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Hibiscus teas are a favorite of mine, but they’re tricky. They give beautiful color, but the flavor is delicate and can easily be lost. This tea blends hibiscus with huckleberry black tea and cloves, and when mixed with just a touch of sweetener, the hibiscus absolutely blooms!
The smell is delightful out of the cup – fruity and floral with just a touch of spice from the cloves. It’s my preferred “thinking tea” when wrestling with a difficult problem.
I love this tea. I have to ration it because it doesn’t always appear to be in stock.
It’s a lighter, fruity tea with natural sweetness from the freeze-dried strawberries and ice wine-infused tea leaves. The sweetness melds beautifully with a rich cinnamon spice flavor for a wonderful brew on a cold winter’s night. I like a stronger brew, so I will use slightly hotter water to allow the tea to steep longer.
This tea reminds me of salonpas— the Asian medicine muscle-relaxant patches. If you didn’t grow up on Chinese and Japanese medicines, like I did, maybe it doesn’t seem medicinal at all. But to me, the combination of the slightly minty with the herbal rooibos and the apple-pear is rounding it out that way for me. Not bad enough I dumped it out, but I don’t actually like it either. I kept forgetting to review it, so I kept drinking a sample and thinking the same thing and then forgetting which tea it was that made me think this.
Flavors: Apple, Herbs, Medicinal, Mint, Pear
I’ve been terrible about actually reviewing my teas, so this is the second or third time I’ve made a cup from this sampler. The hibiscus colors the tea a pretty vibrant pink, which is at least interesting for aesthetics, especially if you appreciate pink, though it’s not my favorite.
Tastewise, the moment the liquid touches my tongue there’s a hint of sweetness, that’s quickly followed by sour as the lemon and lime become the dominant notes. It’s not unpleasant, as long as you appreciate the sour citrus flavor, but it is prominent. The green tea gives it a slightly earthy base that ties the flavors together. I remember I was surprised (because I wasn’t paying much attention to what the flavor makeup was when I made the cup), but enjoyed it quite a lot the first time. And this cup is not bad, but I think not quite what I was in the mood for, so it’s getting a lukewarm rating today.
Flavors: Floral, Lemon, Lime, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Tea
I had this again some weeks ago, between my last taste note, and really liked it. And then because I’ve been mostly just trying aimlessly to finish some of the samplers, I didn’t remember which one it was and ended up misplacing it among my rooibos samples, so I didn’t find it again until tonight.
Still has the floral/fruity scent, and overall it feels very light for a black tea, which I think is why I’m growing to like it more. Not bitter, not sweet, not sour, but complex all the same. I’m considering getting a full tin at this point because I find I really enjoy it as a tea to wind down the day with.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Tea
Smelling it actually reminds me more of rose, pretty perfumey, which is not my favorite. Though to be honest I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered an elderberry on its own, so perhaps it’s just how elderberry smells. The taste reminds me a bit of cranberries, slightly tart and a little bit sour. Tea flavor is pretty mellow, and the whole thing is pretty woodsy. Overall I’m enjoying it, but I don’t think it would be an everyday tea for me.
Flavors: Berry, Floral, Rose, Tea
Supposedly this is an Earl Grey, and though I can see hints of that, I wouldn’t have said it was unless I’d seen the packaging. It’s very mellow with a slightly sweet smell (the mallow flowers possibly), though the taste is mostly black tea and a hint of jasmine and other florals for me. I don’t really taste the apple, though I could smell them in the loose tea before I brewed it. It’s not immediately jumping out as a favorite, but I could see it being a tea I come back to. We’ll see if it grows on me as I finish off the sampler.
Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Tea
As it says, it’s very light for a black tea. Can taste the earl grey notes, not as much of the jasmine. Would be a pretty good everyday tea, I think. I like earl greys, but I find (at least the way I drink them) they end up so strong and intense that I only really like having them on occasion. Might get myself more of this one to put at work. I’ll see how I feel after finishing the sample, though.
As a side note I realized recently the mugs I have are actually 15oz mugs, so I guess I have not actually been using 8oz when I make tea, heh.
Flavors: Earl Grey, Jasmine, Tea
Roses. So much roses. I don’t really like the smell of rose much, so I wasn’t really sure how much I would like this one. Turned out it wasn’t too bad, at least, once I started drinking it and doing other things I didn’t find myself hating it, and I did drink the whole pot. But I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this again once I finish the sampler.
Supposedly there were other flavors blended, but while it did seem to mute the rose to a tolerable level for me, I wasn’t able to pick out anything distinct. But I’m definitely biased on this one.
Flavors: Rose, Tea
Had this sitting around for a while and finally made a cup the other night just because it was the first one I pulled out that said caffeine free— I really liked it, though! Fruity, tasted like berries and slightly tart. Warm and pleasant for sitting about chatting with my friend as I was doing that night. I was worried I might have fallen in love with a limited edition, but it looks like it’s available from Dryad, so I will probably pick up a full package.
Especially as I apparently did not close the sample packet well and picked it up wrong and ended up losing half of it to my counter today.
I didn’t actually realize I hadn’t tried this one before, since I’d grabbed it randomly. I thought it was one I had had previously. So I’ll have to do another tasting to see what other flavors I notice since I wasn’t paying full attention. But it was notable enough that I remembered liking it quite a bit, so there is that.
Flavors: Berries, Floral
Not sure this is actually available from their website anymore, I think I picked it up from a sampler set at a booth at a con and it might have been one of the limited time only blends.
Normally I’m not a big fan of rose, and I smell the rose a lot, but it works with the rest. The oolong gives it a slightly earthy flavor, though I’m not tasting much of the nut oils.
Flavors: Floral, Rose, Tea
Spicy smell, but taste mostly the tart-sour raspberry. Not bad, but not my favorite.
ETA: Halfway through the cup I started noticing more of the hibiscus, which gave it a bit more nuance. A bit perfumey, but pleasant. Still don’t find it as ‘spicy’ as it’s described, though, it’s mostly a sweeter tea with a faintly spicy smell. Unless it grows on me tremendously after having the rest of the sampler, I am probably not going to buy this tea again.
Kind of forgot how much cinnamon this had. Not unpleasant, but somewhat surprising since I hadn’t had it in a while. I made a full pot when I had it, too, and the second cup was really sweet, like as if I’d put sweetener in, which I hadn’t. I don’t recall that happening when I brewed a single cup in a teabag before, so I’m wondering if the stronger/lengthier steeping at the bottom of the teapot had something to do with it. Strengthening the sweetness of mint perhaps.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Mint, Sweet
From the reddit traveling tea box!
Phew, I was out all yesterday with 2 food festivals – Watermelon Festival and the 626 Night Market. The former being a complete bust and a crappy festival. So this morning I’m dying for tea. I just had pu’er yesterday to keep me going.
This black from Dryad tea is interesting – I can taste plum and elderberry – which have a bit of tart to it. In the background is the black tea base, herbally notes and some light spices. Definitely an unique tea and would be best iced, but the tart and spice isn’t winning me over.
Another from the reddit traveling tea box.
Finally, a Dryad Tea! I’ve been wanting to try their teas for awhile, but I have so much tea I don’t purchase from new sellers all that much.
This tea is yummy – a soft black tea, lots of sweet lemon notes with a bit of strawberry flavor. Very smooth and kind of creamy. Wish I made this iced!
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Thank you Melissa for sending me this as a sample in my recent Hapa-tite! Tea Swap.
This fruity jasmine green tea is quite smooth and fruity. I love when fruit teas actually have a taste to match up to their aroma. The sip opens up with fruitiness and finishes with a slight grass and astringency from the green tea.
Nice to drink, but not sure if it’s special enough to become a regular part of my rotation.
Flavors: Jasmine, Peach