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drank Gingerbread by Yawn
200 tasting notes

Ach, I’m so far behind on logging my slurps! I’m not saying I bought too many advent calendars this year, because what even is that, but…

Anyway. Yawn is a brand new to me (and apparently to Steepster, so I guess I’ll be adding a bunch of new blends to the database) and now that Christmas has come and gone, I’m cheating by reading the back of their advent calendar box and just selecting whichever tea I feel like trying. Today we start with number 24, the last in the box.

Star anise is an interesting choice here. Black jellybean flavour wouldn’t be my first choice to add to a gingerbread blend, but it works pretty well. What I like most about it is that you get a nice and mild liquorice-y flavour without the usual coating of the tongue and throat that liquorice in tea tends to do. Maybe it’s just me, but liquorice teas always make me scramble for the tongue scraper when I’m done.

What’s a little less nice is that no matter how you shake it, anything liquorice-like doesn’t know how to be subtle; consequently, while the other spices give this blend a nice sort of roundness and depth, it’s still blatantly liquorice-y. Still, it’s quite nice.

Flavors: Anise

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.

Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.

This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

So ya. Hi!

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