I tried this tea this morning using Lala’s recommended steeping parameters: 1 tsp per 8 oz, 87C, 1.5 minute steep, with a little bit of sweetener added.

This resulted in a very mild, light cup of tea. The green tea base was a lot less noticeable this time, though I didn’t sense the berry flavours taking over the way I hoped they would. I do like this, though. I might stick with these steeping instructions, as the tea was very smooth. However, I did really like it that one time I brewed it and the aftertaste reminded me of fruit rollups. Hmmm…

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Updated March 2016:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen in love with loose-leaf tea. I’ve also set up a site for tea reviews at http://www.booksandtea.ca – an excellent excuse to keep on buying and trying new blends. There will always be more to discover!

In the meantime, since joining Steepster in January 2014, I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on my likes and dislikes

Likes: Raw/Sheng pu’erh, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks, rooibos.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender, really vegetal green teas, shu/ripe pu’erh.

Things I generally decide on a case-by-case basis: Oolong, white teas.

Still need to do my research on: matcha

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


Toronto, ON, Canada



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