Smells divine. You would have to like fruity teas, but thankfully I do. The black currant aroma reminds me of hard candies my grandparents always had in the house. Letting it sit and steep while the smell wafts over to me is making me impatient – Usually a sign of a good tea.

Finally having taken a sip, I still love it. Tastes as it smells, though a little milder. I find the black currant taste lasts far longer than anticipated and is quite authentic, at least to me. Two thumbs up! I’m not much for re-steeping, but I think I’ll give it a go with this one, hopefully extending my 20 count box.

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Re-steep was also delicious…Not as strong, but still lovely!

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Re-steep was also delicious…Not as strong, but still lovely!

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I’ve been drinking loose tea since 2010 and my tastes have changed a lot over those years. For the last few, I’ve been a fan of unflavoured Chinese blacks and shu puerh. I still drink other things, but that’s where I am.

I live in a rural area with my husband, cat, and soon to be firstborn. I love tea, reading, doctor who, knitting, crosswords, board games, the marvel universe, and lots of other things.

I’m not often rating teas numerically any more but I want to leave this to explain my past ratings:
I try to only log teas once or twice because I drink a lot of the same ones repeatedly. My rating is based on my perception of the tea at first tasting and is adjusted if anything notable occurs in subsequent cups. I may also factor in the price and customer service but try to note that when I can.

81 – 100: These are great teas, I love them, regularly stock them or savour them as unique treats.
71 – 80: These are solid. I drink them, I like them, I may or may not keep them on hand regularly. This is still good stuff.
61 – 70: Just okay. I can drink it, but it doesn’t stand out to me. Might be lower quality, not to my taste, or outside my comfort zone.
41 – 60: Not likely to keep drinking…hoping hubby will enjoy!
0 – 40: No thank you, please. Take it away and don’t make me finish the cup.



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