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There is only one middle eastern restaurant in town, and the food is decent, but they use waaaay to much raw garlic in their tzatziki. Coming back from lunch today I knew I needed a tea that would have a strong enough flavor to cut through the garlic, but also not clash too badly with it. Ginger might have worked, but I don’t have any gingery teas here. Then I thought of puerh, but again all of my puerhs are at home… until I remembered I had a few of these little tuochas stuck in a drawer.

Shu puerh, especially ones like this, are not my favorite. I mean, I don’t dislike the earthy, woody flavor, but it’s not really my favorite either. I talked about changing tastebuds yesterday, but my tastebuds have not changed favorably toward this tea. It’s still very earthy, sawdusty, woody, barn-y, and I still can’t taste any rose in it. Is it killing the garlic taste in my mouth? Kinda. But I still don’t know when I am going to get around to drinking the last two tuochas that I have. They’re just not really my kind of tea.

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Stephanie

I had a falafel sandwich for lunch today. I’m trying to decide what my afternoon tea should be based on garlic as well! Hmm…

Mercuryhime

I think Chinese greens go well with remnant garlic flavors. They already have a veggie savory quality. Add garlic and it’s like drinking a light veggie soup. :D

Stephanie

I decided to go with something with both mint AND fennel in it. Take that garlic!

Mercuryhime

Great for digestion!

Dinosara

Yeah, mint and fennel sound like a good combo, but I definite don’t have any of those. I wasn’t sure I wanted veggie soup, so I went with citrus for my next tea

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Stephanie

I had a falafel sandwich for lunch today. I’m trying to decide what my afternoon tea should be based on garlic as well! Hmm…

Mercuryhime

I think Chinese greens go well with remnant garlic flavors. They already have a veggie savory quality. Add garlic and it’s like drinking a light veggie soup. :D

Stephanie

I decided to go with something with both mint AND fennel in it. Take that garlic!

Mercuryhime

Great for digestion!

Dinosara

Yeah, mint and fennel sound like a good combo, but I definite don’t have any of those. I wasn’t sure I wanted veggie soup, so I went with citrus for my next tea

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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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