Following up on this morning’s pink pineapple with this flavored tea I took from my aunt’s tea drawer.

Once I got over that the pineapple flavoring tastes like candy, I actually like it a quite a bit. The strawberry isn’t necessarily distinct. It melts into that piercing pineapple in, what Cameron B. noted, a strawberry jam kind of way.

The base tea is fannings but it does give a nice body so that the flavoring isn’t necessarily a separate entity. The earthy mix of Hawaiian-grown green and white tea leaves something to be desired beyond its astingent-tannic character. I mostly taste sour hay and minerals. And I feel very warm like I’ve been in the sun, so that’s nice :) I’d have this if it were offered but it’s not something I’d seek out.

Flavors: Artificial, Astringent, Earthy, Fruity, Hay, Jam, Mineral, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Strawberry, Tannic, Viscous

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

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100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s pu’er, I likely think it needs more age.

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