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Ehm…. this one’s just a liiiiiiittle too weird for me. And my mom. I knew as soon as I opened my (thankfully) sample packet that it was not going to be my thing. It smells quite spicy, and a weird sort of savoury that doesn’t appeal to me. Can’t say I’ve ever had sage in a tea, so that could be part of it, although there are a few “new-in-tea”-to-me ingredients lurking in here.

My mom thought it tasted much like drinking liquid turkey stuffing. She thought perhaps it would taste good consumed alongside a turkey meal. I… thought it tasted less spicy and less strange than it smelled, but… definitely savoury, and rather weird.

Both of us did agree that the aftertaste is quite pleasant, once you get past the sipping and swallowing stages! I think it may be the ginger that leaves a nice spicy aftertaste.

I think I can get why people mix this with a pu’erh or something, but I just don’t think this is something that’s going to appeal to me in any form. Just too strange.

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Ze_Teamaker

I like it, but I can see how it would be weird for some people. It kinda reminds me a Italian food personally.

Kittenna

Yeah, I’m wondering if I don’t care for tulsi. I honestly haven’t ever tried it on its own before! I do have a sample of 52teas’ Tulsi-rama in my box of teas from LiberTEAS, so perhaps when I get back home I’ll dig that out and give it a shot.

Indigobloom

LOL liquid stuffing. I so wanna sample this now if you don’t mind!

Kittenna

Well, I only got a sample size…. but as luck would have it, I don’t want the rest!! Ahaha, I’ll save it for ya. Better add to the swap list!

Bonnie

I’ve got to say that if you removed certain things from most of the alchemy blends they would taste strange. This is why adding Laoshan Black and a little puerh brings this blend somewhere close to the Summer Imperial Breakfast Blend with a little extra ginger (in my opinion). Sort of a magical thing that happens…and I like it! Plain, adding honey transforms the flavor into a more delicious cup.

Indigobloom

hehe thanks Kittenna! :p
Bonnie, you are a tea mixing master!!

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Ze_Teamaker

I like it, but I can see how it would be weird for some people. It kinda reminds me a Italian food personally.

Kittenna

Yeah, I’m wondering if I don’t care for tulsi. I honestly haven’t ever tried it on its own before! I do have a sample of 52teas’ Tulsi-rama in my box of teas from LiberTEAS, so perhaps when I get back home I’ll dig that out and give it a shot.

Indigobloom

LOL liquid stuffing. I so wanna sample this now if you don’t mind!

Kittenna

Well, I only got a sample size…. but as luck would have it, I don’t want the rest!! Ahaha, I’ll save it for ya. Better add to the swap list!

Bonnie

I’ve got to say that if you removed certain things from most of the alchemy blends they would taste strange. This is why adding Laoshan Black and a little puerh brings this blend somewhere close to the Summer Imperial Breakfast Blend with a little extra ginger (in my opinion). Sort of a magical thing that happens…and I like it! Plain, adding honey transforms the flavor into a more delicious cup.

Indigobloom

hehe thanks Kittenna! :p
Bonnie, you are a tea mixing master!!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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