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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.
Additional notes: Sample sipdown! Many teaspoons went into this cup, after I picked out the hibiscus (not much here actually), and a bit of sugar. I’m not sure WHICH berries these are, since there are a few in the ingredients list.. the tiny dark ones, but this cup is like a berry juice. The cup color is VERY dark. So good and the perfect amount of tart! This sample was old but tasted just as good as I remembered. This is just the perfect fruit blend. I wish I had ordered a couple more fruit samples with my order. The rating stands. I shall miss it!
Additional notes: Sip down! Yes, I overleafed (I don’t even know how many teaspoons). But I have to sip down some of these things. I’m still amazed with the ingredients in this lovely. I just could have done without the hibiscus. I even tried to pull most of it out before going in the infuser. Sadly, the flavor is still mostly hibiscus. I miss the creamsicle flavor I noticed last time, and the dry leaf fragrance. It has so much here… why does it still need the hibiscus? It would be such a nice herbal without it.
Also! I looked up the actual winter solstice and it is December 21st! (I guess I do not normally need to know when it is, but it means longer days and I am wishing for a vacation that will never happen… at least the sun will stay up longer… not necessarily ever out from behind the clouds though.)
This week has been kind of crazy for me. It started Sunday which I spent writing a paper that continued on throughout the night and took me until 8 pm Monday to finish. This was my first all-nighter of the week.
Tuesday, I slept in because I woke up early and felt so sick, I doubted anything would get finished. Luckily, I woke up at noon feeling fine and then proceeded to study until 6 am. The plan was to sleep in Wednesday but at 9 am I woke up and could not turn my brain off long enough to fall asleep.
Wednesday meant more studying and at 6 pm I started my last final. Three hours later, good or bad, the semester was over. I returned home to a meal prepared by my roommate and I hung out with her and her family (they are visiting for the holidays). Then at midnight, I started packing for Florida and cleaning my room so when I returned home, all would be nice and organized.
I arrived at the airport at 3 am (after some major issues due to unclear detour routes) and at 6 am I got on my flight. Unfortunately, the plane left an hour late and was so incredibly uncomfortable that I could not sleep a bit so I sat as the minutes slowly ticked on. The end result was getting to see my mom though so that is worth it.
Anyways, since arriving in Florida, I came home to the condo and dropped off my suitcase then went to a farmer’s market to buy produce and Publix to buy everything else. My mom and I brought the groceries back and then had to look up an address for Jenny Craig so I could go get my food. The Jenny Craig was close to The Spice and Tea Exchange so, of course, I had to drop in there. I left empty-handed, not really impressed by any of their teas but ended up in a store called “Sur la Table” because apparently despite leaving Montreal, I am still drawn to the French. There I picked up a Finum Brewing basket and a leaf tea infuser.
After getting home from running all our errands, I promptly started the kettle and put my infusers to work. I threw this tea from Veronica into the leaf infuser and Vanilla Orchid Oolong in the basket. Remembering that I felt this tea was a bit watered down in flavor, I dumped the whole 2 tsps I had left. Unfortunately, that has done very little to enhance the cinnamon for me. Instead it amplified the taste of the black tea which is emphasizing the bread-y notes and almost drowning out the cinnamon flavor. Consequently, I think this tea and I just are not a match and so now that it is gone it will most likely be forgotten. However, thank you Veronica for helping me mark this one off my shopping list.
This is one of the teas that Veronica shared with me and I was very excited to try it. This would be my first fusion tea ever and with a name like “Cinnamon Roll”, I thought what could be bad? The answer is nothing is bad per se. I am definitely getting thick bread-y notes so they got the “roll” part down. There is also a sweetness that could be icing. However, when it comes to the “cinnamon”, I am finding that I am a bit underwhelmed. It is really lacking the bold and gooey cinnamon flavor of a real cinnamon bun which is leaving me quite disappointed. You never know unless you try, so thank you Veronica for letting me try this tea. I have enough for one more cup so hopefully I can bring the cinnamon out.
“Very velvet. So wow.” – Doge
Umm, sorry. I think.
This one is from Veronica. I opened the package and smelled pineapple and strawberries, and decided to try this one first.
It’s like candy, or some amazing fresh juice. The flavour is a little over the top, but it’s so good. I’m doing small volumes, and drinking from a lovely tea cup. There’s so much strawberry in this, and the oolong is also intensely floral. I don’t know what to say about it, really.
I quite like it, and would consider picking some up.
I just acquired two teas named Cinnamon Roll. This one and a free sample with my Della Terra order. I will try the other soon! This one is EXACLTY how I wanted it to taste… an unassuming black tea that doesn’t detract from the lovely sweet and spicy cinnamon (plenty of pieces of cinnamon in the blend!), while also having a flavor here that IS like a cinnamon roll. The only thing is, I would have wanted a black tea base that is very bready like… it can be done! Maybe I’ll mix some of this with a bready tea I have. If I did a blind taste test and had to name this one myself, I would have also called it Cinnamon Roll! When the cup cools, it has even more of that flavor. I’m so glad it tastes like I wanted it to! Not the best tea ever, but that it met my expectations, it gets a higher rating.
I like this tea, but I find myself wanting more from it. There is the a light note of pineapple and something else… I’m thinking it’s the mango… which is nice, but it’s almost too subtle. I can’t taste the base tea at all. To be fair, I did a two minute steep which was the shortest recommended time on the package. Next time I’ll start with a three minute steep and go from there. Also, adding sugar to my cup really boosted the fruity flavors, but the base tea still could not be tasted.
I think this one has promise. I ended up sending quite a bit of this out in swaps, but there’s still plenty to play with. I might even try making an iced tea out of it just for fun.
I think I’m gonna hang in the towel after this one and just drink favorites for the rest of the night. Nothing new is tasting great to me, and I think it might be me today, not the tea.
This is tangy-orange more than sweet-orange, though it does have a creamy softness to it (not over-the-top, lightly so). It’s ok but I need to find my “screaming straight-up creamy sweet kiddie creamsicle” tea at some point. They’re all either too bright/zesty or too refined/soft to sate that particular craving. Hm.