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Well I wouldn’t exactly call it decadent, but for me it is warm and familiar. I just sat with the cup under my chin as I was browsing the internet, taking in that beautiful jasmine green tea aroma. Yummy. Oddly usually 2 minutes is plenty to draw out a good flavor from the green tea, but this particular blend didn’t impart much at two minutes. I would try it again at 3-4 minutes.
The leaves are quite small AND tightly curled, so if you’re brewing in a teapot a fine strainer would probably be nice. I brewed in a Kati cup today though so that wasn’t much of a problem for me.
Green tea with Jasmine? What’s so decadent about that?
I guess my idea of decadence runs along other lines: chocolate, caramel, creamy texture, rich & amazing, sexy even…oh, & make it black!
For my personal taste buds, there is nothing decadent about green tea, although I do enjoy it. I also enjoy jasmine, sometimes more than others, but to me this is just another green tea with jasmine. End of story.
That’s to my dear Sil for sharing it, but I do enjoy trying new teas. Also thanks to MissB, who shared her sample with Sil (who shared it with me).
Thank you, MissB, for the sample. :)
It’s just a jasmine green? I was expecting something super exciting, like the chili and mango tea.
And wow, is that ever jasmine. It’s not bad, but I really prefer the Jasmine Pearls my Gramma got for me. They tend to be… less. Yeah. Less is a good description. :)
Also, tea friends. You may have noticed I haven’t been around much. I’m SUPER busy and so in order to keep my reading minimal, I have (temporarily, I hope!) unfollowed a bunch of you. I’m sorry! (Wow, so Canadian.)
Today I divided all of my sample sized teas into a decaf basket and a caffeinated basket. I was digging through the decaf basket and found this one. I immediately wanted it. Most days I feel like the early part of the day is the “good tea” part and when I have to switch to decaf, I drink things that I can drink when I really want to be drinking something else.
Seeing a rooibos Earl Grey was exciting! And, I like it. It has an interesting and very strong cedar smell and taste. It reminds me of the smell of a freshly mulched yard, before the mulch has had time to weather. Bergamot is there. And, it’s strong, so that’s good too! I could see me needing more of this soon. Anyone have some to trade? It looks like one that isn’t so popular.
Thank you MissB for sending some of this my way. It was fun to compare this to two other jasmine teas (http://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/236019). This one in particular was very floral with a smooth base. Though ultimately, floral teas aren’t my thing and so this won’t be something I stock up on. However, I can certainly appreciate any tea named for the wonderful Castiel.
Thank you MissB for sharing this with me. As a Sherlock fan, I was super excited to get to try this tea (I actually just watched the most recent couple of episodes last weekend). However, as someone who mostly reaches for flavored cups, I was less excited about the tea itself. Still, MissB was generous to share this and I thought perhaps, like Sherlock himself, maybe this tea would grow on me. As I sipped at it while cooking, I couldn’t help but notice an earthy taste, akin to a pu’erh. I really don’t know why because there is no pu’erh in this as far as I am aware. Ultimately, I could not get through the cup but I am really grateful for the chance to try it. One more tea I can cross off my list!
Thanks missB This tea, while quite lovely reminds me more of a puerh than an assam/ceylon blend. There’s an earthy quality to this that is in line with the puerh i had this morning haha. It looks like missB saw this as closer to a lapsang…so maybe it’s just one of those teas that changes for everyone heh. Either way, this was a really nice cup of tea for this late morning. Though on that note, it seems insane that the day is barely half over and i’ve still got so many teas that i can drink!
I was feeling a bit adventurous so I broke out this unique tea sent to me by the awesome MissB (thank you!! ). As I readied myself for my first spicy sip, I was shocked to just get mango. Albeit an an amazing mango that is incredibly true to the sweet and luscious fruit, but where is the chili?! Every now and then I notice it at the back of my throat but it is faint and only noticeable because I am looking for it. For a tea named after Supernatural’s Lucifer, I was certainly expecting more heat. In fact, I was almost scared as to how spicy it would be but as it turns out, my fear was completely unwarranted as this is just like sipping on a delicious mango tea.
This is actually pretty good. Definitely chili and mango – there was a HUGE mango chunk in my sample from MissB that I needed to chop up for more even distribution. :)
The base isn’t too anything, which is nice. The mango sweetness and chili spice are readily apparent. I’m not getting a lot of pineapple, but there weren’t many pineapple pieces in my sample, at least compared to mango.
Thank you! This was a really interesting tea to try!
suppose i should be glad MissB hasn’t redecorated… seeing as judging by her current batting average she is living inside my brain, lol!
this was quite awesome. another sketchily described black tea, but with divine curls of fruit that i thought were pieces of apricot? of course with no description it was only a guess. mango, pineapple…. and YUP chilli, definitely chilli as it cools!
nice and smooth. no astringency. lovely with a bit of cream and agave…. B….. no moving the furniture, are we clear? =0P thank you for the lovely sample!
Oh right. Rooibos Earl Grey. Hmm.
Thank you for sharing, MissB. :) Sadly this isn’t for me.
It’s just so… rooibos-y. And woody. And the bergamot makes it so medicinal in a bad way, not a good way. Like cleaner.
Oh well. I’ll add some almond milk to this and drink it. I’m thirsty!
Really? This is an earl grey?!
Smelling the dry leaves, I couldn’t tell at all. Steeped, it’s barely bergamot. It blends well with the slight woodiness of the rooibos.
Really an unremarkable and light EG. Not too shabby, but I don’t think I’d seek it out, if only because it’s not super readily available.
(1.5 tsp per 12 oz)
Edit: Whoops! Thank you MissB for sharing this one with me. I have to admit I was curious about the company due to their fandom blends. Is this ‘Destiel’? IDK. But I’m drinking it and it’s pretty good!
Well this is not my favorite of teas but it is a sample I will certainly be able to get through (especially given that it is caffeine free and so I can drink it at any time). It also helps that it is named for the love shared between the most adorable angel and one of the most attractive hunters in the world :P. Thank you for sharing, MissB!
I am someone who will try something time and time again, even if I know I won’t like it. Seaweed for instance. I have tried sushi rolls probably a million times because “you can’t taste the seaweed in this one” and each time I put on a smile and say “not bad” when all I really want to do is spit it out. Well, same goes for tea. If someone is generous enough to share something with me, you can be damn sure I will try it. Such was the case with this particular tea. MissB was kind enough to send a sample my way so despite knowing I don’t typically love EG, I brewed up a cup.
Sipping on it now, it is definitely a cup of EG tea. Now I don’t hate the blerg as much as some others (I am looking at you, Sil) so I will be able to get through this floral/citrusy cup.. but this is certainly not a tea I would want in my cupboard, even if it is named for one of the greatest bromances on TV. Moreover, I quite like the rooibos used here as it is proving to be quite mellow and smooth. Nonetheless, I am grateful to get to try new things and Beastly Beverages is a company that has intrigued me so I am especially happy to taste some of their teas without having to pick up 100g first. Thank you MissB!!!!!
In other news, I have been accepted to another school program for next year!! Granted both progams that have accepted me are at the bottom of my list but they are better than nothing and now I have options. YAY!
My second tasting of the samples from MissB. I have recently discovered rooibos and have decided that I enjoy it. This was a wonderful tea for tonight, almost earthy. I have been happy to find that there are so many different teas to drink that are not caffeinated. I feel that I will be utilizing both caffeinated and un-caffeinated regularly.
Still a very nice blend. Happy to see it go for the fact that it’s one less tea in my cupboard, but I did enjoy my time with this tea very much. Thank you MissB for giving me the change to try this tea!
See previous note for the actual tasting note bit of this tea :)
So I’ve been reading a lot.
Like I just finished Allegiant, the last book in the Divergent trilogy. I finished it at around 2am this morning and.. it was okay? The story was very slow, but the ending tied the trilogy off very nicely.
Yes, tears were shed, but I loved my time with these books!
Books and tea just go hand in hand so I’m on Adagio right now trying to keep the Divergent alive in me haha. Making some Divergent blends aww yiss
I wanted to drink a couple teas from my sipdown pile (hence this photo: http://instagram.com/p/ldrYIRvhCI/) but I wanted black tea and none of the black teas in my sipdown pile was really calling my name.
So if I can’t sip a tea down, might as well drink tea and put the remainder of that tea in with all the other teas to get sipped down!
So this one was from MissB which I got not too long ago :)
Dry, it smells like your basic black tea. Like dry and dusty and antique and books and old people and nice :) No seriously. My roommate completely agrees with me when it smells all ancient and old and beautiful and just full of lovely memories. THAT’S BLACK TEA FOR YOU.
But this tea tastes like… black tea. A special kind of black tea though. It just takes me back to memories and wonderful times with friends and family and it takes me to the lovely laid back side of my Mind Palace, not the weirdo scientific/mathy/problem solving Mind Palace.
Overall, a very pleasant tea :)
I grabbed this in a mystery pack bundle, hoping that I’d get some great stuff, and for much less than the original pricing (100g is a lot of tea, with zero tasting opportunities). This is one of the teas that I grabbed, and I know I’ll keep the bag just for the name and artwork alone. It’s fantastic!
So, Mind Palace. I love the concept and the terminology, and it’s a well-used tactic of mine to remember things, that I learned in a few books related to memory, body language and magic (i.e. how magicians remember each card and where it is in the deck). When it was mentioned in one of the Sherlock episodes, I was all aglow — and therefore when I saw the name of this tea, I was even more excited to try it.
Sadly, it’s a weird tea. Weird in that… I swear it’s a Lapsang instead of a blend of blacks. It’s exceptionally dark – think as dark of a purple as you can find – and it’s just… weird. Smoky, sweetly metallic, a bit granular… I just don’t know what to do with this tea, to be frank. There are zero steeping instructions, and just… maybe I did something wrong. Suggestions welcome!
And once again, a very great big thank you to MissB for sending me this tea!
I love love love jasmine so much! Definitely dumped this into my teapot, and the rest of DAVID’s Silk Dragon Jasmine as well :) So it’s like two sipdowns in one! But thank you awoogah for sending me more of the Silk Dragon Jasmine, but in the silk sachets this time :) Keeping them in my bag so I have jasmine with me everywhere I go :)
Both teas are great Jasmine teas, but they do tend to get really bitter really quickly. Fairly temperamental with the temperature and the steeping time and there’s just a quick window for the perfect cuppa. DAVIDs Butterfly Jasmine is by far the best jasmine I’ve ever had, and this tea and the Silk Dragon Jasmine are great, but not as great as the Butterfly Jasmine.
MissB is to blame when I land in a tea coma because she sent me a package that I totally wasn’t expecting and SHE’S JUST THE BEST OKAY.
And she ended up giving me te rest of her package of this?!??! Ahh I was already planning on turning this into a sipdown, but I guess not!
This tea is great. Light green tea with jasmine flavouring. Just be careful about the steep times and the temp of the water because I think this specific green tea base is a bit sassy with all of that and can turn bitter pretty quickly. But if brewed correctly, it’s great!!
And I’m just really excited because spring break is near and I seriously need to figure out which teas to bring with me. So I laid out all my teas and I finally organized it all! I used to organize it by company, but now I just have a massive tin full of sipdowns (there’s like 46 teas in it okay I AM SO HAPPY) and a section full of high caffeine teas, and a section of low caffeine teas. Yeah, I live in a wee tiny apartment so like… this is as much space as I can dedicate to all my teas. BUT SIPDOWNS WILL HAPPEN! I’m probably going to bring a butt ton of sipdowns with me to bring back home :)
I’M GUNNA SCREAM. AS I WAS WALKING OVER TO THE COUNTER TO SCOOP THE TEA INTO MY CUP, I DROPPED IT AND LIKE A THIRD OF THE PACKAGE IS GONE NO NO NO NO NO THIS IS NOT OKAY.
I definitely ended up with a smaller cup than I wanted :(
This tea, it’s Jasmine and I love it, but because I had DAVIDs Butterfly Jasmine not too long ago and I still remember how great that tea was, this tea can’t compare. This tea is an average Jasmine tea, much like other Jasmine teas I’ve had. It’s not scream about it good, but a good tea to have on hand :)
I probably won’t be super upset if I run out of this tea (I have enough for a small cup left, thanks to earlier events). I’ll probably just run off and trying other teas from other companies.
Right now, this one, Harney’s, Lupicia’s and Teavana’s jasmine teas are on the same level, while DAVIDs Butterfly Jasmine remains at the top.
The only reason why I am at my cousins this morning is because my aunt and uncle had to go to a conference this weekend and IT’S FINALS NEXT WEEK AND I’M TAKING CARE OF MY COUSINS.
But it’s all good. I love them, but I never get anything done at their house.
This morning, I had to bring my cousin to school because she’s going to a music festival/fair so I made my cousins walk with me to bring her. On our walk back, I could smell the Sampaguita and I was all I NEED THIS TEA IN MY BELLY.
I think one of the reasons why I love Jasmine teas so much is because we’d always have Sampaguita flowers growing in the backyard. We needed Sampaguitas and Calamansi trees in our garden, no matter how many times we moved :) So yes. Jasmine is like… my life :)
Dude. So I just looked it up on wikipedia, and Sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines! Being born in the Philippines, one should know, but I was raised in America so my knowledge of the Philippines is very… minimal..