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drank Hawaii Cocktail by TeaFrog
382 tasting notes

My last teafrog sample, which I have been avoiding. Because I needed caffeeeeeeeeeine.

I’ll be honest, I actually already tried this tea once, but (stop me if you’ve heard this one) I completely forgot about it for nearly half an hour and by the time I got to it it was TART. Like…my mouth has puckered so much I can’t take another drink tart. With that kind of result due to my own scatterbrain-ness, I didn’t really want to review it. Besides which I would just have bee reusing material from my Stress Reliever post, like so:

TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAART

TART!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMFFFFFFFF (sound of trying to yell tart through puckered lips)

Anyway, this is my second try of this tea then, this time with utilizing a somewhat more sensible steep time, hopefully to better effect for my enunciation.

No idea what color the tea brewed up as because it is night time and the light switch is ALL the way across the room. Red of some kind would be my guess! The result is still tart (no surprise there!) and I definitely get a sense of the bitterness around the edges that Morgana got although it’s not all that pronounced. (Actually I had completely failed to notice it until reading her note. Damn you knowledge! I want to go back to blissful ignorance nao, pls kthx)

While the tartness is not wholly unpleasant, it is still somewhat overwhelming and I am mainly filled with the urge to MIX this with something. But what? Assam Melody to the sort of rescue! Despite knowing that I would be kicking myself for it when I eventually slouched off to bed, I brewed up some Assam to see what there was to be seen. I brewed it for a relatively short time to avoid adding bitter oversteeped black tea to slightly bitter froot tea. The result? Interesting…I kind of wish I had a straight green to try this with and had more sample left to try it with the nonexistent straight green tea. It might have been good! I think the acidty of black tea doesn’t really fit the tang (TAAART) of the tea, but something a little more mellow, like a buttery green tea would complement it well.

That sounds kind of like more effort than I’m really willing to put into this tea though.

Rabs

Another brilliant note: I laughed, I cried (from laugher), I felt a connection to my fellow man. Yeah, that’s some good stuff right there.

TeaFrog

What a great review! :) Well, maybe not the rating – but entertainment value +10 ;)

With this tea – while agreed it is a bit tart (sorry TAAART) – it blends AMAZINGLY well for an iced tea – I really should add that to the description. If you have enough left, and the willpower to experiment with it, try blending it 50/50 with lemonade. So make a half cup, chill and top with lemonade – heavenly! I make this in 10 liter (what’s that, about 50 gallons or something in American ;P~) batches for shows – and it FLY’S off the “shelf”.

Ewa

See, I KNEW my urge to blend it with something was the correct one! I think I may need another sample :P

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Rabs

Another brilliant note: I laughed, I cried (from laugher), I felt a connection to my fellow man. Yeah, that’s some good stuff right there.

TeaFrog

What a great review! :) Well, maybe not the rating – but entertainment value +10 ;)

With this tea – while agreed it is a bit tart (sorry TAAART) – it blends AMAZINGLY well for an iced tea – I really should add that to the description. If you have enough left, and the willpower to experiment with it, try blending it 50/50 with lemonade. So make a half cup, chill and top with lemonade – heavenly! I make this in 10 liter (what’s that, about 50 gallons or something in American ;P~) batches for shows – and it FLY’S off the “shelf”.

Ewa

See, I KNEW my urge to blend it with something was the correct one! I think I may need another sample :P

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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