Mastress Alita’s sipdown challengeSaturday, February 27th: National Strawberry Day Tea #2
Started this one yesterday with a third steep today. I bought this recently. Couldn’t resist. Sounded dreamy. (I DO miss Tealyra’s sample sizes though. I loved those things. I could try so many different teas with sample sizes.) Upon opening the pouch, yowzas there is a strong scent to this tea and I wouldn’t really say it smells like strawberry or pear. It looks like a fairly decent bao zhong base. There is a good deal of fruit here. So now I’m wondering why the flavoring is necessary at all. I also noticed a large piece of hibiscus that turned the mug a pale pink. I might just pick out any hibiscus I see from the infuser in the future but it doesn’t do much harm in any of the steeps. Overall, not so much a flavoring “kiss” as a “punch” (and that isn’t even the hibiscus!) but maybe it will mellow out with time. The flavor of the oolong does come across though! By the third steep, the weird flavor has been faded, but I don’t want faded weird flavor. I just wanted a nice delicate pear and strawberry flavoring to go with it. I should have listened to the majority of Steepster on this one. Annnnddddd…. this is another reason I miss samples.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min