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It’s been a bit since I’ve had this, mostly because the husband isn’t a big fan and so I feel a little guilty making him drink something he doesn’t enjoy. I’m the one that makes our morning tea and I try not to abuse the husband too much in the process. But in the spirit of cycling out my current teas to prepare to replace them with new ones (lots and lots of new ones), I decided to have this one again.

The sour smell from the leaves always makes me think I hate this tea, that the smell carries over to the taste. Other than that, I seriously can’t remember this tea. Well, maybe a vague recollection that milk does it no favors? But the directions say to try with rock sugar. I have raw sugar, which begins with r-something and ends with sugar, so I put some in.

Ooookay, I think I put a bit much (though I only used a teaspoon for my 12oz). I’m going to need to try this straight sometime (but taking it with me on my drive to work is NOT the time to be daring – tea mistakes cannot be fixed in a car with no sugar or milk and going 70). My first impression is SWEET! Like, not awesome sweet but dear-lord-how-much-sugar-did-I-put-in-here sweet. The second is… hmm, tea. Soft, slightly fluffy/floral tea. I don’t peg the rose so much as just a general softness to the edges of the tea. I think it is a bit too delicate for milk which is probably why I remember milk doing nothing happy to it. Not an overly complex flavor (and I have got to try it with less/no sugar) but a decent enough tea to work for me, if not overly memorable. I bet it would be a good as iced tea (and when I say that, I mean Southern sweet tea with a cup and a half of sugar per gallon).

Hah! I just got an email from the husband. I asked him how he liked his tea and his response was that it was awesome, a 4-star tea and what was it. I know he didn’t like this tea before but again, I think it was the milk thing. Plus, he’s a big fan of sweet tea so I think the super-sweetness of this tea is most likely what he’s really enjoying.

That’s not to say this is a bad tea. If I had to choose between this and no tea, I’d totally go with this and be happy about it. It’s just not overly memorable or blow-me-away-able. But sometimes having a little light, fluffy cotton candy of a tea is needed. Hopefully I remember that next time instead of being tricked by the sour smell of the leaves.

(BTW: I brought GM’s Rose sampler with me today to have a somewhat delayed head-to-head tea competition with rose as the theme ingredient. Whose tea will reign supreme? Actually, I have an idea but I’ll wait for the official word from the judges.)

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teaplz

Whoo! Can’t wait to see who comes out on top! One of these days we have to pick out a GM tea, and everyone that has the sample will have to drink it at the same time and rate it accordingly!

Boo Boo Rocks Out

That sounds really fun actually.

Auggy

Now I’m thinking of Steepster e-tastings…

Angrboda

Auggy, completely unrelated, but the thread is gone from the forum now so I don’t know if you saw or not. You mentioned a Steepster-like site for whisky, do you happen to have a link for that? I’d like to show it to my father.

Auggy

Hahah! Great minds think alike!

takgoti

Oooh, another tea showdown! DO IT! Unless you already did it and I just haven’t gotten there yet, in which case, YEAH! YOU DID IT!

Auggy

My tea showdown wasn’t near as nifty as yours. Just this one as a morning tea vs. GM’s Rose tea as my at work tea. (GM’s totally won).

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teaplz

Whoo! Can’t wait to see who comes out on top! One of these days we have to pick out a GM tea, and everyone that has the sample will have to drink it at the same time and rate it accordingly!

Boo Boo Rocks Out

That sounds really fun actually.

Auggy

Now I’m thinking of Steepster e-tastings…

Angrboda

Auggy, completely unrelated, but the thread is gone from the forum now so I don’t know if you saw or not. You mentioned a Steepster-like site for whisky, do you happen to have a link for that? I’d like to show it to my father.

Auggy

Hahah! Great minds think alike!

takgoti

Oooh, another tea showdown! DO IT! Unless you already did it and I just haven’t gotten there yet, in which case, YEAH! YOU DID IT!

Auggy

My tea showdown wasn’t near as nifty as yours. Just this one as a morning tea vs. GM’s Rose tea as my at work tea. (GM’s totally won).

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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