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drank Adventure by Yumchaa
111 tasting notes

It’s the second or third time I brew this and I’m not that impressed.
The dry tea looks lovely with the dried apple pieces, the almond pieces (I thought those were hazelnuts), some bark of rose hips. The spices include cinnamon and others, as of now unidentified.
The taste is rather pleasant, though I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon or spices in drinks. The almond flavor makes for a strong basis, but there’s a sour tanginess which strikes me at first, with the spices, that I’m not so fond of.
A very good quality rooibos that I most probably will never rebuy as it does not really correspond to my tastes. It’s definitely not an auto-pick from the cupboard, as there are so many others that I almost hear screaming my name and see jumping in their bags waiting for the teapot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
cteresa

I have not rebought this yet – i liked it (and it is got a special place in my memory as the only hibiscus done subtle ever) but it´s pretty much not a yumchaa favorite though it would be a rebuy if it was a local supermarket stuff, if that makes any sense. But if ordering from yumchaa, they got many more teas I love better.

The sour tanginess is probably the hibiscus – as i said it´s subtle but there!

Ysaurella

Teresa, do you buy your yumchaa on line or while visiting London ?

Ysaurella

@LaFleurBleue : do you have more attraction for black teas now after different tastings ?

LaFleurBleue

@Ysaurella : I actually like black tea very much; main problem is I can’t drink them, nor green or white, after 3 or 4 pm in the afternoon. Otherwise I cannot fall asleep.
I personally bought my yumchaa online and got it sent to France, as it was quite cheaper than to Singapore – a little under 8 Gpb for 8 bags. It was delivered very quickly – about 2 or 3 days after the order in a thick bubble enveloppe. The enveloppe waited for me about 1 week in a bedroom, which smelled perfectly delicious at our arrival.
@cteresa : I recommend you to try Courtesan next time, no rooibos, and less hibiscus flavoring so no sourness. I believe you would like it and could enjoy it in the hot Portuguese summer.

cteresa

Courtesan sounds lovely indeed, maybe! Though I got a fruit infusion from a spanish blender which might be similar to it and which is so so good iced (and mariage freres´Casablanca. Though I look at how much tea I use and mentally calculate the price and yikes…)

The first couple times I bought Yumchaa I got it in person from their stalls or the camden shop in London. Later I bought it online direct a few times (the mailman praised the smell, said it perfumed his all mailbag!) and often got it through a friend who lived in London. Just got a new package of Wanderlust and oh it is so lovely.

LaFleurBleue

This one is the same in terms of quantity used vs. price. Not the best of yumchaa’s deal. However it is one of my favorites in terms of flavors. I also have a fruit infusion bought in a Chinese grocery and unbranded – it was cheaper but it’s definitely not as good and reeks much more of hibiscus.
I’m quite sure you would like to love it.

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cteresa

I have not rebought this yet – i liked it (and it is got a special place in my memory as the only hibiscus done subtle ever) but it´s pretty much not a yumchaa favorite though it would be a rebuy if it was a local supermarket stuff, if that makes any sense. But if ordering from yumchaa, they got many more teas I love better.

The sour tanginess is probably the hibiscus – as i said it´s subtle but there!

Ysaurella

Teresa, do you buy your yumchaa on line or while visiting London ?

Ysaurella

@LaFleurBleue : do you have more attraction for black teas now after different tastings ?

LaFleurBleue

@Ysaurella : I actually like black tea very much; main problem is I can’t drink them, nor green or white, after 3 or 4 pm in the afternoon. Otherwise I cannot fall asleep.
I personally bought my yumchaa online and got it sent to France, as it was quite cheaper than to Singapore – a little under 8 Gpb for 8 bags. It was delivered very quickly – about 2 or 3 days after the order in a thick bubble enveloppe. The enveloppe waited for me about 1 week in a bedroom, which smelled perfectly delicious at our arrival.
@cteresa : I recommend you to try Courtesan next time, no rooibos, and less hibiscus flavoring so no sourness. I believe you would like it and could enjoy it in the hot Portuguese summer.

cteresa

Courtesan sounds lovely indeed, maybe! Though I got a fruit infusion from a spanish blender which might be similar to it and which is so so good iced (and mariage freres´Casablanca. Though I look at how much tea I use and mentally calculate the price and yikes…)

The first couple times I bought Yumchaa I got it in person from their stalls or the camden shop in London. Later I bought it online direct a few times (the mailman praised the smell, said it perfumed his all mailbag!) and often got it through a friend who lived in London. Just got a new package of Wanderlust and oh it is so lovely.

LaFleurBleue

This one is the same in terms of quantity used vs. price. Not the best of yumchaa’s deal. However it is one of my favorites in terms of flavors. I also have a fruit infusion bought in a Chinese grocery and unbranded – it was cheaper but it’s definitely not as good and reeks much more of hibiscus.
I’m quite sure you would like to love it.

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I’ve started drinking much more tea quite recently, almost completely quitting espresso for it!
I’ve been introduced to high quality tea by one of my best friend, MF Marco Polo addict since more than 20 years. I’ve only rarely bought tea-bags since then, preferring the quality-price ratio of loose leaves.
I drink my tea natural, without any milk, sugar or sweetener. I only add honey when a sore-throat is coming along.
I usually either brew a large pot at home or resteep my leaves at the office. I cannot seem to learn to master the use of a gaiwan in an elegant and not clumsy way…
My tea preferences :
- I really like flavored black teas, with a preference for fruity flavors, from a tangy Earl Grey to a real fruit smoothie-like tea. I’m trying some single origin unflavored blacks from time to time but always end up having trouble to finish them. I usually do not really enjoy the strong breakfast teas.
- I do not like chai or teas with strong spice flavors. Strange considering I really like spicy food, but not what I drink.
- I am quite afraid of pu-erh and lapsang souchong, though I probably have never drunk any real good ones and I’m quite sure it can make a huge difference… A few years ago, I had been introduced to scotch whisky and can definitely attest that you cannot say you don’t like whisky, if you’ve only drunk blended stuff and not tasted yet single malts. I hope to get the same happy discovery for those teas.
- I discovered very good oolong, without going through the step of drinking bad-one first, and really enjoy it, especially with a meal. I’ll definitely try some flavored oolongs in a near future.
- I’ve just started discovering white teas, which feels very delicate. The only problem is that those can be awfully expensive…
- I also really like rooibos which I discovered a few years ago while searching for low-theine/caffeine teas that I could drink at night without suffering from insomnia.
- As with green tea, we’ve had a long-standing difficult relationship. I’ve occasionally had some that were real smooth, refreshing and so very many that turned bitter very quickly. And I cannot stand a bitter tea.
- As for jasmine tea, I used to like it but have indeed drunk too much of some bad quality bitter brew, and now I even have problem finishing the high-quality pearls I bought in Beijing.
- Yerba Mate: I’ve had some in one blend and am quite convinced that I would never like that as bitterness is one of its main characteristics. I’ll try to avoid it like the plague.
- Herbal tea: I used to drink more or those before discovering rooibos; finding good ones is unfortunately really difficult – even in organic shops, the herbs sold are far from great.
I loathe artificial flavoring of any kind in any beverage or food.

I’m quite opiniated and try to leave room for further improvement and better discoveries, which explain why I haven’t rated any tea in the 95 and above range.
Teas above 80 are among my favorites
Between 60-80, I could or could not give them a second chance or recognize that they are made with high-quality ingredients though their taste does not please my buds.
Around 50, it starts to be rather bad and a not so pleasant experience to drink.
25 to 40+ cover low quality products that I manage to drink when nothing else is available.
Below that, it’s really vile and basically almost undrinkable IMHO.

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