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You know, it’s not that Daruma is a bad tea, because it’s not—it has a great fruity, peppery scent and an interesting earthy aftertaste that balances out the sweetness of its fruit notes. I just think the problem is that at some point in my life, I must have had a medicine that tastes just slightly like it. It’s good! It’s strong and sweet and a little spicy; it’s fine, as teas go! But something about it says “medicine” because my scent memory doesn’t want me to have nice things. Oh well.
Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Pepper
There is a nice sweet Lychee flavor to this tea. There is also a slight sour note. It is also true that there is a slight sour smell to the dry leaves too. Its still fairly good though.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 2 min.
Got a package of teabags of this with my Happy Bag purchase. Picked it now because it has no caffeine. While its hard to tell where the mango flavor ends and the citrus flavor begins it’s quite good. I would definitely buy this again provided they sell it in loose leaf form.
I brewed two tea bags in one 14 oz cup with boiling water for 5 min.
Flavors: Citrus, Mango
I guess I would describe this tea as slightly berry tasting, slightly apple tasting, and slightly vegetal tasting. It’s fairly good but not spectacular. I will have to cold brew it as an iced tea and see how it is.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.
Flavors: Apple, Berry
This came in my holiday gift sampler from Lupicia (which came in this year’s Happy Bag).
The green tea base is very light and delicate, I’m not sure about the flavoring though. It’s fruity, and reminds me of bubblegum like others have suggested. I got a mixture of berry and orange from mine. It’s not altogether unpleasant but not one of my favorites from them. I’d like to try this as a cold brew if I have another sample teabag, I’ve a feeling this would be really good iced.
I don’t know what I can do to actually wake up and get motivated, but it’s time to get off Steepster for a while and stop procrastinating!!! ;)
Perhaps noshing on a gingerbread star while trying this tea wasn’t the best idea. :)
Thank you for the sample, MissB!
It smells fruity. Intensely candy fruity. Mmm. I didn’t look up the steeping instructions, and chose to steep this low and short due to the sencha base – I don’t want seaweed, thank you.
Brewed this way, it’s pretty much FRUIT. There’s a hint of fresh grass and some marine breeze in the background, but mostly fruit. It’s quite lovely.
And (bonus!) it was in a tea bag which made it super easy.
It’s pretty good, but for someone who doesn’t love green teas, it’s a touch lost on me. I guess… really lovely to try, but I wouldn’t purchase it.
I didn’t write it down, but if I were to guess, I think this sample was from Ost. It’s definitely one I got from the Xmas Cards swap.
A full nutty flavor with a sweet finish. Honestly I’ve never had much in the way of chestnuts. I tend to avoid water chestnuts in stir fry at any cost, but I think the idea would be regular or roasted chestnuts. At least those sound more appealing. I like it, the little white bit in the tea was weird, but I’m guessing that was a chestnut piece… I hope.
I got a sample of this with my last Lupicia purchase, and I’ve been on a tea bag kick lately.
It’s super fruity! I don’t know what I was doing following the 5 min steep time for a green tea blend though. I suppose that’s for the taste of the rooibos to come out, but it made the green tea bitter. I think if I could try it again I’d try it with green tea parameters. Despite the bitterness, the flavoring was pleasant, as it usually is with Lupicia.
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Took my first sip of this beauty and said Holy Amaze-Melon-Balls! I forgot how much I loved this tea. The dry leaves smell fantastic and has that garden smell to it that reminds you of summer. Once steeped . . Oh my! It’s rich, sweet, melon-ee, with just a slight hint of floral and has that fresh taste to it that you crave from a Melon tea. Fantastic!
This is a nice flavored tea with strong notes of peach and vanilla. It does not have that vegetal taste so often associated with green teas.
Brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 2 min.
Flavors: Peach, Vanilla
Puerh is my favorite tea. This is an excellent, flavored puerh. It is very different from a traditional puerh because of the flavoring. Somehow it reminds me more of a flavored black, but without any bitterness, astringency, or malt. The strawberry flavor is prominent, followed by the chocolate. The flavor of the puerh is a distinct third. Because of that it is probably an excellent puerh for non puerh drinkers to try. There is basically no fermentation flavor detectable in this tea. I rate this as probably the best flavored puerh I have drank, although not the best puerh. I also don’t think this one would benefit as much from Gongfu brewing as a traditional puerh. I brewed this western style and it tastes amazing.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 30 sec.
Flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry
This tea has been on my wishlist for a while now, and beelicious was kind enough to send along a sample in our recent swap. It was just as good as I was hoping it would be! The scent is so decadent: just like real chocolate-covered strawberries! And the flavor is rich and fruity and perfectly bittersweet. No funky taste from the puerh base at all. I think I’m going to have to purchase this one when my sample runs out!
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry
Hmmmm, this is nice. The flavors could be a little stronger. I can pick out creamy coconut over other fruity flavors. I think I taste the pineapple. No bitterness from the tea base. It’s nice with a little sugar too, seems to make the fruit a little richer and bolder. I like it, but I don’t think it’s a must have once this pack is over.
I’m not yet sure how I feel about this tea. I didn’t like it when I first tried it, but now that another ginger tea has grown on me, I feel this one is a little too. I’m not a big fan of oolongs finding them to have a sort of flat cardboard like taste, yet I keep trying them as if it’s going to somehow change. The ginger isn’t a bold fresh ginger taste, but more of a dried and powdered spice ginger taste, muted and earthy.
I’ll likely give this tea one more try and then call it quits if I’m not won over by then. La Route Du Temps by Marriage Freres is my preference of the two.
Oh, this is delicious. I took a while to make this, and so I’m not certain when I say this, but I’m fairly certain it’s from NayLynn. (I checked the notes, and yes, it’s from NayLynn.) I only just started liking the idea of chocolate teas. I realized that I want more of a cocoa flavor in teas than chocolate flavor, mostly because when I drink it, I don’t want it to taste so much like melted chocolate chips, but the bitter flavor of dark chocolate or even like raw cocoa. There’s a flavor here that’s almost like a malt beverage – not that I really know anything about those.
In any case, I think this is closer to what I want in a tea. Not so much the sweet top notes, but the deeper flavor of the cocoa. I wonder how adding cocoa powder to a tea would affect the flavor of a tea as it brews – not to the hot water, but to the tea bag. I want to roughly grind roasted cocoa beans and add them to an assam tea with clove and chile pepper.
I do like this tea. I enjoyed it more than I thought, but I want more of some flavors and less of others. I want less of a dessert tea and more an ode to bitter cocoa.