drank Smaug Tea by 52teas
254 tasting notes

I was rushed and uncaffeinated this morning when I made this up, so I made a couple mistakes. For some reason I thought it was a black tea, so I boiled it when I should have used a lower setting. I also didn’t have time to comb through the other reviews to estimate a steep time, which is another reason steeping directions would be nice.

Here’s what I did:

Teaware: 16oz travel mug
Measured dry: 2tsp
Temperature: Boiling
Steeping Time: 4min
Additives 4tsp raw sugar

I tried a three-minute steep first, but ended up adding another minute. I might have even gone more if I hadn’t been rushing out the door and grateful to have a hot caffeinated drink of any kind.

I’m going to have to make this up again and try to get it right, but for now I’m not really getting much of the green. There’s lots of cinnamon candy flavor and a hint of smokiness, but (and again, this could have been because of the messed up steep) little more than that.

For now, I’m just glad I have something to wake me up, but this will take some tweaking if it’s going to live up to expectations.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Feel free to browse my cupboard if you’re interested in swapping, but all the mate and pu-erh in our household is my husband’s.

For swapping purposes, please note the apple allergy. Thank you!

I tried to limit my cupboard to teas that were 1oz or larger, but that was a gorgeous failure in terms of swap communication. It’s all going back up.

Okay, I just feel wrong trying to grade things without a rubric – it’s too inconsistent! So, here is the grading breakdown:

0-50: Dump it!
50-60: I might finish the cup
60-70: Possibly finish the pot
70-80: I may keep this on hand
80-90: Cupboard space guaranteed
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