Third steep, and I used a half teaspoon of organic cane sugar. Maybe it is the lingering salty starchy taste from the buttered popcorn I had just before this cup, but I feel like I am getting cinnamon raisin toast, Or a cinnamon raisin bun. I can’t say I am actually tasting cinnamon, but I think the other flavours fill in enough of the profile that I can almost see the peppery notes more as spice notes instead. The smidge of sugar here does bring out the sweetness and tone down astringency, of which there is some, but not much in the unadulterated sip.

Enjoying this third cup perhaps best of all. The leaves in my steeping basket are now quite large, and almost an olive green colour. I am very curious to see how this tea will turn out if I do a cold brew. I’m thinking for a 16 oz mason jar, I should probably use the whole second packet?

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I generally like a lot of tea. I do find I have a preference for flavored over unflavoured, but I do love a good straight tea as well.

Likes are too hard, since there are a lot. Dislikes are easier, so here they are…

Hibiscus. Blech. I can tolerate a little, depending on the brew, like Berry Good from Davids and Ruby Pie from Butiki…but in general, it’s too tart and too strong for me.

Licorice. Anything that remotely resembles licorice is out too, so that includes fennel and anise. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Florals. I’m cool with petals in the tea to make them look pretty (except rose), and I’m cool with teas like oolongs having a floral note, but strong florals can give me migraines. Rose and jasmine are the biggest offenders. This is one where it can vary on the blend, as I can handle Teavivre’s Peach Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea because there is very little jasmine actually detectable in it.

Rooibos is hit or miss. I can do some, but not others. I handle green better than red, and honeybush better than rooibos.

My ratings don’t have a particular scale or method, and may on occasion contradict themselves, but I’m honestly not fussed about that. Sometimes I don’t even rate at all.

Um, I have an extensive wishlist. It is both a list of things I want to get again, and things I want to try. If you are sending me something, and you want to know which is which, I’ll tell you via PM.

Yes, I do trades…usually on request though. See something you want to try in my cupboard? Just shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Uh, guess that’s it.


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