Sipdown, 158. I brewed a cup of this hot, iced it, took one sip, and threw the rest away. I also tossed another sample of a MBSC hibiscus/fruit blend that I was sure I wouldn’t like, and I will probably toss the third (but I will try it once to be sure). I ordered these samples ages ago before I knew any better, and naively thought that these blends would be fruity and not overdone. Not only are they almost all hibiscus, but they are old and stale, too. I mean, I like sweet, iced hibiscus, but all of these have had a certain funkiness that is just wrong.

This one’s major downfall was actually not the hibiscus but the lemon peel. It was so mouth-wrenchingly bitter and horrible I couldn’t deal. Like you actually just bit a lemon with the peel on. No thanks.

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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.
89-86: 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
85-80: 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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