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The tea leaves are whole and black with some broken leaves among whole cloves and pieces of cinnamon bark. The aroma of the tea in the canister is bright over a malty base with a balance of apricot and cloves. Although I could not detect the specific fragrance of cinnamon, the dry tea had a sweetness to its aroma that must come from the cinnamon as well as the apricot flavoring. In the cup the aroma is bright and balanced, sweet with apricot and just a little cinnamon and cloves. After a five minute steeping, the taste was balanced but delicate with a thin mouthfeel, just a touch of saltiness, slightly tangy, and sweet, with mild astringency. The liquor was honey amber. After enjoying the first cup of this tea, I felt relaxed, calm, and had had memories of running among our apricot trees as a child. Location and circumstances of growth and production unknown. Value: $0.31 per 6 ounce cup.
Flavors: Apricot, Cinnamon, Cloves
Hm.. Kind of bought this on an impulse on a shopping trip with my grandmother yesterday. They were selling various bags of this tea company in a little tea/coffee shop. At $6.95 for 85g I thought it was a good deal, and the flavour was nothing like I already have. When I first smelled the dry leaf I thought it was really weird. At first I couldn’t identify it, but then I realized.. Play Dough. Yes, Play Dough, this is what this tea smells like to me. Honestly the smell of a tea can pretty much make it or break it for me, really. Though the taste was completely different than I was expecting. It was quite good, mostly a coconut flavour, but smooth and creamy, with a hint of the lime. Though in my very last sip, the Play Dough came to mind again and kind of ruined it for me. I’m not sure how I’ll get through 85g of this.. we’ll see!
There’s more going on with this tea than I originally thought I put a bag in my travel mug this morning and was surprised at how sweet this was even with a very long steep. There was a greeat dark green bean taste to it similiar to some of the mountain blackhiss I’ve tried. I’m glad I gave this a second tasting without milk and sugar. This will be nice for my lazy mornings when I have to rush out of the house.
I’ve had enough straight green teas for the weekend! This is a strong, slightly bitter breafast type blend. Although it just says blend of black tea, ceylon seems to be the primary flavor. I got more Assam out of the second steep. I did not steep for the recommended 5 minutes. 2.5 was plenty strong! It was a little bitter, but adding sugar and half and half smoothed that out. Although it’s not the best belend I’ve had, it’s exactly the dark kind of blend I needed right now.
A box of this magically appeared in my office tea cupboard. (Maybe we have office elves, like house elves but for offices. Maybe a coworker’s belief in such beings is why he never does his assigned week of kitchen duty which simply involves running the dishwasher and unloading it every so often.)
It really tastes similar to pink lemonade, if pink lemonade was made from herbs. It’s not perfect but it’s tart and lemony, and it is pink. I probably should have added sugar but that would have involved another walk to the kitchen. (We’ll refrain from mentioning that my office is about 20 feet away from the kitchen.)
Not quite to my taste but others may enjoy this better.
This is not the Holy Grail of cherry teas—that would taste like pie made from the cherries in the tree I used to sit in to read when I was nine. There was a v-shaped branch just the size for my skinny little backside and some limbs that could hold my transistor radio and an extra copy of Trixie Belden.
However, this is a good cherry tea. Bagged, no less. Not chemically-syrupy; not so tart it makes your eyeballs sweat; just pleasantly (and not too artificially) tasting cherry.
Second experience with this as easygoing as the first. Cold steeped in the fridge and enjoying it iced. The extended soak gives the keemun time to come out, so it’s a little richer, but still has a candy flavor to it. But not chemically.
Wishing this had come my way a little earlier in the season—it’s very springy-summery in personality. Wonder what a cinnamon stick would do to it…
A work friend brought this to me, acquired on a trip to Washington D.C. The bag actually says “Cherry Blossom Tea” with a different label, but comparable description leads me to believe it’s the same thing. I will gladly stand corrected.
At any rate, this is kinda tasty for a bagged gift tea. A keemun and cherry blend; the cherry has a very sweet cotton-candy vibe. Not getting a lot of keemun, but it was made sloppily, bag-in in a microwave. Thrown over ice, it flies as a decent dessert tea.
I’ve had this twice now, and am surprised at how much I like it since I generally don’t care for cinnamon in teas. I bought this bag as a gift for my mother (at the MD Renaissance Festival of all places) because she loves cinnamon spice blends (Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice and Bigelow’s Cinnamon Stick are probably her faves). Anyway, she gave me a couple serving back in t-sacs so I could try it too. It smells like a bowl of potpourri when dry, but when brewed it mellows out a bit and the apricot and cinnamon are well-balanced and compliment each other nicely to make a soothing fall tea. The apricot floor is not very strong, or particularly “fresh” tasting, but neither is it overwhelmingly fake.
Eastern Shore has quite a range of blends. Maybe I’ll pick another one up from Herbalist’s Delight next time I’m at the fest (I go maybe every 2-3 years now).
I keep giving bad reviews lately and I’m not sure if it is because my job is utter shite and my home life stinks or if I’m just picking the wrong teas.
I blame the tea this time. I wanted so much to like this one. It’s local, it’s adorably packaged, it’s three of my favorite flavorings all rolled into one. And it doesn’t really taste like any of them. The tea comes in individual foil bags, which keeps it fresh. Tearing one open releases the unmistakable smell of…bazooka joe bubble gum. What.
It brews a weak reddish tea. The bag is tiny so no surprise the tea is weak- it would take a few for a hefty mug. The tea is kind of innocuously artificial tasting. If this tea were a person, it would be someone who tries to please everyone by being sweet and inoffensive and agreeable, but ends up alone and wondering why. Without milk or sugar, it is a weak scented black. With it, it gets better, more desserty and reminiscent of watery hot cocoa, but still nothing like the flavors it purports to have.
I tried this more than once to see if it was my admittedly wretched mood. I wanted to love this tea and love this company and have more bagged options at work. But, no.
I think my problem with this tea, is that I was hoping to add milk, to find that it would, for some reason, curdle. I suspect there’s something too acidic in this tea, maybe rose hips, that caused the milk to curdle. Other than that it’s a decent tea. Good with sugar or honey, but again, don’t add milk. It’s fairly sour, and not overly floral, which I wasn’t expecting.