drank Protect by Ikaati
639 tasting notes

Another raided complimentary sample tea bag. For more info on the story of Ikaati and my finding it, see my Black Orchid tasting note.

The dry leaf aroma actually smells quite good! By the look of the leaves, it has lemongrass and some kind of red berry in it. I poured boiling water over the bag and the water immediately turned bright golden yellow. I bobbed the bag around and that’s when I saw it: red liquid seeping out of the tea bag. Oh no! Those red berry looking things must be the dreaded hibiscus! Agh!

Well, I suppose I should have seen that one coming. But I honestly didn’t. I thought it was going to be a lemongrass berry tea, which I guess it kind of is in retrospect. Anyway, the tea liquor is a golden brown color now. The aroma of the brewed tea is kind of off-putting. What is this?

The flavor isn’t nearly as offensive as the aroma. It actually tastes okay! The hibiscus is at first tart, then sweet. The lemongrass complements the hibiscus well. It’s not bad. I’m enjoying this cup although I probably wouldn’t re-stock it. I’m just not an herbal gal.

On another note, has anyone watched the last season of The Office? It’s HILARIOUS! I’ve never laughed so hard in my entire life. My husband is away on a business trip for 4 days. So I’m alone at home with my cat, laughing hysterically. I didn’t think it’d be very good without Michael. But it is freaking funny!

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Entering the sweet blissful world of tea aromas!

Having discovered this website at the end of July 2011, I’m so excited to share my tea adventures with all of you! I grew up with my grandmother serving Twining’s English Breakfast with cream and sugar.

But on a trip to Seattle in 2010, I stumbled into a Chinese teashop and tried my first oolong tea. I was forever changed! I embarked on a startling new love for green and white teas.

With a world of teas to discover, I was inspired to keep a tea journal to record my thoughts and new favorites. Let’s get brewing!

My ratings are completely subjective and 100% my opinion. All ratings are given in relation to each other (ie. teas are rated in the order of my enjoyment of them). Therefore, my ratings will constantly change as I try more teas.

I love swapping!!! If you see something in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message. If you’d like to trade, anything on my shopping list will do or feel free to send something else entirely. I’m willing to try almost anything (although I’m not really a fan of honeybush, red rooibos, pu’erh, Lapsang Souchong, & banana-flavored teas).


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