I really really really thought I would love this tea. I am a big fan of black teas, and Earl Grey especially.

It wasn’t that it was awful, it was just sort of middle of the road. And, it left my mouth so dry that fifteen minutes later I had to go get a drink of water. It was a really unpleasant after effect.

Edit: Second try at this tea. I started wondering if I had overstepped it the first time and that made the crazy astringency, so I made it again with a strict 3 minute timed steep. It’s still an astringent tea, but not unbearably astringent. So the moral of this story is, don’t oversteep this one.

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Likes/dislikes: I love black teas, especially strong/malty ones. I am ok with flavored teas if the base is strong. I like some whites. I really don’t like any tea that tastes “green” – if I wanted to drink something that tastes like green beans, I would cook some green beans. I am not big on green teas or genmaichas. I am learning to like puerhs.

If we are trading, I have a STRONG aversion to coconut, banana and licorice. I love citrus, vanilla and spice. Not a fan of florals.

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