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I am very torn on this tea. I liked the taste when I had it hot but it was thick and oily and that was off-putting so I avoided it. Then I thought it would make a great cold brewed teas. The oiliness is not an issue nor the thickness. However, there is a bitterness that emerged in the flavor that is unpleasant. I guess there is no winning with this one :(

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Lala

I do a lot of cold brewing, and for me, I dislike most white teas and hibiscus in cold brews. They taste bitter or off to me all the time. You can try cold brewing for less amount of time and see if that helps.

VariaTEA

I shall have to try that and see. These brewed for a while because I made them before bed and ended up sleeping in really late because the first time I woke up I did not feel great.

The herbals I brewed all had a bit of hibiscus in them (I think) and that is the prominent flavor I am finding where as the ones I made a couple days ago the hibiscus was more a background note.

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Lala

I do a lot of cold brewing, and for me, I dislike most white teas and hibiscus in cold brews. They taste bitter or off to me all the time. You can try cold brewing for less amount of time and see if that helps.

VariaTEA

I shall have to try that and see. These brewed for a while because I made them before bed and ended up sleeping in really late because the first time I woke up I did not feel great.

The herbals I brewed all had a bit of hibiscus in them (I think) and that is the prominent flavor I am finding where as the ones I made a couple days ago the hibiscus was more a background note.

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For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

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