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Backlog from vacation. This was pretty good for a bottled tea. The honey flavor was very assertive; instead of the generic, sweet, “honey” flavor many bottled teas use, this was identifiably the good stuff. Somehow that managed not to overwhelm the tea base despite being the dominant flavor, and the lemon kept it from being overly sweet (although I reached for it because I wanted sweet). I think I’d like to try the dry version of this so I can control the sugar content myself, but it was a pleasant surprise when I had to grab something quickly in the airport.
Lime? Check. Yuck…
Sugar? Check. Check. Double, triple, quadruple check…
It tasted like a candle, or like a perfume/bodyspray.
The lime was too sour in my opinion. It was almost bitter. I loved the minty flavor, but it didn’t seem to go well with the overly sweet and sour flavor. The flavors didn’t really blend well together like a real mojito would. They seemed to be all over the place.
I also think the sourness gave me an upset stomach. :( I did not end up finishing it.
The glass bottle is the best part! I will try other argo teas, but NOT this one again. YUCK.
Got this as a sample from Carol Who, thanks carol!
This tea is yummy! I brewed 2t for 5 min with 8 oz boiling water. (I am not usually that specific with my brewing, but I figured I should follow the directions as best as possible when trying samples :) ). I mixed in coconut milk (I don’t do milk) and honey. And then I waited for it to cool down enough for me to drink it. The first few sips were good but a little weak. As it has cooled down the flavors have come out more and made it taste stronger. Right now this tea is quite tasty. I taste the yummy cinnamon and spices and to me they mix wonderfully with the coconut and honey flavors. I also saved the leaves to try a second steeping, I’ll let you know if it is good :)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices
Green teas and I don’t really tango well. They’ve gotta blow me off my feet. Even green flavoureds. And this green tea just tasted like green tea. I wanted to taste the flavours, I did! I’ll give it another go, maybe in a mug rather than the timolino, and then maybe iced as well. That’ll get me through the rest of the sample, anyway…
What other tea does this tea remind me of? Seriously, can somebody please tell me? I’m going out of my mind. It’s delicious and I love it but my poor memory is driving me insane. What other delicious white teas have existed in my life?
I have about two cups of this left in my sampler and I am already bereft thinking about having none of this tea in my life any more.
As we head toward winter in the great southern land I am finally letting myself crack out the trio of wintry tea samplers I picked up from Argo Tea in the Flatiron building in NYC.
Looking at the trio closely, this one is the one I was most drawn to. It has a lot of similar ingredients/flavour indicators as one of my favourite tisanes ever, T2’s Cinnamon Somersault.
I am getting slightly bitter notes from the amount of cinnamon in this, but though I’m not getting a lot of orange, the almond is just nice without being "essence"y. Not bad. It’s no Cinnamon Somersault, but it’s not bad. I might try splicing it with some Cocoa Loco Orange and see if that’s closer to my sweet spot.
Sipdown (108)! OK, so I know I was supposed to try this hot at some point, and I had plenty of leaf to do so, but the weather got warmer and blah blah excuses blah blah. I used it all up on cold brews, but I feel okay with that because it made a very refreshing cold brew. This time around, there was less rice and more green tea because it was the bottom of the bag, so it’s not quite as roasty as other times, but still good. I won’t be repurchasing this one just because there are so many other genmaichas out there to try and love. One more out of the sipdown drawer successfully sipped down! Woohoo!
Ok, I’ve cold brewed this one as usual, but today it is not tasting so good. I’ve noticed lately in my new apartment that my teas don’t taste as good as I remember them to be. I think that the tap water in Boston is just tastier than the tap water in Cambridge, even though I filter my water in both cities. The Cambridge water just tastes more like chlorine (I think?), which is off-putting. So the usual roasty toasty goodness of this genmaicha is competing in flavor with the chlorine, which makes me sad. I guess I’m gonna have to start making my tea differently!
I couldn’t help but to cold brew this one again because I really enjoyed it last time. It’s definitely heavy on the toasted rice flavor when I prepare it this way. Still waiting to rate this until I have it hot as well, so let’s hope I get around to doing that before I use it all up on cold brewing!
I realized that I never tried this tea that’s been sitting in my shelf for a bit now. So I continued my cold brewing obsession with this genmaicha. First off, there were quite a few popped rice bits in the tea. I think that translated into the ultimate taste. I was tasting a lot more of the toasted rice flavor than the green tea base. I actually really like this one as a cold brew, but I will reserve my rating for when I can try it out hot to more directly compare to other genmaichas I’ve had.
I guess I don’t know much about Argo tea and there don’t seem to be a lot of reviews for their blends, despite me coming across them in NYC. Any insight, anyone?
This blend is one of three jarred blends I bought on a below-freezing day that I voyaged through the flatiron district. Is it a district? Argo tea was literally nestled in the base of the flatiron building itself, and I stopped in to ward off the cold with a hot beverage. The teas along the wall looked pretty good and in my freezing stupor I assumed they were just what they said on their labels (in this case: oolong and coconut), not more complex blends.
Darn you, licorice root. You curse everything good in this world.
Had some of this cold brewed, wow. Ginger winner! With this cold virus there would be a different winning flavour with each sip, between the ginger and fruit, but I think I can call ginger the winner. Pow.
I think I actually prefer this one hot, funnily enough. Cold brewed is still super awesome but I think it’s better balanced hot!