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YAY OMG TEA.

It is the weekend and my Finum Brewing Basket came in the mail so there will be TEA at the workplace mmmhmmm. So excited about this development it’s freaky. Tea! Workplace! Yay! Because I’ve seriously missed my tea like a crazy person.

Anyway, I wanted to calm down with some tea from someone other than me. My Rishi order came in, so I’m really excited to try it. However, I really want to be alert and at full tasting capacity to dig into that stuff, so I figured I’d dive into some of this Auggy-sent tea.

I have to say, I’m not a huge fan. The leaves smell very prettily and strongly of almond and vanilla. They’re the normal black size, perhaps a bit more broken, but the little bits of almond in there really spruce up the look of things.

Anyway, the infusion is a very vivid red-orange color, and the smell coming off of it is very, very similar to Almond Cookie! I took this to be an awesomely awesome sign, because Almond Cookie is the bee’s knees. So yeah, very cinnamon-almond-pastry-like. Awesome smell.

The taste however… okay, bizarrely enough, on the first few sips, I didn’t taste anything at all. No tea taste, the tiniest hint of almond. Just… a void. But then the flavor kicked in, and it kicked in hard. The black tea base here is very rough and borderline bitter. There’s a bit of astringency, but the problem is really the bitterness. It just doesn’t pair well with the delicacy of flavors like vanilla and almonds.

I’m not really tasting vanilla all that much, and when I do, it’s more like those fake-tasting vanilla hard candies than actual vanilla bean or vanilla extract. The almond is almost chemical-like. It tastes like someone dumped rubbing alcohol in my tea. It’s got that really rough, almond extract taste that tastes awesome in baked goods, but it absolutely horrible to drink.

There’s a bit of pleasing sweetness at the end, which is probably the saving grace of the entire thing. But it’s really not enough to make up for the rest of it. Overwhelmingly robust and bitter black, accented by very mediocre flavoring.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
takgoti

Yay for tea at work! Too bad about this tea, though. O wells.

laurenpressley

Yay!! Tea at work makes work so much more fun!!

teaplz

I can’t wait to try the FInum basket! The mesh is so ridiculously fine, that I don’t know how they even did it!

Ricky

I’m tempted to purchase another finum and leave it at work. Seeing as you also have the ingenuiTea which do you prefer to use? I slowly stopped using my ingenuiTea.

teaplz

I actually haven’t used the Finum yet, so I can’t say… does it really not keep odors? That’s a big deal!

takgoti

The plastic they use doesn’t appear to absorb any smells, and it’s the finest strainer I own. I’ve pretty much taken everything else out of rotation.

teaplz

The strainer feels so silky! I still can’t believe that it’s made out of stainless steel. Seems almost unreal. I can’t wait to start trying it, though! Thanks for the information, tak!

Ricky

Yep, I haven’t had an issue with smell from it, but I haven’t made anything really strong. Then again I’ve left rooibos sitting in it overnight and I didn’t smell a thing the next day. I know! I was so shocked by how smooth it was too. I usually hate steel strainers because little tea leaves get stuck in it and then it becomes a pain to clean. It’s definitely less of a hassle than the ingenuiTea.

takgoti

It’s amazing what people can do with stainless steel.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/9964/

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takgoti

Yay for tea at work! Too bad about this tea, though. O wells.

laurenpressley

Yay!! Tea at work makes work so much more fun!!

teaplz

I can’t wait to try the FInum basket! The mesh is so ridiculously fine, that I don’t know how they even did it!

Ricky

I’m tempted to purchase another finum and leave it at work. Seeing as you also have the ingenuiTea which do you prefer to use? I slowly stopped using my ingenuiTea.

teaplz

I actually haven’t used the Finum yet, so I can’t say… does it really not keep odors? That’s a big deal!

takgoti

The plastic they use doesn’t appear to absorb any smells, and it’s the finest strainer I own. I’ve pretty much taken everything else out of rotation.

teaplz

The strainer feels so silky! I still can’t believe that it’s made out of stainless steel. Seems almost unreal. I can’t wait to start trying it, though! Thanks for the information, tak!

Ricky

Yep, I haven’t had an issue with smell from it, but I haven’t made anything really strong. Then again I’ve left rooibos sitting in it overnight and I didn’t smell a thing the next day. I know! I was so shocked by how smooth it was too. I usually hate steel strainers because little tea leaves get stuck in it and then it becomes a pain to clean. It’s definitely less of a hassle than the ingenuiTea.

takgoti

It’s amazing what people can do with stainless steel.
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/9964/

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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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