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Well…everyone might have expected(well obviously) that passing by a Teavana would be a crime if a sample was not taken or a stroll in the store for a browse. Surely enough, this beauty of tea makes me want to believe in Teavana even more and buy more! Just one sip of this tea you can taste the grandness of India and the Artistry of china! The white tea brew brought out every pureness of flavor that tea embodies, a light, crisp, a bit sharp taste of green beans or snow peas! its natural vegetal flavor along with fruity accents of pineapple really shows best when blended with a Chai-type spices! The cloves, ginger, and pepper gives it a medicinal feel that comforts you in knowing that its all healthy despite the fruitiness while cinnamon, lemongrass, coconut, and the pineapple bits beckons to let loose a bit and drink some more! The “German” rock sugar really gave off grassy notes about a tiny bit, and somewhat of a starchy flavor to it which reminds me a bit of Assamy-ness to it. Its really Beyond above average, the tea was well brewed and came out a bit hot, the sugar did not have much interference but imparted natural tastes, and the spices were balanced and welcoming! Suffice to say, I come out of the store feeling more happier than I was and profoundly “fixed”..yes a good way to describe my feeling.
A true mother of all teas! Probably the first of bushes to be made into tea, and very ancient. A sip and much more will yield the history of every leaf, every nutrients, every seasons, throughout the most of bountiful of seasons to the harshest…its much like a journey throughout the many eras of life! Its all thanks being picked from the same shrubs that produces Pu-Erh which supposedly have deep and encompassing roots that imparts many flavors around its growth! Its much like Assam reincarnated but with hints of pepper, a bit leathery and chocolaty like Pu-Erh which a combination of the two really goes well for a cuppa and served alone. A true testament to tea and flavors that reflects the ages!
A packaged arrived just today of which I asked a friend of mine to send me any tea straight from Paris. Being quite the tea addict as I am, he picked out probably what I consider to be the best blend made by Mariage! oh so sweet shanghai! The blossoming lotus of the Yangtze! The aromas when I first pop the tin open was the smell of spring and a distinct tea very much close to a japanese greens. The floral and fruity aspects gives a crisp, clean and bountiful tastes if not eerily similar to other blends made by Mariage. The green tea tasted a bit vegetal with a hint of nuts that compliments a fruity floral finish that always linger on the start and finish. It maybe a bit astringent and tannic after a couple sips, but still great hot or cold.
If any if you dear readers would ask how it feels to be in a meadow while feel the midday’s heat in the highlands? Its calm and serene and raw and brisk much like this tea! Tregothnan Tea grown in the northern hemisphere seems to capture the calm of a winters season and serene floweriness after a winters thaw. Naturally a tropical plant, it still imparts raw and brisk flavors untamed to be made lively for a drinker who seeks the liveliness of a jungle with much of starchy richness and malty flavors. The added orange essence compliments a floral meadow much beloved in this tea. A must for any one trying a truly unique tea made in England!
A Classic pick me up and traditional brew! Its perfect to drink straight up and to drink it “cuppa style” with lots of sugar and/or milk early in the morning or afternoon. The tea not bad at all, not as stong and assertive as one may think of Assams teas but it delivers just the best amount of kick and character normally expected of Assams. The flavor was quite balance with a good amount maltiness and a little starchiness that gives this tea its comforting nature begging its dear drinker for more than a cup!
A more than decent tea with the most amount of chamomile and herbs blended together…quite the a blend! Its like a tea that begs you to sleep and promises a new day that will be as fulfilling as the next. The usually chamomile flavors are present giving an almost earthy-flowery profile while the orange zests and rose hips gives it a delicate touch and energy . The lemon grass, mint, and lemon myrtle imparts a really gives me a sense of a upliftment for the next day!
Okay, this tea is quite mute at some ends but not all for some. The first brew over hot water at 208-210 degrees at ten minutes to fifteen for an extra kick( An experience I have learned drinking rooibos). It tasted quite floral and crisp although the rooibos was found to be lacking apart from its tangyness. A couple mintues into the first brew, the rooibos still did not presently itself much further to my anticipation. Only after when the tea has really cool down to a point being lukewarm is when the rooibos can be tasted but not as much. A good overall, just needs the rooibos to come out a bit:)
A simple infusion and of simple blend really makes the a nice refreshing brew! Its all minimalist and proudly shows just how much a delicate sweet flavor of mangoes and the energy and heartiness of black tea makes this quite tea for hot summer days.
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I call it Jasarrific! Its jasmine cup of tea and to have a sample of this decent tea really gets me to envision myself in a jasmine bloom! The green tea was spot on with classic pairing of nutty notes accented with floweriness and hint of sweetness. It can however be a bit to bitter or really tangy if he greens are brewed too long, but overall its a nice tea best enjoyed hot or cold!
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This is another tea that I have tried from a sampler kit I bought a week ago from a whole foods mart. I got the pick me up of the Ceylon, the richness and character of a Chinese black tea , but the vanilla was found lacking:( I like the tea but certainly a more pronounced vanilla flavor that can level with the tea is perfect! Malty and a bit piney with vanilla goodness!
I got myself multiple samples from a Whole Foods, out of the 6 this tea really stood out the most! Its a good example of a union of harmony between a delicate flavor and the brightness of tea, and it is quite re steeped making it quite a buy! The flavor profile is a cross of near hibiscus thanks to the sunflower bits, giving the tea a flowery smell and a slightly sweet and tangy taste. The rhubarb gives the tea heartiness and while the tea blend brings the liveliness out of it. I certainly would want more!
I got several teabags from a friend of mine who ordered it straight from paris. I personally have not been to well acquainted with Mariage Fieres teas as its quite rare outside the US or elsewhere without ordering online. Its certainly a fine treat as the tea itself is quite in harmony with the bergamont and mint which really complemented each other well. The first sip was like a rush of cool breeze in my mouth and a citrus finish, the gunpowder definitely gave it a nice calm feeling. I feel an urge to hug my friend for this generosity and certainly shake the hand of the Mariage’s tea master!
Way to bitter, highly tannic, just been sitting in store selves for a long time! I recommend other sources of senchas.
Average all around tea, yet quite mute, bitter, astringent, and at times sour?Plenty of tea to go around yet there are many brands to choose from that has a far better quality.
All week long I was have an urged for matcha since I did not have any last year. It certainly a treat parting from a Trader Jones and having one served hot just soothes after a hard day. Its really tasty kinda like sugarcane minus the intense sweetness but grassy and vegetal. Its another fine product of Rishi and the tea producers!
Another tea that first introduced me to chai and its wonderful spiciness! To me its simply wonderful on the first sip, the spices did not throw me off but instead welcomed me with open arms! I knew then chai was the perfect match for me and mostly certainly important an proper introduction to Indian cuisine which I’m madly in love for! Its just so nurturing about chai and if its sweetened with some milk its almost like heaven itself…awesome!
This tea just brings in fond memories in the begining of my tea craze! It was exactly this tea that introduced me to green tea and since then I have not turned away from the stuff! I just love how this tea was so greatly blended with an accent of lemongrass with the greens, just drinking one bag again would make me content for the whole day! Tazo sure knows its tea and does not disappoint on its crafts! Cheers!
Shopping at a Costco I stumbled on to this little treasure! It sold about 75 or a hundred packets of green tea and was sure to keep my stocks up for months! I just have to buy for mere 15$ than the usual 20 an ounce deal for the quality stuff. The price did not disappoint and the taste have not either! The tea tasted very vegeatal and grassy and will certainly raise my spirits up!