Wow, I was really not sure if I would like this because of the hibiscus, but as a hibby hater myself, I can honestly say that it is not overpowering in any way and doesn’t ruin the tea for me at all, and in contrast to the heavy notes of the pu erh base, it goes quite well. It makes the berries feel just that bit juicier in my opinion. So I do like this tea, but I am not sure whether or not how I like this as compared to Strawberry Slender Pu Erh from Teavana. In that one, it is just the tea and strawberries. In this one there are the leaves as well, though it isn’t just strawberry in this one. I would have to say that I like it at least as much as the Strawberry Slender Pu Erh, but I don’t know if I like it more or not (I know I like it more in that it is David’s, but not sure on taste yet). I am glad there is this offering in the Pu Erh line now. I picked up some Aloha as well, but like others say, it is much more fishy smelling than this one, so I might have to give that one a rinse first. We’ll see. I am having Madagascar Vanilla with brunch now since hubby is a purist with tea…he likes black English tea…with plenty of milk and sugar. I thought I had my Darjeeling left, but I didn’t, so I made the Vanilla instead since it was the least “fluffy tea” I have. More on that one later…

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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