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’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #19
An interesting decaf choice – it’s supposedly caramel though I don’t see any of those caramel cubes. There are rose petals and apparently a little mint. The mint seems to only be noticeable at the top of the cup with mild rose flavors. There is an odd sweetness, not sure how that happens… apparently the “flavoring”. Both steeps were sweet but on the second steep, the rose and mint somehow disappeared completely.
Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
This is my wife’s favorite tea, and I find it very tasty as well. I like tea sweet – even though others think it’s a little too sweet, I still add a touch of honey when I make it. The tea is robust, but not overpowering, and is good for several steeps with a lot of flavor. If you like cinnamon and orange, you owe it to yourself to try this.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Sweet, Tea
Smell, Dry: Sweet, reminds me of brown sugar and maple nut candies, with a hint of rum.
Smell, Wet: Much stronger maple and molasses smell that finishes with brown sugar and then black tea astringency
Tastes: very sweet, almost like a slice of fruitcake or gingerbread with a sugar glaze. As it cools, I get rich fruit notes such as plums and dates. The sip finishes with lightness and even slight cooling taste that keeps it from getting too heavy.
This is a very resilient tea that can stand up to long steep times. I wish it wasn’t pre-sweetened as it can get a little heavy and rich if not drinking as a dessert tea.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dates, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Peppermint, Plums, Rum
HGTTB caramel? Yes. Apple? not really. I did brew this at the lower temp suggested on the bag and i’m glad I did as i’m fearful that at boiling this would be overly bitter and undrinkable. At 180 it’s pleasant enough but just not really very caramelly or appley. It’s a decent cup though and as always i love trying new teas :)
I just love the name of this blend; it paints a beautiful picture in my mind. The actual tea itself is none too beautiful, ahahah. It reminds me of when my vacuum becomes full, and I need to dump out the dust bunnies. I share that not to discourage anyone, but its the truth. The aroma is a strong and sharp mint. I can hint a slight floral undertone. The flavor is consistent with its scent. It begins with a sharp mint freshness and then simmers down with a vanilla and floral flavor. The flavor then continues with a sweet essence. I can hint at various herbs and spices. This a very unique blend and I love how it sticks out rather then fits in with the rest. I am not one for minty teas though.
Flavors: Frosting, Herbs, Mint
A novelty tea from Pike Place Market in Seattle. Hints of peach that exude a light fragrance upon sipping. Big downside is that the tea leaves are too minuscule. They slip through the filter and float to the top, impeding the drinking experience. Consumption created a sensation similar to chamomile, albeit fruitier. Also seems a bit blacker than the herbal teas.
Cooking TTB #17
I’ve tried a few caramel apple teas this fall and haven’t been impressed with any of them until now. This actually left me feeling pretty satisfied! The sweetness was finally identifiable as caramel instead of just sweet apple and the apple wasn’t the tart green type I’ve found in others. It tasted like gala apple slices dipped in caramel sauce, while all the others have tasted much more like those fluorescently green lollipops you get around Halloween.
Flavors: Caramel, Red Apple
From the Cooking TTB.
Hmm, not bad. The dry leaf smells like caramel apple, and the flavour reflects these notes as well. I wanted this a little sweeter than it was naturally, so I added half a teaspoon of sugar and it became quite sweet.
This tea delivers on what it promises but I’m not wowed.
Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Sweet, Tart
This is the first tea I’m trying from the Tea & Cards TTB! (Which I will call T&C TTB in future tasting notes). I went through all the teas yesterday and created a little “to try” pile. This one just happened to be on top of the pile when I was reaching for tea today. As it was steeping up, it did seem a bit perfume-y from the rose petals, which made me a bit nervous. Thankfully, the tea itself was not too perfume-y for my enjoyment. I think when the tea was hot, the rose flavor was more prominent with bits of fruitiness from the lychee. As the cup cooled down, I actually think that the juicy lychee flavor started taking over with rose taking a backseat. It’s been a very interesting cup to taste. I think I prefer it with the lychee flavor up front. I may have to set some aside to cold brew with later. Off to a good start with this TTB!
I didn’t know if I’d like this one, but I think I do. I can pick out the vanilla and spearmint which has a slight cooling effect. I also get a slight lemongrass flavor. It’s been a long time since I have been in Seattle and I don’t know that I paid attention to the sunsets, most likely because I was trying to track down the things that had been stolen out of my van and find my way through the city, but I’ll have to pay more attention next time I visit and think of this tea!
I like this twist on the classic Earl Grey – the black bergamot flavored tea has been enhanced with the additions of lavender and rose. It’s nice. The bergamot is a bit softer than most traditional Earl Grey teas I’ve encountered, kind of like the softer bergamot notes you might experience from an Earl Grey creme but without the vanilla notes.
Normally I do prefer a stronger bergamot presence but I like that it’s softer here because it’s allowing me to experience the lavender and rose. Sweet, delicate, feminine – I like the balance between citrus fruit and florals.
A really pleasant blend.
My dad first introduced me to this tea awhile ago. I didn’t like it at the time because I knew nothing about tea (besides jasmine green tea which I loved). He over steeped it. Or rather I should say, he likes his tea very very strong. He is a coffee drinker. I had it again recently and my goodness! It’s awesome. It kinda reminds me of red hots! Or whatever those tiny red candies were called. If you like this tea you should also try Red hot Cinnamon by Indigo Tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey
…Well I wasn’t quite expecting liquid cinnamon hearts mixed with orange flavouring when I tried the sample of this tea that I had kicking around. It’s so sweet I’m half-wondering if it’s sent my blood sugar levels soaring. Indeed looking at the dry leaves they’re glossy with oil – probably a ton of cinnamon oil I’m guessing. Now I don’t mind cinnamon but this is too much for my tastes.
I’m kinda surprised no one else commented on the fact that this is very similar to Evening in Missoula. It is slightly different though. The spearmint perhaps is stronger? I do agree that the vanilla powder is kinda freaky. I kept thinking it was mold but as soon as I opened the bag and the vanilla wafted into my nose and made me sneeze, I knew it was not. IT is good hot but I think it would also be good brewed cold.
I’m actually impressed that they got the taste of huckleberries in this tea. Not only that but they used huckleberries in the ingredients. I always find it strange when a tea company calls a tea something and then doesn’t bother to even use the name in the tea. At least in these cases with fruits and berries. That being said it’s not my cup o tea. It’s good but just not one I would run to every day.
I was intrigued when I got the tea from the Tea and Card TTB because it was wrapped in four layers of bags and wraps. :) I was saddened when I read the reviews.:( I sniffed… good raspberry scent. Brewed nice aroma. Added my favorite vanilla stevia and I have a lovely cup of tea. The raspberry is good if perhaps a bit artificial. But not too artificial tasting. Refreshing. No aftertaste. It sat for a while while I went for a walk and the taste is still acceptable for me.
Wow this is so tropical. Cold brewed.
Juicy orange, pineapple and mango meld together and create a bright tropical juice like tea. The orange and pineapple give just a bit of tang to keep it from being too sweet. The base tea in this takes the back seat, letting the fruits do there thang.
I’m more of a berry type of fruit person when it comes to flavors (but I love all actual fruits), but this reminds me of a beach resort in Cozumel that I went to last month. It had an open bar, and I used it as an opportunity to sample a bunch of mixed drinks, a bunch of which featured pineapple mango and/or orange flavors.
The aroma when you go to take a sip is very much orange peel, and when you take a sip, the first thing I taste it orange, quickly followed by diluted pineapple juice which carries on through the end of the sip where there’s a hit of mango melding in with the pineapple, and finally the orange comes back in a lingering aftertaste. Not bad!
Smelling the leaves, I had a feeling I wouldn’t be a fan. I realized that the idea of combining orange (which can be bitter) with fiery cinnamon doesn’t appeal to me. This smells like red hots, which smell like Fireball Whiskey, which I really don’t like (my bfs liquor of choice, and after some bad experiences last year, my least favorite). The smell kind of turns my stomach (like I said bad experiences. Let’s just say that I must be really special if I could up chuck all over my boyfriends bed before we were dating, and still have him ask me out).
I absolutely sweetened this, expecting a fiery bitter mess, and I’m glad I did. Sweetened up, there’s still a red hots vibe going on, but it’s in the back and it’s subdued by the sweetener enough to keep me forming dumping the cup. The orange isn’t bad actually.
The aroma when you lift the cup to your mouth to take a sip is all cinnamon, but when it hits your tongue, the first thing you notice is the orange. I wouldn’t say it’s quite juicy, but it’s not bitter either. It’s not till the end of the sip that the cinnamon hits you, and then it sticks around in a lingering after taste.
This tea was doomed for me from the start. I love chais, but not straight cinnamon teas. Due to the bad associate I have with the red hot type flavor, it’s not for me. But that being said, if you like fiery cinnamon, and you like orange, then you’ll like this tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spicy