drank PuriTEA by Dollar Tea Club
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Strange VariaTEA TTB – Tea #33

Wasn’t sure exactly what this was, it smelled a bit floral or something in the pouch. But it seems to be a plain white tea. The leaves were very broken so I shortened my steep a bit.

It doesn’t seem to have been short enough, because there’s quite a lot of bitterness going on. It actually sort of tastes slightly like jasmine or some floral as well, even though there’s no jasmine. Otherwise very hay-like, as I would expect. Now what was jasmine is tasting like bubblegum, which is odd. I doubt there was any contamination, since this was in a well-insulated kraft paper pouch. There’s a touch of stonefruit at the end of the sip.

Certainly not a good quality white tea, but it’s gone now! :P

Result: Finished Off

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Bubblegum, Floral, Grain, Hay, Jasmine, Musty, Stonefruit

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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