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Wow. I tried their Tangerine Blossom red tea earlier today and loved it. So I thought I’d try this Orange Blossom White this afternoon.

Not a fan. The leaf is goregous, but very sour and very bitter. I actually dumped out the first cup. And I’m barely making it through the second (I thougth a second steeping might be less… intense). The sweet orange of the last tea has been replaced by something I’d rather clean counters with. BLEA.

Teafreak

How did you steep it (temperature and time)?

wombatgirl

I don’t remember exactly, but it was a lower temperature, shorter time steep.

Teafreak

hmm… because I just had some recently and didn’t experience the sour bitter taste that you are experiencing. If you still have some more give it a second chance because it might surprise. Typically when I go to Shang Tea, he uses just under boiling water (208) and brews the first steeping for no more than 30 seconds.

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Teafreak

How did you steep it (temperature and time)?

wombatgirl

I don’t remember exactly, but it was a lower temperature, shorter time steep.

Teafreak

hmm… because I just had some recently and didn’t experience the sour bitter taste that you are experiencing. If you still have some more give it a second chance because it might surprise. Typically when I go to Shang Tea, he uses just under boiling water (208) and brews the first steeping for no more than 30 seconds.

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I’ve got a lot of interests: sushi, science fiction/fantasy, medieval recreation, cooking (specifically medieval cooking), reading, British science fiction (Doctor Who!), hand sewing and now TEA!!

My favorites tend to be oolongs and flavored black teas. I like highly flavored teas more than delicate ones. Rooibos tends to taste like dirt to me, and hibiscus is very sour to my palate. But I’m always up to try all sorts of things, and will often find things that I really like which I thought I’d hate.

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