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My other tea from this company. It smells of bergamot, with floral notes. The vanilla scent comes out a little. There is some floral flavour, and citrus notes. Seems like the monk was trying to a different tea at first. Still, the Assam base is nice and floral/ vanilla.
Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Flowers, Vanilla
From the EU TTB
I’m a bit of a sucker for flavoured teas, so I had to give this one a go. I figured it for a green, but I didn’t realise it was a white/green blend at the time I was drinking it. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 175 degrees.
I have to say, I really like it. There’s a tangy, not-quite-sharp but pretty flavour-accurate lime, with a mildly sweet, deliciously creamy smoothness from the coconut. They’re not strong, in-your-face flavours, but rather light and refreshing. A perfect summer cocktail – only tea! The green base is pretty perfect; it’s mildly grassy, which works really well with the coconut, and fairly unobtrusive unless you’re really looking for it. This one reminds me a little of 52Teas Lime Jello Salad. A very enjoyable cup!
Having a tea the same colours as the Irish flag sounded cool. So I got this tea. The scent is more on the strawberry side, with some coconut. There is a sweet, creamy berry flavour. Not sure what I was expecting, but the tea is more smooth in the second cup.
Goes well with lemon pastries.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Strawberry
A sample from Roswell Strange. I’m drinking quite a lot of white blends at work at the moment, primarily because it’s so hot. This one looks to be a white peony, with plenty of twigs and a predominance of green leaves. Green, wow. The last white peony with actual green leaves I tried was from Teavivre – mostly, they seem to be black/brown, or perhaps I’m just unlucky with the White Peony blends I try. Who knows. Anyway, I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 2.5 minutes in water cooled to around 170 degrees. The resulting liquor is a pale yellow-green.
The first thing I have to say is that it’s really good. Really, really good. I’m a fan of tropical teas in general, but so often the flavour is at least a little lacklustre. Not the case here – the mango is sweet and a little peppery, very juicy-tasting. A true-to-life flavour and absolutely delicious! I can’t taste the pear at all when hot, which is okay by me as pear isn’t really my thing. My last sip was cold as I’d got distracted with a phone call, and the pear was more noticable, but only barely. It’s a mildly floral pear, but sweet and ripe tasting. It pairs well with the white base, which is completely unobtrusive except for some light honeysuckle notes.
I really enjoyed this one – it was the perfect cup for a warm morning at work, very fresh and refreshing! One of the better mango teas I’ve tried.
I made this hot in a timolino this time around; I really wanted to see what the flavor difference would be compared with the cold brewed version.
What I found was that this was much milder in general, and the green tea didn’t travel well with the timolino and was very masked because of hot light it was in the first place. However, both the strawberry and toasted rice came through and they didn’t clash like they were in the cold brew. Perhaps that’s because they were both much more muted and dull as flavors, so there was less ‘competing’ flavor overall.
Today’s word of the day is… Abashed!
Abashed means: “ashamed or embarrassed”.
Funny story; Tre just took a look at my mini calendar to see what the word was and instantly read it aloud as “ABBA Shed”. I corrected him, and he instantly became the perfect example for the meaning of this word.
Since I’ve tried a few ‘unconventional’ Genmaicha blends lately I wanted to do something different with this one, which is why I cold brewed it. I’m not even sure if I’ve ever done that before with a Genmaicha blend; I can’t easily bring an example to mind.
I have to admit it was a little weird tasting a cold brewed Genmaicha; the green tea wasn’t anything exceptional nor was it disappointing but the strong, drawn out notes of roasted brown rice – which took on a near barley taste, were more intense than I would expect from Genmaicha. More like a good mugicha than anything else, to be honest.
The strawberry certainly is not the most vibrant strawberry flavour though. I wouldn’t even call it all that realistic to be honest; what it does taste like it strawberry candy. Some kind of cross between those fluffy strawberry marshmallow five cent candies you see in gas stations and a really nice strawberry gummy candy? I like the taste itself, but the pairing with the green tea/roasted notes doesn’t work for me.
So overall; I’d say there were definitely high and low points to this tea and if I revisit it I’ll definitely be trying an alternative prep method (perhaps something more traditional) than revisiting this one. It’s not worth a second taste.
Finishing off this sample from Liquid Proust as a hot brew. It had a really, really nice clear and realistic tasting mango flavor with a light, refreshing white base and made me think of this mango cucumber salsa that the dietitians at work made last week that was so delicious. I love when when white teas have that super crisp refreshing cucumber-like quality. However, other than the incredibly nice mango flavour and crispness of it all there wasn’t much else offered; certainly no pear flavour.
Mango isn’t always a flavour that appeals to me, but I’ve tried a few paired with a white base and they’ve all been pretty enjoyable. On top of that, I really like pear though honestly I’m unsure how the pairing will do. It’s not one I’ve seen done often, and I’m worried that the mango may mask the pear if it’s not over the top.
I made this one as a cold brew, and honestly I’m not loving it though I don’t hate it either. The white base is acting as a very good blank canvas for the flavour; you can hardly taste any contributions from it except for maybe some lighter honeysuckle notes. Whether that’s good or bad would I guess depend on your personal tastes. The main reason I’m not all over this is that it might as well just be a mango tea; I can’t taste the pear at all. The mango is nice though; it’s got a light ‘spritzer’ kind of vibe to it, and is tropical but almost in a citrusy tangerine sort of way. I’m enjoying what I’m tasting, it’s just totally not what I was hoping for.
That’s alright though; you can’t love every tea and somewhere out there someone’s looking for an organic mango tea on a white base and this is probably perfect for them.
Sample comes from Liquid Proust.
Pomegranate and green tea seem to be a fairly common pairing, and I have to admit it’s not one I’ve explored often enough given how much I actually like pomegranate – but the dragonfruit in this blend? That was the nail in the coffin, and the aspect that got me really truly excited for this blend. I absolutely adore the subtle pear/kiwi like flavour of dragonfruit and I used to buy quite a lot of it, but it’s really expensive ($3 a fruit) so I had to cut down.
This cold brew definitely puts more emphasis on the pomegranate though; it’s very sweet and juicy, with a really round and robust fruity flavour that just dominates over the entire drink. There is a little ‘extra’ fruit flavour that creeps into the end of the sip and aftertaste though. It reminds me quite a bit of a mild or more tame kiwi flavour which is definitely the dragonfruit. I didn’t really taste the vanilla for most of the drink. It wasn’t until the last few swigs that I thought it stood out as more than just additional sweetness.
As for the base, I struggled to taste the white tea, but the green was slightly present as a crisp, clear vegetal background note. It did a good job of being subtly present without cutting into the flavourings, which are definitely meant to be the focus of the blend.
This is definitely an enjoyable blend, well suited for summer.
Fluffy, light, and soft, like flowers on the mountain air. There is a loud floral overtone, even fruity. It tastes of aromatic perfume, with an undertone of dark wood, reaching down into the soil for a hint of spices that lingers on after the fruit-flowery finish. The malt is strong, with a rich and creamy mouth-feel, medium body, and a puckering astringency that is just right.
The most lovely amber hue, it shines brightly in glass. Similarly, the leaves are mostly unbroken and have a pleasing, autumnal shade to them in glass.
True to form, this Wu long tea must be brewed at Wu long temperature. Heat will immediately bring out an overwhelming astringent mouthfeel and flowery taste. So, this delicate tea requires a delicate heat. Not boiled.
Unusually, I sometime brew this tea in a teapot, for about 3 minutes. Twice, or three times. It is good from the gaiwan as well. Longer steeping seems to favor the spicy notes. The normal amount of leaf is sufficient, as the leaf is somewhat broken. Altogether a worthwhile and elegant tea.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Perfume, Spices
I got a small packet of this from Liquid Prost during his experimental box sale. Thanks!
For some reason I was totally brain farting and didn’t think of it as a white tea with grape flavoring, so I was opening the package and was like ‘OH! This is white tea, it’s been awhile since I’ve had white tea’. Yeah.
The dry leaf is very grapey smelling, but I wouldn’t really describe it like fresh grapes. At first I was reminded of kool-aid, or watered down grape juice. It’s not super sweet smelling like raisins though. The smell becomes a little fresher when the tea is brewed, but only in the way that it’s less artificial.
The brewed liquor starts out a vibrant pale green. So lovely to see, and if you let it brew a bit longer it becomes yellow-green. The flavor/scent of the brewed liquor is like that of japanese muscat gummies, or Grape Hi – Chew candies. The base was a smooth white tea, which I can’t really say much about honestly. The swallow was not drying and creamy. I liked it better when the tea was cooler, the flavoring and the base really shines through when it’s warm to lukewarm, versus when it’s still fresh and hot.
I liked it, but not enough to purchase again.
The dry leaf of this smells like those indescribable fruit flavored lip glosses from Claire’s, there is something in this combo that is very juvenile to me, but super enjoyable. Makes me think of being a teeny-bop exploring candy flavored perfumes for the first time! The scent translates relatively well into the brew, but a little more florist’s shop creep[s into the flavor. I definitely can still taste “fruit”, which is almost melon-flavored candy-esque, but the florals bump up their presence compared to the scent . I don’t get anything tart, which I would expect from something with gooseberry and pomegranate in it. It’s pretty darned good, to be honest, and the base is unobtrusive and surprisingly smooth for such a cheap tea from such a big company. So far I’m impressed and looking forward to trying more of their blends.
Thanks so much LiquidProust for providing me with a healthy sample of this, I shall enjoy drinking it down!
Flavors: Flowers, Fruity, Melon
I decided I wanted something strong to drink so I grabbed this and dropped what was probably too much in my baby teapot. The first two steeps at 205f for 20s was entirely too strong for me… I ended up with 200f for 10s and it taste much smoother. I’m still a noob when it comes to pu’erh but I can tell that this isn’t the best but it also isn’t pu’er trash. I’m guessing it would be smoother with a smaller amount in the pot. Thankfully I have a 12 cup set so I was able to brew out 8 different timing on number of brew for this and found that after the 3rd brew it was enjoyable. I might just like more mellow style of shou though, I will soon find out as I explore more pu’erh.
Cold steeped over night, drank about 1/2 gallon of this already.
I’m eating chocolate mint truffles from Christmas (I had over 10 pounds okay) while I drink this and it’s a fun time :)
Don’t brew this hot unless you’re sacrificing the liquid…
My guess is that children would think this is kool-aid if there was half pound of sugar added, then again any tea with half a pound of sugar becomes kool-aid…
Anyways, nice cold batch.
Green oolong and green tea mix with exotic fruits? Count me in!
While it doesn’t brew nicely hot, it does provide a nice cold beverage with a taste that very people would be able to identify. That taste is quite unique because to me it’s a fruit that Big Bird from Sesame Street would eat… whatever that taste like.
In regards to rating, I’ve just had too many teas like this that are a bit better.
I brewed this for a friend and I by putting 8g into a french press to make a strong chai. I’m unsure how to rate this because I didn’t find it to be good but she insisted that it was great.
Knowing that I have to superior tongue it doesn’t matter :P
The sweet orange mate in ESPs chai collections wins the prize after trying all four (I’m not sure why they included a orange mate in a chai collection though…)
That is what I said when I first tried this tea. The first time I drank this was hot, which may not be the best way to drink this tea, and my tastebuds were greeted with a familiar taste of wine. The grape flavor is less fresh grape than an aged grape, if that makes sense. This tea is actually quite nice and better than the White Grape that Teas Etc makes- it’s less dry and the proportion of green to white tea on this blend is much nicer. I am looking forward to cold steeping a few gallons of this in the summer.
Dry, this smells lovely and sweet grapey; steeped, it holds up nicely as well. Even unsweetened, it has a sticky, lip-smacking sweetness and fruit punch short of flavor.
Thanks, Liquid Proust. After a weekend of heavy housework, which made me only moderately sore, yesterday, I bent down to adjust a sock and pinched a nerve so badly it’s been 36 hours of winching, ouching, and wallowing on a heating pad. Out here in the backyard, this was spring in a cup: a lovely something to get my mind off my miz’ries. (It would have been so much better if I had messed up my hip doing something daring—rock climbing…hauling my canoe off Elk River…playing soccer with my church kids…but a sock? Good grief.)