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My area has been experiencing a sudden cold snap after a long stretch of warmer winter weather. This is the tea I’ve turned to at night, when I want to warm up as I finish up my evening and prepare for bed. It is ‘cozy’ and it has an overall ‘caramel’ taste, which takes the ‘medicinal’ edge off of the rooibos.
If you like rooibos and a calming taste, then I recommend this!
Another Christmas present from my father-in-law this time.
This was a stocking stuffer and I wasn’t expecting much from it. It reminds me of Tetley or another Orange Pekoe. Simple to brew and seemed pretty forgiving with steep times. I enjoyed it as usual though I feel like for these stronger blends, it’s better to use real sugar rather than stevia. Not sure why?
Enjoying some afternoon tea in the afternoon. Not sure what makes something an afternoon tea as I would definitely consider this a good kick you in the ass morning tea to get you going. Added some honey and cream after I tasted it straight. It’s somewhat sweet on it’s own so it only needed touch of honey. I went on a long run this morning so I’m glad this is a robust tea to give me a little boost to get through till the kids are in bed and i’m on the sofa watching the season 5 premier of dexter. That season 4 finale pretty much kept me up all night. So unnecessary. Ugh.
Thanks Sil! Been enjoying many of the teas you and Terri have sent, although i haven’t been doing a good job of logging them!
This is my go-to blend on any day. The green tea of this blend is definitely more pronounced than the black tea component, which gives it that floral note at the beginning of enjoying the pot. However, the further along in the pot that I drink, I notice the floral becomes more mingled with a smoky background.
Why Hello Christmas Tea.
I received this as a gift from my bestfriend and tea influence. I like Murchie’s Teas, they are affordable and who can’t help but support a long running company that is Canadian! (I think it is at least??)
At first sniff: It’s zippy, with smells of oranges, cloves and spice. Definitely nailed the “Christmas” time smell. It seems like it could be a very potent cup of tea if over-steeped.
At first sip: Warning – I am still sick and my tastebuds are still a bit off. I think I brewed this too strong. I did it for 6 months and I should have done it for 5 at the most. It’s very astringent, but the smells translate nicely into the cup. I had mine with milk and sugar and was not disappointed.
I will have to re-rate when my sniffer and taste returns fully.
One of Sil’s offerings in the BBBBox.
This is very bright, very tart, very ceylon.
Initially, it set off an alarm in my mouth, but once you get past the initial shock, there’s some body to it, kind of sweet. A very citrus mouth, I think this might be better cold. Definitely not a morning tea, for sure. The astringency would make me wretch.
Afternoon tea latte after a crazy long day or trying to take mom shopping atthe outlets. Found a crazy good deal on a suit for her, which she needs and isn’t a fussy duddy suit. Exhausting, but a good day to do it as it was a bit cloudy. Overall just having a great time out here. This morning we got to watch the pelicans pass over the water as well as the herons. So good.
Made myself a latte with this one as a break from the straight tea i’ve been drinking today. This is a fairly average vanilla tea – not too strong and not too bad. I think? i bought it to try something after visiting the store but now i can’t recall lol oh well! it’ll do in a pinch when i want to use tea bags for things.
This is an old sample from Cavocorax. Heh.
The leaves of this gunpowder are rolled super tight and small, but as they steep they open up and release a lot of dust. That makes me sad.
It’s a pretty good green tea, definitely something I’ll be drinking more of… as a friend got me some for Christmas. :)
It’s not too vegetal, not too buttery, not too much like seaweed. That’s good, because I tend to dislike those flavours in green teas.
(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)
I can see how this tea would go well with mint and sugar. So tasty. Yes, it’s a green tea I like! A little toasted, a little savoury (but nothing like Silk Road’s Melon Seed…), lots of depth.
Now I’m super excited to try the other Gunpowder teas I got in the swap!
(This will probably resteep well, too, since the leaves didn’t even manage to fully unfurl. Yay!)
Instead of the usual spicy cardamom scent this tea smells like cinnamon – I mean REALLY like cinnamon, as in ‘are you sure someone didn’t stick those spicy cinnamon hearts in here?"
The flavour was rather disappointing though, the spices were quite weak to the point that I’m not sure this qualifies as a proper chai blend at all. Definitely not ‘Traditional’.