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T&C TTB Round 2
The packaging is good. Nice and thick. I could actually smell the tea in the package despite having been in a TTB. This is very vanilla. The black currant may be making the bergamot seem sweeter. Either that or this isn’t a terribly strong bergamot. Regardless, it is a very nice blend. Very similar to H&S Paris, which is probably what they were going for. :) Overall, I prefer H&S but this is very tasty.
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
After my last superly amazing creamsicle-esque cup from Della Terra, this tea has to just floor me to make much of an impression (but after their La Pina Colada blew my socks off, I know it has a fair chance!) Plus, I have to try them back to back in a taste-off :D
This tea is alright. A bit more rooibos and honeybush than orange or cream:P I can taste the orange coming through more towards the end and it tastes like orange soda pop more than anything else.
Flavors: Orange, Rooibos
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
Okay, who stole me from Seattle and put me on a tropical island?! This tea is sooo pineapple-y and coconut-y, I can hardly handle it. Seriously, I feel like I am drinking a Pina Colada. So delicious. And something even more awesome, this tea is from a tea shop not too far away from here! Thank you, EvaGrimm for including this tea, you’ve introduced me to a new semi-local tea shop:D
This is a delicious black tea with prominent notes of vanilla and currant. It has a slightly floral aroma. I had to pick something up in Tacoma today so decided to stop in The Mad Hat tea shop. I purchased 2 cups and picked up a few teas to try later but of the two that I tried, this was my favorite.
This tea has an extremely inviting caramel aroma. Once brewed, it tastes a little caramel-y and smoky with slight sweet undertones. I may have oversteeped it, since I detected some bitter notes occasionally. Good with milk and honey. After brewing, I noticed that there were these little balls mixed in with the leaves, and discovered that they were tiny little pieces of caramel candy – delightful!
Delicious. Incredibly tasty tea, and a new favorite. This is only my second oolong (gasp), but I’m already finding myself taken in by the flavor, and the coconut in this tea is very noticeable and creamy. The nice, slightly astringent, feel of the oolong is making this almost a competitive morning tea (FLAVOR!), and I’m loving it.
When I looked at the liquor once it was done steeping, I nearly scoffed that this could taste like anything, it was so delicately yellow, how could it have infused any flavor? How glad I am to be wrong. I won’t doubt another oolong strange mystical powers…
1.5 teaspoons in 8 oz. of water.
Oh, and I almost forgot! Thank you T.C.!
Appearance: olive brown green grey large curled leaf
Aroma when Dry: coconut pound cake
After water is first poured: desserty, sweet (western) powdery coconut
At end of first steep: nutty, buttery slight chestnut notes
At end of first steep: clear
Preferred time of day: afternoon, evening
At first ?: buttered popcorn and chestnuts, creamy finish
As it cools?: notes open, coconut notes surface, fragrant close on palate
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? Yes, nutty coconut notes
Second Steep (4min):
At first: light coconut nutty notes
As it cools?: buttery, nutty, odd metallic note close
Third Steep (5min):
At first: sweet coconut
As it cools: coconut and mineral, metallic notes
Picked this up the other day at my local shop to compare with a previous rooibos blend I’d purchased there and really enjoyed. I’m trying to figure out if I’m just a big rooibos fan or if that blend is what did it for me.
Anyway, this actually isn’t even on their menu. But the unpaid intern (slash bored college student helping out) claimed it was a favorite of hers so I picked up 50g to try.
Smell? Citrus and a hint of cinnamon come through.
Taste? Earthy,not bitter at all….maybe a bit bland really. I was expecting to get popped in the mouth and didn’t. I can taste the orange well but not the other flavors. It’s mellow and easy to drink…it just seems like it’s missing some “pop”. I may ise a bit more then my 1.5tsp next time I make a cup and see if that gives me what I’m looking for.
Still, all in all, not a bad blend. I feel line the almond and cinnamon get lost in the shuffle though. I can certainly drink it though.
Back to the Moroccan Mint today. Brewed it a shorter time (1 minute flat) which is shorter then I normally do blends (2 minutes). I think I like it more this way. The mint is still present but it’s much more in the background. I’m also thinking this would make an awesome iced tea (something I’ve yet to attempt with any tea). Anyway, yum yum yum!