Oh, wow, how frustrating. After the weirdly salty cuppa I just had, I decided to break out a reliable tea to make up for it. And this is a big deal because I’m running out of this tea and on a spending ban, sigh. I was almost positive that the saltiness in my previous cuppa was from the mug or teapot, so this time I used totally different equipment, but the tea still came out slightly salty. So I guess that means it’s the water? Or the electric kettle? Not only is my new water chlorine-y, but I guess it has now decided to become salty as well. I hope this is only temporary and that it will go back to just being chlorine-y (never thought I’d say that). Anyway, the Zhu Rong has powerful enough flavors for me to ignore the salt, so I’m just powering through. It’s the flavor of spices in this one that really keep the salt at bay. My old reliable tea pulling through for me once again. Thank you, Verdant, for this amazing tea :)

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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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