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drank Roasted Corn Tea by assi brand
142 tasting notes

Mmmm toasty corn goodness! If you are thinking of trying this, know that the corn itself, both before and after steeping, smells terrible. The tisane smells a little better….if you can have patience with those factors, the tea itself will surely delight!

Ok, at least it does me.

Preparation
212 °F / 100 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Roasted Corn Tea by assi brand
142 tasting notes

This tea is a perfect cozy winding down end of day cuppa. Too bad it comes only in 5 lb packages…i guess i do have many days requiring down-winding, so it’ll do. Can’t wait to try this iced once the 100 degree summer weather kicks in!

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If, like me, you’re frustrated by ginger teas that aren’t strong enough, and you think the burning feeling is a positive thing, then you’ll love this. It does have a lot of sugar, as it’s basically flavored sugar crystals. Feels good on a sore throat. I’ve found that the Traditional Medicinals Ginger and Ginger Aid teas both have comparable strength without the sugar.

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drank Roasted Barley by assi brand
133 tasting notes

This tea is very comforting and did help me unwind quite a bit after a long day. I’m gradually learning that I really LOVE barley tea!

First of all, the tea bags are HUGE! I didn’t realize they were this large, until after opening the package. I was expecting a bag for 8-12oz, but they are created for 2 liters! I’m glad there is only a small difference there between the sizes (a tad bit of sarcasm here;). It actually worked out, because the size of the bag gave plenty of room for a proper steeping.

You will find no bitterness with this tea, just a very nice roasted flavor. The liquid is smooth and thick -almost creamy. The aftertaste left a lingering sharpness, almost tart. Kinda hard to describe.

After infusion, I inspected the contents inside the bag and found a very dark roasted grain. Somewhere around 85% of the grains were whole, leaving only a small amount of pieces.

My next experiment will be following the directions on cold brewing this delicious tea. I’m sure that it will be very good. The hot brew was nice, but I could see this one being even better cold.

gmathis

This sounds like one you could cook with, too.

Jim Marks

I love barley tea. And yes, I am often tempted to use it as a soup or sauce base.

Pureleaf

I’ve never used barley tea as a base cooked with it, but sounds very intriguing! I guess its time to search for a recipe. :)

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97

I have an Acupuncture clinic and we serve teas to the patients and one of them is the Assi instant plum tea and a lot of the patients like it and we are having a hard time to finding it to buy online, any ideas?

Motts10

did you find a place to buy this online?

darrenhaineswv

No, I had to drive to Va. and bought some at H Mart.

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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This is another tea that I picked up at the Hong Kong Marketplace. I thought my husband would like it (we are still looking for a substitute for the discontinued Plum Harvest by Teavana) and luckily he does. I don’t find this overly sweet, but then again, it doesn’t really taste like tea either (to be expected considering tea is not an ingredient). This does get high marks though because it is a nice change of pace and a good caffeine-free addition to our cupboard.

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Yay! High roller last night. Must have needed the boost after my two 11 hour shifts. This tea was quite a curiousity. I’ve never had dates or date tea. Also it looked quite different from other instant teas i’ve tried. It isn’t a powdered instant tea it’s a crystalized instant tea. After brewing it smelled of honey and fruit and a little bit of black tea. I took just a few sips of this brewed as it is sooo sugary I just couldn’t drink it. I passed along to my husband who ha it gone in a few sips. If he weren’t diabetic I’d find where we could get more. He liked it so much it would be great to get it for him as he hardly enjoys my teas. I’m not sure how to rate this one yet.

Thanks Rabs for the chance to roll the dice and play the game.

Rabs

This was courtesy of the very generous AmazonV who sent me extra packets to be part of the Geek packages :D She’s the bestest!

AmazonV

aww thanks Rabs

Too bad this was too sweet for you – how much water did you use? I had to use about 16+ ounces to drink it and i love sugar!

Meghann M

I used 16oz as well. It had a good flavor, and maybe I’ll let it cool more next time. I usually use 4-5 small rock sugar crystals in my 16oz mug. Just enough to bring out some flavored teas fruity goodness. I’m more fond of sugar when it’s in my baked goods than in beverages. I think it’s because I grew up with diet pop my sugar taste buds have been harmed:(

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75

16oz hot spigot water
sweet, tart skin, and i am getting a hint of that metallic taste Rabs mentioned

Rabs

Oh nose! I hope that i didn’t ruin it for you — maybe it’s just from the water? (I use a brita filter pitcher so it’s typically good stuff).

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Another big thank you to AmazonV for the packet of this that she sent me! I’m not a big plum fan (yes, I do actually eat food, but I could live off of fresh bread and good cheese to give you an idea of my taste preferences). It’s been years since I’ve sampled a plum and went “patooie” so maybe it’s time I need to try again. Keep that in mind.

I love this tea just for the happy-bright packets — I’ve cut the top off carefully and have preserved the two that I’ve had so far. I sniffed the granules and my eyebrows immediately knitted together. Burnt metal? This does not bode well.

Blended (since it’s not really steeped per se), the smell is more fruity. With burnt metal. It reminds me of the smell emitted from large double boilers used for soup when the heated water would boil away and the two metal surfaces touched. This was something to be avoided for both health, safety, and smelly reasons, but it did happen occasionally. If you had had never smelled it before, then you’d wander around the store going “I smell something like an electrical fire.” Once you figured it out you would forever know exactly what that smell is and be able to correct it immediately.

You add that metallic taste plus some plum-fruitiness with lots of sweetness and you’ve got this tea. I couldn’t finish the cup (sorry AmazonV!). I am forever grateful to have gotten a chance to try this, but it’s something I’d never want to try again. GA

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Boiling
Cofftea

Oh my gosh I actually gagged when you said burnt metal lol.

-Jessica-

Oooh a fellow carb lover?! :-P

__Morgana__

Lol on the whole double boiler description. Too funny. But what really made me laugh was the name of the tea plus the name of the company. You just can’t get more unappetizing than “instant plum tea (honeyed)” and “assi brand.” Makes my butt burn just hearing it.

Rabs

@Cofftea: Sorry about causing the gagging!
@Jessica: Aww yeeeah :D (unfortunately my figure hates me for it)
@__Morgana__: ROFL!

Cofftea

It’s not your fault! It’s the tea:)

AmazonV

i guess i was smacked by the sweet too much to notice metal? i like a little sugar on my sugar…. anyway at least now you know!

Rabs

I wonder if I reacted to what you described as “the outside of the plum skin tang.” It truly has been a long time since I’ve tried a plain plum but I think I can almost remember that tang and could associate it with this tea. I do have an insane sweet tooth, but not when it comes to hot drinks. It’s sort of bizarre. I become rather picky about the taste of the tea’s (or coffee’s) sweetness. I truly think that if you could make these teas iced, then I’d like them a whole lot better.

I am very grateful to get a chance to try these teas. They’re adding some excitement to my tea routine. I’m both very excited and scared to try the ginger one. I want to make sure that I have a glass of milk handy to put out any mouth fires ;)

AmazonV

oh yes, milk and some bread! I made it a few sips in before i was like FIRE!

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A HUGE thank you to AmazonV for sending me samples of these teas!!!!!

I had just arrived home from a few errands including donating mah blood (O neg woot!) when I checked my mailbox and found a package awaiting me. Squeee!!! I went inside and opened it up and almost fainted from a combination of both AmazonV’s generosity and the blood loss. ;) There was also a funny handwritten note on a beautiful butterfly postcard (I loves butterflies!).

With much contained excitement I opened this tea and gave it a wiff. Here’s where AmazonV may be able to attest to the fact that I have the oddest scent associations: I smelled graham crackers. Like, if you took a honey graham cracker and schmeared it with some generic fruit spread. Color me even more intrigued!

I boiled water and used my large 16 oz mug to mix up this very fragrant concoction. Wow — the smell is even more intensly sugary-sweet/graham crackery! Then the first sip: woah! That’s some sweet stuff! It’s been years since I’ve had full-out sugary Kool-Aid (is that even still available?), but that’s the closest thing that I can liken this tea to. I wonder if it’s possible to ice this sort of tea? It doesn’t taste graham-crackery, but that smell still lingers. I can’t say that I’ve had a straight-up date before, so I can’t say how datey this is.

Then a taste-assosciation occurs to me and it sticks in my mind for the rest of the cup: envelope paste. Like when envelope manufacturers changed from the bitter yuck to the sweeter taste in the paste. Only much much sweeter with a bit of fruit thrown in. I’m in this limbo land of “sweet yum” and “errrr…”

Ultimately I’m very grateful to have gotten a chance to try this tea before buying a large box of it. I would eventually drink it all, but it’d take me a long while. I’d have to be really really craving something uber-sweet. Oh — and it was great in helping me feel better post donation: all those vitamins and stuff giving me a recovery boost! :D NE

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Stephanie

Love this note! :)

JacquelineM

I’m O Negative too!

AmazonV

woo! yes it is very sweet! i’m saving it as an afternoon pick me up at work, i don’t think i could handle it first thing in the am at all

Rabs

Aha! Miss Jacqueline — I always suspected we were similar types ::badoom ching!::

And I totally agree AmazonV: afternoon or later in the day in the summertime.

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 packet
Water: hot spigot water, 16 ounces
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: forgot to check!
Steeped Tea Smell: spicy ginger!
Flavor: sweet honey then ginger burn!
Body: Full
Aftertaste: ginger burn
Liquor: cloudy yellow and slightly brown

I had to toss the cup, it was TOO spicy / burn. Now I have to see if MilitiaJim likes it.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/assi-brand-instant-powder-instant.html

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 packet
Water: hot spigot water, 16 ounces
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: not much
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet honey, plum
Flavor: sweet honey and some plum, like a sweet kids fruit cocktail juice
Body: Full
Aftertaste: sweet, slightly plum skin tangy
Liquor: dark brown

I very much enjoy this tea, not quite as much as the date, but it is a nice at work tea with little fuss, lots of flavor, and VERY sweet.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/assi-brand-instant-powder-instant-plum.html

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Steep Information:
Amount: 1 packet
Water: hot spigot water, 16 ounces
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: very sweet!
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, fruity, black tea, honey
Flavor: very sweet black tea, fruity, honey, hint of fruit
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet, honey
Liquor: translucent orange-brown

A co-worker let me have one of hers. It is delicious! I am not exactly sure what kind of tea it is trying to be but I suspect black. I need t find where to get more of this.

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/assi-brand-instant-powder-instant-date.html

Rabs

Let us know if you find out – that sounds nummy! :D

SoccerMom

Yes let us know I will need teabags for summer travels.

Rabs

Thank you so much! It’s been added to my list :)

AmazonV

There should be some here….soon? just placed the order, would you both like a sample before you jump all in on a box?

Rabs

That would be beyond amazing! I’ve never had an “instant” tea like that before and I sort of balked at how big the box looked. Let me know if you’d like to swap for something of mine :)

AmazonV

UPDATE: my credit card was stolen, after using that site…..anyway the tea arrived and i hope to be sending it out soon to a few people – so look elsewhere not there!

Rabs

Thank you so much for the update! I made a note on the bookmarked page and moved it to my “NO” folder for teas. Sorry you had the bad experience :(

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