Received this one from RogersCK in round 1 of the Secret Pumpkin swap.

To me this one smells weird. There are pieces of dried apple in this one, I often find dried fruit smells weird to me, kind of alcoholic like. It is also very pretty looking with little red sprinkles in it.

I used 2 tsp to brew a about 8 oz cup, which is unusual for me, I usually go with 1 tsp. But there was large chunks of dried apple so I probably have 1 tsp of actual tea with the dried fruit in addition.

The smell of this one is reminding me of dust. Like a piece of dusty furniture. It is not making me sneeze, but just the smell of it. Not sure where this is coming from.

The tea tastes not too bad. I can definitely taste dried apple, almost like a green apple but not terribly tart. I am getting hints of caramel. I can definitely taste the red sprinkles, which have always had a distinct taste to me. I am happy to say there is no dusty taste. I think the name of this was, caramel candy apple, is accurate.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.


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