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This is another old sample of unknown origin. It’s a really solid blend, but I think my interest in smoky teas has wanted since I requested this sample. Fortunately the smoke isn’t too overpowering; there’s a lot of earth and malt and cocoa and maybe even a hint of sweetness. It reminds me a bit of a smokier Keemun. I’m enjoying this cup, but at this point it’s not a blend I’m likely to restock. Maybe someday my tastes will swing back to the (mildly) smoky, though, and if they do I may give it another go.
Just delicious, it’s easy for me to drink a whole pot of this tea in one sitting (and I’m overly sensitive to caffeine). I don’t like black tea much but this is one of my favorites, by far.
Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Smooth, Vanilla
This is my second session with this tea and I’m still not sure how to rate it.
The smell of the dried leaves is amazing. Brewed not as much, though still not bad. The flavor is also not bad, but also isn’t anything that makes me think, “ooohh, I want some more of that”.
I’ve never been a fan of greens. Its quite possible it may be the reason why I don’t love this.
Oooo! This one was a surprise, because for some reason the name made me think it was going to be an unflavoured black tea blend. Ost sent me a bunch of sachets to try, so I tossed one in a mug, poured on boiling water, came back 3min later and was like “whoa… definitly not unflavoured”. :) Then I sipped and sniffed for a while, trying to guess the flavour. I definitely got a citrus flavour, thought it was bergamot or lemon. And then I was pretty sure there was a creamy vanilla sweetness in there. But it didn’t taste like just a cream earl grey, there were some other berry/fruit notes in there as well. Now that I’ve read the description, I definitely get the “preserves” essence that they describe. The base tea is rich and sweet and complements the flavour very well. This is really yummy, I’m happy to have more sachets for later. :)
I’ve had this sample for a while, but decided to do a sipdown after work today. I wanted a break from Pu-erh, so I figured a White tea would be the way to go. I tried it out in the new Gaiwan, which I find suitable for drinking tea. I enjoy my Yixing, but I am trying to use that solely for Pu-erh (Ripe Pu-erh, mostly).
Anyway, I really like the Mutan White from H&S. It’s light, refreshing, and after a few steeps, has a smooth hay-esq flavor. It almost reminds me of a Green tea by the color of the brew after the fourth steep, but still remains true to that White tea flavor (light, hay-esq, smooth, etc.). The mouth-feel isn’t dry at all, and the tea really opens up within the mouth, as well as the throat. I could drink this daily, if I had more; this was just a sample. However, when I decide to go all out with the tea purchase (I depleted the “tea fund”), I might grab a little more than a sample.
PS. I’m still drinking this tea after 8 brews (and one rinse), so it definitely is a nice tea to have a long session with. My wife mentioned that it isn’t as “heavy” as other teas I tend to drink, so it’s nice as a “before or after dinner tea…Without getting that full feeling afterward.”
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this! Despite Paris’s reputation, I was a little bit put off by the aroma, which, after I opened the tin, reminded me a lot of perfume. The taste, however, is radically different, with all of the tea’s notes working together remarkably to create a very smooth, satisfying blend that fills your mouth with flavor. Silkier and more accessible than your standard hearty black tea. I’m not sure that I can pinpoint what specific fruits the tea reminds me of. It’s just a very colorful taste. I may stick to satchets rather than loose leaves; I love the packaging, and the convenience of satchets is a nice change of pace.
Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Smooth
Thanks for another in the sale, Ost! I was hoping for the exact scent of Paris with this one, but it sadly isn’t quite. Regardless, this might not be the freshest example of this tea. I’m not sure how old it is, but it IS stored well in a tin. But that might become the problem with any tea (age, storage). Even an unflavored tea ages in flavor. I guess any tea review on Steepster might be a little unfair unless the tea is the freshest it can possibly be. And I guess I worry about that a lot, especially if my tasting note is one of the only tasting notes for a tea. ANYWAY, this isn’t a bad tea, but it certainly isn’t at the amazing flavor levels of Paris Black. It is great rooibos base though: full in flavor without throat scratchiness, deep in color. And the rooibos pairs well with the slight berry flavor. I almost want to steep up the Paris Black anyway though. This one is making me crave that one more.
Warning, Earl Gray is not usually my thing, but I received a free sample of this so thought I would give it a try.
First off, I got distracted this morning and ended up over steeping this about an extra 3 minutes. It is a little overly strong, but not bitter, which is a plus.
As for flavors, not much I can say. Its bergamot. Not only powerful like in some, but its a flavor I’m pretty sensitive to, and since I don’t like it . . .
I can’t really taste any other flavors or smell any other aromas.
I’m not going to rate this tea as I knew going in that I was unlikely to like it.
This tea has such a beautiful fruity, juicy blackcurrant and floral scent. A black tea blend I actually like. Drinking this with milk it has a great velvety mouthfeel (maybe it’s from the milk but I’m loving it.)
PS: It’s always thrilling when I guess the flavours correctly. Seems like there really is a strong blackcurrant note in this tea according to other Steepsterites. It smells so much like Ribena (wonderful childhood syrup drink) to me.
Flavors: Black Currant
My wife wanted a fruity tea for Christmas, so I purchased a 4 oz. tin of this for her to try. I’m just now having a cup for myself, since she rarely discloses any information about the tea (I think it’s her way of telling me to try it myself. Ha-ha).
It’s good. I like the idea of a blueberry tea, but it’s a rare occasion that I find one that I can drink consistently. This is good, but there’s something about it that doesn’t have me reaching for another cup. My wife loves it. My friends love it. I’m just not too big into fruity teas lately. My pallet is becoming a tea purist—some may call it pretension.
Anyway, I think I could drink this as an iced tea, but as a hot tea, not so much. As I said, it’s good, but I’d prefer sipping on a cup of something different and less fruity.
The flavor of the tea reminds me of a Dragonwell, with an aftertaste of blueberry. However, the blueberry is slightly lingering in the mouth. Smelling the dry leaf, you’d expect there to be more than I’m tasting; it’s more of an afterthought than the leading flavor. Perhaps if I added a tiny bit of sugar, that blueberry would come out stronger.
I’ll try it iced when the days get warmer and review it again then.
Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Grapes
As others have noted, there is a leathery flavor to this tea, but it’s not overpowering. It kind of reminds me of Teavivre’s Fengqing Dragon Pearls, though this is not nearly as strong or nuanced as the pearls. It’s like their mild second cousin. Overall an interesting blend and I’m happy to finish off the sample, but I don’t think I need to stock this.
This was my go-to tea when I was in high school over a decade ago, when I used to go to Barnes & Noble and read books and sip tea. The taste of it reminds me of burning my tongue on the inappropriately hot water but overall, this is a solid tea. The coconut flavor with the green tea is a winner with me. Doesn’t need any honey but the sweetness can bring the flavor out a bit. Try as a cold tea as well.
Flavors: Coconut, Tropical
All the good things that have already been said about this tea are true: cassis vanilla deliciousness.
Thank you, Sil. I was just waiting for the right moment, ie. when I had some tastebuds to work with and when I wasn’t flinging myself out the door in a mad dash.
Flavors: Black Currant, Vanilla