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I didn’t get this tea from this particular company, but it’s the same name and description, and it looks like the other tea place doesn’t carry it anymore. Anyway, as mentioned by the first reviewer, you really need a fine sieve or a teabag because this tea has a fine milled quality. It’s a nice vanilla tea. I have mine with condensed milk or milk/honey. I’ve also used it in a granola recipe. All around good tea.
I bought a bunch of different smokey teas from Chado in an attempt to find something as good as A&D’s Caravan. (My roommate and I totally depleted that one). This one is definitely my roommate’s favorite of the bunch, probably because of the earl grey. I prefer this one straight (as I do with most of my smokey teas), although I did try it with milk and it was pretty good as well.
Happy New Year everyone! This year I wil aim to log my teas more regularly starting tonight with an “evening blend” tea from Chado. You can barely taste the rose petals, this one just tastes like a mild blended black tea – no particular strong flavors. It still makes a decent pot of tea, which I’m enjoying with a bit of milk.
Another Tea courtesy of LiberTEAs!!!! :)
I’m typing as I infuse and think…so…here goes…
I smell Earl Grey…no, I smell Gunpowder…no, I smell bergamot, no…I smell mint…oh my…I smell it all!
This infuses VERY dark for a green! It smells very masculine, too.
BUT the taste…
It’s a lighter gunpowder taste and the mint is pleasant but not overdone in the slightest. The bergamot helps even many of these factors out, I think. I wouldn’t say it tastes like Earl Grey but I would encourage those who aren’t sure about Gunpowders to give this a whirl.
This is very interesting, more complex that many, and a down-right nifty cuppa!
Thanks to LiberTEAS for this one! It’s Friday and I want some RUM…so…since I am at work I will have to settle for this! LOL
I agree with LiberTEAS – I cannot see a single Chocolate Chip. I am getting a slight rum comparison to the nose but not overly. I really smell the stereotypical Rooibos scent tho. Once infused I can smell a SMALL Chocolate smell as even smaller amount of rum-like aroma. The Rooibos isn’t as aromatic as before infusing but it’s still the scent I pick up the most on while sniffing.
The taste is more flavorful overall than I assumed it would be. The Rum and Rooibos blend together pretty well…they are both subtle flavors tho. The chocolate isn’t very chocolaty but it’s a nice touch! This is ‘ok’
In my sample pouch, I didn’t see any chocolate chips at all. I realize that the chocolate chips don’t really add all that much flavor to the overall cup, but I am just mentioning this because the tisane that I measured into my smart brewer didn’t look at all like the photo… it looked like plain rooibos.
The flavor is very delicate here. Rum is the most prominent flavor, and fortunately, it does mask some of the woodsy flavor of the rooibos. I was a little worried about that because when I first strained the tea into my mug I could smell that very distinct rooibos smell and I worried that this would taste strongly of rooibos, but it does not.
The chocolate is softer than I’d like it to be, but I think it’s very well balanced with the rum flavor… neither is really overwhelming the other. I do get a nice chocolatey taste in the finish.
Eh…. It’s pretty good.
On the road this week, staying at a Fairmont Hotel for the first time, which features a line of teas in their own name. They do a great afternoon tea at this particular hotel, and I chose the Kenmare Ceylon to go with the little sandwiches and cakes. It came in a good-size pot with a moderate amount of leaf; the first cup had only been steeped about a minute, but by the time I got to the end of the pot the leaves had been sitting in the water for a long time. This was an interesting way to go about it because it let me examine the flavors that came out over the course of more and more steeping.
At the beginning there was a mild toastiness and a little bit of ripe fruit. Over the next couple cups the toastiness developed more fully, and the fruit gave way to more tannins and astringency. The final cup was very “leafy” – it really reminded me of fall. It was dry leaves, and the light smell of smoke in the air, warmth by the fireside. Up to this point I’d been drinking it straight, but added some milk and sugar at the very end and really liked it that way as well.
Thanks LiberTEAS!!!! Another thumbs up!
This is a marvy twist on EG! One that I have been craving, it seems! It’s not your standard Earl. This is really nice! Black, yet oolong, a slight stereotypical Darjeeling taste but somewhat hidden because of the EG Flavors. The flavors are NOT overdone…they are just right!!! What an interest and tasty Cuppa!
I had almost forgotten about a tin of this Nilgiri at the back of the cabinet. I found it behind the hibiscus flowers and allspice berries.
I sought something a little different this morning, but didn’t have time for a major presentation. I used a gaiwan, water boiled with a piece of bamboo charcoal, and didn’t add anything else. It’s balanced in flavor, and has good texture. It’s also remarkably not stale, and I know I have had this on hand for over a year.
I really like this Earl Grey a lot… I like the unique flavor that the Oolong and white (both Darjeelings) bring to the cup. It gives the tea a very interesting complexity that is sometimes absent in a “standard” Earl Grey.
The bergamot is a pleasant balance of citrus and flower-esque notes, and the vanilla smooths the edge of the bergamot just enough to make this a very smooth, rich, and delightful cup.
This is the last that I have of this because I’m sending the rest of it to a friend.
Today I’m enjoying it latte style with a splash of milk. This really gives the chocolate a nice creamy taste. This is one of the better yerba mate blends I’ve encountered. It’s tasty!
Oh wow! This is a really good Earl Grey!
When I first smelled the dry leaf, I was a little worried, because it smelled a bit perfume-y. But the flavor does not come off as perfume-y… floral, yes, a little, but not perfume-ish.
The citrus flavor is very nice here too. It blends well with the Oolong and Darjeeling teas… making this a smoother tasting Earl Grey. The vanilla might have a little to do with that too… although this definitely is not a typical Earl Grey with vanilla.
I’m liking this one a lot.
I do wish that I had read the description of this tea again, though, so that I could have brewed it the way I’d brew an Oolong (at a lower temp), rather than a black tea. Next time, I shall!
After reading Auggy’s review of chocolate mate, it inspired me to brew a cup of mate (and hope that it would be a better tasting cuppa than what Auggy experienced). I ordered this sample some time ago, and haven’t tried it yet (I have a lot of teas in my possession at the moment that I’ve not tried yet!)
Yum! Chocolate-y smooth and yet earthy. I suspect that the flowers are here for appearance sake, because I’m not getting much in the way of flavor from them (although there is a very faint sharpness from the sunflower – very faint) I can taste a slight woodsy “rooibos” flavor but, it is also quite faint in the presence of the stronger roasted mate. The almonds and the chocolate are very tasty together.
I am not sure what the cactus adds to this flavor, although I can’t say that this blend would be quite the same without it, because this is different than other chocolate mate blends I’ve encountered – whether that be from the cactus, or the sunflower or even the rooibos … or more likely a combination of these three components.
Either way, I really like like it!