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Urban Tumbler Test and it is really good this time. I used generous portions of this tea. My tumbler is for 15-16 ounces of water, so I would estimate that I put two heaping tablespoons of the tea in it. And I brewed it two times: first being 15 ounces, the latter closer to 9 or 10. The last one I might make into a 4 or 5 since I can taste the flavor leftover strongly at the bottom.

After I spent a huge portion of leaves for liquid motivation going to work, I get the chestnut more after 3 minutes to five. Then it vanishes into the concurrent caramel taste with a strong creaminess coming in. A little bit buttery, but more caramelized and candy like. After a while, it essentially tastes like butterscotch. No fancy note talking, jut straight up butterscotch. The leaves remained in the water the entire time. The same with the second steep at 9-10 ounces, 180-190 degrees.

I really, really liked this tea and could see myself getting more of it. The only thing I think it needs is more chestnut like Sil. I also continue to think this would not do badly for a chocolate tea. The tea remained light overall, but I’m personally thankful for that since I love lighter black teas. Some people actually found this tea bitter which I can see with less water. I did use 15 ounces which is a lot. It might have been bitter for me if I had more leaves too. How much water and leaves you want to use is more up to you, the reader and maybe drinker. I can accurately claim, however, that this tea is for butterscotch lovers and people who drink lighter teas.

Also, I was actually pretty close to giving this a 90. I’ve just been spoiled by Lauren’s other awesome teas. I hope she makes more like this one in the future.

Flavors: Butterscotch

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