1218 Tasting Notes
Yum, this tea has a good balance of blended flavor and tea base – the apple, nuts and spices don’t drown out the nilgiri black tea base. The tea is lightly spiced and has a tasty apple flavor.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/a-quarter-to-tea-tea-review/
This is a different one – a tie guan yin with high oxidation and roasting. However it doesn’t come out like that – it’s on the light side, like a light roast oolong, with black tea notes. it’s pretty complex with milk bread, toasty, sweet, honey, clover, buttercup floral, bread pudding notes. No bitterness or dryness at all, so this tea can take abuse.
However, this tea lacks the richness and high roast flavor, as well as not much of a fragrance of an oolong. It doesn’t resteep as much as I hoped it would – 7 infusions.
Full review on Oolong Owl. A photogenic tea! http://oolongowl.com/tie-guan-yin-black-tea-from-sanne-tea-tea-review/
This is a fantastic priced 2005 sheng, right now $88 for 400 gram cake. There are notes of amber, incense, camp fire, stone fruit, humid storage essence, floral potpourri, and orange. Lots of tea drunk in this one. I got around 14 infusions, so even more rocket fuel for your dollar. A good daily drinker for the daily tea drunkard.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2005-rocket-yiwu-sheng-puer-from-white2tea-tea-review/
TEAM ROCKET IS BLASTING OFF AGAIN!
I recently purchased Pumpkin Chai online, so this is the 2015 batch.
I’m pretty sure they changed the black tea base. It’s more watery and has a bit of sour and astringency to it. It’s not thick and heavy smooth of a black base. It also has less pumpkin flavor. I’ve drank this pumpkin chai 4 seperate times now and still is watery. I leafed harder, I tried steeping longer, but still no luck.
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Come on DT, don’t cheap out on us!
They had to of changed the formula, unless my tastes completely changed. When I had this tea years ago it was strongly flavored of rum and butter. Now it smells like rum but the rum doesn’t come out for the steeping, and the tea isn’t as thick tasting or buttery. I used to love this one as a latte but it’s too weak for it as is.
I was very tempted to pour a bit of my homemade vanilla infused rum into my cup to compensate. I’ll give it a few more tries, just in case I had a freak steeping or need new parameters.
This is the third time drinking this tea and I’m still undecided on it.
It’s certainly peanutty, kinda bland and watery. I think it’s neat that there’s no peanut in it (just almond) but tastes like peanut. There is a bit of chocolate in there but it’s watery.
However – you need to steep this one right to get the flavor. Boiling for around 4 or 5 minutes does the trick. If you steep it longer than that, it becomes more apple and tart in flavor which really tastes pretty yucky. Oh and adding extra tea helps get more flavor. But it is certainly too watery to make it with milk.
Meh. I think a Peanut Butter Cup tea can be done, but DT missed the mark.
I’m drinking the reblend from Liberteas/Anne.
Very delicious tea! I brought this tea with me on vacation and drank it a couple times. It’s got a maple sugar and cream flavor, with a background of grassy floral oolong. The flavoring isn’t overpowering over the oolong. The Canadian in me loves the maple! This tea pairs amazingly with fresh berries on the side.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/maple-cheesecake-tie-guan-yin-from-52-teas-tea-review/
This blend is supposed to be oolong and pu’er and I found it had next to no pu. The spices are very heavy, especially on the clove. There’s more cloves and spices than oolong. I got this tea at tea 75% off sale, this might be a cheaper way to get whole cloves than a spice store!
The spices are good if you love clove, however the base is meh. The oolong just does not do it for me, this tea should be a black or ripe pu’er, using a green oolong just makes the whole thing kinda watery with spices.
I steeped this tea hard at another session. 9 grams for a 12 oz mug. It was mega spice without any tea flavor. It makes a crappy latte too since the base is so weak. A meh. I can probably salvage by adding some other tea to it.
Exclusive Hawaii Lupicia Blend! This one is loaded with fruity chunks, I had one giant ball of fruit that weighed 3 grams.
The flavor is very fruity as tastes like the ingredients mango, papaya, and pineapple. The base is a malty black. This tea would make a really good iced one!
My sadness is there is another mango papaya in the Hawaii collection, Kuuipo, and 2 other teas that have mango, papaya, and pineapple (so 4 teas out of 8) and 3 of those are the same black tea base. For the entire collection of 8, all are fruity teas except for one – Malama. I wish there was more variety between the collection. As I drink through the set, I’m getting a lot of “tastes kind of samey as the other blend”.
I reviewed a few others awhile back on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/exclusive-lupicia-hawaii-original-tea-blends-collection-lupicia-oolong-owl-tea-review/
This one smells amazing! Very sweet apple and the tea is mostly apple chunks.
I over leafed this sucker and brewed hot. The flavor is sweet, very distinctly juicy golden apple that has been baked lightly (not apple mush flavor). There’s hibiscus in there for colour, adding a golden hue, but doesn’t add any tart. This one is also weak flavored, if you were hoping for strong turkish apple this isn’t it.
My beef with this tea is the green tea is totally lost. They should of just turned this into a herbal as the green in it is doing nothing. I fed this tea to my tea hating husband and he liked it as he tasted no tea flavor. That said, it’s a tea for kids or people transitioning into tea from soda/juice. If you like apple herbals, this tea is worth a sampling.
EDIT: I just made this iced with the remainder of the sample I purchased. Nope, tastes worse iced as it came out sweeter (to be expected) but has a very artificial taste. minus 10 points.