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So I just realized a few days ago that I never reviewed this one on steepster.
This one is a good blend. It is very lightly smokey. There are large, LARGE, chunks of dried fruit in the tea blend. However, they mostly look like cranberries. I don’t get much fruit flavour out of this tea. But the fruit does add a light sweetness to the black blend.I was hoping for a bit more “tart” out of this tea. But it is still a decent blend.
This was my first month of Handmade Tea. I could barely smell and taste the lemon, but I still like this tea. I added a little sugar and I liked the result. I thought this tea had a lovely mild flavor. I’m going to try this as a cold brew later. I may add a little extra lemon and see how that goes.
Edit: I made this as an iced tea, and it’s very good. I used some sweetener and the result was very refreshing. Thumbs up for summer!
This was my first tea from Handmadeteas. I have to say, the presentation of what came in the mail was really nice. There was even a wax seal on the interior envelope (swanky!)
This month’s tea is a black tea mix with glazed lemon peels. I’m drinking a cup now. I’m not really getting lemon from it, but as a tea, it’s nice and strong. I won’t have any issues finishing it up, and I like it enough to stay subscribed.
As a side note, if anyone wants to subscribe please let me know, if I refer you, I get double tea one month. MORE TEA!
This tea was pretty good, but it didn’t wow me. I could taste the autumnal spices, but I didn’t think they were really strong enough. I believe a tea with cinnamon and cloves should have a good, strong flavor. I received this in a tea swap, and maybe it’s just the wrong time to be drinking this, also. I think my mind is in spring-mode!
Thanks to Hapatite for the sample!
This is yummy! It has a light strawberry flavor. I don’t pick up much cocoa, but I like it anyway. I did need to sweeten this with a little rock sugar to enjoy it more. Without sweetener, the strawberry didn’t pop!
Thanks to Hapatite for the sample!
I am kind of mixed about this one. I received it in a swap (Thanks, Hapatite!), and on it’s own, it tasted kind of plain, though I did get a little kick at the end. Then I looked up what it actually was and suddenly, I could taste a little cocoa.
So on the one hand, I feel like I should have been able to taste the flavors without knowing what it was. But maybe some of us just need to know what we are looking for when it comes to flavors!
I do think the peppers could have been a little stronger, but then I adore spicy things. I guess most people don’t want fire breath after drinking their tea!
Thanks for this sample Hepatite! Thanks for giving me enough to put in the Brevile since I have to use enough tea for 2 cups. That is about the only problem with a Breville, it has to make a minimum of 500 ml.
Caleb Brown from Handmade Tea was kind enough to respond to my question about purchasing from Handmade Tea. All I had been able to see on line was their subscription program. :-( But Caleb let me know that now they also have started having a General Store where tea purchases have been made available to us without a subscription. :-D
Thank-you Hapatite for this lovely sample from Handmade Teas. I haven’t had a yerba mate with mint before and I really like it. I don’t taste any berry flavor but that’s okay. I think this would also be a nice cold brew… nice wake up quality and yummy fresh mint. It’s too bad that it’s not readily available.
I have to thank the lovely and generous Hepatite for this tea.
I wasn’t sure about having an autumn tea in the spring but it works well. It reminds me of some chai teas. The spices are well balanced with out any overpowering flavors. I like cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice :-) so I’m a happy girl! The black tea adds a bit of body. I’ve had several similar teas made with rooibos lately but they just don’t have enough body to make it. I have enough for a couple more cups, so yeah!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
This tea is interesting and savory, but I feel like it is all cumin. I’m used to cumin accompanying other things. Like when I use it in sweet potato quesadillas it is carried by the creamy sweetness of the potato, making it much more rounded. I don’t think I like it much on it’s own. It is kind of sharp.
From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2
I like savory teas, and that’s just what this tea is. Apparently I also like fennel in tea. Never in a million years would I have thought that, but I like Verdant’s Holy Basil Spa Blend which has a strong fennel note, and this tea has a lot of fennel in it as well. I also like the anise note that’s present here. It’s noticeable but not overwhelming. I do wish the base tea were stronger. I can’t taste the tea at all which is a shame. I think with a better base tea this would be outstanding.
Not something I’d drink everyday, but I can see myself wanting a tea like this every now and then.
Long, lost forgotten sample from the super kind Lala back from early/mid January when we met up for tea together. I probably only forgot about this because it’s a green blend. Recently rediscovered/remembered it, however, and so I saved the sample and stuck it in the sipdown drawer.
I debated going hot or cold but ultimately cold won out because I knew that would use it up all at once. Maybe cold was the wrong direction though because this cold brew is pretty foul. Maybe it’s the hops or maybe it’s just the green base in general but this tastes like some kind of slimy seaweed coated fruit. I feel like it should be vibrant green and gooey…
However I drank the whole dang 20 oz. of it! I had a very long (10 hours), stressful shift and I wasn’t allowed to leave the store for all of it (for several reasons, but the main one being I was the only member from the management team present so I couldn’t abandon my sole cashier for the day – if she got stuck or needed cash/to void something there would be no one there to do it) so I made due with what I had available to me – even if it was just slimy, seaweed fruit tea.
Sorry Lala – but I just don’t appreciate this blend (even though I more than appreciate your generosity). Happiness is not Hoppiness.
From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2
I was expecting blueberry lemon. I got smokey lemon. At first I thought the tea had been contaminated from sitting in the tea box, but after reading other reviews it looks like the Keemun base of this tea is over ridding most of the fruit flavors. After I accepted that there wasn’t going to be a lot of blueberry action going on in my cup I was able to enjoy this tea for what it was. I do wish I had a lemon to squeeze into my cup, but I settled for a bit of sugar instead.
Tea #37 from Considering a new TTB
Spring is the wrong time of year for me to be drinking floral teas, but I had to try this since I’ve never tried anything from Handmade Tea. I love the combination of Jasmine and Rose, they were well balanced and managed to be floral without reminding me of potpourri. I’m not a huge fan of lemon balm, but it paired well with the floral flavors in the blend. It added a subtle lemon flavor that even as a citrus hater I found enjoyable.
This tea has a very strong flavor that immediately evokes pumpkin pie and Autumn. As I sipped it more and finished the cup, it became a little too sweet and too spiced for my liking. A nice black tea, but nothing extra-ordinary.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
Wow, haven’t touched steepster in a while. Reading through all my old tasting notes makes me really miss writing them though. Looks like steepster’s had an overhaul in the meantime, and it’s looking very nice!
Anyway, I’ve been reaching for this tea several times over the past few days to help soothe an upset stomach. Caffeine seems to only make things worse, and this is one of the few herbals I still have around. It does the job well though; very minty and refreshing without being overly herb-y like straight peppermint tea sometimes is. I don’t know that the mulberries are adding anything to the flavor but they certainly look interesting. I noticed Handmade Tea doesn’t seem to be offering tiny samples of each ingredient with the tea anymore, which is really a shame, I would have loved to steep a few of the mulberries alone to see what role they play in the blend.
Overall though, I am really enjoying this tea while I weather this illness — I won’t be surprised if it’s gone by the time I am well.
I really dislike the black base in this one. It’s finicky. At 100C too bitter to drink, at 90 it’s drinkable, but not enjoyable (at least not for me). 85C and 2.5 minute steep – I’ve lost all the apple which is the only good part of this.
I’ve drank it several times and never found steep parameters that makes this enjoyable. It’s too bad because I think the apple component is really good and I didn’t get any cinnamon – suppose to be, but I’m happy not to have it.
This is a HUGE miss for me.
Made this one iced.
It was ok. The anise was settled down a bit and the fennel was stronger but the flavour was still predominately black licorice. Surprisingly I had to add quite a bit of sugar to sweeten it up.
I initially thought this one would be better iced vs hot but I am not sure. Still need to try it as a cold brew though.
I hadn’t been avoiding this one. But I was in no hurry to try it. It seemed like it would be a chai to me, I don’t mind chai but it is definitely not my go to tea.
After opening the tin up, it smelled strongly of fennel. The brewed tea is very strongly anise (which smells like black licorice). It taste like a moderately bold black tea with sweet black licorice notes. The licorice is not overpowering, which is quite nice. There is definitely no need to add any sweetener to this one as it is fairly sweet on its own. I get a very quick, light salty fennel taste at the beginning of the sip but it is soon covered up by the licorice flavour. I am not getting much other spice out of this tea. There is a light “heat” to the aftertaste. It is definitely not a chai.
Due to the black licorice flavour, I definitely think this one would be better as an iced/cold brew.
Thank you for this one, Dexter3657! This sounded delightful! Very happy you sent it over. I certainly don’t have enough keemuns “the less smoky lapsang”. Plenty of orange (lemon?) peels and two big blueberries in my infuser… that must be why when it’s brewed, the tea itself is very light colored. So I put the infuser back in for a WHILE. At least 10-15 minutes. It didn’t seem to have an affect on the tea itself, but the orange peels certainly got PEELIER. Not really a good thing… it tasted like peels, not orange. I didn’t really taste any blueberry. But I love this sort of keemun – slightly smoky and sweet. I just wish it was a stronger black tea. Maybe I should have used more leaves. A nice idea for a blend though, Handmade!
Thanks for the sample Lala!
I had to add a bit of sugar for the flavour to emerge here. It’s a very mild coconut/kiwi note, but I really do like the base, so I don’t mind at all. A pleasant cuppa, to be sure. I’d consider ordering a small batch for myself one day. Also tried with milk and that was just as lovely. Malty, and well balanced.
Will hold off on rating as I actually drank this cuppa yesterday and my memory is a bit fuzzy on the deets. But going by memory, I think it’d be around 77 or so.