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Mahamosa Gourmet Teas, Spices & Herbs

Recent Tasting Notes

90

Almond, marzipan, vanilla, citrus and orange aroma, more of a subtle almond, marzipan flavored rooibos.

Flavors: Orange Zest, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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67

Not a bad tea; fairly run-of-the-mill, no specifically strong bergamot/citrus/vanilla overtones either with aroma or flavor.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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It doesn’t count as breaking my “no tea purchase for awhile” resolve if I order for someone else. My mom asked me to order some of the Jackfruit for a friend of hers and this was one of the samples they included.

This was nice and fruity. The description doesn’t mention strawberry specifically but it sure does smell like strawberry! Nicely fruity and lightly sweet. This was a nice tea to have tried. I wouldn’t keep it on hand myself but it would probably make a nice iced summer tea.

And by the way, if you are looking for companies with great customer service the folks at Mahamosa are just super. I completely spaced putting the discount code in at checkout and emailed them about it. They added it on to my order without any issues.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

This tea was a very pleasant discovery. When dry, the bergamot is fairly pronounced. In the brewed tea, it becomes somewhat milder. The rose is only a tiny facet here, and the bergamot adds a bright note. The vanilla is subtle. It manages to be refreshing and soothing at the same time, and the flavors are well balanced.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec

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88

What is this? A seasonal tea that I don’t actually hate? Will wonders never cease?

Really, this doesn’t come across as pumpkin to me at all but it’s named seasonally so it counts! The ingredients confuse me and I was a little hesitant because of the rooibos and melon but I went looking for a holiday tea without ginger or cinnamon or cloves and such and Mahamosa certainly delivered.

I brewed up basically my whole sample in the Breville and only after I poured it into my cup did I realize I had no milk. So first cup, no milk, just sugar. Tastes super sweet (which I like). Sweeter than a tea ordinarily would with the amount of sugar that I added. I think it is the melon. And it is super surprising that I even like the melon because I ordinarily don’t like any kind of melon at all, although I will tolerate watermelon. It doesn’t sit on my most-hated melon list though, that belongs to cantaloupe.

I don’t even like rooibos all that much and I can hardly taste it at all in here, it’s so far in the background of flavours. As I let my tongue still after the aftertaste has lingered a while I get sort of a rooibos-y feel but that’s it.

Now I need to get my fat ass off the couch and evict the adorable kitties out of my lap (15 year age difference and they are cuddling like no tomorrow) and go to the store because I’ve been away for a week and a half and the cat sitter cleaned my fridge and there is now nothing in it at all beyond some apple sauce and chocolate soy milk and maple syrup. Seriously, that’s all that I have. And some weird weird soda from I don’t know when. But anyway, yes milk.

And I keep hearing about tea soda being made so I’m going to buy some soda water too just to try it out because I am damn curious.

Tea obsession back into full swing. I missed ye.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yay!

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75

I need to fix this tea entry when I get back to having a real computer.

This is a really deep intense rich black tea out of Kenya. Apparently a Chinese hybrid varietal. Very interesting. I gentled it down a bit with milk and sugar and it is really quite pleasant. I’ll start heating water up for the second steep in a minute but the first was very very nice. Ever since I discovered Justea, I have found a fondness for nice Kenyan teas. Also any of my friends living in Vancouver BC should PM me, speaking of Justea.

ETA: 2nd steep was good but the 3rd was really weak. A two steep tea for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

Seriously, it’s about a free thing.

Sil

lol if i lived in vancouver i’d bug you. I’m really like justea’s kenyan black. it’s on the reorder list at some point :)

Starfevre

It’s a thing actually. A tea cupping class I got from supporting their most recent campaign that I can’t get to so I thought I’d offer it to the people on here. If it weren’t a week long in the evenings I’d drive up myself.

Sil

oh that’s awesome!

MissB

Oh? I’m in Vancouver. Do you need me to get it to you somehow?

Starfevre

It is a class to attend by the Justea guys.

Sil

missB..she’s offering to let YOU go silly goose… (well someone in vancouver)

Cavocorax

Sil – I… bought the 3 pack so I can share some Justea with you, or slip some into a little envelope once it shows up here.

Starfevre – that’s too bad about missing the cupping class! That sounds like it’d be quite the experience.

Sil

hahahahahaha of course you did

Starfevre

In theory I could attend but I am just not up for that much driving anytime soon.

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63

Tried this this midnight. It was generously included with my order so thanks guys.

Can’t say I love it though. I’m not a huge fan of ‘tropical’ black teas because they all taste very similar to me and it’s just not a flavour I particularly enjoy but this one was as good as any and better than some because the base tea didn’t act up at all and ruin the blend so that is something. A lot of flecks escaped my tea ball though so that was a bit disappointing.

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91

Made this again (hey, I liked it okay?!) but a bit differently so I thought it was worth it’s own tasting note.

For the first time ever I deviated from my milk-and-sugar routine with black tea and added chocolate soy milk and sugar. I liked it, but I don’t think I prefer it over the original way. Slight chocolatey flavour is nice but the soy taste that lingers is distracting and I can’t really taste the tea at all anymore.

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91

I don’t actually remember if I purchased this one or if it came as a sample but thanks regardless, Mahamosa Tea!

This is a really nice vanilla tea. It’s currently competing with my other favourite vanilla black tea to be on top but I don’t have any of the other right now to compare them side by side so I can’t for sure say which one I like better.

The smell is almost caramel and sweet but the vanilla taste, along with the actual vanilla bean pieces in the loose tea make this a really nice nice vanilla tea. Not quite as overwhelming as I like my vanilla to be but it’s a great tea nonetheless. I added a bit more sweetener than usual and I steeped for a shorter time than the package indicated (because I never steep a black tea for 4-5 minutes on the first try, wow that seems like such a long time).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I prefer black tea and have had a hard time finding a green tea that I really enjoy. But I placed an order for a number of sample sizes of green tea and this is the first one I tried. So far I really like it. It’s got enough flavor that it doesn’t seem too bland, but it still has a nice light flavor. I’ll definitely be trying this again which is more than I can say about most green teas I’ve tried.

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67

“We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well, they’re no friends of mine”

Had Safety Dance in my head for the past hour :/ No idea why. Been singing it with my husband and decided we need a distraction so popped the kettle on. This Pumpkin Cream wasn’t in my virtual cupboard for some reason.

This smells and tastes heavily Rooibos based but there is a definite creamy squash element to it. Not pumpkin exactly but close, just a touch too sweet for pumpkin. After a few sips the Rooibos tones itself down and the creamy vanilla becomes much stronger.

Not a bad blend, certainly an Autumn one but I would have liked the pumpkin to taste stronger and more defined. Still it was a tasty enough blend.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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83

This un’s a sipdown. This time around it came out a bit soapy. Eh. Ah well. I would’ve had more to say about it this morning, but… egh. Monday mornings. Egh.

Thanks to Nicole for the sample!

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98

Another one from Nicole I was very eager to try and a sip down! Many of the teas Nicole sent are Earl Greys… it will be great to find new varieties of EG I like. Opening the pouch, this one smells SO strongly of bergamot! I happen to love strong bergamot… if it is an actual bergamot. No question here! I don’t even think there was a teaspoon here, but the flavor might make it one of my favorite Earl Greys! The bergamot is bright, citrusy and strong! The creaminess of the vanilla is most noticeable when the flavor lingers after drinking. It is so smooth. The texture is amazing, really, like real cream. The second steep wasn’t nearly is good, which is odd because with some EGCs I can get three steeps from the same leaves that taste exactly the same if I steep just right. I could easily use this one as an Earl Grey Cream staple! It is definitely in the top three EGCs for me! I hope this one is in the Battle of the Earl Greys…

This tasting note is #800! Wow, already?

TeaKlutz

YES! This EG Cream is AMAZING!

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96

Vague horror movie talk in the next paragraph…

So basically I’m really out of it. Last night I went to a midnight screening of The Shining that was happening in downtown Columbus (largely so I can finally understand the 900,000 references that have been made to that movie), and I had tried and failed spectacularly to take a nap beforehand. I got home from the screening at about 3:30 AM, but had to watch goofy anime before I went to bed to take my mind off… no, not the movie, but this one fake commercial in the pre-entertainment. I won’t go into details unless you want me to (I don’t mind, but I don’t want to upset anyone), but it says something about my psychology when a “hilarious” vintage-cartoon-gone-horrifyingly-wrong disturbs and upsets me more than ALL of a splendidly made Stanley Kubrick psychological thriller. More than just about any horror movie I can think of, for that matter. So then I wound up picking a really dark and angsty episode of a really goofy anime, and despite its angst it STILL took my mind off that stupid commercial, then I went to bed at 4:15 and woke up 4 hours later and my mind was going IT’S YOUR DAY OFF YAY GET UP GET UP GET UP and I’ve been awake ever since and I’m physically and mentally really really out of it!

…Yeah! Tea! This one came out really bergamot-y this morning. I was hoping for more cream, but with the way I’m feeling, some citrus perkiness may not be a bad thing.

Again, many thanks to Nicole for the sample! It’s been an absolute pleasure!

ashmanra

O.O I am the same way. I even feel a little angst just wondering what the commercial MIGHT have been. It helps if I know what is going to happen and when, but don’t surprise me. My kids sit beside me in theaters going “no lookie, no lookie, no lookie, okay now you can look.” But I get used to it and just watch if I see the movie several times.

Nicole

Sometimes it is the little unexpected things that keep us up. :) I was reading a horror book the other night (yeah, I’m masochistic that way…) and it wasn’t any of the big stuff that kept me up after I put the book down – it was the tiny things that didn’t even do anything in the story, they were just set dressing. But it took me forever to go to sleep. :)

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75

Backlog:

Not bad, not bad at all. I like this fruit “tea” blend better than the one I had reviewed just before this. I like the balance between the pomegranate and blueberry, I like the elderberry taste in there, I like that it’s not overrun with hibiscus.

This one is definitely better iced than served hot.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/04/24/pomegranate-blueberry-fruit-tisane-from-mahamosa/

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83

Sipdown!
Just enough for a pot. I enjoyed this while I had it but wouldn’t reorder it. It’s smooth and light. A little floral, peppery, fruity, and a honey like sweetness. Thanks again!

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96

Got my Zen Tea Life order of this this morning, along with some free samples that I wasn’t expecting! Sweet!

But I still have a couple cups of the sample left, so I shall work on that first. Still delicious, still comforting. Mouthfeel is SO creamy.

Aaaaargh! Why is it so warm in the house this morning?!? I’m gonna go take a shower and play trumpet in the basement!

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80

This is the first of many teas I get to sample from the amazingly generous Nicole! THANKS SO MUCH! Raspberry Cream sounded divine. Raspberries are my favorite. The flavor here is a like a sweet candy raspberry but not a flavor so fake its like cough syrup. There wasn’t too much cream taste, but I like this one anyway! A decent malty base, nothing too special.

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83

Wanted a comfort tea after a busy day at work, and somehow I just didn’t feel like anything green, white, or oolong. So I’m drinking a black tea at 11 PM against my better judgment.

This is quite decent. The blend of lavender and bergamot is smoother than expected. I had one other EG lav by Adagio, and that one just tasted like soap, so I was glad to find that this one doesn’t, at least not as much. Still don’t think I like this one quite as much as the EG cream, though. I like Mahamosa’s EG’s; they’re kinda smooth, at least compared to what others I’ve had.

Thanks to Nicole for the sample!

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96

A rare second day off in a row, so I’m considering this a do-over from yesterday. Woke up pretty sleepy, and exactly in the mood for some kind of earl grey. This was the first one I grabbed and I thought, “Eh, why not?”

This is my first earl grey cream. I really didn’t know what to expect, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting to like the combination of cream with bergamot. But I took one sniff of this tea and went, “Whoa!” Turns out I really, really like the combination of sweet with citrus. The tea tastes a little milder than it smells, but it’s still really enjoyable. It’s reminding me of something I’ve smelled or tasted years and years ago, some pleasant association… I can’t put my finger on it. Kind of perfume-y (which I actually like in my teas.) Is this the best earl grey cream out there, I don’t know. But this is one flavor that’s definitely going to become a fixture in my cupboard!

Thanks Nicole for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Tea Sipper

Yeah! A new earl grey cream fan!

TeaKlutz

OMG yes! This is the first tea I’ve had since the black dragon pearls (which is now my golden standard) that I started craving again RIGHT after I finished the cup! It’s a little brisk, yet comforting.

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76

totally not sure why i called this a sipdown the other day, but uh it wasn’t. now it is. hahaha either way, good times to be had with this tea :)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I called a sipdown on something that wasn’t yesterday. Also, I took a sipdown on a tea, then I realized it wasn’t even on my inventory list, so it didn’t count in the numbers.

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76

sipdown! yes i’m still living in denial that i might be able to get to 200 today…I can try but i’m guessing i’ll only get to about 205 IF that. Finally home after release weekend and i’m about ready to fall over. Sad part is, if i go nap i’ll be up all the night so both ian and i are trying to stay awake until at least 8pm. which means i can drink tea! lol

Nicole sent this one my way and it has reinforced that i should likely place a small order from mahamosa to try a few more of their teas as i’ve liked the two she sent my way. This is a pretty darn tasty vanilla tea. Might be worthy of a permanent place in my cupboard, or at the very least one of the vanilla teas that i cycle through :) No bitterness…just a smooth cup of good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nicole

They seem to have good flavored blacks. Glad you are liking some of them. :)

Sil

yep! I’ll have to place an order at some point just to sample some more :)

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