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Haha, wouldn’t think I’d find this tea here considering I got it from a local little tearoom in Canterbury! Actually discovered this during our Tea Society’s Christmas social where we had a “mystery tea tasting” competition: usually we are all served a little of a tea without knowing what kind it is or what’s in it and have to guess, but this time round, we were given a scorecard… And my team won ;) all because I guessed “peony” for this one, prominent as it is in Coquelicot Gourmand, I’ve come to recognise it in other places too.
And wow, did the flavours surprise me at first! Plenty of people said the aroma was like cherries, maybe cherry bakewell tart (with wild cherries it almost smells like… cough syrup? still delicious!); I found it tasted very much like frangipane, or almonds, or maybe amaretto, as well as rose and peony, but I couldn’t guess chilli at all.
This time round, brewing it at home, I was so fascinated by the miniscule chillies and rosebuds in the loose-leaf tea that I decided to use one of the tiny chillies in my brew. Big mistake. I’m terrible with spiciness. This absolutely burns on the way down, but only while I’m actually drinking it. All the other beautiful flavours are still there though! Cherry, still some marzipan there, peony, with a very smooth, fruity sip as though the chilli had never been there in the first place.
I definitely, definitely recommend giving this try if you can, it’s a really unique experience. I might just toss out all the chillies in my bag of this so I don’t burn my mouth off though!
Initially, the fruity hints of citrus are pleasing. After a moment though, there is an overwhelming bitterness that seems somewhat out of place and unexpected. With a hint of sugar, it takes on a more “tropical” note as the fruity flavors are given a longer lasting impression on the palette.
This is a sipdown… I’ve had this tea for a long time too, so it isn’t as fresh as it used to be, though I’ve still been enjoying it. Yesterday I put this in the fridge overnight so I could have it as a cold brew. I like it iced, the fruity flavors are refreshing. I don’t think this will be a repurchase for me anytime soon but it’s pretty good. So many other teas to try!
This tea ended up being my cold brew experiment of the day. It makes a pretty good cold brew but I think I prefer it hot. Cold, the papaya and green tea notes really seem to pop out and I don’t get a lot of strawberry. Definitely serves the purpose of refreshing me on this sunny day and maybe will wake me up gently (as I just got up from a nap!)
I haven’t had this tea for a while but Capital Teas does some pretty unique blends. I like the combo of black & green tea with the strawberry and papaya, though it is a little difficult to know exactly how long to steep this for. I am finding it slightly tart and refreshing, might need to try doing this one as an iced tea. I should get some more of their blends someday.
Tea of the morning here, somehow I felt like something light and green. :)
This is not for purists, it’s a blend of green and black tea with strawberry and papaya. The papaya makes it a tiny bit tart on your tongue and the strawberry is present but not overpowering. I’m not picking up on much sweetness and am even tempted to add a touch of sugar. I had this iced over the summer and I think it’s really good that way. I like it a little less when it’s hot but it’s still fairly tasty and refreshing.
I have enjoyed it but not sure I will need anymore when this supply runs out.
So apparently I’ve never rated this one…even if I’ve had it several times… Amy oh’s review from yesterday reminded me I had this tea. I knew it was going to be my tea of the morning. I had planned to get up at my usual time (even on my surprise day off – due to an excellent conference) but I eased into my day and slept a half an hour later (living the life I know).
But I took my time getting ready for the day = internet. Then I gathered the laundry to start, showered, etc. FINALLY I got the kettle going and had to do a little digging to find this one. I have to say it reminds me of coffee in both smell and taste. But not in a bad way. More like welcome back to a better way to have that caffeine kick. I did add a little soy creamer to this one and some of the amazing Vanilla Sugar from Penzey’s – which is mine and mine alone in the house!
I do get a lot of the pu-erh in this tea even with the additions to it. BUT I think the suger is finally allowing the caramel toffee flavor to shine here. I seem to taste the pu-erh more on the finish this time around rather than right from the start. A really nice way to start my lovely day off.
Tea of the evening here… today I went on a long hike with my boyfriend and felt good enough about doing that to order beer and nachos for dinner… ha ha. Unfortunately that also left me with a stomach ache that I was hoping some shu would settle.
I’ve had this blend for over 2 years now, it isn’t bad, I just kind of wish it was gone. Today I gave it a quick rinse and actually found it’s better that way. I did rinse off some of the flavoring too, but in this case that may be a blessing. At least it doesn’t smell fishy like that horrible flavored puerh from David’s. I think I will stop buying flavored puerh though, it is so much better unflavored.
Tea for after lunch, I haven’t had this in a while and thought a flavored puerh might be nice. Personally I don’t love this, it doesn’t really taste like toffee at all, a little bit of caramel but kind of disappointing. This was better with a bit of soy creamer added but overall it just has a weird artificial taste that seems to compete with the pu instead of complimenting it.
I felt like this pu-erh might wake me up this afternoon, but evidently I was so sleepy that I accidentally made it on the green tea setting and had to go back and do it again a 2nd time. This isn’t my favorite flavored pu-erh but it has a nice sort of dessert type flavor. I’m not sure I would characterize it as toffee, it seems a bit more on the side of chocolate.
Anyway, I need to rally because I have a class in managing marketing communications that starts this evening It goes on for 10 weeks! I hope I learn a lot.
This tea was a recent one I scored at the trip to Capitol Teas In Washington DC. I’ve had it a couple of times now and I’m not quite sure what I think of it. It smells better than it tastes, in my opinion. There is definitely an aroma of toffee but the flavor doesn’t translate as well. To me it doesn’t seem that rich and decadent…
Unlike a lot of flavored pu-erhs, you can actually taste the pu-erh in here though and it’s very rich and smooth. I added some soymilk and liked it better than way. hmm. I bet this would be really good as a latte.
And I hope I can sleep tonight after drinking this so late!
Wow, this stuff is interesting. So I’m from Maryland and being a nerd I had to have a tea commemorating the War of 1812! Plus I like smoky teas but really wasn’t sure what this would taste like with the fruit.
Well, I like it! A blend of smoky black and green teas, a bit herbaly, lots of fruit. This is a very unique blend and delicious. I will to write more about it when I have some time! A+
This tea has been sitting in my cupboard for a year and I just haven’t been drinking it, I decided to bring it into the office and maybe I will drink it as a cold brew. It just isn’t one of my favorites due to the hibiscus element which makes it so very tart! ugh! Today I’m having a cup of it warm and I remember why it isn’t a real favorite.. oh well! Hopefully it will wake me up anyway. Better with a little bit of stevia.
I’m back from the East Coast and have a serious case of jet lag – somehow east to west always seems worse. I also got to sit next to a hyperactive 3 year old who was kicking me for 6 hours. I do have sympathy for parents who have to travel with small children but if some airline develops a child free section you can guarantee I will be on it. :)
Anyway this is part of the recent haul from Capital teas. I got some teas for my birthday which was on Thursday… because I just don’t have enough tea, right? :)
I picked out most of my stuff by smell and I ended up with a lot of fruity things. I wish I had realized this had hibiscus in it before I bought it. After I steeped it up my first impression was it was just kind of sour and tart. I ended up putting it over ice which I liked a lot better than the hot version. I think diluting it with ice seems to have been tempered the sourness. As you can imagine, it’s a very fruity and slightly herbaly flavor from the mate and the fruit. It’s difficult to taste much green tea in here, but I hope it will give me an energy boost and perhaps cure this headache I have going.