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drank Black Frost by The Simple Leaf
911 tasting notes

I’ve only had one other Nilgiri and I honestly wasn’t a fan. There was an edge to it that made me think of thick, rough plant leaves – you know, the kind you’d find in a cheapy bouquet – and I just couldn’t get over that. It’s one of those tastes for me (like rooibos) that no matter how little of it there is in something, that’s all my mind can focus on. And I smell a little bit of that raw leafness in this cup. Uh oh.

Yeah, I taste it, too. There’s a floral hint that sweetens the tea a little and it is definitely bolder and richer than the previous Nilgiri I have had (Tao of Tea’s Neela) but all I can focus on is that leaf that somehow got into my cup. I keep thinking, “This must be what it is like to eat a tea-flavored rose bush leaf.” Because yeah, that’s what I get. There’s also a hint of sharpness at the end that makes me think of a Darjeeling but only in a not-so-positive way.

I tried to tweak this a bit with sugar and half & half since the company’s tasting notes say that it can take it but, meh. Nothing I did really seemed to help – half & half made the raw leaf bit calm down but seemed to accentuate the bitterness. Sugar didn’t really do anything until I put in more than I wanted – then it was just sweet. And raw. And leafy.

I just don’t think Nilgiris and I are ever going to get along.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I saw you saw my post on this one earlier… I don’t actually have to say it again, do I?
It’s uncanny!

Auggy

Hehe! I was glad to see your log of it – it’s nice to know that I’m not alone in my not huge fannishness of some of the more loved teas on Steepster! I didn’t feel so crazy (or at least I had the comfort of company in my insanity.)

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Angrboda

I saw you saw my post on this one earlier… I don’t actually have to say it again, do I?
It’s uncanny!

Auggy

Hehe! I was glad to see your log of it – it’s nice to know that I’m not alone in my not huge fannishness of some of the more loved teas on Steepster! I didn’t feel so crazy (or at least I had the comfort of company in my insanity.)

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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!

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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!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.

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