Inkling Advent Day 11. I usually steep my black teas at 200 for 3 minutes maximum, but the steeping parameters on the bag encourage a longer steep time (plus higher temperature, which I didn’t follow). I definitely wish I’d gone with my usual steep time as well, because I feel like more negative, approaching bitter flavors are appearing in this cup. I taste a bit of blueberry as well, but none of the other flavors that are supposed to be in this blend. I refrigerated this to see if that would let more flavoring show, and that definitely worked. Then I could taste a good amount of candy blueberry, and the black tea is toned down as well. Leaving it overnight let the whole cup go flat, which was a shame because it was pretty nice last night, but I didn’t want a lot of caffeine too late.

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I’m an event planner who always has multiple mugs of tea beside me. Hobbies other than tea include board games, video games, cooking international dishes, science fiction, hiking, jigsaw puzzles, tap dancing, reading, listening to podcasts, and playing with my troublesome kitties.

Favorite flavors: dessert flavors, nutty, melon, mint, strawberry, anything rooibos-related.

Don’t prefer: Smoky, rosemary, savory flavors, floral (other than lavender), plain tea.

I always drink flavored tea, and preferably caffeine-free or black. I’ll try just about anything though! Let me know if you’re interested in a swap!

My ratings are kind of meaningless, but basically
90-100 pretty perfect
80-89 really good
70-79 good, but not the best
60-69 okay, but probably not for me
1-59 varying degrees of dislike



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