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Here’s the riddle of the day. How can someone who really dislikes vanilla love Vanilla Comoro so much?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer, but fortunately, I do have the tea. I bought this on a stroll through Royal Oak. I had stopped at Goldfish Tea and made my way (with milk oolong in my cup!) to a chocolate shop. There, they had a tin of this. I bought two bags to take home and make. I love that it’s decaf and was looking for something nice to sip at night. The smell was amazing. I can pick out the rich vanilla scent and something else, like ooey, gooey cookies.
205/4 min. Now, my whole kitchen smells like a bakery. It tastes sublime, like freshly baked sugar cookies, with a moderate black tea base and… vanilla. Can it be true? I actually really like a vanilla tea? Yes, yes, I do.
This tea smells like lovely strawberries when dry. Since I had such great luck with thepuritea’s Mango tea and Passion Fruit tea, I was hoping it would hold for this, too.
205/2 min Now, the strawberry scent is muted a tad. It still smells nice, though. The taste is pleasant, I just wish the strawberry had hung on a little bit stronger. It’s muted, just like it’s aroma. I still really like the tea, but it just doesn’t taste quite as special as I had been hoping it would be. I prefer Mariage Frères’ Marco Polo tea for a great strawberry flavor.
The leaves are a brilliant green color. They are slim and long and delicate. I get a freshness in the pre-brew aroma. It’s slightly sweetly scented in a natural way. I really didn’t want a cup of veggie soup today, so I went low on the temp and slightly longer on the steep time. 160/1.5 min. Superb! It did the trick. I am notorious for incorrectly preparing my green teas, but I love them, so I keep trying. It worked this time. The aroma is now a fresh, leaf-like scent. The taste is very lightly sweet, more floral, but most certainly not overwhelmingly floral. I’m not getting any butter flavor, just nice, clean, delicious flavors. It’s slightly grassy, but that’s what I love in a green tea. No bitterness. This is my green tea.
This package of tea packs quite a powerful punch in the fab fragrance department. It’s absolutely enchanting! The most obvious scent of which is the coconut. It’s a fresh coconut aroma… very nice.
I cut down on the temp and steep times as I’ve read just how strong this tea can quickly become. 205/1.5 min. The color is a deep chestnut brown. The aroma is still amazing. Rich, deep, alluring. I’m really looking forward to it now. Upon tasting, I’m rewarded with exactly the coconut flavor fresh toasted yumminess that I had been hoping to savor. The ginger is only hinted at in the overall taste, but it’s just enough to add an ever so slight spiciness to it. The tea base is rich and divine, with a very slight bitterness at just 1.5 minutes of steeping time. Overall, the effect is near perfection. I really enjoyed this one.
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So, here I sit, trying to put off grading final exams. (Again.) I needed something light and decided that now was the moment to try my ValenTea from 52teas.
Black currants have a unique taste. I happen to like them a lot. They’re berryish, but with a deep, rich tartness to them. In the dry tea, the berries are visible and they smell so promising.
Steeped 175/3 min. The tea is a rich golden color and the smell is nice. Not as fresh as before, but still pleasant. The tea tastes very nice. I’m impressed with the berry flavor. It’s definitely a true black currant taste, not like blueberry at all. The aftertaste is slightly medicinal and I’m not certain where that’s coming from, but the tea is so flavorful that I’m already on my second cup. It’s a very nice flavor and a very nice tea. Perfect excuse for not grading final exams.
Simply outstanding mango tea. The scent as a dry tea is outstanding, fresh and fruity. I tried this one at 205 for two minutes and it’s perfect! This is an amazing mango black. It’s not bitter and the mango flavor is well-defined and maintains itself well even once steeped. It’s a delicious, tropical taste that just pulls me in with each sip. It’s so lovely!
Okay, you can’t drink this one. You eat it! This isn’t just a tea, but it’s chocolate with tea in it! It’s a fine dark chocolate, with the bitterness that one would associate with a quality dark chocolate. It has chunks of apricots scattered throughout. Then, it’s sprinkled with Tangier Tea from American Tea Room. This tea is not only amazing when brewed, it’s amazing on this chocolate. It’s a really great chocolate and tea combination and I’d highly recommend giving it a try.
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This tea smells very tart and tangy, which I kind of expected anyway considering it’s pomegranate.
Now, the scent is stronger and when I taste it, it’s very, very tart. A bit too tart. I can’t really taste the tea as much as I would like to. It’s definitely overwhelmed by the flavoring. I think it would be improved by strengthening the tea and lightening up on the flavor.
I had this two days ago and I could clearly smell the eucalyptus in the dry tea. Although that doesn’t sound remarkable, I had been very sick and smelling anything was few and far between for me.
Steeped boiling/4 min. I can clearly taste the mint teas. It’s very warm in my mouth and soothing on my throat. It’s helping me to breathe a bit. Miracle worker, no, but it is definitely making a difference and helping me to feel more comfortable and that alone is worth it’s weight in gold right now. The taste is very nice, very minty and the fact that I can smell and taste at all is testimony to the fact that it’s effective. Definitely a tea I’ll keep around and use as needed!
I don’t know if you’ve ever made those weird orange things where you stick whole cloves all over it into the peel. If you have, then you can imagine exactly what this tea smells like. It brought me back to the third grade.
It is a spicy scent, but fortunately, I’m not picking up on an overkill of spices in the taste, which often loses the tea. I can still taste the sencha, which is nice, because for once I didn’t oversteep it. I went with 175/2 min and it came out as a really nice cup of tea. I have to say that I put off trying this one for a couple of days, not being a spiced tea lover, but it surprised me. It’s not fruity in the tropical fruit way that I normally love. It is a homey, down-to-earth flavor. It’s interesting that the ingredients say cinnamon, but I’m tasting clove. The apple isn’t a fresh taste, rather more of a deep, baked taste. It comes together well.
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I tried this one as a loose leaf tea sample. In the package, it smells extremely tart. Once brewed, it’s less, so, but still retains enough of the natural pomegranate tartness to stay true to the fruit. It’s not a sweet tea, but I imagine if sugar were added that this would probably taste like Kool Aid. It’s really good. I like sweet teas, but I think this is such an unusual pairing with the oolong that it works well. I enjoyed it a lot. 190/3min.
“Fresh, fragrant, fulfilling?” Hmm… if that fits your description of spinach, then yes, it is! I was sooooo disappointed in this tea. First of all, it’s beautiful! There are little purplish rosebuds and rose petals scattered throughout the tea. The tea itself has long thin leaves, like silver needles, mixed in as well. It’s pretty. It smells pretty. Floral, delicate, light.
I followed the directions exactly. 175/3 min. I could tell as soon as I lifted the cup to my nose that it had turned into a spinach brew. Tasting only confirmed it. I couldn’t even taste the roses (not that it would have made it any better.) This tea just didn’t hold true to its promise.
I gave this one a whirl as I had a sample packet that I had purchased. Seeing as I can actually smell a bit again, this tea smells sweetly when dry. I don’t exactly pick up on the lychee scent, more of an apple to me.
Once brewed, I still smell some of the fruity, sweet aroma, but it is diminished. I only brewed this one for 2 min @ 200. As for the taste, I don’t like strong black teas and very much dislike the vegetal taste some develop. It brewed up nicely. It is a sweet tea. I’m picking up on some of the honey-like tones that lychee fruit has. It doesn’t have that near citrus hint of flavor that real lychees have, but it’s close. It’s a nice tea and I think it’s well-balanced. I’m not so certain I would have liked it as much had I let it steep the recommended 5 minutes that the packet instructs.
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This is one of my favorite teas when I am sick. I can tell it is spicy from the way my tongue is hurting and I can faintly make out the flavor, but other than that, I smell nothing and taste nothing. :)
Usually, this tea is a real treat. It’s caffeine-free, which is lovely at night. It helps a lot for tummy troubles. It’s a surprisingly spicy but naturally sweet tea. The cinnamon is what creates the tingly sensation, but then the other ingredients help smooth it out and make it taste full and delicious. It’s a really unusual tea for me, but one that I enjoy a lot.
This tea is simply outstanding. I know I’ve said it before, but there’s something about it that just pulls me in. It’s a savory tea, creamy, milky, and a little buttery that just oozes comfort. It’s hands-down one of my favorites.
Wow! Was this tea ever a surprise! Usually peach does nothing for me. It’s too cloyingly sweet and overtakes tea way too easily for me to enjoy. Well, I’m sick and I can’t smell a darn thing. It’s a little later in the evening and I didn’t want a lot of caffeine, so I chose this tea. I could actually smell it when I opened the package… and it’s not just the peach, but also the mango. It smells really nice.
180/3 min – I can still smell it! And so I taste it, and I can taste the flavor, too. It’s nice. Not overly sweet, more fresh and fruity. I can even pick up the mango and imagine that this must be an amazing iced tea. I can’t detect too much of the white tea, but I’m certain that’s not the tea’s fault. It’s delicious!
This tea was a complete surprise to me. I ordered it along with a pu-erh to try on a whim. (I had had a terrible experience with another pu-erh.) Yep, two teas at once.
I’d estimate that the steep time was about 3 minutes 30 seconds… about as long as it took me to pay, collect my bags (yes, plural) and walk around the block to my car.
The tea smelled amazingly yummy. I didn’t get to smell the dry tea and didn’t think to ask. I was so in awe of this new tea house. (New to me, that is.) There was absolutely no bitterness to the tea. It had a very full taste to it. Yes, it did have some floral tones to it, but it did not overtake the strong oolong base.