I decided to finish the remainder of the sample of this tea this afternoon. Last time I used water at 195° but, in hopes of getting more of a higher, floral note out of it, I’m doing this batch at 175°.

And oh yes, that was a good decision. Apparently, twenty degrees lower makes this tea rich, heavy and super duper buttery. It’s insanely full-flavor but with an overall very dark flavor profile. There are no high or floral notes like what I was looking for, but the flavor is so full that I just don’t care. There’s some vegetable flavor – something green that I’m pretty sure most kiddies wouldn’t want to eat – but it isn’t a vegetables-boiled-in-water-vegetable. Instead, it’s more pickled vegetable but with no actual pickle flavor, just the fuller, spicy flavor that comes with pickles when compared to the non-pickled vegetable counterpart.

This tea is much more interesting now and so I’m finally feeling confident enough to rate it. Shoot, I might have to go and buy some, too.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.





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