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Well then, now that my tastebuds have gotten used to the dark roast intensity of this particular oolong, as opposed to the light floral oolongs I have been drinking lately, I am very much enjoying the complexities of this one.
In the first and second steeps, plum and prune notes emerge with the slightest bit of ashiness and depth. Lovely.
I am so grateful for the brightness and breeze today and so far, lack of humidity. Glorious, glorious.
It’s going to be a slow day, hopefully slowly and gently accomplishing one or two, or a few even, postponed tasks.
Raising my rating to illustrate my newfound tea joy .
Flavors: Ash, Plums
Ouf! Strong oolong, especially so after all the light and easy floral milk oolongs I’ve been drinking lately. In the first steep, the flavour is almost black tea saved by the hint of oolong in the aftertaste.
Kind of works for me on this day though. Had an intensely flavoured meal in Korean town on this lovely sunny summer day, if you ignore the earlier humidity. A frisky tea is a good way to follow up.
To be continued tomorrow.
This was a tea suggestion from Bear With Me. Unlike Sil, I enjoy my citruses and florals. Mm, delicious florals.
I viewed this a more cutting kind of earl grey, and I had a good time with it. The jasmine nor the bergamot curdled the milk with their liveliness, which is always nice. Definitely a sharp, bright wake-me-up tea though. I’d add it to the mental spa category of teas.
Flavors: Bergamot, Jasmine
I love mango fruits and desserts but I have yet to encounter a a mango tea that I’ve fallen in love with. While this isn’t a bad fruity rooibos it didn’t do it for me either.
There is a good dose of mango and papaya present. Pineapple is a listed ingredient but I didn’t pick up on that as much. Not bad, but moving on.
sample from omgsrsly thankfully i have a bunch of herbal samples from people. This one isn’t half bad. It’s not terribly “woodsy” in the rooibos department, and there’s enough of a sweetness to this one to let the fruit notes sort of come through . no floral notes here either, in spite of the rose petals :)
I picked up a sample of this a while back at a tea meetup (WOO!), and for some reason (perhaps my general tea apathy) I hadn’t tried it yet. The sample was 3 tsp so I did the whole thing in my mug.
I quite like it! The leaves are really big, the chocolate is NOT fake at all, and the caramel is a nice accompaniment. It is a little watery, even overleafed, but I think that’s because I expect something that tastes like cocoa to be thicker.
I would definitely get more of this. I’m very happy with it. (Sorry Sil, none left for you. :( )
I picked this up, with encouragement from Plunkybug, ages ago with the Victoria group meet. I think I came away with more than sixty new teas from that event, and I haven’t even started digging through that stash in a meaningful way…
This one is smooth, maybe even watery, with a good Caramilk vibe. I’ve been in a “decadent” dessert mood lately, so it hits the spot right now. I’m going to need to wean myself back on tea after over a month without!
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa
I received an awesome tea sale package from MissB. Thanks so much! So many goodies. :D I went with this little surprise first last night. PLUM?!?! There is definitely a nice floral plum flavor here, it’s actually pretty strong after only a minute steep. I can’t even really tell this is rooibos. It’s just plum… I’d name it “sugar plum”. So nice to get some plum flavor for once. The second steep was even more plum! I only have a teaspoon left of this one, but it sure fits a plum craving when there aren’t actual plums lying about. And it’s ORGANIC. Awesome.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few minutes after boiling // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 2-3 minute steep
This tea is confusing me!!! Minty and nutty and coconut and… bah!
At first it was so flat that I couldn’t taste much of anything at all except the brazil nuts. Not impressed. So I added some sugar and apparently too much. Only half of a teaspoon! Sheesh. Now it’s all super strong mint and coconut and I don’t know what else… but something else too.
Now I do think I like it. I’m just not sure how much! somewhere in between a 75 and 85?
When I got this one right it was simply amazing. Two out of half a dozen steeps tasted of a potent raspberry infused honey. Nectar of the gods.
While this was also good the other four times, the couple of awesome experiences set the bar really high and made me envious every time it didn’t turn out like that. It was often just not enough raspberry, or not enough honey, or a little too much black tea astringency.
Amariel/Plunkybug recommended this one, and now I’m hooked.. although it sometimes feels a little like gambling as the flavours aren’t always consistent. Raspberries and honey make me weak.
Flavors: Honey, Raspberry
A relaxing start to what will soon become a busy day of shopping, cleaning, and prepping for tomorrow’s belated Easter brunch. I absolutely love this tea, a gift from my dear tea friend Plunkybug, and will be checking the website soon to see if Janet’s Special Teas will ship to the US now that my prized stash is gone. This is perfect for breakfast, in my opinion; a solid black tea that hits the spot every single time.
This tea smells incredible! There is actually a fruitiness here that is so strong and mouthwatering. It smells like strawberries to me. Is that right? It’s at least like other berry black teas I’ve had.
The liquid was dark almost immediately after I poured the water over. The color is red, a deep mahogany. The tea is brisk and just has so much flavor. It’s exceptionally rich and layered.
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 6 minutes
This cup is lighter and not as flavorful as the first. It’s not bad, but I’m not sure it’s worth the second steep.
Thank you so much to Plunkybug for sending me some of this to try! I hope there is a way to get this from Canada to the U.S. because I need more!
Flavors: Berry, Fruity, Strawberry
In one of our first meetups, OMGsrsly got me hooked on black currant flavoured things. Now every time I see them listed in teas I can’t resist picking up some.
This particular rooibos doesn’t quite live up to my expectations, but it’s still enjoyable. I just want more specific black currant and less dry and fruity-berry rooibos.
Flavors: Berries, Black Currant
I kind of like this one! It’s green, it contains tangy limes, and there is something dessert-like and almost creamy about it. Many happy meringue and key lime pie vibes, at least with this session. It reminds me a little of 52Teas’ Lime Jello Salad tea, and the Lime Gelato from David’s Tea.
This would potentially make a good iced batch, but if I tried that I’d only have one serving left instead of two..
Flavors: Custard, Lime
Sooooo I got a sample of this when I was in Victoria, and it was the first tea I could steep with hot water that I pulled out of the BIN OF DOOM (seriously, so many samples).
It’s really good! Of course, I have a bunch of milk in it, so YMMV. But I really like the flavour!
I’m sending the rest off to Sil, but this is definitely something I need to revisit.
(2.5 tsp, 16 oz, 195F, 3 minutes.)