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This is a nice sweet mint! I’m not normally a huge rooibos fan but I liked this one. It has a nice creamy vanilla flavor that rounds it out. I love peppermint tea, but it reminds me of being sick, this one doesn’t have the association for me and it’s still nice and minty. it’s much more dessert-like than herbal with the creamy flavoring, so it’s better with a good amount of sugar.
I am a big fan of keemun tea, and consider the smoky character to be a key aspect of the tea. However, the smoke so dominates this tea that I can’t really enjoy it.
The aroma is very smoky: to the point of making me think about Lapsam Souchong. All I can smell is the smoke. The taste and finish are likewise dominated by the smoke, making the tea one-dimensional, though the complex character of keemun is what normally draws me to the tea.
Once I get over my initial impression, I can just enjoy the raw power of the tea. As I said, I do like a smoky tea. I also discovered that the second steep was in many ways better than the first: the smoke is subdued, letting the flavors of the tea peek through. The finish is still dominated by the smoke.
As an experiment, I tried steeping a pot with half my usual amount of tea: only 0.8 grams for 6 oz of water (3 minute steep). The smoke is no longer overwhelming. Although I can’t detect the tea flavors, the tea is good this way. Still, I wouldn’t change my ratings, since the tea is still one-dimensional.
Note: It is possible that I am reviewing the wrong tea here. In late 2013, Art of Tea only has a Hao Ya (with no A) and that is the tea I am reviewing.
Little league baseball season has started. With two kids on two different teams, this means we will have three games and two practices each week for the next few months. Last year around this time we pretty much lost control of our entire schedule because of the baseball situation and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Not that it wasn’t fun watching the kids play. No. 1 in particular is quite talented. He has an amazing arm and is a pretty reliable batter as well. But still. On top of everything else the kids have going on it’s quite a hellacious couple of months. Not to mention what we, the adults, have going on. All of which basically gets put on the back burner. At least this time I have a folding chair to take with me to the games (I asked for one for Mother’s Day last year because my butt hurt from having to sit on the concrete at the parks where there aren’t bleachers).
All of that is a long winded way of saying that I’m going to put this in a big mug and go lie down with it beside my bed, and I expect I will fall asleep (continuing with the baseball theme) before you can say Jack Robinson.
The pie flavor is coming out even before much cooling goes on tonight, which is comforting. Soon my body will realize that it isn’t getting any sugar out of this despite the taste and I won’t be able to stay awa…
Another Sample sent by Awkward Soul, & destined for the box that I’m sending to Sil.
Sil & I keep sending one another these big boxes of tea, & I keep thinking eventually our cupboards will even out. I’ll have everything she has, & visa versa, right? Wrong! LOL, more tea companies come along, & there is always something new to try. Meanwhile, I have a big pile of goodies to send her way, plus the BBBB also! I usually combine them into one box, but I don’t think I have a box that is big enough. So I may send 2. Shhhhhh…..don’t tell her, I don’t wanna get in trouble, but this one’s gonna be a doozie! It’ll totally screw up her sipdown plans. LOL!
Ooops, so I totally forgot to say anything about the tea, hahaha. Honestly, the aroma was like singed rubber bands, but the tea tasted fine, with a light incense essence to it.
Spiffy white and black tea blend! This one is mostly crisp white tea in flavor, but with a hint of black tea that adds some extra body. Plenty of dry grape flavor (with a bit of dryness at the end of sip) and rose. The grape flavor is on the artificial side, and pretty much the same “champagne” tea flavoring in a couple other tea blends, but I do like how that bit of black tea in this blend adds extra interest to the tea.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/fleury-doux-champagne-tea-art-tea-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Back to crocheting on my assembly line of Tea Owl wings. So many wings!
When I asked my sister to smell the leaves, the first thing she said to me was, “It smells like Fig Newtons!” I’m not sure if I agree with that sentiment, but it does remind me of something. Creamy and lemony, this tea smells like sugar and cream. However, once it’s brewed, much of that flavor isn’t really present. You get the first hint of a creamy texture in your mouth, with hints of a lemony feeling, with a stronger flavor at the end. It’s a bit odd, honestly. I enjoyed it, though, once I put a little sugar in. I’m not usually a sugar-in-tea sort of person, but this tea felt like it called for it. Overall, it’s not something that I’ll be re-purchasing. I might try cold-brewing it, though, and see how that turns out… It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just not a flavor profile that I enjoy.
Flavors: Cream, Grass, Lemon Zest
When I first opened the package of this tea, I was pleased. It has a lovely roasted, toasty, and almost-sweet smell that reminded me of a really good cup of Central American coffee. The taste didn’t disappoint! It had a very oolong flavor, with roasted and cinnamon notes. The initial steep reminds me of the flavor of a piece of toast with cinnamon-sugar on it. Lovely. It’s not as naturally sweet as the scent of the brew would lead you to believe, though.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Wood
To be completely honest, this reminded me of Teavana’s matevana (a roasted mate with oolong). Butttt there’s no mate in this. Tasteception?
It definitely had coffee and vanilla notes and while it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t amazingly good either. Kinda a meh for me.
Thanks for sample Ladyfriend :)
Pretty interesting tea. It’s my first pu-erh, and I like it! The first whiff of fishiness nearly put me off, but I braved through it and was rewarded with a lovely cup of burgundy liquid, tasting of miso, mushrooms, and wood. It was deep, strong, and really lovely. I’ll be re-purchasing.
Flavors: Earth, Fish Broth, Mushrooms, Wood
I’ve tasted a lot of chamomile in various guises lately, some good, some not so good. This blend isn’t doing a lot for me.
The chamomile smells sweet in the packet. The rest of the ingredients make for a very rich smelling blend, with more than floral notes—there’s something almost like cocoa to its depth. It’s also lovely to look at (like its picture).
Once it is steeped, though, the chamomile becomes more of a sharp, pungent note in the aroma, and the rest of the ingredients don’t pull together as a team to balance it out. It steeps to a pretty, clear yellow color.
The flavor is much like the aroma. It’s not as sweet as the dry mixture’s aroma promised. There’s a little tartness from the rose hips. The lavender and rose are very faint, and I don’t taste the peppercorn. I don’t get much spice to this. On balance, I’d rather have sweetness than spice, though.
I’m wondering whether more leaf would make a difference. It seems to me that if the chamomile has a sweet, fresh smell in the packet, that should be indicative of how it will taste after steeping. That it doesn’t here makes me wonder if I need to perfect my preparation methods. It’s almost sweet, but not quite. On the other hand, it could be that the tartness of the rose hips is the culprit. I think it’s the hibiscus in Tazo’s Calm that makes the chamomile in that one problematic for me. I like this better than Calm, but not as well as Harney’s Yellow and Blue.
Another Earl from the stash. I reread my earlier note on this—there I said that the crème was the dominant flavor I tasted and that is still true. The bergamot is not strong at all, but it is clearly there because this doesn’t taste like a single flavor vanilla tea. I like Earl Grey crèmes in general because of the mildness the vanilla flavor adds, and this is a very enjoyable wake-up tea. Sort of like a gentle shake rather than a klaxon blaring in my ear.
I’ve had other lemon-ginger combinations that I didn’t care for, but I was prepared to have a different experience as soon as I opened this up. The smell from the packet of combined lemon and ginger made me think of….. ginger ale! I got the same note from the steeped infusion, which yields a deep orange colored liquor.
I have family in Birmingham, Alabama, and in Birmingham they have a local ginger ale called Buffalo Rock. It’s really yummy, and what makes it so good is that it has a much more intense ginger flavor than standard ginger ales like Canada Dry. Here’s more info about it: http://www.buffalorock.com/golden-ginger-ale/
Drinking this, I was reminded of Buffalo Rock ginger ale, minus the carbonation. The ginger flavor is deep but not to the point of pain and it has a spicy kick in the aftertaste. The lemon is taste-able as well and is what lifts the flavor up and gives it an impression of effervescence. I really do feel like I’m drinking a good ginger ale without carbonation, but not flat.
I may be the only person who wrote a note about this that found the ginger more prominent than the lemon and I wonder whether this is either because of what ended up in my measuring spoon or the age of this tisane (which was in a sealed packet but still rather old). I hope that’s not the case though because I would drink this for the ginger flavor more than the lemon. I could see it being an excellent tummy settler, too.
The thing is, I don’t drink ginger ale that often. Mostly on airplanes or when traveling. I drink it about as often as I drink root beer, though I like it more. So I wonder whether I’d really drink this often enough to justify keeping it around. On the other hand, I’m regretting not ordering The Necessiteas Rootbeer Float so as to have that around.
I brewed this up two or so hours ago and it’s sat by the open window where I forgot it almost that whole time.
It tastes pretty stunning chilled, though. I’m not sure where the vanilla tones are coming from, but it’s a bit like a vanilla coffee drink. Or maybe a little Kahlua-esque? I’m going to regret the caffeine when it comes to sleep tonight though.
Still. A- would forget tea again.
Remember about a week ago I mentioned a little project I was working on, cataloging all the teas of the world. I foolishly thought I would be finished by now, but thirty pages later and I am still finding little nuggets of information to add…and I am loving every minute of it! I love when a new subject comes up for me to obsessively research, learning new things is my passion and when it pertains to one of my other passions than the results are even sweeter.
Today’s tea is a spicy kick and possibly a little sweet if the name Hot Sweet Cinnamon by Art of Tea is to be believed. It is a blend of (all organic) Black tea, Cinnamon bits, Orange Peel, Cloves, and Natural flavors, it is a tea that I usually label as a pomander or potpourri tea because the aroma (and ingredients) were always used in pomanders and potpourri around my house growing up. The aroma is very spicy, lots of cinnamon and clove and a hint of rum or liqueur just sneaking in.
The brewed leaves are very spicy and loaded with cinnamon, it smells like Christmas and a hint of a typical ‘black tea’ aroma at the end. I can detect a very mild hint of oranges, but it is barely there hiding behind the muscled arms of the cinnamon and cloves. Think of the oranges as a wilting ingenue and the spices are her buff body guards. The liquid without its leaves is fairly sweet and cinnamon and immediately reminds me of Red Hots, those obnoxiously addictive candies that I have eaten far too many of in my life.
The taste is surprisingly bitter, though not in a way you would usually expect in a black tea (which is good because it would mean I failed at brewing it correctly) it is the bitterness of too much spice. I find my mouth going numb and my stomach growing annoyed almost immediately. Turns out there can be a thing as too much spice, tragic as that sounds. The taste after the initial clove kick in the face (at least I didn’t feel it) is fairly sweet and cinnamony, again a lot like Red Hots. The base Black tea is pretty weak, I barely tasted it around the spices. It was not my cup of tea, sadly.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
The dry leaf of this blend is made up mostly of downy white tea with a sprinkling of rose petals and lavender to give it some color. With the amount of rose present in this particular blend I expected the rose to take center stage, but that role actually belongs to the peppermint in this case. The rose takes on more of a backup role and the lavender is barely noticeable at all. With a shorter steep time the ingredients have a chance to play together, lending each of their flavors to the tea; however, when left to steep longer the mint has a tendency to take over obscuring the delicate floral flavors that make this tea so special. I think this blend is the perfect way to end a long, stressful day or to drink when I need something to improve my mood so I see it gracing my cupboard again and again.
You can check out my full review on my blog:
Everyone in my house is distracted by something tonight, and they’re all distracted by different things. Consequently, I could not get anyone to pay attention to my attempt to rally around a dessert tea we could all enjoy.
No one was interested in trying this but me and the BF. I was very interested though, especially after I stuck my nose in the packet. There’s a gingerbready smell to the dry mixture that you can just tell from smelling it is going to take on a pastry note when you steep it. Mmmm.
The liquor is orange. Deep orange, very pumpkin themed. The aroma is of clove, mostly, but also cinnamon and also, very faintly, that promise of pastry.
When it’s very hot, it’s a spice tea. Clove, cinnamon, ginger, all represented, pretty much in that order, along with something else from the pumpkin pie spice experience. Allspice? Nutmeg? It’s not listed among the ingredients, but there’s something else that’s evoked, as in the pumpkin pie spice you can buy premixed.
But when it cools some, a subtle pastry-like note creeps in that makes it more than just spice and really evokes the pumpkin aspect of the pie filling along with a bit of crust. I can’t help but think that milk might make this come out even more, though it’s enough for me without.
I haven’t had any other tisane that claims the name pumpkin pie but I would guess it would be hard to evoke the pie and not just the spice and to do it well. I don’t love pumpkin pie so much that this would necessarily become a staple for me and the BF said he wouldn’t order it again, but I give this one high marks for living up to its name.
Oh! And I can’t taste the honeybush. So points.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
I have teabags of this that I really enjoy traveling with because the tin was full of individually wrapped bags. The flavor is super mild, sweet, and floral. I steeped this for 2 minutes for the first 3 infusions, and 3 minutes for the next 2, 4 minutes for the third. Definitely a soft flavor, but very tasty.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey
I think I finally have Fiance’s full buy in on the tea station upstairs. Which is good because after my laptop migrated up here last night, I don’t really have the motivation to go downstairs before I need to. Besides, his buttons will get reattached to his shirts this way.
This is a really creative blend. Hojicha and oolong pair together to create a wannabe coffee. It brews up darker than a lot of black teas, and is a rich chocolately brown with just a fliker of amber in the light. It smells pungent and roasted, and a lot like coffee really.
I went with a conservative steeping temperature, and as a result there was no bitterness, but still full-bodied and potent. There’s a definite amount of nuttiness and it feels just slightly creamier than a normal brew (I’m attributing this to the white chocolate). I didn’t get any oilyness or film from the chocolate, but I didn’t really taste it either.
This definitely captures a coffee, but it’s like coffee for when you don’t want coffee. It’s weaker than coffee and not as bold as what I’m used to drinking, but because of the differences in flavor and potency it’s easy to disassociate this from coffee as well, and just picture it as a roasty warming cup of love.
Flavors: Nuts, Roasted Barley