How many times do you revisit a type of tea/flavor/brand before moving on?
I usually try individual teas at least twice- unless it was really, really terrible.
I got a free sample of “Christmas Cookie” tea from Teasource and it was the worst tea I had ever tasted, it was like drinking perfume, I couldn’t even finish the first cup. That is one of the rare times where I won’t give a tea a second chance. Christmas Cookie might be a substitute for coal in some naughty person’s stocking.
If i don’t like a tea the first time I’ll try it at least once more, probably 3 times. I’ll check how other people who like it prepare it, adjust water temps, steep time, sugar, etc. And also wait a couple days before trying it again. I tried Prince of Wales tea a few days ago and didn’t like it at all but I’d been under the weather and that can effect taste. I’ll give it another try in a few days and hopefully will like it better.
I won’t write off any brand just because I didn’t like one or more of their teas, especially if they have a good variety. I usually like Bigelow and Twining but they have a few teas that I don’t like. However if a brand is really terrible every time I try it I’ll be reluctant to try it again.
I have to admit, I have given up an adagio. I’ve tried a few and haven’t like a single one.
Usually twice. I will try it once, wait a while – say a week or so – try again.
Ideally I prefer to give it 1-6 tries, depending on how much tea there is, though like with the tea I reviewed earlier…..rueful laugh I think I will have a hard time convincing myself to give it another shot, even at a much lesser steep time. There is no genre of tea that I have given up on, though I do prefer flavored. I started off with herbals and rooibos mostly with a few flavored black teas, summoned up the courage to try greens, whites and oolongs, (And have discovered many loves in greens and whites, 1 or 2 in oolongs.)
No company I have given up on yet, though since it hasn’t even been a year since I’ve started on the loose leaf tea journey….it is still early days.
I typically buy a specific blend once before moving on. The type of tea is a different story. I am relatively new to tea so I have been trying different blends of the same type of tea just to sort of get familiar with the attributes of that type. I have been doing this with black tea, and I have had two so far :p Black tea is my main focus. And I think I am ready to move on to something else.
Type of tea (this mostly applies to unflavored and unblended teas): if I am really not a fan, I will only try 2-3 different examples of a tea before I don’t bother with it anymore. Less if I know my example came from a very high quality source so it’s unlikely to get better with a higher-quality tea. However, I will sometimes return to a type of tea every so often because my tastes do change over time, and I have been known to start drinking a type of tea I never thought I would.
Tea company: I will try a few teas from a vendor and if I’m not a fan in general or if I really don’t like the teas, I will usually “give up” on the company, which just means I won’t bother ordering from them again. Even so, if the company often comes out with new, delectable flavors sometimes I will try them out again, but I have yet to have a company redeemed in this way. There are some companies that I have truly banned myself from buying stuff from.
Specific tea/blend: I really only need to drink it once, with a blend especially. I will try it more than once if I have enough of a sample of it, but life is too short to drink tea I don’t love. I have a lot of tea, and I have gotten kind of picky. I drink most teas with the mindset: is this a tea I have to keep in my cupboard? Most fail the test, because I wouldn’t want too huge of a cupboard, so that means I “move on” quite easily.