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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
This is a pretty strong and hearty genmaicha. The roasty notes in this are darker deeper and more roasted peanuts like than other genmaichas I’ve had. I’m assuming that’s because I’ve that addition of the puffed barley. I’ve never had puffed barley before so I can’t be sure if that’s the difference I’m tasting.
The end of the sip also has a more green punch than some others I’ve tried. There is a bit of astringency. The stronger, darker green combined with the dark roast, creates a deep complex cuppa.
Ok, so I’m digging through some of my samples and decide to give this one a try… It’s smells fruity sweet like something I would go for but I’ve put off trying it because cranberry to me means tart.. something I haven’t tried much in tea up to this point for fear of not liking it.
Steeped this is much like it smells, sweet & creamy with a bit of fruity berry flavor… I don’t know that I get so much cranberry but I guess not all cranberry is tart now that I think about the dried ones I get for spinach salads. I did add my normal bit of sugar to this ;) This is a nice treat I wouldn’t likely have ventured to pick up myself… If I ever put together an order for Market Spice I would be really tempted to grab a bit of this one. Thanks EvaGrimm for sharing this nice blend in our swap.. !
Flavors: Berry, Cranberry, Creamy
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
Just going off of the name… I really didn’t think that I would like it.. but this tea is actually quite delicious! . At first I get a surge of spices that steadily cool into a creamy sweetness. I don’t know if I would call it licorice tasting, more of a smooth cream than anything. Hmm…perhaps the strong licorice flavor has faded a bit? shug Either way, I am really enjoying this cozy cup:]
Edit: The warmer the liquor is, the more I enjoy this cup. As it cools, it appears to have less flavor.. still delicious but hot is the way to go with this one:]
Flavors: Cream, Spices
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
I don’t know why, but caffeine makes me sleepy. I can drink boat loads of herbal and rooibos teas and be peppy all day… but as soon as I drink any caffeinated teas, I get so sleepy… I think I’m broken, but that’s alright:P
The cinnamon and cloves in this tea are very light. The pumpkin in this tea is really quite smooth with a warming sensation. The ginger in here is mild to slightly bland. The tea smells much better than it actually tastes (it smells like someone is baking a pumpkin pie downstairs^.^) but it is still a pleasant tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pumpkin
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
This tea smells simply divine and after seeing all the ripe huckleberries on the trail on Sunday, I had to try this one. The smell of this tea is much stronger than the flavor, but the flavor is still gorgeously huckleberry! Yum. Market Spice did a great job capturing the wildlife essence of Seattle in this tea. mmm.
To me, this tea tasted way better sans sweetener (I usually add sweetener about halfway through so I know what it tastes like with and without sweetener). And if I were to have another cup of this tea, I would leave out that sweetener:]
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
Mm. There are so many flavors in this tea. There is a freshness from the lemon, sweetness from the vanilla, tranquility from the chamomile, and cooling from the mint. Wow. Way more flavors than I was originally expecting. Yep, I could definitely picture myself drinking this while watching the sun set tonight:]
Flavors: Lemon, Spearmint, Vanilla
I got this box of teabags on my vacation to the Seattle, Washington area. MarketSpice store originated in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and since 1911, Huckleberry Tea has been a part of the collection.
It contains no sugar; but has black tea, natural and artificial flavors.
When you open this package of tea bags,,,,,it is very berrylicious scented!!! It smells like a purple grape juice, blackberry, and blueberry combo. Must be what a huckleberry smells and tastes like. Would love to have had a huckleberry to know for sure.
I brewed 8 ounces in a Pyrex measuring cup with just boiling water and 1 tea bag. Steeped for 3 minutes.
The liquor is dark purple-brown and has the scent of grapes and berries.
The flavor is mostly in the nose. It has lots of scent of purple grape juice and berries but the flavor on the tongue is a bit less sweet and has a touch of wild bitter grass flavor to it.
I will have to play with this one, it might need less of a steep time to bring out some sweetness. It definitely has a sweet scent.
Nonetheless, very fun and unique tea bag that I will always remember from my visits to Seattle’s Pike Place Market!!!!
Flavors: Huckleberry, Huckleberry Flavor
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
What is this, a gingerbread tea? Oh man, you honestly can’t expect me to keep my hands off this one. Talk about a perfect seasonal treat! It smells strongly on ginger and cinnamon…now I want to bake some cookies:P tehehe..
I don’t know how they accomplished it, but it has the lovely baked flavor that you would find in an actual gingerbread cookie!! The tea leaves smell much sweeter than the tea actually is…which I do really appreciate. Gingerbread cookies are so delicious in their own right, they do not need to be slathered in icing and this is what the tea captures. I added a bit of milk to my tea and mmmm, gingerbread in a cup!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Ginger
Smooth and sweet, it’s like a lightly cherry sweetened marzipan. Is it great? Uh… well, I’ll be fine finishing off the $0.50 of this that I got. :) I think that someone who really loves cherries and almonds would find this quite delightful.
Flavors: Cherry, Marzipan, Smooth
This one surprised me. Tartness from the cranberry and smooth mint made a nice combination, one I’ve yet to find elsewhere. Was teabag, and red rooibos at that, but I think I’ll grab more the next time in Seattle, it was good enough to try again.
Flavors: Cranberry, Mint, Smooth, Tart
I was really excited when I saw, “spicy” as part of the title, because frankly, I loves me some spicy tea! (Yes Kapha from TeaGschwendner, I’m thinking of you fondly here). I grabbed a tiny bit – $0.52 worth to be exact – and now wish I’d grabbed more. Most of the heat from the spice comes from extra ginger, which I LOVE, and the rest is a pretty smooth, delicious chai.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper, Spicy
First off: whatever is in the pineapple in this blend causes it to mash together into a huge lump, and it needs separating before drinking. Having said that, this is probably the juiciest, most luscious tea I’ve had along these lines, so I’m thinking it’s a less processed pineapple (because well-dried, it wouldn’t have this moisture to cause smooshing).
Is this a complaint? Definitely not, other than trying to figure out initially if that’s intentional or a mistake (the seemingly congealed mass of white clumps around the tea). This is a bright, light pineapple tea, and while I get little else other than a touch of mango, and zero actual tea from this, it’s really quite delicious. I could easily sip this all summer happily, although I’d likely forget it was caffeinated, it’s just that light.
Flavors: Creamy, Mango, Pineapple
Grabbed every single tea I could at Market Spice at the Pike Place Market in Seattle this weekend, because they sell it in one-bag pouches for sampling, or loose in the tiniest of tiny bags for whatever amounts to $0.94 USD. This was one of their in-house blends and in a single teabag to boot, and I kinda wish I’d grabbed more now. Smells very sweet and strongly so, and tastes pretty much the same – even though I oversteeped it by a huge amount, there was zero bitterness or astringency. Would be fantastic iced!
Flavors: Berries, Lime
This tea reminds me a lottt of Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice. The cinnamon flavor of this one is less intense and the sweetness from the orange is a little bit stronger. Like Red Hots without the sting. Mmm. As much as I do really enjoy a strong, spicy cinnamon note, this sweeter version is delicious as well. This tea is naturally sweet without sweetener. With this tea available so close (Pike’s Place Market! ) and it’s delicious taste, it will probably be one of my newest staples:] Yum.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spices, Sweet
I was looking for something black and orange/bergamot this morning… surprised myself! Never thought I would go for citrus, but here I am.
TeaTiff sent this to me quite awhile back, Thanks!, and I wasn’t crazy about it then.. it was ok but not a favorite, but thought I would give it another try since I still had a bit of a sample left.
I am sooo sooooo terrible about finishing any sample bag, whether I like the tea or not… just terrible! I’m going to have to learn to do it or I will have a whole bunch of little baggies with one lonely little serving left in them. If I like a tea it’s even harder if I know it will be awhile before I would consider an order w/it’s company or if it’s difficult to get. When I see all of your sipdowns I get jealous that I have such a hard time with that. I do think Hubby would welcome more purchased teas in the cupboard if I could manage to get myself to do a better job of it though. Must work on it!
This one is much like I remembered it, maybe a bit better now that I’ve come to enjoy citrus in my tea more. I steeped this a little cooler this time to try and avoid the pepper flavor I got last time I tried it. Although it was less present, it was still there.. although more tolerable. I don’t know if pepper is a flavor I would come to crave in tea, but I have already surprised myself w/citrus. I do love pepper in some of my foods! so who knows?
Flavors: Orange Zest, Peppercorn
A friend of mine had to unexpectedly fly into DC in order to renew her passport, and I let her crash on my couch. In thanks, she brought me yummy things from Seattle, including a tiny packet of this. They were in filter bags, and not loose like I normally like my tea, but I don’t look gift tea in the mouth (unless it’s Bigelow in which case I will judge you so hard with all the tea snobbery I can bring to bear).
I made a cup of this today. I needed a pick-me-up since I was up until 2 working on a job application that I started around 10. (As an aside, why in the world does a job application need to be 30 pages, PLUS another page of logic questions, PLUS another 20ish pages of personality questions???)
I really liked this tea. It tastes nicely fruity but not overbearingly so. No sugar needed, either, to bring out the flavor like with some other teas. I was a tad worried since “artificial flavoring” is right there on the ingredient list and if it tastes too artificial, I won’t like it. Thankfully, it didn’t. It’s a nice tea. Sweet and fruity. On the light side of black teas. I think this would make an awesome iced tea.
When I first started an interest in teas, I didn’t think I would care for citrus teas, but I’m learning that I can enjoy them :) Thanks EvaGrimm for sharing a bit of this with me!
I’ve found that I have trouble grabbing them to try because if I’m making tea to go with a meal, I don’t want the flavor to compete with my meal. I had this blend yesterday afternoon while I was helping my son with his homework and it was a nice treat… nothing to compete with it except my son’s attention.
This one smells sweet and orangey as dry leaf. Steeped I tried it w/o sugar and it was vanilla orange with a nice black base rounding out the cup. I decided to add a bit of sugar as is my normal and I lost a bit of the orange flavor. As it cooled, that orange flavor returned along with the sweetness.. Quite nice. It’s not in your face orange flavoring to me, but rather a nice gentle orange flavor. I didn’t really get the cream, but think it may have been present to help make for a smooth cup.
I could see myself drinking something like this in the morning when I’m often looking for a black tea and/or when I have something simple like a bagel or simple egg sandwich. Then, when I’m in the mood for an orange in the evening… L’Automne from Fauchon.. to get an amazing caffeine free cup… If only it were readily available here.
I do have a couple more caffeine free blends to try since EvaGrimm was so nice in sending me a few samples of citrus blends… Maybe one of those will tickle my fancy too.
I think I’m coming around to citrus, at least orange citrus so far if it isn’t too bold. As I write this, I remember how much I liked Three Friends from Butiki as well. Thanks to all the wonderful people here for their helpfulness and generosity!
Flavors: Orange Zest
I was hunting for something black this morning, as per usual, and wanted something different/new. Found this one in my sample stash from EvaGrimm.. you must have thought I’d enjoy this one since you sent two sample bags.. Thanks! I had held off tryig this one because I keep thinking Spring will be here any day, Holiday Tea just doesn’t fit.. I want warm weather, no more cold.. Yet we woke up to snow this morning. Hopefully the last of the season! I decided to look up the blend and see what was in it and was surprised to see it wasn’t a spicy blend but a chocolate raspberry mint.. Hmmm..
While hot I get mostly raspberry black tea. As it cools I find the raspberry still very present, but the mint and chocolate are finding their way into the mix. Quite nice. I imagine this would be great iced. My sister often orders raspberry iced tea at restaurants when they offer it, I imagine this would be much superior! I think I would simply tell her it was raspberry chocolate mint tea instead of “holiday tea”… Since “holiday” in the states refers to Christmas, now if it meant vacation.. That might fit. :)