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So this tea had me expecting more. It’s basically a vanilla rooibos that isn’t TOO rooibos-y that has hints of garlic in the after taste. I was really hoping for a more garlic dominated tea just for something interesting to drink. Overall not bad, but obviously nothing relaly workth writing home about either.
Sipdown! Thanks to Raritea for a sample of this interesting tea!
The dry leaf didn’t have a great deal of aroma, but once infused, it was kind of a sweet, stinky foot sort of smell, haha. Kind of strange.
The flavour is… very interesting. I’m picking up on the tomato-y note that Raritea mentioned, and definitely can taste the garlic, which is coming off as weirdly savoury. I suspect that’s in part because of the rooibos base. I can’t really taste the vanilla, but I honestly think it would taste really funky here, alongside the garlicky tomato-y rooibos-ness.
Caaaaan’t say I’d want to be having this again :) It’s a bit on the weird side for me, and I’m not a big fan of rooibos blends to begin with. Perhaps a garlic-flavoured white tea would suit me a little better. Or a vegetal garlic green.
Thanks again for the sample though, Raritea!
ETA: Apparently I should be thanking Sil for this as well?? Anyhow, let this cool overnight, and just took a sip… holy garlic! Much stronger than last night, and actually a little stomach churning first thing in the morning. There are 2-3 sips left, but I think I might toss the rest. The thought of more garlic doesn’t appeal to me right now.
So tonight, I decided to try out a tea that I purchased to try out from the tea festival. This one was from my earl grey fun pack that I got for 9$, such a great deal:) . This earl grey- inspired tea is a blend of white and green tea.
Dry Leaf: mixed colours of green, purple-blue, and yellow. I like the smell, nice and flowery.
Steeped: More of a citrusy smell when boiled water interacts with the leaves. The water is light in colour, a nice green-yellow tinge. I enjoyed the taste of this, it was like having a light earl grey. I was thoroughly impressed with this, I could see myself buying more of this in the future.
1 tablespoon for 375 ml
Garlic flavour is pleasant- not too strong. Slightly bitter and wheat-y mouthfeel in the middle of the sip. Vanilla sweetness is present into the aftertaste. Tomato-y hint and maple syrup sweetness from rooibos flavour into the aftertaste. Overall, the flavour profile is rather plain. Slight creamy mouthfeel.
Seems weird that I have no tasting notes from this since my sample is nearly gone after making this big cup. Regardless this is likely the same tea as the pear cream i picked up from steeped and infused, which was something we suspected when we picked it up. So overall not a bad tea, but not a great one either. Still on the look out for a great pear tea!
I thought i’d start by having this cold brewed. I have to say that this is seriously mango-y for starters. However, there’s a bit of a bitterness here as well, that’s more like mango rind than sweet delicious mango. This is one that needs to have sweetner added to it to really have a mango-licious tea. I’m curious to see how a hot blend works. Temp rating for now until i get a chance to try it hot.
Made this as a cold brew and it’s not too shabby at all. With a bit of sweetner added to it, it really accentuates the grapefruit flavour making it pop! Not a bad tea that seems to do a decent enough job hot and cold if for whatever reason i can’t get stacy’s grapefruit :)
New tea that i picked up at the tea festival today. Not a bad grapefruit tea if you prefer a green and white blend to Butiki’s Dragonwell. I’ll stick with Stacy’s version but I’m going to cold brew it to see how different that it. It’s probably the second best grapefruit tea that i’ve tried but it’s slightly artificial.
I love the unsteeped look of this, a nice woodsy cranberry red. The flavor is less cranberry and more of a sweet flavor. I would never guess cranberry if it wasn’t already mentioned. But it is delicious anyway. Very sweet, considering that cranberry is more of a tart flavor. A really great rooibos base.
A decent breakfast tea, but not as robust as Punjana or Twining’s Irish Breakfast tea, which disappointed me a bit. Had some small white and orange-colored bits in with the tea, and the tea itself seemed closer to “finings” than the picture would indicate. If given the chance, I’d probably try their Scottish Breakfast or English Breakfast instead. It’s not bad — just not my favorite.
Okay, so this tea cannot make up its mind. Black? White? Which is it!? Plus it has ginger AND peaches! Wow, what a massive combination. I love the sound of it, but only a taste test will reveal its true colors (color? flavor? okay, no more puns). Following directions, just like kindergarten…one heaping teaspoon, eight ounces of water, boiled water. Wait, what? Every white tea that I have ever consumed has directed me to not use boiling water. However, I put my trust in Distinctly Tea and boil the water anyway. Four minutes of steeping later, we have a brew that smells faintly of peaches, a bit of black tea, mostly of white tea, and not much (if any) ginger, so far as my nose can detect. The first sip, though, carries the ginger straight from cup to taste buds in less than a second. The ginger is definitely present! More subtle than I expected is the taste of peaches, which actually seems to be overwhelmed by the ginger flavor. That itself is slightly disappointing. As for the notes of tea, the smoothness of the white tea blends surprisingly well with the Ceylon black. I am impressed and sorry that I ever questioned the possibility! I just wish that the ginger and peach flavors were a bit more balanced. Aside from that, a very nice blend from Distinctly Tea. I would give it an 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale.