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This Yunnan is a rich, full bodied tea with cocoa, honey, sweet potato and raisin
sweetness. The chocolate jumps right out at you, you don’t have to search for it. This tea is a prime example of why I love Chinese teas so much. Bamboo Temple is the perfect autumn cup and would do justice to a fine Thanksgiving Day dinner served with or after dessert. Do yourself a favor and worship at The Temple, you’ll be thankful you did!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Cacao, Chocolate, Custard, Fig, Honey, Jam, Raisins, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, White Chocolate, Yams
In the familiar old desert island scenario, Margaret’s Hope Estate Second Flush Darjeeling would, without a doubt, be my one tea of choice. To take it further, I believe that tea lovers who have lived a good life, upon arrival in heaven, are handed a cup of this ethereal elixir by St. Peter at the pearly gates. This Darjeeling is most exquisitely luscious – Hauntingly floral with a pronounced sweet muscatel flavor. Honey, fruit and nut flavors add to the pleasant and soft complexity with a mild astringency at the end that I find quite enjoyable. This is my perfect tea.
Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Muscatel, Nuts
So, I bought a couple ounces of this because I really liked the tuo cha I tried from Upton, and this didn’t require shipping, etc. It’s not bad, but the flavor is very mild compared to that one. I’ll drink through the rest of what I have, but I’ll be looking for another tuo cha (or just ordering some from Upton) in the future.
Super old sample sipdown… Thanks to Shmiracles for sharing this with me long ago!
I didn’t really care for it, unfortunately. Might be because I don’t love orange teas very much. I did like Davidstea’s chocolate orange, so maybe chocolate would have helped this one.
It was really musty and dusty and murky and putting orange flavouring on top of that didn’t make it taste any better to me. Like sticking an orange air freshener in a dank old basement….you never can hide that mustiness.
Not the pu-erh for me, I guess!
Though I appreciate getting to try it :)
Mixed the rest of this with some of the old Davidstea version (pre lemongrass), to top it up, and cold brewed it.
I left it two days because I didn’t feel like drinking cold tea yesterday.
It was understandably bitter, I left it too long without straining it. But it was amazing coconutty and creamy so I will definitely do it again and just remove it sooner.
This is a very old sample sent from Shmiracles back in the day before I got pregnant and stopped drinking tea for a year or so.
Not sure what makes this one different, but I didn’t like it quite as much as the original Coconut oolong from Davidstea (before they brought it back with the unnecessary addition of lemongrass).
This one seemed a bit more floral. I used 85 degree water and steeped for three minutes. Maybe two minutes would be less oolongy.
Either way, decent! I think I will cold brew the rest :)
A long overdue thanks to Shmiracles for the sample!
I think Shmiracles sent me this one a loong loooong time ago. It smells heavenly! The flavor is amazing. It has that nice buttery oolong flavor tied with toasty coconut. The flavor is so rich it reminds me of some type of cookie or dessert. It’s super creamy and smooth. I really, really like this one! Thank you!
Ohh this is delicious! I picked up a small bag as a mother’s day gift. I think it might be the first time I’ve had a cocoa blend, and I am a FAN. I brewed it a bit too weak, so I didn’t get much if any rose flavor, but the hazelnut really makes the tea. Def going on my wishlist!
Flavors: Cocoa, Nuts
had this for breakfast.
it might be my favorite carytown tea to date.
vacation starts tomorrow.
i am currently in my office at work waiting out a tornado warning.
i’m passing the time by shopping for Hawkeye t-shirts.
there are so many i’m having a very hard time picking just 1 or 2.
i will also keep looking for a shirt with Phil Coulson in space from the #2 recent Secret Avengers comic. it’s only a matter of time.
I have apricot tea and apricot tartlette cookies, and my whole desk smells like apricots. Yay, vacation tomorrow with Shmiracles! South Beach ahoy. Essentials for the beach: Kindle filled with slash fic & Thomas Harris & poetry, Hannibal & beach music playlists, Timolino, ceviche. I did make an awesome playlist, I have to say – all euro synth and goth poetry and cheeky humor. I’ll add you to my instagram? I’m giraffodil there.
I was all, I need some Chinese black tea to help me with my life crisis. And Carytown was all, we use that in most of our black tea blends, like Apricot and Black Rose. And I was all, I knew I loved you guys for a reason. I also got apricot tea biscuits and stuff to make my lunches, but I forgot them all at home this morning. Life crisis.
Thanks Schmiracles for the surprise sample of this in our swap!
This tea has three things that I love, chocolate, nuts, and flowers. I am mostly getting the chocolate and the rose in the sip, but not a very distinct rose, which is good because rose isn’t my favourite flavour. I am only getting the hazelnut in the aftertaste. I like that I can detect the things that I’m supposed to in this tea, that doesn’t often happen for me.
Another sipdown from the lovely shmiracles :)
Yep. Black tea with coco and yumminess.
Currently busy watching Iron Man 3 before I have to meet up with my friend to study sooo yeah. Lazy tasting note. Here’s my previous one that actually has notes on the flavour and things
One of the last teas from my swap with shmiracles!
Not the biggest fan of cocoa in teas, but this tea (dry) smells soooo good! The cocoa seems like just the perfect amount, along with the hazelnut. Couldn’t really smell the rose but that’s fine with me since I’m also not the biggest fan of rose hahah.
Steeping, I can definitely smell the chocolate. It reminds me a whole lot of White Christmas by Lupicia.
Drinking it, it definitely keeps the cocoa. The rose gets lost a bit and I do get that rich nutty flavour of the hazelnut.