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First steeping note for this tea? Shame shame! A few odd ingredients here, I’m not sure would work, which is probably why I didn’t try the sample I bought seven months ago. Yikes. I wasn’t sure chocolate and apple would work together. I also wasn’t sure what type of green tea was in this one. I really wish companies would list specifically which green tea as there is a big difference between a sencha or a hojicha in a chocolate blend. I didn’t see any bright green leaves, most everything was brown, so I’m guessing the green tea is actually a roasted one BUT the picture actually shows green tea leaves. hmm. There is no apple I can detect: just sweet creamy milk chocolate with a medium bodied base. Very similar to another Fusion chocolate tea, but I can’t tell which one right now. Just pure milk chocolate here! The second steep was just as chocolatey.
Steep #1 // 10 after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min
Last night I was so wired when we got home I couldn’t sleep. So my wife heads to bed and I head to the den to launch a rescue mission to save three brave Kerbals trapped on the surface of Laythe, a moon of the gas giant Jool. This morning they are still staring at the sky wondering if help will ever arrive. Yeah, the mission failed to make a good intercept, and rather than trap another, I returned to the space center.
I prepared a cup of this herbal while trying to unwind. I learned 3 things. I have never reviewed this on my blog – how did that happen? I didn’t realize there were so many ingredients in this. And finally, I learned even with chamomile there is no point going to bed when you are awake. My brain would not shut down. Tossed half the night. Had to get up early to set up my guitar for church. Now my brain hurts.
I did enjoy the appley coconut and vanilla of this last night. Just wish it had actually put me to sleep.
Oh my gosh! I think this is very high up there on my favorite herbals! Just from the scent alone. I just wish the base wasn’t rooibos… can you imagine honeybush with these giant pieces of papaya, banana, orange, coconut, mango? The honeybush would have fit so much better but the rooibos in the Fusion blends are always the most tolerable of all rooibos anyway. This should be called the giant fruit blend. I think there is banana flavoring with the bananas, because I don’t see the bananas alone leaving this flavor, but maybe it’s the coconut adding sweetness and creaminess. Even if there is some artificial banana, this blend is amazing. Even though there was an entire quarter of an orange slice in the blend, I don’t taste much orange… maybe just some tanginess. This was PERFECT on a hot day. I’d definitely order this one next time I order from Fusion (and not just this sample size), but I think the honeybush idea is so much better!
Before I iced this down I decided to try a few sips of it hot. I have to say that this is one tea that is definitely better suited to iced tea. When served hot the tartness from the lime takes over completely and obscures the other flavors. Once I had put it in the refrigerator to chill for several hours it became a whole new tea, the flavors blossomed into the perfect balance of sweet and tart. I was amazed by how much this resembled a fresh juicy watermelon. The flavor isn’t a perfect match, but this is the closest to authentic I’ve come across yet. I may have started out doubtful, but in the end this is a really nice summertime tea.
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From the here’s hoping teabox 3! The lemon here is very nice. With the ginger it kind of tastes like lemon grass too. Might of been the luck of the teas spoon, but not much oolong flavor. After taste has a some rose adding a nice feminine touch.
Btw, writing this on my new phone to test it out.
Nice. The peach flavor is fresh and juicy, and the oolong has a thick roasty taste. The combination is very pleasant, and I can see myself drinking this a lot this summer. This is another tea I want to try iced or as a cold brew. I bet this is even better cold than it is hot.
Bah…for some reason my earlier note didn’t come through.
Good tea – very mellow with interestingly layered lime flavour that was just as nice in the second cup as it was in the first. Thus far I approve of the tea and I’ll definitely be considering adding some into my next order.
I made this as a cold brew. Yum yum! We are finally have a string of lovely weather. It feels like summer. Perfect weather of the iced teas. I finally got some easily removable labels to put on my iced tea pitchers. since I often have several in the fridge. I always tell myself I’ll remember what it is but I never do. They are blackboard stickers that you can write on with chalk and then erase. I’ll see how they do. :-D
How have I not reviewed this tea? My bag is almost empty, but somehow this is my first time logging this tea.
I really like this one. The strawberry flavor is a tiny bit artificial, but the oolong flavor is great. So incredibly buttery with a slight floral sweetness. It’s light with a nice clean finish. Really, it’s a great spring tea. Subsequent steeps lose the strawberry flavor, but all the great oolong notes remain.
This is one I will reorder, but I’ll get it in a small quantity because it’s not something I’ll reach for during cooler weather.
Since I’ve lowered the water temperature I use to steep Darjeelings to around 190 degrees I have been so much happier with them. This particular tea is greatly improved by using less than boiling water on the leaves. I get all the wonderful flavors in the tea and while cutting the astringency in half. Being that it is Darjeeling tea I would be disappointed if there weren’t some dryness, but now the other flavors have more of a chance to shine.
The first thing I taste with this tea is a bright floral note mixed with pear. Then there is the muscatel flavor which becomes more pronounced as the tea cools. It is so nice. Much better than the last time I tried it. I definitely reached the bottom f my cup too soon.
Upping the rating on this one. I put it at 79 before.
’Here’s Hoping’ traveling teabox Round #2 // Tea #12
Somehow I didn’t manage to order this one in Fusion’s Black Friday sample sale! I think I just wanted to go with one oolong. Their oolongs are nice. The dry blend has plenty of roses, both buds and petals, but they don’t really make an appearance in the flavor. The lemon is dominant, more sweet than tart and I don’t think it’s just the lemongrass that is making it so lemony. It’s very tasty! Very refreshing.. would probably make for the perfect iced blend. I’m guessing the oolong base was great, but it was tough to tell through all that lemon.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 30 min after boiling // 4 min
Another one from my Black Friday Fusion samples, just trying now. I don’t think I wanted to try this for the lychee, but for the other ingredients: strawberry, rose, jasmine. All of the lychee teas I’ve tried have tasted like plastic to me, albeit a very fresh tasting plastic, so if all five or so teas have tasted like plastic, that should be an accurate lychee, right? This is the same. I really don’t taste any jasmine or any rose but there is a hint of strawberry. I like the sencha base and it also has a really nice texture, very silky. If I had to choose a lychee blend to have in stock, it would be this one, but it isn’t a favorite. I thought of ESP Emporium’s Lychee tea and searching for the description for that one, it looks like the same ingredients. No wonder I thought of that one. I don’t think ESP’s teas are all that bad… I liked the five or so I bought and even the free samples they sent along ended up being pretty tasty. I just got an e-mail today actually: 30% off all teas using code TEASALE30 at espemporium.com until 5/18/14.
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Oh now this is a nice decaf dessert tea! The rooibos brewed in a T-Sac didn’t bother my throat at ALL. I think it was the cup of rooibos that least bugged my throat that I’ve ever drank. I think it wouldn’t be a problem if the rooibos was always bigger pieces, so they can’t sneak through infusers. The flavor was really nice – the caramel is just perfect with the rooibos…big caramel pieces! The toastiness is lovely with it too, but I could have used more of it. I had a second steep the next day and it was a completely different cup – strawberry. And all the caramel was gone…. I doubt the caramel melted completely the first time. Maybe rooibos naturally tastes like strawberry, especially if steeped a while? The perfect rooibos blend to have around.
Steep #1 // 8 min after boiling // 4 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // quite a few minutes
I picked this one out of the box because it intrigued me. It smelled really nice when I sniffed the sample.
Fortunately, there was exactly enough to go in my mug. Okay, it was a little short, but I just added a little less water and it was perfect.
I couldn’t really taste the white too much, but the raspberry, slight fake, actually tasted pretty decent. I liked the champagne notes a lot. The directions say to sweeten to taste, but it didn’t need any sweetening in my book.
I liked it, but I wouldn’t get it. I wouldn’t complain if someone else dropped me another sample of this one, though.
While I was drinking this, I was heating up my lunch. I got in from the kitchen and sat down to eat it. It was a little too hot and I burned the roof of my mouth and my tongue. Gah. It’s going to make the rest of the tea drinking I have planned for today a little more awkward.
I wanted berries! Time to try this one! (Better this one than the last couple of teaspoons of my Vicky’s Cake from Bluebird before I place an order at the end of the year!) I used a teaspoon and a half. Fusion suggests 180 for four minutes.
Steep #1 // 28 minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
Brewed, this one actually has a scent like it could be shampoo? In a good way? The slight strawberry flavor and whatever makes it seem like a flowery shampoo combines really well with the buttery oolong. I think this is the first oolong I’ve tried from Fusion and I like it. The flavor just lingers. I bet this one is really niced iced. Niced iced. hah.
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 4 min
This steep seemed a bit harsh – tough – oversteeped. There was still some strawberry flavor left. But I think I should have steeped it like the first cup. The leaves were too unraveled for such a steep. I’ll enjoy the rest of my sample of this one!
I snagged this one out of the Traveling Teabox a while ago. I have so much tea that I’m doing $10 packages again if anyone is interested. My goal right now is to get through all of my samples.
This one is ok. It is mostly earthy mate that I’m getting. There is a touch of lime but it’s really, really light and in the aftertaste. Which is slightly disappointing. I like this tea but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to order it.
EDIT: As it cools down you can taste the lime a bit more. This might be one that needs to be iced.
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