So I finally broke open this tea. I ordered it back in February or so with the rest of my Verdant teas. I have to say, it was a little bit of a letdown compared to what I remember. The flavors were malty and slightly potato-y like I remember, but much weaker. It’s pretty much the same thing that happened to me with the batch of LB from the same order. Both were good, but not as strong as the ones I had before.

For the second and third steeps, I used a lot less water and then poured over ice to make iced tea. I also added a half pump of peach syrup from my office cafeteria. It actually turned out to be one of my favorite black teas to turn into a flavored iced tea. The peach and the base tea really went together well. So overall, even though I was a bit disappointed by the hot tea, I can see myself going through this pretty fast if I continue experimenting with iced teas.

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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