I forgot I ordered this tea from Etsy, but I found it this afternoon in my mailbox. See what pneumonia does to your brain? Sheesh!

The tea company is Kiper’s Lil Tea Shop. I came across them and decided to give this one a try. I hoped it would be as good as 52Teas Winter Cabin Chai. Not the same, of course, with the cacao nibs and strawberry instead of other spices, but I had hopes it would be as enjoyable.

It’s not quite as enjoyable. It’s very nice and I know I’ll enjoy it. I don’t get the strawberry or chocolate, and the smoke is very light. I get no bitterness or astringency, so that is a huge plus. My rating may well go up when I’ve recovered a bit more and regained my sense of smell. Right now this is a pleasant tea without much flavor. But I look forward to trying it again in a week or so.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I love cats. I love alone time. I love sitting indoors on a cold winter night with a book or my knitting while drinking tea. I don’t have a sense of smell, so many of the more subtle flavors of tea escape me. Two of the things I CAN taste are bitter and sour, so any tea that has even a slightly bitter taste is nasty for me. And what others might perceive as pleasant tartness may be horribly sour for me.

I’m also a writer. I love writing, and a mug of hot tea helps me get through the hours sitting in front of the computer. Although I’m a comparatively new tea drinker, I’m jumping in feet first. Feel free to recommend any teas you think I might enjoy.

100-91 – Wowza! I want to keep this tea in the cupboard all the time.
75-90 – Very nice. It would be good to have this tea on hand from time to time.
60-74 – OK. Wouldn’t keep it in the cupboard, but I would drink it again.
45-59 – If a friend served this I would drink it to be polite, but it’s not really my cuppa.
Lower than 45 – Blech. It was too sour or bitter for my taste. Would not drink it again.


Fargo, ND



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