This is the final tea of my White2Tea Halloween ripe minis pack. So far I’ve been pretty pleased with all of them. I haven’t thought any were gross (which is good because I still have several of each left!), even if some might not have been exactly what I was in the mood for at the time. Planetary Shark Feed is still the favorite of the bunch.

I sort of had a little accident while getting ready to drink this one. I spilled my “salty water” (water with Nuun fruit punch flavor electrolyte tablets) and some got on the Lumber ball wrapper. The tea ball itself doesn’t smell fruit punchy so hopefully it wasn’t enough to affect the flavor. Going with the smaller gongfu bottle, filling the water side slightly past half full, guessing about 120-130ml.

I don’t usually do two rinses but I did this time, hoping to remove any fruit punch flavors that might have gotten on the outside of the ball. It smells like…soggy bark and pine needles. Like when the snow starts to melt in the woods. Things aren’t frozen anymore but they haven’t started to dry out yet. Or maybe wet campfire. Not really smoky but like the day after you put out your campfire with water. I don’t know but it smells woodsy. I smell a little bit of something sweet too…I hope it isn’t from the fruit punch. The first steep was lighter than I expected. I thought I’d get a lot of really earthy flavors but it was more drinking tea in the woods than drinking the woods for tea. Second steep was a little stronger but not much different. I’m liking the Lumber ball more than I thought I would. I was afraid it’d be just dirt and wet leaves and wasn’t looking forward to it but thought I should give it a try anyway before figuring out my next tea orders. Each steep gets a bit more earthy but I like how it eases into it instead of punching you in the face right away. Funny how teas you don’t really think you’ll like can surprise you.

Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I may have a mild to moderate tea addiction. Black, white, green, pu-erh, it doesn’t matter. I’m a little on the fence about oolongs but I’m starting to think I’m just particular about how they’re brewed. I haven’t tried any yellows yet but they’re on my wishlist so I can have a complete rainbow of tea. My tea problem is bad enough that I don’t necessarily even need tea in my tea, most herbals are welcome in my house too.

Favorites: jasmine, moonlight white, shou mei, chenpi/tangerine peel, violet, rose, Mengku sheng (especially autumn), anji bai cha, taiping houkui, blooming tea balls, tulsi/holy basil, chamomile

Dislikes: red rooibos, eucalyptus, allspice, flavorings of unknown origin, pumpkin, apple, banana, annoying flower petals that don’t add any flavor but are thrown in to look pretty (they tend to float and get in my way if I brew tea grandpa style)


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