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drank Sweet Flower by The Tea Grotto
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Now that I am in Salt Lake City I took a trip to this tea shop. I have tried one of their teas before thanks to a swap (the pomegranate black tea) and I liked it, so I wanted to check them out. They have all their teas pre-pouched in 50g bags, but also loose in tins behind the counter to sniff and you can order a pot of tea to stay or a cup of tea to go. I sniffed a lot of teas but was very indecisive; a lot of them smelled good but I also am skittish about buying 50g of a tea I haven’t tried.

I ended up getting this tea to go. It is a green tea with coconut and florals, although I don’t remember what kind of florals at this point. The girl working there explained that they use less leaf so it doesn’t get bitter because they have these new filter lids; basically a coffee lid with a little filter over the hole. It’s basically drinking it enforced grandpa style (throw leaves in the cup, drink water while not drinking the leaves but never taking the leaves out, fill up with more water for future steeps). This is not my favorite way to drink tea because I tend to be a little fussy about steeping times. I sipped it while it was still pretty hot and it kind of burnt my mouth, and I got mainly coconut and light green tea.

So then I stopped to get some takeout phò, and I left the cup in the car. I didn’t know how it would be when I got back out after maybe 10 minutes, but it wasn’t bitter at all. But I never got more than coconut and a light green tea flavor; no florals to speak of. Of course, again I was not a fan of the brewing method because I don’t like drinking tea through a lid… smelling the tea as you sip it and inhaling the aroma with the sip is all part of the flavor, and you can’t get that through a lid.

Anyway, from my tasting of this I wouldn’t pick it up because it didn’t impress me as more than just a green coconut tea, although the coconut flavor was definitely nice. Wish I could taste more fo them as samples.

KallieBoo!

I live right up the street from this tea shop! They have a free tea tasting on Wednesday.

Dinosara

Aw man, yesterday was Wednesday! No one mentioned the free tasting, though.

KallieBoo!

They do it every week at 6. Did you move to Salt Lake?

Dinosara

Ah I see, I was too late. No, I’m just visiting for a few days!

KallieBoo!

Ah ok. Well I hope you enjoy your visit! :)

Tea Sipper

I’m so glad you were able to go to the shop, as I think I was the one that sent you the pom black. :D

Dinosara

Tea Sipper, you were! It’s always fun to go to a local shop.

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KallieBoo!

I live right up the street from this tea shop! They have a free tea tasting on Wednesday.

Dinosara

Aw man, yesterday was Wednesday! No one mentioned the free tasting, though.

KallieBoo!

They do it every week at 6. Did you move to Salt Lake?

Dinosara

Ah I see, I was too late. No, I’m just visiting for a few days!

KallieBoo!

Ah ok. Well I hope you enjoy your visit! :)

Tea Sipper

I’m so glad you were able to go to the shop, as I think I was the one that sent you the pom black. :D

Dinosara

Tea Sipper, you were! It’s always fun to go to a local shop.

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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