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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.
Sipdown! This works really well as a cold brew, too. I brewed for 24 hours (oops?) and strained it tonight and put it in a to-go container for tomorrow.
It’s delicious roasted peaches. Really really interesting tea. I quite like it, and would consider getting more, but I don’t really want 50g. It’s more a once-in-a-while tea for me.
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.