I really do like this one. It is easy to make, caffeine free and it tastes really good. I am raising the points on this one, I might have to make it a permanent in my cupboard.
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I was served this by a friend a while ago and was pleasantly suprised, so I tracked some down today in the local shop. I don’t actually like orange in tea, so this isn’t something I would have picked out for myself. Here, though, the orange just adds a nice juiciness to the strong cinnamon flavour while the mango adds sweetness. I was a little apprehensive to try this as the vivid pink fluid suggests the presence of hibiscus, which I rarely enjoy in teas, but it seems it is just there to add colour, because I can only detect the slightest note of it in the tea, and it contrasts nicely with the sweet mango.
Thank you DJBooth!
I have tried a plethora of different caramel rooibos teas, but I have never found one that is jst right. They are either too synthetic, don’t have much flavour at all, or are just too sickly. It has become a bit of a quest, actually, to find the perfect one.
On opening the bag, this smells very sickly and synthetic. Hmmm. Not good.
The taste is something of a surprise, actually. It is very good! Not sickly or synthetic, but with just the right amount of flavour. It is lovely and sweet. The rooibos base doesn’t overpower the caramel, instead, it supports it very well. This was really a lovely suprise!
I am nearly at the end of this tin, which is good. It is starting to go a bit stale and I have had my eye on other matchas for a while. I decided, since it is cold and rainy, that I will treat myself and have a matcha hot chocolate. Yummy! Used a little too much matcha, but the bitterness of the tea complements the sweet chocolate well.
I finished the last of this up today. It is a very sad day. I decided to take it to the next level, and I had it with cream and a little vanlla sugar, and it was Heaven (with a capital H) in a cup. Especially since this is the first time I have had tea in a couple of weeks. I can’t believe it has been that long – I haven’t been well and I seemed to lose all interest in my tea! This was the perfect way to start back with the tea habit, though.
I made another huge batch of snickerdoodle cookies yesterday – my sisters are visiting today and they all love them, so I served them with this tea. Both the tea and the cookies got rave reviews, yay! I will be drinking this one more frequently now that it is getting a little more wintry, methinks.
I have had this for a while, but haven’t got round to trying it until now. I love lychees, so I was quite excited to try this. The steeping insructions to steep it for 2 minutes at boiling. I thought that was a little short, but I settled for it because I have some left to experiment with. The tea was a little thin, but the lychee flavour was good and fresh. I will steep it for longer next time to see if it gets any more flavourful.
I resteeped the leaves I used earlier in a tea latte. SO good! The coconut really is quite strong but the tea really does remind me of rum.
I had this last night, and it disappointed me. I could really only taste the black tea and a hint of cinnamon. I still have some bags left though, so I’m going to try again sometime soon. Maybe it was just a bad bag?
I got this one when it came out but have been letting it sit for a while. I made this using the stovetop method (200ml water, 300ml milk, 2tsp chai, 1.5tsp palm sugar) and it tastes just right. Sweet yet earthy and I can definitely taste the laspsang souchong. The smoky aspect is perfect – not too strong, but just enough to give the tea a lovely ‘campfire’ type taste. The spices are balanced perfectly. I love to see black peppercorns in a chai blend, but they can be really overdone – I’m glad this isn’t the case here.
The tea is very, very finely ground, which usually, would get my goat a little but here (as long as I use T-sacs and not an ordinary strainer because I hate bits in my tea) it means that the brew is bold and well up to taking milk. I had high hopes for this, and I wasn’t let down.
A huge thanks to DaisyChubb for this tea! Dry, the scent is velvety, with just a touch of coconut and I can see some sizeable chunks of vanilla pod in there as well.
I oversteeped a little, so I added just a touch of sugar and it is so great! First, the black tea hits you, then the coconut. The rum takes over and the vanilla adds a really creamy touch.
I got a 100g bag of this tea (sorry, tisane) a couple of weeks ago and I have been drinking it constantly. It makes my mouth water, it is so delicious. It really is juicy! The cream aspect just adds that extra touch that calms the juicy, fruity mirabelle plum flavour. And I LOVE green rooibos, so that is the cherry on the top. I will rate it later, this computer won’t let me.
Todays cup is especially rosy. I’m having risotto for lunch, and this fruity, floral tea cuts through the richness of the food very well.
I actually really enjoy this with a little milk (actually, cream – milk just doesn’t compare) and sugar. It has a tendency to taste a little thin with no additions but the addition of cream and sugar really kicks it up a notch. The butter aspect is more to the fore, and it becomes lovely and creamy. The sugar makes it taste like I am drinking hot ice cream! Definitely going to bump this up a little on the ratings front.
I drank a huge pot of this last night while watching Pride and Prejudice. Beautiful as usual!
I finished off my sample of this today. I have had this before, but forgot to post about it, which is a shame.
I liked this much more the second time I had it – I messed with the steeping parameters a tiny bit and it made all the difference. The first time, I steeped it at 80 C for 2 minutes, this time, 87 C for 2 minutes. The second cup had more balance between the oolong base and the rose scent, which was a vast improvement on the first cup because that was waaaay too rosy.
The second set of steeping parameters produced a smooth, almost buttery cup which I thoroughly enjoyed. The rose made the tea quite sweet, but not overly so. All in all, a very drinkable cup.
Big thanks to DaisyChubb for this one!
The dry scent of this is EXACTLY like apple pie. First, there is the cinnamon scent, followed by a sweet apple scent. I can even smell the buttery, crusty pastry (or is that just my imagination?)
I could just sit here and sniff this all night.
The worry is with teas that smell like heaven dry, they will lose their wonderful-ness when they are steeped. So, I am anxiously awaiting it to be ready. Will I be disappointed?
In a word, no. The scent is ever-so-slightly diminished upon steeping but not drastically so. The taste does not disappoint – fresh, sweet apples and warming cinnamon with a smooth, buttery green tea base. What could be better?
I ordered this as a sample with my most recent order. I have tried many sencha sakura teas in the past and most have been good, but not great, so I decided to have a go with this. The scent out of the bag is good, cherries and also a little cream (no idea where that came from). I can still detect the sencha though, which is a huge bonus. No point having tea if you can’t smell/taste tea, right? The taste is pleasant, I get juicy cherries (the taste of which reminds me of cherry Soother throat sweets, but without the horrid menthol aspect) and the green tea is also very apparent. Yay! I don’t think this is one I would drink everyday, but I might get a bag of itas a standby. It is definitely the best sencha sakura I have had.
A fresh, citrus-y tea. I’m not actually a huge citrus-in-tea fan, but I ordered this on a whim and made it iced. The lemongrass really pops and the green mate is a good base for this. i’m glad I ordered it.
Is it possible to be immune to caffeine? I drank quite a lot of this and didn’t feel any effect. It is the same with black teas and other highly caffeinated drinks. Does anyone have any insight on this?
Wowzee! The dry scent of this is VERY strong. Lavender, a hint of vanilla and also a little bit like aniseed. Weird. I used the recommended steeping parameters, but I think this would benefit from a little less leaf and/or a shorter steep time because this was ever so slightly oversteeped. It was still good though. The aniseed scent wasn’t present in the taste (I’m glad. I hate aniseed), instead the taste was dominated by the lavender. The vanilla and the white tea lurk in the background, but are clearly present.
I had this when I was out and was craving some sort of tea. This was the best I could find. The brew is very dark and bitter, and the bergamot is overpowering and musty-tasting. I didn’t like it plain, perhaps it would be improved by milk and sugar?
I had this at Parched Tea Bar earlier, and I thought it was a good (if pretty generic) tasting chai. I had it with milk and a little sugar. It was a little heavy on the ginger, but not unbearably so.
Adding sugar and milk to this makes it very nearly perfect.. It smooths out the rough edges of the ever-so-slightly astringent black tea base, and brings out the vanilla. It seems more balanced with the cinnamon not taking so much of a lead, but instead it is sharing the spotlight with both the vanilla and the tea base.
i have had this for a while, but have only just got round to trying it. The scent of the dry tea is very good – mostly black tea, but with hints of buttery vanilla and a slightly nutty note as well. I also like to see the large chunks of pecan in the blend. While steeping, the butter scent really comes out to play. The taste is mostly black tea with hnts of butter. The pecans are most apparent at the end of the sip.
Now the tea is slightly cooled, the pecan butter flavour is much more pronounced. It is a little bitter, though, in spite of my shorter-than-normal steeping time (I sometimes find 52teas black tea blends a little too strong).
I am having my second cup with cream and sugar. It seems fitting, seeing as this is an ice cream flavour. It works very well! The cream really brings out the buttery aspect of this, but it doesn’t overshadow the pecan flavour.