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So I have been really quite angry today that I have all this great new tea that I can’t try due to infection of doom whose symptoms keep rotating (though today and yesterday’s rattling cough are new and yes I’m going to see the doctor tomorrow).

After dinner I decided to brew up a pitcher of Silver Yin Zhen Pearls, but alas it tasted awful perhaps partially due to a bit of soap and chai residue but mostly I think because it was an old tea from a clearance gift set, never cared for the pearls anyway.

So after that I thought anything would taste good and proceeded to brew this one from Angrboda, which I had actually measured out earlier in the day. I’m not liking it and I’m not sure why. It bares no resemblance to the pearls, that was all musty and stale perfume, this is fishy and metallic and calls to my mind shark (no idea). Might try a resteep but could just be my tastebuds being all wonky, should probably just go back to my throat coat :sigh:

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec
SimpliciTEA

Good luck at the doctors!

Missy

Get well soon!

Kittenna

Last time I drank a new tea when feeling sick I thought it was metallic and disgusting. Fast forward to a time when I wasn’t sick, and I loved it! So that could be partially to blame. Feel better soon!

Invader Zim

I hope you feel better soon and that you have enough to retry this one with better results.

Autumn Hearth

Thanks folks! Sinus infection, antibiotics to the rescue!

TeaBrat

sinus infection… ugh! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Angrboda

Bleh, that doesn’t sound very nice. I’m fairly ambivalent about this one myself. I liked it the first time I had it, but have liked it a little bit less every time I’ve had it since without being able to put a finger on anything in specific. I hope for you that it’s just the illness messing it up for you. If it isn’t and you still have some leaf left, feel free to bin it.

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SimpliciTEA

Good luck at the doctors!

Missy

Get well soon!

Kittenna

Last time I drank a new tea when feeling sick I thought it was metallic and disgusting. Fast forward to a time when I wasn’t sick, and I loved it! So that could be partially to blame. Feel better soon!

Invader Zim

I hope you feel better soon and that you have enough to retry this one with better results.

Autumn Hearth

Thanks folks! Sinus infection, antibiotics to the rescue!

TeaBrat

sinus infection… ugh! Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Angrboda

Bleh, that doesn’t sound very nice. I’m fairly ambivalent about this one myself. I liked it the first time I had it, but have liked it a little bit less every time I’ve had it since without being able to put a finger on anything in specific. I hope for you that it’s just the illness messing it up for you. If it isn’t and you still have some leaf left, feel free to bin it.

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Druid, artist, poet, mum, lover of tea, ritual and myth. I grew up on Celestial Seasons herbals but fell in love with straight loose leaf tea working at my local Teavana for a year. I am grateful for the introduction and the experience, but have moved on.

I see tea as an experience for the senses, I like to imagine tasting the land and the weather as well as the effect of sun, air, fire and the human hand. I have a soft spot for shu pu’er, yabao, scented oolongs, wuyi oolongs, taiwanese tea as well as smooth naturally sweet blacks, creamy greens and surprisingly complex whites.

I began ordering lots of samples from Upton to educate myself on different varieties of tea we didn’t have at work and have fallen head over heels for the unique offerings from Verdant Tea. I am learning things I like: buttery mouthfeel, surprising sweet or spice notes, woodiness, mineral notes, depth and complexity and things I don’t: astringency, dry and sour notes.

I collect tea tins and am in danger of collecting pots, though I am trying to restrain the urge due to current lack of space. I brew mostly in a glass infuser mug or a tea maker, only using cast-iron for company now (still need to get a gaiwan) and tend not to sweeten my teas unless they are British or fruity and iced, which is not often.

As far as ratings, I lack a definite system and haven’t been assigning numbers lately, wanting to spend multiple sessions with a tea first. I usually only log a tea once, unless it is a new harvest or I have significantly different observations, but will go back and edit or comment if I find something interesting or new.

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