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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #53
Another last serving removed from the box! It seems to be a fruity flavored white tea. I’m not sure what the fruit is actually supposed to be, but one of them is definitely citrusy. A translation of yuzu actually means some sort of citrus fruit. I’m actually surprised at how yellow this cup is for a white tea. It’s very bright yellow while not being oversteeped. The second steep is somehow even fruitier. I’m happy to have tried it, but also glad I removed the big empty pouch from the teabox.
I’ve drank this on three separate occasions and each time I steeped it just a little different.
I can totally appreciate the caramel flavor in this, but the oolong base is too green for me. It doesn’t go with the caramel. It’s too vegital – asparagus and caramel do not work for me.
Thanks Sil for sending me a sample of this. Sometimes I feel bad when I get samples of expensive/hard to get teas – especially ones that others really love – and I don’t like them. I feel like they were wasted on me and others would have enjoyed them more. However, even the ones I don’t love – I’m always appreciative of the opportunity to try new things…. :))
OH I’m confused. If I had tried this a week ago I would be swooning and gushing praise for this tea. Don’t get me wrong this is a GREAT tea, but is it as good as the one I was drinking about a week ago….. dunno
Rich, velvety, dark chocolate – almost bitter chocolate – and then there is a deeper note that’s reading as buttery to me – as this cools it’s coming across as chocolate buttercream icing. Bitter – sweet – buttery – creamy.
It’s good – it’s really good – but not at the top of the list….
Thanks Sil for sharing – this has been on my wishlist forever. :))
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #32
So many interesting characteristics to this tea but maybe I should have used more than a teaspoon to let them shine. The flavor didn’t seem as distinct as it could have been. I see big petals of rose, which was the most noticeable flavor. Hints of lychee. Not really any jasmine or peach. So I love the idea of this tea, but the only flower noticeable is rose and the only fruit noticeable is lychee.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug// 27 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Flavors: Lychee, Rose
The tea that I brought with me on my trip to Italy, the tea that holds dear memories. This is the Dammann tea that I’m most looking forward to buy again. I was curious but sceptic when I decided to buy this because the flavouring is quite special… Vodka, prunes… But it smells delicious and it tastes delicious!
After walking around seven kilometres each way for that bottle brush I’ve been meaning to get for my iced tea jug, I’m chilled, hungry, and in desperate need of a hot beverage. Even though this isn’t my favourite DF tea, its warm and nutty hug hits the spot. It’s tasting more like their roasted almond note in Velours Nacré than hazelnut this time around. Can’t explain that, but that’s definitely a good thing.
Chocolate, hazelnut, and orange. Although DF teas seem to hold their flavour very well, at least considering I’ve had these for nearly a year, the flavours in this one don’t really pop. Despite this being my first tasting note, I have had this when it was a lot fresher, and if I recall, it wasn’t particularly flavourful then either. I’m not getting much other than the base. Perhaps a vague nuttiness that is blending in so well with the base that it could pass as a base note itself. Orange? Not much, and the chocolate is faint too.
For a chocolate orange nut blend, I prefer Velours Nacré, which has almond instead. I could be wrong, but I swear the orange and chocolate notes are stronger in it too. Also prefer Coquelicot Gourmand when we’re talking about ultra desserty DF teas. This only makes it easier for me to decide on what to get in the future.
I sipped this down this morning, I believe (feels like forever ago). Despite the less than stellar rating, I do appreciate this one, and I’m sure it was supremely delicious when it was fresh. Seriously, the prune note was so fresh and juicy. I wouldn’t mind having another cup someday but at the same time, I’m not sure if I’d want to commit to 100g.
My tea consumption has really sucked over the last week, between my mom coming back into town for a few days and getting lazy with cold brewing tea. As a side note, my glass jug has been sitting in the fridge for nearly a week now, empty, waiting for a good scrub down, and haven’t had the chance to get a bottle scrub brush.
This is really juicy and bursting with prunes today. So unique and vibrant. No need for any additives. I know I haven’t given it the best rating in comparison to other DF teas, but it’s still worth trying out if you’re into prunes, which hey, I am, but not sure if I’d want a full 100g bag of this.
What an interesting flavour combination we have here: vodka, prunes, chocolate, and caramel. And they’re not kidding when they say prune. The dry leaf, to me, smells dead on like prunes rather than plums. It’s syrupy and sugary.
But in the end, I’m not a fan of this flavour combination. The notes don’t mesh well together. Hot, it’s prune and caramel mostly, which is a little too cloying for my tastes, and the quality of sweetness of both don’t match up. They’re on different wavelengths.
I will say that this tea is ten times better hot than cold brewed. I made the mistake of trying this cold brewed and this tea was all over the place. It tasted sweet, yet tangy (in a weird way) and the chocolate was all muddled.
Kudos to DF for introducing prune to tea but I think I’d personally appreciate this tea a lot more if they left out the caramel, or the chocolate, or something.
Sorry for the long radio silence! I have been drinking tea and writing notes about them, they just have not made it onto steepster yet!
Here is an invigoratingly scented green tea that Dinosara sent along with my recent order of Salted Butter Caramel Oolong. These leaves smell like one of those ginger bath bombs. No matter how little they claim any flavored blend of theirs have floral flavors, every DF blend I’ve ever come across smells at least a little like the greatest florist’s shop on earth, and this one is no different. It is like a fresh, not nearly ripe enough passionfruit has been cracked open and accidentally dropped in a Spring bouquet and you bring it to your nose after using ginger soap. This is not a spicy ginger, but a FRESH ginger. Invigorating and appetizing!
First, I have to say NO WAY am I brewing this thing at 195 for 4 minutes as they suggest on their website! Falling back to my normal parameters for my other DF greens: 175/1 minute. The brewing liquid smells much more ginger-y than the leaves did. I’ll admit I tried it after 1 minute and decided it DID need some more time, and plopped it back in for another minute, then…. I forgot about it. So it steeped for 4:30 :(. It actually is a little fruitier and more floral now, and not bitter! I’m suspicious I underleafed this puppy.
Mostly, it tastes like floral grapefruit with a ginger-candy aftertaste. Pretty yummy, and also energizing! I like it, but don’t love it. I can see people who really like sweet ginger enjoying this a lot.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Passion Fruits
Farewell, wonderful cola tea. I was hoarding this for too long, had to bite the bullet, and polish it off. The 25g I got in the group order wasn’t nearly enough. I easily could have ripped through 100g. Oh well, still grateful we were able to do the group order and I was able to experience it. Wish they would bring it back but who knows how likely that would be.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink cola bottle gummy candy and not have to worry about calories?
Cola tea! I wish I got more of this because of the 25g I got with the group order, I’m already almost done from cold brewing. It smells exactly like cola bottle candies. I freaking love that. Chewy candy exploding with cola flavour.
It’s nice that this is decaffeinated too. It allows for the flavour to shine through more. The first time I had this, I enjoyed it hot, and the cola flavour was even spicier. It reminded me of why some spicy blends end up tasting like cola to me, and prompted me to do a little research on what exactly makes cola a flavour in itself anyway. Of course, cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus are the main flavours and I can totally taste these notes hot.
It doesn’t appear to be on their site anymore. Whaaaat? I hope this only means that it’s seasonal. I just may have to email them with my terrible, basically non-existent French and ask.
No notes yet. Add one?
One last sip down courtesy of my mom. I gave her the remaining few cups to take with her to the house in the middle of nowhere, where she hardcore milked it (that is, double—sometimes even triple—steeped it) and she reported to me today that it has officially bitten the dust. We both prefer Bourbon, so while this is a decent vanilla black, Bourbon will be the one on our reorder list, ultimately.
Oh, and finally under 50 again!
Having this during the Habs game maybe wasn’t the best idea because it wasn’t getting my undivided attention, especially since the Blues kept tying up the game shortly after the Habs would score, and then winning in OT. Ugh!
This is a soft vanilla tea. Nice smooth base like most DF flavoured blacks, but it isn’t outstanding or terribly unique. No distinct biscuit flavours, as suggested by the description, but I imagine this would be lovely with milk, and even a hint of sugar if desired. I definitely prefer DF’s Bourbon over this. It overall has a stronger flavour and has more going on.
Holy doodles, another instance where I’m not writing about a tea until I’m already sipping it down. This brings me down to 49! I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen a number that low.
What a unique, fruity blend. Cherry and vanilla are in the forefront but there’s more to it than that, and I suspect it’s the naranjilla. Never had the pleasure of trying one but it looks awesome, and it’s supposed to taste like a cross between rhubarb and lime according to Wikipedia. Now that’s my kind of fruit!
Although I don’t detect rhubarb- and lime-like notes in here, this has a sparkly, lively fruity vibe going on. My mom is enjoying the last of this with me and when I just commented on the sparkly vibe, she said that she does get a rosé wine impression from this. I imagine this would have been great cold brewed.
Would I take the plunge and order a full amount? Not really sure. It’s interesting but I don’t know how often I’d reach for this.
I think with the addition of some cream, this would be a great dessert tea. As it is, without any additions, it’s a really strong vanilla tea. The tea isn’t lost but certainly isn’t the forefront in taste next to the vanilla. It does seem more like a Ceylon than a China black, though the site says it’s a mix – it’s softer than a China black, if that makes any sense. This is a solid vanilla tea. Obviously it uses flavoring but not in a nasty way. So happy to have had this and to have enough to try it again with cream! Thanks, Sil!
Thanks to Marzipan for throwing in a sample teabag of this from the DF group order!
I drank this down quite fast. My opinion on Darjeelings in general is middle of the road. I neither love nor hate them. This one was more honeyed than others, if I recall. No ripe fruits, contrary to the description. I’m sure this would have been good with milk, and maybe a small dose of sugar on top of that.