Mahamosa Gourmet Teas, Spices & Herbs

Recent Tasting Notes

77

This was a refreshing tea that I drank iced without sugar. I brewed it strong and added ice. It was nice and fruity. Marco Polo TTB

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80

Thanks to carol who for the sample! Up to this point, all of the Yerba Mate I’ve had has been roasted. This is green and mixed with green tea, which gives it a completely different flavor! It’s surprisingly fresh-tasting for an almond tea and I think I’m getting a bit of a fruity flavor as well…maybe cherry? An interesting, complex tea blend.

Flavors: Almond, Cherry, Fruity, Green, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

This actually does taste like pear to me! Not my favourite pear tea, I think that would be the Fauchon one, but this one is infinitely more accessible to me.

It’s definitely a fruity pear and tastes like a soft green tea. The leaves looked green to me when I was steeping and I don’t know where the white tea is going into unless it’s just softening the green tea up for me. The dry smell out of the bag was so very strong and the tea itself is very very nice.

And now back to binders. Binders binders binders. And sitting on the floor at work.

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Sil

sitting on the floor at work is fun sometimes…

Starfevre

eeeh, I prefer a chair. An ergonomic chair. And multiple monitors.

Sil

hahahaha

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77

This is a sipdown, though I don’t think I ever actually added it to my cupboard for some reason. Whatever, it’s gone now.

Made a full pot on tonight, the night of probably no sleep. Had a medication reaction to my ADD meds earlier (changed dosage) and now I’ve been having somewhere between an anxiety attack and a manic episode since about 9am this morning. 13 hours now. Hopefully I can sleep tonight, but I’m not counting on it. Doing some cleaning while I try to calm down.

This tea was interesting. I can taste the chocolate but the rooibos is a bit strong for me. I added a bit of milk for the first cup and I’m not sure I should have but it’s definitely creamy. I like it, but it won’t go on my restock list.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Cheri

I hope you’re feeling better today.

Indigobloom

Oh dear, feel better soon. I’ve had a few panic attacks in my day. Not fun at all :/

OMGsrsly

That’s no fun! Hope you’re feeling better.

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70

I normally do NOT like smokey teas. At all.

This is one that has a hint of smoke but doesn’t overwhelm the taste of the tea at all, and is perfect for this 40 degree fall morning. I don’t think I enjoy it enough to buy a lot of it, but I will enjoy what I have very much.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

I wanted to try this because it sounded so fruity, and there was no hibiscus. It smells like these fruit snacks I liked as a kid. They came in either cherry or kiwi, and with rolled coconut. The flavour is on the apple side. Reminds me of fruit punch, which I’m having warm for some reason. There isn’t much kiwi flavour though.

Praise be to the Giver of Fruits!

Flavors: Apple, Cherry, Coconut, Fruit Punch

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83

Now catching up on the show Forever (kinda makes me think of Castle/ Sherlock Holmes/ Highlander. The male lead makes it even more watchable.) I wanted to try this because it reminds me so much of a blend at the ‘local’ shop. This smells like pumpkin and melons. While I’m used to the certain spice blend, this one tastes like a pumpkin shake. It’s nicely creamy. Overall, a good evening cup.

Flavors: Creamy, Pumpkin

Terri HarpLady

Now I want a pumpkin shake!

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I made the mistake of taking a bite of really sweet marionberry greek yogurt in the middle of this first cup. So what tasted sweet and berry on the first few sips turned rather bland afterward in comparison (because I am very sensitive to contaminating flavours like that). But I really enjoyed the first couple of sips and I’m going to hold off rating this until I have a real idea of how it tastes normally. Also I put too much milk in because it’s all the way in the break room and that’s a long way to walk and I don’t judge milk in an empty mug very well.

In other news, I hate everything.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Fjellrev

Let’s hate everything together. But seriously, I hope everything is alright.

Starfevre

I have work angst. It will pass. Hopefully soon and with a minimal number of casualties. Such as my career if I snap and start shouting at someone.

Fjellrev

Ugh, I’m sorry to hear that. I hope people/things stop being douchebags so that you could do your job with ease!

Starfevre

I have an ally. Working on getting others.

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95

Sent a bit of this off to Lariel this morning and what’s left was just enough for my normal pot size. I offered a cup to my lead because she likes the caffeine free teas at this time of night (6pm-ish for reference) and she accepted. I kinda wish she hadn’t because this was really very very good.

No hibiscus in this blend for which I am eternally grateful. It was slightly tart, which likely came from the cranberry ingredient. But it was a pleasant tart and the coconut was a nice taste to this very very fruity tea. I couldn’t identify what made it kiwi, possibly because I’m not very familiar with that fruit, but the sour cherry was spectacular. I recommend this highly.

I wish I had more to try it iced but it will go on my wishlist for my next Mahamosa order, which I’m sure will happen eventually.

Flavors: Cherry, Coconut, Cranberry, Pleasantly Sour

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Lariel of Lórien

Sans fruit hibiscus? Bless you, boatswain!

Fjellrev

Totally drooling over here.

Anlina

Fruit without hibiscus! WANT!

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86

This tea was a bit of a toss up on whether I would like it or not with so few tasting notes and the mediocre rating but I gave it a try anyway and I am glad that I did. I was looking for something sweet this morning to go with my amazing local greek yogurt and picked this since it arrived at my doorstep yesterday.

This tea is really quite lovely and although I did add some extra sweetener to bump up the sweet flavour to compete with the yogurt, the caramel and rooibos flavour come through as well and I really enjoyed this. I think I only have about 1 more serving in the pack (seems to make about 3 of my big mugs) and I’ll have to remember this one for future Mahamosa orders.

No free tea this time because they sent me a free container! It’s pretty sweet and nice and red with one of those clear tops (probably UV protected, I didn’t look but that’s how they usually are of that style). It’s really quite lovely and fits the 2oz package I got in this order very nicely.

Flavors: Caramel, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Starfevre

Just sent the rest to Lariel so I put this back on the wishlist.

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77

Lewis & Clark Traveling Teabox – Tea #21
I feel like I’ve had this tea before under a different name… a few times. However, I don’t see the vanilla pieces I usually see. The vanilla is the same color as black tea though! A nice sweet pastry vanilla smoothness. It’s like Della Terra’s Cafe Vanille.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // just boiled // 4 min

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83

Marco Polo TTB

Yuck, yuck, yuck, I have no motivation to do anything today. I feel as though my brain and body is trapped inside a Slime and that Slime is too lazy to move, the fatigue is real, yo. Me thinks after I write this tea’s review I shall make like a pile of leaves and take a nice long soak in hot water. Preferably while reading a book, maybe I will bring some tea to sip as well, just submit myself to complete relaxation. Ah memories, when I was a kid, the most decadent thing I could think to do was to take a hot bath while eating ice cream, especially if it was pistachio ice cream, if you have not tried eating ice cream while soaking I most certainly recommend it.

Today we are taking a look at Mahamosa Gourmet Teas, Spices & Herbs Caramel, an herbal dessert tea. A blend of Rooibos, Cream Caramel Pieces, Brittle (specifically hazelnut) pieces, and Flavoring, this tea sounds like a real sweet treat. The aroma of the dry leaves certainly has me believing that it will be a sweet treat, with notes of caramel, sweet nuttiness, and woody, slightly sour, rooibos as a base. It is very sweet, the caramel plays well off the naturally caramel notes of the rooibos.

Steeping the tea leaves fills my room with an intense sweetness. The little red leaves smell woody and sweet with notes of caramel, nuttiness, and a bit like a caramel latte, complete with coffee. The liquid is creamy and sweet with very strong notes of caramel, it smells like candy and richness.

Tasting time, luckily for me I am having a sweetness craving, so if this tea tastes as sweet as it smells I will be in a very happy place. The sipping starts off sweet and woody, like a typically sweet, woody, and dry rooibos with an extra caramel coating. This turns into a creamy midtaste and toasted nuttiness that gives it that bit of a latte flair. The finish is dry and woody, just like I expect from a rooibos, the tea was not cloyingly sweet like a mouthful of caramel, but it is quite sweet so it certainly fits its goal of being a dessert tea. Plus you can sip it before sleep thanks to it not having caffeine!

For Blog and Photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/09/mahamosa-gourmet-teas-spices-herbs.html

Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Nuts, Wood

OMGsrsly

Trapped inside a Slime. That is a perfect description. :)

Starfevre

The beginning of your note is very mis-leading since you liked the tea, lol,

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65

From the Lewis and Clark TTB.

While vanilla flavoring is prominent enough, the cardamon aspect isn’t so strong. I can taste it, and the aftertaste is certainly a little spicy (it’s in the back of my throat), but it’s not enough for me. When I see spice on label I expect spice.

I hope it’s alright if my dad had a serving (there should be enough in the packet until the box is done traveling). He loves masala chai, and he feels the same way about it “needing to be more peppery.”

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I pulled out a few samples for my husband to try. (Of course, he hasn’t wanted tea since I pulled them out, but he wanted tea this morning. Not one I pulled out, though. Hah. I’ll get him soon.)

Cheri

I posted too soon. I forgot to say, my feeling was as long as you only took a few samples for someone else, write reviews on what they taste, and put back tea to replace what you took, you should be fine.

KiwiDelight

Oh yes, I’m definitely going to compensate for how much I took. And this is the only time he’ll have something from the box.

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90

A little outside of my comfort zone, as I am not usually a fan of cherry anything aside from actual cherries, but I really liked this one. There is a really nice subtle toasted coconut flavor from that lingers throughout and then finishes with a refreshing sour cherry flavor just on the back end. Would likely make a lovely sweetened iced tea.

Preparation
4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

I’ve been drinking a lot of rooibos over the last few years, and I think it’s mostly because I still can’t decide whether I like it or not. The flavor of the rooibos does not come through very much, but then again it was a pretty weak tea overall. There was a fairly strong vanilla extract scent when I opened the bag, and it remains when the tea is brewed, but the flavors are all very subtle. It has potential however, so I am going to try this again with double the amount of tea and see how I feel after that.

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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70

Lewis & Clarke TTB

I don’t generally go for flavored teas in the morning (errr… early afternoon) but I just happened to open this pouch and take a sniff… and then I had to make it, lol. It smells amazing. Tart and berry, a mixture of blueberry candy and cranberry sauce. There was also a whole dried goji berry in my teaspoon! The green tea itself looks like sencha to me, the leaves are definitely steamed flat. There are also large pieces of dried lemongrass.

The brewed aroma has much more blueberry in it, which I love. I can still smell the tartness of the pomegranate and goji, too. As far as the taste goes, the berry flavor is a bit too light for me. I mostly taste slightly oversteeped green tea (I guess I should have gone for 2 minutes) with a bit of a blueberry and pomegranate hint near the end. The lemongrass does blend with the green tea and give it some added dimension, which is nice. There’s also a bit of the powdered sugar-like taste that I sometimes get from flavored teas.

Flavors: Blueberry, Fruity, Grass, Lemongrass, Powdered sugar

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I had pulled this one out of the box to try and just ran out of time. There were so many other teas to try and this fell off the list. I love the flavor of blueberries.

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65

Lewis & Clarke TTB

Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors, so I had to try this one. :D The leaves are pretty generic-looking black tea leaves. It smells very sweet and vanilla custardy, but there’s also another smell that I’m having a hard time placing. I know, it reminds me of those vanilla-flavored calcium chews! Lol…

Brewed, it smells like vanilla custard, om nom nom! To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed by the lack of vanilla flavor in my cup. I’m not sure whether I didn’t get any vanilla bean or what, but it pretty much tastes like a mediocre black tea with a hint of vanilla at the end. :( Sad day.

Flavors: Malt, Tea, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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L&CTTB

This is a nice vanilla black tea. The base tea has a good amount of maltiness which goes very well with the vanilla. I have other teas that fall into this category right now in my cupboard so I don’t need it now, but I will keep it in mind for in the future.

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80

L&C TTB

I kept a sample of this to try from the TTB to try, and found a little piece of vanilla bean in it. I love it when that happens! This smells so yummy, vanilla and creamy.
Taste wise, its nice and vanilla-y and creamy. I don’t remember much else, I seemed to have drank it all without realizing it while doing my homework. It’s good, but doesnt replace my favorite vanilla teas. A good contender though.

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85

I received this tea from the Marco Polo TTB, filled with lovely samples from a huge variety of tea companies. This is my first tea from Mahamosa Gourmet Teas. I happen to like rooibos teas especially in the evening when caffeine is a no-no. The rooibos taste is smoothly present without smacking you in the face. The caramel is smooth and creamy. It has a bit of an aftertaste but it isn’t unpleasant. I added a little sweetener but I have the feeling most people wouldn’t need it. Yummy!

Flavors: Caramel, Cream, Rooibos

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85

How have I not put up a review of this yet?

The key between c & e is broken on my computer, so there’s gonna be some creative phrasing up in here.

I’m having this tea partly to help me stay awake & partly as a comfort. My anxiety has been piquing a bit since I have a relatively minor situation that has been stressing me out because it sets off my guilt complex along with some other fears. I’m just trying to tell myself that it’s not necessary for me to react with stress & fear, even though that’s my normal habit.

ANYWHO. I really, really like this tea. It’s just so smooth. It’s ever so slightly astringent in the way that breakfast teas normally are, & the smokiness is artfully warm, not brash. Even just sniffing the aroma is a comfort. Nice aftertaste, too. It seems like a great first-thing-in-the-morning tea when it’s freezing & snowy out. Calmly assertive.

Christina

I hope your keyboard gets fixed soon. Gotta be tough finding ways around using the letter D.

ashmanra

I think this would make an awesome writing exercise. Pick a letter to be off limits and phrase everything around it? Ha ha! My daughter is going to enjoy this when school starts back…

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73

This tea is good, but not mind-blowing. Maybe I’m jaded? I drank some favorites earlier so it’s hard to compete with that… This is a pleasant black/green mix with a bit of strawberry jam flavoring that I like, but it’s nothing I could live without. I wouldn’t refuse it though. It’s good. It’s just hard to compete with all the exceptional teas out there.

Thanks Sil for letting me try it!
And I’m at 160!!!
(I might go back up when my Butiki order arrives, but I don’t think it’s even shipped yet so I have time!)

Sil

go go gadget sipdowns!

Cavocorax

:P I’m hoping I can push my numbers down steadily so that when you go to US and buy like crazy, we’ll meet in the middle!

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