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I’m finishing off the second dragon ball from tea-sipper grandpa-style.

I used one orb in a 16-ounce glass and 185° water. I’m on my fourth refill now and it’s still flavorful. The ball has completely disintegrated at this point, which is nice because it didn’t sink properly while it was still formed.

I definitely like this one much better this way! It has a nice sweet and malty flavor that is very close to a light black tea. Then there’s the lovely honeyed raisin notes, along with the usual hay, grain, and oats. Surprisingly, there’s no hint of bitterness even with these long steep times.

I wasn’t sure whether this would be well-suited to this treatment, since this is my first time steeping this way. But it’s definitely a perfect match! Low maintenance and yummy, I’ll have to remember this for the future, and order a suitable brewing vessel for it.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Grain, Hay, Honey, Malt, Oats, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 16 OZ / 473 ML
tea-sipper

Oh good, I’m glad you liked it better this way.

Kittenna

Mmm, I love Moonlight Whites :) Glad you got it to work for you!

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for finding a work around to make a tea a happier companion!

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tea-sipper

Oh good, I’m glad you liked it better this way.

Kittenna

Mmm, I love Moonlight Whites :) Glad you got it to work for you!

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for finding a work around to make a tea a happier companion!

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Hi, I’m Cameron!

I’m a 30-something software engineer currently living in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two pugs, Gobo and Ume. I tend to cycle between my different hobbies, and they include piano, knitting, video games, board games, miniature painting, planners, bento, KBeauty, and – of course – TEA! But really, what I’m best at is “collecting” hobby-related things… ;)

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I prefer my tea lukewarm or at room temperature and without milk or sugar. I steep Western style, and fluctuate between using big mugs or small teapots depending on the season.

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I enjoy both flavored and unflavored teas in many forms. These days, I drink mostly flavored teas, and I tend to gravitate most toward black, green, oolong, and herbal varieties. I do have a special fondness for straight Japanese green teas, however.

I do not sweeten my teas, and pre-sweetened teas are usually too sweet for me. I also do not enjoy stevia.

I tend to reach for fruitier flavors rather than desserty ones these days, but I do have favorites from both categories. Willing to try anything once! There are a few ingredients/flavors that aren’t generally my jam, such as coconut, rose, lavender, and chocolate flavoring. But I also have teas that I love with some of those things, too! :)

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