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There was something off about this tea.

The smell reminded me of medicine, for one. I think that it had to do with the fact that so many medicines are “berry” flavored and the vanilla aspect of this for me contained the alcohol-ish aspect of vanilla extract.

The taste was marginally better, though what I mainly got berry out of this and I wanted more vanilla. The vanilla taste that I got, when it occasionally decided to surface, gasping for breath in the sea of nondistinctive berry flavor, didn’t really taste like vanilla. It was more extract-like, to begin with, but even the creamier aspect of it wasn’t quite vanilla flavored. Looking at the list of ingredients, I think that it’s because this contained white chocolate [which I usually like, but am not sure how I feel about it in tea]. I also think that a lot of the medicinal taste came from an unfortunate combination/balancing of the hibiscus, the rooibos, and the currant that are all supposed to be in this tea.

Maybe I just got a bad spoonful. I’m hoping that’s part of it, because I couldn’t resist trying Caramelized Pear again and it wasn’t nearly as good the second time around – not as rich and caramel-tasting, mainly pear, and the rooibos was coming through that time around. I think it was mainly because I was getting kind of the dregs [I didn’t have any apple pieces in that one, though teaplz isn’t to blame as the sample she sent me was taken from a sample].

I apologize because I’m beginning to confuse myself here as I’m kind of behind on logging the new teas I’ve been trying. To put this into some semblance of order, I tried Vanilla Berry Truffle, was disappointed, then had Caramelized Pear a couple of days later and realized that it might be because I wasn’t getting a good array of physical components into the actual tea.

Though, re-reading teaplz’s log, she wasn’t terribly happy with this tea either. So…

I don’t know. I’m having a weird day. I’ve been having these moments where I get songs stuck in my head, and then I hear them over loud-speakers when I go out or to run errands [often muzaked]. It’s been making me feel like I’m on an extremely boring version of the Truman Show. And trying to transition from doing f***-all to studying is leaving me murky and smogged. My chi has been Los Angeles’d. Does any of this even make sense? What is a horse shoe? What does a horse shoe do? Are there any horse socks? Is anybody listening to me?

I wasn’t taken away by this tea, but it wasn’t horrible. It was bizarre and imbalanced, not unlike this review. It was yellow slanty-mouth on the Steepster sliding scale. So that’s where it’s going.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec
teaplz

Sorry that your second experience with Caramelized Pear wasn’t as good as the first! I tried to make sure that you got enough of the components in there, and apple pieces were sort of scant in my sample in general.

As for this one, don’t feel weirded out by it at all! I just think it’s simply not that great of a tea. And I can definitely get on the bandwagon with the medicinal taste of this. I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to this one, since I was packaging up your tea swap box, but I know I wasn’t enjoying it.

sophistre

It sounds like everybody is having an off day! At least it’s the weekend now, neh? Better celebrate with some of the good stuff.

takgoti

@teaplz Yeah, it’s no one’s fault. You had a sample size and I think most blends suffer from scraping the bottom of a tin/box/bag/what-have-you. Also, thanks, I think I won’t be ordering VBT when I put my Art of Tea order through.

@sophistre Truer words have never been spoken. Yesterday was bizarre. Feeling better today. What to drink…

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teaplz

Sorry that your second experience with Caramelized Pear wasn’t as good as the first! I tried to make sure that you got enough of the components in there, and apple pieces were sort of scant in my sample in general.

As for this one, don’t feel weirded out by it at all! I just think it’s simply not that great of a tea. And I can definitely get on the bandwagon with the medicinal taste of this. I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to this one, since I was packaging up your tea swap box, but I know I wasn’t enjoying it.

sophistre

It sounds like everybody is having an off day! At least it’s the weekend now, neh? Better celebrate with some of the good stuff.

takgoti

@teaplz Yeah, it’s no one’s fault. You had a sample size and I think most blends suffer from scraping the bottom of a tin/box/bag/what-have-you. Also, thanks, I think I won’t be ordering VBT when I put my Art of Tea order through.

@sophistre Truer words have never been spoken. Yesterday was bizarre. Feeling better today. What to drink…

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