It occurred to me that I haven’t had this tea in a REALLY long time. I still love the dark chocolate and vanilla in this. Perfect balance of flavors.
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Thanks for this one, Liberteas
Dry – this really didn’t smell like anything to me.
During the infusion process – I thought it smelled a little like mixed herbs…subtly speaking, that is.
After infusing the aroma is more of a dried bay leaf.
The flavor surprised me! It’s flavor combo of boxed-dried-raisins, herbally-spices, and a hint of vanilla.
The more I drink this the more I like it. It’s an interesting white tea. It looks ‘simple’ but it’s really more complex than meets the eye.
I like it!
Another tea enjoyed during the W-O-D. This is a really pretty tea with lots of golden tips. A deliciously complex Yunnan, starts out with a strong caramel presence that eventually tapers to more of a light, honey-esque tone. It has a gentle peppery note that melds with a hint of flower, and this produces a really interesting sweet and spicy tone.
Overall, a very enjoyable Yunnan. Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it my way.
So I just picked up this nifty little electric kettle and it’s amazing! It heated the water perfectly to 175°. For some reason I feel like I’m getting a little bit of a sweeter flavor from this. It’s delicious.
This fit very well for the grey skies today.
Thanks Kallieboo for this sample! This smelled so good and sounded so intriguing, I had to try this sample first. I really like it. It’s definitely a very dry, smokey tea with a subtle plum after taste. I wish there was a little more plum flavor but it’s still enjoyable and very different from anything I’ve ever tried. I still have enough for one more cup so I will play with the temp/time and see what happens.
Goodness gracious I LOVE this tea
Wow! First review for this tea! Well I think I steeped this a little too long. It’s a tad bitter. But it is my fault. I tried to race the timer and clean out my teapot.. I lost.. anyways, the leaves of this tea are beautiful. The flavor is nice too. It has a smoke taste to it followed by a sweetness. It’s kind of a dry taste. I can see why this shouldn’t be steeped too long. The smokiness hides the gentle green tea and plum. It’s definitely different but I’m happy I ordered it.
Thank you to TeaEaqualsBliss for this delicious tea! It’s creamy and full of chocolatey goodness. It reminds me of a twisty ice cream cone. I can still taste the yerba mate under the chocolate and vanilla. Mm this tea made my morning :]
I can taste the roasted aspects thru-out that is for sure. The Yerba Mate is strong. I can taste a darker type chocolate – certainly NOT milk-chocolate. I can’t really taste the vanilla.
This is ok…
I’m getting a LOT of roasted flavor but little of the rest.
First cuppa the day! SIPDOWN (Liberteas there is some in another box for you) Teeehee
This is an amazing Shou Mei, delivering a lot more flavor than I expected. I taste the vanilla-y tones, and the spice notes as described, and I also taste a sweet dried fruit note that is almost like golden raisin… and just when I think I’ve got it pin-pointed to raisin, it tastes almost like apricot. It’s really quite amazing, how much flavor I’m getting from this white tea.
I thought I already reviewed this one on here but I didn’t…so…here goes!
The aroma isn’t very strong but that might good in this case. Sometimes Apple and/or pear teas are sometimes too heavily scented.
The green tea base is slightly grassy…not really a sweeter-green-tea base but that’s ok! The Apple is a bit stronger than the Pear but neither are overly loud. This flavoring is – in one word – nice!
This trio of flavors is at the perfect strength!
I came down with a nasty bout of the flu and was out of it for a few days which is why you didn’t see me on here much. I didn’t really even have the strength to make myself a pot of tea, much less sit in front of the computer. And one thing I learned is that I know I’m REALLY sick if I don’t even have the strength to make a pot of tea! Last night, I brewed a pot and it tasted perfect, so I suspect that my taste buds are working fine now though. I’ll have to backlog a few different tea experiences in a bit, but for now, I thought I’d enjoy a cup of Garden Bancha and write about it as I sip it.
This is really quite nice. It starts out really mellow. Almost too mellow, because it got me to question my taste buds ability again. But after a few sips, the tea became more focused, although it is still quite mild.
It has a strong vegetal quality to it in both its flavor and its scent. Earthy. It is light to medium bodied, with a bit of dry astringency toward the tail of the sip. It is a little sweet and a little savory. Very enjoyable.
See TeaEqualsBliss’ review. Spot on ;)
There is a pleasant vegital aroma after steeping the tea. There is a slight sweetness in the taste that I can’t quite place, but it isn’t overbearing making for a nice balance with the grassy flavor. It is also light on the drying astringency which some teas have.
I guess I won’t rate this yet. I should try a fresh brew and see if I like it better. It just does not seem like anything special to me yet I see others rating it so high I feel I am missing something. I am not saying I can’t find the flavor notes they mention as much as it just is not that impressive to me.
This is my first time drinking a plain Bancha, all others I’ve had are flavored, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I open the bag and smell a sweet vegetal tea with a floral hint. I apologize for being vague, but I can’t say exactly what the vegetal or floral notes were. The leaves were a darker green and flat and there were stems mixed in the bag as well. Wet the leaves smelled of cooked spinach with some of the floral notes and a sweetness.
The taste is surprising to me, this is probably because I’ve never had Bancha before. But I’m tasting sencha notes, the sweet, savory, smooth notes of sencha, just not as prominent. There’s a lightly roasted note, a hint of woodiness, and that floral notes that I can’t pinpoint what it is.
As the tea cools the roasted, woody notes become stronger and the sweet, savory notes mellow out more. The aftertaste contains more of the floral notes with some sweetness and a slight astringency. Overall I’m enjoying this tea, not something I would drink everyday, I still prefer sencha over this, but not bad at all. Perhaps I’ll develop more of a taste for this as I drink more.
Backlogging from Friday…yeah…I’m behind…sorry…
This is really tasty. The apple and pear come through nicely, but the green tea is the strongest note. It is a little grassy, sweet and very pleasant. I took a few sips while it was hot, then I decided this would be best iced, so I let it chill. And this tea is SO good, so refreshing iced!
I needed a black tea to start my day…this did the job…After another cuppa I am going to only try new-to-me-teas today!
The yerba mate has a rich, roasted flavor but it doesn’t come across as a strong, earthy essence the way yerba mate sometimes does. Maybe the flavors help temper that a bit. I’d – of course – like it better with a bit more chocolate, but it is quite tasty as it is. I like the vanilla in there, it gives it a nice creamy taste.
Smells like leafy greens (near Spinach) and Chinese Food (maybe Rice Dishes) post infusion. This tastes REALLY NICE! Very “filling” sweet and slightly vegetal and earthy…but green-earthy not woodsy or muddy type earthy. LOL
YUM! Fairly Thirst-Quenching, too! This is darned dandy!
Cool? I find this rather spicy – perhaps by COOL they mean a COOL CAT because this is one groovy chai!
It smells like a breakfast danish of sorts with your stereotypical chai spices, coconut, something resembling citrus, Rooibos, and Pepper!
That Pepper stands out a bit more than the rest of the spices but then the ginger is a close 2nd. The flavor is one of those that wants to be center of attention. I can still taste those spices, the coconut is nice, and something that resembles that citrus flavor on the tongue is still present! It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s creamy in parts of the sip, it’s citrusy, it’s darned tasty! The more I sip the more I think this chai was made for me!