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Sipdown! Hopefully I’ll see you in the fall, White Wolf.
Fingers crossed that I can invest in some new teas and companies by then so I don’t have to make notes on the same 27 all the time.. I can’t believe that half a year ago I was well over a hundred here. What have I done to myself?
Flavors: Anise, Cedar, Mint, Vanilla
A sample from Fuzzy Peachkin, via CrowKettle. :)
Thanks so much!
This tea is SOOOOO GOOD. I’m having it with a touch of brown sugar because I’m really sensitive to bitterness/astringency right now. But it’s divine. Such a tasty, strong, breakfast tea. Some assamisness in there, but toned down with other teas, I think.
Highly recommend. Maybe if you can justify the $17/2oz for White Wolf, we can do a group order in the fall, CrowKettle? :)
OMGsrsly raised a good point as to the kind of mint that is in this tea. I thought it was peppermint but original packaging says spearmint. Maybe the vanilla sweetens it? Of course, it also lists “natural ingredients” and “natural flavourings,” so who knows.
This isn’t a cheap tea, but it’s cozy and I find myself reaching for it over others when I want a “greener” tea. I love all the flavours in here, particularly when the pine/cedar (Christmas tree flavouring!) creeps out. Sometimes there is a spicy finish, which is also lovely. I’ve also enjoyed it hot and cold on equal terms. It’s a shame I’m almost out.
While I probably won’t re-order this right away, it has definitely made the winter purchase list.. unless I find a cheaper option (please let there be one). $17.00 USD for 2oz of tea is beyond me right now.
Flavors: Anise, Cedar, Mint, Vanilla
A chunk of anise in the basket today, so this tea definitely taste more anise-y. This brings out the mint and cedar as well. So neat how naturally flavoured (ie: with just ingredients, not spray) will change cup to cup.
I do quite like it, it’s calm and soothing, and the white base is lovely as well.
Thanks, Crowkettle. :)
Oh, I’m so excited to try this! Thanks so much for the sample, CrowKettle!
I smell mostly vanilla from the dry sample. Once I add hot water, I smell the mint and star anise. This is… hmm. I think it’s spearmint. I initially thought it was peppermint, but it’s not really. Maybe a blend, or some other type of mint. My favourite is Corsican mint (look it up! It’s a really neat ground cover, and the scent is divine), but I’m not sure if my friend would react to it or not.
It also tastes mostly of mint and anise. It’s a really mild and somewhat earthy mint tea. But it has body because of the white tea.
Really interesting. Thanks so much for sharing, CrowKettle!
Edit: Yeah, I can’t tell what kind of mint it is. If it’s spearmint, it’s not triggering anything for me. And it’s not super cooling like what I expect from peppermint. So. “Mint.”
Herbal tisane of the evening here…
There is a store called Maison d’Etre near the Rockridge BART station that is really cute and full of housewares, jewelry and some specialized tea that is difficult for me to find elsewhere. I should never take my BF tea shopping with me because he can’t understand why I need to buy more tea, he he! Of course that did not stop me.
Anyway I was intrigued by this blend, it seemed like a very nice herbal from what I could tell from the package and it smells really good. It’s a blend of tulsi, flowers and some chai like spices. The flavor is a bit too floral for my personal taste but otherwise I think it’s pretty good. I don’t really know that is was worth the price I paid for it ($14 for 2 oz) but I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Kind of wishing I could get the Bellocq teas in a sample size, I would definitely be interested in trying them all.
I got my Bellocq samples from fuzzypeachkin and CrowKettle! YAY!
Of course I’m having the assam first.
It’s nice. Really smooth. Really doesn’t need anything added to it (and I do like adding things to my tea). It’s a very sweet assam. IDK. Descriptive words are escaping my brain.
Expected something entirely different. Maybe it has something to do with my tastebuds, can’t tell. But I don’t get neither cherries not chocolate here as was mentioned in previous review. I’m not even sure about cinnamon. What I get is cloves. Too much cloves for me. Not a bad tea, but I was expecting something like dessert tea and to me this isn’t it.
Very subtle tea – as white teas should be! Delicate and smooth bergamot flavor. Yes, this tea is not as strong as Earl Grey.
Personally, I never liked the assertiveness of the Earl, but I love bergamot. That is why I first tried this tea.
I love No. 9, The White Duke, BUT Bellocq teas are very expensive. Thankfully, I received a canister as a Christmas gift!
This is another one sent to me from Sil, thanks!
Not sure what to say about this one. I like the way the cedar aroma rises up into my nostrils, I’ve always loved the aroma of cedar. The tea is a little on the bright side for me, & I’m really craving something bassy & satisfying right now.
Thanks, Crowkettle, for this sample!
Backlog from Sunday. What a warm sweet tea! The mint and anise are sweet and the other elements add a warmth like a cordial or liqueur. It tingles and tantalizes me. it was a little odd at first to reconcile the coolness of mint and the warmth that I’m feeling, but once I let go of that expectation, it was a fantastical taste voyage.
This is the last of the teas I picked up at the Bellocq meetup (back in September – eek!). It’s a very nice, smooth Assam, with all of the malty goodness I love in Indian teas. I could do with a bit more boldness – I think Sil’s right that this is more of an afternoon tea than a breakfast one – but on the whole I’m really enjoying this! The fact that it’s organic is a plus for me, too. There are tons of quality Assams out there, including plenty I’ve yet to try, but I could certainly see myself picking up some more of this at some point. I think I might like this ever so slightly more than Bellocq Breakfast, but I’d have to try that one again to be sure.
woohoo! this is a great green. For someone whose preferences lean towards blacks and puerhs, this is super tasty. It’s clean and crisp and delicious! Seriously. I’d consider adding this to my cupboard as one of my few green teas. just. yum. thanks fuzzy P!
edit: 160 mission accomplished for today haha
another sipdown from today (141). I’m pretty much going to have my work cut out for me in terms of getting my cupboard under control this month, but i’m ok with that.
Because this is such an interesting tea, the rest is off to terri to try out. I quite like it, though i’m not sure about a re-order. Either way it’s been great to try these blends from bellocq as i have a better sense of what i might like from them given their smaller quantities are 3oz. Thanks again fuzzyP!
So first off, this is one of the most unique teas that i’ve had the pleasure of opening up. FuzzyPeachkin sent some of this my way and i’m glad she did. First and foremost there are berries in here and ceder needles, which makes for an aroma reminiscent of hiking through the rockies as a kid.
Brewed as a black, this tea is very smooth and mellow with a slightly sweet taste hidden in among the cedar. I don’t get any smokiness from this like FuzzyP does – this is just a mellow brew that is much like drinking something that tastes the way cedar smells…but in a delicious way. I’m looking forward to drinking more of this.
Thank you FuzzyP for this unique tea :)
sample sipdown because i’m going to send the last little bit of this to terri since i think she might enjoy this one. FuzzyPeachkin sent this my way and i am. a. fan! This is bold enough for me while being one of the smoothest cups ever. I didn’t brew this according to the instructions – instead treated it as i usually do most black teas. I can see how adding just a touch of honey/maple syrup to this would make it awesome! This is for sure going on my shopping list as it’s really yummy!
sample sipdown! This was sent my way by the lovely fuzzypeachkin and i’m happy that she did. This would have likely been one of my first puchases from Bellocq as i’m always in search of more delicious assams. :)
This one is pretty good. I’m not sure that it ranks high enough to replace tiger assam or 49 but i wouldn’t ever turn my nose up at this one. It’s more what i would rate as an afternoon blend, being not quite as bold as i like with a bit of astringency in the taste. It ends up leaving my mouth a little dry, though i don’t mind that. There’s a nice flavour to this cup and the scent is slightly sweet smelling, though there’s no fruitness to the actual liquor. Overall, a nice introduction to Bellocq! Thanks FuzzyP!