A predictably disappointing oolong from this teabag. I had to laugh when I ripped open said teabag to find some unidentifiable mulch. There is a peach aroma with an orange flavour, but I don’t think bagged fannings of oolong leaves really work.
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This flavour combination grabbed my interest after trying one of Robert Wemischner’s tea frappes (oolong, mango and apriums). Unfortunately this stunning blend is really let down by the weird mulched tea “leaves”. The mango taste is apparant straight away, with the creamy coconut lingering afterwards. Can someone please make this blend with proper tea?
With mint being such an overpowering beast, I think its difficult to blend sucessfully with other flavours. With this bagged oolong you get mostly mint, followed by a hint of chocolate on the back of your tongue. Probably the best out of the bagged Stash oolongs I’ve tried, the minty chocolate seems to work well with those strange mulched tea leaves. I really can’t imagine it working with a decent oolong though…
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Wow. Just, wow. I tasted the dark version first, then this Pure one and it completely knocked me out. Which isn’t an easy task for an oolong! The flavour is incredibly rich and full, fuller than any oolong I’ve ever tasted. Its like Tung Ting on crack. Seriously. I don’t even want to sully my mouth with Tung Ting after tasting this lush oolong. Wow. Do yourself a favour and try this tea, especially if you are a fan of oolongs. My god.
A fairly basic earl grey, far too mild for my tastes and best drunk sans milk. Where is that ass-kicking, face-slapping bergamot explosion that my mind conjured up with the word “supreme”? This earl grey succeeds in being supremely mild.
Hurrah! An incredible oolong with fantastic floral notes, a bright flavour with a subtle sweetness. Rishi has upped the game with this Iron Goddess – a tea worthy of rolling in the Oolong gang with my homie Tung Ting.
A very simple breakfast tea to drink in the mornings, perfect for when your tea situation is particularly dire and you are in need for any loose-leaf tea you can get your hands on, so you find yourself turning to the Starbucks of the tea world and paying too much for a mediocre product. Mmm mediocrity.
Oh silly me, expecting my insanely high expectations of What An Earl Grey Should Be to be met or exceeded in Sin City. This earl grey sounded promising (no flowers or weird shiz), smelled average (if not slightly strange) and tasted even worse (perhaps the tea base). Yep.
What am I doing drinking a blend with both peppermint and rooibos in it? The word “bergamot” drew me in, much like the glittering windows at Tiffany’s did the other day. Also they were out of earl grey and I was desperate. Anyway, peppermint rooibos. Eh. I think the addition of bergamot is a little pointless to be honest – as per usual the peppermint overwhelms and the rooibos gives it that piney rooibos aftertaste. Yep. Regret in a cup.
It took me a while to decide whether or not I liked this tea, but after several cups I realized that yes, I do indeed! The aroma of the dry leaf is sweetly fruity which ends up mellowing out or “chillaxing” in the cup. The end result is this lovely smooth black tea with honey notes and a hint of bergamot. Best enjoyed plain, with a piece of shortbread on the side.
Oh boy am I getting supremely bored with the tea selection available in my hometown. This is where 52teas rides galliantly to my rescue every week or so, my almost-regular knight in shiny packaging to save me from the dull, the uninspiring, the gross, the dragons!
The dry leaves have this fabulously buttery vanilla aroma, with the pecan becoming more apparant once its brewed. This tea is surprisingly tasty plain but adding a bit of milk brings out this lovely creaminess, perfectly underlined by the pecan flavor.
I can see how this would be amazing iced, but I really cannot bring myself to brew it any other way but piping hot yet! Perhaps I will save some for a mild winter day…
A thinner-bodied genmaicha than the Japanese version, but it still has that classic lip-smackingly good buttery-nut flavour to warm you right up! Especially today, which the Metservice says “Feels like 4°C, 4 layers of clothing recommended”. And I’m only wearing 2…
Aha! This is the one! A perfect blend of jasmine silver tip with cut peppermint leaves, which somehow manage to compliment the jasmine quite nicely. I’m not normally big on either of these teas, but together they make for a decadant and refreshing cup. High five Steph, this is delicious!
This delightful jasmine/peppermint concoction was dreamed up by my co-worker Steph, who couldn’t remember if she’d used the pearls or a jasmine white tea previously. Naturally I made her blend both for me. This is a little awkward to brew, mostly because you need to make sure you scoop up some peppermint along with your preferred amount of pearls. I waited until all the leaves had unravelled in the cup before pulling out my infuser, which may have been a touch too long as the jasmine was a bit bitey and the peppermint overwhelmed a little. The second 4 minute steep of this is perfect though, it mellows out quite nicely!
I am always drawn to weird sounding blends and this was no exception. As soon as I ripped off the seal on the tin, I was hit by a deliciously overwhelming peach aroma. The tea itself is fairly medium bodied, with warming notes of ginger and hints of peach. Its not the ginger knock-out you need when you’re feeling rundown, but a nice and light tea nonetheless (best sans milk too). Another tea I imagine would be fantastic iced – can you tell I’m dying for my upcoming midwinter summer escape?
In my experience, flavoured greens tend to use a heavy dose of flavouring to hide the fact you are drinking a green tea, making for a rather pointless cup. In this blend the elderberries are more complimentary, letting the sencha base skip along beside it hand in hand.
I can definitely see how fantastic this would be iced, but I think I will save that for a day that doesn’t require one to be wrapped head-to-toe in wool…
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twist mint. A bit earthier than spearmint, but apparantly does the same job health benefits wise. Bop shoo-op a bop bop shoo-op…
Aha! I knew I would like spearmint more than peppermint in tea form (whereas in gum or mints form I prefer it the other way around). A much brighter, cleaner minty taste than peppermint and more refreshing too. I’m looking foward to experimenting with adding this to other teas and blends!
The aroma of the dry leaves is a perfect blend of light bergamot and delicious tippy black tea. It seems to be uncommon to be able to discern the tea base under the bergamot in earl greys, which instantly piqued my curiousity. On my first sip it becomes apparant that the brilliant black tea base is the real star of the show, while the bergamot is relegated to lowly chorus-line duties. I was worried milk would mute the flavours too much, but the tiniest splash really bought out that maltylicious taste.
Personally I find this disappointing as an earl grey (due to my extreme bergamot needs), but incredible as a black tea.