffee this morning and a cup of Earl Grey (Tavalon, I’m almost ready to decupboard that one as well).

I just reread what I wrote about this the first time, and I don’t have much to add. I’m pretty sure that if I wanted a lime flavored tisane around, this would be it rather than the Numi Desert Lime, simply because this is mellower and doesn’t require extensive mental preparation to prepare for the tartness on the tongue with each sip, or taking the easy way out and adding sweetener. The apple sweetens it up just enough to avoid having to do either.

However, I don’t feel the need to keep a lime tisane around, at least for now. So it’s bye bye until I’m possessed by an uncontrollable need for something lime flavored. I am not holding my breath.

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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.


Bay Area, California



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