95

Additional notes: This is really one of those teas I should have enjoyed at the freshest. This tea is certainly not the same, which I mentioned a few months ago. But I did want to try different parameters: I’ve been having luck with other teas having more flavor peeking out with more leaves, so I used two teaspoons with this steep. A brisk tea to try with two teaspoons, but with the flavor mostly gone, I didn’t feel like I was wasting leaves. I also handpicked the sunflower seeds out of the teaspoons so they didn’t impart more stale flavor than they needed to. The flavor ended up stale anyway, and still not much raspberry. Maybe a tiny bit more than if I used one teaspoon (which was no raspberry flavor at all). So what I once called ‘best raspberry tea’ is now hardly raspberry. I would say the sunflower seeds definitely don’t work, especially for us hoarders, but this tea isn’t THAT old yet. I don’t think the sunflower seeds were an accurate substitute for peanut butter anyway. I WOULD love to see a good flavored peanut butter tea, fake ingredients or not. The original rating was for the ‘raspberry’ aspect, rather than the ‘peanut butter’ aspect. The raspberry was so good I was willing to look over the sunflower seeds. Also, this partly assam base just pairs very well with raspberry.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons (with sunflower seeds plucked out) // 20 min after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 2-3 min

Kittenna

I think I have some of this left too. I can’t say I was ever a fan of the sunflower seeds, and whatever tea I had recently that contained them definitely tasted stale, so I’ll also be picking them out next time. Rocky Road, I think it was.

tea-sipper

Yeah, but picking out the sunflowers made it seem like the same amount of stale anyway.

Fjellrev

Rocky Road! That’s the other blend that had sunflowers in it! Thanks, Kittenna. Was trying to piece that together the other day when I tried the Brownie Batter with Nut Butter Swirl.

And I agree, they seem to make a tea taste more stale or worn out.

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Kittenna

I think I have some of this left too. I can’t say I was ever a fan of the sunflower seeds, and whatever tea I had recently that contained them definitely tasted stale, so I’ll also be picking them out next time. Rocky Road, I think it was.

tea-sipper

Yeah, but picking out the sunflowers made it seem like the same amount of stale anyway.

Fjellrev

Rocky Road! That’s the other blend that had sunflowers in it! Thanks, Kittenna. Was trying to piece that together the other day when I tried the Brownie Batter with Nut Butter Swirl.

And I agree, they seem to make a tea taste more stale or worn out.

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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):
birdandblendtea.com
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singleoriginteas.com
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tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
mandala
Teajo
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thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

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steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.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), 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. :D

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