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Sipdown! 165/397

Alas, this tasty tea meets a brutal end it did not deserve. Unwittingly brewed in an infuser contaminated with garlic or onion. Each sip is a delight as always, but the aftertaste is strongly savoury and oh no. I’m still going to finish the cup, though, because the initial sip is good enough to push through the aftertaste. And if that’s not praise, I don’t know what is.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Mastress Alita

How did it get contaminated?

Kittenna

Garlic/onion might be marginally better than soap flavour. I believe I ruined what should have been a very good cup of tea that way, and I now have a compulsion to sniff my infusers post-washing to make sure I can’t smell soap…

Nattie

@Mastress Alita – I keep my infusers with my tea stuff, but my mam has a tendency to move them to wherever she feels like every couple of weeks (she’s a serial redecorator and mover of things) and she had moved them to a cooking implement drawer and put them on top of a garlic mincer.

Nattie

@Kittena – yuck! I too, have been burned that way. Now I wash my infusers with only hot water and baking soda (and occasionally vinegar when entirely necessary).

Nattie

Sorry for the late replies, I have had a lot on my plate lately, not to mention several colds, sinusitis and tonsillitis which affected my ability to taste anything for almost 2 months there!

Kittenna

No worries! That sounds quite awful; I hope you are doing much better now, and less overwhelmed!

Nattie

Thanks! It was a rough couple of months but I am much better now.

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Mastress Alita

How did it get contaminated?

Kittenna

Garlic/onion might be marginally better than soap flavour. I believe I ruined what should have been a very good cup of tea that way, and I now have a compulsion to sniff my infusers post-washing to make sure I can’t smell soap…

Nattie

@Mastress Alita – I keep my infusers with my tea stuff, but my mam has a tendency to move them to wherever she feels like every couple of weeks (she’s a serial redecorator and mover of things) and she had moved them to a cooking implement drawer and put them on top of a garlic mincer.

Nattie

@Kittena – yuck! I too, have been burned that way. Now I wash my infusers with only hot water and baking soda (and occasionally vinegar when entirely necessary).

Nattie

Sorry for the late replies, I have had a lot on my plate lately, not to mention several colds, sinusitis and tonsillitis which affected my ability to taste anything for almost 2 months there!

Kittenna

No worries! That sounds quite awful; I hope you are doing much better now, and less overwhelmed!

Nattie

Thanks! It was a rough couple of months but I am much better now.

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I first got into loose leaf teas when a friend of mine showed me Cara’s Sherlock fandom blends on Adagio a good few years back, but they weren’t on sale in the UK so I started trying other kinds instead and have been hooked for almost three years.

Black teas make up the majority of my collection, but I am expanding my horizons and trying to include a variety of other teas, too. Flavoured blacks are my favourites, but I’m growing increasingly fond of unflavoured teas too. I will update my likes and dislikes as I discover more about my palate, but for now:

Tea-likes: I’m generally easily pleased and will enjoy most flavours, but my absolute favourites are maple, caramel, chestnut, pecan, raspberry, coconut, blueberry, lemon, pumpkin, rose, hazelnut and peach

Tea-dislikes: vanilla (on its own), ginger, coriander, cardamom, liquorice, pineapple and chocolate

I am a 22 year old English Literature sort-of-graduate and temporary bartender. Other than drinking, hoarding and reviewing tea, my hobbies include reading, doing quizzes and puzzles, TV watching (self-diagnosed geek and Netflix addict), football/soccer (I am a lifelong supporter of Sunderland AFC) and listening to classic rock.

I should probably also mention my tea-rating system, which seems to be much harsher than others I’ve seen on here. It’s not always concrete, but I’ll try to define it:

• 50 is the base-line which all teas start at. A normal, nothing-special industrial-type black teabag of regular old fannings would be a 50.

• 0 – 49 is bad, and varying degrees of bad. This is probably the least concrete as I hardly ever find something I don’t like.

• I have never given below a 20, and will not unless that tea is SO bad that I have to wash my mouth out after one sip. Any teas rated as such are unquestionably awful.

• This means most teas I don’t enjoy will be in the 30 – 50 range. This might just mean the tea is not to my own personal taste.

• 51+ are teas I enjoy. A good cup of tea will be in the 50 – 70 range.

• If I rate a tea at 70+, it means I really, really like it. Here’s where the system gets a little more concrete, and I can probably define this part, as it’s rarer for a tea to get there.

• 71- 80: I really enjoyed this tea, enough to tell somebody about, and will probably hang onto it for a little longer than I perhaps should because I don’t want to lose it.

• 81 – 90: I will power through this tea before I even know it’s gone, and will re-order the next time the mood takes me.

• 91 – 100: This is one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted, and I will re-order while I still have a good few cups left, so that I never have to run out. This is the crème de la crème, the Ivy League of teas.

I never rate a tea down, and my ratings are always based on my best experience of a tea if I drink it multiple times. I feel that this is fairest as many factors could affect the experience of one particular cup.

I am always happy to trade and share my teas with others, so feel free to look through my cupboard and message me if you’re interested in doing a swap. I keep it up-to-date, although this doesn’t mean I will definitely have enough to swap, as I also include my small samples.

I also tend to ramble on a bit.

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