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drank Wild Honey Sprout by Art of Tea
1961 tasting notes

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Man, I have never suffered from seasonal allergies until I moved here. Which is so weird because I grew up not too far away, so I should be immune to these plants. I’m going to blame the non-native sakura cherry trees planted around here; I discovered an allergy to cherry blossoms last year around this time in Beijing, and I certainly didn’t grow up with those. Guess I should never live in DC.

I steeped this at a slightly cooler temp than last time because I had a touch of astringency then. I think that took care of it. This tea really has a pretty unique flavor, and while squash seems to be part of it I’m not sure it really captures the whole thing. But it’s also hard to put my finger on what is going on here. I guess it is kind of like a squash with butter and honey. Ooh, maybe delicata squash? With the skin on of course, so you get more of those vegetal notes. Pretty interesting tea!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Yum, delicata squash :)

Stephanie

Pollen is supposed to be extra bad this year! My allergies have been crazy, too.

Dinosara

It’s so weird for me because I’ve never had allergies before! My immune system is failing me. :P

Dinosara

It’s weird for me because one thing I always knew about myself was that I’m not allergic to anything. My immune system is letting me down! :P

Dinosara

It’s so weird for me because I’ve never had allergies before! My immune system is failing me. :P

Dinosara

It’s so weird for me because I’ve never had allergies before! My immune system is failing me. :P

Dinosara

It’s so weird for me because I’ve never had allergies before! My immune system is failing me. :P

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Stephanie

Yum, delicata squash :)

Stephanie

Pollen is supposed to be extra bad this year! My allergies have been crazy, too.

Dinosara

It’s so weird for me because I’ve never had allergies before! My immune system is failing me. :P

Dinosara

It’s weird for me because one thing I always knew about myself was that I’m not allergic to anything. My immune system is letting me down! :P

Dinosara

It’s so weird for me because I’ve never had allergies before! My immune system is failing me. :P

Dinosara

It’s so weird for me because I’ve never had allergies before! My immune system is failing me. :P

Dinosara

It’s so weird for me because I’ve never had allergies before! My immune system is failing me. :P

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