I was scared to get this tea. Something about fruity bits, citrus bits and freaking eucalyptus. WTH eucalyptus? I didn’t really understand why they’d add it to a fruity citrus tea. Whatever, worth a shot. Everyone in the store said it tastes like grapefruit… hmmm oookay.

Dry leaves: citrusy orange, lemonygrassy, leafy. Pretty mouthwatering. The leaves are visually appealing with the hunks of orange(?), deep red bits, and green.

Steeped: A ruby red colour, crazy hibiscus.. geeze so much hibiscus stuff this spring. I’m going to be hbiscus’d out pretty soon. Smells lemongrassy.. minty? citrusy.

Taste: WTH grapefruit! What kind of crazyness is this?! There’s a taste of hibiscus tart, with citrusy orange, shot of lemongrass and some kinda aftertaste on the tongue (maybe the eucalyptus?) that rounds it out to grapefruit. Crazy! How do they come up with this stuff? As I keep drinking, it gets more tarty.

Tart-o-meter: Not as tart as Kanpe, but more tart that Paradise Lost. Moreso tart in a hibiscus/citrus combination, vs the crazy hibiscus like the other tears.

Very neat tea – if you are a citrus lover, this tea is up your alley. Don’t let the crazy ingredients list scare you off! It’s so crazy it tastes like grapefruit.

Me? Well.. I have a good rooibos Passionfruit/Grapefruit tea from ESP emporium. I find that one pulls out the better qualities of grapefruit (by actually having grapefruit and no tart). I like the citrus notes in Pink Flamingo quite a bit, but that hibiscus tart I’m tired of.

hmmm.. why is my tea red when it should be pink? SIGH, same with Paradise lost, I steep a deep red tea, when DavidsTea quote doesn’t (as well as other reviewers) Maybe I keep getting the blasted hibiscus! GRRR. I dunno.

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I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk. I am also a crochet and knitting designer at Awkward Soul Designs.

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.


Long Beach, CA



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