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My faith in Compass Teas is sadly fading…. not a big fan of this one. At least I can taste the coconut here, and it’s alright (whew, not rancid!), but it’s a very plain, boring tea, with a very unremarkable base that’s verging on astringency with even just a short 2-minute infusion. It’s not terrible, and if milk/sweetener didn’t cover up the mild coconut flavour, it might actually be good that way, but I’m not keen to have this one again.
Oops – forgot to thank JoonSusanna for passing some of this along :) Always curious to try, even if a tea doesn’t work for me!
Thanks to JoonSusanna (I think) for passing this tea on! Unfortunately, I’m not getting even the slightest butter-pecan flavour; it just tastes like a mildly astringent basic black. I don’t know if it could be age, but it’s in a nice sealed pouch, so that would surprise me a bit. I may give it another chance at some point, but sadly was pretty unimpressed this time.
I love Earl Grey tea – as many of you probably know already. There are few teas out there that make me as happy as a good Earl Grey and this one qualifies as good! A strong bergamot aroma, and a tangy flavor with just a tad of sweetness to it. A very uplifting taste. Not soapy or perfume-ish, just beautifully bergamot-y.
A rich, medium-to-full-bodied black tea base.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/25/earl-grey-classic-black-tea-compass-teas/
Note #700 and it’s a tea I’ve had for a while but never tried.
I think I was just nervous because it had a coffee like scent to it. And well, Dublin cream? It just sounds like it would be coffee-esque. I have an on-again/off- again relationship with coffee and since I’m liking it okay of late I figured I may as well just suck it up and try this for breakfast.
Steep notes: 1 tsp. leaf to a cup, below parameters. Creamer to sweeten.
That creamer really does make it seem like I’ve having a cup of coffee. French vanilla coffee, even. Strange. I did take a sip plain and it didn’t taste like much of anything (vague hints of vanilla at best) so I wonder how much of this is the tea and how much is the additive.
Anyway, I liked this. I just don’t feel like I actually drank tea this morning.
I made the last of the sample JoonSusanna sent me and this tea is incredibly underwhelming. More than anything, I get a mediocre black tea base. If I search very, VERY hard, I can mildly detect a hint of banana but it is a lot of work to pick up a very subtle note. There is also a bit of thickness that might represent the pancakes. All in all, I was not impressed but I am glad I got to try it. You never know what a tea will be like unless you try it out first and with that in mind, thank you JoonSusanna for sending a sample my way :)
JoonSusanna sent me this in a take it away package. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any steeping recommendations so I used 1.5 tsps and brewed it in just-below-boiling water for 4 minutes. That definitely was not right for this tea because all I am getting is a bitter base. I still have more to try to get this right so I will hold off numbers for now. Anyways, thank you JoonSusanna for sharing this with me.
Backlog from yesterday.
I went through a few days where I would drink a tea and think “you should log this” but then never got around to it. So now I’m in the process of catching up.
Steeped according to package directions, meaning 1 tsp, to 8 oz water and some half and half with about 1/2 tsp. sugar. I drank it while starting a new book (Luminaries, Eleanor Catton) and finishing up another (The Drowning Guard, Linda Lafferty) since I had most of the beginning of this week off.
I do think this is one of the best Earl Grey Cream teas out there. That I’ve tried, at least. Something about the cohesiveness of it, as though bergamot and vanilla and black are actually one singular ingredient. You taste them all together and can’t believe they ever existed apart.
I think marshmallow winter will probably be back in stock from Compass Teas soon (loved that tea last year but only got a sample, unfortunately) so if I place an order for that I’ll be getting more of this as well.
Perfect for my book reading afternoon.
Definitely one of the better pineapple teas/tisanes that I’ve had, and I don’t know if this is even available any longer. Back when I wrote my full-length review of this tea (see it here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/19/sunset-pineapple-tisane-from-compass-teas/ ) … back in June … yes, I’m still so very behind! This tisane wasn’t available back then and it doesn’t appear to be available now, some months later.
Unfortunate because this was really tasty.
Sweet, pineapple-y and the green rooibos base is light and refreshing. An amazing iced tea!
last tea of the evening and it’s a sipdown! Thus bringing my total at the end of the weekend to 220. 70 teas to drink up between now and black friday, ignoring the few swaps/samples that are on their way to me. 70 teas in 52 days. I can totally do this! While this tea is ok, it’s likely not a repurchase for me unless i need something to up my cart to free shipping or something. At the end of the day it’s really just a rooibosy ginger blend, and it’s less delicious than the blend from tao leaf tea that i like :) Thanks though Kaylee for sharing this one with me!
thanks kaylee! This is one from my swap with kaylee and one i was excited for. I’m always looking for caffeine free blends for days when caffeine seems to be bothering me. This isn’t a bad brew but i’m not sure it’s really gingersnap cookie to me. I do like the ginger flavouring, so i may play with this one similar to what kaylee tried and add some sugar and milk. Over all though, a nice ginger cup of tea :)
Tea of this morning.
Prep notes: 1.5 tsp. leaf, 10 oz. water, milk, some sugar.
Mmm. I’m not an ice cream person but I make an exception for butter pecan. Seeing that butter pecan tea was a thing? Yes. Please.
As far as a tasting note, though, I’m not really sure I’ve got too much to say- it is absolutely dead on butter pecan, balances well with the black tea, and I finished the cup pretty fast. In general Compass Teas have been 100% on point with all of their tea blends, so if you are wanting to order from them you will definitely get the flavors they’re promising!
I had this on Friday. I wanted to experiment with the flavor a bit, so I tried adding cinnamon to the blend. I admit, I probably overdid it on the cinnamon. Still, I had the same problem adding cinnamon as I had adding vanilla – it tastes fine, the flavors are both there, but somehow it doesn’t quite mesh into anything like a cookie. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any sugar to try it with. I’m not changing my rating because I mucked around with the blend.
Also, I get to call this a sipdown because the rest is going to Sil. Whew, one more tea off the list!
EDIT: I forgot to thank JoonSusanna for the sample! Thank you!
Backlog from a few days ago. I sent a friend of mine the Upton samples (one of which being the vanilla earl grey) and her email telling me she liked it made me go for this. I’m so suggestible, sometimes. :)
This is easily one of the best vanilla earl grey teas for my palate. It has the buttery vanilla, the pretty orange color in the steeped tea, and a subtle amount of bergamot. Everything plays so nicely together.
I drank this with only a splash of milk and that was all it needed – I’ve been less inclined to use sugar lately in my teas and this one had a sweetness of it’s own without needing anything more.
Very tasty stuff, this.
Tea of the morning. I decided to finish off this sample that Jackie T sent me months ago. As previously noted the tea does not taste like eggnog or rum, but it is a decent vanilla tea. I added some sugar and milk to my mug which enhanced the vanilla and gave the tea a wonderfully smooth and silky texture.
This isn’t a tea I’ll be ordering, but as a swap tea it was great. Thanks, Jackie T!
Cold brewed this today and it’s delicious! I’m thinking maybe trying this out in my NEW ZOKU SLUSHIE maker tomorrow…or maybe i’ll make a chai slushie…licorice chai? hmmm i’m super excited to test this baby out!
Meanwhile in tea land..this one is a tea i prefer cold strangely…the cold brew evens out the rooibos taste and really lets the fruit flavours come out a bit more.
Also..just for cavocorax (today puts me at 224)
MMMM.. bergamot and vanilla are an intoxicating combination. Had this in the morning with a slice of strawberry peach pie. I’ve almost mastered crusts, I think! The secret is lard. Well, for me it is, anyway – nothing else has gotten close to the flakiness.
Anyway. This one preps flawlessly every time if you go by the company’s directions: 1 tsp., 3 minutes. Shorter than I usually steep my black teas but I think it would definitely be too bitter otherwise. Still one of the best Earl Grey Creme’s I’ve tasted.
Another one from Junesusanna via cavocorax! This is a pretty tasty one. I’m not sure if it’s because there’s green rooibos in this one or what but it’s a really delicious fruity tea! I really want to cold brew this next to see if it’s a tea i can get behind cold as well. the berries are all hanging out in this one really nicely and there’s no bitterness. it also hasn’t devolved into that whole “generic” berry taste that i’m not fond of. happy to have this one to play with a bit more!
Sipdown! (235) haha i figured tonight was a good time to try this one and maybe a couple other rooibos teas to refrain from pilling up on the caffeine :) This was sent via Junesusanna and cavocorax :)
Cola teas confuse me. They’re hot but should be cold. This one is no exception. there is a definite cola taste to this tea but my mouth is totally weirded out by the heat. overall this is a good tea but i think i need to stay away from hot cola teas haha.
This is the first tea that I’m trying from the Traveling Tea Box! It actually came on Saturday, but we had a friend staying with us over the weekend and I didn’t check the mail until late Sunday afternoon. Needless to say, I’ve been excitedly waiting and barely containing myself until everyone left and I had a quiet house all to myself to dig into this huge box of tea!
The dry leaf of this tea smells heavenly. I can detect a rich black tea smell with a lot of sweet and nutty baked cookie aromas swirling around. I followed the instructions on the package and only steeped this tea for two minutes, and am surprised at just how darkly colored the tea itself is. To me, the flavor is more malty and almost smokey black tea than anything else. I did add some milk and sugar, and it brought out a little more of the sweet coconut, but there is still a lingering smokiness. Even though I love coconut and macaroons, and this tea has only a faint hint of those two flavors, I am really enjoying this cup! The black tea base is really wonderful, and it takes milk well and becomes almost creamy. I’m glad this first tea from the Traveling Tea Box was a hit!
-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves and twigs.
-Dry leaves smell like rich black tea with a hint of sweet and nutty baked cookies. Tea liquor aroma is of black tea and sweet coconut.
-Tea liquor is a clear very dark brown color.
-Deep malty flavor with a lightly sweet finish. Very faint coconut aftertaste with some smokiness.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. Very light coconut cookie flavor. Strong black tea base takes milk and sugar well.