Home – 9:00 PM
This always happens when I package up a swap – I find teas I’d half forgotten about and suddenly I have a pile of teas that I just have to try this very second. So this is one of those teas… ;)
The dry leaf reminds me of Grape Nuts – it’s entirely CTC leaves and they’re a bit lighter in color than I usually see. There are also pieces of freeze-dried strawberry mixed in. I shortened the steep time a bit because of the CTC leaves and because I’m at the bottom of the tin, so the leaves are a little crushed as well.
It still came out a little bit bitter, but I’m okay with that. This is a very tasty strawberry black tea. The strawberry is both sweet and tart, which is a nice departure from most strawberry teas. It does remind me of those strawberry candies with the strawberry-printed wrapper and the liquid center. The base is brisk and a touch astringent.
I’ll probably pick up another packet of this tea the next time it’s available. I believe it’s a spring or summer seasonal tea?
Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Jam, Malt, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart