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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.
“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.
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!
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?
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!
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/
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 :)
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.
SIPDOWN!(230) Another tea courtesy of nicole and the first from mahamosa that i’ve been able to try. I really like this one! It’s got a total exotic fruit taste to it, rather than that generic “berry” flavour. I think this would likely be a really nice cold brew as well. I’ve never had jackfruit before, or if i have, i can’t recall the taste – so i can’t comment on how close it comes to the real thing but this is tasty! Thanks to much for sending this my way nicole!
Cold steeped this overnight. It was just ok. I think cranberry should be tart. This isn’t tart enough, and I think the citrus distracts from it. Tea is trying to be too many things and it’s just a muddled mess. Will drink it, it’s fine, won’t be looking for more.
When this one became available online I loaded up on half a pound. I’ve now used up two of the bags I think. I am still convinced I’ve only used up one but I find no proof of it anywhere. It’s that good I hope I have more.
I typically make it hot and then leave it sitting until it cools. This is probably not the best option right now because I’m sure it’s still a gram of sugar per cup max but that’s a lot of sugar right now. I should probably water down the rest since I have powered through it today.
Still as delicious as ever. And it’s going to have to keep me occupied since I have to wait until morning to get my Adagio order. ARGH MAILMAN WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST PUTTING MY MAIL IN THE LOCKERS.
Sweet, juicy and delicious! This tea really delivers on the blood orange flavor. The black tea base is mild and allows the flavors of the blood orange to really shine through. It’s a very bright, refreshing tea. A nice one to serve iced!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/13/blood-orange-flavored-black-tea-from-mahamosa/
I am a fan of frozen mango. :) And I like Della Terra’s mango tea.
I like this blend. I have no idea if I taste papaya or not – I probably can’t swear that I’ve ever had papaya as a fruit. It’s a good blend with the tea base. Smells wonderful.
The rest of this bonus sample that was generously included with my order will likely be served at the summer tea party on Thursday. And I may serve it iced.
When I order again from Mahamosa, I think this will probably go on the to-be-iced list.
So this wasn’t too bad. Those of you who are on a quest for natural tasting raspberry probably won’t find what you are looking for here but if you just want a decently strong black base with a fairly strong raspberry flavor, this is it.
I love raspberries. I am usually not a fan of it in teas. It almost always ends up being too tart. I think the cream flavor balances out the tart in this blend pretty well.
Sipdown! 846. Thanks to momo for letting me try this one :)
I brewed this up pretty strong – I can’t recall the proportions, but I’ve leaned towards using 2 tsp/8 oz. with rooibos lately, so did at least that (possibly 2.5 tsp for 10oz? I don’t remember). Anyhow, this is creamy and chocolatey – one of the better chocolatey rooibos’ I’ve had, I think! Pretty tasty, and fits nicely into a caffeine-free evening (if that is desired).
ETA: No sour flavour here as I noted previously. I’d chalk that up to flavour contamination :)
This is a decent vanilla black tea. Almost caramelly in smell and with a sweetish taste.
For the price and taste I think I’d probably keep Harney & Son’s Vanilla Black in the cupboard over this one, but if one were making an order from Mahamosa and wanted something to round it out, this is a good tea.
I had this yesterday as a point of comparison with Steeped Tea’s EGdlC.
This one is better. Not as harsh, more creamy. Still not sure if it’s the best one, but it’s pretty good. Bergamotty, mildly creamy, good tea base. Still leans towards a tendency to astringency but not bad and I could probably go with 2 minutes instead of 3 and reduce that.
So of course this is the other one I had yesterday, like a quart of it. I actually kind of room temperature steeped it, and it worked out. I drank the green rooibos in the meantime and by the time I was ready for this one, it was almost just like how I normally steep it. This way probably makes me use less tea. I realized yesterday at max I can make 1 1/2 gallons of iced tea from 2 oz of this tea, so it’s kind of a pricey thing to use too often especially compared to how cheap one can get green rooibos.
I think though room temp or cold steeping is probably the best way to go so I don’t use as much. I also typically like to make this one so that it’s like juice. It works quite well too when not made so heavy handed.
I still have 3 more bags so hopefully that’ll last me through the summer.