83

Be careful not to oversteep! I accidentally left the teabag in and the green tea became astringent, as greens unfortunately tend to. The water was only 70 C and the teabag was only in for 6 minutes or so. I have troubles with teas that oversteep, and I’m really quick to judge a tea as bad if it has any hint of bitterness or astringency. I will try to keep this in mind when scoring this blend, as it was my fault for not taking the teabag out a few minutes earlier.

The blackberry flavour is very natural and mellow. There is a touch of something tasty, maybe it is the green tea. I’m not familiar enough with greens to distinguish if it is because of the base or a flavouring added.

There is something similar to milk (slightly creamy), but more like lighter skim or 1% cow’s milk. I’m also getting some vanilla flavour.

Overall, a nice balance of creamy and blackberry, but I don’t like bases that are so finicky. I think this would have been better with a yellow or oolong. I really, really like the blackberry flavouring and if not for the green base, this might have scored in the 90s. It is a very good tea, but probably best appreciated by those who like greens.

Flavors: Astringent, Blackberry, Creamy, Fruity, Milk, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
1 tsp

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

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Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, mushroom/fungus,

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