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Pretty sure this one was from kittenna this one is potent – super grape smell. brewed up, this is grapey but there’s a floral scent under it. it tastes like a floral sort of champagne like tea. I LOVE the smell but the taste of this one is better in the after taste than in the actual sip. lol Not a fan but i’m glad to have tried it.
I got this in my Lupicia Happy Bag, along with a bag of their Strawberry and Vanilla green tea. Both have a very pleasant creamy strawberry flavor, but of the two I prefer the green tea version. The green base just goes better with these flavors in my opinion…and Carol also has a slight astringency in the aftertaste which I’m not a big fan of. But this is still tasty and I’ll have no trouble finishing my tin!
Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Strawberry, Vanilla
Sample from Inkling. Thank you!
I’ve heard barley tea compared both to grains and to coffee. I don’t like coffee, but I do like grains and bread, and I’m a big fan of herbal tea, so I really wanted to try this. It definitely smelled like burnt coffee when I brewed it, so I was a bit dubious. But I gave it a taste and the delicious flavor of hearty whole-grain bread toasted ever so slightly darker than I prefer it filled my mouth. This one is definitely a winner. I’ll have to try it again with honey or maple syrup, and I’m definitely going to check out the flavored varieties, too!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Grain, Toast
So, I was a little bit of a moron. I got this mixed up with Tokyo from Harney & Sons. I thought that was what I would be drinking. I literally read the blurb on the bag that said “Popular green tea that’s completely easy to drink and has a faint fragrance of sweet berries” and went “Oh, they must have put the wrong description on the bag”. Whoops.
Anyway, I do like it. It’s sweet and light, and it has a nice, really fresh berry scent and taste. It almost reminds me a little bit of that goji tea from Teavana. Or maybe currants? I’m not really sure. It’s really cute. I think I’ll probably order more of it come spring.
Flavors: Berries, Candy, Sweet
Genmaicha is one of my favorite teas. It has the distinct flavor of roasted rice, which is something I quite like. Very comforting, almost as if I’m eating something toasty. The flavors lingers in my mouth for a while.
Flavors: Green, Toasted Rice
This smells and tastes just like honeydew. I’m not a big fan of the fruit, but the juice itself is good, and I’ve had my share of honeydew gum, and this has a nice flavor while not tasting artificial. I didn’t realize it was a green rooibos when it came in Tracey’s traveling tea box, because the predominant smell is honeydew, but it makes sense. I will have to try green rooibos by itself to know how it tastes. I think this tea tastes best cold. It’s almost like drinking honeydew juice.
Flavors: Honeydew, Sweet
I’m new to the tea world so I won’t give it a rating. I suppose this is more for my reference. The smell of the tea at the store is what enticed me to buy it. Peachy and green, with a hint of vanilla. After adding hot water, the smell turned cloyingly sweet and vanilly, which makes me tired of smelling it. It’s getting a little better as it cools so perhaps I will try cold brewing it next time.
Flavors: Peach, Vanilla
This is exactly what I needed today. It smells like bittersweet chocolate and the dark cocoa taste really jumps out. It’s not terribly complex, kind of like Framboise (ooh, blending idea), but I needed a chocolate tea today and this delivered.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate
Got one teabag of this with my happy bag purchase. Brewed it as a normal black tea. Did not go online to see if they had any brewing suggestions. It is good but it came out just a little bitter. Also, the taste of the strawberries is not that pronounced as I would like.
Brewed one teabag in approx 8oz of boiling water for 3 min.
Surprisingly light for a black tea. It almost tastes floral? I’m used to black teas punching me in the face, but I don’t really mind this. It wasn’t really the breakfast tea I was looking for and it isn’t something I think I’d seek out, but I think it’s kind of cute and I’m glad I tried it.
Bedtime for me, and so: decaf Momo. This smells really great. It tastes fine, too—it’s kind of a lighter, almost thin taste for a black tea, which surprised me, but I’ve never had decaf tea before, so maybe that’s a feature and not a bug. I don’t think I’m going to get this again, since low-caffeine tea is a before-bed thing for me and I like my bedtime teas sweeter and creamier, but it’s a pretty great fruity decaf tea, as they go.
I just never know what to expect when it comes to green teas. It seems that I really dislike most that I try, and love just a small few. I need to figure out which green tea base it is that doesn’t agree with me.
Unfortunately, this is one of those that I seem to not like. I think I get a bit of creamy vanilla right at the beginning of the sip, and then it’s overpowered by something vegetabley and almost fishy. It’s all I can taste, and I don’t get any peach flavor at all! :( This tea has great reviews, so I doubt it’s anything with the tea itself, just my own weirdness with green teas.
This shares the baked goods note from White Christmas! Oh, White Christmas. Why can’t I drink you all the time.
Buttery, a little coffee-like, nutty, sweet, and full-bodied. I’m not really getting the almond, but I can see where it comes from. This is great. If I get a hankering for White Christmas out of season, I know what I’m ordering.
Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Nutty, Sweet
You know you have too much tea when something has been in your cupboard for 6 weeks and this is the first time you’ve tried it! Finally getting around to the rest of the tea in my Lupicia Happy Bag. This one has a strong, almost syrupy sweet generic berry flavor with a touch of honey in the aftertaste. Others have compared this tea to cough syrup and I do understand the comparison. But personally, I found it quite drinkable. Not something I’ll be running out to re-purchase, but I’ll happily finish my tin.
Flavors: Berries, Honey, Sweet
Another objectively good tea that’s ruined by scent association for me. It’s okay, and it has a semi-sweet round taste, but it smells like suntan lotion, and the full taste—it’s not creamy, exactly; more like kind of lingering—doesn’t really help. I think it’s probably fine, it’s just that it smells like lotion to me and I’d just rather not.
I’ve just come to the conclusion that you have to get houjicha just right or else it tastes like trees. Or, apparently, unless you flavor it, as is the case here! I like this! It does taste a little bit like wood, and I’m not really tasting the milk, but I really like the smokey-caramel taste and I’m definitely going to try out more flavored houjichas in the future.
Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Wood
Had to discern what this teabag was. There was writing on the teabag, in Chinese. There was also a number. When I did a search on the website for that number this tea came up. Once I brewed it it was clearly a grapefruit tea. While the tea itself is not bitter, it has the bitter taste of grapefruit. Some may find the taste sweet, I don’t. I would not have bought this tea but got it with my Happy Bag. Still, it’s not bad.
I brewed one teabag in approx 8oz of 175 degree water for 3 min.