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Will's Ambrosia Tea

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Black Fruit Blend
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cait
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205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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  • “I got a sample of this from Cait. So far, it's a bit disappointing but that might be because I've been drinking very high-quality green teas and this seems like an abrupt switch. It's possibly...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Okay, I think I've figured out the trick of this tea, and that's to let it steep and steep and steep until you're sure that it's going to be wickedly bitter. I first tried this tea years ago...” Read full tasting note
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    Cait 216 tasting notes

From Cyphre Voudou

As fragrant and charming as Will himself, this is a loose tea, sold by 3 ounce measures, offered in a hand-stamped drawstring bag that has shows an old-fashioned tile design. A nicely romantic tea, made from a blending of apricot, black current and mango teas – accented with rose hips, orange peel and chips of cinnamon. This is a perfect night time beverage … guaranteed to conjur up dreams of pirates! Depending on how strong you like your tea, the pouch should yield 10-12 fruitful cups.

This bagged tea is recommended for inclusion in gift baskets or boxes for pyrates, fair ladies, and just about anyone.

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I got a sample of this from Cait. So far, it’s a bit disappointing but that might be because I’ve been drinking very high-quality green teas and this seems like an abrupt switch. It’s possibly like switching from butter to margerine.

It tastes like a generic black tea. It does not have the bitterness that one might get from a tea like Lipton. The apricot aroma creeps out a bit but I cannot pick up at all of the orange, rose hips, mango, or cinnamon. It’s odd but not unpleasing that gentle little apricot is triumphing over the much more intense flavors—-I’d usually expect cinnamon or rose hips to eat up all the apricot.

So a tribute to the plucky little apricot aroma which does not quite make it into the taste. I have more of this tea blend and will revisit.

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Okay, I think I’ve figured out the trick of this tea, and that’s to let it steep and steep and steep until you’re sure that it’s going to be wickedly bitter.

I first tried this tea years ago (looking at the possibilities, probably 2004, so, yes, years ago — time is scary on occasion) when I went to MediaWest*Con every year. (Now I actually run a local con in the same timeframe, so I haven’t been in quite a while.) One of the room dealers sold products from Cyphre Voudou and I picked up a bag of this tea on a whim, along with some other things like a calendar of woodcut leaves and soap shaped like a tombstone. The calendar was pretty, the soap is still my preferred brand, and the tea, the tea! The tea was indeed ambrosia. I nursed that little bag of tea along for almost a year, and every cup was wonderful. And I kept the little tag on it just in case I ever went back to MWC so I could find that dealer, until it occurred to me that perhaps since then they’d put up a website. And they had! And I ordered this wonderful tea from them! And it was…okay.

sigh

This is just as disappointing as you think. Did I imagine it? Has their blend changed? Did I just get a really good packet the first time, or a bum one this time? Heavily oversteeped I do get some of the spicy-sweet fruitiness I remember (and, in fact, none of the bitterness you’d expect from abusing an innocent tea this way) but this is in no way the tea of the gods I know I had before. It’s not a bad tea! But I can’t help feeling disappointed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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