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This is from, umm, Veronica. I’m pretty sure.
This is so unusual! I was expecting a green oolong with the peach flavour, BUT IT’S NOT! It’s a toasted oolong of some sort. Reminds me of Silk Road’s Big Red Robe, but not quite.
The peach is pretty decent, baked and a bit juicy. The oolong is toasty and somewhat dry on the tongue.
So interesting. Putting the other half into the fridge to cold steep may have been a mistake, but fingers crossed! It might be tasty too.
Thank you Veronica for sending a sample of this my way!
When I think of lime teas, my mind immediate goes to the deliciously tart creaminess that is Lime Chiffon. I get very excited and want to try them all. However, I need to remember that key lime does not equal creamy lime deliciousness. Alas, this tea has fallen victim to my lime tea hopes as I found myself rather disappointed. The sad thing is the lime flavor in this is actually pretty accurate to the fruit and it goes nicely with the base. However, that is all there is – lime flavor and black base. A tad bit boring when compared to my beloved Lime Chiffon.
Key Lime Ceylon Tea, you are just not doing it for me. It is not you, it’s me.
Honestly, this tastes just like any regular peach black tea. Perhaps the base is better quality and more aptly emphasized than in other “store-bought” teas, but, on the whole, there isn’t anything unique about it. While it is a nice tea, sometimes ‘nice’ is not enough, so I don’t think I will ever need an immediate re-stock of this one.
This tea was ok. The lime flavor was there. It didn’t have an artificial or candy-like flavor. The Ceylon base was smooth. There was the bright zing I’d expect to get from a lime flavored tea. But even with all of its good points I felt pretty meh about this cup. I’m thinking it’d be much better iced, but I think this one is going in the swap pile so I can pass it along to someone who’ll love it more than me.
This is a decent Darjeeling. Lots of fruity notes and some sweetness. A few sips even reminded me of Fruit Loops cereal which was strange. As the tea cools the muscatel flavor comes to the front which is nice, but there is also something just hinting at bitterness at the end of the sip. I did a four minute steep for this cup. Next time I’ll shorten it by 30 seconds to see if that helps.
This isn’t my favorite Darjeeling, but it is a nice one. I’m glad I have more of it so I can play around some and try to find its sweet spot.
Travelling Tea Box C
Since I had Butiki’s With Open Eyes this afternoon, I decided to have this tea to compare since they both have strawberry and ginger. With Open Eyes is like a butterscotch covered strawberry, while this tea is like those strawberry hard candies that everyone’s grandmother seems to have in their candy dish. I liked both, but in different ways. I would have with Open Eyes when I’m looking for something more sophisticated and layered. I would. Have Fusion’s version if I was in the mood for something sugary-sweet. I really appreciate that both have an amazing fresh strawberry taste. Good stuff!
Travelling Tea Box C
So I’ve only been lurking occasionally on Steepster for the last couple of months due to many reasons, but trying to buy less tea being one of them. Getting the tea box is a good reason to start logging consistently again.
The scent of the dryleaf is quite yummy! In fact, so yummy I needed to make more for members of my family and I finished up the little bit that was left in the packet. The grapefruit really shines here.
The taste is more balanced between the grapefruit and orange- a really nice, bright, juicy citrus The lemon grass is also really strong- maybe just a tad too strong for me, but not enough to turn me off of the tea. It’s a very nice tea to enjoy on this chilly evening.
So I got a bunch of samples from Fusion Teas and so far I have been on the fence about most of them, but I tried this one this morning and I really like it! I am usually not a huge strawberry fan, but this is balanced perfectly for my tastes. Eventually I am going to get around to getting a big bag of this! Love!
Seemed a no brainer to try a sample of this—I love bergamot, I’ve come around majorly lately on rose in tea, and I’ve learned that a lot of things I don’t think work well with black bases are scrumptious with green ones. The dry and steeping scent of this does not disappoint! It is surprisingly creamy vanilla, and that goes so, so well with roses and rhubarb (reminds me of Nigella Lawson-esque late winter rhubarb syllabub cream desserts). Yum. The flavor isn’t quite as decadent—the green base, while not a negative, doesn’t contribute much in my opinion and does leave a sandpapery dryness to the tongue over time. That said I really enjoyed this. The bergamot is extremely faint to me; it lingers at the end very lightly, giving some citrus brightness with a floral edge that melds softly instead of causing abrupt zestiness.
Oh man I’m a bit biased with this one because it has a TON of the elements in tea I just happened to be craving this minute. Peach, Darjeeling, and chai! What!?! This one was perfect for this second… the ingredients just LOOK delicious as well. I steeped this cup a few minutes after boiling for three minutes. The flavor is lovely. The black tea base I would say is more Ceylon than Darjeeling (it’s supposed to be both). I was hoping for more Darjeeling notes, since Ceylon isn’t my favorite and I already had one of those today. But the spices are lovely… a bit cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Hints of sweet peach! I think there should have been more cinnamon… it could have tasted like peach cobbler! I just love the idea of a peachy spicy Darjeeling and though this wasn’t exactly as I envisioned, it certainly is delicious anyway. The second cup was nice as well.
From Travelling Tea Box C – This one did not leave a big impression on me. I don’t recall any particular flavor and it didn’t leave me wanting more as most of my samples from Fusion Tea did. I love herbals, so I don’t know if this one fell flat or got overlooked and under-remembered after my samplings.
I was hoping this one would be more magical than it was. I LOVE Fusion’s other yerba mate blends. This one sounded awesome. I waited around 40 minutes for this one to cool (even though it was a roasted mate?) and steeped a few minutes. The flavor isn’t very strong. I can definitely taste the rooibos.. over the other ingredients, I have no idea how. Coconut and chocolate should be more noticeable with the subtle BBQ roasty mate flavor. I thought it was because of the steep temp, but right after boiling doesn’t taste must stronger. Maybe I didn’t use enough leaves. Maybe lose the rooibos and go with more of the other ingredients. I’ll try this one again at some point.
Oh I do like this one! It is my first mate tea ever too… That’s probably not good since it means I don’t know what the base mate tastes like. I feel like it will always be associated with pumpkin flavor for me from now on. This tea is creamy and yummy. A wonderful pick-me-up with a dessert quality to it.
This is a lovely oolong.
The dry leaves are pretty. Tightly rolled tea leaves and adorable rose buds. The dry leaves smell strongly of lemon. The floral scent form the rose is there, but it’s barely detectable.
Once infused the floral scent becomes much more prominent. Really nice. The taste is a mix of lemon and floral – not rose necessarily – with an almost buttery flavor from the oolong. I’m not getting any ginger, but to be honest I’m glad. I think the ginger would detract from the tea. It’s so delicate, light, and flavorful.
For the second infusion I added some sugar to my cup, and it tasted just like my great grandmother’s lemonade. She would add rose water to her lemonade right before serving it, and to this day it is the best lemonade I’ve ever had. The sugar heightens both the lemon and rose flavor, but it does hide the flavor of the oolong. Still, as a summertime treat I think this would be spectacular iced.
I’m already wishing I had bought more than a sample size of this one. It’s a keeper.
From Travelling Tea Box C. Just a quick note of my impressions-
An interesting combination to say the least, but it was pretty darn good. The smell in the bag and in the cup was very lime like. I could taste the pistachio just a tad. This was my first time having green rooibos and I think I could tell the difference.
I got this out of the Travelling Tea Box C.
I like white teas, but I don’t often buy them. I find them easier to drink because I don’t have to wait as long for them to cool. The flavors are subtle here. I didn’t get an amazing hit of raspberry or champagne, but each did its job and blended well with the white tea.
If you get this tea box, it’s worth sampling.
Sipped this today while cooking a pecan pie for my Dad’s birthday.
Steep #1 // 3 -4 min // RIGHT after boiling
The leaves are mostly black with hints of gold. It’s an odd Yunnan… it doesn’t really taste like other yunnans. Not very chocolatey or malty. It has a peppery fragrance and taste, which I know Yunnan is supposed to have but rarely does. It isn’t particularly a tough tea. The flavor is more light than dark.. a bit fruity. Chewy without being astringent. Not really any molasses. It’s tough to describe! I was craving a chocolate Yunnan today, but this one isn’t terrible. I guess I should just drink what I know tastes like a chocolate Yunnan when I happen to be craving it, right? Save the unknowns for another time. I like that this is different than anything else I have though. The closest tea I’ve tried would be one of Adagio’s yunnans (either ‘Gold’ or ‘Jig’… I can’t remember which right now.)
Steep #2 // just boiled // went for 7+ minutes
I oversteeped this but it doesn’t taste oversteeped. It isn’t very strong.. but it isn’t very special either. Ah well. I’d give Fusion the award for most imaginative blends anyway… I wouldn’t mind if they focused on their blends!
I haven’t had a lot of luck with fruit flavored black teas (aside from Earl Grey variations), but this was pretty good. As someone else commented, Ceylon tea is a bit mellow so maybe that’s why this works with the fruit flavorings. Not as much zing as a herbal tea, but satisfying when you need a little pep from a black tea.
This was from Travelling Tea Box C and was added by Chuckieroy.
This was the first tea I tried from Travelling Tea Box C. I love herbals and this did not disappoint. The orange is slightly more powerful than the grapefruit, but they go well together. The smell is heavenly. It’s one of those teas you taste and say, “Ahhh… wonderful” Thanks to Chuckieroy for putting it in the box.