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In spite of the “limited edition” claim on the tin, I was surprised when I couldn’t find this on the TCB&TL web site. I guess it really is gone. Hunh, go figure.

Upon opening the tin for the first time, I was naturally knocked out by the powerful cherry fragrance. It smelled natural, for the most part, like smelling a bottle of cherry extract/concentrate/whatever, but there was still a very slight medicinal tinge to it. I’m learning, with experience, that I shouldn’t judge fragrance and flavour immediately, especially fragrance. It’s concentrated and not true to reality. So I gave it a minute, and slowly the strong cherry started to subside and the black tea fragrance began to come through, until the two struck a decent balance. I didn’t smell any mango or lily blossom, but I did discern a vaguely floral aspect to the black tea part of the fragrance, which I don’t usually associate with black tea (and which actually reminded me a bit of green tea).

I haven’t drunk tea in a while, and it’s because my new tea tasting adventures have been more unsuccessful than not. I was thinking about it, and I was thinking that possibly, irrationally, my disappointment with specific teas turned me off to tea in general. I’m sure you’ve all experienced this disappointment: you look forward to holding that warm cup or mug in your hands, inhaling the fragrance, sipping the yumminess, immersing yourself in the ritual and experience, only to be betrayed by a tea that’s not really up your alley. I’ve had too many of those, lately. One of the things that I’ve begun doing is drinking 8oz at a time1 instead of my usual 16oz, so that if I’m sipping a tea I don’t love, at least it’s not 16oz of it. Another thing I realise I need to do start doing is having a cup of one of my favourite teas after every few new tastings so that when I think of drinking tea, I think of my favourites and not the disappointments.

This tea isn’t wonderful, but it’s not terrible. To its credit, the tin does not say “naturally and artificially flavored,” just “naturally.” To its credit, the tea does not taste like cough syrup or maraschino cherries, but more like cherry Jolly Rancher and black tea. Given this, in theory I should love this tea. But I dunno, there’s something about it that—sweetened or unsweetened—misses the spot.

For now, this is the type of tea that I’d stick in the back of the cupboard, the type I’d pretend didn’t win the “eenie meenie minie moe” lottery. But like many of the fruity blends I’ve tried in recent weeks, I’d really like to try this one iced, and possibly that will improve its rating. In the meantime, I need one of my security blanket teas to make me feel better.

Tea amount: 1 sachet
Water amount: 8oz/~237mL
Additives: 2 tsp Demerara sugar (note to future Nik: um…that was too much)
Dry mouth factor: 6/10

1 Halp. I use a 16oz travel mug that is awesome. It keeps my tea hot for like 12 hours. Now that I want to drink 8oz at a time, though, I haven’t been successful in finding something like it in that size. I don’t like teacups or mugs because I tend to drink my tea slowly and it just gets cold way too quickly. So basically I want an 8oz sippy cup for hot beverages. If you have any suggestions or recommendations, I’m all ears. Thanks!

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Terri HarpLady

Thanks for sharing this, Nik. For years I’ve mostly just drank unflavored teas: greens, blacks, etc. Recently I’ve been inspired by various glowing reviews on steepster to try some flavored teas again. For the most part, I’ve been disappointed.
I like to start each day with something I know I like. Then I pick a tea or 2 to experiment with. I’ve also decided that if I don’t like something, I don’t have to drink 15 infusions of it.

Ellyn

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Nik – starbucks sometimes has mini-travel mugs.
For example http://www.starbucksstore.com/starbucks-ceramic-traveler-8-fl-oz/011020547,default,pd.html?prefn1=size&cgid=tumblers-and-travel-mugs&prefv1=Short

or

http://www.starbucksstore.com/create-your-own-scratch-tumbler-8-fl-oz/011010442,default,pd.html?prefn1=size&cgid=tumblers-and-travel-mugs&prefv1=Short

I linked you to the smaller mugs that are 8 oz but they also have mugs that are 10oz, etc.

I have quite a few travel mugs from starbucks (travel mugs and tea being my weaknesses, weird I know) and always wait to they go on sale. However, I think the sale is only usually at the stores and not online.

Nik

Thanks, Ellyn, I appreciate the links!

Nik

Terri: Ha! Yes, I don’t think I have the stamina to go for 15 infusions, even if I love the tea; after a cup or two, I’m itching to try something different. (I suppose to could keep the leaves around, since I have several infusers, and I’ve tried that, but I never end up going back to them.)

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Terri HarpLady

Thanks for sharing this, Nik. For years I’ve mostly just drank unflavored teas: greens, blacks, etc. Recently I’ve been inspired by various glowing reviews on steepster to try some flavored teas again. For the most part, I’ve been disappointed.
I like to start each day with something I know I like. Then I pick a tea or 2 to experiment with. I’ve also decided that if I don’t like something, I don’t have to drink 15 infusions of it.

Ellyn

DELETEless than a minute ago
Nik – starbucks sometimes has mini-travel mugs.
For example http://www.starbucksstore.com/starbucks-ceramic-traveler-8-fl-oz/011020547,default,pd.html?prefn1=size&cgid=tumblers-and-travel-mugs&prefv1=Short

or

http://www.starbucksstore.com/create-your-own-scratch-tumbler-8-fl-oz/011010442,default,pd.html?prefn1=size&cgid=tumblers-and-travel-mugs&prefv1=Short

I linked you to the smaller mugs that are 8 oz but they also have mugs that are 10oz, etc.

I have quite a few travel mugs from starbucks (travel mugs and tea being my weaknesses, weird I know) and always wait to they go on sale. However, I think the sale is only usually at the stores and not online.

Nik

Thanks, Ellyn, I appreciate the links!

Nik

Terri: Ha! Yes, I don’t think I have the stamina to go for 15 infusions, even if I love the tea; after a cup or two, I’m itching to try something different. (I suppose to could keep the leaves around, since I have several infusers, and I’ve tried that, but I never end up going back to them.)

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.


Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.


This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

So ya. Hi!

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