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I must be doing something wrong, or maybe my taste buds are on the fritz? The flavors are a lot weaker than I was expecting.

Cinnamon is the only flavor that I can identify among all the ingredients. After brewing this according to the instructions, I tasted some…ugh…weak. I decided to brew it longer. Much longer. I actually forgot it brewing while I emptied the dishwasher and replied to emails.

On the up side, despite my careless over-steeping, it doesn’t taste bitter; unfortunately the flavors still seem weak. I believe the best word to describe this is – muddy. Not in a dirt kind of way, but rather, that the flavors blend so much that they somehow cancel each other out. The only one that stands out a bit is the cinnamon. I expected “stormy night” to have bold flavors to conjure images of thunder and lightning. Instead it is more like the aftermath of a windstorm – messy.

Sigh…. disappointed :(

In my various trips to David’s tea, I somehow bought 3 separate 25g pouches of this. I’m contemplating returning my 2 unopened ones, unless someone can tell me how to fix this. Any suggestions?

Kittenna

:/ I really dislike when people buy a bunch of a tea and then return it, since it just goes to waste when that happens. Especially when it’s so very easy to only buy 10g of a tea to sample (online orders when there’s no local DT excepted, of course).

Either way, I wasn’t a fan of this one either. It tasted murky and cinnamon to me. Perhaps try it as a latte? I seem to recall that there are people that did like this tea, and maybe within the other tasting notes, you can find a better way to brew it? I think I have a cup’s worth left that I’ve been avoiding because yeah, I don’t know how to make it taste good!

canadianadia

@Kittenna – like I said in my tea log, I bought the 25g pouches (the ones that they sell sealed). They will just resell them – none will go to waste – no worries there.

Shmiracles

well this is one of my runner up teas, i mean not my top 5 but definitely in my top 10. it is a less flashy tea. definitely more like dark chocolate and less like the cookies the ingredients kinda lead me to think it would taste like. basically i had expectations, and once i let those go, i began to love this tea for what it is. more introverted and thoughtful and dark.
but there are so many wonderful teas in the world there is no reason to drink ones that don’t speak to you :) return them with pride i say!

Allie

I had trouble with this one at first, but have grown to like it. I measure out more tea than recommended with this one, but it never becomes really strong. I find it to be somewhat comforting at night though. Anyhow, I agree with Shmiracles; if you don’t like it, they should either be returned or re-homed! :-)

yyz

I oddly had the opposite experience with this tea, I found the cinnamon in it to be way to overpowering and I always cut it with another black tea in order to drink it. However you may be right that the reason I find it this way is that there is nothing underneath it to balance the flavour.

Tealizzy

This was one of the first loose leaf teas I bought when I started in my tea craze. Absolutely loved it then, but you might be right that it’s not super strong in flavor…I haven’t had it in awhile because there’s been too much new stuff to try! Make sure you use plenty of leaves, and I’d recommend adding milk and sugar. I usually steep it 5 minutes.

canadianadia

@Shmiracles- I think you may be on to something. I do find that my expectations of a tea, sometimes gets in the way of truly enjoying it for what it is. I will be sure to bear that in mind next time.

@Allie – It sounds promising that it might be one that I might grow into appreciating

@yzz – I love the idea of cutting it with another tea. I’ve done that with other teas in the past with some success, so I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it. I will definately give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion

@Tealizzy – I will be sure to use more leaves next time- great idea.

Shmiracles

there is a tea for every mood and time and nuance! it’s an amazing thing.

canadianadia

So true Shmiracles, cheers!

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Kittenna

:/ I really dislike when people buy a bunch of a tea and then return it, since it just goes to waste when that happens. Especially when it’s so very easy to only buy 10g of a tea to sample (online orders when there’s no local DT excepted, of course).

Either way, I wasn’t a fan of this one either. It tasted murky and cinnamon to me. Perhaps try it as a latte? I seem to recall that there are people that did like this tea, and maybe within the other tasting notes, you can find a better way to brew it? I think I have a cup’s worth left that I’ve been avoiding because yeah, I don’t know how to make it taste good!

canadianadia

@Kittenna – like I said in my tea log, I bought the 25g pouches (the ones that they sell sealed). They will just resell them – none will go to waste – no worries there.

Shmiracles

well this is one of my runner up teas, i mean not my top 5 but definitely in my top 10. it is a less flashy tea. definitely more like dark chocolate and less like the cookies the ingredients kinda lead me to think it would taste like. basically i had expectations, and once i let those go, i began to love this tea for what it is. more introverted and thoughtful and dark.
but there are so many wonderful teas in the world there is no reason to drink ones that don’t speak to you :) return them with pride i say!

Allie

I had trouble with this one at first, but have grown to like it. I measure out more tea than recommended with this one, but it never becomes really strong. I find it to be somewhat comforting at night though. Anyhow, I agree with Shmiracles; if you don’t like it, they should either be returned or re-homed! :-)

yyz

I oddly had the opposite experience with this tea, I found the cinnamon in it to be way to overpowering and I always cut it with another black tea in order to drink it. However you may be right that the reason I find it this way is that there is nothing underneath it to balance the flavour.

Tealizzy

This was one of the first loose leaf teas I bought when I started in my tea craze. Absolutely loved it then, but you might be right that it’s not super strong in flavor…I haven’t had it in awhile because there’s been too much new stuff to try! Make sure you use plenty of leaves, and I’d recommend adding milk and sugar. I usually steep it 5 minutes.

canadianadia

@Shmiracles- I think you may be on to something. I do find that my expectations of a tea, sometimes gets in the way of truly enjoying it for what it is. I will be sure to bear that in mind next time.

@Allie – It sounds promising that it might be one that I might grow into appreciating

@yzz – I love the idea of cutting it with another tea. I’ve done that with other teas in the past with some success, so I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it. I will definately give that a try. Thanks for the suggestion

@Tealizzy – I will be sure to use more leaves next time- great idea.

Shmiracles

there is a tea for every mood and time and nuance! it’s an amazing thing.

canadianadia

So true Shmiracles, cheers!

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