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This just arrived today with my second order of Cinnamon Roll Honeybush (yes, I am a fan!)

I was not expecting to like this much at all but I wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised! I don’t normally like banana in tea but this is very tasty. The coconut is more of a back-note and they both complement the mellow, roasted quality of the hojicha pretty well. These flavors are pronounced but they are not nauseating or artifical tasting, both of which can be an issue with flavored tea. There is a slight “cream” feel to this but I did cheat and punch it up some by adding vanilla soymilk to it also. Here is a nice afternoon or evening dessert tea which is also light in caffeine. I got two steeps out of this and they were both yummy. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

mmmm hojicha… that’s barley isn’t it??

Indigobloom

well, barley-ish anyhow! I guess cuz it’s roasted…

Amariel

Oooh! Interesting! It looks like 52teas has a lot of really great blends!

Ninavampi

Hmm…. I might end up giving in and ordering it… Waiting for my cinnamon roll! : ) Can’t wait to try it.

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60
drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to Jenn for sending me a sample of this, especially since I’d been thinking about buying it.

When I first opened the bag I got a whiff of something similar to the smell of paint drying. Not really a good sign.

I brewed this in an infuser basket for about 3 minutes with 180 F water. It is vaguely carrot-y and fruit-y but nothing very cake like is leaping out at me. I added some Vanilla soymilk and this has made it more like a dessert tea. Still the weird smell which is putting me off a bit.

This stuff is okay but I’m not totally crazy about it…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Glad I read this! I was going to order a tin of it. Ordering the smaller size instead… First order from Davids, so I’m still looking around.

TeaBrat

you should read the other reviews on it. A few people totally hated it…

Amariel

I like it for what it is, and not what it is trying to be. If it wasn’t called Carrot Cake, giving me the metal vision of what it should taste like, it would be a fine tea. I probably will buy a tin of it. Maybe just a bag. I do get in the mood for this, and I do like it with some sort of milk product, dairy or otherwise.

Ninavampi

Hmmm… Read through the reviews. Sticking to the smaller size to begin with. : )

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90
drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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very yummy and delicious this morning… I am off to go on vacation and anxious that I am leaving all my tea behind!

Charles Thomas Draper

Bring it with you….

TeaBrat

It would need a separate suitcase!

TeaBrat

a steamer trunk perhaps… :)

ScottTeaMan

Just ONE suitcase….hehehehehe…have a safe trip. :))

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80

No matter how hard I try I cannot get myself that interested in plain white tea (but yes, I keep trying)

The first time I brewed this I let it steep too long which was definitely a mistake. Steeping in cooled water for around 60 seconds seemed to yield the best results. It is sweet, and delicate and light but I think perhaps the subtle nature of white tea is kind of lost on me. This was a pleasant cup but I really prefer flavored white tea if I am going to drink it…. sorry purists!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

If you drink alot of black teas, I can understand how it gets lost on you. I think before I tried Whites, I was into greens during the summer. Then I found a bag of Shou Mei White that I had stashed away. This was the perfect white to transition to, b/c ithad slightly deeper toasty aspects to it. Plus I prepared it Gongfu using more tea and shorter steeps. So I was drinking that, & then went on to lighter whites. I really like them, but drink them mostly in the summertime.

ScottTeaMan

Flavored whites can be good as long as the flavoring isn’t too much & masks the tea.

ScottTeaMan

I think it was Shou Mei, or it may have been Bai Mu Dan.

TeaBrat

perhaps I will try again in the summer…

Jim Marks

One big problem with white teas is how delicate they are. If you do not prepare the tea in precisely the correct manner, much of the flavor is lost, resulting in a bland, boring cup.

For this reason I tend to avoid white teas — the risk/reward is too skewed.

But prepared correctly they can be absolutely full flavored. It just takes a lot of dialing in to get them just right.

Auggy

I’ve never had much luck with white teas, either. Too often they taste like vegetable water to me, so not my thing. (The one unflavored exception being Chicago Tea Garden’s Silver Needle – it gave me delightful nectar and sweetness.) But hey, if I managed to find one unflavored white tea that I liked, I bet you will too!

TeaBrat

cold brewing might be a good way to bring out their flavors…?

ScottTeaMan

Jim-I have to dial in most of my teas to get them right.

Amy:

I’ve never cold brewed a white tea, but you’d probably have to use double the leaf when doing so (or nearly so). I’d use a Pai Mu Tan white, something a little bolder:

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=ZW55&begin=0&parent=Teas%3EWhite%3EChina&category=White&sortMethod=0&categoryID=59

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=ZW56&begin=0&parent=Teas%3EWhite%3EChina&category=White&sortMethod=0&categoryID=59

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=ZW58&begin=0&parent=Teas%3EWhite%3EChina&category=White&sortMethod=0&categoryID=59

I think a Pai Mu Tan is better for cold brew or hot if you’re looking for a fuller white. Read the customer reviews too, they may help you as well. Hope this helps— :))

TeaBrat

Thanks fore the advice Scott. I think I should just give up and stop spending my money on white tea. ;-)

Charles Thomas Draper

Jim is correct. You have to add more leaf….

ScottTeaMan

Maybe with my next order, I’ll buy some Pai Mu Tan and send you some!

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74
drank Gunpowder Green by Numi Organic Tea
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I don’t normally drink a lot of bagged tea but I picked this up to take on a trip I am going on soon and teabags are just so much more convenient than carrying around your brewing stuff.

I don’t believe I have ever had a gunpowder green before and this is very intriguing. Vegetal, but also very earthy and with a taste of smoke in the finish like a lapsang souchong (hence, the gunpowder green name, I guess). This definitely seems like a nice afternoon tea but not something I’d want to drink first thing in the morning.

Organic, free trade, biodegradable teabags – all a plus! Nice, I’m glad I tried it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Eastern Beauty by Aroma Tea Shop
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I’ve had enough of flavored tea for one day. This is a delicious brew!

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60
drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
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Thanks to Jenn for a sample of this… it’s okay but a little heavy on the grapefruit for me and I’m also not a big fan of bergamot. It’s a little on the tart side. Not sure I am dying to have more but will certainly finish the cup. If you like a citrusy sort of earl grey this might be good for you…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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91
drank Yuzu Oolong by Naivetea
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Another flavored oolong from my Naivetea sampler.

I did not know exactly what a yuzu was (aside from it being a type of fruit). Upon smelling it I was expecting something very tart like a pink grapefruit tea. There is a citrus note here, however I am finding it exceedingly subtle. I believe the base of this tea is an ali shan.

There is a lingering sweetness here in the finish that is difficult to describe, Sweet and vegetal, perhaps I am reminded of corn.

Overall I do not think I like this quite as well as Naivetea’s passionfruit oolong but I still like it quite a lot. The yuzu flavor is very delicate and allows the base notes of the oolong to come through. Does not taste artificial or cloying at all. Another job very well done by Naivetea. Check this out if you are looking for a gentle flavored oolong.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Dinosara

Naivetea’s flavored oolongs (and heck, their unflavored ones!) are high on my list of things I want to try. They sound so good!

TeaBrat

yes, I highly recommend them

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85
drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
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I’m having a strong glass of this pu-erh this morning, very heavy ginger and pungent. Steeped in boiling water for 4 minutes it is pretty strong but I like it this way… nice and warming for the cold weather.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I guess you don’t need anymore Ginger tea, eh?

TeaBrat

not at the moment. :)

ScottTeaMan

Hey, in one of your reviews, you had a link to RED BLOSSOM TEA CO and the have some really great teas! I was especially impressed with their Oolong selections. :))

TeaBrat

Yes, I’ve been to their store in San Francisco and they have some really great teas, definitely not on the cheap side of things though.

ScottTeaMan

do you have any other teas from RBTC?

TeaBrat

no, just the one but I want to go back there soon!

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100
drank Black Spiral by The Tao of Tea
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A true gem I discovered thanks to Steepster. So smooth it’s like drinking hot chocolate. yummm

Preparation
Boiling
Laurence Burris

How long did you have it steep? By the way thanks to you & TeaEqualsBliss I am really enjoying the world of tea. I tried a tea called Scottish Breakfast and a Robio (?), anyhow it was all very delicious & fun.

TeaEqualsBliss

I had a hunch you would enjoy this one!!!!

TeaBrat

@Laurence – I let it steep around 4-5 minutes. It does not get bitter very easily

Amariel

Oooh! This sounds great!

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

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