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Very pleasant! Slightly minty, definitely get the "orchid fragrance " floral flavor from this. Not even the slightest bit bitter at first steeping. Earthy, tastes very green. Reminds me of a nice floral garden. Okay this is going to be a really weird analogy but it kind of tastes like I’m chewing on very pleasant, very fresh cuttings in a perfume shop, but in a good way. Really… good way. It’s kind of confusing, but the flavors combine well and create a generally very nice experience. I’m still getting my bearings with unflavored oolongs, so I might update this score later, but this is pretty darn good.
Very nice oolong! Flavors very complimentary. Smooth and mild, slightly sweet but no single component is overwhelming. Smells absolutely brilliant. Another limited tea I wish weren’t limited. Truly becomes exponentially more enjoyable after the first steeping.
I really dig bagged genmai cha in general for a quick, cheap tea fix when I go out. I feel like “milks” and sweeteners kind of ruin the appeal of most green teas, genmai cha the most of them. Yamamotoyama’s is just a nice middle-of-the-road genmai cha, not strong, great aroma. Just pleasant overall. Great rice fragrance, good body, not overtly bitter. Just really nice, and sooo affordable when I hit the Asian market. On my “must stock frequently” list.
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This was actually my first mate, so I didn’t have a basis of comparison for it. To date I’m still pretty fond of it. I’ve had better mates (need to review some O_o) but as an introduction and not having an opposition to chicory I found it pleasant. Earthy, mild, pretty good overall blend. A little chocolate, pretty decent kick. Doesn’t taste overly astringent, I’d say as a first mate it’s a pretty good option, especially with a bit of “milk” or sweetener. I agree that there is a bit of a mocha element to this, which works for me. (I’m an addict of most anything bearing naturally occurring caffeine…) I guess it just works overall. Not the best, not the worst. Functional. …can tea just be functional?
My RoT favorite. I’ve been having some serious reservations about sweet tea lately, and sweet is pretty much the last thing genmaicha is. Warm, earthy, toasted. RoT’s version is pretty tame compared to some others I’ve tried, but by itself I don’t think it needs to be any stronger. Just a super pleasant kind of woodsy toasty rice flavor. I would say to those just trying this, be prepared for a rather distinct toasted rice, or popcorn-ish flavor. In my experience with genmaicha this is usually stronger than in Tea of Inquiry, but it does not go unobserved here.
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Not awful, but seriously lacking in the way almond comes across. Smells pretty solid, light amaretto-fragranced black tea. Not particularly sweet, always felt this came across as more of a black tea with a hint of almond liquor. Solid for days when I’ve decided I abhor sweet, but not for me just about the rest of the time. Wanted to like it more.
If and when I am in precisely the right mood for this tea, it’s perfect. Unfortunately that moment comes across maybe once every couple/few months at best, and the rest of the time I really want something with more kick. The fragrance is amazing, truly lovely. Warm, earthy, summery, and sweet, it’d ROCK if only the flavor came across so well. I’m incredibly tempted to try this this in an ice tea blend with some lemonade. If I manage so and it’s any improvement I’ll have to update.
Lemonade update (random yes?): Flavor DOES seem improved upon with the addition of a lemonade. The tannins became more obvious, so used a higher ratio of lemonade to tea to compensate. Agave helped, but made it too sweet for me. Not so sure about the pairing, I think the lemonade trick probably works best with something like passion fruit. Worth a shot though.
Wow, why did I not review this sooner? I absolutely adore this tea when I get an intensive almond craving. Not the earthy nutty almond, but the “I need marzipan NOW” sweet almond. And coconut! It’s hard for me to pinpoint where the almond ends and the coconut begins but regardless. Almond doesn’t feel like a background flavor for this, it’s sweet, almond, with a touch of black tea.
To date I’ve yet to find an Earl Grey I appreciate more, either in flavor or simply for being so darn affordable. Twinings is just lovely. Nevermind I can find this virtually anywhere, at any given time, with no trouble what so ever. Yay, I found my EG.
I wanted to like this tea, there ARE green teas out there I very much enjoy. The fragrance for Honey Ginseng is lovely. It’s a little earthy, a little grassy, a little spicy and a little floral. I can definitely feel the kind of musky background note of honey in it. Steeped, it reminds me of a incredibly tame chai, but a chai mixed with flowers? I’m not so sure about this one. It’s not bad, I just don’t see myself purchasing this again in the future.
I feel bad for not having posted about this sooner. I’ve been smitten with this tea since I placed my order back in …April? I was incredibly fortunate in that my sister had ordered some as well and decided it wasn’t for her. I’ve been on a not-so-sweet tea kick the last couple of months involving some unflavored assam and ceylon, but this has still been making my drink hard with a vengeance list despite it’s clear inclination toward being a sweeter tea. I distinctly pick up more of the the “buttery” notes than the maple, though while the maple somewhat tries to sneak away in flavor, it’s present and accounted for in the fragrance. Ooh the fragrance! The fragrance is wonderful. It’s a Sunday morning breakfast over newspapers with orange juice and the works. Slightly malty, slightly savory and slightly sweet, it’s been great for when I can’t make up my mind and not burning out on something stronger while pulling all-nighters for school.
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I love it! I’m almost supernaturally compelled to give this tea a perfect score. That this was posted to the 52teas permanent collection couldn’t possibly make me happier. I am horribly biased when I say this but I’ve never had a better tea. The Blueberry Zabaglione was my first 52teas flavor, and it is absolutely to die for. This is going to heaven. I’ve never actually had Zabaglione, but I can certainly detect an aspect of custard and wine in this tea. Add some almond milk brings out an amazing strawberries and cream/strawberry shortcake quality. The blend feels both subtle/delicate, as well as complex in that the strawberry is just as much at the forefront as the tea itself. Everything about it is wonderfully complimentary. Can a tea actually be perfect? I don’t think it can get any better than this.
For some reason this brought back my childhood. More specifically of scented My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake vinyl toys (minus the vinyl). Hint of earthy, naturally pretty sweet. Not awful, initially pleasant – just not my thing. Odd, I’m finding I’m quite particular about fruit flavors in tea. Experimented with some kids in my family and they loved it – they tore through half of the bag in a week. I’ll likely be getting it again for them. Myself, more partial to the Zabagliones. :)
A coworker of mine absolutely hated this tea and seemed delighted to pawn it off on the rest of us. By rest of us, I pretty much mean me as I tore through it in the span of a couple weeks. It’s not as sweet as a lot of the other blueberry teas, but has a wonderful aroma. Sweetened almond milk compliments it well. This is one of my favorite RoT’s, though it’s among my first so I’m sure at least some of it is sentimental.
I’m a bit mopey over this being a limited tea. In reality, blueberries are my least favorite berry. When put INTO anything I absolutely love them. The fragrance of this tea is pretty stellar. The flavor is sweet, and rich, amazing for a dessert tea. The other flavors are present and compliment the blueberry well, though I’m not sure exactly how to peg them. Sweeter than a lot of other blueberry teas, but also feels more substantial.
Oh my. I find this tea absolutely… delicious. Almost… delicate? I got a small haul from NecessiTeas this week and I’m already planning another order. The blueberry smell is very in your face, when steeped it feels like it perfectly compliments the the other flavors. I’ll have to revisit this when I’m feeling well (I have a cold at present), but at present this is one I would definitely like to keep on hand. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one as much as I am. :) Hopefully when I’m better any licorice flavor doesn’t… become apparent (can’t stand the stuff) but in the interim, yes!
NICE! Upon opening the bag I kinda freaked. The SMELL. Amazing! …Every year for my birthday I’d ask for a carrot cake, my favorite since what must have been 1994? Due to dietary restrictions I haven’t had a baked “legit” carrot cake in forever. This totally hits the mark for satiating my cravings. I’m not traditionally a big fan of rooibos but I think in this blend I think it’s the perfect compliment. It’s sweet, slightly spicey, and can definitely detect the carrot (not overpowering, just about right). Some seriously epic ingenuity from the Tea Guys (this and other blends). I’ll be keeping some on hand. :)
I tend to love all Earl Greys to some extent (unless they’re just awful) but can’t seem to find the perfect blend. The bergamot is pleasant in this guy and not at all overdone. The vanilla is pretty present and accounted for in fragrance but I feel like I kind of missed it in the flavor. For me this definitely went better paired with some sweetened almond milk, probably wouldn’t drink it without. This runs a touch earthy for my taste but overall it’s really solid.