118 Tasting Notes
Had a SIP DOWN of this both hot and cold. Very relaxing and tasty. REad more at my blog.
This was from one of my samples from my last order from DAVIDs TEA. I was wondering how well this would taste with the chocolate in it. Chocolate teas don’t always seem to do to well. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Even with out any creamer it was very chocolaty. Plus the cinnamon in it was awesome, not too little, not too much. Just a good amount of cinnamony goodness. Though if your not a fan of cinnamon, you should probably pass this one up. I kinda wish they used a toasted mate instead of yerba.
Overall it was a good tea. Not something I am dying to go out and buy, but not bad by any means. I would recommend it to someone who likes hot chocolate and cinnamon.
Check out the full review on my blog.
Water: 8oz per steep
Sweetener: just a pinch of light agave
OMG THIS TEA!!! I am so glad I was able to snag a pouch of this when it was re-blended. This tea is one of the best 52 Teas I have had to date. I don’t have a lot of time to do a good review but for an over view this is what I will say:
The base tea is wonderful. Light, sweet, and crisp with just a touch a smokey character. The spices don’t over power the base at all. They add just a nice high note taste and tingling warm heat on the tongue and mouth. Not overwhelming which is good; aka spice weenies no need to fear.
Over all A+++ and would reconmend it to anyone who likes green tea in general.
Have had a few cups of this, both hot, and iced, and I got to say I am enjoying it. It has a nice sweet strawberry taste with just a pinch of tartness. It doesn’t need sweetener, thought it does bring out the strawberry more. The only down side is that there is supposed to be cinnamon in here, but I can’t taste it. Darn. Still a great bagged herbal. Thanks Yssah for the tea!!!
First I want to say thanks to Yssah to all the tea bag samples.
On to this tea. Ok before I even took this tea out of it’s packet it had a super strong order of honey. I did two tea bags in my 8oz pot, poured it into my BFM and then filled the rest of it with hot water; so 16oz. I then only lightly sweeten it with a few drops of agave; since it already smelled so sweet.
Ok, I don’t know if I did something wrong, but this tea was badd. It tasted pretty much like fake clover honey. I don’t even like clover honey; I’m an orange blossom honey kinda girl. I couldn’t even finish my cup.
I am not going to rate this, since I only give bad ratings to teas that I have tried every which way to make good. So just a word of cation, if you don’t love honey stay away.
Finishing up the rest of this today and tonight; got about 3 tsp left. When I opened this I so many feels and nostalgia. It reminded me of last summer when I really got into loose leaf tea.
Wrote a bit longer review on my Blog; never thought I would have one of those. Basically though I am sad to see it go, I need to get threw these teas. At least I had a nice memory come back.
Another sample pack is gond; well there is 2 grams left, but I am not counting it.
This is a nice pu-er. It didn’t have that salty fish smell that some shu can have. Also after lots of infusions, lets say 10, the 5g piece that I put in my teapot was only slightly broken apart. Also man can this tea steep. After tons of gonfu infusions, I did a 1 minuet western style brew and it was still full of flavor.
As for the flavor, it wasn’t a mondo amount of earthy flavor. It was kinda like a mix of black tea with a hint of pu-er earthiness to let you know it is a pu-er. The earlier steepings were more musty spice but the later ones had nice ceder wood flavor and tingle.
Overall I would recommend this tea to people who are on the fence about pu-er or are new to it.
Water: 4-5oz & one 8oz steep
Gonfu Infusions between 6-10 seconds
First I have to say that this reminds me a lot of Samurai Mate from Teavana; in smell and flavor.
It make a light yellow liqoure and smells strongly of lemon grass. The main flavors that I got from it was lemon grass cinnamon and clove…. lots of clove. Then again there were two in my 8 oz pot. I am getting light hints of fruit, but it is mostly lemon grass and clove. It didn’t need sweetner, but just a little drop of agave helped to bring out the flavors. I am getting a little bit of coconut; more of a texture then strong flavor. I kinda wanted this to wow me more then it did, but oh well. Still good…..
Overall it was good. I wish I could see how this tea does blended.
I would recommend to anyone that likes lemongrass and chai’s
Sweetner: not needed, just a little bit brings out the flavors
This little bit left has been around in my cupboard for a while now at least I can get rid of it to put my Yu Lu Lan Cha tea in.
Ok the last time I tried to spice this tea, I ended up burning the back of my throat…… to much red pepper flakes to blame.
Then when I tried it again with added red pepper flakes, it didn’t even register. This time I think I got a lot closer. It was about a pinch and a half of red pepper flakes.
Also I used almond milk which was put into the microwave for 30 secs. I don’t like trying warm up milk or H&H cause I am afraid of it curdling. Also I am starting to like mix it in my drinks. It is more flavorful then milk.
Also to revup the chocolate I put in a square of Lindt chili chocolate….. it’s spicy you see.
So after much trail and error I finally got a decent brew from this tea. The strawberry doesn’t get pushed to the side and shines through the chocolate. The red pepper flakes add a nice heat and tinge in the mouth, mostly on the back of the throat, but in a good way; not like last time. After drinking the whole cup my mouth has a nice warming and numbing to it….. hmmmmm.
Any ways on to the rating I give a eh. It is really just watery chocolate strawberry; plus you have to add stuff to get any heat. There are a lot of spicy hot chocolate recipes out there. You could probably make your own mix with a strawberry tisain and mix in chocolate chips and pepper your self that would be better and cheaper.
Almond Milk: 4oz ish heated
Additives: pinch and a half of red pepper flakes, and one square of lindt dark chocolate
Sweetner: Not needed.