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Sipdown, 138. Nope, this one was no better brewed strong with milk and sugar. I think it is just very old, to say nothing of what it would have been like when it was new. Well, glad to be rid of it.
this is kinda like a black tea that forgot it was supposed to be a pumpkin spice tea. Dinosara sent some my way and it appears that our impressions of this tea are similar. If i were going to drink a pumpkin spice tea…it wouldn’t be this one. this is like a snooze fest for my mouth. Oh well…love trying new teas! even if they’re not that impressive haha
Wow there was about 15 minutes there where the Steepster discussion boards were totally overtaken by spam. But it’s gone now!
So I’ve had this tea for a little while now, and I got it in a swap with IrishBreakfastLass. Thanks! At first I didn’t try it because it wasn’t “seasonal”, but then I didn’t try it because it didn’t seem that awesome. Lots of CTC leaf, and a kind of lackluster scent of the dry leaf. But I figured I should get around to tasting it sooner or later.
Yeah, lackluster smell of the brewed tea, too. It smells like the kind of gross CTC tea that I hate, along with some cinnamon. It doesn’t taste gross, but it also doesn’t really taste good. Kind of like the Butiki Pumpkin Creme Brulee tea I had earlier this week, this one tastes like not much at all anymore. Maybe like musty cinnamon. I wonder if pumpkin flavoring disappears faster than others? There is maybe a bit more to this one, though, and I wonder if I could force some flavor out of it by brewing it super strong then adding milk and sugar. Well, it goes home, and if it still sucks, it will meet the trash can!
Thank you, Dinosara for the opportunity to try this complex and very interesting tea! I completely understand what you meant when you talked about the different elements of this tea blending together in such a fascinating way. It’s not quite what I’m looking for in an Earl Grey, but it’s only by trying so many different varieties that you do get to dial that in!
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This is my first Pu Erh and wow, I’m not sure what to think. Extremely dark like black coffee, this tea this tea has a musty earthy aroma but little astringency. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but I have a feeling that it may grow on me.
This is delicious. One of the best Oolongs I have ever had, and tastes just as good after 3-4 steeps. I’m sure I’ll add more at a later date but just wanted to record how nice it is
Daily cup of tea! I’m now going to try to cut down on all the drinks in hopes of losing a couple pounds before summer officially begins (I know it’s here for some, too bad I’ve summer classes, booooo)
The dry leaves look okay, doesn’t smell like anything special to me, but my roommate assures me that the lychee smell is there, albeit very very faint.
The brew is a very nice looking reddish brown color, still doesn’t smell like lychee, although I can now smell a little of it in the damp leaves. When drinking it, you get the typical black tea flavor up front, but as you swallow, your mouth fills up with the aroma of the lychee.
Adding some sugar helped a bit as it made the lychee pop more, but not by a lot. Not bad, but not good either.
It’s not what I expected, I was expecting more lychee upfront instead of having to fish for it.
Overall okay as a flavored black tea, nothing too wowwy (huh?), and just not my cup of tea.
EDIT: Okay, so I didn’t pay attention to time and the tea cooled and I took a swig…OMG this was not the same stuff I started with. The lychee flavor is now more prominent and it’s like drinking lychee juice, thought it’s less sweet.
I’m going to bump up the rating simply because this is quite good when cooled. Should make a nice cold brew or iced tea, yay!
Tastes like I tossed an old orange rind I found somewhere in a cup of water.
I’m seriously fed up with my Chado order. I’m throwing most of these samples out after one cup. I was so excited when I ordered – I chose many teas I thought I would like. When they came, they were attractively packaged and the samples were all well over an ounce. Now I wonder if the generosity wasn’t to make up for the tea. (Full disclosure, I like the over-cinnamoned christmas tea and the banana tea so far, but by comparison to the rest of my Chado order, not by comparison to the rest of, well, tea.)
This tea is tasteless. So tasteless I actually chewed a few leaves to see if they had any taste. They did, but only barely. Also, it had very little tea aroma dry and no aroma (or flavor) once brewed. I’m guessing it is stale.
I don’t care for being so universally negative, but this tea is just not working out for me.
I was excited to try a number of distinctly different chai’s, but I’m not sure Chado’s chai’s are working out for me. This chai wasn’t bad. It definitely tastes like coconut, but the other spices are kinda flat. I couldn’t really detect individual spices, because they all seemed to fall in the same level. The black tea base isn’t as smooth as I’d like either. I thought that maybe next time honey might help the flavor a bit…will try that.
Too sweet for me and tastes of wet cigar and mystery fruit.
This tea does not taste like the description. Talk about false advertising! I should have known it when I opened the bag, because it smelled fruity..not at all caramel or vanilla. It tasted fruity and a bit floral too. Anyanka posted that it tasted like a floral honey, and I definitely get that. Maybe a fruity floral honey. I also got the sediment she talked about. Pretty unpleasant to have sediment in your last couple of sips. Overall, this was a disappointment, because some people raved about this tea on the yelp page for this tea house. It makes me wonder if it got cross-contaminated somehow with another tea. At least their samples sizes are pretty cheap for how much you get!
We have been running around a lot on our week off, so I haven’t had much time for steepster, but I wanted to let you know I tried this one last night. It definitely smelled and tasted like rooibos, so for those of you that are sensitive to that, it’s probably not for you. I guess the butterscotch was in the aftertaste. I have not had a lot of butterscotch, although I do remember my mom using butterscotch chips to make haystack cookies, so I wasn’t sure if this tasted exactly like butterscotch. To me, it was like toffee…kind of buttery and sweet. For some reason the taste lingered on my teeth! Weird! Anyway, not bad. I’ll have to have some more to figure out what I really think about it.
This is quite nice (if you like cinnamon). I don’t taste all of the things listed in the description, for me it’s mostly orange and cinnamon. Maybe I need to mix up next time.
It smells delicious, dry, steeping, and brewed. I tried it first with no sweetener, and it was good, but a small amount of sugar really brightened it up and brought out the flavors. Even though this is supposed to be a holiday flavor, it doesn’t seem wintery at all, maybe because the green tea is so bright tasting.
Perhaps I only like fresh lychee, in cocktails, because that’s the only way I had it before this tea. And I don’t love this tea.
Very mild scent, relatively mild flavor. It tastes kind of like chapstick. More perfumey than fruity. I don’t like it, but it isn’t gross. Just not my thing.
Edited to add: this improves as it cools.
This tea smells so alcoholic it should have a proof on the bag. Or a warning label.
It tastes like alcohol too, but isn’t bad otherwise. Butterscotch schnapps maybe? It smells good, but potent. Leaves are very dark, clearly soaked in something, and chopped/broken up.
I can’t recommend it. It really tastes like a tea cocktail. I probably could have sold this to my classmates in high school.
(I’m airing out the rest of it in a paper bag in the hopes that the alcohol will dissipate.)
This is black tea with banana flavoring and some essentially decorative flower petals.
It is very subtle. The banana flavor is realistic and barely there. I prefer a tea that has too little flavor to one that has too much, so this is ok. I’ve only had it with cream and sugar because I was dreaming of my granny’s banana pudding (banana, nilla wafers, sugar, milk, and no pudding!) when I picked this one out for my evening cup.
I’ll probably try some other banana teas before getting more of this one, but it’s palatable and the price was right and the sample was generous.
This is my first chado tea from a dozen samples. The teas were inexpensive, the samples are generous, and shipping was reasonable and quick.
This tea is supposed to be black tea with honey, caramel, and vanilla. I don’t taste the caramel or the vanilla. It’s heavily scented with what I guess is a very floral honey. I tried to smell one of the chunks to see if it smelled like honey and ended up snorting it up my nose, gagging, then giggling. I’m one of the dumbest people I’ve ever met.
Anyway, the tea is ok, but smelly. It’s better with sweetener than without. I haven’t tried it with milk because it seems like a bad idea and I’m at my bad idea limit for the day. Not destined to be a favorite or a reorder, but drinkable. It doesn’t go bitter if oversteeped. It leaves a lot of powdery sediment in the bottom of the cup.
Sample sipdown today!! This is #1. The aroma is interesting. It smells like coffee and roasted mate. And that’s exactly how it tastes too. But there is a nice hint of sweetness. MMMM
Delicious, floral, full bodied, and wonderful with or without milk.
Sweet, rich, and delicious. The aroma is delightful with a bit of peachiness. With milk it is a real treat.
I love chai. I do not love coconut. This tea just isn’t so awesome for me. It smells like spicy coconut, and if you love toasted coconut you will probably love this tea. If you don’t like coconut, you won’t.
I love the way this tea smells. It is one to go slowly with because the smokiness with the Earl Grey citrus is really interesting. Pairing it with the white tea really smooths it out in the sip.