I’m not gonna lie, I’m not in love with this tea. Dry, it smells fabulous! Very pepperminty, which was just what I was feeling today. The first time I steeped it, I probably steeped it too long. The gunpowder tea was incredibly strong and bitter, and there was hardly any peppermint coming through. I also didn’t sweeten it, which was probably a mistake, but I’m trying to not consume very much artificial sweetener or sugar. I did sweeten the cup I just had, and I didn’t steep it for too long this time, but I’m still not digging this tea. The sugar helped bring out the peppermint a bit more, but it wasn’t really fabulous. The other reviewers mentioned smokiness. I didn’t really taste “smokey”, just unnecessary bitterness. Granted, when I think smokey, I think lapsong souchong levels of smoke (which is fabulous), so perhaps I’m biased or looking for the wrong flavor. I’ll probably drink the rest of my sample package, and maybe I’ll update this if I’ve just been preparing the tea wrong and it absolutely blows me away, but right now, I’m glad that I don’t have too much of this.

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After logging all of our tea, I’m vaguely horrified by how much we have. Especially because I know that we’re getting another huge sampler in a few days… Oh well, more inspiration to drink a lot more tea!

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