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Wow, the colour of the green tea is amazing. It’s like the green you get from Tencha (unfinished Matcha).
I brewed this using a different method from what thet suggest. I cut open two tea bags and used 120 mL to create a shot glass. This is much more enjoyable than drinking a whole 500 mL at once. I actually did 3 individual 1 minute steepings.
My first impression was a slight revulsion to the toasted smell. But drinking it as a shot makes it more enjoyable.
It’s got that sort of warmth that makes it comfort food. Perhaps in winter, for a pick me up :)
Oh Earl’s Garden. I wanted to love you. The idea of strawberries infused in mah Earl Grey tea was a delightful, whimsical one.
Like Captain Picard, playing his flute.
Alas, nay. ’Twas not to be.
I’ve really only found one Earl Grey that I’ve enjoyed, the rest seem to fall under the “too bitter to drink” category, but this one was peculiar in that no amount of sweetener (honey, in my instance) really seemed to work. In fact, it was like the honey made the bitterness more pronounced. And the bitterness itself was weird! It was… well it made the bergamot notes more pronounced more than anything and it felt like someone just upended perfume into my tea.
It was SO bizarre. I might try it again, with a different sweetener maybe? But, gak, so far, no. I couldn’t even finish the cuppa.
#teafail #sadpanda #teatime
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Earl Grey, Strawberry
Sample from Tea in Spoon’s stash sale. Thank you!
This definitely tastes like Birthday (pan)cake. It’s pretty much a maple vanilla rooibos. It’s definitely a solid tea, using good quality rooibos for the base, but it’s not the best maple tea I’ve ever had, and vanilla isn’t usually a flavor I seek out for it’s own sake. I’ll finish off this sample but probably won’t buy more.
Flavors: Maple, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla
I’m away on summer holiday/work trip and failed to pack a decent assortment of tea. The nice thing is that there are plenty of places to buy tea, including a David’s nearby. I have been drinking two cups of this tea every morning for the past few days. It seems like a good solid EG, but nothing to get super excited about. It is reliable and is an enjoyable cup that I have with a little creamer, but it isn’t something I’d want to keep in stock or would even turn to if I had my tea cupboard nearby.
Thanks to Super Starling! for a sample of this.
For someone who very rarely drinks flavored/scented teas, I have to admit that I love the smell of this. Citrusy orange, rich chocolate, and earthy puerh are all evident in the scent of both the dry leaves and the steeped liquid. It almost has a children’s fairy tale scent to it. Something nostalgic. I’m not sure why that is what it evokes but it does.
On first sip, that orange chocolate hits you up front and then at the last second gives you a glipse of the puerh. I’m not sure if anyone has ever had candied orange peel? And further yet, I’m not sure if anyone else has ever had candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate but this is what it reminds me of. It’s actually… pretty good. Coming from a purist like me, I’m a little shocked that I like it so.
So, congrats Leah. You have already partly converted me to being open to the world of flavored teas.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Orange
This was the first matcha that I have tried. It’s a mild matcha, which foams up well when you whisk it. There aren’t really standards for what a ceremonial matcha should be. The colour was fine. I wasn’t amazed by the aroma or anything.
One thing I did notice was the difference in freshness between my usual matcha and this. The place where you will notice the difference is in the toilet. I’m not sure if this one is fresh enough by the time you buy it.
I would suggest it as a starting matcha. Just know that it is possible to find better ones.
This Matcha is great! For the money, maybe not so. I like to spend my monthly steeper points at Davids Tea on this stuff, after all it is the most expensive tea they sell so its the best bang for your buck when cashing in your points.
Its earthy, creamy, and just perfect. One of the better matchas I have tried.
Flavors: Cream, Earth
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Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Creamy, Floral, Fruity, Milk, Stonefruits
While driving into work, I actively craved this tea. It’s a rich, robust little number.
Upon arrival, it totally hits the spot on this murky, ambivalent morning. The weather isn’t tough enough to commit to rain, wind, or sun. It’s just an overcast with a ruffly, apathetic breeze. So frustrating.
But the tea is DEFINITELY the liquid equivalent of a dark chocolate orange break-apart ball from Easter. That much is certain.
Put this in the gravity steeper for about 5 minutes, and love it. Pu-erh is my new favorite thing.
This is a super-deep tea that is, well, dark chocolate and orange. It is PRECISELY AS ADVERTISED. You know those chocolate oranges you smash against the wall and eat at Easter time? This is basically that.
And makes a great dessert substitute.
I imagine this tea to be something a woods-witch would give you to distract you while they applied a spell to your broken leg.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Earth, Orange Zest
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Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Sweet
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Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Sweet
I received this for Christmas in a tin over the winter holidays and I’ve only had it a few times since. This is mostly because I’m not fond of the sickly sweet cinnamon. I know most people like it, but it’s not for me. I do enjoy cinnamon hearts and cinnamon (as in the spice), but for some reason this tea doesn’t do it for me. Anyway, I still like it with milk as a spicy latte in the mornings. It actually makes a decent plain tea or iced tea as well. I find it iced with a tiny bit of lemon/fruit juice balances out the sweetness. The chai spices work really well with the cinnamon, so I actually recommend this blend to others.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices, Spicy
I was quite hesitant about this blend because I’ve read so many bad things about Earl Grey/fruit blend’s, but it has all my favourite ingredients, so I wanted to give it a shot. I’m so glad I did. I can really taste a sweet (but not acidic) fruity flavour from strawberries and maybe blackberry. There are floral notes like rose but they aren’t distracting. I really like the black tea they use as a base in this one. The base tea is flavourful but not bitter. The bergamot goes really well with fruits and flowers. I really can’t stress enough how harmonious all the flavours are. I love everything about this tea.
Flavors: Bergamot, Berries, Earl Grey, Floral, Fruity, Rose, Strawberry