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I blended 2.25g w/ 1.12g of dried organic home grown orange mint. Because of the mint I decided to only steep this for 2 min instead of my normal 3. I like my tea stronger so although this is a blend I’m thinking of steeping them separately so I can steep the orange mint for only 2 min then use that herbal tisane to steep the gensing green for 3. The gensing green is definitely lighter (it only steeps for 3 normally so what can you expect for 1/3 less time?), but so is the peppermint. I don’t taste the orange, but I do taste a sweetness (not sweetener sweetness) that hits me before the bite of the mint does which is nice. I find coming back to mint blends ironic because that’s the way I started w/ loose leaf… putting mint in EVERYTHING. Mint (unless it’s chocolate mint) isn’t my favorite anymore. Yay for maturing tastebuds!
Infusions 1 and 2. 16oz of water, 6g of tea leaf, and 3g of dried ginger root. Backlooging infusion 1 from last nite- made it for my mom who was very sick to her stomach due to having to take a whole bottle of miralax for her colonoscopy prep and I had the 2nd infusion (steeped for 4 min) this morning.
First of all, these are the infusion parameters I used this time:
4 balls, 2 cups boiling (212 degrees F) water, 5 minutes, first steep.
It was quite good. Not amazing, but good.
Quite smooth for a black tea. Everything seemed to blend well together (or I couldn’t distinguish any particular flavor, anyways). Not much in the way of bitterness either.
I didn’t really allow my cup to cool much while drinking, so I can’t say how it did as it cooled. Last time I had this with 3 balls/2 cups, I didn’t like it as it cooled down then (it was ok warm).
Will continue tweaking with parameters values as I use up my sample, but this time around it turned out quite good.
Finally drank this last night – got in my Steepster Select Adiago Fall tea set a few weeks ago! I have never seen a pearl tea before so I was really excited to try this out! I enjoyed the tea. It was light and subtle. But, I think something up went wrong in prep, either not enough pearls or water wasn’t hot enough. Still enjoyable and will certainly try again.
I brewed this without remembering what the blended components were, and I paid dearly for it. The aroma was extremely coconut heavy, and I am not a fan of coconut at ALL. It practically made me nauseous. I was able to fight through it to take a few sips, though, and amazingly, there isn’t that much coconut in the palate.
Steeped 3 minutes at 180°F. Prepared in Adagio IngenuiTEA teapot.
Valentines alone is too tart or something for me – I’m not a big fan. But I always like it with cream to mellow it out, so I like this. However, I brewed this a bit too strong so it is not as calming as I had hoped, since I’m freaking out about my kitty possibly having a UTI and also a little caffeine-jittery… I’ll know at 3:30 about kitty-girl and hopefully I won’t feel so over-caffeinated by then.