Okay, so I had a chance to try this again. And it’s bad.

I didn’t make the same mistake as last time…I steeped it awhile, though I’m not entirely certain how long. While I ate a couple of tacos, to give you an indication. And it smells absolutely wonderful – very cider-y – but the taste is just hopeless. I keep bringing it to my mouth expecting something very close to cider, but it just tastes muffled, like cider is being mugged of flavour, and the perp is holding his hand over cider’s mouth to smother the screams.

Okay, I guess I was expecting too much. It’s not actually apple cider, it’s a bagged tea meant to sort of taste like cider. Maybe it’s not that bad, for what it is.

But just in general, as a tea, it sucks. After a day off “chain-drinking” decent tea, this is just annoying me more than it should.

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I’ve always been a tea drinker – I grew up drinking Tetley’s Orange Pekoe and their Chai, and considered myself to really like tea.

I’ve been working various retail jobs to put myself through higher education. One day at my store, a customer left a newly purchased bag of loose-leaf behind. We waited for three days for said customer to return, but they (likely not realizing where they had left their bag) did not return to claim the would-be brew. Too bad for them; lucky for me! I claimed the bag, took it home, and awkwardly made my first cup of loose-leaf tea with the only strainer we owned which was small enough.

I haven’t bothered with Tetley since. For the most part (and due to convenience), my patronage is limited to David’s Tea and Teavana. I also order from 52teas and Verdant Tea.

My rating system – hah, I don’t have a rating system. I rate teas a lot like Ebert rates movies. Everything’s relative.

I may often forget to mention it, but you can safely assume everything I drink is sweetened in one way or another – most rock sugar, or honey for green and white teas. I have not yet achieved drinking most tea clear. The few teas I drink unsweetened include milk oolong and genmaicha so far.

The guy in my avatar can be bought at Teaopia or here: http://www.jas-etea.com/products/Jingdezhen-%22Easy%22-Gaiwan-%22Blue-on-White-Phoenix%22-100ml.html

I currently work for Teavana. But I just work there, and my opinions about any of their teas are entirely my own and not meant to be reflective of the views of the company.

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