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Last time I had this I thought fruity vanilla black. TheTeaFairy sent this to me – thank you very much – she wrote on the package – strawberry cream. This time I thought it was a little bitter – or maybe that’s just me being cranky today. Not sure – but any way you look at it, I don’t get Buttered Rum.
Hmmmm – ok, nope not an Earth Teaze fan. This does not smell like cherry, it doesn’t taste like cherry, and I’m not a fan of the white base. I thought this was just a bitter white tea.
This was a good learning experience. I got to cross a potential company off my list. Thanks yyz for letting me experience these teas.
Hmmm,I don’t think I’m a fan of this. I don’t think it’s “Buttered Rum”.
I’m getting more fruit (berry) and vanilla. Normally fruit and vanilla wouldn’t bother me, but this is just strange. Can’t quite put my finger on what’s wrong with it, but not at all what I was expecting.
Thank you yyz for the opportunity to try this, but it’s a miss for me. :((
I found this at 3.99$ CAD at my local Winners. I had to try it. But once I opened the sealed bag, I was not in love with the smell. I tried it plain and hot and it was okay. But not something that I will buy again. The name is very misleading. To me, it doesn’t taste like a Chaï. It taste more like a fruity and lightly spiced Rooibos. But I was not ready to give up so fast on this tea. So, the second time, I used 3 times the amount of tea, put 2 cinnamon sticks inside the mug (16 ounces) and added some hot unsweetened almond milk. It was definitely better that way. Still not my favorite. But I enjoyed it as a Cinnamon Latte.
Thank you MissB for sending me this sample.
I’m not sure what I think. Weird, I think this is fruity spicy. Ingredients don’t suggest that, but that’s what I’m getting. No “coco”, some rooibos, a bit of spice, and some fruit. That’s what I think.
This really doesn’t taste that bad, I’ve drank what MissB sent to me – don’t think I would buy more – but not bad other than it doesn’t agree with the name.
Okay. It’s cooled down now to room temperature, and there’s a bit more bite to it in this second mug. I added sweetener in the hopes of remedying this sip, and… well I guess it’s okay. I taste orange for some reason now, and still the dry bite at the back of my throat. I’m okay with that dry bite, just as long as there’s a flavor in there, and it’s only a whiff of cardamom. It easily could be in my dream-like sicko phlegmy state.
I’ve upped my rating a bit, because it is a bit better than before. Next time I try this, it’ll have to be with a longer steep.
I soooo wanted to love this, even though the whole tin was only $4.99, and that this company is almost non-existent on Steepster. A coco chai that will kick my butt as well as the viral bacterial into oblivion. Yep, a tall order.
Unfortunately, the smell of this out of the pouch (it was vacuum sealed in a pouch, inside the tin), was just meh. Some chai-like spices, but mostly rooibos. There were huge pieces of almonds and peppercorns though, so I had hope still. Steeped, just rooibos with a hint of cardamom.
My first sip, I was taken aback. Am I drinking a chai? This tastes like just plain rooibos. Still did for a few minutes, and now half the mug finished, it’s only now getting a bit of a spicey, peppery-like quality. Very drying, and a bit tickling to the throat.
The instructions were a bit odd; boiling water, 3-4 minutes, which seemed low for a rooibos, so maybe I’ll try a longer steep next time to see if perhaps things change.
Pear, it seems, is a hard flavour to replicate in a natural tasting way in teas, at least according to the reviews that I’ve read on this site. This tea actually doesn’t do that bad a job at it. It does it by combining apple and fennel which actually works to create a taste that is somewhere between baked pear and a bosc pear when the flavourings are well blended together. However I don’t really get a feeling or taste of cream in this tea. This is a gunpowder green tea crossed with silver needle style white, and I suppose that this base could produce a creamy feel if steeped properly. However the green tea used here is quite aggressive and bitter even when steeped at short intervals. The white tea looks quite nice though with lots of silver hairs. Both teas were sourced in Sri Lanka.
The tea brews to a nice light saffron yellow. There is a nice balance between the tea and the flavouring with both remaining present. The tea base is lightly astringent, providing a bit of a tang like you would get when eating fresh fruit, it has a faintly bitter vegetative quality to it. The fruit flavour ranges betwween apple with fennel and pear. When the fennel mixes with the apple flavour it really does
taste like pear, The tea is pleasant but I think that the suggested brew time of two minutes would make this tea overly bitter. The tea still remains slightly bitter even with shorter 40s steep times but then the fennel becomes more dominant over the fruit. At the second steep the green tea softens, becomes silkier, and slightly sweeter. The Flavouring remains consistant. Not a bad effort, I might like it better if I add sugar to tone down the bitterness, but It would have been nicer if the tea had been made with a sweeter base tea.
Unlike the first tea I had from this company this tea actually has a good deal of scent and flavour. The dry leaves actually smell like strawberries coated in vanilla sugar and have obvious fairly chunky pieces of vanilla and coconut.
The tea brews to a transluent copper colour and smells slightly like blanched almond and cocoa over a powdery floral sweet note.
Over the first sips there is a hint of cocoa, vanilla and coonut and a slightly spicy woodsy powdery floral note similar to some insense. The first half of the cup lacks the fruity notes that rum usually has, and has slighty bitter vegetal base notes blended with cocoa. It is moderately astringent. There is a slight reference to cream and an
aftertaste that references a dark toffee without the sweetness. As I sip the flavour has some of the slightly woody tones you get from the home made cane alcohol I had in Ecuador. As it cools it develops more fruity tones of strawberry and bananna above the cocoa. The final aftertaste and feel in mouth is of having eaten dark bitter chocolate.
The tea has an interesting mix of flavours it doesn’t quite reach the taste of the commercial rums we have in North America but it does reference a cruder rum flavour without a hint of the alcohol. Overall I think Davids version does a better job of capturing the taste of buttered rum. Having said this, the tea is pleasant enough that I will finish the tin.
I bought this tea and two others frankly because they came in nice tins and I need tins and they were on sale so I can’t complain. However, this is supposed to be a Cherry flavoured white tea and frankly I can’t really detect any distinct flavouring or scent on the tea at all. Because the tea didn’t really have any fragrance outside of the pleasant smell of white tea, I decided to let it steep a little bit longer than I normally brew whites just to see if it did draw anything out, but really it seems to be a pleasant heavier bodied white with a few rose petals and a very few chunks of white dried fruit in it.
The base tea is from Sri Lanka and appears to be a mix of a variety of styles of white tea ranging from a silver needle style, and forest green crushed variety of white tea ( not really like a Bai Mudan as the leaves appeared to be folded) The scent off it is like a slightly sweet version of a lighter second cut hay. The flavouring adds very little fragrance but maybe it contributes to the sweetness. The brewed tea smells of a nutty hay, and peaches and cream corn with butter. It taste, almost like a mao feng white tea. It is nutty, heavier bodied, and tastes of butter, with fruity accents which taste almost like a cross between grenadilla and banana and pineapple, with maybe a faint hint of sweetness coming from the coconut. The fruitiness of the tea does not taste outside of the bounds of what is found naturally in some teas but may be due to the flavouring. I can’t say that there is anything in it that screams to me of cherry, but I do know that white cherries tend to have a softer taste. The dried fruit pieces did taste like banana it is possible that part of the fruity flavouring is from any added flavour and the fruit pieces, if so it is done very subtly. I can’t say I detect any rose. Underneath the nutty fruit tones there is a pleasant bitterness, a light astrigency, and a faint hay type flavour in the aftertaste.
Future steeps retained the pleasant fruity nuttiness, but became more astringent.
Overall this is a pleasant tasting tea however it fails to deliver on the flavour promised. As a plain white it has a very pleasant full and rich flavour but it does become astrigent, with more of a caffeine kick than my silver needles.
Jillian sent this to me as a surprise along with a bunch of others! Thanks so much!
I agree with her it’s a whimpier tasting chai but it’s not bad, either!
Yup! Jillian’s notes pretty much sum it up but I’m sure glad I got to try this one and I did drink the whole cup. It’s a nice easy cup to drink on the go – that’s always a plus!
Unless the leaves are bought from Teavana, or we’re talking about Tazo teabags, chai teas are a difficult thing to master. Because of this, a great chai tea is like a diamond in the rough.
Things did not start off strongly, literally. The tea does not have a strong enough aroma to really excite my senses. The bag is quite unassuming, worryingly so that I doubt any space is allowed for it to breath in.
Steeping gives a nice deep cherry color. Unfortunately, the scent does not say quality, giving more a weak pale spice.
I was quite reluctant to taste this, as a great chai can be a great chai, but a terrible chai is very very terrible. To be safe, I added two packets of sugar.
Once it hits your lips, the flavor is very watery. You can taste the pale black tea, which is not strong enough, and the weak spice floating around. Even with two sugars, the taste is not very appealing.
Although not terrible, it isn’t anything outstanding or great, it is barely even good. Probably with a bit of milk, it could smooth things out.