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I always check out the tea sales when I’m at Earth Fare. A couple of weeks ago, two leaves and a bud were on sale. Since I was in need of more caffeine-free teas for evening consumption, I picked Alpine Berry. This is my first two leaves and a bud tea.

Sight
Dry leaves: Small green leaf pieces, orange peel pieces, dark pink-red pieces, pink-brown pieces.
Wet leaves: Larger green leaf pieces, larger orange peel pieces, muddied pink-red pieces.
Tea: Immediately began turning a rich mulberry, which ended as a black mulberry.

Smell
Dry leaves: Apple, rose, orange, generic berry – perhaps blackberry and strawberry.
Wet leaves: Warm apple, tart.
Tea: Apple, strawberry.

Taste
Weaker than I expected. Watery. Apple. Tart. No berry. I smell berry but no berry taste.

I am going to try steeping this longer next time, in hopes to get stronger flavor and less watery. Drinkable but not something I’d buy again unless it improves with experimentation. I’m going with a 50 rating (decent) for now but will probably lower it if I cannot improve the strength.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

how large of a mug/water were you using?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Standard sized mug. 8 oz.

AmazonV

ok, same sized mug as me, i am getting good first steeps and undrinkable second steeps, the berry is hibiscus though so i get hisciscus taste (i like) not berry

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Yeah, I don’t mind hibiscus either. I suspect steeping for longer than 2 min on the 1st steep will get rid of the watery.

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AmazonV

how large of a mug/water were you using?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Standard sized mug. 8 oz.

AmazonV

ok, same sized mug as me, i am getting good first steeps and undrinkable second steeps, the berry is hibiscus though so i get hisciscus taste (i like) not berry

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Yeah, I don’t mind hibiscus either. I suspect steeping for longer than 2 min on the 1st steep will get rid of the watery.

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

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