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This tea is old. VERY OLD. Since it is one of the first teas I was sent from Sororitea Sisters back in 2016. It got lost in my stash and while I probably should have written a Sororitea Sisters review for it, I don’t think it would be very fair since the age of this. Plus, I’m gong fu brewing it and I genuinely don’t know what I’m doing.

I weighed out 4 grams for my 100 ml gaiwan and soaked the tea briefly and then started steeping. My first step was for about 30 seconds in 200F water. Like so many of my other sessions, the tea is overwhelmingly metallic. Metallic and not much else. So I did something a bit wasteful and dumped the leaves. I then started over with the remaining 1.68 grams in my gaiwan.

Similar to my original attempt, I rinsed the leaves and then did an initial steep of approximately 30 seconds. This cup misses that overwhelming metallic flavour but unfortunately nothing took its place. It’s a very bland very slightly tea-flavoured water.

The second steep was steeped for a minute and 30 seconds. There is a bit more of the honeyed fruit tea flavour in this cup than in the last but it is still flat. With that said, my third steep was steeped for 3 minutes. This is just more of the same. Honeyed fruit. Subtle but there and nice enough but overall boring. At least it’s not metallic.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped


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