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Okay, this one smells really delicious. Like ginger and peaches and lovely stuff like that. Really heady and strong. My dad kept stealing the teabag from me and sniffing the contents and oohing and ahhing.

The bag is really cute too. Some sort of silky fabric, and inside… TEA. Like, actual leaves. This makes me very, very happy. I was very tempted to go in there and FREE THE LEAVES but I figured I should try to steep this puppy up the way it’s meant to be steeped: in the bag.

Anyway, since my friend at work gave me the bag, I had no idea what the parameters were. So I just steeped this up for a bit, and… yeah. The tea doesn’t smell as good as the dry. There’s a bit of a musky/musty order, and the black tea smells a bit dusty. But it’s not that bad.

So I go in for the sip and… hrm. The black tea here is pretty bitter. The ginger peeps through and then trounces your tongue. Bounces on it like a trampoline and says “HAI THURR.” It dissipates into a peach flavor that’s actually pretty okay-tasting, except for the fact that there’s a peach hand lotion taste to it. Like if you’ve ever licked your hand after putting on lotion. That sort of creamy/icky/soapy taste. Yeah. I don’t know what it’s doing in there, since I don’t wear lotion, or maybe it’s just some weird by-product, but anyway…

This one was a bit bizarre. Successive sips made it taste better, and when it cooled it tasted a bit better and sweeter, but I couldn’t get past the hand lotion taste. And the bitterness of the black.

Sigh. Well, tomorrow’s Friday and I’ll be able to steep some lovely stuff at home! Looking forward to the NOMNESS.

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Auggy

Eeew @ the hand lotion taste. I’ve sort of done that before and it is gross. Bad tea! Bad!

takgoti

Yay Friday! Yay home! Yay nomness! All is good. All is light.

And also, FUZZY PUPPIES ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE!
http://www.ustream.tv/SFShiba

Angrboda

O noes another soapy tasting one! I’ve tried this brand a couple of times at a hotel in Copenhagen for the breakfast buffet and found it decent. Certainly better than the lipton alternative, but I’ve never seen it anywhere else.

LENA

FREE THE LEAVES sounds like a great campaign slogan. I kind of like the silky fabric that some of the pyramid or sachet bags are made of. But ultimately, you gotta free those leaves, man.

teaplz

@Auggy, I’m sure it would be terribly gross if you accidentally poured the lotion into the tea. Talk about EW.

@takgoti OMG SHIBA INU. I love that breed of dog. They’re supposed to be very cat-like.

@Angrboda isn’t soapiness the worst? Once you taste it, you can’t untaste it, and then you’re like DISHWASHING LIQUID EW. Yeah. Not cool.

@LENA Seriously, the bag was SO cute. But I felt bad for those leaves, trapped in a little mesh prison of hopelessness, itching to get out… it was depressing to see them all pressed up against the bag. I felt like I drowned them instead of taking them for a swim. :(

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Auggy

Eeew @ the hand lotion taste. I’ve sort of done that before and it is gross. Bad tea! Bad!

takgoti

Yay Friday! Yay home! Yay nomness! All is good. All is light.

And also, FUZZY PUPPIES ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE!
http://www.ustream.tv/SFShiba

Angrboda

O noes another soapy tasting one! I’ve tried this brand a couple of times at a hotel in Copenhagen for the breakfast buffet and found it decent. Certainly better than the lipton alternative, but I’ve never seen it anywhere else.

LENA

FREE THE LEAVES sounds like a great campaign slogan. I kind of like the silky fabric that some of the pyramid or sachet bags are made of. But ultimately, you gotta free those leaves, man.

teaplz

@Auggy, I’m sure it would be terribly gross if you accidentally poured the lotion into the tea. Talk about EW.

@takgoti OMG SHIBA INU. I love that breed of dog. They’re supposed to be very cat-like.

@Angrboda isn’t soapiness the worst? Once you taste it, you can’t untaste it, and then you’re like DISHWASHING LIQUID EW. Yeah. Not cool.

@LENA Seriously, the bag was SO cute. But I felt bad for those leaves, trapped in a little mesh prison of hopelessness, itching to get out… it was depressing to see them all pressed up against the bag. I felt like I drowned them instead of taking them for a swim. :(

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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.

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