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Final Sipdown of the night, #74.
This tea traveled from Dexter to the Great Canadian TTB (I think), then to Sil, & then to me!
It’s actually fairly tasty, especially with a little sweet added. The flavor of almond is especially nice, but after I took a few sips I was looking at the ingredients list & realized it has Mate in it. Not wanting to stay up past midnight tonight, so as a precaution I dumped the rest of it into a jar & stuck it in the fridge for the night.
As an aside, my ending teacount for the day would have been 342, but I receive a box of samples from a friend, adding 13 new teas to my cupboard, so I’m ending with one tea more than I started with today, LOL, 355. It would be nice to end this week with 300 teas, but I’ll also be happy to complete the goal set earlier today, which was to get through 100 sipdowns (only 25 to go in that case). Really, it doesn’t matter either way, as long as I enjoy the journey!
I was looking for a light, vanilla tea today and this delivered. Sweet, slightly vegetal from the green tea, and smooth tasting, this is one of my favourite greens. It reminds me of the holidays, but it doesn’t feel like a tea exclusively for the holidays. I am enjoying it as I wake up this morning.
This is from Dexter3657’s awesome package of teas! thanks so much! I love nutty teas, so I couldn’t wait to try it. This is a local tea company of Dexter’s. I couldn’t find much info on the site for this one. It seems to be out of stock. I’m guessing it has black tea with walnuts… looking at the leaves it looks like their are rose petals and orange pieces. Odd combination! I steeped this at just boiled for a few minutes. The steep color of the cup is a pale brown. The flavor of the black tea isn’t strong, but that lets the walnut flavor be noticed. The walnut is nice if not strong… not playdoh like that David’s Snowbunny tea. :D But actually walnuts. The orange and rose petals don’t add much to the flavor. I think I’d rather just have the walnuts and the black tea anyway. Not bad but not strong enough for the morning for me!
I have been sitting on this tea and reserving judgement for a couple of months but I think I am almost ready to form an opinion. This tea was not what I thought of when I smelled it and heard chocolate. The base tea shines through a lot stronger than what I had initially expected. This means that it is a much more finicky black than I like to deal with. That being said, when I actually sat down, watched my steep time, and was careful with my water temp, this actually is a pretty great tea. The black tea base is strong, but their is a chocolate note underneath it that is absolutely divine! This tea is really worth a try, but give it a short steep and keep an eye on it!
This was completely not what I was expecting!! I thought I was going to get a sweet, raisin kind of tea, but this is much more of a savoury blend. First sip and I didn’t know what to make of it, second sip I thought it was interesting, by my way through the cup I think it was not really what I was looking for in a morning cup of tea, but it was actually a really good, savoury tea.
I would drink this again, later in the day, really happily! Both the cardamon and the peppercorns come through very strongly. The dates and raisins give a sweet background to an almost chai inspired blend. This is a really different blend, but, after getting used to what it was, the bf and I have concluded that we both really like it.
Lesson of the day though, read your ingredients before you decide what a tea will taste like!
This is another holiday tea I tried from Cornelia Bean. I liked it, not as much as the Eggnog, but it was another solid tea. It is fruity, like I expected, but the rosehips, hibiscus, and dark chocolate also give it a bit of a sour taste. I think this might be one that would benefit if I watched my steep time just a little bit. As it steeped longer and longer in my traveller, it began to get more sour as the rosehips and hibiscus began to dominate the flavour.
I really liked the idea and the first half was great, I am going to give it another run with a shorter steep time and make sure that was my issue, but, with a short steep, I think this is a neat option for a holiday tea. I will certainly be playing around with this tea more, because it was a really interesting taste!
I was really impressed by this tea! I bought a batch for the bf, who is far more into green teas than I am, but I was curious so I brewed myself a cup this morning. It is actually a really nice tea!
I watched my steep time for once, so there was none of the bitterness I generally associate with green teas. This one had a definite green base, but it was softened by the mix of fruit and vanilla flavours also present. The tea has enough natural sweetness to it that I felt it did not need any additional sweetening. Overall, it was a really nice vanilla/fruity green that I could totally see going with the holidays!
I don’t think this tea would fare at all well with a long steep, like in my tea traveller, but it is certainly a cup I would love to brew at home once in a while.
This is not a bad tea, in fact it tastes really good, just not what I had expected. I gets lots of apple and a berry blend taste, more strawberry heavy than goji? I have had other goji heavy teas and this did not taste like what I had expected it to. I think it is a good tea, and one I will reach for when I am looking for a good fruity tisane, I just wish it was a bit heavier on the goji and strawberry.
After a restless half-sleep, this is what I’m sipping now (cold) as I try and rouse myself. Mate, make your magic!
I left this in the fridge overnight, as I brewed it, took a few sips, and then realized it had mate in it. My daughter poached the majority of it for her thermos to take to school… “Mom, this is so much better than the Root Beer Float tea in the fridge.” “Yes honey, that’s because Root Beer Float is cold brewing and likely needs more time.” In typical teenage fashion, she shrugged her shoulders and ran off. She graciously left me one cup to try, so I could actually log and rate it here.
Cold, this is thick and slightly buttery. I taste the rooibos and lost the mate, except for at the end with a touch of dryness. There’s caramel in here too somewhere, although I’m only getting it hidden in my jaw, like a tartness I’m just shy of tasting, yet know that’s caramel giving me that mouth-watering, tingly reaction. A touch of Truvia really brings out the caramel flavors to a burnt toffee-ish taste. There’s something else in there that I can feel, however there’s zero taste to it. Adds to the faint dryness at the end.
A lovely cup, and a huge thanks to Dexter3657 for the sample!
Dammit! It’s 1:35am and as I went to log this tea, I discover I’m drinking mate. First sips have been lovely, however I need to put this aside until tomorrow if I’m going to get any sleep. Lesson learned: review tea ingredients that Dexter3657 meticulously sends with her swap to me prior to steeping.
Amazing!! I like this one even more than I liked Prickly Pear, and I really liked that one! This tea is much more berry influenced. Given my love for Redberry Tonic, I can taste the sea buckthorn, but there is so many more berries and fruits that it just makes for a lovely sharp blend. I tried it hot and am looking forward to trying it cold too!
This one is definitely one of the boyfriend’s teas. I like the cloves and love the orange hints, but the rooibos comes through a little strong for me. I am so enamored with the flavour though that I might try sweetening it and give it one more shot to see if I can downplay the rooibos. This is a smaller tea company, but they really have some excellent blends. I am loving the stuff I try from them!
I am moderately torn on this tea. I really love the orange flavour. It is very authentic mandarin orange tasting. The one issue I have with the tea is that is can get a teeny bit bitter when the leaves steep for too long. I have tried taking it in my traveller multiple times and I have had quite a few issues with a few sips of unwanted orange peel.I think this is a really great tea that shines with a bit of a shorter steeping time. With just a quick steep, you get a naturally sweet orange based tea.
I really, really like this chocolate mint tea. I find it very similar to popular chocolate mints, like Read My Lips, but there is something more to it. Maybe it is the larger chocolate chips or the pink pepper? Either way, the tea is wonderful in my tea traveller without any extra sweetener. The mint is evident in the smell, but there is a lot more to the flavour. It have been my go to mint tea for the past few days!
sipdown! I am relaxing this evening by watching a few shows and having a couple of good solid cups of tea to finish off a couple samples. I’m pretty proud of myself for getting to under 200 teas this weekend AND resisting buying tea from butiki and tealux – two things i had told myself i could do if i got to under 200. But I am trying to hold out until the end of November. Terri and i have to stay strong!
I really love this tea. It’s one of those teas that i would order again just to have around for when the mood struck. thanks so much to dexter for sharing this one with me! love it!
Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box
So i’m a little over whelmed today in terms of being both a) exausted and b) feeling like my cupboard is totally out of control. Not sure why today feels that way since i’m not much higher after getting my orders in, than i have been in the past. 223 if you’re curious.
I still have a few teas left from the travelling teabox that I want to try, that i don’t want to parcel out and add to my cupboard. Same thing in principle i know except this saves a bag.
So the tea…I really wanted to try this one because it’s from a local shop near Dexter and because it’s one of the most interesting looking teas i’ve seen…AND it’s apparently her favourite tisane…that she didn’t bother adding to steepster! cough So i dont know what’s in this except some green stuff and yellow stuff and purple things…and it smell great! This actually comes as close as i’ve seen to the “fruit tea” i had while i was in Beijing. Seriously…it’s fan-freaking-delicious! I may just have to beg dexter to buy me some and send it my way or something. or i could just buy some stuff…since i took two seconds just now to go look at their website lol
Sooo i’m rambling i have a head ache and haven’t had dinner and really just want to go to bed. but this tea? it’s like a spot of funshine. yep. funshine.
Great Canadian Traveling Tea Box
Dexter added this from a local tea company and it is YUMMY! Seriously…i just want to take the whole bag. That’s saying a lot too since it has mate in it, which i don’t like. I think this would make one hell of a kickass latte in the winter. It’s a creamy delicious treat. I can smell the almond as i’m drinking this one, but it doesn’t translate into that artificial tasty almond flavouring that i like. Instead it’s closer to a more real almond taste in my opinion. There isn’t enough chocolate on this, but the almond and caramel blend nicely to make a deliciously creamy tasty cup.
that goes amazingly well with the pumpkin spice muffins i just made… MMMMM
Did first rinse with boiling water and then a 25 second steep. It’s okay – not particularly distinctive or complex. The tea flavour really comes in second to the mint and lime, and there’s very little of the multi-facteted earthiness that I associate with pu erh.
I’ll hav to experiment with more rinses and different steep times and water temperatures. As it is, this tea isn’t really grabbing me.
I get to add first note??! I feel stressed just thinking about that!!
Ok, I’ll do it. First, I must thank the ridiculously generous Dexter3657 for sending me this…thank you!!!
The dry leaf is pretty – all chunky fruits and petals and it smells sweet.
It brews up to a light golden colour, and once brewed it is reminiscent of tart flowers. But neither is overbearing. I don’t like tart tea’s usually, but this one is pretty good. The tartness is so light, that it adds to the flavour in a positive way. If the tartness wasn’t present it would be too sweet.I am also getting a hint of pear, which works really well with the tartness.
Dexter3657 was generous with this sample, my next sampling of this will be as cold brew which I think will be fantastic for this particular tea.
I should have read my first note on this tea before making this batch but you know, it’s 3 am and I just wanted some iced tea. I said the first time that 1.5 tsp for 8 oz might have been too much tea. This time I used the same tea to water ratio and made two steeps combined in a pitcher. I sweetened and came up to bed with my too jars, excited. Then I tasted. Bleah.
So astringent with little, if at all cherry flavour. I had to sweeten the H out of this poor sucker and water it down so much with ice to make it drinkable. Won’t miss this one (sipdown!)
Thanks, Dexter3657 for sending me generous amount of this tea, but it was not for me.
Nobody rated this or logged this. Not sure a newbie should be the first to do so… Ah, the pressure. Especially since Rooibos is my least favourite of teas. However, Dexter3657 sent this to me and I can’t possibly not try it! Rude and wasteful, right?
It’s a coffee flavoured Rooibos so it gets points from me right off the bat. And the thing is that whatever is going on in this blend masks the Rooibos quite well so I’d say this is a better introduction to Rooibos for those who are just not sure.
There’s coffee on the nose, and in the aroma and flavour of the brewed liquor. I do find it a little on the weak side at 1.5 tsp for 8 oz with near boiling water. It brews a clear caramel brown liquor. That’s the best I can do without sounding too pretentious.
It’s one of the better Rooibos I’ve had even if a little on the weak side.