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We installed a new water softener over the weekend, which is really affecting the taste of our water and, in turn, my tea. This makes me sad, because I have all these amazing teas to sample and I feel like I’m missing out on their full potential because the water is making them taste flat. Hopefully we can figure out a way to correct this. But in the meantime, this tea: The dry leaf is lovely! Curly, twisty leaves with lots of golden tips and little decorative silver sprinkles and tiny gingerbread men mixed in. The scent is rich and bready with a definite ginger spice note. I tasted notes of bread and malt from the base, along with a sweet ginger spice, but the flavor came across a bit flat and bland. I’m almost certain that’s the fault of the water and not the tea though, so keeping my rating fairly high based on the quality of the tea and the delicious scent. I used up my whole sample on a 16oz mug, so hopefully I can re-purchase this tea to try it again in the future!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Ginger, Malt, Spicy, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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I saw this on their site the other day and between this and other teas, I was so tempted to get another sampler pack but I haven’t even tried all the teas from the last two orders I made so I figured I should have those first and then I can order more.

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VariaTEA

I saw this on their site the other day and between this and other teas, I was so tempted to get another sampler pack but I haven’t even tried all the teas from the last two orders I made so I figured I should have those first and then I can order more.

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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C.S. Lewis

I was introduced to loose leaf tea by a roommate in 2012, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Steepster in 2014 that I discovered a world of tea that went beyond Teavana and the grocery store.

My tastes continue to evolve, but black tea is currently my favorite. I am especially drawn to strong, malty breakfast blends to wake me up in the morning and flavored dessert teas to sip throughout the day.

Just about everything in my cupboard is available to swap, so feel free to ask!

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