drank Sunny Slopes by Highland Coffees
226 tasting notes

My fiancé and I both agree that the loose leaves smell like the Dinosaur Fruit Snacks we used to eat as kids. (For those of you out there who remember those, I dare you to give this tea a try. xD)

Anyway, put simply, this tea tastes like drinking gummy bears. It steeps a rich, dark purple color that is very pleasing. I will be going back to this one again and again. I must say, one of my (rather odd) criteria for fruit teas is that I prefer it to be multi-fruit. If a tea has only one fruit flavor… to me, that’s a little blah, like the tea only has one note to sing. I like teas that sing multi-note chords. I’m certainly not going to say that one-note teas are bad, and I’m definitely not trying to say that people who like fruit teas that have only one fruit flavor have poor taste—if you, dear reader, are one of those people, please understand that I mean you no offense when I make that statement. It’s just my personal preference. Different strokes for different folks, as they say. :)

Anyway, this tea fits that criteria beautifully. It’s pure, unadulterated fruit tea at its best. __ Glad I bought four ounces of it, ’cause I will be craving it in the future.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

I like the way you compare fruit flavors in a tea to notes in a song.

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I like the way you compare fruit flavors in a tea to notes in a song.

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I very clearly remember my first experience with tea. It was in a Target near my house, and my best friend handed me a cup of chai from the Starbucks inside the store and said, “Try this.” I believe I was about 12 at the time, and from then on, I was completely hooked.

Anyway, as my increasingly weirded out family will tell you, my obsession with tea has (almost) steadily escalated since then. I discovered the world of tea slowly, first with just chai, and then with bagged teas I could get from supermarkets and specialty stores, and then with loose leaf teas. I mostly shop for tea at Teavana, but I also patronize other local shops that I’ve discovered within the last couple of years. I’ve ordered a smattering of teas from a few online places, but I’m always leery of buying tea online, since most of how I select teas in person is by smell… unless I’m at The English Tea Room.

My favorite types of tea are blacks and flavored blacks. And oolongs. Right underneath that are rooiboses and whites, and then greens and herbals, and then mates. I’m always looking for a new favorite, but I appreciate rediscovering old favorites. I like to blend teas, but I never store them that way, mostly because I like to leave myself options.

I prefer nutty/sweet/rich teas to fruity/light-flavored teas or bold/full-bodied teas, but I do try to drink some of everything to widen my palate. I’m always willing to try any tea at least once (except this one tea that Teavana mercifully discontinued… the loose leaf smelled like cheese, I swear). I do perhaps rate teas a little leniently… because I’m not very picky. I will try a tea at least three times before I pronounce that I hate it, and I will always focus on the good aspects of a tea rather than the bad. That’s just how I roll. :3


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