After my disaster with cinnamon heart yesterday, I decided to put on a brave face and have a cup of Saigon Chai. I like this one a lot, historically, but I am a little uneasy about strongly cinnamon teas for a little while. I wish I didn’t get taste aversion so rapidly. Luckily, this is still yummy to me. Not as much as before, there is too much cinnamon going on at the mo for my liking – giving it an almost soap-like quality that I do not appreciate, but that is my fault, not the teas, so I’ll leave the rating alone.

EDIT: blegh. Oversteeped, or something. This is getting quite bitter as it cool,s but I am in switchboard and can’t get sugar or milk or add water to thin it out. Don’t oversteep this chai!

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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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