This is the second of the Teavana lemons and I have to say I really really like this one. I’m not done with the perfect lemon search but I’m not planning to spend the rest of my life on it (too many teas, too little time) and anyway, I have a feeling that like love, the perfect tea generally shows up when you’re least expecting it and never when you’re out there looking for it. But for now, this could be my standard lemon. At least it’s a contender.

It’s got that chunky fruit thing going that Lemon Youkou also had, but it’s a little more under control; I haven’t found a 2 inch orange slice in this one, but it’s delightful looking. The textures and colors are almost autumnal, except for the strawberries. The color palette of leaves changing in the fall. The fragrance of the dried fruit is sweet. The strawberry is there in a now you smell it now you don’t kind of way. Sometimes it’s a distinct strawberry smell other times it’s a generic sugary one. The lemon, of course, is there too.

I can’t tell you what color it is because, silly me, every time I have made this one I seem to have made it in a green ceramic cup. But the taste is yummy. Very lemon, and sweet without overdoing it. The strawberry is responsible for the sweetness, but it’s second fiddle to the lemon and virtually indistinct unless you really taste for it, which is probably why I like it so much. I wasn’t looking for strawberry in my perfect lemon.

I can see myself bumping up the rating if the continued search doesn’t turn up something really awesome, but I’m being conservative for now because I’m not done.

Thanks denisend and wombatgirl for the recommendation!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became less appealing to me — but I still enjoy nicely done blends where the base doesn’t taste like hamster cage chips. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation. These days, I’ve been drinking primarily green tea during weekdays after my first cup of coffee. On weekends, I’ve been drinking only tea.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)


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