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My second chamomile citrus tea for the night! I’m going to have to stop telling people I don’t like chamomile at this rate. The scent of the dry tea is intense lemon! and orange! and then some faint chamomile in the background. Brewed, the scent mellows out considerably to a more generic citrus, and I can detect the lemongrass and maybe a hint of the mint. The taste is also quite citrusy, a bit tart (but in a good way – maybe that’s the hibiscus but if so it’s quite subtle) and an interesting blend with orange peel, lemongrass, and lemon myrtle all contributing. I can barely detect the chamomile, which works pretty well for me, but might not be a plus for you chamomile fans out there. :)
Flavors: Citrus, Lemongrass, Orange
Upon opening the paper package that the tea bag came in I can immediately smell the tea; unfortunately it smelled like strong cough syrup to me. The silk tea pouch with sewn edges looked very nice though, it definitely adds to the experience.
Once hot water is added the heated smell is less like cough syrup and and more pleasant like fruit and flowers, and I could identify the mangos. I checked the ingredient list and saw no mangos, but just a second later realized it was in the “natural flavours”. It was an odd moment expecting to see mango in the list but didn’t, perhaps it would help to list it in brackets.
The tea is mild and thin-bodied, reddish orange liquor, and does not have a lot of depth, but I could smell the fruit while I drink it. It leaves a minty kind of aftertaste in the mouth that reminds me of peppermint, and sometimes at the very end a whiff of honey. It will probably not go well with milk as it does not have the astringency (being a rooibos) to offset the milk. It needs more character for my taste, but I can see it go well with fruit pieces as an iced tea.
Flavors: Flowers, Mango, Peppermint
The aroma of the dry leaves is powdery, warm, with hint of cocoa powder and very muted vanilla. The liquor is a dull copper and smell of powdery/chalky sweetness reminiscent of marshmallows, but not quite vanilla. The character of the tea leaves is not prominent. This tea may work with a splash of milk and sugar for a sweet tea, but the flavour of the tea would be considerably diluted.
Flavors: Marshmallow, Powdered sugar, Vanilla
This is one of those times where I’m not quite sure what this tastes likes because, as I realize only after having brewed it, I have no idea what chamomile tastes like on its own. I assume floral, but this doesn’t really taste floral to me. I think I taste citrus and the tartness of hibiscus. And that’s kind of it except at the end where I get a very light minty coolness on my tongue. The more sips I take right now, the more I begin to like it. I wasn’t so sure at first. And, by the way, what the heck happened here? I was so sure at the beginning of my tea journey that I 100% did not like lemon or orange flavors….and then I found out that bergamot is a variety of citrus and everything has gone downhill since then. I feel like I’ve been lied to….by my own self….for like a really long time.
Flavors: Citrus, Hibiscus, Spearmint
This Orange Dulce from Mighty Leaf is a pleasant surprise. I’m not really sure why I am surprised except maybe because I’m not that fond of their Earl Grey, and I naturally presumed that this blend would be like Earl Grey only with bergamot switched out and replaced by orange oil.
In fact, this is an orange and vanilla blend. It tastes smooth and creamy even without cream! I’ll experiment with one of my other sachets at a later date to find out whether with half & half added this ends up creating a creamsicle effect.
Or maybe I won’t add cream, since this tastes good as is! Orange Dulce might be a good choice for people who find Constant Comment and other heavily spiced orange-black tea blends too heavy on the spice (above all, clove).
Flavors: Orange Zest, Vanilla
After 11:59 pm rolled around on Friday night and all my assignments and quizzes and exams were either finished, or past due, and I decided to celebrate the end of D-day (most things due in one day that I’ve ever had).
I add sweetener to teas, so I don’t mind hibiscus in teas because it’s not overly tart with the sweetener.
Sweetened, I quite liked this. Tart in a pleasant way, citrusy, and just overall pretty tasty.
So yesterday, between assignments, I stumbled to the kitchen, eyes blurry from staring at a computer screen, and searching for tea. This was sitting out on the counter, so it was chosen.
This smells like alcohol, something I’ve noticed in 52teas Honeybush blends. But it was already in my hand, and instead of searching for something else I decided to give it a shot anyway.
When I first got really into tea, I thought Rooibos was the bomb, and order a few different Rooibos teas, including 50g straight Rooibos loose and a box of straight Rooibos bags. Now, I realize I don’t like it as much as I thought, and all that straight Rooibos sits untouched.
Anyway, point is, when the Rooibos flavor is stronger in a blend, I’m not as pleased as I used to be. And while I didn’t really notice any alcohol in the taste (huge plus), there is a lot of woody Rooibos taste. There’s also some creaminess, seemingly from the coconut. And some spice.
Overall, not bad, but not my favorite.
Today is going to be a busy stressful day. I’ve got a mountain of coursework to do and no desire to do any of it. As such I wanted something sweet an decadent to encourage myself. I reached for this.
This smells of caramel and a touch of truffle, with the barest hint of something fruity. Steeped up the smell is that of basic black tea, as well as sweet caramel.
I added sweetener (of course) and then because I was feeling indulgent, I added a splash of milk as well. Before added the milk, the black base was just as strong, if not stronger, than the caramel. After milk, the caramel became more creamy and apparent.
Even though the caramel is the star of the show here, there is some truffle at the end of the sip, and sometimes the pear comes out to play as well.
I like this tea. I love lychee and this tea is a pleasant black tea with lychee fruit. I was able to steep it twice and the taste of lychee is definitely present, but not overwhelming. I generally prefer straight unflavoured teas, but this is a nice subtle tea.
This tea was part of July’s Tea Sparrow box. Yes, I’m just getting around to trying it.
I made this iced as my husband and I are sitting out the patio monitoring the new apparatus had for controlling temperature for his smoker setup. It’s kind of a sticky day so tea sounded best.
Yes, iced was a good option. This tea is sweet and tasty. I don’t know what lychee tastes like, but I’m guessing that’s what it is. This is a pleasant tea for a sticky afternoon.
I didn’t know this was a dragonwell — my pouch says it’s a blend of organic estate green teas. It doesn’t look much like a dragonwell, either — some of the leaves are long and flat, with the “folded” appearance I’ve come to expect from dragonwell, but the majority are very small and flat, maybe broken.
It’s probably fair to say that I haven’t been all that impressed with the majority of Mighty Leaf teas I’ve tried. A few are pleasant, but mostly I’ve been pretty underwhelmed. I’m not much of a green drinker, but I’ve had better cups that this one even in my limited experience.
The liquor is a pale yellow-green, it’s grassy and slightly nutty. No astringency. It’s okay, but I don’t love it.
This tea smells very good – strong and very “clean” lychee scent. The lychee taste is a little more subtle, but still definitely identifiable and not hidden. There is a bit of sweetness there, but I still prefer to add a tiny bit of sugar to help bring out the flavor a little more. I also tried this a couple times with Coconut Cream Milk and it was great. I received this as a sample from a tea subscription service, but I plan to order more of this (and update the log with more detail) next time I check out Mighty Leaf.
A good quality Earl Grey that has the delicate aroma and a bit stronger flavor of bergamot that many fans enjoy. Lacking the hint of citrus some higher quality leaves have. Nevertheless, a great staple to have in the kitchen.
Comes in individual silk bags perfect for steeping.
Over steeping does ruin flavor a tad.
Flavors: Bergamot, Oak wood, Smoke, Smoked
jasmine tea isn’t typically my thing, although there have been one or two that have appealed to me in the past. This one is okay — the jasmine isn’t too perfumey or floral. It’s definitely there, and it’s definitely jasmine, but somehow it’s delicate enough that that’s okay. The green tea is smooth and light tasting — no bitterness or astringency which is always a good thing in my book when it comes to green tea! There’s an element of sweetness, which is welcome, and a relatively heady floral aftertaste. It’s not one I’d repurchase, but it’s a pleasant enough cup on a warm afternoon. My rating only really reflects my dislike for jasmine in general.
So I was expecting strong floral from this one. Imagine my surprise, then, when I opened the pouch and got…coconut! Really strong coconut, as in coconut essence rather than the actual fruit. It actually reminds me of a body shop soap I used to use when I was younger! There’s no faulting the leaves, though. They’re rolled, and a beautiful green-brown with some yellowish stalks. No crushed or broken leaves here. Given that this is called “Orchid” oolong, and Orchid is a flower, I’m still thrown by the strong coconut scent.
I gave the bag three minutes in 180 degree water, after which the liquor is a golden yellow-brown. The scent of coconut is still strong, although there’s a fresh, mineral oolong scent also developing, and maybe a hint of light floral.
The strongest note in the flavour is initially coconut. The middle of the sip is more oolong, however, and is mildly buttery. A delicate floral comes out at the end of the sip, but it’s not nearly as potent as I expected it to be. It’s a heady floral, though, so orchid would fit. Sadly, it’s all but overwhelmed by coconut, which is really far too pungent, and quite oddly so. It really is like someone dumped half a bottle of coconut essence in the cup. Another slight issue is the astringency, which adds a dryness to the end of each sip. It’s not terrible, but paired with the coconut it’s pulling this one down in my estimation. It’s drinkable, but not really for me.
I do enjoy this tea. It is refreshing, and though I feel the most prominent flavor is citrus, you can taste the cinnamon. My bag doesn’t have the ingredients, so I can never quite remember the ingredients, but it definitely has a fruity taste without quite overdoing it.
Since I haven’t brewed it in a while, I will cut my post short and put something more descriptive next time I brew it.