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Much more delicate and floral when brewed at the recommended temp. Stronger notes of honey/pollen as well.
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I loaded my One-Touch with this last night. How did I live without this machine before now? After a night spent tossing and turning and trying to sleep, I woke up to a pot of tea. No putting the kettle on. No finding a clean strainer. No spilling of tea due to sleep-induced dexterity. Just pour.
Yes, I do notice a difference in the taste of this tea when made with the Breville (I shall have to name her, she is quite special). The taste of the tea itself is much more developed and prominent, with the peach as a very delicate note. It’s still very much one of my favorite teas.
And the Breville keeps the tea at the perfect drinking temp. swoon
I got my belated birthday present in the mail today: a Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. Good Mail Day!!!!
What to brew in it first? Oh, the decisions!! I finally settled on this rooibos blend. It’s one of the first that I purchased from Cuppa, my local tea haunt.
There’s a few loose leaves in the brew since some bits were smaller than the holes in the brew basket. But the taste!! This is definitely the best I’ve had this tea. Brewed for my usual 10 minutes…wow!!
It tastes like a chocolate-covered banana, or like chocolate chip banana bread. It’s sweet without being sickly-so. Banana, real banana, not a candy banana, flavor is the first note, followed quickly by the chocolate, and then with a mild rooibos finish. If you’ve not had this tea and like bananas, you really need to get some!
And the One-Touch is awesome. Already plotting what tea I’m going to put in it to have ready for me at 5 am.
(edited because I had to experiment with making italics)
I’ve not added a tasting note on this? How is that possible? I drink this at least twice a week. I found it the past Valentine’s at my first visit to World Market (oh, yeah, that was a good tea day).
I think I’m with the minority here, but I think the rooibos is a good base for this tea. It’s a mild strawberry flavor, more like preserves rather than real strawberries. And the chocolate is more cocoa than milk chocolate, which I think is really nice. I’ll definitely be picking this one up again when next Valentine’s rolls around.
Wild cherry bark is the first listed ingredient and cherry is definitely the first taste you get. That’s followed closely by the taste of rose hips, then hibiscus, and the cup finishes with a slight hint of mint and lemon. This is one of those teas where the flavors actually match the list of ingredients nearly to the letter (though I don’t get much orange from it). The liquor is a beautiful cranberry color, slightly browner than a traditional hibiscus tea. You definitely get the tartness of a hibiscus tea, but the other flavors are much stronger and make this more fruity than tart. Sadly, I’m getting low on this tea, too. Would definitely consider buying again, but will probably buy something new first (there’s just way too many teas/tisanes out there to try).
I was wanting something desserty for this afternoon at work, and pulled this out of the work stash.
It’s a nice after-meal tea. The bag smells like a Girl Scout’s Thin Mint cookie; the brewed cup smells more of rooibos. Actual taste is more mint than anything else, with rooibos the next prominent flavor, and then a touch of chocolate. If you like mint, it’s a great tea. If you’re wanting chocolate and mint…there’s probably teas out there that would be a better choice.
My last bag of this at work. Luckily, a fresh box is sitting on the tea shelf at home and I can replenish my stash.
This tea is delicious. It tastes like you literally mixed 1 part green tea, 2 parts cranberry juice, and 1 part pomegranite juice. It’s tart and bright, with just enough sweet to counteract the tart. One of my favorite Lipton teas.
When I squeezed the tea bag, I got a fantastic whiff of orange. The brewed tea smells more like Jasmine than oranges. There’s a slight bitter edge, and the tea tastes more floral than fruit. Will brew for 2 minutes next time and see what happens. Not getting much passionfruit at all.
Today’s acting like a Monday. And I’ve not had enough caffeine to deal with that yet.
I love this tea, and it’s getting close to being gone. Perhaps it’s time for a journey to Whole Foods…
Second steep: boiling water for 7 minutes. Taste was completely identical to the first steep.
Third steep: boiling water for 7 minutes. This one is rather weak, with only the slightest hint of spice. Either this tea doesn’t lend itself to a third steep, or needs to be steeped for longer.
Another sample Meghann M sent to me!
I have to admit, I’m slightly…intimidated by chai, and tend to avoid it as a general rule. The amount of spices that goes into it, as well as the strong scent…I’d rather avoid than find I don’t like a tea.
This one, though, is very mild and smooth to taste. Very strong scent in the dry leaf, but it doesn’t brew as strong as the taste. I’m getting a hint of vanilla over the spices, but not much of the cheesecake. From other reviews I’ve read, this is a “weak” chai…which means it’s a perfect gateway chai for the faint-of-heart like me. Looking forward to seeing what a second steep produces.
I’m really liking what Republic of Tea has been doing lately with their new creations and flavor combinations. When I first saw this one on their website, I knew I had to try it. Turns out, everyone else did, too, and I had a hard time finding it in my town. Thank you, Liquor Barn, for your great selection of teas.
This rooibos is sweet (I’m assuming from the beetroot), but it mainly tastes like carrot. There’s a slight orange taste, as though you had cooked carrots with a bit of orange juice in the water. There’s a mild, grassy, rooibos flavor finish. I find that I like the Mango Chili and Plantain Coconut better than this blend, but don’t regret the purchase at all. I’m finding that I’m really enjoying teas made out of the more unusual ingredients here lately. Will have to keep an eye out for more of them.
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