Double sipdown time! I’ve reached my goal of 8 for Easter weekend!

I used about 3 tsp of Forever Nuts and 2.5 tsp of Big Apple, brewed with my uber-big teapot of 45oz. I didn’t boil enough to fill the teapot all the way, but I guess there was at least 40oz by the end. Steeped at 85C for 5-6 minutes. I know that the Forever Nuts blend requires a higher temperature, but I didn’t want to burn the green and white teas in the Big Apple sample. I also added a dollop of cinnamon honey to round it out.

Brewed, I’m getting a lot of flavours, but nothing in particular is winning out except possibly the green tea. I let one cup of this cool and it’s surprisingly good cold, with more of the fruit and cinnamon flavours coming out. But I have to admit that this isn’t the blend for me – especially considering that Big Apple is going to be discontinued soon.

Thanks again to Aimee Popovacki for giving me a sample of Big Apple to try! I’m glad I got to give it a nice sendoff.

185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 42 OZ / 1242 ML

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Updated March 2016:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen in love with loose-leaf tea. I’ve also set up a site for tea reviews at – an excellent excuse to keep on buying and trying new blends. There will always be more to discover!

In the meantime, since joining Steepster in January 2014, I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on my likes and dislikes

Likes: Raw/Sheng pu’erh, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks, rooibos.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender, really vegetal green teas, shu/ripe pu’erh.

Things I generally decide on a case-by-case basis: Oolong, white teas.

Still need to do my research on: matcha

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.


Toronto, ON, Canada


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