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I decided to try this now because I had a few sips of my husband’s sweetened Samurai Chai/Lemon Drop. (Normally it’s Hot Lips, but I did not want to open my last pack). It was so good and for the first time I could see how lemon could be good with chai, I wanted to drink it all and not share.
Since it was already out I decided to try Lemon Drop on its own. I can’t say what it tasted like without sugar this time only that after my first sip I added sugar and then more sugar and then, it tasted like a “creamy” lemon drop. I was surprised to notice the creaminess Dinosara mentioned, it was very tasty. I don’t normally like lemon tea but that may be cause I don’t want to add a lot of sugar. I need to learn to like stevia again so I can drink this more often.
I will save the rest of the sample for my husbands chai, he really enjoyed it. If I ever get more I will try a shorter steeping time than ATR suggests (4min) and then maybe I will not need as much sugar.
This smells like roasted almonds and it’s making me crave Bearclaw pastries! I really like the rich fig and toasted nut flavor. I added sugar (of course) it’s what I call “salt for tea” in that it always seems to enhance the flavors. It’s just the sweet desert tea that I was craving!
Thank you Moraiwe for sharing this with me!
This is only my second Bi Luo, so I can only compare it with Golden Moon’s. Obviously, they’re similar, but this one is on the grassier side, with none of the burnt sugar note of Golden Moon’s. That note, along with the grassy/woody taste that they both have, gave the Golden Moon version a complexity right up there with my favorite oolongs. They are both just lovely, but I slightly prefer the Golden Moon for that reason.
The dry leaves smell like full-on granny style potpourri…and I LOVE that! The rosiness has faded quite a bit in the brewed tea, leaving a delicate rose aftertaste from a generally unremarkable white. To be fair, I’ve had only a very few remarkable whites and wouldn’t have expected a special one here. Still, I just love rose so much, and this is such a fresh, full rose, it may just stay in the collection.
I wish I liked fig because I taste a lot of fig and toasted nuts. Figs have never interested me; they always remind me of “healthy” cookies my grandmother would make. This tea has helped confirm that. I think next time I will make sure there is no dry fig and see how that goes. Thanks moraiwe for the sample, I’m glad I got a chance to try this.
My stash of this bready deliciousness is getting dangerously low. I still have enough for at least a handful of cups but once I accepted it for what it was and not what I was expecting I grew to love it and I am going through it fast. I suppose that is a testament as to just how tasty this tea really is.
Backlog. At some point I’ll log teas the same day I drink them!
Had this with breakfast the other morning, and it’s still so, so good! Yummy, chocolatey, amazing. Finished off my sample from MissB, now it’s on my wishlist!
I’m finishing off this sample that arrived a while ago. You really get a lot of fig flavor in this blend, much more than sesame or even tea flavor! It’s quite a bit on the sweet side and very interesting to try, I just don’t think it’s something I would bother to keep on hand for myself. It definitely makes a nice afternoon tea, or perhaps after dinner with a few cookies for dunking.
This is really, really strong in flavor… A yellow taste mid-back tongue, very floral rose and pink through the middle of the mouth both tongue and roof of mouth and rolling forward to the tip of the tongue.
Sweet on the very, very tip, too, and just on the inside edges of the lips. There is some blue, like a baby blue, taste inside the mouth against the front bottom teeth.
It pushes a little too far to a perfumey edge in the scent and flavor, so that makes me a bit ambivalent on the tea… But I think the larger list of positives means I like it. But not for an everyday tea… Just once in a while.
Full, round, rolling flavor and texture.
Long, long finish that stays intense.
Well, today is my ATR day. Its my 3rd tea. i want to give Romanoff another chance, maybe its my taste buds or very very cold weather.
This tea is incredible but it wasnt love at first sight. Dry leaves smell like strong sweet liquor. i steeped it according to ATR suggestions. Hot it tastes weird. I LOVE pu, figs, sesame seeds but this combination was just wrong to me. some woodiness probably from pu wasnt working. I could taste sweet fennel but no coconuts. i was thinking that it was smart of me getting only sample until it cooled… then i tried it again. oak woodiness some how disappeared. and I decided to add tiny less than 1/4 of tsp of maple syrup. its magic. I love it. its definite repurchase in a near future.
It’s day 12 of little terri’s Sipdown Extravaganza, but so far this is the only sipdown I’ve gotten in. I woke with a terrible photo-sensitivity headache, & my guts are telling me that I ingested something that I have an issue with, & my issues are legion. So I mostly need potent & comforting teas, & I started with this one, which definitely hits on the potency level. This is sipdown #80, from…who else? Sil, of course!
Sipdown…I almost saved this last bit for a cold brew, over the summer, but I opted to sipdown tonight instead.
It’s pretty tasty. That nice peachy apricot doesn’t seem too artificial, and the base is not too smoky or astringent either, so it is quite a pleasant steep. If I do get more of this, I am quite keen still, to see how it is cold steeped.
Flavors: Apricot, Peach
Amazing . I was so afraid that this tea is just a hype. It captures all the challah bread with orange bits and almonds. It’s as sweet as bread should be, rich in vanilla and marzipan, and cinnamon. I finished the cup wanting more but it’s enough for tonight. My daughter begged me to have a sip and declared that she is finishing a cup. But I didn’t surrender . Easy 100
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Nuts, Orange Zest, Vanilla
After seeing this tea show up on my dashboard in others’ tasting notes so many times, I had to try it for myself! So thank you to bluebelle for sending some my way! Even though I’ve seen people sing praises about this tea, I was still blown away by how spot on it was. The dry leaf smelled like freshly baked pastries. The tea also somehow tastes like freshly baked pastry and cinnamon.
Usually with teas that emulate cakes or other desserts, I feel like there is something missing. Whatever that something is, this tea has it. I guess it just balances well between being overly artificial and being too weakly flavored. I may have to make an order with American Tea Room soon!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon
I thought I had heard really good things about this one… but I think I was mistaken. Either way, I was pretty unimpressed. I think this is the second time I’m trying it (doubt I logged the first time), and in neither case did I taste much of anything berry. In fact, you could almost convince me it was a straight tea. I don’t think it’s flavour-loss (since I’m pretty sure Tangier was from the same purchase), but oh well. I’ve encountered other berry blacks that I enjoy; it’s ok to have a dud. Thanks for letting me try this one though, Sil!
Thanks to Sil for some of this lovely tea. I quite enjoyed it; nothing special but quite a good example of a basic peachy black. Or at least, peach was the fruity flavour I was getting from it. Anyhow, fairly mild black base, no astringency, and nice juicy flavour. I bet this would make a tasty unsweetened iced tea.
ETA: Apricot, I see. That makes sense. I often confuse the two flavours! That might also explain why I found it tastier than peach teas I’ve tried.
While I know I don’t necessarily care for this cold steeped (it gets a little overwhelmingly perfumed), I steeped with my usual parameters and let this chill today.
It’s actually incredibly good and a completely different experience to drinking this hot. Still very floral, but balanced and tempered with the white peony, which is almost juicy tasting. It’s almost like there’s pear or light apple in here, that just explodes with juicy freshness in my mouth.
In other news, it’s supposed to get above freezing next week for the first time since Christmas, and that is ridiculously exciting. If Fiance breaks out shorts though, I might disown him.
Ehhhh…. can’t really review this one properly, unfortunately. Opened up the well-sealed bag given to me by Sil – it smelled like vomit. Classic coconut rancidity, I’m quite sure. Anyhow, I gagged a bit and brewed some up anyways (when you know that it’s just rancid coconut, and you’re not brewing up chunks of puke, I can handle at least taking a sip). Brewed up, less barfy aroma, more like it’s supposed to smell… but there were still hints of upchuck. A sip revealed distinct flavours of cacao husk (yum), rooibos (meh… wasn’t great), and… well… rancid coconut. It was tough to taste past the coconut, but I don’t think this would be a blend I would enjoy anyhow – although I do like cacao, the rooibos adds an off-flavour that I’m not fond of.
Disclaimer: This tea has obviously gone off. The rating reflects my impression of the tea as I feel it would be without the rancidity; I’m not fond of rooibos.