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I really am a fan of hot cinnamon teas. There is something about them that is just so incredibly cozy and perfect. Usually, the hotter (spicier) they are the better. This tea is definitely a change of pace from that. Instead of being super hot like I expected, it is actually quite sweet. And I really liked it. The cup was full of flavor and that held up resteep after resteep.
The first time I tried this tea I wasn’t very impressed. I must have done something wrong because this time around I’m finding it quite nice. The vanilla is subtle like a ninja you don’t really know it’s there until bam. The aftertaste is what really does it to me. Kinda minty almost.
It’s good hot and cold. I’m honestly not sure of which I prefer more but I think I’m leaning a little more towards the cold because I can taste more vanilla.
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla
Disappointment in my mouth. After trying Lupicia’s Golden Honey Dew tea I’ve set my standards high for honeydew tea and unfortunately I don’t think this one even comes close. I was going to buy a bag. Was so excited. Decided to get a kids size to taste it (cause they don’t do samples) and man am I glad I did. If you like dandelion or very heavy flower tasting tea this is for you.
The first time I tried this tea, I did so as a cold brew because it sounded so promising. That little experiment did not go over so well (see previous tasting note), so I was hesitant to try it again. This time around, I’m trying it hot, and though it is a little better, I still do not think that this is a tea for me. My main problem with it is that it comes off too perfume-y in both the hot and cold brewed versions. In addition, the blood orange flavor is less of a juicy blood orange and more of the rinds. I find this rind trend to be similar in other citrus-y teas, which is kind of frustrating to me because who really eats the rinds of citrus fruits anyway?
When I smelled this tea, I knew I had to try cold brewing it. So I stuck it in the fridge for too long (over 13 hours? oops), and just took a sip of it now. It smells like a juicy orange, but when I take a sip, the blood orange flavor comes out perfume-y for me. I also taste something a bit ginger-like. I’m not a huge fan of ginger, so it didn’t sit quite well with me. I don’t think this is the tea for me, but it was nice to try it out! Thanks to Skysamurai for the sample!
There are a few tropical hints but not enough to overpower the sweet and slightly nutty taste of the basic Rooibos flavor. It only needs to be steep for 5 – 7 minutes and once done it’s very soothing. I’m actually having trouble writing this post because it’s so relaxing. Picture yourself in your favorite place with your preferred drink of choice and you have the flavor of this tea.
I also suggest you try a Rooibos Latte if you ever get the chance. The warm milk froth mixed with the Rooibos froth is absolutely amazing.
Honestly, I don’t fancy the flavor. It doesn’t come off as earthy like most green teas do. It reminds me more of green beans. However it isn’t so bad that it’s going to sit in my cabinet. I’m going to try different steep times and see if that does anything.
Many people, including myself, think of it at first as a green tea. As I looked into the background on good old Wikipedia I found out that it is actually in two classifications and some people only classify it as a post fermented tea. The whole history and information on the tea is quite interesting if you have time to go and read it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu-erh_tea
This is a complex tea. My mouth can’t quite understand that it’s tea and not something to eat. I’m drinking it iced currently but I think it would be quite good hot as well. I’m just amazed at how almondy it is but at the same time it doesn’t overrule the green. It’s taken about half of the cup for me to get used to it but it’s slowly growing more and more on me.
Nothing is more refreshing than a large cup of iced day on a hot day at the junk market. I tasted it with and without honey. Surprisingly I liked it better without the honey. I also think it would have been better without so much ice. The ice watered it down too much. I’m interested to see how it will be when it’s hot. It’s a fruity tea but lightly fruity. The green and the fruit mix well.
This tea reminds me of a tea they would drink at a fancy party or somewhere in a palace. It smells wonderful, like most Jasmine teas do, but with an added depth to it that the green teas don’t have. The flavor is also quite regal and truly creamy! I feel, each time I take a sip, that there must have been cream put in it or something! But there is not! Someone has to try this with cream because I am curious as to whether the texture will change.
I was very curious when I ordered this (the name “icewine” was interesting!) and I was not disappointed with my purchase. It is a flavored black tea, and the flavor is delicate but definitely something so different I noticed right away. It tastes like a cool faint grape, with a tinge of the flavor that a lighter wine carries. It is hard to describe because the flavor seems to morph with every sip I take. Definitely interesting and enjoyable.