Ahh, bliss. I haven’t had other teas in quite awhile. I’ve been so busy I wanted one I knew would relax and uplift me rather than one I would have to think alot a bout. YUM!
555 Tasting Notes
This tin is nearly half full…(half-empty). I must order more soon. Enjoying with a few pieces of rock sugar and a splash of milk. Tastes much better with half and half, but didn’t want to run to the store in the snow just for the half and half. Ahh…I love this tea. Bumped it up several notches in rating, because I have no clue why I rated it so low!
Boy does it feel good to relax with a cuppa tea. This is one tasty evening treat. I am happy to have an enjoyable decaf black tea in my cupboard, especially one that smells like vanilla cupcakes. Yum.
Glad to have this earl back in my life. The only earl I have ever craved. I could be very happy if this were the only tea in my cupboard. So very happy to have this back in my cupboard.
Received a few teabags of this from a swap with French Vanilla. I love the aroma the dry leaf produces (dry bag of leaves produces). It is grape-y, sweet and full of black tea scent.
This tastes like a lighter less astringent black tea sweetened with sweet red grapes and cheap sweet wine. I suppose it doesn’t have to be cheap wine, but it reminds me of the boones farm wine and tea. I wonder if this would make a good tea cocktail if one would use a tea concentrate with vodka or rum. Hmmm…I think I best stick to a satisfying tea. I’m glad I have the opportunity to try this tea.
Drank 6 or so large mugs of this each with the tiniest splash of cream and it really made my day delightful. I spent five hours in front of the computer at work learning our new scheduling program and this tea helped me trek through it.
After experimenting with a new tea and failing to find a taste I highly enjoyed, I needed a big mug of comforting, reliable tea. This is that tea for me this winter. I really like the sweet, fruity, toasty, nutty flavors. There is so much going on in this blend it tastes a little bit different each time I brew it. I seem to find new flavors each time I sip it. Great warming tea drunk straight up. Need warmth on this frigid day!
I’ve brewed this a few different times using different steeping parameters and I just can’t get much more than a slightly tart hibiscus/berry flavor and green oolong flavor. I just can’t figure out how to get this right. Best tasting, but most sour/tart was a 3 minute steep at just below boiling with 4 tsp/16oz. Turned a pale pink infusion and fully unfurled the leaves, just didn’t give me much flavor. I will try again with a pinch of sugar and again iced, but otherwise this is moving to the swap pile.
Oooh, I like this more than any mint green tea I’ve had yet. I received a free sample with my Lupicia order that came in today. The spearmint and peppermint go really well together. I’m really liking the tingling sensation that this leaves in my mouth. I may have to pick up some more of this, probably just in bagged form for convenience. This is really helping me relax and settling my stomach tonight.
I’m surprised I am the first to log this tea. I suppose it is due to how many teas Lupicia carries, there are just so many to choose from. I got this on a whim with my order after reading tasting notes about other citrus and lemon oolongs.
I love watching oolongs unfurl. The tiny little pearl leaves unfurl into huge one inch wide leaves that are at least an inch long. Such beauties. And completely unfurled during the one and a half minute steep.
Ahhh….this tea certainly has sweet tangerine flavor along with a nice darker oolong base. Sweet and vegetal, slightly creamy and totally tangerine. This tastes very natural, not artificial at all. I’m so happy I purchased a pouch of this! YUM!
Finally brewing up some of this tea. Ran out of the Blackberry Mojito tea my husband loves iced, so tried this iced for him, and made a cup hot for myself. It isn’t a potent green tea, but with two teaspoons for 10oz water steeped at 170ish for 3 minutes it is tasty. The citrus is more along the lines of a tart grapefruit flavor and citrus peel. This is smooth, mellow and was a great choice after our filling dinner. I am happy to have another option as far as flavored greens go.
Another tea from Adham. This is the tea that I hit my nose first when I opened the package of teas. Wow, is the cherry fragrant in this one! The almond is a great combination with this, but doesn’t make it taste amaretto, like I thought it might. The leaves look like a mixture of brown skinny leaves (ceylon?) and then there are greener large wide leaves that must be the china part of the blend? Once I saw the wet leaves I thought maybe I had steeped this wrong, and thought it might be a black/green blend…still not really sure, but it tastes just wonderful brewed as a black tea. I love how fruity and floral this blend is. I wish I had some black cherry preserves and a scone to enjoy with this. Or maybe a bear claw from work to bring out the almond flavor…delicious! I really am enjoying this tea.
Another tea sample from the Secret Santa package Adham sent. The package the teas came in smells so wonderful. I’m not sure if it is the combined fragrance of the teas, or if one of the teas is really overpowering the rest.
These dry leaves smell spicy, not in a caliente way, but as in chai spices. There is a vanilla sweetness to the leaves as well.
I brewed this at 3 minutes after reading Adham’s note that it brews quite brisk. Seeing how dark the infusion became after hitting the 3 minute mark impressed and scared me a little. Tasting this tea I definitely get the strong malty notes of assam. Wow, this is a full bodied tea. I’m glad to have chosen this to drink this morning, I need the pick me up. I’m glad the vanilla is in this tea, it makes it a bit different from other teas.
I received a package of this tea from Adham as a Secret Santa swap present. Thanks Ricky for putting together Secret Santa!
The leaves are a deep green in color, a medium length sencha leaf and mixed with pieces of citrus peel, lemongrass and flowery blossoms. The pouch smells fantastic, clean and vibrant. I sniffed the pouch as I was waiting for the tea to brew up.
The brewed tea is a pale yellow infusion. The citrus peel and lemongrass definitely show through in the taste but still allow the flavor of the sencha to come through. I could see this being a tea I drink daily, as it isn’t too fragrant or flavored, it is just right.
I’m really beginning to like green teas, I haven’t ventured to try many unflavored greens, but really enjoy these flavored blends.
Thanks again Adham for sending me this tea!
One last tasting cup before I send the rest of this off to French Vanilla.
I love how smooth and sweet this tea is. I taste cherries and citrus fruit, but they aren’t overly flavored, just a light, balanced blend. I wouldn’t reach for this tea often, as I like my teas bright and in my face, but I do enjoy this as a relaxing blend. Surprising to call a black tea blend relaxing, but I don’t know how else to describe it. This is a nice tea to enjoy this evening:)
Such a beautiful tea for this time of year. I love all of the vibrant colors from the flower petals and dried fruit. The sweet nutty flavor and spicy flavors are really mixing well together. This is very nice! I’ve been using more tea than called for (about 1TB per 8oz, rather than 1tsp) due to the amount of fruit and other stuff mixed in with this tea. It is really full of spice and fruit goodness this way!
Backlogging from Christmas Day.
I’ve been drinking this tea all day as the sweet mint flavor is calming my stomach and clearing my sinuses. This is helping me get through my cold quite nicely. I’m nearly through with the box as I’ve been drinking this by the pot full and like it double strength (two bags per 6oz). Hoping I can find another box at Walmart before they are all gone!
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! I hope everyone is having an enjoyable holiday.
I love the spicy gingerbread aroma coming through as this tea steeps. I wish I cold write more about the taste, but as I have come down with a decent head cold, I am not able to taste much of this tea. I think I will stick to spice or herbal teas in hopes they may clear my throat and nose.
Thankfully the westin we are staying at had tea other than just lipton. I chose this as I knew it would help calm my nerves and mind during all the last minute pre holiday get together jitters. It even soothed my stomach which was off due to having dinner at 2am. Isn’t holiday travel fun? Wishing everyone a happy holiday and safe travels!
There are so many colors to this tea blend! There are crimson cranberries, papaya and apple chunks, what looks to be almond slivers, blue and pink flower petals and probably more that I can’t identify.
This brews up a bit cloudy and lighter than I imagined using 2tsp for 12oz. It tastes like a fruity mulled cider, without the cider if that makes any sense? It isn’t apple-y but it is sweet and fruity. I really am enjoying the taste of this tea. I just hope the caffeine doesn’t hit me soon and keep me up all night.
On the 9th day of Christmas, 52teas gave to me, Cinnamon Raisin Toast Flavored Black Tea.
I was so excited to see this in the sampler as I haven’t purchased it, but I’ve been eyeing everyone’s notes and drooling over this one for quite awhile. I just haven’t caved as it wasn’t a limited edition tea, so it wasn’t one I was worried about getting before it’s gone.
I drank this this morning on my way to work, and thought the cinnamon and toast flavors came out well. I could taste the sweetness of the raisins, which is amazing btw. I think I like this tea better than the toast itself. I can’t stand raisins, unless they are covered in yogurt or chocolate, then they are bearable, but I love the scent and flavor they added to this tea. I hope to order a pouch of this to keep around for the rest of the cooler months. Who am I kidding, the frigid cold months, left of winter.
I was happy to see this tea in the 12 days of Christmas sampler as I wanted to give it another try. I steeped up two teaspoons with boiling water and only infused for 3 minutes. It was getting pretty dark, so I stopped.
I wish I could like this tea, but there is just something off about it to me. Maybe it is the flavor of the roasted mate, as I have tried other roasted mate’s and not enjoyed them to a greater extent of dissatisfaction than this tea. I taste the cocoa flavor, and that is enjoyable, but there is some off note in the flavor that I just don’t get. Ah, well, there are many more teas out there!
After a day full of errands I arrived back at my apartment to fin my mailbox stuffed with A&D tea. I really wanted to try this one first because I have another Jasmine tea coming from Mighty Leaf tomorrow. I wanted to see how this lived up to how I remember that tea.
I have to say, I love A&D’s packaging. Such bright vibrant, detailed labels (hippie chick with an afro on this tin, amazing!). I brewed 2 tsps in 12oz water at 175F.
I am enjoying the strength of the jasmine flavor in this. It doesn’t taste perfumey, it tastes sweet, smooth and floral (as it should). The base tea is sweet and melds well with the jasmine flavors.
I will have to do a side by side comparison of the two jasmine’s to determine which I like more, although I’m not sure it matters, as I like both, and this is a limited tea. Nice job with this blend DFT!
A nice, soft and lightly sweet cup. I brewed this for 3 minutes in 175F water. There just isn’t much flavor here today. I think I better use less water next time.