95

I’ve sipped this a couple times but haven’t written a note yet. This time I went all out with the recommended three teaspoons. Before, I was probably only using two. I would say there isn’t a large difference in flavor from using 2 to 3 teaspoons. But it definitely doesn’t seem overleafed with three. The base never gets bitter. It’s a really good blend, but I always am wishing there was as much melon flavor as the Cantaloupe & Cream tea had. There IS melon here though on this delicious Darj, with hints of espresso as well. The melon/coffee combo is really good. With this base, it couldn’t be a better choice, but I am finding it tough to taste the flavor of the Darj itself. Looking up my tasting note for the base on its own, I gave it a 92 so this is the perfect blend for me to stock up on! The second cup is possibly more delicious. I don’t think this Darj can be oversteeped at all. There might be more espresso flavor somehow. The THIRD steep is even scrumptious! This base is VERY difficult to ruin. Butiki, I miss you!
Steep #1 // 3 tsps. // 14 minutes after boiling // about 4 minute steep
Steep #2 // 15 min a.b // 4 min
Steep #3 // few minutes a.b. // 4 min

Note to self for future steeps: You don’t NEED 3 tsps. but if you DO use 3, definitely steep three times!

Marzipan

What if you mix in some Golden Honey Dew?

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That’s a good idea, but it probably tastes melony enough on its own, especially if I’m thinking consistently over the three steeps. Holds the flavor!

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What if you mix in some Golden Honey Dew?

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That’s a good idea, but it probably tastes melony enough on its own, especially if I’m thinking consistently over the three steeps. Holds the flavor!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
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singleoriginteas.com
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tealyra.com
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thenecessiteas.com
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joysteaspoon.com
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My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

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