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Rose. A Rose is a ROSE is a Rose…or is it? I can’t help but think of Teavana’s Rose Marzipan Delight that I fell in love with a few months ago and then found out it was discontinued. Some Rose Teas I have had seem really bitter so when I feel in love with Teavana’s it was because they had that little bit of candied goodness to off set the bitterness. Well, take out the Candied goodness and THIS is what you have. Not that THAT is a bad thing. This tea is actually quite good. It’s not bitter and the black tea and rose compliment each other very nicely. Thumbs up!
The first Coconut Pouchong I tried was from SerendipiTea and LOVED it. When I received this sample from Golden Moon in the mail today I was excited to try it. I am just finishing the steeping process as I type this. Dry leaves smelled nearly identical to those of the other brand I tried…almost pastry or cookie like. Very nice. However, as this steeps it loses a lot of that scent. It changes to a green tea with a hint of coconut scent. First sip was a great enjoyment. 2nd sip…just as pleasant. The scent and taste together remind me of just-rubbed-on Coconut Suntan Lotion smell. It’s very light in color…next to no color, really. The taste is very even and smooth and brothy. It’s not overly coconut and not overly green tea to taste…everything just seems right together!
I received this as a free sample from Golden Moon today. This is the first tea of theirs I have ever tried. It has a wonderful aroma as you open the envelop. Different than other Earl Grey I have had from other companies. I really believe it’s the Lavender addition. It’s a nice touch and calms down the bergamot. The coloring of the steeped tea is lighter in color than other Earl Greys I have tried. I like the fact that it’s a little different than other brands since Earl Grey has been done by just about everyone and their brother…so for that…I will give it a thumbs up. I will be drinking again…
Basically I’ve been living on Sinharaja. It provides me a warm, comforting cup of tea that says, “It’ll be ok. The words will come” as I work through NaNo. It’s not that I don’t want to drink other teas. It’s that this one is easy on the tongue and easy on the mind. I don’t have to worry about temperatures or time and that leaves my mind available for writing.
This week has been killing me not-so-softly so I haven’t had time to get on here and do…anything. BUT, I just got a package from Carolyn today packed with tea and OF COURSE I had to make some straight away.
I let this sit for 4 minutes on the first steep, and even though it definitely didn’t make it strong enough for me, I know that I’m going to love this tea. Firstly, the coloring on this tea is absolutely gorgeous, but that’s definitely not all it has going for it. It smelled distinctly of honey, and what surprised me more was that it TASTED of honey. And beyond that I got caramel and a natural kind of sweetness. There’s a complexity to this tea, and it’s rich and smooth and positively, like the name implies, sinful. I drank this first cup pretty slowly, and I can say with some certainty that I like this a lot better on the hot/warm end of the spectrum than on the cooler side, but that’s par for the course for me with black teas.
I’ve got a resteep that I let go for 5 minutes that I’m waiting not-so-patiently to cool. I’m tremendously excited to continue playing around with this tea, and to see what else Carolyn decided to pack away for me. If this is any indication of what she decided to send, it’s probably not just my imagination that hears my bank account whimpering.
I have to get back to this pile of crap I have to finish, but either things are going to calm down soon and I can start catching up with reviews, or I am going to asplode. FUN! In the meantime, I’ve got some likely awesome teas to peruse. [Thanks Carolyn!!!] ACTUAL FUN!
Oversteeped on purpose to get the strong kick-in-the-pants wake-up power. Today is the start of NaNo and I am definitely feeling as if I want to do nothing except make a blanket cave in my bed and hide in it. Sinharaja is always good, though. I feel marginally less like blanket-caving.
My giant half pound bag of Sinharaja arrived. When I saw it I feared I’d made a terrible mistake. What if I’d been overly optimistic about the tea? A few sips dispelled that. It is still smooth, sweet, and delicious. If aliens came and took every other tea, I could be content drinking nothing but this. Mmmm!
The sweet, hypnotic scent of roses rises from this very pretty tea decorated with rose petals. At a 3:30 minute steep it brews up black and produces a sweet rose-flavored brew. The taste is reminiscent of fine halavah made with rose water. The tea blends well with the rose flavor but its taste is not very prominent.I bought a canister of this after trying the sample and I’m glad I did. However, it is not an everyday tea. It is something that demands quiet sipping time and space.
When I first tried this tea I thought I liked it and I ordered a canister of it. Since getting the canister I’ve found that I don’t like it as much as I thought. It may be that I am over-steeping it but it has a strange taste to me.
Typically I like green teas, white teas, yellow teas, and black teas but haven’t much cared for oolongs. On the other hand, I love Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong tea, which is also an Oolong. So I’m not certain what is up with me.
Fortunately, I have more of the Sugar Caramel Oolong and can experiment with steep times and temperatures.
It was a very hard day and night yesterday and I’m still shaky. So I’m having the Pu-Erh Chai, which is a very serious tea that speaks to me of being grounded on Earth and not burning up in flames of anger or fear.
This is the first Pu-Erh I’ve had that I truly do like. Mixing it with black tea and chai spices was inspired, I think. The earthiness of the Pu-Erh, which has a muskiness in this blend, is sweetened by the tea and spices. The Pu-Erh taste that is so upsetting to my senses when I drink it plain is moderated. The chai spices which can sometimes overwhelm the tea are damped down as well. It is a happy blend that makes all the parts better.