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drank Blue Unicorn by Shanti Tea
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Hrm. Not sure what I think of this one. Withholding rating for now. I brewed 3 horns in 11 oz cup. At 4 minutes (with a 15 sec boiling pre-rinse), it was golden but tasted like water. Stuck the leaves back in for another 2. Now I am getting some flavor but it doesn’t taste like much. Did I not use enough horns? Did I not steep it long enough? Wonder what temp I should have brewed that at?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

OH NO!!!!! I hope your other attempts work out better! I noticed it suggests 4 to 6 mins – I went a FULL 6 minutes right off the bat. I don’t think I would ever go any less than 6 actually. For my 2nd Infusion I think I went 9 mins.

TeaEqualsBliss

I used 3 horns for 11-12 ounces and 200+ degrees water

Cinoi

I had no problem getting flavor out of three horns at 4 minutes. Strange. I will not lie, mine were warm from being in the mailbox…might have had something to do with it…

Kristin

Weird. Trying a second infusion now. Poured out 1/2 of the first infusion. Just didn’t want it.

TeaEqualsBliss

BUMMER…sorry!!!

Cinoi

That is incredibly disappointing…I am going to try it again soon and report…

Kristin

It’ll be interesting to see what Jim thinks too. It’s on its way to his house.

Jim Marks

2 horns in my smallest pot, water one minute off the boil for 5 minutes and I’m looking in the pot going “what?” The result looks like a white tea. There is little aroma and even less flavor in the cup.

Maybe Kristin’s batch got damaged in shipping by heat or something?

I was grateful for the sharing of samples, to be sure, but I’m just baffled by this tea.

Kristin

Ah, I just asked you what you thought on your post! :) Yeah, I thought it was more like a white tea too, except with less flavor.

Jim Marks

So, as a second attempt I used much more leaf, and kept the water hotter. I also worked the cones with a chopstick to open them faster.

The result is much better. More like a darjeeling.

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TeaEqualsBliss

OH NO!!!!! I hope your other attempts work out better! I noticed it suggests 4 to 6 mins – I went a FULL 6 minutes right off the bat. I don’t think I would ever go any less than 6 actually. For my 2nd Infusion I think I went 9 mins.

TeaEqualsBliss

I used 3 horns for 11-12 ounces and 200+ degrees water

Cinoi

I had no problem getting flavor out of three horns at 4 minutes. Strange. I will not lie, mine were warm from being in the mailbox…might have had something to do with it…

Kristin

Weird. Trying a second infusion now. Poured out 1/2 of the first infusion. Just didn’t want it.

TeaEqualsBliss

BUMMER…sorry!!!

Cinoi

That is incredibly disappointing…I am going to try it again soon and report…

Kristin

It’ll be interesting to see what Jim thinks too. It’s on its way to his house.

Jim Marks

2 horns in my smallest pot, water one minute off the boil for 5 minutes and I’m looking in the pot going “what?” The result looks like a white tea. There is little aroma and even less flavor in the cup.

Maybe Kristin’s batch got damaged in shipping by heat or something?

I was grateful for the sharing of samples, to be sure, but I’m just baffled by this tea.

Kristin

Ah, I just asked you what you thought on your post! :) Yeah, I thought it was more like a white tea too, except with less flavor.

Jim Marks

So, as a second attempt I used much more leaf, and kept the water hotter. I also worked the cones with a chopstick to open them faster.

The result is much better. More like a darjeeling.

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Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

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