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I cold steeped this for about 12 hours in a litre of water. I figured I’d need to dilute it and I was worried that it had over steeped, but it’s actually pretty perfect just the way it is.
The lime and cola flavours are distinct but not over powering. The black base is there in a supportive role. There’s the slightest hint of bitterness and astringency but not in a bad way at all. This is super refreshing and easy to drink.
It tastes like it would be good with a bit of sugar, but I’m drinking it straight and I’m really happy with the way it tastes. I will probably even try resteeping the bag (though I’d be surprised and impressed if I got another good steep out of it.)
I could see drinking this one a lot.
Second review. I ended up putting milk and honey in this one and it mellowed out the straight black tea flavor and let a bit of the strawberry banana shine through. It was still a mild background flavor but it was nice enough. Enough for a small uptick in rating.
Flavors: banana, Strawberry
This is the first strawberry banana tea I have ever tried. The smell both out of the bag and while steeping is really nice, evoking a strawberry banana yogurt. I have to say though that the smell doesn’t translate to the flavor as much. There is a hint of something… slightly fruity? Maybe? But if someone handed it to me and I didn’t know it was suppose to be strawberry banana, I’m not sure I would pick out strawberry banana on flavor alone. Perhaps I will add some milk and honey and see if it helps bring something out.
Flavors: Fruity, Tea
A very Canadian tea eh? ;P
Honeybush is a good choice of base for this blend because its natural sweetness blends well with the flavourings and enhances the sweetness without there being any need for sugar. The vanilla gives the tea a nice creaminess that reminds me of vanilla ice cream. There’s something maybe a tad artificial about the flavours, but overall it’s a nice blend.
I first tried this tea with about 1.5 tsp and didn’t get much of an apple or brandy flavor to it. The second time around, I doubled it to about 3 tsp and a mild apple/brandy flavor emerged. I then added a dash of milk and sugar to see what that would do. It highlighted an apple smell nicely but didn’t bring out too much more in terms of flavor.
I can see this being a fine session tea. It isn’t anything that pops out or wows you but it is nice, mild, and has a mild background flavor to it.
Flavors: Apple, Floral
I love the natural rich, cocoa flavour this tea has. I’m not sure if I can taste much in the way of champagne, though there might be hints of it if I look hard hard enough.
The ‘fortune’ is a really cute idea, IMO. Mine says “This year: there is a possibiliTEA you will in realiTEA develop insaniTEA from stupid tea puns.”
The dry tea smells sweet, and oddly a bit like vanilla. It doesn’t linger after the water is added though. The brandy flavour is quite strong and wine-like, which is nice because in the past ‘brandy’ teas haven’t always tasted much like brandy. The apple flavour is more subtle but it comes out when the tea cools off a bit. It isn’t as malty as I would expect from an Assam – in fact it’s a bit more like a very robust Darjeeling with that wine-like, muscatel flavour.
Monthly TTB Club.
The apple pie flavor here is a pretty decent approximation. It tastes like sweet cinnamon apple, at least. I don’t really like how it works with the Keemun black tea, though. This is a tea I would drink if it were offered to me, but probably wouldn’t buy.
Got a sample of this from Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson. Haven’t really been a huge fan of 52Teas to be honest. Most of them aren’t great on my taste buds. But I found myself a bit tempted to pick this one up when they first released it, but I refrained.
So I’m glad to have gotten a sample of it!
Sadly, like most of the 52Teas teas, this one didn’t really live up to the name for me.
Really all I tasted was nutmeg and cinnamon. Which are flavors in eggnog, but…it didn’t have that thick creaminess to it that I like teas that are supposed to taste like eggnog. So yeah, kinda bummed out by this one! It wasn’t bad, but didn’t remind me of eggnog either. :( Thanks for letting me try it though, Amanda ‘SoggyEnderman’ Wilson (:
Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Another tea from the EU TTB round 3 return.
Orange and banana in a rooibos…interesting! I often love Franks banana blends so I’m looking forward to trying this one.
The raw blend smells oh so orangey but then sweets into oh so banana! Strange but oddly nice, though the rooibos is a little thick. The orange is waxy and bitter while the banana is ripe and sweet, top that with a wooden yet floral Rooibos scent and you have the scent foundations for this blend.
As soon as my husband poured the tea (I asked him nicely while I searched for some empty zip lock foil bags for tea) he asked “What’s that smell of?”. I forgot to mention we would be having a fruity tea. I declared orange and banana flavour Rooibos, he said he would never have guessed that.
I can taste the banana :D Sweet, very ripe, almost creamy, then the orange with it’s touch of waxy bitterness, then the Rooibos kicks in with it’s ahem..unusual..natural flavour. The banana wins the show for the most part, and the Rooibos I can put up with. No where near the awesomeness of my beloved Breakfast Smoothie blend but this has it’s charms.
Flavors: banana, Orange Zest, Rooibos
I sampled this tea from a TTB a day or two ago. I don’t know if I brewed it right, and I think I might have brewed it for longer than necessary, but it reminded me of oatmeal. I like vanilla teas, but I didn’t particularly enjoy this tea. I think I will give it another try later, since I could have just brewed it wrong, but I was hoping for more vanilla. I added a sweetener to it a bit too soon, so I think I’ll drink it unsweetened next time.
This is a really yummy chai. The licorice flavors from the fennel and anise are really shining. The taste is savory and spicy, but not bitter or hot spicy. I don’t really notice much in the way of pepper. I like this plain without milk or sugar, but also look forward to trying it with milk and sugar.
Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger
Yours truly has finally gotten around to using my Xi Shi Yixing teapot, like I am actually using it as I type, for some Da Yu Ling oolong. It seems it seasoned up really nicely because not a ton of flavor is being slurrped up by a thirsty teapot. I remember when I first seasoned my Duan Ni elephant pot, the first couple Puerhs I had were a bit bland because that clay was so porous, so I actually ended up seasoning it more than once, just letting it soak in Puerh for HOURS. Next I need to test out how my Second Flush Darjeeling seasoned Duan Ni pot (sans lid) turned out, and get another pot for First Flush, Dan Cong, Silver Needle, Lapsang Souchong, Pouchong…tea is a lifestyle, yo.
So, it is Thursday, meaning it is time to warm up the way back notebook and have a TBT tea review! Specifically we are celebrating the relaunch of 52Teas’ Kickstarter with one of their more uniquely named concoctions. And speaking of Kickstarter, if anyone wants to back the campaign at the $10 level and send me the pouch (specifically of Marshmallow Treat) then I will gladly accept the donation with love :P. Napalm Ferret! That is a name you have to shout, because apparently this tea is fiery and ferret like, because ferrets eat bananas. A blend of Gunpowder green, freeze dried bananas, cinnamon chips, cayenne pepper, and organic flavors, long time readers of this blog know that if there is a tea that is legit spicy I tend to seek it out, even though I not only cannot digest spicy things I also tend to not like spicy foods, but spicy teas are one of those things that I love. I guess in liquid form I can handle it, So the aroma of this tea is really quite sweet, like a banana Popsicle (my personal favorite as a sick kid) along with a tiny hint of a smoke, a sizable kick of cinnamon, and a nose tingling hot burst of cayenne pepper. All in all, this is one weird blend of smells, but not gross, peppery bananas seem to work, as does cinnamon, and smoke…just never had them all at once.
The brewed leaves are all banana Popsicle with a touch of cinnamon and spice, but mostly it is all banana, seriously I need to get some banana Popsicles next time I am at the store, it is one of those fruit flavors that I actually like. The liquid has a lot more smoke and cayenne pepper, it smells hot, my nose is not melting off, but it is certainly making my eyes water!
So, when I tasted this tea, I was in my basement lair entertaining Ben as my guest and a bunch of spiders (because basement) and I was talking about my trepidation with this tea, because I am a weeny with hot things. Getting over my fear after waiting for it to cool to drinking temperature, the beginning of the sip is mild, a blend of sweet banana and a touch of smoke then OMG OMG OMG HOT!!!! I actually wrote in my notebook, and I quote ‘heat, hot, cough, death. Really tasty, but Jebus!’ Ben had a good laugh at my expense after he checked to make sure my coughing was from the cayenne pepper and not triggering an asthma attack (it does that sometimes) but peril aside, I enjoyed this tea, the initial sip’s surprising explosion of cinnamon and cayenne pepper at the midtaste because less surprising so I did not choke each time I drank some, which is something good when drinking tea.
I am drinking this tea right now. And i’d like to start off by saying the reason I say More chocolate, more, more, more … is because more chocolate = better.
My first couple of sips were a little muddied because the tea was still a wee bit too hot. So I let it cool (it’s really difficult to be patient and wait for the tea to cool when it’s chocolate, you know?) After letting it cool to a drinkable temperature I started sipping again.
A really yummy, chocolate-y tea. I still think that cacao shells would make this better. I just really like the chocolate-y flavor that the cacao shells deliver.
This IS a really chocolate-y tea, though. The honeybush is tasted and adds a little bit of nutty flavor to the cup which is kind of nice for the brownie batter taste. I find that the chocolate-y flavors develop as I sip, now that I’m nearly toward the bottom of my cup I’m experiencing a lot more chocolate-y flavors than I did at the start.
I enjoyed this tea, which didn’t really taste like I thought it would. I expected a more tropical taste for some reason, and didn’t get that. It wasn’t too tart like if it was just cranberries, either. I got 2 good steeps out of it, probably because of the shorter steep times.
I’ve drank this one a few times on an evening, but I’ve not made it to a note as yet. I think that’s partly because I feel like I don’t quite understand this blend. I mean, it’s simple: chamomile, lemon, honeybush. Those three things are fine with me. What I don’t quite understand is what happens when they’re combined in this specific blend. I like lemon, and I like chamomile. I even like honeybush, on occasion, but I don’t like this tea. My main problem with it is that it’s somehow astringent, which isn’t something I associate at all with honeybush. Even so, it really, really dries my mouth out after just a couple of sips. The second thing that strikes me wrong is the flavour. It’s harsh, almost sharp, and somehow medicinal tasting. I get mild notes of honey, and a whole whack of lemon, and then somehow it just all goes downhill. It’s hard to describe what happens, but it’s like the initial flavour (pleasant) is somehow overtaken by a sour, bitter monster. Very odd.
I’ve tried various combinations of leaf quantity, brew time, and water temperature, but I just can’t get this one to work for me. I feel like I’m drinking a different tea to everyone else! I’ll persevere for a couple more cups, but after that I’ll have to admit defeat. It’s a shame, because I wanted to like this one. The description is just my thing, but sadly it seems the actuality is not.
I know, this tea hasn’t been released yet, so hopefully, no one will be looking at my posting. However, I just HAD to rate this one.
Wow…this is amazing! Tastes like chocolate and Kahlua. That’s exactly what it tasted like to me. The first steep was really good (3:30), the second steep, not so much (4:00). But still pretty good, and I really do like this. I guess I went out of order on this month’s weeks.
Now to find out what Qu Hao is.