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Had a cup of Sencha Ashibuko this evening.
The scent was wonderful. Musky. The “grassy” scent came through as well, but in a pleasant way.
I found the taste to be less appealing, however. I didn’t think I steeped it for too long, but it was already becoming a little bitter. I suppose an even shorter brewing time would be best. Although I finished the cup, I found myself becoming bored of it halfway through. Not a bad tea at all, but not one of my favourites to date.
When I saw this in the store, I could not resist!! I’m a sucker for amaretto… every time. and wow is it good! I only wish that it wasn’t herbal.
The sweet amaretto really pops(too much I think!), and the almonds peek out a bit too. Not much mind you, I do wish they were more present.
It made me sad that the earthy Lapacho taste was so hidden. I was so looking forward to that part. Oh well.
I think I under-leafed the cup. Next time, this just might blow my socks off! :)
—I wonder, can you do milk with Lapacho?
Eeek! I forgot all about my reaction to this one last time and ordered it again, only this time as a latte. Hey if I’m limiting myself to one hot tea per week I might as well splurge a tad, right?? :)
Anyhow, as a latte I like this much better. The fishiness really comes out, but in a tolerable way. I suppose the coffee/caramel notes battled the fish for my attention, and won! of course, I still paid for my forgetfulness with a slightly nauseous feeling for the rest of the day and the caffeine hit me hard as well le sighs
Despite that, I think the rating deserves to be raised few points. At the beginning of the cup it was a little bitter/overleafed but by the end, I was sad to see the bottom of my mug!
for anyone who enjoys lattes, I highly recommend trying this one
This should really be called caramel pu’erh! with just a little bit of milk in here, my first few sips of this were… heaven. Liquid heaven!!
Smooth, caramelly, just the right amount of sweet with no added sugar at all… mmmmm.
However, as the cup cooled, I began to enjoy it less and less. I started to get vanilla, which I really don’t enjoy all that much in tea. I was able to finish the first cup, but grudgingly so. I also got a little bit of fish, as I do with all the other DT Pu’erhs.
The second steep was ok. Surprisingly, the first one was better.
This infusion was much fishier, and less on the smooth. *shrugs
Anyhow, I’d have it again though I’m not sure I’d be willing to pay for it!
An explanation, first. I have tried a small number of flavoured oolongs but am not overly keen on them. Nothing wrong with them, but never my go-to tea. I have never really given unflavoured oolongs a try, though I did try a sip of the beau’s at Sawadee Tea House once (brewed Western style) but I mostly found it bitter and over-steeped. Tonight I brought out my gaiwan and my tiny cute double walled glass teacups to do “Western style Gong-fu” (I am not using flash rinses, but instead a sightly lower temperature for 1 minute or so). I don’t really know what to call it, but that’s what I think of!
Also, a note for poor Mercuryhime who sent me a couple of lovely looking oolongs to try – I wanted to cut my teeth on the relatively inexpensive and very available DT Tie Kwan Yin so I can (hopefully!) better appreciate the ones you sent. I WILL be trying them soon!
Initially, the dry leaves smell delicious and appealing, lightly sweet and floral, but mild (remember that I’m a dedicated black tea drinker!) First steep got 1 min or so and yielded a light greenish liquor, with a mild floral taste. As I told the beau, it reminds me of a blooming tea but not as strong in flavour. Likely a user error, but really nice nonetheless. The leaves unfolded a lot and are HUGE at this point, lovely full leaves. Stunning to watch.
Steep 2: Similar steep time/temp (I don’t use a thermometer or timer, hah!) Flavour is similar (sweet, lightly floral) but with a bit more strength. The liquor is a bit more yellow, and this too is a satisfying cuppa. I’m definitely not catching any nuances of flavour here, but there is definitely nothing objectionable. I am used to bold flavours, but for a lighter sort of tea, I have no problem drinking this. I know I’ve said it already, but this still reminds me of blooming teas I have tried. I presume it is the floral notes that I am being reminded of here.
Steep 3: Stepped up to boiling water, to see if it would add anything to the mix, really. I’m afraid that if I don’t I will just be drinking hot water. This steep came the closes to a hint of bitterness, but was really the same smooth sweet floral taste I’ve had all along. I’m out of time for today, might try some more tomorrow or might let it rest.
I’m gonna give this a rating of high 70s for now, likely to be adjusted when I have more experience in the field. This was a beautiful tea and experience, and I’m glad I gave it a shot. I didn’t experience any bitterness from this tea like I did with my bad experience Western style attempt many moons ago – Yay for potential oolong appreciation!
I’m happy that a friend gave me some of this tea because I would not want to pay for this.
After tasting different rooibos tea, i just realised i’m not much of a fan of rooibos in general …the woodsy sent and taste are not my thing at all.
So, crème caramel roobois…. It do not taste caramel enough for my taste (and for my expectations) The rooibos taste is really empowering.
I’ve added a splash of milk and a little bit of sugar so I get a bit more of that caramel taste that I wanted so much from this tea .
Day #8 of 24…..
This sample comes to me from aisling of tea. I can’t believe I did not get around to trying this earlier. Maybe I was suffering from hibiscus worry…… Thank you so much for our swap eons ago that definitely fed my David’s Tea addiction! Now they ship for $5 for orders under $50, which so helps in just putting in an order to try things, in comparison to the $20 it used to be…..
This really is pretty good. It really does taste a bit like juice or a fruit lemonade. I can see kids really liking this one! A gateway for the younger generation……?
Mug method with a 7 minute steep time and twice the blend.
So yet another swap with Brandy3392 I must say that she has been awesome every time that I have swapped with her. This is maybe the third offering that I have tried from DAVIDsTea. I’m thinking I may have to start trying some more. There are many teas that I have seen described as coffee teas to try and emulate the taste of coffee…or coffee type drinks. For those of us love our coffee as much as we love our tea. Or are trying to get us to kick the coffee completely. Most of them I have tried are very good and equally as tasty…but don’t quite have it spot on. Until now! Spot on I am loving this tea! The chocolate is great but doesn’t take over the tea. There is a coffee essence that really makes this tea, and yes the schnozberries taste like schnozberries ;) After seeing what that means in the urban dictionary I don’t know that’s a great comparison but I’ll run with it. With all that being said the Pu-Erh is not masked either like in some other flavored Pu-Erhs. Ahem. Uh(cough) The Pu-Erh is a little more earthy/musty than others I have had but still an amazing tea. So far I been able to get 3 great steeps out this one. The fourth one is where I lost the flavoring, but the base tea was still great. Absolutely a teagasm tea! I think I’m going to be trying some more offerings from DAVIDsTea
Another back from the dead tea!
the dry leaves smell like a buttery croissant very comforting this is promissing…
steeped it smella like a raspbery danish, yumm.. the liqueur has a nice redish tint.
Time to Taste: buttery, rich black tea and a little tartness from the raspberries i like it!
Another Christmas tea!
in the bag this smells like forever nuts and cinnamon.
steeped this smells like forever nuts and cinnamon sugar.
the liqueur is very nice though looks like holiday punch.
Time to taste: bitter but not unpleasant, then i get cinnamon and salt?!?
this is OK as a tea not my fave… probably won’t replenish on this, looks and smells pretty though
Interesting. This is a well loved and I picked it up because many people raved about this tea. I thought I would too, but it’s just ok for me. I am usually not a huge fan of black teas because they are strong for me, so that is probably why I don’t enjoy this one as much as others.
The coconut and raspberry smells amazing though! That’s what got me super excited about this tea. Once steeped, I found that the tea was really bitter and strong (maybe I steeped wrong?). I got a good taste of coconut, but not a recognizable raspberry. I resteeped this tea and it tastes a little better—less bitter.
My office smells like Fantasy Island…mmm I wish it tasted a little less bitter though.
i have been wanting to try this for so long but it was discontinued and now it’s back from the dead!
this is so cute in the bag the little orange sprinkle and the black cats smells fruity.
steeped it smells like candy! and the liqueur is the color of swamp water. my coworkers are giving me the “what is that!” look…
time to taste: sweet, fruity but not overwhelming and a little nutty there at the end i like this but don’t know if i’ll reorder i have 50g of this it should last me a while something to drink when i’m feeling nutty!
Its the first time I try this tea . The smell in the bag is definitely chocolate with a hint of strawberry. I can’t really find the floral smell of the roses but it’s ok. I expected a chocolate taste but really it taste like strawberry and fruity with dark chocolate in the background. I can’t find any rose in the taste too. There is some bitterness in the tea, maybe I should steep it less next time or add some milk to balance that.
Overall this tea is intense, sweet, romantic and girly .
Wait what, I only had a serving left? That sucks. /sipdown
I’ve been freezing all day, which is pretty sad for a Canadian getting cold in Long Beach, CA. It’s not cold here, but I’m cold! So, I made the last big cup of this tea while I cooked up some japchae (aka, operation cook leftovers) for dinner.
I’ve had better cups of this tea, but still a fun tea blend. I keep wanting to get more pu’er blends but I simply have too much tea, especially after Black Friday.
Ah, this tea is old! I got after sampling it when it was released. Was that two years ago? My tin still has the old name, Oh Christmas Treat on it.
Anyways, 1 serving left! I made a mega mug size this morning of this tea.
Of course, I was so zoned out, I dumped the leaf into my mug without a filter in it. Sigh. So I had to scoop the tea out.
Yum, I feel the pu’er is mellow here, I couldn’t tell I was drinking it if I was unable to see the colour of the tea. Smells chocolate orange, taste chocolatey with a zesty orange flavor. I used to love love love this tea, but I found Butiki’s 3 Friends even better!
I’m really on a pu’erh kick these days. Something about pu’erh this weekend that has been calling out to me “DRINK ME” and each sip is very delicious and fires me up!
Annnd, lowering the rating on this one, as Butiki Tea’s Three Friends is much better for chocolate orange flavor! However, I think coffee drinkers would prefer this one more for the deep pu’erhness.
Oh hell yeah…
I made this tea again, but steeped it a longer time. In my cup, it almost looks like black coffee.
I took one sip and said “Oh hell yes!” Damn, so deep and earthy with warm chocolate and a sweet hit of citrus. I said in my last review that its like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange… I’m thinking this tea is better overall for taste and less calories. And I can keep drinking it without feeling crappy that I ate the entire chocolate orange.