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Tea #29 from Considering a new TTB
This is the last caffeine free option in the TTB. It’s an interesting combination of ingredients, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the pink peppercorns in the blend, but they don’t seem to lend much of a flavor. The florals are present, without being soapy with a slightly tart flavor from the rose hips. Overall, this isn’t a bad tea to end my day with, but it isn’t something I’m likely to order for myself since there are so many chamomile blends that I prefer over this one.
Thank you QueenOfTarts for a sample of this one a while back! As I expected, I’m pretty sure this is the same blend as The Tea Merchant’s Silk Dragon. Same ingredients, same taste. Not a bad thing! I have a bit of the sample left of that one, and I’m happy to have a bit of this one left. It’s a nice oolong with a hint of lemon and vanilla. This blend seemed to have less vanilla, but maybe the Tea Merchant’s blend was as fresh as possible when I first tried it. It’s a nice one! I just wish it had more lemon or tasted more like creamsicle like another tasting note mentioned.
This is almost like a tart creamsicle and if you add a little sugar to it you have full creamsicle flavor in a cup of tea. I think that anyone who enjoys orange and is looking for a caffeine free option will enjoy this tea. It also makes a very tasty iced tea, I ran out of time to sit and enjoy my tea and put it in the refrigerator for later. When I noticed that the temperature was hovering in the mid 50’s I decided to pull it out and give it a second chance. In Wisconsin mid 50’s is definitely iced tea weather, for us that is a regular heat wave! It’s such a shame that we’re expecting snow and cold weather the rest of the week, but the warm weather reminds me that iced tea weather is almost here. I can’t be the only one excited about this, can I?
You can red the rest of the review on my blog
Slight smoky flavor. It reminds me a lot of pu-erh, which I later learned that Yunnan used in this blend is aged longer to form pu-erh blends. This is really my favorite of the black teas. That’s saying a lot when previously my favorite was chai.
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