For the past week or so, I’ve actually been drinking a lot of this tea. About a year ago, I suddenly went from loving oolongs to being put off by them and it has been a slow journey back to loving them ever since. Even nowadays, I still can’t ignore this odd taste in oolongs, but I can still enjoy them. Anyway, I really enjoy the roasted flavor of this oolong, but this morning it was not cutting it for me. So I took it as another opportunity to try a flavored iced tea. This time around, I poured my tea over ice and raspberry flavored syrup. That was a baaad idea. I can’t explain why or how, but the raspberry and oolong flavors are not playing nicely. Actually, I think that the raspberry emphasizes that odd taste that I don’t like in oolongs. I’ll finish my Frankenstein-monster-cuppa tea but I will not be repeating this combo again. Oh well, good to know for future experiments.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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