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From Liquid Proust.
Last tea of the night; it was nice to have a herbal option conveniently on hand in my sample drawer. I definitely get a kind of citrusy/lemony apple vibe from this with a sort of ‘fruit punch’ kind of note. The hibiscus isn’t nearly as strong as I was expecting; actually the whole thing kind of came out rather watered down despite like a ten minute long steep. From the description I can see the intention here is strawberry lemon; at least one of those flavours landed.
Made a decent cup of tea before bed; probably will work out to be relatively forgettable in the long run though – I’ve tried so many similar tisanes at this point that it takes a lot for something like this to jump out at me.
Another resounding thank you to Liquid Proust!
I’ve had Jin Xuan without flavoring from Teavivre and Mandala, and the full Milk Oolong from Mandala. I’m going to be comparing it to the latter one for the majority of my review.
I get a little bit of orchid, but cream perfectly reenacted in this oolong. I also get some notes of vanilla. The texture is soft and silky like a lilac, but does not quite have that note (SCRATCH THAT: it’s cooled down, and I totally taste the lilac, especially in steep #2). Mandala’s Milk is more buttery, and a tad bit thicker whereas this is light, medium, and creamy. Like milk itself, this is the vanilla 2% milk version of a milk oolong to me, whereas Mandala’s is whole milk. Mandala’s is almost fattier compared to this one, while this is a lighter vanilla dessert.
Both are really good for those reasons: if I were to pick, it would honestly depend on my mood. This one is lighter in a refreshing way. This one is also more like cream to me than Mandala’s, but Mandala’s is a little more like toffee. The final decider is really price to me, in which Mandala has the upper hand. I’m so glad that I got a sample, and it is sooo good.
And now, I’ve had way too much tea. I was originally going to save it for school, but seeing how quickly some of my green oolongs are starting to come closer to their shelf life’s end, and how drastically the humidity has changed in my house (curse Michigan whether!), I’ve been paranoid and downing all of them before they go bad. I’ll be more conservative tomorrow, and aiming for the other Liquid Proust Co. samples. Yet currently, I need the L-theanine and caffeine to keep me awake and painting a certain phoenix I commissioned for my sister.
Flavors: Cream, Milk, Orchid, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla
As I went about packaging this up for a swap, I remembered that I haven’t even drank it… so I brewed it up :)
This. Tea. Is. Epic.
Not only is the milk oolong taste present on each taste, there is a fruity note that lingers as an after taste. I’m not sure how this was done but I really enjoy it. Such wonderful tea, smooth and buttery while having that natural cream within the oolong itself.
Wow! What an amazing Jasmine tea. Thanks Liquid Proust for adding a sample in our swap.
I brewed this gongfu. Currently am on steep 3 – or is it 4? I lost track. It’s soooo good. I have always loved a good jasmine green with a fairly strong floral taste and aroma. The one I used to enjoy years ago (way before I got into fine teas) had an artificial flavor to make it that strong. Trying many different jasmine teas over the years I came to the conclusion that infusing the tea naturally with the flowers could just not give such a strong jasmine scent and flavor to it. Well I was wrong.
This tea is jasmine and a bit buttery. Very delicate but at the same time very strong. I’m surprised this is listed as a green tea. When I checked it out on Capital Teas website it is made with first flush peony silver needles. Sounds like a white tea to me. It is tied in such delicate bows. I can imagine that definitely adds to it’s high price because of the labour to make those little bows.
I just can’t help it but would love more of this tea. It would be nice to stock a tiny tiny amount of the bows but to find this tea without the bows to have more often. I wonder if Capital Teas has it without the bows?
Flavors: Butter, Jasmine
This tea makes me sad in an odd way: This has been one of the more pricey teas that I’ve owned, but it has been just chilling in my cabinet until tonight. Jasmine sounded like a nice nighttime drink so I got this one out as I was very curious about it for awhile (mainly because of it’s cost).
This is amazing. Just… amazing.
The smoothness, the flavor, the aroma… this is a delicate tea.
When I finish these off I will be buying some of David’s Tea’s version to see if it compares because this tea is just too pricey. If anyone has 4g of David’s version let me know and I’ll swap :)
Sweet, spicy, and warming. Purchased it on a rainy day in Dupont circle, wandering around to escape the sudden pre-summer chill after work… I loved it so much I took some home with me! Delish – strong taste of cinnamon and ginger, but with a mild sweetness that remains with you long after you finish your cup.
Being that is is May, I wouldn’t pick this tea out and drink it… also, it’s rooibos which isn’t as appealing during spring unless it is fruity and cold steeped. However, someone came to pick up their YUNOMI box last night and said they wanted to drink non caffeinated tea and this was their choice. I actually enjoyed drinking it because it wasn’t straight rooibos with pumpkin, the creaminess mixes with a pleasant woodsy note within the tea. Surprisingly a decent tea, but I’m still searching for a GREAT pumpkin tea. I bet this tea would mix very well with some warm cider :)
My mom wanted something fruity so I opened up my container of this and got to open a fresh sealed bag of tea :)
The first smell of fruit teas after they have been sealed shut is fantastic.
This tea didn’t provide 100% satisfaction for me, but I can say that the taste is cleaner than Tea Xotics goji green tea which was nice to have another tea to compare it to. I believe this would be wonderful cold which is what I will do with it next. While it’s not the best cup of tea, it looks wonderful and smells good- as for the taste it could improve.
I needed a pick me up at work and this was one of three that I chose. This was the most disappointing out of the three. The leaf quality looks very nice. The dry leaf includes long tendrils of black and gold. They carry a dry smoky scent. I brewed up a cup, and it was bland. The only flavor I could taste was wood. This wasn’t a nice wood either. It tasted like I was gnawing on tree bark in backyard. The taste then went south and bitter after a few minutes. This batch might have just had a rough trip being transported, or maybe it has been bagged too long.
Flavors: Bitter, Wood
A very good black tea. A nice, lush scent with a slightly sweet note. Smooth flavor, bold yet definitely not as harsh as a typical assam. However, the finish is a bit bitter.
At $3.25/oz for loose leaf (as of this writing, per the website), this is easily worth twice the price. If you’re a fan of “straight” black teas, don’t hesitate to grab some.
I bought a cup of this tea (hot) at the Capital Teas stand in the Mall in Columbia. I don’t know how they steeped it, sorry.
’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #10
Parceling this one out, I got mostly toasted rice in my teaspoon, so the green tea was a little scarce. Tasty anyway! The green tea was actually larger and longer than I usually see in genmaicha, so the flavor wasn’t as light as I thought it would be. (Though that doesn’t make sense – I thought tiny leaves mean stronger taste.) I always love a roasty toasty genmaicha!
Bought this the other day at the tea festival. It is a nice full bodied tea. It is malty, somewhat sweet and somewhat astringent. It is one of the better breakfast teas I have tried.
I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
Bought this yesterday at the expo. It is both sweet and a little bit sour from the blood oranges. It is very tasty. There is an earthy character from the puerh but you don’t notice it too much because of the blood orange flavoring.
Brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 1 min.
Flavors: Blood orange, Earth, Sweet
Follow up after a bunch more drinking:
This may indeed become a favorite. Still frustrating how much is needed to make a cup, but I’m finding it much more resteepable thoat first day of drinking it. So very expensive but a highly enjoyable flavor. Still, so very pie crust and sweet fruit behind it.
Not any kind of intense sweet, as said it’s rather like pie: that first flavor in a sip is flakey crust and then that fruity sweet mildly.
I’ve been drinking this and other teas at the same time, switching between due to steeping times and temps and my need to get a ton of fluid in each day.
I’d now definitely describe it as “nummy”.
Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Nuts, Pastries, Toasty
Just grabbed at the NYC Coffee&Tea Festival and liked the sample enough to pay the large amount. Worth it.
Yup, worth it. Like other tisanes it doesn’t rebrew a ton of times and more than tha is suggested for the water amount. I learned on first brew to added more, but the taste when it does is delicious cookie or pie with the almond and fruit.
Very yummy when I’m not one who really goes much for these sorts of things. The almond make a clear pie crust flavor to me, the apple is in the front fruit flavor and that’s how it balances – first the almond makes a brittle and crumby and sweet sort of taste forming a crust, then the fruit comes in second like a bite of pie would.
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cookie, Fruity, Nutty, Pastries, Sweet
Another blend I tried at the Coffee & Tea Festival. The flavor was just almond cookie goodness. Alas, there’s a bit too much hibiscus in here. It really lingers on the palate, too. Blegh. I probably would have bought a small quantity of this blend anyway, but they only had it in 1-lb tins. I’m not about to buy a pound of any tea!
This is the first tea I am drinking from the Coffee and Tea Expo NYC. It is tasty, sweet with notes of cherry and rose. But you can also taste the green tea base. Its pretty good. I am too tired for a long review.
I brewed this once in an 16oz Teavana Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.
This tea sounds awesome but the taste doesn’t match up it seems. I was looking forward to drinking this with a friend because a creamy rum tea sounds fun. The smell is off putting, but that doesn’t always mean taste so I was waiting for a surprise. Unfortunately this tea doesn’t taste good enough for me to even finish a cup. The first two ounces were decent but after that it was a struggle to drink.
Important note: This is the only Pu erh I have ever had.
The tea looks pretty and smells strongly of oranges. It makes me want to drink it so bad. Almost in a naughty way.
The taste does not live up to the scent, which I find to be the case for every blood orange tea I’ve ever had. For some reason, I don’t ever learn my lesson.
Thing is, it’s not a bad tea in any way. There is a very pleasant tangy orange flavor that makes me want more. There’s a rather strong earthy note that is probably present in every Pu erh tea and I just don’t know it. The earthy note reminds me quite a bit of spring and fall. Things growing, dying, going to sleep, waking up, transitions and all that.
I enjoy it more way hot than iced, but I’m happy to drink it either way.