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Backlogged sipdown, cold brewed of course.

This one just didn’t work for me. The coffee is pleasant enough, and I enjoy coffee-flavored things. But there’s definitely some almond flavoring in here or something, because I got distinct amaretto-like notes. And I honestly never like amaretto or marzipan in tea these days, don’t ask me why. So that was the first strike against it.

Also, what’s with the tartness? I would have guessed hibiscus but it looks like it’s down to the apples and rosehips. I don’t understand why either of those ingredients is here at all… Tartness in a creamy coffee tea? Why?

Anyway, this was meh for me. Not awful, but disappointing.

Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Amaretto, Coffee, Hibiscus, Marzipan, Roasted, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Kittenna

I also recall being disappointed with this blend – my recollection is that I tasted licorice… but I have only ever had the one cup as I’ve avoided it since. Haha.

Lexie Aleah

Sounds like an odd combination.

Cameron B.

@Kittenna – I could see my amaretto and your licorice being one and the same, they’re both sort of dark and syrupy sweet notes.

@Lexie – So weird! I’m always so nonplussed when companies add hibiscus and other tart ingredients when they make no sense…

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I love how many pieces of strawberry are in here. You can really taste it, and it combines well with the chocolate and base tea. The tea turns out pretty light due to the smaller proportion of black tea to other ingredients, but I think it’s pretty pleasant with some milk. Not one I’d buy again, and I taste 0% pancake, but for a light strawberry chocolate tea, it’s decent. Too weak for a resteep. I had it a second time, and I didn’t get much flavor. I guess I need to overleaf in the future.

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Finally! Flavoured black tea in subscription!

Okay, I had it in the morning, now it is an evening.
It was delicious creamy coffee-like tea. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of the chai in my two tea spoons I have used. I noticed the vanilla in and I liked that as well.

But somehow I was really enjoying it and looking forward getting more.

Personal: We are redoing a bathroom for my grandma completely, so we are covered (people, not the tea) in dust. No mood to drink hot drinks as it is quite hot. Not today though. Luckily the company will do it later, but we do the most dirty jobs :)

Second thing: unfortunately it seems I won’t be able to get my degree as I have failed last exam and it seems there is no way to re-do it. Long story short, I was cheating. I didn’t had to, but probably because of stress and others doing it, I did that as well.

Third: I had an job interview on Monday and Tuesday. First company will let me know if they want me to the end of this week, the second will write me next week, probably on Friday, if I pass to the second round. None of them is tea industry.

Flavors: Coffee, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
AJRimmer

I was considering buying some of this as a gift for someone. Good to hear that you like it!

ashmanra

Renovation is hard, dirty work. You are a great blessing to your grandmother! I hope you hear good news on the job search soon!

Shae

I have some of this one I haven’t even opened yet. I’m glad to read that it’s a good one!

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I bought this during the sale for Christmas.  I’m a bit confused at the meaning of the name – I guess they just intend for this to be a tea to drink with movies?  But “rebels”?  I’m still confused.   It’s a tough one to have for movie night because there IS still caffeine in here with the black tea.  I really couldn’t tell with the flavor though – I would guess it was a rooibos base.  The black tea doesn’t come through at all, which is odd.  I would think the black tea flavor would be stronger than the rooibos.  Anyway, otherwise the additional flavors are interesting and balanced. After a mostly rooibos flavor, I taste mostly coffee from the three coffee beans in the infuser, along with a bit of cocoa from the cocoa shells and only a hint of orange.  I like cocoa or coffee teas, so I like it.  Will I drink it with movie night?  Probably not.   But I don’t regret buying it! The B&B sale is coming up in a couple days… I wonder what will be on sale…
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 21 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep

AJRimmer

Ha yeah I’ve been browsing the website today planning what extra teas I want to pick up beyond the sale items!

tea-sipper

Good idea… (which I really shouldn’t even think about doing haha)

tea-sipper

I just posted my review on B&B’s site and this was the reply from Neve at B&B to my review: “So pleased to hear you’re loving Movie Rebels as much as we do! They are inspired by a popular movie night snack, any idea what that may be? hehe!” So it IS inspired by a movie snack but I suspect it’s a highly British movie snack and I still have no idea what it is. :D

tea-sipper

oh snap, I just found out about ‘Revels’. Chocolate with different flavors inside, one is coffee. Never heard of them before! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revels_(confectionery)

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Happy National Lottery Day! Today the prompt is to drink a tea selected entirely by random. I used a rando number generator for my tea inventory spreadsheet, and this was the tea that was selected! (A Limited Thanksgiving tea in July?! Sure, why not…)

I haven’t reviewed this before, which means I probably have not drunk it before, but the top was opened… must’ve given it out in an exchange. It’s quite old now (still in Bluebird Tea Co. packaging) and typically old + opened package mean flavor degradation for me. Hoping for the best, while expecting much less…

Teabag of leaf left in a 350ml cup of 205F water. As it steeps, I’m smelling mostly spice… a “red hot sweet cinnamon” aroma, and nutmeg. Later in the steep, more orange comes forward on the nose, smelling like a typical orange spice profile.

Hmm… I’m not really getting anything from this that makes me think of Candied Yams… I’m getting an herbal Orange Spice tea. A nicely juicy and pithy orange, with a hit of sweet cinnamon (thankfully it doesn’t go “red hot candy” on the flavor) and nutmeg. The orange has a nice bit of tanginess to it, but beneath the orange the tea is a much sweeter apple.

This is fine, but not Candied Yams. My idea of a candied yam profile would be a very natural yam-forward tasting Chinese black base, sweetened up with honey and marshmallow notes. I think “Orange Glaze” would’ve been a more accurate name for this one.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Citrus, Fruity, Nutmeg, Orange, Orange Zest, Spices, Sweet, Tangy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 350 ML
tea-sipper

(Yep, I remember you sent some over to me which I’m still thankful for!)

Mastress Alita

Now I’ve become all curmudgeony and if someone requests tea from a package I still have sealed, I say nup… for this very reason, hahaha. One day I hope to be at a place where I am actually opening and drinking tea not long after I receive it. Two years worth of bad ordering habits created a big world of hurt!

tea-sipper

Understandable! I def wouldn’t have asked about it if I knew you wouldn’t drink it for so long. :D

AJRimmer

I totally understand, Mastress Alita! I only offer people teas I have open/intend to open super soon for this reason!

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Here is my lime tea for National Mojito Day! This one is prepared cold brew, with leaf that has been steeping in my cold brew bottle overnight.

I really liked the dry leaf aroma of this tea, which had a nice sweeter blueberry scent juxtaposed with a tart citrusy scent — on the nose, the citrus aroma leaned more toward lemon than lime to me, though. Brewed, the tea has a nice red color from the hibiscus, and I’m getting a stronger lime note in the aroma, quite zesty.

In flavor, that zesty lime peel note is quite strong, with that tart/tangy bite that I personally enjoy. Getting notes of both fresh squeezed lime juice and lime zest, though toward the end of the sip the lemony flavor of the lemongrass is more prominent. While I could smell the blueberry on the dry leaf, I’m having a hard time tasting it against the zestier lime; there is a faint note late in the sip and aftertaste, but it is still too subtle. I’m really enjoying this tea (I don’t have a lot of lime teas and the lime flavor is very bright and juicy here!) though I do wish the blueberry were a bit more dominant, creating a sweeter counter-balance to the tarter citrus. On my next cold brew bottle I may try adding just a touch of sweetener to see if that helps bring out the blueberry note more. But even as “just a lime tea,” I’m really enjoying this!

Flavors: Blueberry, Citrus, Citrus Zest, Hay, Lemon, Lime, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
tea-sipper

Yeah, the world needs more lime teas!

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #234 overall / Tea #14 for June
Thursday 6/10 — B&B Easter Egg Nests 20g started brew 6/8. Cold-brew pitcher fan girl for life.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

tea-sipper

Yep, fan of Easter Egg Nests here for life too! As long as they don’t change the recipe.

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Another B&B tea that contains lapsang – when will I learn? I do get hints of toffee in some sips, but it’s mostly the too-smoky lapsang (though less lapsang than in some of their other blends). If it were just black tea, I’d enjoy this toffee flavor, but the smokiness doesn’t work for me. It’s too strong, and the toffee is too mild. I’ll pass along the rest of this, but I wouldn’t mind trying a different toffee tea from them in the future!

Cameron B.

For some reason I’m just never a fan of smoke and caramel/toffee together.

AJRimmer

It’s weird because it sounds like a combination that should work great!

tea-sipper

I’m guessing your blend doesn’t have the toffee cubes?

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A sample from B&B I was saving to try on a cooler day… not sure if I would have the same experience with this tea on a hot night but who am I kidding, it’s the no-caff version of my beloved Spiced Pumpkin Pie AND I FINALLY GET TO TRY IT. It’s just as tasty as Spiced Pumpkin Pie with none of the black tea. I don’t know how it is still so balanced with the black tea taken out of it. Perfect levels of sweetness from the sprinkles, spice and squashiness. Same flavor from SPP minus the black tea flavor. So so good. The description says rosehips but I definitely do NOT notice them – the brew color is the palest of orange. Two solid steeps. I’m very glad they decided to blend this one after the glorious invention of SPP. A comforting option for those cooler nights. I hope it’s around for me to stock up at some point. No surprise, I LOVE THIS.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 20 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 8 minute steep

AJRimmer

I love this one too! I wish they’d include it in one of their sales!

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Sipdown 129-2021
I bought a new kettle to bring to the office and just got it in! Decided to brew a cup of this first thing when I got into the office, as it was surprisingly overcast and cool. Right as I as done steeping it, I was called into a meeting that lasted like 3 hours. Got back to my desk and remembered the tea, which was of course cold. Still drank it. It’s fine. It’s an assam, which aren’t necessarily my favorite. But, this one is nice and subtle with a really nice raisin note.

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Unfairly comparing this to Plum Deluxe’s Gratitude Blend. The Gratitude Blend wins in the end. This was too light, in my opinion, and my husband said the same. Next time I’ll add an extra teaspoon. Maybe that will make all the difference.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I’ve seen good reviews of this one for years, and I’m finally trying it! Nice banana flavor on top of a sometimes harsh black tea. Some sips are quite delicious with an awesome creamy banana flavor. Others are much too light on banana for me. The second steep didn’t have much banana, but it was tasty enough to be worth it. I brewed at a lower temperature the next time I had it, and that made the banana disappear. I think steeping at 200 for a shorter than usual time yields the best flavor, but I also think the banana should be a lot stronger. I’ll probably have another cup or two and pass along the rest. I want a lot more banana, but it’s almost there.

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The last B&B subscription tea for June, and cold brewed again.

This is slightly bland, but the fruit flavor strongly reminds me of canned fruit cocktail, specifically the pear chunks and grapes. So I’m enjoying the nostalgia factor of that, as I don’t think I’ve had fruit cocktail in a very long time… :P

Otherwise, it doesn’t remind me of cotton candy at all. It’s more like a lightly flavored fruit punch. Not terrible, but certainly nothing I would seek out.

Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Grapes, Pear, Sweet, Tart, White Grapes

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Martin Bednář

Honestly, last few envelopes from them was dismal. I have those pouches unopened, because I am not even looking forward to try them. They started to do lots of caffeine-free teas and well, not impressed of them.

Cameron B.

I think it’s mostly because it’s summer (ish) and generally that means iced tea for a lot of people.

Martin Bednář

You are right. But I miss some flavoured black teas! I am not a fan of flavoured rooibos ones.

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Another fruit tisane from June’s subscription package. I cold brewed the whole 20g packet in a liter of water, as I didn’t really have any interest in trying it hot.

Hmm… I actually almost quite like it. The combination of the peach and the cardamom with the tart hibiscus is interesting, and gives me a bit of a peach cobbler vibe, but with more dimension. However, I am not a fan of the rose, it throws the whole thing off and adds a weird perfumey note.

Almost, but not quite. And not sure how it relates to peach soda at all…? If anything, it’s closer to some sort of mulled peach wine.

Flavors: Candy, Cardamom, Hibiscus, Peach, Perfume, Rose, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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75

I recently went through my spreadsheet and pulled every tea in my stash that contains coconut, since they seem to go foul on me so quickly. This sampler was in that pile, and I dumped the whole 20g (since this is a fruit tea and quite heavy/bulky) into my 1L mason jar to cold brew.

The tea is a beautiful deep red from the hibiscus. I really like the flavor as well! There is the tart fruity flavor of the hibiscus, followed by a mix of bright orange and sweet coconut. I’m glad I steeped this while the coconut was still okay, as I really enjoy the pop of it toward the end of the sip. I taste a subtle note of pineapple as well, but I’m not picking out the lime or cardamom from the blend.

Refreshing orange/coconut fruit punch as a cold brew! My liter will go quickly.

Flavors: Citrus, Coconut, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Orange, Pineapple, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 32 OZ / 946 ML

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I’ve been drinking this wrong the whole time (aka – hot). It’s alright as a hot tea, but man does the rhubarb pop as a cold steep (left in cold water overnight in fridge). I’m incredibly sad that It took me until the last serving of the package to figure out how I like it best.

Flavors: Custard, Rhubarb

tea-sipper

I will try this your way!

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drank Dozy Girl by Bird & Blend Tea Co.
145 tasting notes

I was cleaning up my cluttered desk and found this sample bag. Also it’s evening, and I have work in the morning (yay!), and this might help me get sleepy.

Since it’s herbal, I left the bag in. Mmm, this is nice. I can easily pick out the lemon and floral flavors. The rose flavor is very subtle, at the end of the sip. It tastes like taking a nap in a lovely garden. A++, would sip again!

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Lemon, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75

Today I have tried it with the ice cream. Bourbon vanilla ice cream. A few teaspoons.

It was creamier, but flavours were drowning in it. I have been expecting way more fruity flavour but nada. Pretty much rooibos forward as well.

It wasn’t working for me as expected.

tea-sipper

Aw, darn, but I’m glad you tried it with the ice cream!

Martin Bednář

I did my best to enjoy it fully! Maybe coldbrew or ice-tea with the rest?

tea-sipper

I think it’s really good when I brew it hot, but then keep it in the fridge until it’s cold.

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Tired, with sore arm, both because of my first Covid-19 vaccine shot, but happy I got it. Unhappy about my exam from mathmatics I took yesterday, I will write the teacher, as I am a bit afraid they have not checked all the papers I retuned. If I truly failed, last attempt (ever!) will be 2nd July. So, there is hope. And well, time to focus on the problems and not the theory.

But after a few days hiatus, here I am again, drinking another cold-brew tea hot. I have to agree with Cameron B. in most of her tasting note. It is a bit flat, flavoured rooibos. I could notice a bit of strawberries, but coconut and creaminess nonewhere to be found. I have been expecting more jammy note as well. When I was adding a vanilla part of my vanilla-mango ice cream I had with it, it truly awakes the flavours, but I hadn’t got enough ice cream to add it completely to the hot cup. And mango would ruin it I am afraid; so I need to buy a bourbon vanilla ice cream soon.

While it wasn’t a bad tea, I have been expecting way more.

Flavors: Fruity, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
tea-sipper

Yeah for your vaccine! I hope you pass on July 2! I’m glad you are planning on trying this with ice cream. It’s the best. Because you mentioned not tasting coconut I had to check to see on their site if they are still using coconut to this blend and yes they are. I wouldn’t mind if they stopped using coconut and used something like marshmallow root… or anything else really. Hey, they changed the blend of their bonfire toffee, so maybe they will eventually change from the coconut.

ashmanra

Praying about exams!

Use your arm and hydrate! That was the advice we were given with our shot. Also, when you get the second shot, make sure you eat good, nutritious filling food each meal the day before and day of. That way if you start feeling bad you will not also be too hungry!

Martin Bednář

tea-sipper: I hope too. It’s not much time to prepare, especially when I had similar amount of time this time, but ces’t la vie. I am curious how this tea will work out with ice cream :)

ashmanra: Thank you! While I was getting my shot I was just said no alcohol for the weekend (I got it on Friday) and no hard work with my arm :) It still hurts now and then, and I feel rather the tiredness now than sore arm. Eating a good food seems like a good idea. I hope second shot wouldn’t make me feel bad though.

ashmanra

I should have said move your arm! That was what we were told. But I can see doing hard work with it could be bad. I just waved mine around a bit and used the blower for the patio with it, ha ha! But the second shot was more sore and the soreness lasted longer and I had a red oval there and a lot of heat coming from the rash for several days. But not terrible. Only one day of feeling bad, too, with second shot. Everyone is different though!

Shae

Congrats on the vaccine, Martin! I hope you were able to get some good rest over the weekend. Good luck with your exam! I know they can be so stressful.

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Happy National Red Rose Day! Today the prompt was to drink a rose tea or a tea with floral flavor notes. My first choice was actually a dragon ball containing rose that Derk gifted me ages ago, but I feel like that is better suited to gong fu, and I have to work this Saturday (boo!) so I needed something to brew-and-go. So I opted for this, which I put in my cold brew bottle last night (this time, I remembered to actually put it back in the fridge, too!)

The dry tea looks very pretty, with an abundance of rose buds, but I’m personally not much of a fan of rose buds and prefer just petals because the buds take up so much space and it’s hard to get a good mix in the scoop that isn’t a few rose buds filling the spoon. So I purposefully tried overleafing a bit, and tried to get more raspberry leaf in the final scoop. My tea this morning is a quite pretty champagne color… like a goldenrod and cotton candy pink sunset. The aroma is that of a rose garden freshly in bloom.

Honestly, despite my best efforts to diversify the leaf, all I taste is rose. Not the sweet herbal taste of raspberry leaf or any of the freeze-dried berries. As I often get with rose floral, there is a light peppery note left on the tongue, and I actually do taste a bit of an effervescent note that is alcohol-like, but that flavor is pretty mellow compared to the strength of the floral. While I have no problem with ice cold rose water, it’s something easy enough to make by just buying some rose petals from an herbal store. In a tea blend, I expect more, so even though it isn’t a flavor I dislike, I’m disappointed in it. I’m getting a little of the rosé and a whole lot of just rose… and absolutely no berry.

I’ll probably end up using up the rest of my packet making rose-flavored lemonade or steeping in milk to add rose-flavored milk to my smoothies.

Flavors: Alcohol, Floral, Pepper, Rose

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
tea-sipper

Ha, started Rose Day early with a first steep of this one last night. It IS very rosey around these parts – it’s funny all the varieties of roses bloom at once, so the day definitely fits!

Mastress Alita

I still remember visiting the huge Rose Gardens in Portland in July of 2019, which were still in full bloom and gorgeous!

tea-sipper

ah, I bet that was such an experience. :D

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Another cold brew from the subscription. I didn’t realize this had butterfly pea flower, so the color was a fun surprise when I started pouring the water into the pitcher. It came out a dark red-violet color in the end.

Unfortunately, this one is pretty generic and boring. It’s sort of just tart and vaguely fruity, with a noticeable mustiness from all of the pea flower. There’s maybe a bit of peach, but I certainly wouldn’t guess blueberry.

Meh!

Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Musty, Peach, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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I cold brewed this one, and the Blueberry Peach fruit tisane that also came in the May subscription box. After all, the theme was cold brew, plus fruit tisanes are sort of weird hot IMO. The dry leaf, oddly, smelled like banana candy?

This is very interesting. It actually sort of reminds me of their old Elderflower Prosecco, even though there’s no elderflower in it. I wonder if it’s the lime leaves that are giving me that impression? I do get pear, and it’s definitely crisp fresh pear.

There’s something about it, though, that reminds me of artificial sweetener or something. And it sort of ruins it for me. Otherwise, this is a very refreshing and crisp pear tisane!

Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Champagne, Elderflower, Floral, Pear, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 20 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Finishing this off as a cold brew.

If anything, I’m finding even less of the creamy custard flavor than in the hot cuppa. It’s mostly a pleasantly tart strawberry Jello sort of note.

Nothing special to my tastebuds, but still enjoyable!

Flavors: Candy, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

What an intriguing name though!

Cameron B.

Crazy Brits and their desserts, ha ha…

tea-sipper

But you didn’t get a chance to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream…. :D

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From the May (?) subscription box.

I’m having this hot now, but put the rest of the packet in the fridge to cold brew, so will leave a sipdown note for that later.

It’s not bad hot. Mostly it tastes like a slightly tart strawberry candy rooibos. There’s just a little bit of creamy custard here as well, though I wish there were more. I think the rooibos base is a good call, as it does meld well with the flavors. I’ll be interested to see if the creaminess fares better in the cold brew, as that’s what B&B intended for me to do with this tisane. To be continued!

Flavors: Candy, Cream, Custard, Hibiscus, Medicinal, Rooibos, Strawberry, Sweet, Tart, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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