Mahamosa Gourmet Teas, Spices & Herbs

Recent Tasting Notes

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This sample came from Nicole. Visually, it looks like a generic semi-tippy Yunnan, though the leaves are a bit more broken than I would like. The leaves are mostly dark, maybe with 30% golden tips. Dry, it smells pretty sweet and malty. I did my usual 3 minute brew.

The brewed aroma is earthy with malt or dark bread notes, raisins, and honey. The taste is quite similar. There’s a definitely earthy quality, but I don’t get mineral or smoke with it. Definitely a lot of malt here, but I wouldn’t describe it as bread. I also get a dark dried fruit flavor, which makes me think of raisins combined with the richness of molasses. There’s isn’t a ton of sweetness, however. There’s just a little hint of an herbaceous spice note that I’ve found in several other dark Yunnan and Fujian teas. I would describe this as being between the “dark” Yunnans (earth/mineral/smoke) and the “middling” Yunnans (mostly bread/honey/dried fruit). This tea is okay, but not something that I would purchase. I tend to love the middling to light (pastry/honey/stonefruit) Yunnans the most though. :)

Flavors: Earth, Herbaceous, Malt, Molasses, Raisins

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

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I love a good lavender earl grey. I grabbed this one out of my earl grey stash today and although I love lavender this might have over done it a bit for me. It’s very heavy on the lavender. So much that it has a bit of a lavender bathroom smell to it. I can taste the earl grey in the after taste but otherwise it’s overtaken.

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Not too much tea drinking today as I slept in super late and then got called to cover someone else’s shift at work but at least there is some time for a couple cups before bed. Sipping on this now, it is pleasant enough but not really something I will miss when I pass the rest of the sample on to Cavocorax. The strawberry is subtle but adds a nice sweetness to the cup while the green tea in the base helps lighten up the black tea. Thank you Sil for the chance to try this as it is definitely something that would have caught my eye and now I know it’s not something I would need to stock.

Sil

:D those are the best kind of teas…. teas you can cross OFF your list lol

VariaTEA

That is very true.

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85

Morning tea for the day, as I peruse YouTube and try to figure out the bass line of a song by one of my favorite bands, a Japanese group by the name of Luna Sea. And, of course, finding that I got said bass line wrong. _

I don’t think I’ve reviewed this tea on here yet, but I’ve come to quite like it. It reminds me of a bailin gongfu tea or something. Brisk and misty. There’s a woodsy quality in the back of the mouth too, almost like fresh mulch. Because it’s Nepalese, I think I automatically think “mountains” every time I drink it. I think I got it a sliver on the bitter side this morning, but no worry. That could also be just some natural astringency.

EDIT: So of course when I post this, up pops my WAY more detailed review from a month ago! Ha.

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Had another cup of this for breakfast this morning, thanks to the generous sample from the TTB.

I accidentally forgot to fill my kettle up with enough water for a cup, so I had to let it sit after I poured it, while I waited for more water to boil.

It got really dark and bold. I added milk , or maybe it was a splash of cream…I forget. Anyway it was good and rich and thick and creamy.
Glad I have a bit left!

Nicole

I love this one with cream. :)

Sil

i’ll have to look at it sometime…sounds nice

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Card and Tea Travelling Tea Box

This one is from earlier in the day and i have to say, that as i haven’t tried a lot of Mahamosa teas (yet) i was looking forward to giving this one a shot. Turns out, this one wasn’t too bad. There’s a nice fruity taste to this one, though to be fair i don’t recall just how strawberry like it was heh. I just know that it was a pleasant cup while i had a VERY productive day working from home!

VariaTEA

Yay for being productive and trying new things!

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T&C TTB Tea # 21 Backlog May 29

Here’s what my log book says for this tea:

“I remember nothing about this. Decent, simple black. KEEP.”

So, there you have it.

I loved this TTB experience because I was able to try so many teas. I was worried at first about having enough to put in to replace all that I wanted to try, but then I looked at my jam packed tea cupboards and laughed at myself for ever thinking that. And that box was so full of tea, there were tons I didn’t even touch!

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85

I went on a small Mahamosa spree recently (I LOVE their EG Cream), and I decided to try some teas of nationalities with which I was not familiar. I got a Russian tea, a Kenyan tea, and this Nepalese tea.

I prepared this in the gaiwan tonight. I started reading a guidebook-type thing to tea yesterday, and it makes me want to be more precise and refined with my tea brewing.

So of course I completely did not measure the amount of time on the first steep at all. It’s somewhere between 30-45 s.

The dry leaves are mostly small and dark brown-black with some lighter flecks. There are longer leaves among the short ones. Wet leaves lighten in color, and have a fairly full-bodied wood/mud aroma. Liquor is on the lighter side of amber.

The word that comes to mind when tasting it is “mulch.” I’m not sure why. It’s almost a woodsy flavor, but it’s just on this side of earthy-astringent. It’s actually fairly brisk.

The flavor grows another angle on the second steep. It’s a flavor whose angle goes “down,” goes deeper. It’s a flavor that I’d normally find kind of weird in other things, but here it’s just part of the experience. It’s hard to describe, but I keep wanting to say mud? There’s something almost mossy about it. An edge of something resembling sweetness.

On the third steep, the highs and lows of the tea have evened out, but the woodsiness is more defined. Now I really imagine gnawing on mulch, or even wood products. It’s a pleasantly rounded flavor.

Had I not taken the time to do the very involved tasting with this – complete with gaiwan and slurps – I would have probably drank it and thought, “Eh, that’s alright.” Honestly, it doesn’t jump out and grab me, but I find it enjoyable, especially during this third sip in which the woodsiness comes out.

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As much as I like the cinnamon chai from Upton Tea, this Fennel Chai is the most interesting smelling and tasting chai I think I’ve ever had. Really interesting aroma that features a deep almost earthy aroma, nice rounded flavor; I steeped mine with boiling water for five minutes and there was no bitter aftertaste. (Added vanilla creamer – delicious.)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth

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

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According to my handy e-mail draft list, this is the last tea that Nicole sent me I have yet to write a tasting note for. Thank you once again for that lovely package of teas you sent a while back!

Steep #1 //12 mins after boiling (unintentionally) // 3 min
The leaves smell like an intoxicating Earl. The lavender is actually green rather than, uh, lavender. But the lavender is certainly potent – very good. The lavender surprisingly overpowers the bergamot, though I can’t really smell the lavender when the blend is dry. The base is perfect for the bergamot & lavender. If you like bergamot and lavender (and neither brings soap to mind for you) then this one is for you! I will enjoy this but I think I can never get enough Earl Grey Cream in my life.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min
This steep didn’t have as much magic. The lavender and what bergamot was gone. I think I should have steeped it the way I did last cup. I’ll try again the next time, but I know if I steep it right I can get at least three nice steeps from exceptional EGs like SpecialTeas. This one isn’t my favorite. The Steepster rating is for the first cup but it would be lower if you averaged the second steep in.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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