Getting to finally taste this tea was a nightmare. Day one, I used boiling water and steeped it waaaay to long (about 7 or 8 minutes). It was god awful. It was bitter and disgusting. Adding sugar did nothing.
Day two, I made a fresh teabag, not wanting to even mess with the over steeped grossness from the day before. I popped it into my cup, put it under my Keurig at 192* and hit brew. Out comes pouring French Roast Coffee all over my teabag! SOB! I fished it out as quickly as possible and rinsed it off. I dumped and cleaned the cup…then tried again.
I brewed it with 192* for 2-3 minutes. Did not want to oversteep this time. Took a sip, not to bad. Nothing real magical either. I added some brown sugar, just a bit. Holy yum. Delicious. Really enjoyed it. One of my favorite teas in my collection, if not my current favorite. Hope they restock soon because I could slurp down this bag within the month, but either way, glad I snagged the last bag so I could at least taste it

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I am on a quest to try 175 teas in the next 366 days (yay leap year!) and review them all on steepster as well as in my blog. If you would like to help me out by sending a sample or two, send me a message!

My Ratings:
90-100 My Favorites! Keep in cupboard always.
70-89 Pretty Good! Would not mind drinking, would not mind having
40-69 Various levels of drinkable, would not buy again, but if it was given to me, I’d accept it.
20-39 Might be able to choke it down, many shortcomings, trade it away!
1-19 Gross. Pour it down the sink. Flush it. Give it away. Just get rid of it.


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