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I did not enjoy this at all. The steep time was two minutes, or so the tea barista said… so I am curious to see how I would have liked it with a one minute infusion. Maybe then it wouldn’t have been bitter!! bitingly so. except it wasn’t bitter in an “oversteeped” way and it wasn’t thick the way oversteeped tea gets.
Oh and the caramel just made the tea taste greasy, like toast that’s been over buttered. Also… where was the apple???
I generally enjoy the second steep of teas much better, but with a takeout tea that isn’t really an option. For that reason, I’m not sure this rating is fair but it’s what I have for now. Bah!!

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zeitfliesst

I had a very similar (or the same) blend from Necessiteas quite a while ago, and it tasted worse than the vilest of medicines. I guess this might be a universal problem with this blend?

Indigobloom

hmmm I fear you are right, as I’ve been struggling to find an apple tea I enjoy as well, no matter the base!

aisling of tea

The Candy Apple black from Adagio is terrible as well, though now I’ll be slipping some into your package when I get around to sending it. Not that there’s any rush right now, though >.<. I just want my permanent resident card!

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zeitfliesst

I had a very similar (or the same) blend from Necessiteas quite a while ago, and it tasted worse than the vilest of medicines. I guess this might be a universal problem with this blend?

Indigobloom

hmmm I fear you are right, as I’ve been struggling to find an apple tea I enjoy as well, no matter the base!

aisling of tea

The Candy Apple black from Adagio is terrible as well, though now I’ll be slipping some into your package when I get around to sending it. Not that there’s any rush right now, though >.<. I just want my permanent resident card!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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