Yesterday, I may have spoken too soon when I posted on this tea. Today, it was ashtray like and really quite drying with an overlay of sunflower seed flavour and no caramel. Gah! Really not great.

The smoky was not a good smoky, but possibly could have provided a base flavour for the caramel to knit the smoke and the nuttiness together, but nope. Instead, it was these two disjointed flavours.

I will keep trying, of course, but I am wondering why I am having such a fickle experience when all the parameters are the same.

I don’t think I could drink another cup of something like what happened in my cup today.

Indigobloom

I wonder if some of the flavouring you find is not evenly spread among the tea, and so each cup will have random proportions of ingredients?

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve thought that too. However, yesterday I just scooped from the top of the bag while today, I shook the bag thoroughly before scooping, so perhaps today was a better measure of what is going on there.

52Teas

I’m sorry you had a bad experience with this tea today. Flavoring is pretty evenly spread because I want to avoid having a mismatch of flavors, and the tea is tumbled several times throughout the blending, curing and packaging process to help ensure mismatch of flavors. That said, though, shaking the pouch to make sure that all the ingredients are equally distributed – also I have come to realize that the same tea can taste different depending on the day and what I’ve had to drink/eat that day. Sometimes teas just don’t agree with us. I’m sorry that this one didn’t agree with you today. :(

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, 52Teas. It is bound to happen. Not all of them can be stellar. And sometimes, even the stellar ones can vary, as you say.

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Indigobloom

I wonder if some of the flavouring you find is not evenly spread among the tea, and so each cup will have random proportions of ingredients?

Evol Ving Ness

I’ve thought that too. However, yesterday I just scooped from the top of the bag while today, I shook the bag thoroughly before scooping, so perhaps today was a better measure of what is going on there.

52Teas

I’m sorry you had a bad experience with this tea today. Flavoring is pretty evenly spread because I want to avoid having a mismatch of flavors, and the tea is tumbled several times throughout the blending, curing and packaging process to help ensure mismatch of flavors. That said, though, shaking the pouch to make sure that all the ingredients are equally distributed – also I have come to realize that the same tea can taste different depending on the day and what I’ve had to drink/eat that day. Sometimes teas just don’t agree with us. I’m sorry that this one didn’t agree with you today. :(

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, 52Teas. It is bound to happen. Not all of them can be stellar. And sometimes, even the stellar ones can vary, as you say.

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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