1056 Tasting Notes

75

I’ve actually had this tea for awhile, drinking away at it and never reviewing it.

Dried, this tea smells like strawberries and chocolate. I couldn’t detect rose, but I can see the petals.

Steeped, the tea gives off that sexy valentines smell of strawberries, chocolate with a hint of floral along with sweetness.

Taste wise, I didn’t get the sweetness. The rose came out on this cup quite a bit (more than the berry), with strong black tea taste, with a slight bit of strawberry. A bit tart at the end of the sip. The rose and berry rounds out this tea making it smooth and sophisticated.

I can recall having a better cup with this tea in the past and also made a decent latte when the chocolate and strawberry comes out more. Maybe since I’m at the dregs of my 30g bag it isn’t doing an optimal flavor spread. But sadly, this tea hasn’t steamrolled-wow’d me since the beginning.
I remember I was first considering buying this tea, but I was stuck between Love Tea #7 vs. Read My Lips. I went with Read My Lips, which I find is a more to my tastes and more chocolately.

With that said, I can see many people liking this tea and should give it a shot if you like flavoured black teas. It’s good, but I doubt I’d buy this again, but would be happy if I had a cup at a friends place or someone (not knowing my tea stash) gifted it.

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5

(This is my first review of this tea in which I gave a 90. For the second review I gave an 8.. crazy right?)

I saw this tea online and had to have it. It looks so beautiful, like rosy potpourri with the rose buds and chili strings.

Smell of the tea… well isn’t potpourri… i actually can’t figure out what the hell I’m smelling. Rose for sure, by a little…and the rest smells weird and not sure if that’s a good smell. Alas, I don’t care – I figure this tea would look ULTRA FREAKING COOL in my glass Libre tea mug as it shows off all the rosey buds and other pretty redness of the herbal tea. And I love drinking DAVIDstea “Citron Oolong” and “Checkmate” for their pretty factor. Especially when I’m in meetings at work – just so sophisticated.

Okay, back on track – “All The Raj”. Steeped this tea is a clear slightly peachy colour. Damn the flowers look pretty. I made sure to get it a good shake, there was some bits in the potpourii I wanted to get in to have pretty factor = tastey. I could see the large rose buds floating to the top of the dry leaves in the bag.

Tastewise… very rosey. Not tart at first. Not sour at all. I don’t taste coconut, but I found it’s probably what is mellowing out the taste. A little taste of fennel, but again, is evening out the whole experience and adding some freshness? I don’t taste the heat.. moreso just feel the heat of the chilis on the back of my throat. After all that, a tad of tartness aftertaste with more floral (surprise).

Overall, floral. Mellow with the coconut/fennel. A little bit of heat to perk up the experience, as if to bring you back to earth after dreaming in roses (okay, cheesy sounding, whatever :P). I like it – it’s complex, it’s pretty and it’s mellow.
I want to relax, drink this tea slowly in a rose garden while eating little sandwiches. Sandwiches with cream cheese, maybe brie.

I purchased 30grams.. will I buy again? I think so, most likely online to ensure I get a good mix of the tea (I want lots of rosy bits!) as I could see this tea potentially being different if you had too much of say fennel or rosehip bits. Appearance would be a 10/10. Taste 8/10 It’s good and complex, but not addicting and super-wow for me.

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Nurvilya

Glad to hear it worked out for your palate! I love how pretty it is too.

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70

I wasn’t on planning on buying this one – I was focused on getting a few other teas. I smelled this one and was like “WHOA GINGER PUNCH IN THE FACE” all over again (see my DAVIDsTea Pu-reh Ginger review, lol), but decided to try it as the sales gal said this one was her fav out of the new teas.

Annnd… this tea steeped into a murkey yellow green. The ginger punch decreased quite a bit for smell.

For taste, the Stevia is the first hit (and if you’ve never had stevia before, it’s pretty sweet on the tongue, but as it goes down it’s loses its sweetness) with a taste of the green tea.
As the stevia fades, the powerful ginger and light peppercorn heat can be felt heating the throat pleasantly.

After all that, there’s a licorice flavour that lingers in the mouth.

First few sips I thought it was kinda icky but also weird. In the past, I’ve disliked stevia so that’s where that “ick” comes from for me. After half the mug of tea, I was enjoying the changing of flavours of the tea. The ginger and heat is refreshing. The uniqueness keeps making me drink the cup despite my stevia hatred.

With that said – if you dislike stevia with a passion I’d stay away. If you want a very unique tea, love ginger, a little heat, sweet and licorice, give it a try.

Me? I think I like it because Sweet Ginger Heat is different. Not sure if I’ll buy more after my 30g is used up.

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85

Now.. this is how this tea is supposed to taste like!

Now.. this is how this tea is supposed to taste like!I did a tasting note a few weeks back when I first got this tea – and after a couple tries (though I was making it as regular steeped tea) it wasn’t turning out so good. I found if you steeped it quick I get the nice rum taste, which went away once the tea cooled. If over steeped, the black tea overpowers and the whole thing just tastes like bittery black tea.

Now.. this is how this tea is supposed to taste like!I did a tasting note a few weeks back when I first got this tea – and after a couple tries (though I was making it as regular steeped tea) it wasn’t turning out so good. I found if you steeped it quick I get the nice rum taste, which went away once the tea cooled. If over steeped, the black tea overpowers and the whole thing just tastes like bittery black tea.Now, this morning I made it as a latte. I added an extra spoon on tea into my Steeper, 1/3 water up. Poured into a mug with heated vanilla soy and honey and WOW very nice.

Now.. this is how this tea is supposed to taste like!I did a tasting note a few weeks back when I first got this tea – and after a couple tries (though I was making it as regular steeped tea) it wasn’t turning out so good. I found if you steeped it quick I get the nice rum taste, which went away once the tea cooled. If over steeped, the black tea overpowers and the whole thing just tastes like bittery black tea.Now, this morning I made it as a latte. I added an extra spoon on tea into my Steeper, 1/3 water up. Poured into a mug with heated vanilla soy and honey and WOW very nice.First sip you get that melty buttery hit, as it goes down, nice rum. No bitterness. Very nice drink as a treat in the morning, or a snuggle next to the fire treat. It truely is like drinking butter and rum.. without the extra calories.

Now.. this is how this tea is supposed to taste like!I did a tasting note a few weeks back when I first got this tea – and after a couple tries (though I was making it as regular steeped tea) it wasn’t turning out so good. I found if you steeped it quick I get the nice rum taste, which went away once the tea cooled. If over steeped, the black tea overpowers and the whole thing just tastes like bittery black tea.Now, this morning I made it as a latte. I added an extra spoon on tea into my Steeper, 1/3 water up. Poured into a mug with heated vanilla soy and honey and WOW very nice.First sip you get that melty buttery hit, as it goes down, nice rum. No bitterness. Very nice drink as a treat in the morning, or a snuggle next to the fire treat. It truely is like drinking butter and rum.. without the extra calories.I don’t think I’d buy 100g of this tea, maybe another 30g when my current 30g runs out. The latte is amazing, but on it’s own it is pretty temperamental. I don’t do lattes that often, but if you love tea lattes give this one a go! <3

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Angrboda

What uh… is going on here? :p

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I swear my post got bits repeated, but when I edit it, it looks fine. I dunno brain explosion

Angrboda

How strange! It must be some sort of Steepster hiccup or something. It looks funny, though. :)

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80

Mmmmm, this tea smells nice and citrusy sweet!

The grapefruit (with a hint of passionfruit aftertaste) mask the taste of rooibos that I’m not into, but keeps that amber-warmthy-mellow rooibos, with a bit of floral taste from the rose.

First few times I made this tea it was a great citrus (but 0% tart) yet unique as it’s not your typical orange/lemon citrus in most citrus teas. However tonight this batch must of had extra chunks of fruit in it as it really reminded me of citrus bubblegum >__< (very weird how the brain associates things)

With that said, I think this tea is nice and complex, hiding all icky-bits I personally dislike (tarty citrus, weird aftertastes, passion fruit bubble teas I had that taste like soap), with an interesting balance of refreshing yet warmth/mellow and a light sweetness. I’d buy this tea again when I run out <3

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64

Two things I can taste in this tea:

1. Pu-erh earthly, mellow, thick
2. SUPER GINGER PUNCH IN THROAT special attack

I like ginger and especially like on sick days or times I feel bloated. This tea is probably the best ginger tea I’ve tried for packing a delicious punch.

BUT

If I hadn’t tried DAVIDsTEA’s “The Skinny” first, I would of been in love with this tea. The thing is “The Skinny” is very similar as it’s pu-erh and ginger, but it also has much more complexity with oolong and citrus notes rounding out the flavour compared to “Pu-erh Ginger”.

My first sip of this tea was "Awww.. it’s The Skinny, but not as good. Wowza, lots of ginger! >.< "

IMO, I’d just stick to “The Skinny”. I purchased “Pu-erh Ginger” as it was onsale on Boxing day. I don’t think I’ll buy more of this tea.
However, I think this tea would pull off an interesting latte (almost chai effect) and it is very no-frills on being somewhat simple and potent.

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60

I grabbed 30g size of this tea… and when I got to work to make some I noticed I got one of the defective bags the sales gal told me about >__< so the zipper is ripped and I bet this tea’ll go stale fast.

Brewed at work in my libre glass it was horribly tart with this huge freak piece of…. melon? floating in it – it was white and big. But yeah, I would of poured it out if I wasn’t so thirsty. I’m thinking I had a bad scoop for that cup.

At home, brewed properly it very much tastes like watermelon with a tart aftertaste. I’m sure this is very dependent on how much sugary melon bits you get on for it to taste impressive. And the watermelon taste is legit watermelon, not the “dirty sock” fake watermelon candy taste, but not as sweet as I thought it would be. With that said, I really need to try this iced and sweetened, though I bet I won’t be buying more of this tea (and if I did, it be online only).

Also.. fishing out the big white melony chunks after steeping is yumm!

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85

I purchased 30g of this tea just to try.

The smell is wonderful buttery rum, make you want to lick the tea leaves!

I bought it before going to work, and during work I decided to try it in my libre tea glass – and with that method I’m too lazy to take out the leaves. Once I got to the tea, UGGGGG it was kinda boring black tea with a nice smell.

Today, I decided to brew it properly for 5 minutes – now it tastes good. First sip was a “MMMMM! this is what it should taste like!” and the smell is really good. It was a big hit of mellowy smooth butter and sweetness and lots of aroma. However, as it got cold it reverted back to blacktea-ness dull, but a little smoothness.

Both times I drank it straight with no sweetner or milk, next time I will – I think this would make a hellva latte! But on it’s own.. ehhh, not bad but novelty runs out. Oddly enough, I think I’d buy it again.

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Faith

Try it as a tea latte! So addictive!

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90

Oh hell yeah…

I made this tea again, but steeped it a longer time. In my cup, it almost looks like black coffee.

I took one sip and said “Oh hell yes!” Damn, so deep and earthy with warm chocolate and a sweet hit of citrus. I said in my last review that its like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange… I’m thinking this tea is better overall for taste and less calories. And I can keep drinking it without feeling crappy that I ate the entire chocolate orange.

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40

Drinking this iced…

The dry tea smells berry and creamy, however.. yeah… once brewed up it’s pretty tart and not creamy tasting. It’s a very red tea from the beets. I’m not too impressed (I’m not into tarty berry teas) and I probably won’t finish it.

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
DAVIDsTea
Della Terra Teas
Lupicia
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Yunomi.us
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA

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