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1526 Tasting Notes

I’m a bit daunted by all the negative reviews this tea has – well at least I’m not going into this with ridiculously high expectations. The smell is quite nice, though more of a honey scent than caramel. The taste of the liquid isn’t anything remarkable, it’s basically like a blend of un-flavoured honeybush and rooibos. A thought occured to me that maybe this tea isn’t supposed to be flavoured at all and the ‘caramel’ in the title is just refering to the natural sweet flavour of the honeybush. Hmm…

*goes to look for an ingredients list *

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I had a bit more than a cup’s worth of tea leaves but not enough to make two, so this time around the tea is a little stronger. Its smell makes me think of puff-wheat cereal or maybe those puff-wheat dessert squares.

Despite the large quantity of leaf the bakey and nutty flavours don’t take on a charred quality like many of the roasted teas I’ve tried seem to. This tea has a lot of ‘substance’ to it that gives it a slightly malty quality as well.

The second steep tastes a bit greener but there’s a bit of a bitterness that creeped in as well when no one was looking. Hmm.

The third steep is a little bit weak and watery – it doesn’t seem to have as much staying power as other oolongs. Right now it’s just a slightly nutty, unremarkable tea taste. Now this might be because I’m not brewing it gong-fu style (as stated in my previous tasting note) but yeah, I’m a little disappointed as I can usually get three or four good, solid steepings out of most green oolongs.

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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The end of another sample – looks like I’m on a bit of a roll. I reduced the steeping time and temperature and found that it brings out the green and white teas more than before. It’s a nice tea, particularly for when you don’t want a huge caffeine boost. If I didn’t have so many teas in my Cuboard already I might even consider buying a full tin of this tea.

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So I added a bit of agave nectar to my last cup of this tea – unfortunately it didn’t result in any incredible transformations of the flavour. Ah well, sorry Frank but we can’t like them all.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I had meant to drink this plain but apparently my brain was still on autopilot this morning and I went ahead and dumped a bunch of milk into this tea. Blah, I hate mornings – at least it’s Saturday.

The tea has a mildly smokey flavour that I’ve found common to most Keemuns. This mellows out into a lightly sweet flavour the reminds me a bit of raw cocoa. I’m not sure where the person who described this tea was getting orchids from – there’s nothing flowery about this tea. I’ve had orchid oolongs before and they were about as different from this tea as you can get!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’ve never been brave enough to try milk in a Keemun—I would think it would mess with the nice grainy barn-y flavor.

Jillian

I’ve never heard of Keemun described that – usually I find them to be lightly smokey. Yunnans and some pu-erhs on the other hand, those are the ones I’d liken to malted grain. In any event it wasn’t hideous with milk or anything – I’ll have to try it without soon though.

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drank Rooibush Eggnog by TeaGschwendner
1526 tasting notes

I got this tea from the Travelling Teabox – it was only a one-cup sample so it’s all gone now. :(

Consider me impressed over how un-rooibos-y this tastes. Actually you can taste it a little bit at the end, but the usual tart-woody flavour that I dislike mostly isn’t there. The flavouring is not a precise replica of eggnog but it still manages to be quite tasty and festive. It’s lightly sweet with a dash of nutmeg and cloves spicing it up – actually in this case I think the hint of rooibos flavour actually works for this tea instead of against it.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I think rooibos was just made for creamy candy flavors—chocolate, vanilla, cream; eggnog sounds great!

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I added some milk to the tea hoping to get something that tasted like an ice cream float – unfortunately, no dice. The flavours just don’t go together – maybe if the tea was iced or if I added some sweetener it would be better. I’ve got enough tea for one more cup so I’ll try something different and see what happens.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint Joy by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1526 tasting notes

De-Cupboarding this tea – thank you TeaEqualsBliss for giving me some to try – I found it a really enjoyable green tea.

Maybe I should take part in the Daily Sipdown – I certainly have enough tea overflowing from my cupboard at home! Unfortunately most of it is in quantities too large to consume in one day. Still, I’ve wittled my collection down to a few teas I’d like to use up soon.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Auggy

You could do The Final Sipdown and just end up being very very caffeinated. ;)

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Brrrrr! It’s cold outside – minus twenty-three degrees celcius with the wind-chill factor and genius that I am I decided to walk to the grocery store. Needless to say after that lovely adventure I needed something to warm my insides up, so I decided that I’d try out this tea.

It’s not a loose-leaf tea – it only seems to come in H&S’s pyramid teabags as part of their ‘Historic Royal Palaces’ line. This tea doesn’t strike me as terribly British (I could be wrong but I don’t think they grow a lot of coconut trees over there) but whatever. Honestly I’m a bit underwhelmed by it – maybe it just needs more steeping time, but most of what I can taste is just the green tea – there’s maybe a little bit of coconut and a hint of something that tastes like lemongrass – but none of the titular ginger whatsoever.

I’ve got two more bags, so I’ll see if the flavour tastes stronger if it’s brewed for longer/hotter – I’ll hold off assigning this tea a rating until then.

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185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jaime

It’s -23 C there and it’s not even really winter yet? I need a blanket just contemplating it.

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78

I added a drizzle of agave nectar to this cup and the sweetness really suits this tea, really bringing out the fruit flavours.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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