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This wasn’t bad, per say, but when I think of Pina Colada tea, my love is Davidstea Tropicalia and this, while not bad, doesn’t even compare. I sweetened it, because without sweetener it was just ho-hum, but even sweetened, there is a bit of a sour taste in the back of my mouth and I can’t figure out what it is. It’s a little bit creamy, but not as creamy as Tropicalia. There’s a bit of pineapple and coconut taste, but not as much as Tropicalia – sorry I guess this review is a bit of a broken record. Not bad, by any means, but eh, I wouldn’t purchase.
Teeny Tiny TTB Round 2
Hmm… I must say, I really hesitate to try or order teas that contain coconut, just because it goes soapy very quickly, and then goes bad after that. But I figured I’d give this one the benefit of the doubt, plus there’s a large amount of it so I’m not taking the opportunity away from anyone else after me. There are tiny pieces of coconut and chunks of candied pineapple mixed in with the red rooibos base. Dry scent is mostly pineapple.
Oof, as soon as I lifted the brew basket out of my mug, I could smell soap. I can smell the lovely candied pineapple and a little bit of coconut, but there’s quite a strong soapy aroma. Oh well, I’ll give it a try anyway, for science! It tastes like… mint? What? I can taste creamy coconut as well, but no pineapple. What a strange blend.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Mint
This came to me from ThainofBuckland as part of the Christmas Card swap. Thank you!
This is a slightly smokey tea. I can also taste a bit of sweetness, but other than that I’m not picking up much flavor. It’s not astringent or bitter, which is good, but there’s not a whole lot going on flavor wise in my cup.
Flavors: Smoke, Sweet
This is such an amazing tea! Well, amazing for chocolate lovers anyway… It doesn’t only smell like dark chocolate and milk chocolate, but like cherry hearts candy or like the cherry cordials by Queen Anne overflowing during the Christmas season, but it also has a similar taste, just not as strong. You can also taste the rose petals very subtly, but oddly not smell them before brewing (at least I couldn’t), and I’m not sure why I keep tasting Cherry when it’s made with Strawberries… Any ideas on that one?It’s surprisingly light in taste, since it has such a vivid and beautiful color. It is a vibrant red at first, and then a dark cherry crimson red by the end of it’s steeping – a long, well worth it, 8 to 10 minutes (in my pot on the stove top). This is a tea I could drink ALL DAY!!
If anyone enjoys these flavors and is interested in trading samples I have plenty of this left right now! It was my first time ever ordering loose leaf tea, found a great deal for a starter set with the ESP Emporium through Groupon, and I definitely didn’t know how much 4 oz. was!
Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Rose
Enjoying this tea for the second time (I forgot to log it yesterday) and I still really like it! My first inhale of the brewed tea (after 3 minutes of steeping) reminded me of Blueberry muffins! Such a sweet and pleasant aroma I couldn’t wait to drink it, and almost burned my tongue! The color wasn’t as green as I had thought green tea might look (I generally am not a green tea drinker, but the combination of these 3 flavors intrigued me), it was almost a very pale yellow color with the full 6 ounces of water. I haven’t had Gojiberry by itself so I wasn’t real sure of its flavor, but knew I really liked Pomegranate and Blueberry so it couldn’t be that odd of a combination. Even as I type this and my tea has cooled, I’m not getting any real bitterness like I thought I might have toward the end of the cup or if it got cold.
Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity
It’s a very aromatic tea with a distinct orange spice aroma and hints of cream that take you back to wanting the frozen Popsicle treat by the same name – Creamsicle. The yogurt pieces really add a light but fragrant creaminess to the tea, and in my opinion is what really brings the Creamsicle memories to life. It’s not over the top creamy like if you were to add milk or creamer, just subtle hints in the taste, leaving it still a nice reddish orange color of tea.
Flavors: Cream, Orange, Rooibos, Vanilla
I brewed a large pot of this to try tonight, after loving ESP’s Lime Deluxe earlier (which my husband also agreed was delicious) earlier in the day.
This smells overly sweet and like chemical apple, sort of grassy too. Not horrible but not amazing either.
Flavour is sweet, the apple tasting artificial but that could be down the Sencha base which is grassy, perfumed and dry. I can’t taste any kiwi, though the after taste has a touch of tartness which I find with kiwi fruit.
All in all it’s a nice tea, out of the two I still prefer the Lime Deluxe (which is the only other ESP tea I have tried). My husband however really likes this one, he is apple tea mad. He says “If I like something it’s a 10 and if I don’t it’s a 1, there is nothing in-between”. So I asked him how he would rate this tea (out of curiosity) and he replied “It’s above average I think, so maybe 6 or 7 / 10”. I have to agree, it’s nice but not special and it is on the top end of average, so I rate 7.6 for this blend. Nice but I am not going to mourn it once it’s gone.
Flavors: Apple, Grass, Sour, Sweet
This is pretty tasty if you are looking for something that is reminiscent of milk oolong, but is artificially flavored. I am unsure about the description of this one, insisting it meets milk at some point in the process, but all of my research points to this not really being how milk oolong is made. So far, the teas I have had have spoiled me, and the flavored stuff is tasty and comforting, but not blowing me out of the water. And out of the few artificially flavored ones I have tried, this one is not the best. However, this company has great deals, so it might be worth a sip at some point.
The rich, fruity flavor of this tea is perfect for a summer day or when you feel the need to chase away the blues.
It’s juicy and ripe with the mango, pineapple and papaya flavors front and center. I can’t say that I would be able to identify each individual fruit flavor but they meld into a holistic blast of fruity goodness.
I’ve it iced and hot with a touch of sweetener and splash of half & half. It’s wonderful either way. This will definitely get re-ordered.
Flavors: Mango, Passion Fruits, Tropical
Part of a sampler I received, and tried this morning for the first time. Several steeps from the same leaves produce the typical golden hue and very light aroma found in gunpowder green. Slight grassy flavor with second steep producing more tones of light smoke and copper. I am not usually a big fan of this type of tea, but found myself watching the tea pellets unfurl and dance in the pot, and finished 4 cups before I even realized it!
This type of tea is essential in the Maghreb where it is used in the preparation of North African Mint tea (Berber Tea Ritual). This inexpensive gunpowder green would be a good candidate for this purpose.
Flavors: Cut grass, Smoke
I was gifted a sampler from ESP, and found this Russian Samovar tea much to my liking. The blend has some nice flavor from Assam leaves, with a very faint smokiness in the background. A bold, hardy brew that is satisfying and smooth.
Flavors: Brown Toast, Dark Wood, Smoke
Teeny Tiny Traveling Tea Box round Two
Drinking this iced right now since it’s STILL SUPER HOT.
It’s a lovely fruity, hibiscus-y tea. It didn’t turn super bitter from the hibiscus, which tends to happen whenever I drink any tea with hibiscus. I think this could have done with a tad more agave, but it’s pretty good!
A nice fruity tea, and back in the box it goes!
I’ve tried this tea three times so far. I really enjoy its fruity, sweet flavor but I have to admit its flavor reminds me more of Twizzlers or Red Vines than of any vineyards. Then again I’ve never been to a vineyard so perhaps that’s why my associations are to candies.
I’ve had it hot each time I’ve drunk this tea (with a touch of sweetener and milk) but I’m sure it would be wonderful iced too.
Flavors: Peach, Strawberry
This is not bad. The bag smell is overwhelming and a bit artificial, but brewed it’s more tame. I don’t get very many savory notes (cumin? whaat) other than the nuts, but my tolerance for savoriness is pretty high (love it). I get butter and creaminess for sure, and it mostly tastes like a more complicated cookie to me. Great for making butter tea with too. Big indulgence :)
I steeped this tea according to directions. I steeped it for 2 minutes at 190 degrees F in a porcelain teapot of 24 oz of water ad 4 tsp of green tea.The toastiness was very prevalent but was perfect. It did not overshadow the green tea but smoothed out the green tea where green tea tends to be a little bitter if not careful at times. I love the toasty aroma and how well the tea went down very smoothly. I paired this tea with a wild greens and kale salad topped with diced vegan chick strips and a poppyseed dressing. The tea and wild greens/kale salad paired well with the green tea bringing out a beautiful meal accompaniment. I made a 24 oz pot so I drank the remaining pot of tea after my salad was done. The tea holds well without a meal. The smoothness, toastiness, and slight vegetation of the green tea was perfect.
Flavors: Smooth, Toasty, Vegetal
A Wellness herbal tea that is similar to an Ayurvedic Yoga Tea but about double the additional herbal ingredients. It has the ginger, rose petals, black pepper, and cinnamon of a traditional yoga tea minus the cardoman and cloves. I steeped it per the directions at the higher steeping time of 10 minutes using 4 tsp in 21 oz of water using my glass tea pot. I had this before bed and decided to go a similar traditional yoga tea preparation of adding milk (I used a non dairy milk-Almond milk) and honey. The tea was very relaxing and prepped me for a restful night sleep after a long work day and week. I tasted hints of tart apple and some rose petals but not too tart. The cinnamon, eucalyptus leaves, and pepper were faint. The lavender was what I am sure placed me in slumber land in no time . I highly recommend this tea for a “get ready for bed and a restful night sleep” tea. You may want to try it without milk and honey/agave but I think this slightly tart tea needs the milk and honey/agave to mellow out the tartness. I lit some Frankincence Incense as I drank the tea, played my Buddhist Chant CD, and inhaled the beauty and calmness this tea evoked before going to bed.
Tea Ingredients: Apple pieces, fennel, China bamboo tea, ginger pieces, orange peel, carrot flakes, cinnamon pieces, blackberry leaves, eucalyptus leaves, black pepper, rose petals, white rosebuds, basil, raspberry leaves, lavender blossoms, marigold blossoms, beetroot.
I like to think outside the box when pairing tea with food. I steeped this tea according to the directions for 4 minutes at 212 degrees F. The tea was like a dry red wine with hints of raisin more reminiscent of a dry Cabernet and a light almost unnoticeable smokiness. I accompanied this tea with a Pizza dinner rather than my usual wine accompaniment. The pizza was a mushroom, spinach, garlic, and white cheese with oregano and hot pepper sprinkled on top – made at home. The tea was good like a nice dry red wine paired with this pizza. If I was to pair this almost wine-like tea with a Jazz album, I choose Duke Ellington & John Coltrane ’s 1962 collaboration which I own on vinyl. The album is spicy, smooth, hip, and cool and so is this tea.
Flavors: Raisins, Smoke
Thsi is the best China Lapsang Souchong Black Tea that I have tasted so far. It is not just the smokiness which was reminiscent of my hubby and I camping and backpacking on one of the Appalachian Trails that gets me, it is the meditative state that it puts you in. I mean, I felt so relaxed and meditative after drinking this tea.
I tried this tea alone after a long day at work, and it relaxed me and put me in a state of meditation as though I just finished my daily 4:30 AM yoga practice.
I also tried this tea with a meal of a vegan BBQ Mushroom sandwich of saute mushrooms and onion in a spicy homemade BBQ sauce that I made at home. I placed the BBQ mushrooms and onions on a hard toasted roll with a topping of a coleslaw marinated in apple cider and sugar. A southern BBQ sandwich but veggie style that paired perfectly with this tea. The BBQ sauce and the smokiness of the tea reminded of a summer outdoor BBQ with family and friends. A perfect tea alone to meditate or to pair with a fun BBQ meal.
The tea was smoky like a China Lapsang Souchong Black Tea and reminiscent of a campfire; but, the smooth texture and smooth feel on the mouth going down as you drank it rounded out the smokiness and added a slight butter texture mixed with a little smoke. Believe me the slight smokiness and butteriness paired well to establish a smooth tea. I like to experiment in pairing my tea with food and as I said we purchased donuts. I had a coconut donut and a pumpkin crème filled donut with this tea, and the smooth and buttery texture yet smokiness that gave the tea a nice strong breakfast tea melded perfectly.
I forgot to mention that we also watched an episode of Star Trek Enterprise on Netflix this morning as we relaxed to a breakfast of tea and donuts :) Something about a smoky tea and sweets just melded perfectly with Star Trek, aggressive aliens, and the sweetness of some of the crew members to make a situation come out perfect :)
Flavors: Butter, Smoke