This is delish.

First of all, I overleafed and the color is quite something. It’s a very deep, opaque red. Rather like a cabernet, only even less translucent. I feel almost like a vampire.

I confess, I wouldn’t know a goji berry if it hit me over the head, but I have to assume at least part of what I’m smelling and tasting is goji. There’s also a rather strong blueberry flavor and smell which could be cloying, if not for the citrus and hibiscus tartness tempering it. I can also taste and smell a whiff of the raspberry and apple if I try really hard.

But it sort of defeats the purpose to try that hard, because it’s the mix of all these ingredients together that’s really tasty. It’s like a hot, tart, fruit punch that is quite comforting on a cold, rainy night.

This is probably not for everybody — hibiscus haters should stay away. I’ve come not to hate hibiscus. It serves a purpose if done right, i.e., cutting through the cloying, but it’s taste-able in this blend. Also, although the flavoring doesn’t taste artificial to me, I can see that people who are sensitive to such things might find the flavors a bit overdone.

But I rather like being hit over the head with all this berry/citrus goodness.

Flavors: Apple, Blueberry, Citrus, Goji, Raspberry

Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

Hmmm, SuperAnna likes hibiscus. Sounds like a good tea to serve at her Annaween celebration!


I’m enjoying all the new fruit blends I’ve acquired!

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Hmmm, SuperAnna likes hibiscus. Sounds like a good tea to serve at her Annaween celebration!


I’m enjoying all the new fruit blends I’ve acquired!

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tastes developed they became less appealing — I still enjoy nicely done blends. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. I used to hate hibiscus, but I’ve turned that corner. Licorice, not so much.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 Excellent; first rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Very good; will likely buy more

70-79 Good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Okay; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it.

My current process for tea note generation is described in my note on this tea: https://steepster.com/teas/mariage-freres/6990-the-des-impressionnistes


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