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In the can, I smell spearmint and chamomile.
Upon steeping, chamomile is still the strongest thing I taste, with darker notes of the spearmint and tiny bits of the apple with a sour, granny smith peel type taste. The longer it steeps, the more I can taste the apple,and the sweeter it becomes. However, once it passes the five minute mark (as I have steeped it in the past) it starts to turn bitter and have the “old sock” taste some people say Valerian has.
This is an excellent tea for calming the nerves, even if the taste isn’t exactly the most pleasant. It certainly is not unpleasant but it does taste slightly medicinal, mostly due to the slightly bitter aftertaste.
This is a really pretty blend, one of the prettier dry leaf tisanes I’ve seen. I like that there’s no hibiscus in it. Any tea company that chooses NOT to use hibiscus in their tisanes gets big bonus points from me.
But it does have chamomile. OH well… I’d rather drink chamomile than hibiscus any day of the week. I also like that this has tulsi, because I’ve grown fond of the herb.
I don’t know that I taste jujubes with this tisane, but that’s OK because I’m not a fan of jujubes anyway. I like that I taste floral notes, fruit notes, and minty/peppery/herbaceous notes.
It’s alright … not my favorite blend from Indie, but it’s certainly drinkable.
Indie Tea is one of my favorite tea purveyors because they offer some very unique blends in a very fun format – the packaging is fun and the names of the teas are fun! It’s just a fun company!
A yummy tropical blend. I’m glad that the hibiscus was not overdone, in fact, the only place I really noticed it’s presence was in the color of the tea which brewed up to a very pale pink. (VERY pale!)
The mango and coconut do not overpower the white tea (and neither does the hibiscus.) Everything is soft and in keeping with the delicateness of the white tea. A soft, earthy quality and a hay-like vegetation, with notes of coconut and mango. Really tasty!
I really like the combination of dates and Se Chung Oolong. The Oolong has a sweet, slightly toasted flavor that melds with the date flavor in a really delicious way. Sweet, slightly smoky, a little bit nutty … really good!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/05/12/ball-and-chain-oolong-blend-tea-from-indie-tea/
Amount: entire sample ~6tsp
Water: 1000ml at 175°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: coconut, papaya, tropical
Steeped Tea Smell: floral, vegetal, soft
Flavor: tart hibiscus start, then a fruity coconut, with a vegetal finish
Aftertaste: light pleasant floral
Liquor: translucent light orange
it bring to mind hay, flowers, with a twinge of tropical
fun white that has flavor but isn’t overpowered by the flavors.
I am so glad I got this in my Amoda Tea monthly box.
Rating: 3/4 leaves
Received this tea for my birthday and decided I’d have it with breakfast. The aroma of the dry leaf is very sweet. The flavor is nice. The oolong in this blend is nutty and dark. It has a bit of a roasted flavor. The dates lend a bit of sweetness. I really like this one.
Also not super impressed… I can taste too much of the gag-worthy chamomile flavour that I quite dislike in this one. I’ve found that I can actually tolerate it in most loose leaf blends, but for some reason, it’s really not working here. However, this was probably the best of the three teas that I did try, as there were other flavours going on as well. I’ll have to write a better tasting note next time though, as I no longer remember all my thoughts on it.
Hmm, perhaps I understeeped this one. In spite of the big pieces of mango and coconut, I didn’t get much beyond a general hay-flavour of the white tea, which wasn’t as tasty as I was hoping either. I’ll give it another shot, but currently not too impressed… and I had high hopes for this one!
ETA: :( Second infusion primarily tastes like hibiscus, though it’s quite a tame level of it. I remain disappointed.
Unfortunately, not impressed with this tea :( The lavender is very overwhelming, and becomes more potent when iced. I do think that this might be improved by adding sweetener, however, or perhaps some lemon juice to make a lavender lemonade, but I really can’t taste any of the other flavours. Big miss for me, sadly.
ETA: Second infusion = still lavender. Blech.
A really interesting take on the classic Earl Grey. Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending it my way!
The black tea is a brisk yet smooth tea with hints of pepper to it. The bergamot is a softer bergamot, and the additional citrus notes seem to soften the bergamot to produce more of a citrus medley than a distinct bergamot taste.
Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/05/organic-crazy-earl-black-tea-from-indie-tea/
I took one look at this one & decided I probably wouldn’t like, LOL.
I wasn’t even going to try it, but I figure, what the heck?
So, I actually like it :)
Sipdown, 169. A few tea samples into my cupboard from the traveling teabox (which left my possession today), a few teas out that left with the tea box. This was a sample I took out for my evening tea.
This is decidedly fine. The flavors are muted, and it’s just kind of fruity. Not medicinal, thankfully, but not distinctive either. I drank the whole pot, though, so I guess it was tasty enough.
I brewed this as a black tea rather than as a pu-erh, but fortunately it did not come out too earthy. The aroma is more earthy than the flavor. Allow the tea to cool slightly to get the chocolate, cherry and chili notes to emerge. It’s really an interesting and tasty blend. Nice.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/02/09/mad-tea-party-from-indie-tea/
Just had a triple shot of this – LOTS of loose leaf at less time – just for kicks! Hearty but good! See other notes!
Another one from the traveling tea box. Thanks! Maybe something is off with my taste buds today, but I wasn’t getting anything at all here. It certainly tastes like rooibos to me. But it had a flavor that kind of reminds me of plastic grocery store bags… which sounds terrible but isn’t.. maybe edible grocery store bags? I’m sad I wasn’t finding any apricot or vanilla. I love red rooibos but green rooibos, not so much for some reason. Maybe that’s the culprit. This is funny but TeaEqualsBliss included this in the teabox and her Adagio custom blend that she sent me a while back that has rooibos apricot & vanilla is much much tastier! It’s funny that this one reminded me of that one!
I’ve been drinking more and more of this! Almost gone…WOW…a nicely flavored pu-erh! Yesterday’s cuppa was even a little spicy! Backlogging…see other notes!
I’m barreling thru this one way too fast. See other notes
So this is my first pu-erh~
I didn’t really get a sweet taste like I thought it was going to be. Not that its a bad thing I just was expecting a chocolately land of wonder. lol
It’s very smooth and has a small gently sweetness to it.
It smells nice like chocolate but with the pu-erh coming through more.
It leaves anice taste in your mouth afterwards. I feel as though this would go well with any vanilla or chocolate sweets. Drinking this makes me want to have some snickerdoodles for some reason!
The cherry does come through. I was hopping for more of a kick from the chile peppers though, I don’t really taste them come through.
This tea is very good though I’d buy it again and serve it with some tasty treats though.
As you rink it more it gets sweeter which is fun. It’s a good buy. :]
*To taste the chocolate more softly smack your tounge against the roof of your mouth (with it open)
-NOTE: Since you don’t get th same flavour everytime with this tea (because you don’t get the same amount of chocolate with every cup) you could add some more vegan chocolate to it.
With a name like this – how can I not try it?
PLUS it’s a ChariTEA!
I was a little hesitant that it was going to be too tart because of the hibiscus but Indie Tea does the dreaded “H” right! It does a ‘body good’ I guess! It all works well! I’m very grateful for that! It’s slightly tart but two types of tart – one from the Hibiscus and the other from the Cran…they are different but good…almost a yin and a yang of sorts.
I think the peppercorns help it along as well. They are NOT overpowering but are a nice, subtle addition. And the honkin’ huge rose in there is a nice touch! This is just lovely!
Started by day with this again :)
I had this one Friday and REALLY liked it. I wasn’t thinking I would like it all that much because of the herbal combo but paired with the white tea base and how it all jived this is a dandy flavored white herbal tea! The Goji Berries are perfect with everything else, too!
Backlogging 3 cups from earlier today…this is DANDY!
I’m having a cup of this now – double shot! Also sending some to SIL :)
I was interested in trying this one because of the Mint and Lemon Verbena! But I was also curious because of the other ingredients and the NAME. One of the many reasons I LOVE Indie Tea!!!! The Names, the Product Descriptions, the Art! It’s all really wonderful! Organic and Vegan ingredients are a plus, too!
Gotu Kola – I have had before but wanted to learn more about it so I did by reading this link
I wasn’t as familiar with Brahmi so I looked that up, too!
All of these ingredients serve a purpose – or more than one purpose – and all make sense in this blend of herbals. WHO’S the SMARTY PANTS, now, Indie Tea!? Nicely done, btw! This Herbal Tisane Flavor is VERY pleasing. In addition to the Lemon/Mint Combo there is a bit of ginger shining thru as well as Tulsi! Very nice!
This tisane shines bright!