A Southern Season
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Thank you Josie Jade for this sample.
Good morning everyone! The sun is shining in the UK today :) I hope the weather stays like this, I shall be going to Brighton on Friday and wont be back on Steepster until Monday. Also HAPPY ST GEORGES DAY!!!
In raw form this tea has visible long, thin pieces of black tea leaves including stem mixed with yellow sunflower petals and small pieces of pecan and white chocolate drops. It has a sweet yet dry nutty scent.
Once steeped this tea is red/brown in colour with a sweet and nutty cocoa aroma.
Flavour is light with gentle earthy elements, a touch of cocoa sweetness and a dry nutty finish. There is also something slightly sour about it too. It reminds me of hazelnut more than pecan. It’s nice and very nutty but for me it lacks depth, perhaps it’s something you would love if you were a nut fanatic. I remember trying something similar from Della Terra but can’t remember which one.. I think it was their white chocolate one that was similar.
Thank you Josie Jade for sharing some of this with me!
I brewed some this morning, and it was pretty decent. The dry leaves look and smell good, I like the marigold petals. Nice touch, though I have no idea if they greatly add to the taste.
I did taste it before adding anything, it was pretty subtle so I decided to sweeten it a bit. That made the caramel flavor come out. I am still on the hunt for a ‘perfect for me’ caramel tea, but am glad to try this and will enjoy the rest of my sample for sure!
(85 degrees, 3-4 min)
This is the last new tea that I purchased last week from A Southern Season. I shared some with my Mom in her Easter basket, and had a cup on Easter afternoon while we were cooking. I’m really loving this one. The dry leaves smell just like lemon cake, and the tea liquor has a sweet, creamy lemon aroma. The flavor is tart lemon and there is a rooibos, honeybush and sweet lemon aftertaste. You can definitely taste the rooibos and honeybush in this one, but I actually don’t even mind because it blends so well with the other flavors. Adding a little sweetener brings out some of the cakey notes, and a little milk makes the cup nice and creamy. This is really delicious tea, and I am so happy that I can have a cup right before bed! :)
-Dry blend has red rooibos and honeybush with blue and yellow petals and pieces of dried lemon.
-Dry blend smells like lemon cake. Tea liquor aroma is of sweet and creamy lemon.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium reddish brown color.
-Tart lemon flavor and finish. Rooibos, honeybush and sweet lemon cake aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Excellent tea. A creamy and sweet dessert tea. Reminiscent of lemon cake.
This is another tea that I purchased from A Southern Season. They also sell Mariage Freres and I was SO close to purchasing a tin. I had it narrowed down to two of them, and then pulled up Steepster quickly on my phone to help me decide. Some of the reviews that I read for both teas made me think that I wouldn’t like them. I couldn’t justify spending $24 for tea that I didn’t know if I would love, so no Mariage Freres this time. Next time I will definitely be doing my research beforehand about which blends I would probably like so I know what to get!
On to this tea . . . it smells heavenly – all cinnamon and nutty. The flavor is fruity and nutty with a really fresh nutty aftertaste. It’s a little sweet on its own, but I added a little sweetener and it brought out a tiny bit more of the fruit flavors. Then I added milk, which made it a little creamy and comforting, but definitely dulled some of the flavors. After reading the list of ingredients I thought this tea would be more fruity, but nuts are really the main taste in this cup. This is one of those teas where it smells so much better than it tastes. I just wish the flavor was a little stronger. Smelling it you think it’s going to be overwhelmingly flavorful and it’s actually a little weak with the mellow, nutty taste. I think this would be a nice cup for the wintertime.
-Dry blend has red rooibos with pieces of candied fruits, coconut and nuts.
-Dry blend smells sweetly of cinnamon and nuts. Tea liquor aroma is of warm spicy fruits.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color with an oily sheen on top.
-Fruity and nutty flavor and finish. Fresh nut aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A fresh nutty flavor with just a hint of sweet fruit. No rooibos taste.
I picked up this one on Thursday also. I’m not sure why I wanted to try it so bad, but it was one of those things where I would pick it up, look at it, then put it back down and move on to another tea. Then come back to it again. I eventually just decided to get it. The dry leaves smell like sweet marzipan and coconut. The flavor is a lot stronger than I expected, with vegetal and nutty notes and a strong, fresh coconut finish. I think this would be a good iced tea during the summer also, since it tastes a little tropical and is refreshing. Glad I decided to purchase this one!
-Dry blend has large long flat green tea leaves with slices of almond and small pieces of coconut.
-Dry leaves smell very sweetly of marzipan and coconut. Tea liquor aroma is of fresh green tea and sweet nuts.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow color.
-Vegetal and nutty almond flavor with a strong fresh coconut finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Very good tea. A strongly flavored cup of sweet almonds and fresh coconut.
I purchased this tea on Thursday when I stopped by A Southern Season. We had it yesterday at our afternoon tea, but for some reason I didn’t love it. I had another cup this morning and did love it, maybe because I paid more attention to the steeping time. Anyways, without milk and sweetener it’s a strong black tea with just a really light hint of vanilla. With milk and sweetener it becomes rich, creamy vanilla. It’s more of a sugary dessert vanilla taste, rather than an authentic vanilla bean taste, but nothing artificial in the flavor. A nice dessert tea!
-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves and twigs.
-Dry leaves smell like rich and sugary vanilla. Tea liquor aroma is of vanilla and black tea.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium brown color.
-Strong malty flavor with a hint of creamy vanilla.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. A malty cup with a creamy rich vanilla flavor.
This dry tea smells wonderfully of sweet plum, and the tea’s aroma is rich and earthy. The first sip is of a nice, tart plum. Then out of nowhere comes this nasty artificial aftertaste, yuck! There’s very little oolong noticeable, the flavor is mainly of plum. Everything leading up is wonderful, but I can’t get over that aftertaste. I actually didn’t even finish the cup. Sad!
-Dry blend has large black tea leaves with pieces of dried fruit.
-Dry leaves smell lightly of sweet plum. Tea liquor aroma is of rich and earthy plum.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium reddish purple color.
-Tart plum flavor and finish. Strong artificial aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Poor tea. Tart plum flavor with an unfortunately strong artificial aftertaste.
Glory be, it’s a SIPDOWN! Why am I excited? I wasn’t letting myself buy any more Keemun until I finished the ones I already have. I am pretty sure this is the last of my last one. The little pile of empty tins is growing. The list of what I can order now is, too!
This was the first tea served because I wanted something fairly neutral to go with our first treat at tea party time. It was Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream, home made. Oo, it is yummy. I just made the basic vanilla ice cream in the Cuisinart book and added a tablespoon of Penzey’s orange extract.
Now I want to search for the perfect crunchy bits to add to it, like chopped almonds or toffee bits. I think it will be good as a float this summer, too. Maybe I will put it in ginger ale or cream soda.
I wanted a good black tea to pair with….a spoonful of frosting. Yes, that is my shameful mid-morning snack. My youngest daughter just made birthday cake number two – with four kids in the family and my godson plus hubby and me, one birthday cake isn’t enough! She did a beautiful job, and now as the birthday person I get first choice on beaters and pans. I chose the frosting bowl! Heh heh. But I really only scraped out about two teaspoons worth or a tad more.
I am really trying to sip down some teas and I am trying VERY HARD not to order more, but I can’t say I have had much success with that part! I have even given away two big boxes of teas lately! And still we have way more tea than food in this house. And way more tea than money. LOL!
I have enough leaf left now for one more pot, and I won’t be replacing this one. I thought I would back when I first bought it. My daughter liked it and it was not bad, but I have had Keemun Mao Feng from Harney and Sons and Organic Superfine Fragrant Keemun Black Tea from Teavivre, and those are superior.
I don’t regret purchasing this. It has served us well and is pretty good, but I am glad to open up space on the shelf for some other, more treasured teas to come in. It was really good with my cream cheese frosting, though!
This herbal tea smells heavenly – full of cinnamon sugary marzipan amazingness! And even better, this tea is a pretty, perfect reddish-pink color! I can’t help but get excited every time I see that pretty color come out of my little teapot. This is a soothing tea, with a nice almond flavored finish. It’s hard for me to have just one cup of this tea, I always want to brew some more. A perfect tea to have in the cupboard for an evening cuppa!
-Dry blend looks like a trail mix with large pieces of apple and beetroot and sliced almonds. Ingredients plumpen and float to the top during steeping.
-Dry blend smells like cinnamon sugar marzipan. Tea liquor aroma is of warm almonds.
-Tea liquor is a clear reddish pink color with an oily sheen on top.
-Cinnamon nutty flavor with a sweet almondy finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Very good tea. A caffeine free cup of sweet almond flavor!
This is a sip down, and the end of my very first Puerh purchase ever. I remember smelling the Puerh at A Southern Season and giggling with Sandy over the smell. When I finally bought some we were both a little apprehensive about tasting it, but in spite of the fishiness, we liked it! And I definitely recognized almost immediately the beneficial effects Puerh tea had on my digestive system, relieving the miserable overstuffed feeling after having pizza with crusts dipped in garlic butter.
I ended up buying all three types of puerh sold there, and got another friend really hooked on shu puerh. Now that this has aired out a bit, it is much more pleasant. It makes a really black cup of tea, but I do enjoy my puerh that way so I often steep it for at least three minutes.
Now I have found so many other puerhs that I like much better than this one. I am decupboarding it, and I do not intend to buy it again. When I want more mini Tuocha they will come from Teavivre or Mandala Tea. I am grateful to this little Tuocha for introducing me to puerh, though!
I needed a black tea for tea party today to go with homemade chocolate chip ice cream and this cake: http://thenonpareilbaker.blogspot.com/2011/09/chocolate-cake-with-cream-cheese.html?m=1
Paired with such sweet food, the tea seemed to become even more roasty, more chocolatey. Oddly, I felt like I tasted vanilla with the chocolatey flavor today, no doubt some function of the pairing. Great stuff. So glad I skipped lunch…
My bestie stopped by to have lunch with me today after shopping for all those goodies you need in order to send a child to college. Her son is leaving for the first time, having done his first two years here locally while living at home.
I made Philly Cheese Steaks with sautéed onions, mayo, lettuce, mozzarella, the usual stuff. It was gray and rainy so I wanted a stout-ish tea that would taste good with our food but would also appeal to everyone, since hubby was also eating and he is picky.
This is one of his favorites, and I must say that I like it very much as well. It needs no additions for me, though hubby adds milk and sugar, but that is true of pretty much all black tea for him. It is fruity and malty with no trace of dryness or astringency at all. It goes well with pretty much any food, whether meal or snack. Though it has a nice, bright flavor, it does not have the strong lemony flavor that some Ceylons have that can turn your tongue a bit. This and its decaf companion from the same store are shelf staples here.
Made a second cup with supper. I wasn’t afraid to let it steep this time. This is a very nice tea. I was going to try and grab a picture off their website to update the tea info. Apparently they don’t actually sell their tea over the internet. Despite being a breakfast tea it doesn’t seem to pack the caffeine jolt of the silver needle white I had yesterday. Tastes yummy.
Thank you ashmanra. I know very little about Irish Breakfast. I went a little light on the leaf because I don’t know how my stomach will react to this black tea. This is so much smoother than I expected. I thought it would be harsh. It is nicely fruity by mid sip and lingers into the aftertaste. No bitterness and only slightly drying. A good cup!
Today for lunch I made turkey panini with sautéed onions, lettuce, Raspberry Enlightenment from Penzey’s, and mozzarella cheese. As a side dish I had rotini noodles with Double Devon Cream, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese. To me, that meal screams for a good, stout Chinese black tea, like Keemun Hao Ya or Fengqing Dragon Pearls. But hubby doesn’t go for many black teas…yet. His favorite black tea is Ceylon, and even then only certain Ceylons will do.
He liked this one very well, and drank three cups to my one. I really wanted some tea after lunch so I tried resteeping the leaves, something I don’t do with just any black tea because so many come out weak. This was definitely weaker, but still very enjoyable.
Side note: the puppy we are fostering because she was hit by a car is doing well and should be ready to go up for adoption in a month or less. The puppy I keep on Tuesdays is staying with us indefinitely now since his owner is in the hospital having tests run. So every bite I eat, every sip I drink, is watched by three pairs of eager eyes…
Thanks to Josie Jade for this sample!
Smelling the dry leaf is very strongly lemon. At first, I thought of bubble gum when opening the package but with a deeper sniff the lemon comes to the fore.
A decent black tea base, definitely lemon. Maybe a bit of vanilla or possibly some other “fruity” flavors. Onto the shopping list this goes. A very pleasant blend that I think the tea party ladies at work would certainly enjoy this coming spring.
At one time, all I could get hubby to drink with me was black tea, and only a few of those. He added lots of sugar and milk. Less than a year ago he started drinking – and enjoying – lots of greens and oolongs and even some white and puerh. These teas he takes plain and has no desire to add anything. But even now, if I make a black tea he looks at it with distrust and wants to know what it is. Once he knows it is a kind he likes, in goes the sugar and milk.
Tonight I made a recipe from Pinterest because we are having Christmas soup night Friday and I wanted something “manly” to fill up those guy appetites. The test run for the sandwiches was today, and they were really good. Hubby devoured a number of them, and he was so pleased that I made this tea to go with them.
He loves a good Ceylon and said he seems to prefer the ones from A Southern Season. Fortunately, I have a healthy stock of three different Ceylons that they sell.
The best way I know to describe this tea and is that you take one sniff and say, “Ah! TEA!” This is not one of the super lemony or lightly astringent Ceylons. It is rich and full bodied and SMOOTH. I love it plain – it didn’t need a thing for me – but hubby drank cup after cup with milk and sugar, so if that is your bent, it can certainly handle it!
This was the first tea of tea party today. I broke with our usual attempt of having black, oolong, and green, or some other form of variety and just made two black teas and one flavored black because I was pairing it with something that I felt needed black tea to carry it.
You see, the lovely JacquelineM sent me a tiny little tea book with recipes in it a while back and today I tried one of them for tea time. The recipe is Pear, Walnut, Bleu Cheese sandwiches on Seven Grain bread, except we could only find twelve grain so we used that instead! LOL! The Bleu Cheese is mixed with cream cheese to spread it on the bread. It was very tasty and I don’t EVEN want to know how many calories were in each little triangle!
The sandwiches were very rich, so I wanted a good, strong black tea to stand up to the flavorful Bleu cheese and to contrast with the delicate pear. It was delicious! Thank you, Jacqueline!
I saw the tin sitting off to the side and said, “Why not?” I completely forgot until I saw it just now about the experiment of icing it and adding vanilla. Seriously? I did that? And liked it?
Well, having made it the usual way I make hot tea, I tried to like it once again. I find it slightly more palatable now, but I think I would rather put this in my bath water because it smells so great. The taste is still soapy and perfume-y to me. And now that I have fallen in love with Teavivre’s jasmine teas….all of them…I know that I DO like jasmine, just not this one. And I don’t see myself caring about it enough to ice it with vanilla. As it cools, it gets worse and worse. I want to wash my tongue.
Foot tea and bath tea it is!
I am decupboarding this one as I finished it today! I was experimenting, and I am hoping someone on here can help me because it was NOT a success.
I made a big batch of this tea, added cinnamon, cloves, and a tiny bit of nutmeg, squeezed a Clementine orange over it, and threw the peel and fruit in to simmer. I also added sugar.
This is very nearly good, yet almost undrinkable at the same time. It smells good and the sip is almost good but there is a really weird aftertaste. It was somewhat drinkable other than that while it was hot but as it cooled it was pretty terrible!
I wondered if this is bitterness coming from the orange peel?
Does anyone have a great recipe for a mulled tea that can be simmered low and slow in a crockpot? Other than the old standby of instant tea, Tang, and cinnamon?
It felt a little chilly this morning when hubby and I went out to pick up a few things for a home improvement project. When I came home I saw that it is actually in the low sixties, but hey. Everything is relative.
The cool temp made me want a plain black tea with my breakfast when we got home. I picked this one mostly because I don’t want it to get old and stale and I haven’t had it in a long time.
It was a great tea to choose because it is doing everything I wanted it to do. I can drink this one plain because it is such a mild Irish Breakfast. It does still taste with milk and sugar if you want to add it. It probably wouldn’t satisfy someone who likes a nice, strong Assam to kick them in the tuckus in the mornings, but it is a great strength for me.
The name of this tea kind of jumped out at me, and then when I read the ingredients and smelled the dry leaves I knew I had to purchase a sample pack. It is a perfect black fruity tea. There is an overtone of lemony flavor that is refreshing, but an undertone of maltiness from the black tea that makes it a deep-flavored tea as well. I know this is one tea that I will be going back to again and again!
-Dry blend has small black tea leaves with small yellow petals.
-Dry leaves smell like raspberry and lemon. Tea liquor aroma is of sweet lemon.
-Tea liquor is a clear reddish brown color.
-Malty lemon flavor with a sweet fruity raspberry finish. Slight creamy vanilla aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Excellent tea. Refreshing flavor.
I was a little hesitant about this one, until I smelled it. I enjoy pecan desserts (like pecan pie and sugar/cinnamon-coated pecans), but I don’t necessarily love pecans just by themselves. The name of this tea interested me at first, then I decided against it because I was afraid it would be too much like the true pecan nut flavor. Right before checking out I came back to this tea and opened the bag for a smell and I was hooked (on the aroma at least). I steeped a cup this morning for breakfast in case I didn’t like it and I could make something else instead. Luckily I was very pleased with it! It has more of a sweet-dessert like flavor (although faint, not too strong) as opposed to the strong purely nut flavor that I was hesitantly anticipating. There are little chips of maybe white chocolate? in the dry leaves that I think add to the sweet flavor of the tea. Maybe not one that I would reach for every day, but one that would be a pleasant treat every once in a while.
-Dry blend has large tea leaves with yellow petals, pieces of pecan and small white chocolate chips.
-Dry leaves smell like caramel and pecans. Tea liquor aroma is like pecan pie.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark brown color.
-Pecan nut flavor with a lightly sweet and nutty finish.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. Nice authentic pecan flavor.