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Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #19
This one is lovely — I love a good vanilla rooibos. This didn’t have actual vanilla pieces, but I didn’t actually think there would be. But adagio’s vanilla flavoring is always delicious enough for me! Two great steeps of sweet rooibos with the same amount of flavor. No flavor fading! It’s nice to know I like this one in case I’m looking for a vanilla rooibos to stock up on. Vanilla REALLY works with rooibos…. to me, that might be what rooibos most tastes like naturally? New idea for me….
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #18
This was an okay green or white tea….both? Not the best but not the worst. The look of the leaves almost reminded me of snow frosted pine needles. The flavor just seemed like a standard white/green flavor with nothing special about it. Again, THIN baggies aren’t the best. This is just a note to say I tried this, really. Teaboxes always turn me into a tea monster. I think I just wrote six tasting notes. Three to be posted now, three tomorrow. Or I just try to keep up with three a day.
To paraphrase Faulkner — there’s no such thing as bad lapsang souchong, but some lapsang souchongs are better than others. This one’s dry leaf gives pine, menthol, and camphor, and virtually no smoke. In the cup, the base tea is inoffensive, but the effect of the smoke is weird, to the point where I don’t know how to describe it. It definitely isn’t smoky, though, which kind of defeats the purpose for me. Glad I only got a sample.
Flavors: Camphor, Menthol, Pine
I enjoyed this one. It somehow tastes a little bit watery to me – I used plenty of the tea, I’m thinking maybe I’d like it with some additional black tea thrown in. I appreciate that nothing in here tastes artificial – I’ve had a bad history of finding chais that seem to have red hot candies as half the content. I liked it fine, it was just somehow…lacking something. Maybe I would like it better as a chai latte or something? Nice balance of the spices, though.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove