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Yes, this is good too! Another magic black tea strikes again! I looked more into my previous black tea apathy, and it struck me that I actually have more black teas in my cupboards than any other tea type (including oolong). Seems I’m generally not picking up the right black tea for me. Maybe I need to go for more of this and less of the flavoured stuff.

Thank you for sending me some of this beautiful tea, Arby!

Steep Count: 2

(2017 harvest)

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Malt, Melon, Plum, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

black tea…yes to unflavoured ones that make your heart sing!

Dexter

Awesome that you are finding some blacks you love.

Leafhopper

I also have a preponderance of black teas in my cupboard, partly because my oolongs go so fast and partly because I don’t seem to pick black teas well. They’re either too malty or just weird. Here’s to finding black teas we enjoy!

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Sil

black tea…yes to unflavoured ones that make your heart sing!

Dexter

Awesome that you are finding some blacks you love.

Leafhopper

I also have a preponderance of black teas in my cupboard, partly because my oolongs go so fast and partly because I don’t seem to pick black teas well. They’re either too malty or just weird. Here’s to finding black teas we enjoy!

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

My favourites are teas like Milk Oolong, Silver Needle,and Japanese Sencha/Gyokuro, or fruity and floral flavoured ones. However, I generally enjoy ALL the teas, including a good old cup of Earl Grey or Breakfast blend.

FAVOURITE INGREDIENTS/NOTES:

DESSERT FLAVOURS
Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Butterscotch, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan, Butter

FRUIT & BERRIES
Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry, Banana, Melon, Pineapple, Persimmon, Rhubarb, Passionfruit..

CITRUS
Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Yuzu (orange is a hit or miss)

SPICES
Ginger, Turmeric, Clove-forward chai

AROMATIC & HERBACEOUS NOTES
Musky, “Fresh,” and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Mints

FLORALS
Lavender, Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Violet, etc. ALL the flowers!

VEGGIE/GRAIN NOTES
Spinach, Grass, Hay, Cucumber, Rice, Sweet Potato

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:
Stevia, Apple, Cocoa Nib, Almond, Licorice, Cinnamon-forward blends, Chinese Sencha

Subjective Rating System:
I don’t give a lot of low ratings out, since a) I tend to grab tea I know will appeal to me, and b) I don’t have a lot of strong dislikes.

90-100: Favourites. The Desert Island Teas.
80-89: Loved teas. Possibly staple-worthy.
70-79: Good teas, but I’m less likely to repurchase. Minor quibbles.
60-69: Ok teas. Likely a few preference and/or quality issues.
50-59: Cup of meh. Will do in a pinch.
11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea.
1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, an unholy abomination. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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