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’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.
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Allergies are in full swing, and messing with everything, so I went with a stronger flavor, but not chai, tea this morning.
I also went with a shorter steep time, and that seems to have benefited this tea. Although this tea can taste medicinal, the shorter steep time helped with that. It now tastes more like how I thought it would. Still not sure about the fig…the only fig I know is from a Fig Newton, but it has that sort of note somewhere. Mostly cherry, though.
I taste a lot more cherry than fig. It’s like the tea is almost medicinal tasting, but just shy of that line.
It tastes a lot better to me cold (and I don’t mean iced tea…just hot tea that’s gotten cold). Which is good, because I HAD to buy 4 oz of it, and I rarely buy that much of ANYTHING! I was more than miffed by that.
I have a couple of green/black tea blends, and they have a similar flavor underneath the main flavor, but I don’t know what it is…a cherry sort of flavor?
Nice tea to wake up with…can taste the orange and almond. Very warming, and I can imagine watching the sunrise on the water with this tea in hand (hey, I USED to live near water…just now in the desert!)
The cherry, fig, and almond flavors in this tea are downright delicious. I can’t say that this tea reminds me of Christmas, but I like drinking it at this time of year just because of the name. It kinda makes me laugh. The name of the tea brings the holidays to mind. However, cherry and fig are some of my favorite summer fruits, so when I drink this I think of summer. I guess I get the best of both seasons this way!
I messed this one up by using water that was too hot instead of the recommended 197° F. The resulting tea was all cherry all the way. It wasn’t bitter or astringent, but plain it did have a bit of a cherry medicine flavor. I added sugar and cream which brought this back to the cherry cream flavor I tasted the first time I drank this tea. It was still nice, but I definitely prefer steeping this with cooler water so that the fig notes can be tasted.
I noticed that Capital Teas recommends that the water be 195°F for this tea. Last time I made this the water was closer to boiling, so I lowered the water temp, and it made a difference. Now I taste fig. Yum, yum, yum. There is still the cherry note, but the fig has equal footing, and the two play very well together. I like.
There’s no way I’ll get through all four ounces of this the during the holiday season, but I’m ok with that since I think this will make an equally lovely spring/summer tea. I’m also curious to try it iced. Me thinks it’ll mighty tasty that way, too.
I bought this at the Coffee and Tea Festival with the idea of it being one of the teas at my holiday party. I set it aside, but I wanted to drink Christmas-y type teas today, so I brewed a cup.
I should say that I’ve never had fig pudding. I have no idea what it taste like. This tea, however, taste like cherry cream. I do get more of a fig note every now and then, but mostly I get fruity cherry and sweet cream. It’s not what I was expecting, but it is really good!