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Thank you VariaTEA for sending this my way!
i got no chocolate? but i got a lovely creamy, vanilla-esque cinnamon bomb though! very nice. might have to look into this shop- next semester!
on a completely separate note, had to drop a line to my prof asking for more pages for an assignment….. i will cut and paste his reply:
‘… you should strike some balance between your school work and life.’ buwahahahahaha! yeah! if you promise me A+’s no matter what.
did he just obliquely accuse me of having no life? or would you call that direct? hmmm.
Another one from VariaTEA and man…this one smells AMAAAAZING! I really do like this one a LOT. I really need to get around to a camelia Sinesis order because i’ve had a few now and they are pretty solidly good teas. :) This isn’t a floral blend…it’s just fruity and tasty and delicious…even though it’s not a black tea ;)
This is a very nice tea: light, fruity, and sweet, with the final infusion being akin to honey. A well-made and enjoyable tea.
First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 75 deg., 2:00 min.
Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 4:00 min.
Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 7:00 min.
Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 75 deg., 10:00+ min.
Describing it as a first flush darjeeling is a very accurate way to go. I got that green bell pepper taste, but lacking in the muscatel aroma that I have come to enjoy from Darjeelings.
I liked their description of walnuts…which maybe I can taste…or maybe not. I wouldn’t have thought of it until I read over their tasting notes.
Not their best tea, but certainly a tea worth trying.
A good long jing is its own reward. With so many impostors out there…its a rare treat to find one that lives up to the hype.
I tasted some delicious buttered asparagus. Crisp and clean, leaves a delicious full mouth feel that is quite sweet. Sweet floral…that I can’t quite place. This is a tea that you could easily drink all day and be lost in the taste.
Additional notes: Sad sipdown! I LOVED my sample of this one. One of my favorite white tea blends. Now if only the tea brand/shop wasn’t the name for the tea leaf, maybe I could actually find their website…
nevermind, I found the site by searching for the tea name but my virus scanner says it’s an unsafe site.
This lovely blend is thanks to Dexter3657! Wow do the leaves smell SO refreshing, bright and fruity. So many fruits in this blend! I knew I had to choose this tea while I was thirsty. And I’ve been sipping way too many black teas lately!
Steep #1 // 3 min // 45 min after the water has boiled
The flavor is as amazing as the fragrance. The white tea definitely is the first to the forefront. It’s nice that the fruit didn’t overpower the white tea. I’m not tasting any rhubarb but I can see where the other fruits make themselves mildly known. I’m getting hints of lemon, pear, cherry, and pineapple… hints but they are there like they combine to make a new fruit. The steep color is bright yellow.
Steep #2 // 3-4 min // half hour after boiling
Another gorgeous, tasty cup! I actually see a big chunk of cherry in the infuser! There are some definite fruity white blends lacking in my cupboard! I love this one. I’m honored I was able to try it!
Camellia Sinensis had this tea as a sampler the day my roommate went to buy me my Hanukkah gift. She really enjoyed it so ended up picking 25 g for herself. This morning while we were straining the cold brew teas she brewed up a bit so that I could try it. It was a very interesting flavor experience because for plain white tea it had a very nutty flavor profile. There was no bitterness, no floral taste, and it was by no means a “delicate” flavor. I was actually quite impressed and it made for a good start to the morning.
This is probably my favourite of all chai teas I have tried. The spices blend together to create a rich combination of cocoa and cinnamon. However, at the end of the day, this is still a chai and I just don’t reach for it often (that is probably why I was so willing to share this). So long tasty chai, we won’t meet again but I will have fond memories of our time together.
Most chais have been huge misses for me because I often find them too overspiced with one spice or another. When I brewed this, the cocoa that was prominent in the bag was definitely being overpowered by the smell of the spices. That made me worried. However, with my first sip, my fear subsided because this is one chocolate-y tea – more a fudgey, baked-good type chocolate than a milky, smooth chocolate bar. Of course, there is also a nice spice to this cup to really round out the flavors. All in all a nice chai.
This tea has a nice flavor but I am finding the base to be a touch too grassy. I find cherry and green teas are often combined but more and more I think that is a bad plan as it brings the grass out of the base and the medicinal out of the cherry. Maybe I am not drinking the right cherry greens though…
Tea number 3 in my Hanukkah present from the roomie and so far it is my least favorite. Luckily that is due to the others being so awesome and not this one being bad. In general I don’t usually grab greens or florals and this is both so I was a bit hesitant but it smelled really good so I was excited to try it nonetheless. This tea is light and floral and sweet – a nice tea for the afternoon although nothing particularly special.
Saying a sad goodbye to an old friend while breaking in a new one. Though it sucks to see this go given its been discontinued for some time now, I decided to send it off by letting it be the first tea made in my new sloth nordic mug. Plus, with age this has begun to deteriorate so there was no better time to use up the rest of what I have been hoarding.
Though its merely a shadow of what it used to be, this tea is still awesome. The “bonbons” are still deliciously sweet while the rose adds a nice floral punch to keep it grounded. The base has become more noticeable over the course of this 100g bag and though its not the best quality tea I have had, it avoids astringency and holds up no matter how long I steep this for (as in I may have forgot about this and steeped it for 8 minutes).
In other news, I went in to DAVIDs today (not my usual one) and for the first time really did not like the sales associate. She was not friendly at all which I get sometimes people have a bad day so they aren’t always going to be cheery and bright, but she also wasn’t very knowledgeable either. Plus, for the first time, I got tea that was just blatantly overpoured. I was buying herbals so I get they are heavy and I asked for 10g cuz I just wanted a taste and she told me that I wouldn’t get very far so I said around 20g would be fine then. When I got home, I realized most of the bags were over 30gs. Like I know its easier to go overboard with the heavier teas but every time I have been in DAVIDs they always ask if its okay or at least try to get somewhat near what I asked for (and this was after I complained about Teavana’s tendency to overpour and not tell the customers and how I felt that was wrong).
So this is another tea that is nearing its end. Just one serving left after this cup and then its gone forever unless Camellia Sinensis decides to bring it back.
Its probably just as well that I finish this up because the flavor is starting to deteriorate just a touch. The smell is still as strong as ever but the tea itself is more bland.
I set up a cold brew this morning when I made the hot cup and I am enjoying it now as I watch Mad Max. I gotta say, the sweet floral of this cup is a stark contrast to the gritty and raw film. Both are rather enjoyable though.
I find this tea to be amazingly consistent – no matter it’s age or brew style, it tastes almost the same everytime. This may be the tiniest bit more floral than the hot tea but not significantly so (honestly it could just be because I expect a difference). All in all, just a great, consistent tea that I really will miss when it is gone.
Tbh I was really worried about trying this because (1) it’s so old (as in mid 2014 old) and (2) because you can’t get it anymore so I was worried I would have to throw this beloved tea away if it deteriorated drastically. Thankfully I was just being silly because this tea is as lovely as ever. Rose candy deliciousness from start to finish! Maybe a little less in-your-face flavor wise but still bright and tasty so I’ll deal with the slight flavor loss.
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