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A Berry Frui-tea July! This is an old sampler, that has still never been opened… now, I’ve had other old samplers that have never been opened that, upon breaking the seal, I’ve discovered rancid coconut, so I know that means nothing, but I’m still crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. I actually grabbed this one because considering it’s age, and that it has the unlucky tea ingredient, I’d better check it now. * long sigh * Okay, here goes.

Well, it passes the smell test… The dry leaf actually smells like key lime pie to me, and I quite like key lime pie! But I’ve had other teas pass the smell test, too, so I’m still not entirely convinced. Eating a small piece of coconut from the package, it still tastes sweet and doesn’t have that sour taste, though, so I’m hoping it has, somehow, managed to be spared by the Tea Gods. Now I just need to give this a speedy sipdown before They decide to smite it…

The brewed cup is a bright yellow, and smells much more strongly of lime than the leaf (there is less coconut and sweetness presenting in the aroma now, so I’m not getting much of that key lime pie association). The lime is actually quite nice here, though. I’ve had other teas where it was very strong and overpowering, and here it is a very distinct flavor note, and certainly the strongest note in the cup, but it still doesn’t feel like it is completely dominating things. It is tangy with a noticable citrus bite which makes it feel more natural to me. The lime leads in the sip, with the coconut a softer flavor note that falls towards the end of the sip. It does blend with the citrus nicely, and if anything, I think the coconut could’ve been a bit stronger, since the lime is pushing a little heavy here. But overall, it is a very pleasant cup, slightly more tangy than sweet, but not overly so. I think the green base lends enough grassy smoothness to pull this off nicely, but the flavoring here is heavy enough that you won’t really notice any base flavors pulling through.

I like this, and am glad it has survived the test of time! Will probably be making an iced jug to help it on its way, both because lime is a refreshing flavor for a cold brew, and because I can drink up iced tea very quickly in this hot weather. And it’s just time for this sampler to go, before the coconut in this sampler decides to turn its back on me.

Flavors: Citrus, Lime, Smooth, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML

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Hi! I’m Sara, a middle-aged librarian living in southern Idaho, USA. I’m a big ol’ sci-fi/fantasy/anime geek that loves fandom conventions, coloring books, simulation computer games, Japanese culture, and cats. Proud asexual and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. I’m also a chronic migraineur. As a surprise to no one, I’m a helpless tea addict with a tea collecting and hoarding problem! (It still baffles me how much tea I can cram into my little condo!) I enjoy trying all sorts of teas… for me tea is a neverending journey!

Favorite Flavors:

I love sampling a wide variety of teas! For me the variety is what makes the hobby of tea sampling so fun! While I enjoy trying all different types of teas (pure teas, blends, tisanes), these are some flavors/ingredients I enjoy:
-Dessert/chocolate/vanilla/caramel/cream/toffee/maple
-Sweet/licorice root/stevia
-Vegetal/grassy
-Floral/lavender/rose
-Spices/chais
-Fruity
-Tropical/pineapple/coconut
-Bergamot (in moderation)
-Roasted/nutty
-Tart/tangy/hibiscus/rosehip

Disliked Flavors:

There are not many flavors or ingredients that I don’t like. These include:
-Bananas/banana flavoring
-Smoke-scented teas/heavy smoke flavors (migraine trigger)
-Perfumey teas/extremely heavy floral aromas (migraine trigger)
-Gingko biloba (migraine trigger)
-Chamomile (used in blends as a background note/paired with stronger flavors is okay)
-Extremely spicy/heated teas
-Medicinal flavors/Ginseng
-Metallic flavors
-Overly strong artificial flavorings

With the exception of bananas and migraine triggers, I’ll pretty much try any tea at least once!

Steeping Parameters:

I drink tea in a variety of ways! For hot brews, I mostly drink my teas brewed in the western style without additions, and for iced tea, I drink teas mostly brewed in the cold brew style without additions. Occassionally I’ll change that up. I use the https://octea.ndim.space/#/ app for water-to-tea ratios and use steep times to my preferences.

My Rating Scale:

90-100 – Top tier tea! These teas are among my personal favorites, and typically I like to keep them stocked in my cupboards at all times, if possible!

70-89 – These are teas that I personally found very enjoyable, but I may or may not feel inclined to keep them in stock.

50-69 – Teas that fall in this range I enjoyed, but found either average, lacking in some way, or I’ve had a similar tea that “did it better.”

21-49 – Teas in this range I didn’t enjoy, for one reason or another. I may or may not finish them off, depending on their ranking, and feel no inclination to restock them.

20-1 – Blech! My Tea Hall of Shame. These are the teas that most likely saw the bottom of my garbage can, because I’d feel guilty to pass them onto someone else.

Note that I only journal a tea once, not every time I drink a cup of it. If my opinion of a tea drastically changes since my original review, I will journal the tea again with an updated opinion and change my rating. Occassionally I revisit a tea I’ve reviewed before after a year or more has passed.

Inventory:

My Cupboard on Steepster reflects teas that I have sampled and logged for review, and is not used as an inventory for teas I currently own at the present moment. An accurate and up-to-date listing of my current tea inventory can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AvGT1XwgJUTErt3zhjpHbXf6HNS3k_Ym85zoHJPmhX4/edit?usp=sharing . A downloadable spreadsheet version with more detailed information can be acquired here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JjlpjQ94UyoryaDRMIeqnPHObgvCtmRp/view?usp=sharing . I am currently strictly limiting tea trading/ordering to get my collection under control! My participation in any tea boxes, tea exchanges, or group orders, and acceptance of any tea gifts is very limited at this point in time. If there is something on my spreadsheet that I have in large quantity (50g or higher) that you would like to sample, feel free to contact me about it, as I am open to limited outbound gifting (USA only!)

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