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This is a very dark oolong, the leaves are extremely uneven in size and range in colour from dark golden-brown to nearly black. It came in a pack of 6 mini-tins that cost me $7.50 or so… so I was not expecting much. In fact I’m not quite sure why I purchased the pack except that a.) I occasionally have a perverse desire to drink cheap tea just to see if it really is worthwhile paying out so much money for quality as I usually do, and b.) I needed to make up my purchase amount to be over $20 so I could use EFTPOS as I had no cash. Also sometimes given that the baby can disrupt my tea drinking occasions so greatly, I don’t always get the proper value out of the fancier, more expensive teas that I have… so I feel a bit better about drinking something less precious. Is that bad?
Anyway, so as I said, I wasn’t expecting much from this tea. And it’s not spectacular, but it is ok. It is not stale tasting or musty as I feared it would be; it is a little leathery, a tiny bit fruity, a reasonable oolong to get by with. Not sure if I’ll go buy any more once the little tin is finished but I’ll keep it in mind.
This is just gross. I can’t even drink it. Musty, weird smell and taste. Leaves that are a real dusty, rusty, dull dark brown. Good-coloured liquor but that’s the only thing it has going for it. It’s rare for me to throw away a pot of tea undrunk but I did last night.
This is not your average run of the mill roasted dandelion… it’s pretty hard core. Mixture of finely- and medium- ground particles, dark brown in colour, brews up a cloudy very dark brown infusion. I’m drinking it plain this morning although it also goes well with milk. It’s a nice toasty flavour, a touch of bitterness which is what I’m really craving for some reason today.
Had another cup of this this morning, was tossing up between this and the Ti Kuan Yin, this one won because it was already on the bench near my teapot. I was a bit worried actually that 4 minutes might be too long and make it too strong, as I put in quite a heaping teaspoonful into the pot, but it was still very smooth and good to drink. This is definitely a good flavour for the colder weather.
This tea consists of very small, relatively neat, dark black leaves. It’s quite pleasant. A touch smoky, quite smooth drinking. Not that much different to the Keemun from The Tea Centre actually. I am always craving teas that I don’t have, and this morning I could really have gone for a strong malty Assam, but this actually was not a bad substitute. Haven’t tried it with milk yet – next time maybe.
This is very similar in looks, scent and taste to the ‘oolong’ tea that came in the same pack. The main discernible difference is that it’s a little less fruity, a little more earthy. Ordinary but still ok drinking, especially in this cold weather that is less conducive to very flowery oolongs…
I like my ginger plain and un-lemongrassed. I may be in the minority here, but that’s ok. I steeped this strong and I’m drinking it as hot as I can. My sore throat is feeling a more pleasant burn as a result. May add some lemon juice and honey to my next pot just to mix things up a bit; we’ll see.
Have had a niggly, slightly sore throat the last few days. The gingery burn in this was very soothing this morning, especially as it is – thank goodness!! – actually quite cool in Melbourne this morning. Both the tea and the change in the weather are most welcome. Made it relatively strong on the stovetop with milk and drank it as hot as I could stand topped with my Hari-Har Chai Sprinkles… mmm.
Actually, this is really quite nice. I brewed it up super strong as a chai on the stove yesterday and it didn’t need any honey – the apricots sweetened it enough without being overpowering. Had a weaker, normal-teapot brew today with a bit of milk and sugar and it was also pretty good (got the thumbs up from my dad as well, not the most adventurous tea drinker out there). The apricot taste actually still came through ok as it didn’t when I tried it just black the first time. May re-think about sticking this one in the shop, following a bit of further experimentation.
This is a pretty ordinary tea but sometimes that’s just what you want. Comforting and reminds me of the tea my dad used to make us with our breakfast when we were kids. Brews up nice and dark, a little malty and a little sweet, and takes milk well. Doesn’t really need sugar unless you totally overbrew it. I use this as a base for the black teas that I blend up for my etsy shop, and keep a supply of this on hand, plain, to serve to my folks who are not renowned for being adventurous tea drinkers. Surprisingly refreshing in the hot weather.
Drinking this on ice this morning (and last night). It’s the remains of a trial batch I made for a custom blend for one of my etsy customers – Earl Grey and I added rosebuds and jasmine flowers. It’s gorgeous to look at and the roses add a really delicious note, they soften the bergamot which I can sometimes find a bit overpowering in straight Earl Grey. Tis is awesome over ice whether stronger (more Earl Grey flavour) or weaker (more rose flavour). May have to mix up some more when I run out (oh, and the customer’s aunt, for whom it was a gift, loves it too apparently).
A really sweet tea with some banana bread.
I must remember to use an alternative teapot for this tea, Clarence has a spout-width of exactly one re-hydrated raspberry and it makes it difficult to pour it.
It’s sweet and fruity, and lays back. You get sort of a real raspberry taste first, then it strengthens toward more your raspberry flavoured sweets.
Very, very nice.
One of the joys of being male is that Rasberry tea holds no fears. After all, raspberry leaves should be avoided in pregnancy as they can bring on labour.
Having established that I can drink it with impunity, the fact remains I have waited 45 years to actually do so, But whilst on a tea-stealing mission last night in my son’s cupboard, I found this and decided to give it a go.
It seems to be a good black tea, possibly a nilgiri, with raspberry leaves, obvious dried raspberries and I imagine some oils.
I had some trobled pouring it, the dried raspberries swelled up and blocked Clarence’s spout. That’s not really a negative, though.
Overall, the aroma ahead of drinking it, and the aftertaste, are better than the actual tea. It’s sweetish, and basically tastes like raspberries. There’s a hint of tea. I’m glad they used nilgiri (if indeed it is) because a lesser tea would have vanished completely.
It’s OK. I might indulge occaisionally.
I suspect it would make a great syrup. I might make up a big batch, reduce it with sugar and then pour over pancakes on the weekend.