A major oops with this tea today. I accidentally let it steep for about 30 minutes while I was making something to eat. When I finally realized, my first thought was that it would be so bitter that I’d have to dump it. Wrong! I was pretty surprised and excited that it wasn’t bitter at all and only a little astringent. I usually am very timid about steeping black teas because I don’t like them too bold, but this tea just had this really deep, malty, potato flavor that was really delicious. So my conclusion and reminder for myself with this tasting note is to play around with longer steeping times (but definitely not 30 minutes) when I try this tea again. Yay for accidents?


Yum, tasty accident :D

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Yum, tasty accident :D

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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