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Having this tea as I work on an assignment, and it’s just not quite as good as I remember it..maybe because I had an amazing Verdant tea before this one :P, don’t get me wrong, this is still a tasty cuppa, just not quite as good as it used to be. Decreasing rating a little bit.
Just got this tea the other day, and am VERY impressed. Loved the smell right off the bat, like fresh blueberries with a hint of something floraly and fresh. The berry smell came out a bit more when water was added.
As for taste, I was a bit worried it might be too tart when steeped (have had that happen before with pure berry teas, tea bags mind you, but still..I was apprehensive). But thank goodness, this tea has made me unafraid of berries again! The white tea balanced the blueberries just enough that they weren’t overpowering! Just enough berry for me, not overdone, not artificial either. Love the white tea lightness..makes me feel like it’s a summer day here and not fall :)
Overall, a very soothing and refreshing tea. Will probably have to stock up on more, but as others have said, it’s a very light tea for packing, so my 50 g should go a long way!
ETA—Also will probably experiment with temperatures and steeping time to find the ideal one. It is pretty good by following the provided guidelines..but after reading other reviews, I’m feeling adventurous. :)
I used about 2 tsp and steeped for 10 minutes – I didn’t experience the flavourlessness (not a word :P ) that other people have experienced!
I did however make the mistake of adding agave which made it waaay too sweet – it’s perfectly sweet on its own from the banana! I loved that the banana bits swelled and plumped up – I think they gave a lot of true banana bread flavour and I liked that.
Mike likes banana bread with chocolate chips, so he suggests blending it with a chocolate tea, or adding chocolate chips right into the mix!
Not bad, but not my fave!
The dry smell is very fruity! And this tea is named very well, because you know what? If you were to give an “Indian Summer” a smell, this is it. It’s SO evocative of a warm wind blowing through a golden field at dusk. Oops, my Saskatchewan is showing.
The taste doesn’t quite live up to the smell, but for me the saving grace is that the dominant flavour is watermelon! If I had any Luscious Watermelon left, I would definitely mix the two for a yummy iced tea. I won’t rebuy, but I will have no problem finishing the bag :)
Still a profoundly awful few days…need something new..something sweet..something in a white tea.
Also didn’t want a fussy green or black tea..I want something simple.
This smells absolutely delicious it’s like a fruit orgy full-bodied,sweet and not delicate in the slightest.
Watching it steep it is a clear liquor with red bleeding into it it’s pretty to watch..god I love tea the process of making it can be as awesome as drinking it.Poetry in motion..after it’s steeped fully it’s a lovely watermelon pink color.pretty!
As I’m waiting Bananarama is cycling through my head for some reason..
As for taste it’s pretty delicate.
Fruity but with definite White tea taste.
I feel like I should like it more..but it’s just okay.
Not as good as Cherry Potion or mango madness..I like my fruit front and center.
Meh.I could take it or leave it.
I used 1.5 tablespoons of dry leaf for 375ml of water.
The aroma of the brewed tea is very maple syrup-y. I can smell a mellow sweetness and creaminess of the chocolate and possibly a hint of black tea.
On the sip, there is a sweetness all the way though which increases into the aftertaste. I am detecting an earthiness that is likely sourced from the beetroot powder. Creamy-tasting. The dark chocolate flavour mixes well with the black tea and earthy taste. Drinking this tea reminds me of biting into a dense, moist chocolate cake.
This tea pairs well with brie and raspberry jam on crackers.
Caramel-butterscotch-tasting sweetness. Does not have any unpleasant trailing after-taste. The black tea taste is blended well with the other flavours. Hint of chocolate near the end of the sip. Definite mellow-maltiness coming from the black tea and the chocolate. Tasting more like cake as it cools, especially in the after-taste. I am definitely tasting cake frosting as well. Creaminess as the cup cools.
The second infusion is noticeably weaker but still quite pleasant. The black tea taste is more apparent with only a light sweetness from the sugary ingredients. I doubt that this tea would do well past the second infusion.
I’m finishing this one off today. I used more leaf than I did last time, and that seems to have helped to improve with the flavors having more of a presence. The scent still reminds me of strawberries that are past their prime, but the taste as a hot tea is a bit better than the last time I made this. Unfortunately, as it cools, the overripe taste becomes increasingly prominent.
Meh…it doesn’t impress me enough to merit a repurchase.
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits, and I was happy to see large pieces of dried strawberries in this dry mix. However, I didn’t care much for the smell of this tea initially. It smells like overly-ripe, on the brink of going bad strawberries. My first hot cup also tasted faintly of this too-ripe flavor. It’s slowly growing on me with my subsequent cups. I’ll enjoy finishing off my little sample, but I don’t think this is one I’ll be putting on my shopping list any time soon.
Tie Kwan Yin is my favorite type of oolong tea. It does not require long steep to bring out the flavor. If you like to have a light oolong, this is it for you.
I’ve tried various type of Tie Kwan Yin before, but none of them are organic. Does it make a difference? For me, I really can’t tell. If I have them side by side I may able to but…all of my other Tie Kwan Yin are gone!! They are too good to just sit on the shelf. Still, the color, smell, and flavor are just what I remembered.
I personally recommend to use Gongfu Cha(工夫茶) style to steep this tea. Now, this is different from what DAVIDsTEA suggesting, nor I’m saying they are wrong. I just like this way better, and my way is different from the traditional Gongfu Cha…haha!
Here’s the steps I use:
-use a small tea pot(cup sized or a infuser ball), fill it about 1/2 or 2/3 of tea
-Use boiling water, steep for 10~30s, dump the water this time.
-Use boiling water again, steep for 1~2min, depends on how strong you want.
This way will give you a light but flavorful tea. With this method, you can steep the tea 3~6 times, depends on the amount of tea and water. This method also works on some straight oolong as well.
There’s a time and a place for sweet, caffeine-free teas. Usually for me that time is mid-afternoon, but I decided since I wasn’t feeling great I would give a decaf tea a try in the morning. This was the one I picked out of the drawer, and made a cup.
The smell? Like I want to dump it on my pancakes. If I was eating pancakes…
The taste? Like I want to dump it on my pancakes. If I was eating pancakes…
This is a total weekend breakfast tea. I might follow it up with something caffeinated for the kick in the morning, or have something else first then this one, but HOLY YUM. I will definitely be buying it again. It’s just a shame it couldn’t have a caffeinated kick.
I’ve been a bit busy over the last few days, visiting and helping family and friends and dealing with a minor catastrophe. Well, I wouldn’t really call it a catastrophe, but that’s just what’s written on my invoice for repairs. It makes me laugh – so dramatic.
A few days ago our next door neighbor was trimming the grass with his weed whacker and he must have kicked something up because it set off our car alarm. When we went out we discovered the driver’s side glass absolutely shattered. boooo! that was no fun to deal with, but unlike the insurance company, I wouldn’t call it a catastrophe…just an unfortunate accident and an inconvenience. Oh well, C’est la vie!
Between the car troubles (my Dad’s van axle also snapped) and the excitement of Easter visits with family and friends, I haven’t had much time for Steepster, or for much online funtertainment as a whole. So today I break for Muppets and Steepster…hmmm…that kind of sounds like a bumper sticker? If you’d enjoy a little Muppet break with me, here’s the link to my pick of the day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY
As for the tea, I’m finishing this sample today. BYE! BYE! I won’t miss it. For a black tea it’s just too weak for my taste. I expect my black teas to be robust and flavorful. This one was lacking. It’s just as well, I can only drink caffeinated tea in a small time span per day, so I need to wean down my samples…to make room for new ones. I already have some on the way – you know what it’s like ;)
I‘m a little disappointed with this one, not because it was bad (I enjoyed a couple teapots of it today – much to the chagrin of my poor bladder), but because I was hoping the flavor would be more striking. The cake taste was the first one to come out for me, but that took a good number of mouthfuls and intentional searching to fully materialize. The strawberry flavor is much more hidden than I was hoping for -I can taste its presence, but it’s as if it’s lurking in the shadows (I’m not sure why I made that sound so ominous – perhaps I am feeling halloweeny). Overall this is a good tea, but it just didn’t live up to my apparently high expectations.
Licorice notes. Strong chocolate in the background. Creamy finish. Cinnamon taste compliments the flavour very well.
As I predicted, this tisane does not do very well on a second infusion. The flavour is noticeably diluted. This tisane is very powdery and a lot of the ingredients likely dissolve in the first brew.
I was never a fan of pu’erh tea, but after making it into an iced latte at work one day I found it quite enjoyable! So I grabbed a small amount for myself and brought it when I went to visit my family. My dad, who always rejected my offers to buy him tea, is a COFFEE GUY if you know what I mean. Point of the story, he was interested in my description of this tea to him, and I made us both a cup with a bit of milk in it. IT WAS SO GOOD! He loved it, and surprisingly enough I did too!
I found that the usual mushroom taste of the pu’erh actually meshed super well with the subtle coffee, caramel and chocolate flavours. It was like a guilty pleasure that wasn’t…. agh what a pleasant surprise :)
Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this gem! While I don’t tend to favor rooibos blends, one sniff and I knew this would be good. It smells like a caramel macchiato! I know there’s no actual coffee/espresso flavor in here, but it’s got an earthy richness that reminds me of fancy coffee house drinks.
I cold brewed this, which I really hadn’t thought to do but someone recommended it and I just had to try it out. I was hoping it would cut out some of the medicinal nature of rooibos, and lo and behold, it did! All the good woodsy, earthy aspects are brought to the forefront but the parts that make me nauseous are gone. Wellll almost, there’s just a teeny teeny bit of the medicinal-ness at the very end that I am willing to overlook because this is so yummy!
It is definitely caramel, and quite strong at that. Maybe not caramel candies, but caramel syrup: not heavy and rich, but light yet deep on flavor. It really really tastes like coffee too, I just can’t get the association out of my head. Iced caramel coffee, delicious! This is REALLY good, and I think I might actually be buying a rooibos blend of my own free will once my generous sample runs out.
After having a simply terrible few days..I definitely needed to crack into my fall collection some more..
I don’t care for the smell that much to be honest it smells like these Polish pastries that are really yummy actually just is like a bad smell version of it…but I’m in need of something truly new and this seems to be it.I want to eat the tiny marshmallows out of the pouch but I’ll restrain myself.
Once steeped the marshmallows have completely dissolved yet the liquor doesn’t seem too sediment laden at all.The brew itself smells sweet and spicy…perfect for Fall.Almost Chai-like.
As for taste it’s nice.Smoky and sweet.
It doesn’t blow my mind and it seems like a poor man’s Glitter and Gold.
I LOVE Glitter and Gold and I don’t need another similar black tea that’s not as delicious.
Because Glitter and Gold is rated highly this will be close..but no cigar.
The power is out all around where I live. My apartment is running on a back up generator so some of my apartment has power, but most of it doesn’t. A few lights work and most of the kitchen is working. I’m currently sitting on my kitchen counter with my laptop and phone plugged into one of the only outlets that’s working, eating ramen noodles (yay gas stove) and enjoying a nice fresh cup of Read My Lips. Thank god the outlet my Breville is plugged into is working!
I’m not sure if I will be working today or not. The power has been off at my work since about 6pm last night. My boyfriend however was not so lucky. He ventured out into the storm at 5am only to find power is on at his work and about 1/2 the people showed up today. But, since power is on the day is going according to plan for him. So I’m alone hoping the generator stays on. And very cold since the heat has been off for a while now. Yup, just me and my rats and a cup of Read My Lips. Someone had just asked in the discussions thread what tea is your “pick me up” tea – I think it’s safe to say this is my pick me up tea. I reached for it right away it wasn’t even a thought process.
Finally! It feels like it’s been weeks, months, even years since I ordered 100g of Read My Lips and at last it’s here! Okay, so in reality it’s only been about 10 days but those 10 days have been an eternity, especially since I finished off the last of the amount I had. I’ve been needing this tea so bad.
Yes! Yes! Yes! The smell is driving me insane! Usually I enjoy smelling and watching the tea cool a bit but this is pure torture…but so worth it.
At last, we are reunited. Minty chocolatey milky smooth deliciousness. This tea really is better than sex, but don’t tell my boyfriend I said that =)
This has got to be the most fun tea to look at! It’s so pretty. And the way it smells dry is absolutely amazing – I could smell this tea all day long and be satisfied.
While brewing this tea my kitchen smelled heavenly. Like maybe I was making Christmas candy in there or something. I love the dark color it produces. The tea itself smells more minty than chocolatey, but the chocolate is definitely there.
What an interesting taste! The mint is definitely first, but there is a real creaminess that comes directly after that followed by a hint of chocolate. I love the creamy aspect of this tea it really tastes like I added something to it but I haven’t. Minty, silky, milky… Wow! What a smooth flavor. I think I’m in love. Like I have to order more of this right away! I don’t care what trouble I’ll be in when my boyfriend realizes I’ve ordered more tea!
Hands down this is my new favorite! No contest. I am so happy right now =)
Read my lips
- if I weren’t speechless!
I had a cup of this iced from the store on the weekend, and I could smell it before they even handed over the cup! I immediately decided that I needed to buy more because there was no way this one would let me down! I have to say that the actual taste was a bit of a let-down, but that seems to be a trend with anything I get iced in store. I should have taken some home and steeped it myself and I’m sure I would have been happier with it. I am still contemplating buying more, but it wasn’t so good that I had to make an extra trip back to the store to buy some.