With my not-buying-teas ban, I will eventually run out of new-to-me teas to write notes on, so it will also seem like I’m not on Steepster as much either (I’ll still be around!). Maybe everyone is just drinking older teas they’ve written about before?
Thanks for sharing this, Cameron B! Only one of the seven B&B shop blends left to try. This is my first tea with bee pollen. Cameron was not loving the bee pollen. I thought it couldn’t be as bad as she described… But no, it’s not tasty. What is the purpose of the bee pollen? Google tells me it’s a brain booster, helping focus, and lifting brain fatigue. Those are nice qualities anyway. And I have no idea why I brewed this particular tea today, a tea with anything called ‘POLLEN’ in it. My allergies were driving me batty last night, even though: 1) it rained tons, 2) wasn’t windy, 3) no one around here mowed I don’t think nearly enough pollen is out yet. I have chronic dry eye, so with allergies, it’s not fun. Believe me, my pollen allergies are torturous all summer long. Anyway, the flavor here just seems like bee pollen. Bee pollen does smell and taste like wet dog hair, as Cameron mentioned. Not a flavor I want to be drinking. I was really looking forward to a fruity green tea. I wouldn’t say this is very spectacularly fruity. But wow, there were clouds of bee pollen in this mug. They go from bright yellow pellets in the pouch to wispy pollen dust in the mug. It looked like a tiny hurricane. The second steep is less bee pollen and slightly more tart from the hibiscus and rose hips. Not a golden mug like the first cup, but pink. Not my favorite from B&B. At least I know to avoid their bee pollen blends.
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for a full mug // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 32 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep