drank Strawberry Slender by Teavana
862 tasting notes

Okay I am slightly bumping this up – I tasted the strawberry more this time and, since I drank it unsweetened, got the sweetness from that rather than the sugar. The strawberry taste was quite pleasant, and not as artificial tasting as it smelled. However, I may have oversteeped, for my own tastebuds. Immediately following that sweetness was a bitterness that, while tolerable, I would rather avoid. I will try a minute or so less on the steeping for next time and report back to compare.

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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