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drank Blackberry Mojito by Teavana
328 tasting notes

Thanks to the HoppiTea Swap, I am trying american teas. Apart from celestial seasonings, I had never had any american blends, or even found them for sale. So pretty happy to get a chance to try it. But is it just me observing this trend, or are american tea blenders obsessed with hibiscus?!?

KTT kindly picked a wide range of teas, which are not nominally hibiscus teas, but of the ones I have already tried it´s like almost all have hibiscus hidden there in some form! Even this which is green tea. I could not believe it when I brew it, hibiscus in green tea, but checking online, blender admits it. Hibiscus with green tea, is just not going to be my cup of tea, unfortunately.

I am biased about the hibiscus, I admit sometimes they can be used nicely, just feeling grumpy about it being a “surprise” ingredient in so many unexpected teas. This is a nice green tea, with the tang of the hibiscus mixing with the green tea. Reminded me a bit of Twinings´Green Tea with Cranberry ( though that one has no hibiscus, so less tart). I am very glad to have had a chance to try it, thank you very much Carolynne.

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

Glad you’re enjoying the selection – hibiscus or not! I too am not a fan of hibiscus (which = heartburn for me most times). I didn’t realize I’d sent you so much w/hibiscus! To make up for my faux pas, if you see any others in my cupboard you like, I’ll send them your way. (I’m a pro at international shipping now!)

cteresa

aw come on, you could not have known! who would expect them to put hibiscus on green tea or white tea?

And admittedly it´s on pretty low dosages most of the times,I do not actually hate it, just getting a bit surprised at how often they use it. And yeah I am just extra paranoid about it – for me even when it is a little bit it seems to overpower the rest, but it can not work like that for everybody. About it being so prevalent in US teas, it makes me wonder, it might be an expectation from the market. Maybe it is related to the US being a market which probably makes a LOT of iced tea (an habit I am doing my best to pick!), and hibiscus might help give more body to iced tea.

And thank you very much for your very kind offer, but seriously, I still got lots of your teas to try or to try again, and I really must bring my tea stock under control.

KeenTeaThyme

Well the offer always stands… :)

cteresa

Thank you yet again! Just wish me good international shipping karma – the hoppitea swap I sent has not arrived YET. My swappee says she is not worried, but I am very much!

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KeenTeaThyme

Glad you’re enjoying the selection – hibiscus or not! I too am not a fan of hibiscus (which = heartburn for me most times). I didn’t realize I’d sent you so much w/hibiscus! To make up for my faux pas, if you see any others in my cupboard you like, I’ll send them your way. (I’m a pro at international shipping now!)

cteresa

aw come on, you could not have known! who would expect them to put hibiscus on green tea or white tea?

And admittedly it´s on pretty low dosages most of the times,I do not actually hate it, just getting a bit surprised at how often they use it. And yeah I am just extra paranoid about it – for me even when it is a little bit it seems to overpower the rest, but it can not work like that for everybody. About it being so prevalent in US teas, it makes me wonder, it might be an expectation from the market. Maybe it is related to the US being a market which probably makes a LOT of iced tea (an habit I am doing my best to pick!), and hibiscus might help give more body to iced tea.

And thank you very much for your very kind offer, but seriously, I still got lots of your teas to try or to try again, and I really must bring my tea stock under control.

KeenTeaThyme

Well the offer always stands… :)

cteresa

Thank you yet again! Just wish me good international shipping karma – the hoppitea swap I sent has not arrived YET. My swappee says she is not worried, but I am very much!

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Inconstant tea drinker – I mostly drink tea when not too hot. I hang around steepster much more frequently in (northern hemisphere) cold season.

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I like all sorts of tea, flavoured and unflavoured, though I am picky. I am always willing to try anything new. I am now particularly interested in single origins.

I am one of those people who actually loves Lapsang Souchong. I am not crazy about Earl Grey, in general. I don´t quite get Darjeeling teas, but I am trying to make sure …

I like rooibos, though not all bases. I loathe hibiscus. I do not like fennel/liquorice/anise in blends or teas with chicory. I am picky about what I consider true cinnamon.

As you can probably tell from my cupboard, the brands I find more interesting right now are Mariage Fréres,Thé-o-Dor and Yumchaa.

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