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I received my Ocho Sampler from Joy’s Teaspoon today! Yay!
The smell coming off the dry-leaf reminded me a little of cherry cough syrup. I’ve always been pretty tuned-in to artificial flavors and can usually detect them quickly, but I decided to try it though to see if it would taste any better.
The tea liquor definitely tastes like cherry and I found it kind of aggravating that I could differentiate between both the natural, floral-tasting cherry and the artificial flavoring. It kind of drove me nuts because the real flavor was pretty nice, but the fake stuff kind of left this soapy aftertaste that ruined it.
I probably under-leafed this because it was very one note. The base as far as I could tell was a nice, light, green base.
I tried sticking the infuser back in to see if it would help bring out the base a little more, but it got a little to bitter.
I also made up a cup for my mother and she enjoyed it, but then again she has never been as sensitive as me to artificial flavors and drinks things with them all the time.
In the past couple days I’ve had this and forever nuts and I’m pretty sure they are the same. This tea is ok for me. Tealizzy is right that brioche tastes very similar to this but with a good black tea base. She’s so right. I love brioche, but I like the dimension the black tea adds to it. This tea tastes ok, but just seems to be missing something. Plus I’m not a fan of the beetroot.
Update: Actually, this one is growing on me. Not as fakey as forever nuts. More apple maybe? Hmm, I may actually reorder this.
The aroma is breathtaking!
After watching a youtube video showing clips of Starwars people saying “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.” I immediately reached out for it.
It is an unusual EG! Flowery and gentle, it is a soft EG slowly draws you into its charm. Thank you for sharing this very nice tea with me, Melanie!
I don’t think I’m going to rate this one. I received a little tin of this from the wonderful QuiltGuppy, but it has no description on it. In an effort to clean out my tea drawer (and shelves…), I decided to make some of this this morning. I had just finished brewing it when I remembered that for some reason I had set this aside for De. The name led me to think of an oolong with fruit, orange and red fruits. That is not at all what I tasted XD. I don’t like basil, and I don’t like lemon in my tea. Pairing all of that with the fact that it was completely not what I thought it was, it doesn’t seem fair to rate it. De will like it, though. I’ll save the rest for her.
Thanks for sharing, QuiltGuppy, sorry I am made of fail!
First I want to thank KeenTeaThyme for sending this for me to sample. She added two other goodies that I am anxious to sample but since I am a chocolate addict I decided on this one first. Next let me say I LOVE Joy’s Teaspoon!
The tea smelled like chocolate and made the kitchen smell lovely but the flavor was not what I was expecting. This was not my favorite chocolate tea…something seemed off with it to me. I can’t place it but I am glad I got to try it.
I’m not a big chocolate-in-tea kind of person (OK, stop throwing the tomatoes!) so my review is a bit slanted. I like this tea OK; got it in a sampler pack. But it’s not something I would buy on its own. (This is why there is no rating.)
So my review: the chocolate taste is strong and bold. There are cute little chocolate chips in the tea which help the chocolate flavor. I ended up dumping the rest of my cup, because I didn’t care for it at all – chocolate and spicy. BUT that’s because of my dislike of super chocolate-y tea. (I like it mixed with other flavors but not on its own.)
If you like chocolate tea, this is the one to try. In fact I’ll send the rest of my sample to the first person who asks for it. :)
I’m not going to rate this tisane just yet, as I’m still on the fence. I love how minty, refreshing, fresh and calming this brews up. I drank one cup on this relaxing Sunday and the tisane tasted nice. Decent. But afterwards I felt thirsty – this has never happened before.
So I’ll brew up some cups during the week and see where it stands…
This is another free sample from joy’s teaspoon thank very much. This tastes like pineapple with some mango and I am not sure if I taste the passionfruit or not and the green tea is light and subtle which I like. I am fond of tropical fruit teas and the pineapple and the mango blend well in this and I really enjoy this tea. And one I am thinking about buying.
14 ozs of water, 2 ozs of half and half (the only milky substance I had on hand), 1 tbs of matcha and a dash of honey. All went into the shaker bottle for a cold, yummy morning treat as I try to work up the courage to run in this hot, muggy weather. The treadmill at the gym is looking mighty appealing right now.
This was my first time making matcha at home. I used this matcha in some muffins a couple of weeks ago with much success. I mixed up a tablespoon of matcha and some hot water with a small whisk and it frothed up quite nicely. I also whisked up some almond milk to add to it. I made enough for my brother and I to each have a latte. I added a spoonful of alfalfa honey to each.
The matcha was pretty smooth and my brother who has had more matcha then I have thought it was better than even some of the restaurants he has been to, even if it wasn’t the best of the best. I might try sifting it next time round. It had a strong, leafy green tea flavor that reminded me of green tea ice cream. I could definitely get used to these lattes.
So tonight I’m doing a comparison of this tea and a 2011 Noble House Riesling. I steeped this tea at 180 degrees this time and it came out even better than before! It brings out the creaminess of the tea and the grapes. The best thing is that it does taste like the riesling! They both are light, sweet, fruity, a tad tart, and a little dry in the aftertaste. They both hit smoothly in the middle of the mouth.
The biggest difference is that the tea is creamy, while the wine of course is not. Also the riesling has that alcohol flavor, which I probably wouldn’t want to try to copy in a tea anyway because it would probably taste artificial.
The grape taste in the tea is made fuller by the berries. If I hold it in my mouth I can differentiate between the grape and berries, but only slightly. The base is amazingly creamy, just the teensiest bit astringent, which frankly works here because it gives it that slight wine-like dryness.
I’m quite enjoying this comparison! Too bad I don’t have any more of this tea!
So far this is my favorite from the Joy’s Teaspoon sampler I got it. The smell of this tea is intoxicating and fruity! Even though I steeped it in boiling water because I didn’t remember it was a white tea (I was too lazy to look up steeping directions on the website), it was still very yummy! The base tasted to me like a buttery green tea. The fruity tones were very prominent, maybe a little more raisin rather than grape. It was a little dry feeling in the mouth, but that works if you’re trying to imitate a wine. I have just enough for one more cup at a lower temperature steep on another day. I’ll look forward to that.