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This is one of the new teas I got samples of from Angel at Teavivre, but it appears I have had a previous harvest of this tea. It seems like I really want to like this one, but I have immense trouble getting the right amount of leaf and water right.

Right off the bat I got a stronger brew than my first time, but it was a bit mineraly and a little astringent. I’m not getting sweet potato at all. I wish I was, though. I wish I was getting caramel and honey with sweet potato…but I’m not.

I just don’t know what to make of this tea. The leaves are long and spindly, and with more leaf and longer steep time, I am getting a darker and more bodied brew, but I did need to add sugar as it was a bit bitter.

I feel like if I get the balance right, it can be a great tea, but finding that balance has been tricky, so far.

I thank Angel for providing this sample for me to try again. Sometimes harvests can very, but this tea still seems finicky to me.

TeaVivre

Sorry for this tea is not your taste, would you please tell me your brewing information? Such as the amount of leaf and water, the temperature.

Amariel

Let’s see, if I remember…I think it was a bamboo spoon’s worth, so maybe 1.5-2 tsp for 12 oz? Water was probably a few minutes cooking after boiling, and steep a few minutes? The very first time I think I under leafed or under steeped. But that was a previous batch. WhenI tried to correct that, it was better, but astringent too. I can’t seem to get leaf plus water right despite playing around with the parameters.

TeaVivre

Thanks for your information, i think maybe you can try it with shorter time, maybe it will work well. By the way, this tea is hard to control it’s brewing method, you need to brew several times to get the experience.

Amariel

Yes, it is quite finicky, and I do believe that finding the right balance will yield and amazing cup, but I have yet to find that balance.

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TeaVivre

Sorry for this tea is not your taste, would you please tell me your brewing information? Such as the amount of leaf and water, the temperature.

Amariel

Let’s see, if I remember…I think it was a bamboo spoon’s worth, so maybe 1.5-2 tsp for 12 oz? Water was probably a few minutes cooking after boiling, and steep a few minutes? The very first time I think I under leafed or under steeped. But that was a previous batch. WhenI tried to correct that, it was better, but astringent too. I can’t seem to get leaf plus water right despite playing around with the parameters.

TeaVivre

Thanks for your information, i think maybe you can try it with shorter time, maybe it will work well. By the way, this tea is hard to control it’s brewing method, you need to brew several times to get the experience.

Amariel

Yes, it is quite finicky, and I do believe that finding the right balance will yield and amazing cup, but I have yet to find that balance.

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are.

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty, and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Uh, guess that’s it.

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