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185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 300 ml

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From Bönor & Blad

A green tea flavoured with pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, blue malva and marigold.

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I’m pretty sure this is the same tea found here: http://www.tehusetjava.se/shop/product/smaksatt-safari—102-38-1478.aspx. Its origin escapes me – all the main tea chains seem to share certain blends. I got this for a friend to try, but ended up with some that didn’t fit into the special Anna-fashioned Tea Travel Set™ gift canister.

I get no pineapple whatsoever, and not much papaya. This seems to be all passion fruit, with some vague floral notes. Going by scent alone, it’s not the kind of tea I’d buy for myself – I generally find passion fruit too sour. And that’s the case here as well – Safari is a little too sour, a little too flat and a little too boring to be a favourite of mine.

Completely pointless re-steep.

[Purchased at Bönor & blad in Uppsala, August 2013.]

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

I love how you’ve been reviewing all of this Swedish tea! You make me miss living there. I was stupid and only ever bothered buying loose leaf from Hemköp while I was there. :)

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A tea from the first round of the EU TTB put in by Anna. I too have a few of these teas in a pile to try still and while I’m thinking about it I may as well try one. :)

I know nothing about this tea but looking at it I can see that it’s green (looks like Sencha) and has marigold and cornflower petals. Ok sniffing time (deep inhale) – cocoa, fruit (thinking something tropical like papaya) and subtle flowers. Sort of sweet but with a dark undertone.

Steeped this is completely different, I can now smell something stodgy like rice or porridge but with sweet tropical fruit in it. Not as pleasant, in fact a little odd.

The flavour matches too, it’s stodgy and oat like but I have no idea why. The fruit is there but again I’m sticking with something like papaya in terms of specific flavour. The green tea is grassy and like seaweed but it’s also astringent and dry which dominate it. There is also some familiarity in flavour but I’m not sure where or what it reminds me of.

I’m sitting here grimacing with each sip so I think it’s clear to say that this one just isn’t for me. Thank you anyway Anna.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

I sort of hated this one, too – I honestly think your palate, overall, is way too refined for the Swedish/German blends, as they tend to be so rough and basic. You pick up so many flavour notes and have so much experience identifying tea complexity, the German blends just seem like a waste of your time.

I dream that someone will pick up one of those samples and be all, ‘I LOVE THIS’ so I could send them a bulk set of ziploc bags packed to the brim, but no suck luck on this one, I guess, haha.

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