Backlog from yesterday:

My tea mule came back from Florida a few days ago with my Nina’s Paris and Golden Moon orders in tow. I picked them up from her yesterday, and while I was there, she said that I should make some of her herbal tea. Alas, I am a snob, and suggested that we try my tea instead, but she insisted that I try this one instead. (I make sure to actually make the tea myself, since I"m sure she would have underleafed it).

Dry, the strongest smell is of the orange peel and fennel. Brewed, though, you can definitely taste the chamomile. My mother, who doesn’t like fennel, said she could taste the fennel, but I couldn’t. I am not a huge fan of chamomile, but I do admit it has its uses.

One caveat: the description of the tea on the company’s website does NOT list all of the tea’s ingredients. I tried to remember what I could from reading the tin yesterday: this tea contains more than just mint, rooibos and chamomile.

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Updated March 2016:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen in love with loose-leaf tea. I’ve also set up a site for tea reviews at – an excellent excuse to keep on buying and trying new blends. There will always be more to discover!

In the meantime, since joining Steepster in January 2014, I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on my likes and dislikes

Likes: Raw/Sheng pu’erh, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks, rooibos.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender, really vegetal green teas, shu/ripe pu’erh.

Things I generally decide on a case-by-case basis: Oolong, white teas.

Still need to do my research on: matcha

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


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