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First things first, this is a sipdown. It makes me feel good to write it down because it feels like I’ve accomplished something with my day. I got this either in the GCTTB or in a sample trade. I’ve tried it before, but I don’t know if I wrote a review or not.

Tried this one hot, not knowing what flavor it was or what base. I guessed peach on black base (the wrapper says “Noni & Svestka”), but it turns out noni is actually the “cheese fruit” (Morinda citrifolia), a fruit with a tropical but bitter flavor used raw, juiced, or cooked. Noni is also used for its leaves to make a herbal medicinal tea in Hawaiian culture. Svestka is apparently plum, but the package looks like a peach. I’m not sure what I’m drinking to be honest, but it tastes like peach/yellow fruit more than any plum I’ve had (yellow or purple fleshed).

It steeped bright pink in about 30 seconds so I took the teabag out early. It smells fruity, but it initially tastes sour (hibiscus? plum skins?). The after taste is what really makes it undrinkable, though, because it has the sickly sweetness like it is sweetened with stevia or chicory. Super gross. Under the horrible tart + sweet (which do not cancel each other out but somehow you taste both extremes separately), there is a peach flavor. I couldn’t finish the cup, I don’t like that level of sour or stevia sweetness.

Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Peach, Sour, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 15 OZ / 450 ML
Fjellrev

Oh yikes, sounds like a nightmare.

Arby

It was pretty bad. I wouldn’t drink it again even if it was free.

tea-sipper

Sipdowns — always an accomplishment. :D

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75

Iced tea!

Used three tea bags, steeped for five minutes. This one turned out pretty tasty. I used an infusion of oranges this time, and I think the citrus complemented the sweetness of the tea pretty well. I didn’t even need to add any extra sugar to the brew because the tea was really sweet in itself already. I did enjoy this tea iced, but I think I want to experiment with different flavour infusions next time. I’m thinking apples and cinnamon. Maybe blackberries? Gotta go grocery shopping!

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75

Another tea I brought back with me from Slovakia – this one is made in the Czech Republic. I feel like having this tea is like a treat, because of its full and heavy sweet flavour profile. It’s quite delicious, in a “dessert” kind of way. The tea turns dark purple upon completion of brewing. Yum!

keychange

Dark purple tea! that’s neat.

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Very strong perfume alike smell. I can taste a hint of pomegranate. I’d say this is “ok” bagged tea, not bad, but not excellent either.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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