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Thanks to the Overboard TTB that I’m getting to taste this one.
I hardly ever get to taste any H&S teas, although not that many really catch my attention, I did really like the Christmas tea I got this year. Anyways, I figured that the name was a play on the work Carribean. Guava is a eastern tropical fruit though, so maybe the theme was just ‘tropical’.
There were no brewing directions on the sachet (and I was too lazy to look them up), so I brewed the sachet in a mug 175*F for 4 minute, the low temp because it’s a green/black blend, and that’s what my zojirushi is set to. This didn’t taste much like anything really and the smell was just OK. Eh. I guess it could do in a pinch, it didn’t taste bad, but I literally can’t remember much about it at all, and I drank it less than a half hr ago. I would finish the mug, but I wouldn’t buy it, I won’t even bother rebrewing the bag.
I’ve been drinking Teavana’s Golden Monkey for years, so I recently decided to try some other brands. This was the first on the list.
The color is a medium brown. “Nutty” best describes the scent and flavor. There’s a little bit of “malty” in there, too. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any chocolate or honey, which I was expecting. This tea is neither light nor bold, it’s right down the middle.
This tea is not nearly as bold as Teavana’s, and frankly I enjoy a nice, bold black tea. I tried steeping more tea, hotter, and longer, but couldn’t match the bold flavorfulness of Teavana’s. I still recommend this tea, but I will personally be sticking with Teavana’s version.
This is an excellent oolong. Very floral scent, with a hint of sweetness. The flavor is very smooth and buttery, but oddly lacks the floral qualities of the scent.
A satisfying tea to enjoy on its own, or paired with a good book or conversation. I would have rated it a bit higher if the floral scent carried over to the taste.
Had this earlier in the week! Great tea. A nice mix of chocolate and peppermint :) Reminded me a bit of the Jack Frost blend from Adagio (Cara McGee), but this was a bit more robust with the chocolate, and less cream.
Great tea! But sad that I kinda left it in my timolino for so long and now it smells like this tea :(
This is another sample from the swap with Zack. Thank you!
I wasn’t expecting much out of this one, but this is why I keep trying teas. You find little gems you would have never thought you would have liked. When I opened the pouch the smell to me was very off putting, but when steeped this turned into a really good cup and I could see this being the perfect iced tea in the summer. It has a good black base mixed with a great flavor of apricot. In my cup the scent from the bag is not overpowering the drink, but blends well with the base to create a true to apricot flavor that is just perfect.
This is another sample from the swap with Zach. Thanks!
Yum! I ordered a tin of the sachets of the HT English Breakfast. If I would have known about this loose leaf before I ordered I think I would have just gotten a tin of this. This is a nice breakfast blend! It brews up very dark in color, almost to the point of scary me into not drinking it. It is a robust flavor with hints of bitterness, but just the right kind. It is still smooth, and slightly fruity. This tea would take milk really well if you are into that sorta thing. This will go on the wish list. Now if I only had enough to do a comparison with the HT English Breakfast, or is it the same tea different name? Reading the descriptions they are pretty much similar. Does anyone know?
Yesterday, my Japanese party was canceled on account of the snow. (Not that much, but more than we were expecting.) When I got home, I had this with miso soup and roasted seaweed snacks. It smells nicely green, with some scent of rice cakes/ popcorn. There is a light toasty flavour, with a hint of seaweed. Thanks to cookies for the sample.
This seems to be my winter tea. Had a cup of this one with my breakfast yesterday. There a is a nice nutty scent. The flavor is the usual roasty nut and grain. It is a bit lighter than the last one I had, but good for cold mornings. Thanks to cookies for this sample.
Flavors: Grain, Nutty, Roast nuts
Overboard TTB #13
I got a HUGE dried blueberry in my scoop of this tea which got me super excited… unfortunately once brewed it smells exactly like sweet nerds candy to me which is a little off putting… taste wise its a little chemically and although I get a significant fruit flavor I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was blueberry… or maybe I would but I would say its chemical blueberry.. Afraid this wasn’t a win for me at all… my search for the perfect blueberry tea continues…
I’m uh. Glad I didn’t read the reviews before drinking this or I probably would have been scared off.
I actually really like it.
It tastes like honeysuckle with extra honey. Very delicate, sweet and floral.
I didn’t get any of the weird smell either. To me, it smells a bit like a less potent chamomile.
Probably better suited for a before-bed affair, but it’s working as a soft cup to relax into this afternoon as well.
This is one of those perfectly respectable but also perfectly un-noteworthy teas. I got a small sample of it from H&S — I wanted to get samples of ALL their orange pekoes and have a steep-off but strangely only a few were available in that size? — and though I’m happy to polish it off, I feel no need to order a tin.
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Flavors: Spinach, Vegetal