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Tea #4 from the Here’s Hoping TTB
I just placed an order with Art of Tea and very nearly ordered this since it ties is so well with the holidays. Right now I’m incredibly glad I didn’t. It has a rather odd flavor to it, that tastes fruity, but not entirely fig-like. Don’t even get me started on the scent of the brewed tea, it was bad enough I almost didn’t sample this cup.
The peach flavor is a little subtle and that seems strange to me since Oolong tends to have a natural peach-y tone to it. It’s a tasty tea, but I was hoping for more peach!
This is an unusual tea. As an ex-coffee addict I was on board with the steeping smell—like chocolate-covered coffee beans, yum—but the white chocolate leaves zillions of light oily little drops floating in the tea (for the most part I’m not concerned with some debris in tea but the oiliness and color here were rather unappetizing). It’s hard to know what to make of the finished taste—you could be disappointed because it’s like watered down coffee (it reminds me a bit of those tins of powdered International Coffee from the ‘80s, very weak coffee bases overlaid with a lot of sugar and oil), or bemused because it’s got the body of tea but not really much of the flavor, or enjoy it for sort of being in between a lot of things, a novel synthesis. My own take keeps jumping from all of these, honestly. I guess I’d drink it again, and some sips I even think I really like it in a guilty pleasure sort of way. Not sure what to make of it. At any rate, it’s not at all bitter or astringent, especially given you’re expecting a coffee-type profile. I suppose it’s like coffee flavored ice cream—your feelings about straight up coffee can be entirely divorced from your feelings about the ice cream flavor, because they’re not at all the same though related. Something for when you want “coffee flavor” as if it’s a listed option for dessert syrup, but are entirely uninterested in coffee the actual thing with its texture and own complex balancing act of bitterness and roastiness and all that. Hm.
The oiliness and white chocolate give it a plastic dimension the more you drink. I think I would rather drink plain hojicha (now I wonder what mixing some hojicha with a tea like Florence would taste like…).
This is pretty good! Banana is hard in tea—it’s so easy to have it topple off into “candy runts” fake sugary territory. This banana is sweet, but never runts-sweet. I like the way it interacts with the coconut and yes, even the chamomile (I’m guessing maybe the chamomile is what keeps the banana-coconut combo from becoming beachy plasticky cocktail mixer flavored). The lavender is light enough you might not even register it as such; it just gives everything a soft, cleaned up backdrop. I like how this is sort of a light, gentle tea, not uber sweet or heavily creamy. It gives the impression of a freshened up banana, again avoiding candy territory. I’m not madly in love with it but it’s probably the best banana tea I’ve found so far.
My black Friday shipment arrived yesterday and so I’ve started to enjoy the teas (I’m letting my wife put some of the teas away as Christmas presents but I couldn’t stand to wait for all of them).
This tea was a bit disappointing. I tried it first without any sweetener, and the only flavor was cinnamon. The aroma reminded me of the “Atomic Fireball” candies I used to eat as a kid, and that probably influenced my impressions, but I couldn’t taste any tea or apple: just the fireball.
I tried adding NutraSweet, and the sweetener brought out the apple flavor, but the cinnamon still overpowered the apple. This tea might work for someone who really likes cinnamon, but it isn’t for me.
I was worried this one’d be disappointing because the 4oz size was on massive discount and I’ve been longing for more fig teas. But luckily it’s great. You have to be careful not to oversteep—the second cup edged toward overbrewed because I didn’t remove the infuser on time—but it’s a smooth, rich, wonderful cup, not too heavily spiced, just right, and you can really taste the fig (the few fig teas I’ve tried haven’t always delivered on that beyond smell). No regrets! Husband noticed the jump in quality too (we’d been drinking cheaper also flavored tea earlier in the day).
Happy Black Friday everyone! I reached my Black Friday goal so I decided to pull out some of the new teas that came in this month, moraiwe sent me this during round two of Secret Pumpkin. This is such a fun fall themed tea, thank you for sending it to me.
I wish I would have tried this before I placed my order last night because I really enjoyed this. The round two theme was fall and I would say moraiwe nailed this perfectly, this absolutely reminds me of fall. It tastes somewhat like a less sweet version of the apple cider I buy from our local orchard for my husband. This really appeals to me because the main reason I don’t care for apple cider is that I find it to be overly sweet. This I can sweeten just a little bit if I’m in the mood for something sweet or drink it as is, either way it was enjoyable.
I love that this has a green rooibos base since I prefer it over red rooibos, I just wish it resteeped better. I tried a second steep, but it was really watery and I dumped it out. This wasn’t entirely unexpected, I find that many rooibos blends are good for one steep only.
Tea #10 from Another TTB
It smells like a stinky shoe! Like a leather loafer that spent too much time in the garden and smells like moldy-weed-leather-and-food in a cup.
Should I taste it? . . .here goes…
Oh man. It tastes like stinky shoe too! Some of you all actually like this?? oh gee, no thank you!!
But, I will say Kudos to a tea tasting exactly like it smells.
I like this tea. It has a strong base tea and a nice vanilla flavor. However, every time I drink it I find myself thinking about Harney and Sons vanilla teas. There’s a depth to the vanilla in H&S teas that this one is missing. I’ll have no problem finishing the rest of this one, but I don’t see myself reordering.
Drank this tonight at Tealips, a local bubble tea place that I love. It’s called Green Rooibos and Apple there, however. I wrote down the ingredients and easily found that, and three teas I bought, on here as Art of Tea.
I was really excited about this blend. Yunwu? Cool! Unfortunately, something was really off with this for me. Something floral and just plain wrong. Bitter. Chemical-y. I had two sips and had to dump it.
Another swap from kimquat. Mm mm this is a nice sweet coconutty tea. When added milk this is so lusciously coconut and creamy! Yum yum. Thank you. Time for bed.
Tea #8 from Another Traveling Tea Box
After the failure I had with the last tea, I figure a tea with cinnamon in it will at least reassure me that my taste buds aren’t dying on me. Lol.
I get cinnamon and something fruity/figgy. The sip is very full and I get a nice figgy-ness from it. The cinnamon thankfully isn’t as in-your-face as I was fearing with as many cinnamon chips as was in the scoop. It’s a decent enough tea and I’m glad I was able to sample it, especially considering it’s not really one I would’ve ordered myself. But I still wouldn’t consider ordering it now.
I know, I know. I should probably be off either working or studying for this exam I’m surely going to fail, and I had every intention of doing just that, promise! But it’s insane how quickly having to focus on an important task makes you realize how messy your tea cupboard is…and how you need to get swap packages together…and how you should probably attend to some sip downs before making new gigantic purchases…and and and….
So, last night I found myself sitting on the kitchen floor, my tea in various predetermined piles all around me. It was astounding to me that I actually had a lot of tea that I haven’t even tried yet! anyway, I can finally join those of you in sip down land, as I’ve finally polished off the last of this tea. There was slightly more than needed for a cup, but overleafing never did stop this old girl, so in all the leaves went and I enjoyed the last cup. It’s a decent English breakfast, but certainly nothing to write home about, if writing home about things is your thing. I also had to grab a tea that didn’t require any sort of thought process whatsoever, as something sort of big was happening at work today and my stomach was already churning because of it. That thing went reasonably well (because I hate passive-aggressively referring to things only to get people all curious and leave them hanging there).
So yay, one less tea in my life!
I’m excited to try this one, even though it’s a minty tea. I typically don’t like mint in tea at all, but there are those rare moments when I do like a cup. The Christmas tree and candy cane sprinkles are so cute and the blend smells very creamy and minty! Once water has been added, I still get some sweet mint, but it’s sort of masked by what I can only describe as a grassy pen in the zoo. It’s definitely the puerh. Ugh, I wish that puerh and I got along better, but sometimes… it’s just impossible.
Sipping… primary note is the mint which lingers on the tongue and then changes into the black tea base. I enjoy Art of Tea’s black teas – malty, a little bit creamy and dark. The finish of this tea is of the puerh and it’s earthy, stinky & fishy. I think that I would like this cup so much more if the puerh were put on a spaceship and sent to the moon. The mint is rather tame, soft & works so well with the black tea. A real shame that I don’t enjoy this cup a bit more.
Thanks so much to TastyBrew for a sample! I’m glad that I tried it before dashing off to buy a bunch.