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First tasting note for this blend! Such a shame, since it’s a good one. This was a free sample with my Fusion order for Black Friday! I kind of expected this to be chai with a guayusa base for some reason. Really, it’s cinnamon and lots of lemongrass (I think there’s more lemongrass than guayusa actually). I used 1 1/2 teaspoons. This should really be called ‘sweet lemon guayusa’ or something! I’m actually very impressed with this one – very tasty. I love the unique flavor of guayusa and it is perfect here with sweet cinnamon and sweeter lemongrass. This would probably be amazing iced. The second steep was just as nice. I think that cinnamon works best with a just boiled temp though, so I always feel like cinnamon is wasted in some teas that don’t have a boiling steep. Sadly, I’ve noticed I seem to get mild headaches while drinking guayusa or yerba mate. I’d buy a ton of this blend from Fusion anyway.
Steep#1 // 25-30 minutes after boiling // 3-4 min
Steep #2 // 20 mins after boiling // 4-5 min
When I think of ‘Harmony’ I don’t necessarily go to rooibos… this blend seems mostly rooibos. (Definitely more than the picture shows.) It would be so nice without the rooibos. Harmony to me does not equal scratchy rooibos throat. Flavors that show through: ginger which makes it seem very medicinal when it isn’t in chai (ginger also isn’t harmony for me), a bit of sweetness from the lemon myrtle, and then rooibos rooibos rooibos. Tulsi to me means basil. I love basil, but I don’t get any of that here either. No floral anything (supposed to be chamomile, lavender, roses). Disappointing.
Sigh. Maybe this tea will bring on Spring already. This has a nice base for a Ceylon. The scent reminds me of lime scratchnsniff stickers from elementary school. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing! The flavor is nice though. Not really PIE but plenty of lime. This would probably make a wonderful iced tea. This reminds me of the Della Terra lime/lemon teas, but those have a creamy flavor… so those are better! There was one really odd thing in the dry blend, I couldn’t tell what it was. It looked like the middle part of a flower. It floated. It could have just been a piece of lime or something.. not really familiar with limes. Hopefully it was something that SHOULD be in tea. (ahem. Teavana and your bird feather debacle.) The second steep was just as limey!
Additional notes: TeaGuys had a sale which I almost bought from. I realized they have the same supplier as Fusion Teas! I love their blends! Sadly though, I thought Fusion actually blended their teas. But no… there is my beloved Pistachio Lime Mate in the list for TeaGuys. Seeing that FOUR ounce tin of this one in the cart I didn’t buy, I had to have from my stash this morning. Man there are a ton of caramel pieces in this pouch! (I think I was complaining there wasn’t enough caramel before. I even tried one out of the bag – pretty tasty!) When the leaves are steeped, it looks like there are different types of leaves here though. This remains one of my favorite pu-erhs.
I decided to go with this tea as my first tea of the day. A beautiful day, I might add. I must have had it before but I don’t remember anything about it. I really have to sip this one down, it’s one of the older teas that I own (5 months old?).
However, as soon as I opened the tin, I realized why I am so reluctant to have this one… Because it smells godawful. There’s this extremely artifical smell that the leaves and, subsequently, the steep have. I tried not to smell it. It was like… a bunch of lime zest that you just found under an old carpet.
The flavor was slightly better but there was still so much of fakeness to it. On the whole it tasted like some kind of earl grey cream gone very wrong. Because you get this lime that tastes like a really nasty bergamot and then there’s some creamy notes – which was the only thing that positively surprised me about this tea.
Fusion Teas have some really awesome offerings (Caribbean Nectar Rooibos, Raspberry Champagne White) but this, IMHO, is not one of them.
From Travelling Tea Box C
My first tea from the new box. It has a soft, fruity aroma that makes me think of Jasmine, even though Jasmine isn’t on the ingredients list. The taste is a bit flat compared to the smell. OK but not special; there are a lot of other flavored whites that I prefer to this one. I tried adding nutra-sweet, but it didn’t make much difference.
Another from Fusion! I wanted a strawberry tea today so it was time to try this one! I like the peach and sweet strawberry fragrance when I open the pouch. I don’t what “crispies” are but okay! There are actual strawberry pieces here. The black tea is brisk enough, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend 5-6 minutes like Fusion’s instructions say (especially when they also recommend 1 1/2 teaspoons.) But the flavor is nice! Strawberry & peach! I don’t think I’ve had any other blends with a strawberry & peach combination. A nice one! Might make a very delicious iced tea. The second steep, the black tea was much tamer. The fruit was able to make itself known. Very juicy! Scratch that – this WOULD make a very nice iced tea!
When I think of key lime, I think of a pie made with fresh key lime juice, a graham cracker crust and a little whipped cream on top. I think the description of this tea even mentions key lime pie. When I took my first sip, all I could taste was lime juice. It was a fresh, tart lime juice flavor, but rather plain as that was the only flavor. Then I decided to add a little sugar – that made the sweetness of the lime and stevia come out and it tasted like limeade. Then I thought, what the heck, and added a little milk. Bam! Now it’s a cup of creamy limey flavor that tastes like a real dessert. I like that I can still taste the tangy lime juice but it’s not overwhelmingly tart or too boring. This is making me want a slice of real key lime pie! Thank you, VariaTEA, for this sample!
-Dry blend has large black tea leaves and twigs with pieces of dried pineapple and lime.
-Dry leaves smell very sweet with a hint of lime juice. Tea liquor aroma is of tart fresh lime juice.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow orange color.
-Black tea and fresh lime juice flavor and finish. Light sweet limeade aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. Becomes a cup of creamy lime flavor with milk and sugar added.
A sample from Fusion! I tried Adagio’s Thai Chai, and it seemed to be one of my least favorite Adagio blends. This one COULD be the exact same blend… it looks like the same ingredients. A BIG piece of coconut and a BIG entire anise star went into the infuser. The look of the dry blend sure looks like something anyway! There seems to be more actual ingredients than black tea. The brew on this one is very light even after five minutes. I may have let the water cool too long, but to be fair, the instructions say to boil at 203 degrees and not 212 degrees. The flavor is okay, but I think I’m just not a fan of lemongrass in my chai, though I like lemongrass in general. But that doesn’t make sense… I loved Adagio’s other chai (The Colonel) with lemongrass in it. Otherwise, not enough black tea. I need more flavor though and less lemongrass! What’s with the black teas today being so weak tasting?
Fusion sample! I love these sorts of cinnamon and apple blends. Especially with the no caffeine rooibos for the night time. I imagine the honeybush would be even more delicious though! This is another exactly as I thought it would taste. Big apple chunks with sweet apple and cinnamon flavor. Evenly balanced. It tastes like apple pie! Not sure if I love this one or Della Terra’s blend more. The second steep somehow tasted even better — hotter temp/longer time maybe?
Tea & Cards TTB #9
So I finally got back to trying teas from the TTB because I only have it a couple more days. I started off the morning right with this lovely flavored oolong. The dry leaf smelled so tropical and wonderful, but because that smell was so strong, I was afraid that it would overpower the oolong. Not so! I could actually taste the typical green oolong flavors along with the tropical flavors from the tea. I’m not really expert enough to go into more detail about the flavor than “tropical,” but I will say that it was not perfume-y or overwhelming. What a nice way to be introduced to Fusion Teas :)
This is a sipdown! I should probably start counting them…
It is a very refreshing, nicely flavored green. I detect mostly citrus, melon is hardly there (I am guessing it is a hard flavor to bring out in tea). Nothing artificial about it, which is good considering the dry leaf of this can be on the funkier/artificial side smell-wise. I’m not sure if I would ever re-order this, but it wasn’t a bad experience.
Flavors: Fruit Tree Flowers, Lemon Zest, Melon
I HAD to try this one when I spotted it on Fusion’s site. Everything here makes it a very unique blend: bergamot, buttery sencha, rhubarb and roses! Went with the suggested teaspoon and a half.
Steep#1 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
The dry leaves certainly have a bright strong bergamot scent. There are big pieces of rhubarb here and pretty rose petals. The flavor is mostly very strong sunny bergamot. It’s interesting on the buttery sencha. The hints of rhubarb and rose might be mingling too much in the background or being drowned out by the bergamot. Even though I could wish for more of a balance with the ingredients, this is very tasty anyway. The second steep was just as nice.
I really shouldn’t be drinking this tea. Really. Honeybush gives me an awful awful headache and I have a cat who wants attention who is interfering with everything I do right now. I could probably drink it now, it’s a good temperature, except I’m pretty sure the cup would get head booped right down my shirt. It’s taken me 5 minutes to write this paragraph.
Well, it’s sweet. It’s definitely sweet. I’m not in love with stevia, I actually dislike it quite a bit so that’s tempering my enjoyment of this. And it’s definitely giving me a headache, or bringing back the headache that I just managed to get rid of. But I definitely taste the vanilla and chamomile and they are very nice. Not picking up a whole lot of coconut but it’s quite creamy considering I didn’t put any milk in it. I don’t really pick up any lemongrass either.
So yes, I think if I could get over my sensitivities, this would be a pleasant cup but as it is, it is going into my swap bin.
When I got around to brewing this cup, the water had cooled so I used the chance to get in another sipdown today. This is good but nothing special so now that it is gone it will most likely be forgotten. Though, it was a pleasant enough cup while it lasted and I am glad I got to try it. Thank you Veronica for sharing this with me :)
This is not a bad cup of green tea. It has a generic tropical fruit flavor and virtually no grassy base. However, I wish I got more pineapple. It is not offensive but it is not all that special or memorable either. Thank you Veronica for sharing but I think once I get through the sample, my relationship with this tea will be over.
The ingredients list on this one kind of sounded like Della Terra’s blend… and I LOVE this sort of thing, so I was willing to try Fusion’s. If I’m remembering by taste, this is NOT the same blend. Looking at my tasting note for the DTT, I am in love with that one. This blend is okay, just not as tasty. I described that one as almost too sweet. This one isn’t really sweet. There is definite walnut presence here.. kind of reminiscent of that horrid David’s Snowbunny or should I say playdoh tea… but these walnuts are much better… it seems they could certainly turn into those walnuts though, with age. The green tea is alright, but not my favorite. There isn’t really much else going on, unless I didn’t get enough variety in my scoop of tea. It’s interesting this blend has almonds while the DTT has hazelnut and pecans. But the Fusion is more true to its name: walnut. DTT’s blend is more coconut and sweet. I’d go with the DTT though, no matter how much I usually love Fusion’s blends.