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Another Bayswater sample from the lovely OMGSRSLY

I was looking forward to trying this based on the delicious name and the delicious smell. I made a cup last night when I got home late after a hair appointment.

I was so tired, I just wanted to relax, it seemed a good night for a caffeine free tea.

Unfortunatelyyyyyy I think I can officially add Honeybush to my list of herbal “teas” I loathe, along with Rooibos.

This wasn’t as haylike or woodsy as rooibos is to me, however all I was getting from this repeatedly with every sip was some weird hay note and pepper. PEPPER so much PEPPER. I almost dumped it, the only thing stopping me was that I didn’t feel like making another cup of tea and I really wanted something to drink with the rest of my cookie.

Thanks so much for sending this along, OMGSRSLY, it had so much promise but I’m sad to say it’s not for me!

I won’t rate it because that seems unfair, like rating an egg salad sandwich poorly because I hate eggs. (Not true, and I love egg salad sammiches, just using that as an example)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, some people get pepper from it! I’m sorry honeybush is not for you.

Amariel

Hmmm, sad. It does sound like it should be really delicious though. I do like honeybush, so maybe I’d like this.

OMGsrsly

It’s really good, Amariel, but I’m out and won’t make it to Bayswater before April.

Amariel

I think CrowKettle might be back in Van soon and maybe she can get some if it is not too inconvenient. But no worries. I’m happy if I can try it, but not the end of the world if I don’t. :) Is April still looking good?

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Received a sample of this from OMGSRSLY, was super pumped because it’s been on my wishlist for awhile!

Made some just now, packaging some tea up while the baby naps.

It’s really as good as all the reviews state! Dessert in a cup but doesn’t have any weird fake flavour notes that I notice. I would definitely buy some sometime if the opportunity ever came up.

Thanks for sharing, OMGSRSLY!!

Cavocorax

Oh man, I wish we could (easily) order from these guys bc I would be DOWN.

Sil

I’ll be there in April i think again…

Fjellrev

I just emailed her last week asking about shipping to AB and she said that 750g or so costs like $11, so maybe to Ontario it would be more like $16? Still seems like it’ll be such a huge hassle to order.

whatshesaid

And to NB – $20? Boooooo

Fjellrev

Yeah, if it’s already that much to AB, I feel really sorry for the East Coasters. She doesn’t do shipping deals either. :(

OMGsrsly

LOL. Just get me to buy it and walk it over to the post office. Sil just sent me a massive box for $15, and I swear it was 2kg or so.

Sil

LOL it wasn’t 2k…was it!?

OMGsrsly

That was HEAVY! My scale won’t weigh that much. :P

Sil

it wasn’t as heavy as one of the boxes…

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Thanks to OMGsrsly for the sample! Mmmm, this is delicious. I started drinking it without reading the description and I was thinking that it tasted like some sort of caramel dessert. Now that I’ve seen nougat in the description, I’m going back to it and realising that really is what it tastes like. I added milk and sugar to the 2nd half of my cup, which really brings out the desserty-ness of this tea, but it was pretty delicious plain as well.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

another convert to divine temptation!

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My sister picked up a buttload of Grapefruit EG, Grapefruit Rooibos, and a wee bit (50g) of this one for me before she came home at Christmas.

Oh my goodness, I can see why the Tea Frens like this!

I wish the base was a wee bit stronger. It’s smooth, but a bit weak. I think a nice rich Assam would be perfect with the sweet nutty nougat.

I think I’m going to make a latte out of it now that this plain cup is done.

Definite restock next time she is planning to come home/I eventually make it across the pond.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Nutty, Sweet

OMGsrsly

That’s one reason I like mixing it with Creme Brulee. You get that almost burnt sugar bite that really counterbalances the sweet nougat. :)

Bear With Me

I haven’t tried creme brulee yet, but think I might pick some up next time.

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drank Champagne Cassis by Bayswater Tea Co.
5945 tasting notes

this was another from omgsrsly and for some reason, one that i was reluctant to try…for no reason at all beyond the fact that every time i went to have it, i was like….mmmmm maybe later lol. This is actually quite a tasty tea. even cooled it’s got a great flavour to it and it really enjoyable. with a little sweetner this would be perfect! thanks for the share omgsrsly!

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drank Mango Passion by Bayswater Tea Co.
5945 tasting notes

haha i love that omgsrsly found this one weird..and odd. For me, it’s actually pretty tasty, even if it is an oolong but the mango reminds me more of peach….but then maybe that’s the result of the passion fruit flavour being added to it. Still though, quite a ncie tea, and i’d be interested in trying it hot brewed, iced. with just a dash of sweetner to really bring out the flavours… thanks lady!

OMGsrsly

It’s just a little toasty. I do like the flavour of this one!

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drank Berry Sunset by Bayswater Tea Co.
2271 tasting notes

The minute the hot water hit the leaf, the hibby purple began to spread. Consequently, I didn’t let this steep as long as I would another herbal and that might have been a mistake because this is tasteless. Perhaps the cold brew will be better. Nonetheless, thank you Roswell Strange for the chance to try something new.

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Sipdown (104)!

So, I have like six hours of paid online training to do for Sobeys but it took a week for them to process my employee hire info (even though I started working) during that week and get me an employee number and add it to their system. I get it, ‘cause Dollarama had to do that too for new employees; but it took two weeks to clear. I finally got my employee number on grand opening though, but I still can’t log online to do the online training portal. My account just gets rejected. It’s very frustrating because if I don’t get that done I’ll get in shit, but also because, I’ll repeat again, it’s paid.

But anyway, thank you again Sil for sending this. I cold brewed the last of it because sweeter dessert teas usually work surprisingly well when prepared that way and this is definitely a sweeter dessert type tea. Sadly, I didn’t like it very much as a cold brew. Here’s basically what I jotted down in my online notes:

- Coffee/Burnt Caramel notes
- Sweet but in a very artificial way
- Kept getting strange bitter coffee notes too
- Not actually a huge fan; took me all day to finish it off…

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Thanks again Sil for passing this along to me!

Made it in my timolino, and it was pretty good. I definitely tasted the cocoa and the vanilla notes, but unfortunately the hazelnut was pretty lost to me. The black base was nice though; I was sure I’d oversteeped it, but it didn’t have any noticeable indicators of that.

Definite downside though: for me, I associate Creme Brulee with a Caramel or Brown Sugar flavour, but didn’t pick up on either so there was a feeling something was missing and this wasn’t totally sold as a “Creme Brulee” tea to me.

Now that I’ve had this one and Divine Temptation individually and mixed, I’ve gotta say I agree with Sil’s ranking though: Divine Temptation is the best, then the mixed blend, and then this one.

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Sipdown (100)!

Made this one as a latte side beside my Mulberry White Latte, so this one also got in on the cookie dunking! And while the other was delicious, this one was definitely the better one for cooking dunking. It’s just a more dessert-y tea in general.

Taste wise, this is definitely less “marshmallow” then the hot cup I enjoyed was, but I can taste the sweet nougat and nut flavour in addition to the thick, creamy and frothy milk. This is definitely one of those dessert teas built for milk.

Would consider restocking this one; I feel like I didn’t get to play with it/enjoy as many cups as I would have liked to overall.

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This comes from Sil! I’ve had this one mixed with Creme Brulee from the same company, but I wanted to try them on their own, so she sent me generous samples of both so I could. Tea Friends are awesome!

Dry this smells INCREDIBLE! Toasted marshmallows and roasty nuts. Very decadent, and it reminds me of roasting marshmallows, and S’mores and camping and fun stuff like that. The steeping smell is the same thing, but more intense. And then best of all: the taste is exactly like the dry and steeping smell completely. I don’t know if this is supposed to be a marshmallow tea but regardless, it’s the best one I’ve ever had.

I’m trying to remember how I rated the mix of the two of these, but I think I like this one ever better – and I definitely remember liking the mix a lot.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Roasted nuts

Cameron B.

Om nom nom marshmallow!

Sil

for me, it goes DT>mix>CB

Amariel

It’s supposed to be hazelnut, I believe.

OMGsrsly

It’s hazelnut and nougat! And nougat is basically marshmallow – egg whites and sugar and things.

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SSTTB Take 3!

Not sure what it is, but something makes my tongue say NOPE! I’ll finish the cup, but this one is not for me. Ick.

Thanks but no thanks.

Bear With Me

Ended up dumping the last 1/3 of the cup. Nope nope nope.

Kittenna

This sounds so promising…

OMGsrsly

Sil “made” me get it. When I asked for recommendations, she mentioned it. Better as a latte!

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I bought some of this last winter based on the positive steepster reviews. I remember enjoying it, so picked up some more when I was last in the ’hood.

This is a great dessert tea. It really tastes like nougat, those chewy white bars that had stuff in them, that I can remember chewing on as a kid. It is sweet, definite nougat smell and creamy mouth feel. There is also a nice nutty taste here as well. Not much of a black base but nothing disagreeable either, no bitterness. I wish I had some of their creme brûlée to try a combo with – have to remember for next time. I added cream and a little rock sugar, but will skip the sugar in the next cup, I think this one might be naturally sweet enough.

Very clear and cold tonight. I can’t figure out how to turn the pilot light on for my fireplace. Darn it! – would have been a good night for a toasty fire. Ah well, have turned up the heat, snuggled into my fluffy “mr bear” slippers, lit some candles and watching “call the midwife” on Netflix. Will make another cup of this tea, and should be set for a comfy cozy evening.

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This sample came from my swap with Sil. I haven’t tried many maple teas, and the ones I have tried have been extremely disappointing (I’m looking at you, Maple Sugar from David’s). However, as maple is one of my very favorite flavors, I’ll always be willing to try more. This tea has small black leaves mixed with shards of cinnamon bark, yellow petals, and what look to be pieces of popcorn. Dry scent is definitely sweet, although I would call it closer to caramel than maple, with a touch of cinnamon.

The cinnamon is definitely the strongest aroma in the cup, although thankfully it smells more like the spice than the usual candy variety. I can also smell maple, which is lovely, as well as some buttery caramel notes. Taste-wise, the flavoring is fairly mild here. There’s definitely a bit of cinnamon as well as a buttery, creamy caramel-esque flavor. The maple is there as well, but it lingers in the background, supporting the other flavors. I’m sure a touch of sugar would help to bring out all of these notes, but I’m trying to stay away from the stuff at the moment! Overall, quite tasty but I could use just a touch more maple.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Cinnamon, Cream, Maple, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Inkling

Reading your review had me craving maple…hence, Maple Pecan Oolong for me tonight! :)

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This is one of the teas I picked up on my outing with OMGsrsly, and it has become my main companion in the last week. There are better teas out there (and in my cupboard), but the smell always makes me swoon and loose all sense of judgment.

The cinnamon comes through stronger without milk, but at a 200F temperature it keeps its smooth toffee-popcorn butter texture. If I accidentally use boiling water I add some milk after- that ruffles out the cinnamon and astringency, while generally keeping things amazing.

Although the maple is slightly more subdued than I would like, I bear no regrets with this one, and would consider picking some up again. I do wonder if the Maple Toffee from The Whistling Kettle is the same tea; the two look identical.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Maple, Popcorn, Toffee

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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drank Warm Crepe by Bayswater Tea Co.
1859 tasting notes

Yum! I’m missing some of the bigger pieces in this last serving of tea, but that’s OK. It’s still delicious.

Cinnamon pancakes, seriously. So good!

With a splash of milk (small splash, I’m trying to reduce dairy…).

187 (I think.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Amariel

Oooh, I really want to try this now! Looks so good. And it’s honeybush, so caffeine free! :)

Sil

oooooh!!!

whatshesaid

you awesomely sent me some of this and i’m excited to try it!! :)

OMGsrsly

Sil, there might be some in your pile, but I don’t actually remember. And now it’s gone.

Whatshesaid, it’s so tasty! I have a hard time with honeybush but this one doesn’t go sour on me.

Sil

omg – i anticipate a bit of a shopping spree when i’m down in a couple months… hopefully i’ll have tried a few more so i know what i MUST HAVE

OMGsrsly

Haha. I should send you some stuff.

Oh, I got the O5 product list. Holy moly! Those puer are expensive. O.o

Dexter

OMGsrsly – do you have that product list in a format that you could email to me. :))))))

OMGsrsly

Of course, Dex! Message me your email address somewhere and I’ll forward it to you.

Dexter

Thank you – sent you a FB message….

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drank Warm Crepe by Bayswater Tea Co.
1859 tasting notes

So much better than the last tea! Oh, this is like warm, gently spiced vanilla cinnamon pancakes. I added some cream and a touch of maple syrup to make it even better.

Definitely needs to be a re-buy. Now if only Bayswater would update their terribly out of date website. :/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

Sounds delicious :)

OMGsrsly

Yes! :)

Bear With Me

Adding to my list of things my sister needs to pick up for me. Hahaha

CrowKettle

It’s going on my list too.

OMGsrsly

Lol. There are pink peppercorns in it fyi. But I really really like it.

CrowKettle

Despite David’s Tea’s best efforts, I’m still not sick of pink peppercorns!

Amariel

Oooooh! Sounds yummy!

Sil

oooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ahem

Sil

let me know when you’re going by there…i can send you money to pick a few things up for me :)

OMGsrsly

Sure thing Sil.

Sil

also…i should have the last of your tea today…which means maybe i can get through more of bonny’s teas and get that package out to you before the end of the month…ie. next week heh

OMGsrsly

Umm. Yay? I’m both excited and scared, tbh.

Sil

lol there’s a reason i don’t want your to go to basywater yet…though i do…but i don’t…but i do….but please don’t…but maybe you could? well wait no..

also the teas…they are calling out to me… been looking at white2tea…. i’m hoping the boxes tonight will curb that since i’ve got boxes of tea all over my house…

OMGsrsly

Well, Dex and I are planning on splitting some tea boxes. Some of the samples seem to only be 10g though. Not really enough to split 3 ways.

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drank Warm Crepe by Bayswater Tea Co.
1859 tasting notes

I don’t really understand the 10-15 minute steeping recommendations for these honeybush and rooibos teas. I steeped 7 minutes, and it seems totally fine, and hasn’t completely cooled.

This tea smells SO GOOD. It reminds me of Birthday Cake by DavidsTea, and Creme Brulee, and also a Marzipan Rooibos from Zen Tea. It’s cakey and vanilla and almond, with cinnamon and cardamom and IDEK what else in it. Very cakey.

I like it. A lot, I think. I’ll have to drink more to be sure, though. ;) Such a hardship.

Flavors: Almond, Cake, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Sounds interesting heh

OMGsrsly

It is! And it’s not a rooibos. :)

Sil

Sample? :)

OMGsrsly

It was already on the list for you!

Sil

hahahaha

OMGsrsly

This one can go in your list too, Cameron!

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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1859 tasting notes

Ok, ok… I did it. I forgot CrowKettle’s teas at home (I’m so sorry!) and then bought lots at Bayswater.

This one ended up in my bag somehow at the last minute. It smelled SO GOOD! And luckily it tastes good as well. Yes, there’s cinnamon in it. And popcorn. And red peppercorns (actually related to cashews). It looks really similar to the picture of the same tea from The Whistling Kettle.

Although it smells REALLY SUPER AMAZING, I think I might prefer the Steam Maple Seduction better. (I didn’t stop there today because of the rain.)

Yep, I think I do prefer the other tea. I’m not saying this isn’t good, because it’s really tasty… but I like the other one better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Damn, I’m going to pick some of this up next time I’m there. Hope you two had a great time!

OMGsrsly

I can send you some, instead of putting it all in The Box!

OMGsrsly

We met up and did breakfast at Whole Foods. Heh. :) It was delicious, and also it was great to chat with the owner of Bayswater. She seemed pretty horrified about flavoured high quality silver needle, or even silver tip puerh. :) Might have to bring some fancy fancy stuff in for her. They also have a darjeeling that smelled AMAZING and I’d probably steep as a green…

Fjellrev

Thanks! But I think I am going to make a trip to Vancouver once I get back from the Prairies. Her stuff is so decently priced. :)

Sounds like a good time!

OMGsrsly

That works too!

CrowKettle

I don’t remember enough about Maple Seduction to know if I prefer it to this one, but in pinch this is good (and almost gone).

CrowKettle

I think the owner needs a lot more persuading when it comes to branching out with white tea. Bring in some Watermelon Xylophone, White Rhino, etc. :/

OMGsrsly

Yes. More interesting whites and more interesting oolongs. I can’t believe that people who drink it for health benefits wouldn’t want it to taste good too.

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Thank you for sharing some of this Cavocorax! It turns out I’m not a big fan – the aroma from the packet of dry tea reminded me of medicinal rooibos (blech), and although thankfully that didn’t really translate into the flavour of the tea, I wasn’t really keen on the somewhat spiced orange flavour. It wasn’t bad, just not to my preferences. I did finish the travel mug, though.

ETA: I did not pay attention to the fact that there was sandalwood in this blend. That makes me think soap, and that could easily have been the strange flavour I couldn’t identify in the brewed cup (possibly the medicinal aroma, too… I don’t really know what sandalwood smells or tastes like).

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
1263 tasting notes

The SSTTB got this into my hands, and while the concept was lovely? It tasted kinda, sorta like creamy cardboard. Not that I know what that actually tastes like…

Flavors: Cardboard, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

It’s better as a latte, but you’re right, it’s not the best.

Mikumofu

LOL, “Cardboard” is the first flavor listed on the page for this tea now!

Fjellrev

Blech, duly noted.

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Sipdown, but somehow this one wasn’t added to my Steepster cupboard so my number wont actually be decreasing; which is a little bit saddening.

I just finished watching the double eviction with Tre and it was horribly predictable and anit-climactic. I hate this whole “best for the house” and “unanimous decision” way of playing Big Brother; true big brother is not played that way. Big Moves are made, and contestants are not scared of making the decisions that further their game and voting for who they want out instead of who the HOH tells them to. By this late into the season there should be a major divide in the eviction votes, and that’s not happening. These players are scared, and it certainly doesn’t help that more than half the cast this year (and pretty well everyone remaining except Derrick) were totally unfamiliar with the show before being on it.

Ugh. I’m just disappointed right now. It’s sad that the highlight of the night was Christine getting booed when she was evicted because I couldn’t even enjoy that; the level to which she was booed? Pretty heartless. Not even Aaryn, from last season, received that negative response and she was practically evil.

Anyway, the tea. That’s what you all care about, right? Thanks VariaTEA for the sample. I think you got it from OMGsrsly right? I think this is her “custom blend” if I’m remembering that correctly. Honestly, I’ve never had either of these teas individually so together was an interesting experience. I only had a vague idea what flavour was coming from which tea.

First off, wow. I made this in my timolino and the mouth watering deliciousness of this one was shocking. I honestly had no expectation this one could come close to being that good. The most prominent, mouth watering notes in this were caramel, custard, vanilla, and sponge toffee – all of which were accented with lighter notes of mocha, chocolate, and perhaps some subtle nuttiness. Just because of the balance of flavours, I’m assuming I was picking up on the Creme Brulee more than the Divine Temptation?

Also, the black base here was SUPER smooth. Like, Mike Boogie/Dr. Will Kirby smooth. That’s a big brother reference; apologies to the non Big Brother watching Steepsterites who probably don’t get it; but I think it’s fairly witty if you do know what I’m talking about? They were basically one of the best alliances (arguably THE BEST) in American Big Brother history – in great deal because they had one of the smoothest/most seamless social games in BB history.

I think the reference kinda suffers if I have to explain it though. Oh well. Anyway; I’m crushed I’m out of this now that I know how good it is. Next mini-goal, I suppose, will be trying each of the teas in this individually?

OMGsrsly

Haha. I had been sending them out individually and together. I don’t have anything but the blend left, or I’d offer to send you some. :)

VariaTEA

Yay! Glad you liked it. Cavocorax is actually the one who shared this and I thought I passed some along cuz it’s so amazing. One of these days I hope to get a hold of more of these teas as they are amazing both individually and together.

OMGsrsly

(You can place an order with me, VariaTEA! I don’t mind going tea shopping for other people. ;) )

Cameron B.

Ooooh I want in on that! Both of these teas sound amazing! :D

OMGsrsly

Yep, I volunteer my services to do tea shopping in Vancouver. You can email Bayswater and order that way, but shipping can get quite expensive. Well. It can with me as well, but that’s shipping in Canada.

Sil

bug me later when i’m not in the middle of things… i have both separate as i mix them when i go to make it.

aisling of tea

We just caught up to the double eviction today and oh my god. Christine getting booed caught us off guard, that just doesn’t happen. Even the most hated people don’t get booed. I’m so, so glad she’s gone, though!!

Roswell Strange

On man; her getting booed was INTENSE. And it totally wasn’t for her game either; America tastes notice to shifty personal behavior!

aisling of tea

Even Julie called her on it. When asked by EW what she thought of the booing her response was “No one wants to watch a woman make a fool of her husband.” Like, dang!

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Fun fact! If you steep this super-concentrated and then fill your cup with ice and then add milk, it is DELICIOUS.

Are you surprised? Probably not. This tea is great.

Sami Kelsh

This sounds like joy. JOY.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I have to make this tomorrow morning!

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Sipdown (142/150)!

Technically not “really” a sipdown because I passed the last bit of this one, originally sent to me from Courtney to my tea twin VariaTEA because it’s one of few teas I currently own that it appears she hasn’t had. Hopefully she likes it since, personally, I’ve had mixed success.

This time around it was served hot and had extra lemongrass notes accented by a tiny touch of strawberry. I’m not so big on lemongrass to the excess of it was not as well received as it could have been. I’ve had better cups. That said, I’ve also had far worse cups of it, so this was an acceptable way to “finish” it off I suppose.

Thanks again Courtney, it was fun playing with this one and it yielded interesting results.

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