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GASP Steepster ate my review of this! Bad, bad Steepster! It sort of poofed when I clicked the button. BOOOOOO.

Okay, um… let’s see. Dried blood, strawberry strawberry strawberry, ice… where did I even start? I doubt I can type that all out again, so I’m going to summarize.

1. PRETTY LEAVES: They’re red and green and caramel-bits and yeah. Look at the picture. I’m lazy now.

2. DARK INFUSION: Steeped it up for around 8 minutes and it’s the color of dried blood. Also, there are bits at the bottom that are positively black, and I’m sort of scared of them, so I’m using my spoon to stir it up. Also, note: afraid that tea might stain teeth, spoon, mug. Brush teeth after!

3. SMELL: Burnt sugar and heavy strawberry in the infusion, completely strawberry in the dry leaves, medicinal in the wet.

4. TASTE: “Oh hai, I’m a strawberry, if you’d like to become one, just drink Smooth Strawberry Dream!” Seriously, tart-strawberry mixed with the slightest hint of caramel and finished with a sweet honeybush note. Sometimes a bit too tart at points, and the strawberry gets overwhelming. As is cools, the caramel peeps out a bit more. Just a tad more.

5. VERDICT: If strawberries are your fruit of passion, drink this and you’ll be happy. I tend to prefer strawberry paired with heavier stuff (like black tea, like Mariage Freres and their Marco Polo and now I’m craving that instead of this). Might be good iced?

6. SADDED: Note disappeared! Pout. I’m so copying this one so it doesn’t eat this one as well!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
silvermage2000

Nice review I wan’t to try this but teagschwender does not accept paypal or money orders which is what I used.
I admit the blood thing was different.

fcmonroe

Hmm. I had a tin of this last year and went through it pretty quickly. It’s one of the handful of rooibos blends that I like. (Well, the number is starting to grow now, but rooibos straight……haven’t learned to like it.)

I often think that I should order some more of this. I really liked it a lot.

teaplz

It’s pretty good! I think I’m just not a fan of strawberry things when they’re piping hot. I might actually like this one better iced, but I’m too lazy to do iced tea half of the time.

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silvermage2000

Nice review I wan’t to try this but teagschwender does not accept paypal or money orders which is what I used.
I admit the blood thing was different.

fcmonroe

Hmm. I had a tin of this last year and went through it pretty quickly. It’s one of the handful of rooibos blends that I like. (Well, the number is starting to grow now, but rooibos straight……haven’t learned to like it.)

I often think that I should order some more of this. I really liked it a lot.

teaplz

It’s pretty good! I think I’m just not a fan of strawberry things when they’re piping hot. I might actually like this one better iced, but I’m too lazy to do iced tea half of the time.

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

I also am the happy girlfriend of the boy that created the tea randomizer, which can be found here: http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

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