I’ve decided I don’t like the mouthfeel that coconut gives teas. It’s so smooth it’s nearly oily. I love the way this blend smells, but it is too much like the Harney and Sons green tea with thai flavors that I already have. Meh. Not bad, not great, but drinkable.
555 Tasting Notes
The smell of the wet leaf (bag?) is of sweet strong berries. It smells like my favorite all fruit raspberry jam. Delicious. I hope the taste with the green tea is just as strong in flavor as it smells. I could sniff this all evening!
When slurped I get a bright berry forefront with a green tea calm as an aftertaste. It’s sweet without sugar. When sipped slowly it is a little less flavorful upfront, but still quite fruity. RoT greens don’t usually Pop me in the face with fruit flavor, but this is doing pretty well. I may try two bags next time. I just used 1 bag for 6oz and am getting decent flavor.
Was craving the fruity berryness of this tea so made up a large mugga. Yum. I love this tea hot. I bet it would be great iced, but love it so much hot. Sad that I’ve only half a packet left :(
I’m excited to compare this with Brioche in the near future. I really enjoy this blend from Teavana. Sweet almonds and a great black tea base. Love it with just a splash of cream. No longer needing sugar to get a sweetness out of it. Bumping up a few poins due to this.
Nice cuppa full of this after dinner tonight. Held up well with no additives. I enjoy the bergamot flavor in this one, but appreciate Lupica’s Earl Grey more.
Wanted a little more black tea kick this morning so I blended this 2 tsp chai with chocolate with 1 tsp english breakfast and made a successfully strong chai cup this morning. I hope the caffeine kicks in soon. Lots going on today. Hoping the thunderstorms don’t stop our company from coming! Meats are marinating and hor’d’ouerves are being made!
Enjoyed an iced cup of this today. I wish we could serve something like this at work instead of plain black iced tea. This has so much wonderful flavor!
Made this via stovetop method using a mixture of skim milk and fat free half and half for a total of 1 cup milks 1 cup water with two heaping teaspoons of tea. Wowsa is this good! I’m in chocolate chai heaven. It’s making me forget the Kusmi Spicy Chocolate that I miss so much. I think this could possibly be better! It’s more chai spicy and more chocolatey, and made with the cream it is oh so good. I have some of this cold brewing with skim milk in the fridge. I’m excited for that brew later today :)
Meh. Let this get a bit lukewarm before sipping, and kinda glad I could. It’s gulpable, and I can swallow it, but it’s not good. Their’s something in the aftertaste that tastes like dry paper/cardboard. I wish the bergamot and honey were a bit more present in this. Just not my kinda tea. I do like that it isn’t super asparagus-y as are some greens.
This tea smells like a wonderful chocolatey coconut treat. A dark chocolate flavor with strong coconut sweetness. When brewed it loses a bit of the coconut scent. When sipped it is a very smooth tea. Very well blended. I enjoy the flavor but wish for stronger coconut intensity. Not bad. I believe I received this sample from Doulton awhile ago. Thanks for your package of great samples. This one got separated from the bunch so it took a bit longer to review!
Another hot day here in Chicagoland. Brewing up a large iced mug of this to take with me to work this afternoon. Love the energy I get from the bright citrus flavors and sweet lychee fruit. This tea needs to be available loose leaf, that way I could make pitchers of it at a time…not easy to do without using up all my bags :(
Thanks to Jessica for swapping teas with me and sending me this!
This tea has a typical Teavana mixture of a smaller amount of white tea mixed with several other fruit and nut bits. The blend smells pretty great! It brews up a light golden color and smells like sweet pistachios, nuts and a bit of bitter citrus (maybe the peel?). I enjoy the taste of this tea. Their are some similarities between this tea and the Apricot Caramel Torte. They share the same sweetness. I wouldn’t really call this tea spicy, but it is a flavorful mixture. Glad to have this.
This is my new summer drink from Starbucks. I love getting a grande coffee frap, with 2 pumps of the chai concentrate. Tastes like heaven and gets me going during the afternoon slump.
I’ve found myself craving this tea. This is the first green tea I’ve ever craved. I actually opted for a mug of this over a mug of my usual strong black tea in the morning.
I have played around with the steeping parameters, and found I like it best around 170F for 2:30. I haven’t gotten the purplish green cloud of color I had the first time around, but I think my water was hotter than I intended that day. I’m happy to have a whole bag of this tea to enjoy.
Had this today steeped in boiling water for 8 minutes with a few crystals of german rock sugar. I enjoyed this better unsweetened. The flavors masked themselves a bit too much with the sugar. I do like this tea though!
Sad to see this sample from Ricky go. I think I may have to order more once my 6oz stash of Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme is gone. (was my first Teavana purchase and bought way too much). I like this Earl Grey from Lupicia so much more, it is just the perfect amount of bergamot flavor, not too floral/perfumey nor too weak. I will miss this!
I tried this tea at 3 minute steep with boiling water and a splash of cream. It didn’t work for me. Got a dark orangish brown cuppa creamy looking tea, but the flavor just wasn’t speaking strawberries and chocolate to me. I think adagio’s ceylon base is alright, but I prefer other strawberry flavored blends to this one. Thanks Doulton for letting me sample this. I know it’s been quite some time since I reviewed a tea from the wonderful samples you sent my way. I may try this with a longer steep to see if more flavor comes out. I just get afraid of bringing out the bitter ceylon taste.
Thanks, Frank & 52teas for shipping so quickly. I received this tea two days after I ordered it! Amazing! I just haven’t been able to review it until today.
The dry leaves are quite large and long sencha leaves. The scent of the dry leaves is a bit tart and quite blueberry like. Once brewed the aroma is more mellow, berry and almost a little floral with a light tartness. The liquor is quite darker than I imagined. It’s almost as if a blue/purple food coloring was added lightly to the green tea. I haven’t brewed a sencha before, so I’m not sure if this is the leaves or something to do with the flavoring. I’m loving the smell of this!
I have no words to describe elderberry with, but the flavor reminds me a bit of the brightness of fresh, ripe blueberries. The elderberries really compliment the flavor of the sencha. The sencha is very strong, but the flavors blend, the mesh so well, it is a wonderful dance on my tongue. I’m really enjoying this.
I did brew it on the higher end of the temperature range, 180F, for 2:30 minutes. I think I will try this at 170F and 160F to see how it compares. I think the length of the steep is just right, as I’m not tasting any astringency.
Nice work 52teas! I’m loving this blend.
Finished off the sample AmazonV sent me with a little sugar added this time. I get the tiniest hint of peanut butter on the last part of the sip with the sugar added. It definitely made the strawberry jam jump out more. Upping the rating a couple notches for finding the peanut butter. Even if it might just be in my head.
Allowing myself to drink a cuppa tea before heading to bed after a long night’s work. All the college kids are back for the summer and it’s going to be a long week of re-training. But they’re all good kids.
This tea is a sample sent from Lori. Actually surprised I haven’t reviewed it as it was a sample I was excited to get from her. The name reminds me of a scene from Practical Magic (found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stQ31X8COWw&feature=related ). I didn’t even know the muppets did a skit with this.
These leaves are beautiful. I was surprised at how large the coconut shavings were. These were no ordinary shavings used in baking coconut, no not in this tea! This tea brewed up a beautiful lemon lime green. The aroma is very coconutty with a bit of citrus sneaking in as well. It reminds me of Harney and Sons Bangkok Green tea (minus the ginger). There is almost a buttery note to the scent as well.
As far as the taste goes, it is a lightly flavored, buttery green tea. I taste the bright, citrusy lime in the forefront, then the buttery green base with a hint of coconut at the end. The coconut is very strong in scent and as I sip it I get more from the scent of the coconut than the taste of the coconut. Does coconut make the tea taste buttery and smooth, or is that the actual tea itself? This texture I’m tasting was similar in the Harney and Sons tea mentioned above, which also had coconut in it. I do like how smooth this blend is. Nothing stands out too sharply. I really enjoy the lime flavor in this tea. It doesn’t overpower the green tea, but blends with it rather nicely. I’m glad to have enjoyed a mug full of this.
This tea sampled by me courtesy of Lisbet. Thank you for sending me some samples :)
I wanted a rooibos this afternoon because my allergies are really acting up and I’m curious to see if one cup a day does enough to ease the allergies a bit. So here it goes.
This tea smells strongly of Rooibos (sour wood) and has a heavy scent of nutty liquour mixed in with it. The taste is similar to these toffee nut cookies we have at work. Cookies which I used to love, until they changed the recipe to this current recipe which is missing something, but I can’t quite figure out what it is that is missing. This tea is like that. Something is missing from the flavor.
I didn’t really get the white chocolate flavor out of this, but their was toffee. The rooibos itself really overpowered this tea, too much for me. I don’t want to finish the cup, but I will. I think. It is just so sour. Sour and nutty are an odd combo.
This sample did spike my curiosity in Specialteas in that I have ordered a few samples to try for myself. A few other Rooibos blends sounded interesting.
Having a big mug of this this morning, with a little cream, no sugar. Love the sweet nuttyness of this in the morning. Great tea all day for me. See previous notes for more details.
Found this in the depths of my cupboard. Enjoying a large mug of this before bed. Love the strong peach flavor in this white tea. Enjoying what I’ve tried of H&S so far. Raising a few points for it’s calming effect and flavor strength tonight.
Thanks to Soccermom I got to try this tea last night. I was excited to relax with such a deep purple steep of tea. I love the scent of this tea. The cinnamon and plum together are very calming/warming. I needed warmth after the cool rain that came in last night.
The taste of this tea is first plum, than cinnamon, and a bit of hibiscus on the aftertaste. I really like how mellow the spices are in this blend. I enjoyed this more when it was steaming hot, then when it cooled down (I forgot about it while I was reading steepster notes and checking email). I could see having this several nights a week and look forward to purchasing more my next trip to Whole Foods. Thanks again, SoccerMom