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A little taste of paradise this morning. I wish I was on a beach somewhere right now instead of here in the cold and snow! Maybe in the new year I will go on a trip.
I still really enjoy this. The papaya is coming out a little more today. I guess I got some bits in my tsp! The black base can get really astringent if brewed for too long though, so you kind of have to watch the time on this one.
Boiling water cooled off a little at 3 minutes.
Thank you Lala for this generous sample!
This tea is not as flavourful as I would of hoped as Lala mentioned. I still enjoy it though, the subtle black base and the subtle hints of orange. Not a tea I would choose if I wanted a big kick in the morning. It seems like an afternoon tea
Boiling water cooled down a bit for 4 minutes
This one initially reminded me of a chai, mostly because of the ingredients. But now that I have drank it, I would say nope, no chai in there.
This one tastes strongly nutty. Definitely a thick pistachio taste. But it is not super distinctive pistachio, I think I know it is pistachio because I knew that was one of the ingredients. The rooibos is kind of woody, but it is pairing really well with a sweet but light, and slightly bitter orange rind flavour. This is a blend where the woody taste of the rooibos is definitely working in favour of the tea. The pepper gives it is bit of heat but I would not call this a spicey tea. Very nice blend, definitely can drink this as the weather starts to turn colder.
Any of you who have been following me for a while and reading my notes will know that I have certain “difficulties” with pu’erh.
I just can’t find a pu’erh that I like. It all tastes fishy or mushroomy to me. I have found some highly flavoured pu’erhs that I can drink. I feel like I really need to buy some expensive stuff and try it out to know for sure because I have only tried relatively cheap and generic pu’erh. But I don’t want to spend lots of money on something I am pretty much guaranteed not to like. Tea drama all around.
This tea smells like cinnamon candies, mmmmmm cinnamon, uuuggghhh pu’erh!?! It smelled delicious, it is a flavoured loose tea, so I thought I would try it.
The dry tea is solid red hots candy smelling.
After brewing, immediately as I took the strainer out of my cup, I got a quick whiff of mushrooms. Proceed with caution.
The smell of the brewed tea is not terrible, strongly cinnamon but also earthy, not mushroomy though. A little less caution now.
The tea tastes like cinnamon, not as sweet as it smells. The pu’erh tea is strong under the cinnamon but it is more earthy tasting. So no fish. No mushrooms. I do feel like I am getting a taste of dirt every once in a while. More like fresh, moist potting soil. (No, I don’t eat potting soil, but if you are a gardener you will know what I mean). The liquor feels very thick. It tastes strong.
This one is kind of reminding me of cinnamon coffee for some reason. Overall not too bad. I think I can drink this one. I just have to keep telling myself that not all pu’erh is evil.
Attention Steepster. I love and hate you at the same time. I did not type for the last 5 minutes in order for you to just throw it all away without saving it. You are a cruel, cruel friend.
So back to the memories of this review…
I didn’t buy this one for me but I had to try it when I got home because it was so interesting. It also had rave reviews from the tea shop owner.
The dry tea reminds me so much of Christmas. It is black tea with red safflower petals and almond slivers. So pretty.
The dry tea does not really smell that amazing. It is kinda like cinnamon and nuts.
The brewed tea is delicious. The black tea and safflower petals give it a cake-y/heavy pastry flavour. There is a light cinnamon taste. It is more sweet cinnamon than spicey cinnamon. There is a light almond flavour. It is not marizipan like I find a lot of almond teas taste like, it is more natural almond taste.
This one reminds me of a coffee cake (heavy white cake/bread with cinnamon and sugar). I don’t think this one is going to last too long in my house. I will most likely go and get more.
I can imagine this would be great with milk and brown sugar, so I will just have to try another cup.
Hmm I’m pretty sure now I know Lala was my secret pumpkin!
In any case, maybe it’s my cold, or maybe I didn’t steep long enough, but this is a very light spice. I’m not detecting any pumpkin. I added a touch of sweetener. It’s not bad by any means but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to purchase.
Made this one again this morning. I made the tea double strength and then added some brown rock sugar and milk. It is much more pumpkin pie/pumpkin dessert like this. I am getting the taste of pumpkin and autumn spices, I am also getting a bit of pastry taste. It is also very creamy, most likely from the milk I added but it is working well with this tea.
This is not a tea I would normally have purchased. I picked it up for the Secret Pumpkin exchange. Stepping outside the box!!
This one smells like a chai to me. Reminds me of Christmas spices, lots of cinnamon smell.
The tea tastes quite good. It is reminded me of pumpkin oatmeal cookies that my mom makes. Its essentially an oatmeal cookie with pumpkin paste mixed in. They are super soft and delicious. Pumpkin is not necessarily my favorite in pie form, but cookie form – delicious. There are definitely pumpkin pie spices. I taste cinnamon, maybe nutmeg.
I think the liquor could have been thicker, so next time I will have to try using more tea. I used 1 tsp for this cup. I think some creamer or milk may have helped bring out the dessert taste in this.
Overall not bad. I was worried that there was hibiscus in the ingredients but I can’t even tell its in there.
I actually did not intend to buy this tea. But I wasn’t paying attention and this is what I came home with.
This tea smells very sharp. There is definitely an almond smell. I would describe this tea as candied almond. There are small pieces of chopped up almond in the mix. The brewed tea smells like sweet almond. I almost get a hint of Granny Smith green apples.
The tea tastes strongly of rooibos. There is a sweetness from the rooibos. There is also an almond taste. Very slightly like marzipan but not quite. I get that little bit of apple flavour in the aftertaste.
Overall an ok tea for a rooibos blend, not what I wanted but I guess I should be paying more attention next time. Its like I get into a tea store and can’t even focus…there is too much to see and smell and I just want, want, WANT…ha ha. I think it is safe to say that is a common occurrence for most of us… :P
Picked this up at the local farmers market. I couldn’t resist the blood orange. I do wish though, I would have asked which tea was used to make it before I purchased it.
This ice cream was made with this tea: http://steepster.com/teas/cuppat-specialty-teas/36763-organic-blood-orange-rooibos which is a rooibos tea.
The ice cream did not taste so much like blood orange but more orange creamsicle, which is fine by me. But there was still a rooibos taste, which is strange in ice cream. The good thing is it wasn’t medicinal rooibos tasting. I would also describe it tasting like blood orange but without the tartness, like sweet orange maybe, and very creamy. So I am going to go back to saying it tasted like orange creamsicle.
This ice cream was good, but I think I would prefer an tea ice cream that is not made with rooibos.
Was planning on making this one as a cold brew overnight but when I woke up this morning I realized I had forgotten to get it ready and put in the fridge. So I made it iced just so I could have something cold in the fridge today. (Which if you continue reading, was a good plan).
I have to start studying for a huge exam coming up. I have been meaning to start for weeks. Do a bit every day so I don’t have to cram. But procrastination set in. So today I finally decided to get started. I spent an hour getting all my study stuff ready – procrastination at its best. Then the power goes out, which is good, because with no power, there is not much else I can/should be doing, might as well study. I finally sat down and turned on the laptop to download the study guide, well guess what – internet doesn’t work if the power is out. Damn. I need some tea at this point. Well you can’t boil a kettle if there is no power. Damn. So I am glad I had made a pitcher of this iced so I could at least have that kind of tea while I study. Maybe it saved me, maybe not. We will see how long I study for before I get distracted. (Edit: made it about an hour and a half before I broke for lunch, but most of that time was searching for information in a bunch of different books – at least its a start).
This tea is not terribly great hot. So we will see how it is iced. It is not terrible iced, but not the greatest. I think it is easier to drink iced than hot. There is still a orange rind pepper taste. I don’t really get any sweet orange flavour. There is really not much taste to the tea. The taste of even the black tea is quite blunted. I had added some rock sugar while it was steeping which I think helped. I think I will finish the rest of this one off as iced/cold on those days when it is hot and I just need to guzzle tea without really tasting it.
I made this tea a couple of days ago hot, then put it in the fridge overnight to chill. I also added a little bit of sugar because of the tartness. With the addition of the sugar, it is a much better tisane. Refreshing, but I am still not getting much in the kiwi department.
As much as I don’t like to add sugar, this tea kinda needs it.
This is a very refreshing tea. Almost like lemonade but not too sweet. It’s slightly tart from the hibiscus but not overly so. Each cup tastes a little different depending on what fruit pieces end up in the scoop but that’s ok.
I would like to re-stock this but I think my local tea shop has stopped selling this tea :(
That’s the worst when you find a tea you like and then can’t restock it! Oh well, I enjoyed it while I had it
Made the last of this one as a cold brew, brewed for 12 hours. I wanted to write here that it was delicious! but really it is just ok.
There is a metallic tang from the rooibos. You can taste the pistachio, and there is a blunted green apple taste. Not very sweet. I will need to add some sweetener to my cup to straighten out this apple taste. There is definitely a pastry type taste as a cold brew, like thick pie crust. It is also a bit creamy. The liquor is thick. There is a long, lingering rooibos aftertaste. The last time I had this hot was a long time ago, but cold it seems like the tastes are a bit more complex.
Again, not really but kind of a tea tasting note.
I wanted to make some iced coffee. My usual is to use day old coffee, add milk, sweetener and ice, sometimes blender it will some kind of mocha or chocolate mix.
I decided to brew the coffee with some lapsang tea – really wasn’t my idea, I did see this somewhere but can’t remember where or when. I made 8 cups, used 4 scoops coarsely ground Starbucks blonde veranda blend and just 1 tsp of the lapsang – I didn’t want it to be too strong.
It turned out ok. You can definitely taste the smokey flavour. But cold, it does make the coffee quite dry, slightly bitter. It really tastes like smokey campfire coffee to me. It is almost like the smoke just sits on top of the coffee. First I taste the smoke, then I taste the coffee, it is not blending too well. I am thinking this one might have been better had I used a bolder coffee. This one is definitely better hot than cold. Cold campfire is just not for me I guess.
This is not necessarily a tea review, so you can stop reading now if you like.
I made pea soup. Mmmmm. It was delicious. My grandparents sill farm, even though they are probably to old to be farming, they just won’t quit. Good for them! My grandpa grew peas last year so I got my grandma to steal me an ice cream pail of peas after harvest. I have been using them up sparingly. They were not “processed” and “fresh” off the field. In saying that I mean they were not cleaned so they were full of dust, husks and dehydrated grasshopper parts. I spent an hour yesterday sifting through 4 cups of peas to clean out any non-pea debris, then soaked for 12 hours in water. I slow cookered the peas for 12 hours with a ham bone, 1 cup of strong lapsang souchong tea, chicken stock, pepper and bay leaves.
The lapsang gave the soup a smokey flavour that paired perfectly with the ham. But I think it also helped to cut back on the saltiness that sometimes the ham can give it. I also found the soup to be very smooth, which I am attributing to the tea because that is the only difference this time around. I didn’t use too much tea so the caffeine does not appear to be a factor.
This was great and I look forward to doing it again. My grandparents are growing peas again this year so I might have to sneak some more in the fall :) Maybe more than an ice cream pail this time!