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Hidden Gems Tea Box: I expected more tartness out of this one. I do taste the lime which is great. I also get a bit of the pie flavor. I think I just want this to have more of a punch like when I take a bite out of a Key Lime Pie. Don’t get me wrong, I do really enjoy it. I blame Anlina for introducing me to a new tea company that I have to check out, as both teas I have tried from Lux Berry Tea have been very pleasant. The kicker is that they were both black and I rarely reach for blacks!
Hidden Gems Tea Box: I really liked the smell of the dry leaf of this one. I also tend to go back and forth between tea and coffee depending on my mood for a particular day. I am in a tea mood as this lovely Traveling Tea Box is on my counter but I thought this one would be a good place to start this morning. I cannot drink straight coffee. Keeping in mind that my version of coffee are the foo foo drinks, on to the tea -
I ended up adding milk and sugar to this. Doing that seemed to turn it into a creamy, yummy, hot chocolate. I’m not finding that I am getting the bite that I do when I try to drink coffee on it’s own. I could really see keeping this in rotation for those days that I think I want coffee but don’t want to go to the coffee shop to get a foo foo drink. Thank you Anlina for including this one!
Mmm, this smells like a cookie. It has lovely baked goods notes, and lots of sweetness on the nose, which carries through to the flavour.
Sweet, nutty, lightly spiced and rich. This doesn’t have any distinct ginger flavour, but it does remind me of those really thin ginger snap cookies with the scalloped edges. Very desserty.
Flavors: Almond, Cookie, Nutty, Spices, Sweet
This smells incredible – lots of really juicy, fresh peach and lychee. The dry leaf is also very pretty, with lots of different tea leaf colours and shapes and an assortment of fruits.
Steeped 2tsp for 2 min in 80C water. This is quite sweet and has a fairly natural peach flavour to it, though not quite as fresh and juicy as the dry leaf fragrance. There’s a bit of lychee, apricot and currant, though they’re subtle next to the peach.
The base tea is there but not distinctive, which is a little unfortunate, since there’s such an interesting blend of green and white teas in this. Maybe a touch of hay and vegetal. I can tell that there’s white tea, but that’s about it.
Overall a very tasty cup. I think I’m hard to please when it comes to peach teas, but I also feel like that’s okay :P
Flavors: Apricot, Black Currant, Hay, Lychee, Peach, Sweet, Tart, Vegetal
Take this review with a grain of salt, keeping in mind that I haven’t been a coffee drinker in years and I generally don’t like coffee aftertaste (though I still love the smell of it in the morning.) But I asked Randi at LuxBerry to put together four samples of their most unique or signature blends, and this was one of the ones they included, so I’m giving it a try.
The dry leaf smells delicious. It smells exactly like those coffee creams you get in assorted boxes of chocolate. So far so good. I even eat those sometimes and don’t dislike them. Steeped, the liquor is deep brown and smells the same way. That chocolate, coffee, creamy, sweet, candy-like smell.
The sip is less sweet than it smells, and there’s a touch of that coffee sourness, which is one thing I dislike about coffee. It’s not bad though.
Actually this is quite good. I really love the smell, and the flavour is nice. It’s drinkable straight, but adding milk and sugar makes it better. The coffee flavour is mild and this kind of reminds me of hot chocolate with a splash of coffee to make it a mocha.
Not something I would reach for very often, but definitely worth trying, particularly if you’re a coffee drinker (I assume?) Much better than I expected, and better than other tea & coffee blends, which I’m kind of vaguely recall trying and I think I might have blocked out.
Flavors: Candy, Chocolate, Coffee, Creamy, Sweet
I love it when the pie aspect of teas actually appears in the tea and not just the name.
Both the dry leaf and the liquor smell amazing – tangy lime, creamy and pastry. The flavours translate very nicely too, and are reflected very well by the fragrance. The cream and lime are forefront, with the pastry note being a little subtler on the palate, but it’s still there.
This is a really lovely dessert tea. The black base isn’t really notable, just melds nicely with the flavours. The finish is all tangy lime.
Flavors: Creamy, Lime, Pastries, Tangy
This tea is confusing. Delicious but confusing.
The dry leaf is very pretty, speckled with pink peppercorn, pistachio and almond slices. Both the name and the picture drew me in and tempted me to try this one. The leaf smells sweet, of almonds and a hint of cumin.
Steeped, the cumin and pink peppercorn take the lead on the nose, which is weird and interesting.
I drank this with a teaspoon of sugar, and again confusing. Because I really taste the cumin a lot, which makes it feel very savoury, but there’s also this melange of flavours that really does give the impression of butter tart. But then cumin. But then I don’t think the butter tart flavour would be there if the cumin wasn’t! It’s not really buttery but there’s the sensation of eating pie crust and the rich sweetness of the butter tart filling. But cumin! And then raisin on the finish which is perfect.
I dunno. I think I like this quite a lot, even if it’s confusing. It actually kind of reminds me of cumin shortbread cookies that I bought once. I was kind of weirded out and bothered by the presence of the cumin, but also, I couldn’t stop shoving them in my face.
I think this is a tea that’s definitely worth a try for its uniqueness and complex flavour, but it’s probably also a tea that a lot of people won’t like.
Flavors: Almond, Pastries, Peppercorn, Raisins, Sweet
Mmm delicious. Apples, raisins, cinnamon, caramel and nuts. This both smells and tastes like an apple cake with a nice, bold base to support it.
It reminds me a lot of some other tea, maybe DAVIDs Coffee Cake? Not quite right, but the smell in particular really reminds me of something else.
I had it straight but I think it would probably be even better with a dash of sugar to really bring out the cakeness.
Flavors: Apple, Cake, Caramel, Cinnamon, Nuts, Raisins, Spices
Sip down. I never did do a proper review for this tea:). The Blueberry is sweet and jammy. The rooibos is present and slightly woody but not really a problem for me. I think the thing that makes me hesitant to repurchase this tea is that the cream is very milky to me and I hate milk. This is a strange food aversion as I love other dairy products, but I never liked milk and I don’t even have it in cereal. However once I get over that, the tea does taste a bit like a warm blueberry scented latte with vanilla. If you like milk with a bit of fruity sweetness and don’t mind a slightly present rooibos, this may be a tea for you.
This is a sample I received from bluebelle. Thank you. I often wonder if we sent a sample or two of tea out with tracking devices on it how many hops it would make and how far around the world it would get. This one looks like it originated from MissB.
I would have never guessed this was a mate. I was pretty convinced it was actually a white tea. There was no hint of mate to me. It was a berry light tea. This wasn’t really for me. I am glad I got to try it but, but there is no need to visit this one again.
From the queue (which is currently 23 pages and 30something posts)
I have ‘write a post for the Steepster queue’ on my todo list today. I wanted a cup of tea but wasn’t certain what I wanted specifically, so I did a lucky draw in the box of untried things. This is what I won.
It actually serves a dual purpose, because I’m trying to teach myself to also remember to have some of my non-black things, so it’s a new untried thing and it’s also my daily non-black blend. (The Sleepytime before bed doesn’t count here)
MissB shared this one with me, and I can’t say I’ve ever heard of the brand before. Interesting! It also has a lot of unknown things to me in it. I think I’ve had something with goji berries before, but I can’t recall what I thought they tasted like. I don’t think I’ve had eucalyptus in tea before, or dragon fruit either. (I get Cabin Pressure associations here; Arthur discovering that he’s allergic to dragon fruit. “GWAGON FWOO!” LOL!)
Apparently this is blended according to the principle of Feng Shui with five elements and five colours and stuff. I don’t know anything about that really. All I know is, it isn’t supposed to have hibiscus in it, but the brew still comes out a suspiciously pink colour.
This colour for me always bodes ill. It’s a very ominous sign indeed.
I’ve studied the ingredients list but I can’t determine what I think is responsible for it, but I expect it’s probably dragon fruit, as I recall those to be quite pink. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten one.
It smells like hot juice. I’m not sure if an aroma can be tart as such, but it smells like something that makes me expect tartness. This could of course also be due to the unfortunate associations I have with this particular colour. There’s also something in the aroma which is sort of leafy-spicy. No, not spicy. Herb-y, I think. Cooking herbs and fruit juice is what I’m getting here.
Alright, we can’t keep putting it off, even though the colour does frighten me a bit.
I know there aren’t any hibiscus in the blend but as it had the colour of hibiscus it’s difficult for me to not expect that tell-tale taste of blood that I get from even a small amount of hibiscus. Obviously I didn’t get that flavour, because there isn’t any, but even now after sipping, I still can’t feel entirely safe with this blend. That flavour and that colour together seems to be hard-wired into my brain.
I’m trying my very best not to let it distract me and focus on what I am actually tasting. Again, just like the aroma, I have to say cooking herbs and fruit juice. It’s very fruity this stuff, especially the apple. Apple, orange peel and lemon grass are the three primary things I can taste. Eucalyptus, something which has a very strong flavour in lozenges and similar, doesn’t seem to want to make an appearance at all. I still couldn’t tell you what I think of dragon fruit or goji berries either.
There’s a brief hint of something just when I swallow that reminds of the Sleepytime blends from Celestial Seasonings. I think that’s must be either blackberry leaf or nettle leaf, or likely a combination of the two.
This blend is far more pleasant than initial appearance made me believe, but I wouldn’t say it was anything particularly special to me.
I had a cup of this last night in hopes it would make it easier for me to stay awake. It didn’t quite work, but at least it tasted good.
This cup was more mate and cherry flavor than before, with less of the chocolatey notes I noticed before. The fruit was very accurate and overall it was a really nice cup. I think this is one that varies in flavor based on what you get in the teaspoon because of how much is in the mix.
Another from MissB’s sale! I’m feeling like dessert teas tonight and this is great. It smells mostly like cherry and coconut in the bag, but once it’s brewed up that completely changes. It’s creamy, fruity, and throughout the sip there’s the taste of extremely rich dark chocolate. I love it!
Finally tried this again, after it sitting in my cupboard for a few months. There’s definitely a strong key lime smell and flavor, with less pineapple than before. It does taste creamy, instead of feel creamy; I would have preferred both. It’s still really tasty, and I do get both pie and key lime out of this, with little out of the base other than to fully flesh it out in the background. I like it…. just missing something for me to LOVE it.
First, a caveat: I oversteeped this. I forgot I as I was putting my youngest to bed that I had boiled the water and gotten a small cup ready to drink. Recommended steep time is 2-4 minutes; I steeped for close to six. Argh!
And so, I’m going to give it a bit of leeway here, because I think I did the tea wrong, in a way. It does smell very key lime-ish out of the bag, and more so after steeping. My first sips were a bit astringent, so I added Truvia. Holy moly! A sweet, tart, key lime tea here, with a hint of the base peeking through. I can definitely tell there’s pineapple in here as well, although I think it was supposed to take a bit less of a front seat in this blend, it’s likely due to my oversteeping. And then the creaminess, which is more in flavor than feel… usually I like teas with the yogurt stuff in them (bits?) and this is no exception.
I’ll have to brew more another day to really try this out, because I am getting something floral and off-putting at the end of the sip, underneath the lime/pineapple sweet and sour.
I wanted something decaf this afternoon as my sleep schedule is completely out of whack – and this is (again) what fell on me from tea cupboard #2.
Out of the bag, this tea smells interestingly – lots going on. Something fruity and dry, lemon-y and floral, and other things I couldn’t quite place. Drinking it is a similar experience for me… there’s a lot going on here. Something mildly floral supports a berry of some sort. There’s a tart apple lower in the mix (comes out more with Truvia) and something granular I’m gapping on as to what it is. A hint of eucalyptus in there too, but that one I feel more than I taste – like inhaling vaborub or something similar, I can feel my chest expanding. Zero flavor that I’m getting out of it though.
This is an unusual cup of tea, and really fun to drink in that I can pick out all these different variations. I think it’s a “love” tea for someone else though. I’ve got a few cups left if anyone wants to try it?
This definitely smells like Christmas in the bag, which surprised me a bit that I’d have such a strong association to childhood memories and a smell. Orange, cloves, cinnamon, cardamon and apple all came through easily, making me excited to try it!
Steeped, it smells like black tea, orange and cardamom. I’m okay with that, if a bit surprised. Sipping it too hot seems to give me zero taste yet again, however cooled it’s quite lovely. Mostly cardamom with a hint of orange in there at the end, and something drying, possibly the cloves. There’s something else in there I’m missing though, and it’s intriguing. Something herbal and light.
I wanted something spicy today, and I could’ve used something more chili-like, however this is still a very pleasant cup.
EDIT: I’ve pegged it now! This smell just like the scented oranges my Mom used to make during the holidays with me and my sister: fresh oranges pierced with cloves, and left out for the month.
Okay Spiced Fantasy, it’s time to wow me.
Dry, this smells lovely, like a fruity chai with a strong pepperyness. Steeped, it’s more fruit than chai, and the pepper smell comes out more. My first sip, as per usual, was too hot, and I only tasted rooibos. After I let it cool a bit, it’s definitely an unusual tea. There’s some almond in there, with pepper still, and a bit of coriander. Fruit still lingers (plum, maybe? hard to place) and orange notes. The spice tingles the back of my throat slightly, and I love it.
Sweetened with Truvia, it’s the orange that pops, followed by only faint spices and still the tingle. Is it cakey? I’m missing that, however it is smooth. I could drink this often.