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Bailin Gongfu take two. My first steep was weird. Not sure if it was what I was eating or if I did the steep process wrong but it was very meh. But now I’ve pulled out my water kettle and a new basket. Before I start this let me just say I’ve got high expectation because of all the high ratings here.

So let’s start this off with the leaves. Wet they have an impressive earthy, somewhat chocolatly smell. The wet leaves smell kinda smokey. Kinda bitter. The tea kettle makes the water way too hot for me to drink so I am letting it cool a little bit. I’m taking sips here and there hoping to not burn my tongue. Think I’ll just wait..

Still kinda hot but not a tongue burning temp. So far I’m not tasting anything amazing like I smelled.

Ok now its at a drinkable temp. But honestly I still don’t find it to be anything special. It is very earthy. Slight bitter after tones. Honestly I’m just not that impressed. For fairness I won’t rate this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML
Stephanie

Bummer! Everyone seems to love this one!

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drank Precious Eyebrows by TeaSource
249 tasting notes

A bitter smelling tea. Luckily the taste is not bitter like the smell. Its very mellow. Slightly grassy, which is weird because I find most green teas have a heavy to medium grassy taste. And I don’t want to steep it too much longer because of those bitter notes in the smell.

Preparation
1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
249 tasting notes

Sweet and flowery. Too much hibiscus though. It’s a nice tea but I’m just not a huge fan. It sure smells good though.

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drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
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drank Flowering Honeybush by Tazo
249 tasting notes

Satisfying but it doesn’t quite give me that ‘I want more of this’ sensation. It’s smooth and has a strange slightly zingy aftertaste. It is indeed also fruity. Though if you were to ask me what fruit, well I couldn’t quite tell ya. Perhaps I should have steeped it longer because I really feel that it’s too light. Still has plenty of flavor but could use more.

Preparation
2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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Hibiscus. Why teavana? It doesn’t need it. I can taste,the chocolate hints, while the oolong hides just behind it. It’s been awhile since I’ve had any mate so I’m not picking it up as easily but i know the flavor and its there somewhere.

Preparation
1 tsp

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As I started steeping the tea I thought to myself, “drinking a mustache does not sound at all appetizing.” However, this is quite enjoyable. It’s like a light chai. Think I’m going to steep it just a bit longer to see if I can get some spice added to it. (Best chai I ever had was in New Zealand from a street vendor who made it in front of me.)

At 30 seconds – Nie. I’m stopping it here. Good flavor and I’m a little worried I’m going to make it bitter. This is all without milk by the way. I like to try tea ‘pure’ before I add anything to it. The 30 seconds added on gave it a woodsy flavor and a slight minty..ish after burn. Doesn’t taste like mint but gives a ‘burn’ of mint.

Time for milk. Almond milk that is. But I’ve warmed t up too hot…

Ok It’s cooled down quite a bit but not enough that’s cold. I added what I considered to be a hefty amount. Honestly, I liked it better plain. Maybe it would be better with some froth.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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Tea. Like coffee and many other things, is basically just flavored water. But don’t you tell any tea or coffee drinkers that.

I’m willing to try out any type of tea, except of course the ones they suggest nursing mothers to not drink. (Like ginseng tea… and I love ginseng sadface)

The cute little baby in the picture is my daughter, Athena. She loves to stick out her tongue.

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