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The smell of the brewed tea is like a dark cinnamon roll and coffee rolled into one. And it tastes a lot like it smells. It has a dark, slightly bitter flavor that is reminiscent of coffee. The brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple flavors come through most strongly.

This would make an great breakfast tea for mornings when you’re craving something you probably shouldn’t be having for breakfast. It also makes a good dessert tea.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Coffee, Maple Syrup

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Chocolate Frost by Petali Teas
1427 tasting notes

Sipdown! Good tea but not stupendous. Homo milk brings out the chocolate a bit but it’s still doesn’t hit the spot when you’re in the mood for a chocolate mint tea.

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drank Chocolate Frost by Petali Teas
1427 tasting notes

Hot tea has been neglected as of late because I’ve been outside enjoying the lovely weather, and additionally, I’ve been… gasp … drinking coffee instead these past few days.

From the Amoda BF order comes this chocolate mint tea. I can really taste those cocoa nibs in here. It’s not as bold as the peppermint, but I love how it’s cocoa nibs and not some weird artificial flavour, or waxy chocolate that melts and leaves a scum ring. And that they added enough of said cocoa nibs so you can actually taste them.

But yes, the peppermint is still the strongest note here, and the base is on the weaker side, which isn’t a bad thing at all. I still wish there were a little more of something in here. Something to give it more body, as it’s a little thin.

With whole milk, this reminds me of when my Grandma would make me hot cocoa, and she’d always make it with Fry’s cocoa, sugar, and usually half and half. The cocoa nib and whole milk combination mimics that rich Fry’s cocoa flavour. She’s now in senior housing so no more can I visit her over a pot of hot cocoa, and yes, sometimes she made it in her teapot so we’d all have an abundant supply of liquid chocolate. Beats that hot chocolate mix, for sure. This also beats mint hot chocolate mix, and the Harney Chocolate Mint I tried the other day, but it still has a lot to learn from some other chocolate mint teas.

Evol Ving Ness

Beautiful memory. Sounds like the perfect time to make and bring her the same kind of cocoa ready-made.

Fjellrev

She hasn’t been into hot cocoa these days but green tea instead, so whenever she visits I make her some tea at least. :)

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drank Vintage Violet by Petali Teas
1427 tasting notes

Sipdown. This ended up being decent, unexpectedly mildly roasty (which I like), yet ultimately disappointing since the violet notes are virtually non-existent.

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drank Vintage Violet by Petali Teas
1427 tasting notes

This is a violet-flavoured white tea? The dry leaf smells morel like blackberry than violet. But what threw me off guard even more so is the base. It brews up a brown liquor, and both smells and tastes more like a roasted oolong than any variety of white tea I’ve ever had. I was expecting a delicate white with blackberry and violet notes and have ended up with a toasty tea with very subtle berry candy flavouring. I like it for what it is, but I’m glad I only got a sample from Amoda.

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drank Hazelnut Pear by Petali Teas
718 tasting notes

Shae sent this to me to try…I can’t remember if I saw this in her cupboard and requested or if she chose it for me. Though really, that doesn’t matter. This is a really nice tea, though I am not really getting any pear flavour….more apple and spice. Still, it is quite tasty. I love how it smells in the bag. The nutty aspect comes out to me more in a full body starchy way, rather than a direct nutty taste.

I’m glad I as able to try this. :)

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drank Vintage Violet by Petali Teas
7482 tasting notes

Another from VariaTEA – this one was almost a win for me. The fruit side of this tea is good, but i am not a fan of “violet” flavouring. The tea base works well with this combination though, so it’s a win that way – it’s just not a tea for me, so holding off rating it as well :)

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drank Hazelnut Pear by Petali Teas
7482 tasting notes

thank you VariaTEA for sharing this one with me. this tea smells AMAZING! It’s praline, hazelnut aroma is out of this world. I could smell this one for hours. Downside though? it’s not pear. Apple cinnamon hazelnut praline…sure… so while this gets high marks for the hazelnut side of things, i can’t call it a pear tea. but it was tasty!

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drank Hazelnut Pear by Petali Teas
554 tasting notes

This blend is very chunky with large pieces of dried apple, cinnamon bark, and chopped nuts. The aroma is amazing, like a freshly baked apple spice muffin. The color and flavor of the steeped liquid are light. I think most of the teaspoon I used was made up of chopped hazelnuts. I added a little too much honey to this cup so that is a prominent flavor but I can still taste the spices. I think this might make a really good iced tea too.

Second Steep
8 ounces + 195 degrees + 8 minutes

Flavors: Apple, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Vintage Violet by Petali Teas
554 tasting notes

I’ve never had anything before that has been flavored with violets. I don’t even know what they are supposed to taste like. The dry blend has brightly colored royal purple flower petals plus long dry stems and some torn green leaves which I’m assuming are the blackberry leaves. It’s so fragrant and sweet-smelling, like candy. Surprisingly enough, I can smell tobacco also. I’m guessing from the tea leaves themselves.

The color of the brewed tea liquid is interesting. It’s a purple sort of black at first then it becomes the reddish color I would expect from a black tea. After steeping, I can see the small berries mingled in with the broken twigs, earthy tea leaves, and sage green blackberry leaves.The flavor is definitely fruity, also like candy, and it actually reminds me of a grape-flavored tootsie pop. It is equally good both hot and cold. There is a real juiciness to it.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 175 degrees + 13 minutes

I was distracted and left this one my desk for far too long. The color is dark, that blackish purple I mentioned before. It is almost as flavorful as the first cup though not quite and now it’s a little astringent.

Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Morning Zen by Petali Teas
110 tasting notes

I saw this tea get advertised and I immediately had to try it. Jasmine, mint, yerba mate. Sounds like a caffeine dream on a hot morning. Brewed hot, this blend has a strong focus on the nutty green rooibos and dry grass yerba mate flavors, all wrapped up in almost-medicinal mint. Cold brewing this blend brings out the jasmine more, and the more honeyed tones of the green rooibos. This blend has such a smooth feel and flavor in all its forms, sugar optional. I prefer this as a cold brew for the gentler mate and mint tones, and I would have loved to have an even stronger jasmine blossom presence in the blend. This is a delicious nutty, grassy alternative to a high caffeine black tea or coffee on those mornings when you really need a kick.

Flavors: Grass, Hay, Honey, Jasmine, Mint, Nutty

Nichole

Oh this sounds good!

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drank Morning Zen by Petali Teas
554 tasting notes

I’ve had a yerba mate blend once before and I remember that I didn’t like it very much, but I’m actually pleasantly surprised by this one. The fragrance of the dry tea is an herbaceous mint. There are whole flower buds mixed in with the chopped mint leaves and woody rooibos. The liquid looks like that of a straight mint tea, maybe a little lighter, and the taste is mint as well. I can definitely feel the caffeine, even after just a couple of sips.

Second Steep
8 ounces water + 175 degrees + 5 minutes, 30 seconds

I’ve read online that mate can be re-steeped several times, but I’m not sure how well the rooibos and mint will hold up. There is still flavor here though the mint is lighter.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Mint

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Hazelnut Pear by Petali Teas
286 tasting notes

From the Amoda Monthly Box – February 2015!

I finally got around to finishing my wee sample from last month’s box! Now that this month’s is probably on it’s way :P
I really like how balanced this is! There is a distinct profile for each flavor in the title, as well as the base tea. The gunpowder lays down the light and sweet, almost nutty greenness for the profile, like a picnic blanket. The dishes set on that blanket are arranged in a way that makes sense together. The green tea base leads up to a lovely and distinct hazelnut flavor, with all it’s buttery sweet goodness and a spiced pear note. The pear is quite distinct, I can even get a sense of a spiced poached pear, with it’s tender flesh melting in my mouth.
The last time I brewed this tea, it definitely overstepped it. But I think I happened to be eating a bit of something chocolately while drinking it, which made it that much better :)
I was bummed to have ruined the last cup, but hey, it was really good the first time around! I am happy to have tried it. I don’t know if I would be in the mood to repurchase, but I sense a sample coming back my way in a future Amoda order.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Hazelnut, Nutmeg, Nutty, Pear, Spices, Sweet

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drank Hazelnut Pear by Petali Teas
2615 tasting notes

So I’m just going to start off by saying that this tea smells Ah-mazing. The praline scent is so rich and decadent that it makes for a pretty mouth-watering experience. Luckily, the creamy nuttiness does transfer over to the taste making for an almost caramel-like flavor. Underneath it all, is a sweetness that is more apple than pear for me and though that is disappointing, the tea as a whole is still pretty great.

Sil

i really want to order from amoda….must resist..gah

VariaTEA

I slipped the rest of this sample into your package of teas so you can try it out.

Sil

woohoo! ty!

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POTENTIAL SPOILERS

…for anyone who hasn’t received their February Amoda box yet – this is only my second month with a subscription, and I don’t know if there’s Steepster “protocol” with when it’s ok to post reviews? I am the first review for it, after all…

I must say though, for a company I’m only familiar with because of Amoda, Petali Teas is now 2/2 with me. And honestly, I had some serious reservations about whether or not I’d like this one; it’s got a green base and has cardamom in it. Not that I don’t like cardamom, but it’s definitely not something I see paired with a green base. I cold brewed my sample though, because pear usually comes out really nice cold brewed and it’s really tasty.

I have to say that the hazelnut is so much, well, more than I could have ever expected from it. The flavouring is really, really strong with a sweet, borderline creamy, richness to it. It reminds me of Nutella or Beuno, except both of those are chocolate and hazelnut pairings and this is just the sweet, creamy hazelnut flavours in those scrumptious treats! And it really works with the green base too, which is very buttery and nutty in and of itself. One of the better hazelnut teas I’ve had to date.

As for the pear, it’s quite rich and creamy too and transitions smoothly from the initial, rich nut flavours. The addition of the cinnamon and cardomom really works to make it taste a little like a supple, poached pear or some kind of confectionery pear dessert. With the apple in here along with the hazelnut and spices maybe it’s like some sort of nutty crumble? I also swear that I taste vanilla and caramel or nougat of some kind too. It really adds to the sweetness of it all.

Delicious, regardless! And really more of a sweet, indulgent dessert tea than a fruitier one. This surprising blend really makes me want to get in on either a Petali tea order or Amoda’s current 20% off deal – but I’m gonna try and hold out. So far, this blend and the other Petali one from the January box are the only ones I’d want to order more of, so I’m just gonna have to wait until I’ve finished trying the other Amoda samples I have and have received my March box, and see how I feel then…

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cream, Hazelnut, Nutty, Pear, Vanilla

Dexter

Pear and Hazelnut and cardomom in the same tea – ohhhhhh be still my beating heart…. (I am so not allowed but will wishlist this for later…)

Kittenna

Yeah, this caught my interest too. No more tea!

Amoda

Thanks for adding this Roswell Strange! We also can’t get enough of Petali – hence why we featured them two months in a row. Really appreciate your style of review. It was really clear as to what to expect from the tea… which is challenging for a tea with such a strange combination of ingredients.

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Man, I drank this a while ago and still haven’t written about it…

Seriously; it was the first tea I tried out from January’s Amoda box!

Anyway, because I immediately noticed some similarities between this one and Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon blend I decided to try mine out at a cold brew since that’s the way I ended up enjoying Della Terra’s blend the most over all.

This was delicious and very refreshing overall! To me, I registered a very sweet, creamy lemon flavour as well as cream and vanilla and a pastry like flavour as well. It initially came off to me as a lemon meringue pie sort of flavour, but after a little sipping it hit me that this was actually much more like a perfect lemon flavoured sugar cookie! I felt like I should have been dunking it into milk or something; though that’s admittedly hard to do when you’re actually drinking tea and not eating the most perfect lemon sugar cookie ever. Another comparison I made; if anyone’s ever had Hagaan Das’s gelato they’ll know the make a to die for, creamy and smooth lemon/vodka gelato – and the lemon in this blend tasted very comparable to the natural but very sweet lemon in their gelato.

For me, this was a lot better than Leon Chiffon. A lot a lot. The lemon flavour was, I think, better executed and it was creamier, plus Lemon Chiffon didn’t have that awesome sugar cookie/pastry flavour. Another difference; more green rooibos. It was a really good, subtle backdrop for the flavouring.

This is one that I definitely looked up on Amoda’s page to see what the damage to my wallet would be if I picked up more, and now that Amoda’s doing smaller sizes an Amoda order seems closer to reality. Ultimately, gonna have to try all the teas from my three month gift subscription (thanks again VariaTEA) though – because one tea isn’t really worthwhile. Three or more? Totally justifiable in my books.

Sil

they’re doing that sale now too….there are a few teas i’d pick up to try but must resist!

Roswell Strange

Shhhhh Sil, must not think about the sale…

TheLastDodo

I should have cold-brewed this one! D’oh! I really did not like this one. It was too… lemon yogurt. In a bad way.

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drank Chocolate Frost by Petali Teas
4834 tasting notes

Backlog:

I really LOVED the holiday tasting box that I received from Amoda Tea. This wasn’t part of the monthly subscription and it’s still available here: http://amodatea.com/collections/the-tasting-boxes/products/holiday-box

The teas in that box are yum!

This tea had a very crisp, minty flavor. It has a bit more mint than chocolate and you know me, I’d be happier if it were the other way around. That said, this is still a really good tea. The black tea base is a solid, robust black tea. It’s nicely round and complements the mint and chocolate notes favorably. It’s a deep, rich, dark chocolate flavor and I like how it goes with the cool mint.

Very yum!

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/08/chocolate-frost-black-tea-from-petali-teas/

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Dry leaf: Lemon Yogurt

Liquor Color: yellow-ish?

Leaves: Dry – finely chopped green rooibos with large pieces of citrus rind. Wet – looks like freshly mowed grass. Smells like hot lemon yogurt.

Notes:

I liked how grassy the green Rooibos is compared to the honey vanilla sweetness of regular red Rooibos. I think the lemon was quite present. I got a creaminess to the blend as well, like thick lemon curd. The vanilla was present, adding to the cream factor. I wasn’t too hot for this tea though, it smelled like lemon yogurt, and tasted like lemon yogurt. Not a big fan of that as a tea.

Flavors: Lemon, Yogurt

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drank French Lemon Creme by Petali Teas
2615 tasting notes

As per Roswell Strange’s suggestion, I cold brewed the last of this and it tastes much better than the hot cup. I am not immediately running out to restock this, especially when I already have an amazing lemon tea for cold brewing (DTT’s Lemon Chiffon), but at least I am enjoying this last cup. The lemon is sweet and creamy, it’s almost like the part of a lemon meringue pie where the sweet lemon custard just has a touch of the marshmallowy deliciousness from the meringue. Yum! I will be bumping up my rating soon enough

Roswell Strange

I thought this one was much better than Lemon Chiffon; and depending on how the next two Amoda boxes go I may get more of this given Amoda’s doing smaller sizes in the store now :)

VariaTEA

As I keep drinking, I am flip flopping between the two but I have lemon chiffon right now so it seems silly to buy another.

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drank French Lemon Creme by Petali Teas
2615 tasting notes

This tea was…a disappointment. It smelled so strongly of pound cake and lemon curd that I expected an amazingly delicious dessert tea. Then I took one sip and all I got was artificial vanilla. It’s sweet and could really have used some tart lemon for balance. Thank goodness I tried this because it was one I contemplated buying in larger quantities and then I would have been stuck with a tea I am not really a fan of.

Roswell Strange

Oh no, did you do it hot? I did mine cold brewed and loved it!

Sil

awe :(

VariaTEA

Yeah, I did it hot. Perhaps I will try the rest cold brewed and hope for the best.

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I got this as part of a sampler set from amodatea.com – full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of chamomile on its own. Having said that, this tisane is lovely. The dry tea is just gorgeous: chamomile blossoms, pink and blue petals, lemongrass, lots of colours. The scent both dried and brewed is a pleasing blend of chamomile and citrus with a background of floral/tangy/sweet. To taste, it’s very smooth and pleasant to drink, with the same complex blend of flavours. The predominant flavours are definitely chamomile and citrus, but they’re very well-balanced. Lovely bedtime tea.

Flavors: Citrusy, Floral

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another sample generously sent my way by Sil. My experiences with chamomile tea so far have been good, and orange blossom is a flavour I know I like, so I’m looking forward to this one. My new job is still stressing me a bit, so I’m hoping this will help me to relax a bit after a long and tiring week. The dry mix has generous amounts of whole chamomile flowers, lemongrass pieces, orange blossoms and orange zest. It smells primarily of chamomile — that very distinctive, honey and hay-like scent with a slightly sweet, floral undertone.

Brewed, this still smells primarily of chamomile, but with a definite edge of orange. There’s also something slightly lavender-like in there, although I don’t think lavender is actually one of the ingredients. I guess the taste will tell. One thing that did take me by surprise is the colour of the liquor — it’s bright, grassy green! As the tea cools, it seems to mellow into a more ordinary golden yellow, but it certainly made me question my vision for a few seconds. I’m assuming the purple flower petals (are they orange blossom?) were the cause. Interesting, but unexpected!

To taste, I’m not getting lavender any more, I don’t think. Instead, I’m getting mint. I saw it listed among the ingredients, but I couldn’t see any in the dry mix, and it certainly doesn’t come out in the scent. It’s very subtle and complementary, though, so I’m happy enough with the combination. The taste is mostly of chamomile and a sort of floral orange in any case, so the name is pretty accurate after all. It’s not the over-sweet chamomile I’m used to, though. It’s somehow more herbal, more floral, and more grassy in taste than those I’ve tried previously. While the orange blossom isn’t strong, it adds to the flavour delicately and pleasantly, contributing a fresh, zesty, floral aftertaste.

A very enjoyable evening drink. Thanks again to Sil for sharing it with me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Another tea I sampled at the Victoria Tea Festival. I was majorly intrigued by the combination. I really like both orange blossom and chamomile, both as fragrances and flavours, and together sounded like a fabulous ideas.

Overall, I found the chamomile to be a little too overpowering. I barely tasted anything else in this. There is supposed to be mint in here? Had no idea. I detected a hint of citrus in the back, but it wasn’t distinct at all. I guess in a way, the other flavours pulled the chamomile back a bit without allowing one to actually taste the other flavours, if that makes any sense. Because while the chamomile was the star flavour (practically the only flavour) it wasn’t as loud as it usually is.

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261, sipdown!

I finished a cup of this tonight….i didn’t sleep well last night so i’m trying to bust out the sleep type teas and see if that helps. I’m also going to try and get to bed “early” though right now i am totally crazing nachos and salsa so i dunno how that’s going to go lol. This is an interesting tea. The last of it is going in to the swap box, not because i don’t enjoy it but because the pieces getting stuck in my brew baskets have irritated me to the point of not wanting to clean it after this tea ever again! lol

Mercuryhime

I don’t think I’d be able to sleep through the night if I drank tea at the rate you did today. I’d be in the bathroom pretty much at last everyone hour of the day.

Mercuryhime

I hope you have a good night of sleep though. :)

Sil

Lol mercury….funnily enough until I started drinking tea I could go nearly the whole day and only hit the bathroom 3 times a day. As in, hey look I clearly wasn’t getting enough water in my diet through any means. Luckily though I never wake up in the night…not looking forward to ever being pregnant though….

Mercuryhime

oh man, I really need to proof read before I hit that submit button. I gather you understood me though. :) I don’t often wake up in the night for potty, but it does kind of ruin my sleep. I once dreamt that I was running from a killer at the same time that I was also desperately looking for a toilet. Tea gives you crazy dreams. :)

Kittenna

Haha, the same happened to me before tea. I would literally go morning to night without hitting a bathroom. Clear sign of dehydration! I, however, have problems if I drink too much tea right before bed.

Sil

lol that dream cracks me up :)

Kaylee

That’s a terrifying dream! Must have ruined the whole night.

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