I asked for suggestions for roasty black teas in the discussion board a week ago and one of the suggestions was to try Big Red Robe. Since Upton is my go to site for cheap samples of things I’m not sure I’ll like, I stocked up a variety of roasted oolongs. This is the first one.

I should have really taken notice of my mood before I made this. I’m just not in the mood for trying a whole new variety of tea. Maybe a new flavor of a tea I know I like, but I’m just not feeling experimental. Wish I’d realized that before I brewed this up.

That being said. I think I like this. It actually tastes more like a hojicha than anything else i can discern right now. But I’ll resteep the leaves this evening and see if anything else emerges. It’s ok. I don’t know if its what I’m looking for though. That’s why I love upton. $1 later I know that Big Red Robe teas (while I LOVE the name) are not necessarily my tea of choice. Not bad by any means, just not really what I’m looking for.

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I love tea. And I love beer. I spent my twenties thoroughly enjoying all that beer has to offer but now that I’m into my thirties and a stay at home mom of 2 little kids and 1 big kid, I spend more time enjoying tea.

I joined steepster in Feb 2013 and it’s crazy how much my tastes have changed since joining. Before, I liked cream and honey in all teas and loved mostly dessert blacks. Now I almost rarely drink them, but enjoy them from time to time. What I love more than anything are straight rich black teas, Fujian, Laoshan, Rizhao, etc… I also love pretty much any black tea that the little leaf hoppers have gotten their teeth on.

I’m still not too into the green/white/oolong varieties. I keep trying to but my tastes are evolving pretty slowly on that front.

Overall, I just enjoy tea. Something about it that just settles me.


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