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drank Briar Patch by 52teas
3165 tasting notes

This poor tea!  No tasting notes and it’s four years old – not even a tasting note from me and I received an entire big pouch in a mystery grab bag.  As I’m thinking now that this tea was made right after a certain someone was first elected - which in itself is really stretching the years and is making me cringe at the age of this delightful tea.  This tea SCREAMS that it’s for me – berries and basil!!!  So many berries here!  I think it might be best with two teaspoons since it has so many berries in a scoop.  But this time I steeped up a teaspoon and a half.  This is fairly balanced (though keeping the age in mind) – a variety of berry notes, a bit of basil from the three types(!) of organic basil, and a savory note of two types of pepper to really give it an inspired kick and different level to these other flavors, all on a base of green tea.  How great is this berry combo: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, juniper berries!   This poor tea deserved and deserves more appreciation.  I also wonder how all of these ingredients would taste on a black tea (though the green base is perfect enough!)  To be honest, this blend reminds me a bit of Bird & Blend’s Bramble Ramble (though that one doesn’t have basil or pepper), so these two teas might be fitting the same cupboard niche right now, so I’m not drinking this one as much as I should.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 40 minutes after boiling  // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 22 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep

Todd

Oh, that one sounds delightful!

gmathis

A berry tea with no hibiscus (I didn’t see any in the tea description) is a rare and precious thing.

tea-sipper

YES. this blend deserves points for not including hibiscus!

52Teas

I rarely use hibiscus, it is not a go to with berry teas for me, generally only used when I make an herbal/fruit type of blend that needs a little body and/or a hibiscus type flavor profile. I do not generally care for hibiscus unless it’s used thoughtfully – which is what I try to do when I use it.

tea-sipper

Yes, I’m very glad your teas aren’t drowning in hibiscus!

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Todd

Oh, that one sounds delightful!

gmathis

A berry tea with no hibiscus (I didn’t see any in the tea description) is a rare and precious thing.

tea-sipper

YES. this blend deserves points for not including hibiscus!

52Teas

I rarely use hibiscus, it is not a go to with berry teas for me, generally only used when I make an herbal/fruit type of blend that needs a little body and/or a hibiscus type flavor profile. I do not generally care for hibiscus unless it’s used thoughtfully – which is what I try to do when I use it.

tea-sipper

Yes, I’m very glad your teas aren’t drowning in hibiscus!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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