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drank Night Time by Pukka
506 tasting notes

You know the rule with valerian. Don’t do it. Do not smell the dry bag.

Pukka managed to gloss over the foul-footed valerian with a thick, sweet varnish of licorice. It’s tolerable for me, that licorice. Medium intensity. Some oatstraw creaminess floats around. Chamomile is there I guess, demure as it usually is. Lavender wafts in mid-mouth and lingers lightly with licorice into the finish. It’s certainly not a lavender-forward blend. Can’t speak for the tulsi and limeflower.

It puts me to sleep but it’s not soothing for me. It’s something I have to gulp down.

shrug

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mastress Alita

I think my valerian sleep blend is extremely fennel heavy. I don’t taste or smell it against the fennel-wall, heh.

derk

What’s that blend? Something premixed or did you blend it yourself?

Mastress Alita

It was called Sleeping Beauty but I got it from an “out of business” sale by American Tea Room. I haven’t had a chance yet to delve into if they were wholesaling it and if it is still out in the ether somewhere.

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Mastress Alita

I think my valerian sleep blend is extremely fennel heavy. I don’t taste or smell it against the fennel-wall, heh.

derk

What’s that blend? Something premixed or did you blend it yourself?

Mastress Alita

It was called Sleeping Beauty but I got it from an “out of business” sale by American Tea Room. I haven’t had a chance yet to delve into if they were wholesaling it and if it is still out in the ether somewhere.

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Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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