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Backlog 18 January 2017
Honey was the dominant flavor in this tea. I noted on a scrap piece of paper at work that it reminded me of eating the honey spoons you’d find at the World Market or a tea shop.
Although it took me a little while to finish the tea hot (I mainly drink water at work, so it takes me a while to get to every beverage at my desk), it was a great tea at room temperature, too.
Flavors: Honey, Sweet
The dry “leaf” is pretty frightening. There’s so much sugar, coconut, and white chocolate pieces that the tea seems to be thrown in as an afterthought. But it smelled good, and I was craving coconut, so I got it.
The leaves were black, so I went ahead and brewed at 212. The resulting soup smelled deliciously coconutty, but it looked like mop squeezings after cleaning the cafeteria room floor of an elementary school on the last day before Christmas break.
The first sip was pretty horrendous, but it’s starting to grow on me the more sips I take. What little tea flavor there is lends a toasty flavor to the brew. I’m wondering if this is coconut sugar, but whatever it is, it’s a pleasant sweetness—heavier than I am used to, but not overwhelming.
The coconut flavor is strange. It’s a combination of fake coconut flavoring, thick and oily coconut (oil?), and something that reminds me of actual fresh coconut off the tree.
This might be great for when I am craving hot coconut cocoa. It’s THAT thick and sweet.
Whoaaaaa. This tea is weird. The dry leaf is so full of stuff that it’s kind of a wet mix. The leaf smells of honey, corn, and chocolate.
I was a little skeptical of the polenta flavor, since there are just corn pieces in there. But it kind of does smell like honey polenta when it brews up. The chocolate smell lingers as well, but I’m not getting much tea.
There’s sugar in this blend (the real kind), so it’s sweet, but honey is the dominant flavor. Corney polenta is also pretty dominant here. It’s a pleasant, interesting experience!
Steeped at 175 for 2 minutes this time. Much better. There’s no soap or bitterness. There’s hay, and I think there’s some corn in there, which was a nice surprise.
There’s still that weird, SO slightly bitter effervescence that I described as minty last time. I don’t know what that is, but I don’t like it much. Dryness in the back of the throat is still going on here.
I can imagine some people liking this tea, but this one just isn’t for me.
Flavors: Bitter, Corn Husk, Hay, Mint
Well, I’m an idiot. As I pulled this tea out and smelled it, I kept thinking, “This is not like any Darjeeling I’ve encountered.” Well, of course I haven’t had many Darjeelings outside of Twinings, so there you go.
I was expecting black tea. Instead, the leaves are greenish white, and the tea has that hay smell. Luckily I used my good sense and decided NOT to brew this like a black tea. I still steeped it a little high…190º for 2.5 mins. Luckily, I didn’t kill it.
It’s smooth, with a bit of the flavor and bitterness of black tea. There’s something about the aftertaste of it that reminds me of mint and soap, though I can’t think why. It’s very faint, and only mildly annoying. It’s probably my fault. There’s a little hay in there and a mild, mild, mild astringency.
A shorter, cooler steep of the same leaves reveals the same flavors at a lower strength. Overall, I’d say, “Meh.”
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Hay, Mint, Soap
I went to get the smallest offering of this tea, but there wasn’t enough left for the full size. So the person working there was nice enough to give this to me as a free sample. I’m not sure if the fact that the tea was sitting at the bottom of the tin affected this blend. I’m probably willing to get it again and try.
First of all, the leaves are very dark and extremely oily looking. This is the oiliest looking tea I have ever seen. It has a lot of nuts in it (pecan?) and brown sugar, and the smell is intoxicating…again. This is the third dessert tea I have had from Petali, and I haven’t been burned yet, so here goes.
The smell comes through as more caramel and nuts than the other dessert teas by Petali. Definitely that caramel pecan cinnamon roll at Cinnabon that will kill you if you so much as look at it. No surprise, but once it’s brewed, it has that oily sheen on top.
It’s sweet to the point where I feel like I put sugar in it myself—maybe a lump and a half. Again, this could be because it was at the bottom of the tin. The tea base is pretty weak, and I brewed it at a pretty strong concentration. The only hints of it I get are a bit of astringency on the back of the palate.
As to the flavorings: personally, I would call this tea Pancake Breakfast. Maple and pecan are pleasant and strong, as is the brown sugar of course. It also tastes buttery and caramely, with splashes of vanilla thrown in. My favorite part is that it doesn’t taste artificial. I mean, it is strong and obviously artificial, as you can’t get tea to taste like that by throwing bits of artisan-made pancake in, but it doesn’t feel like it should have the word “blast” in the title. Know what I mean?
If I’m looking to eat dessert and not eat 3000 calories of cinnamon bun, I’m definitely going for this, I think. It’s great for satisfying a sweet tooth.
If I’m looking to drink tea, I’m staying far away.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Caramel, Maple Syrup, Nuts, Pecan, Vanilla
I’m exhausted, so this isn’t going to be the greatest of reviews.
Overall, I’d say this is meh. Perhaps this tea would benefit from a gongfu style brew rather than a western. 175 º for 2.5 mins resulted in a lightly sweet, slightly grassy, hay-like quality with high astringency. I’m getting thirsty brewing this tea.
There’s a honey aroma that doesn’t come out in the flavor at all. Perhaps playing around with the temperature and brew would take care of all that.
The flavor kind of reminds me of a raw puerh. There might be some hope for this tea on another day.
Flavors: Astringent, Dry Grass, Hay
So I brewed Petali’s Lapsang Souchong and Margaret’s Russian Caravan side by side to do a little comparing and contrasting. All I can say now is that I want BBQ. I’m seriously thinking about doing a slow cooked carnitas recipe involving one of these teas.
The leaves of both teas offer up a hint as to the flavor: the lapsang is camphor-smelling, while the caravan is sweeter, more like a BBQ sauce.
Lapsang Souchong: The smoky smell is strong with this one, but as usual, it doesn’t come out as strongly in the flavor. That’s not to say that it isn’t a strong smoky flavor, because it is. The camphor smell is reflected in the flavor of the tea, along with a menthol flavor.
It kind of reminds me of Carmex, which I kind of don’t mind, but after a while, it starts to lessen the experience overall. Perhaps menthol is not the flavor for me.
After I swallow, it leaves a little tickle in the back of the throat like I just inhaled a little too much smoke at the campfire. I imagine some people might find that unpleasant, but I think it makes the experience more authentic.
Russian Caravan: I like the vocabulary to describe the difference in the smoky flavor. It’s just different. Maybe a different kind of wood was used for the smoking? It’s still very prevalent, but definitely not as strong as the Lapsang. There’s no camphor flavor or menthol, for which I am grateful.
The flavor of the tea is sweeter, which reflects the smell. There’s a bit more astringency to the tea itself, and it’s leaving a bit of dryness on the back of the palate. It’s like having a BBQ party instead of a campfire.
I don’t recommend doing two smoky teas at the same time. Sure, you’re able to really compare and contrast flavors, but after this much tea, I feel like I just smoked a pack of cigarettes! Definitely to be enjoyed in small doses from here on out.
Flavors: Campfire, Camphor, Menthol
Oh god . . .the smell of this tea. It’s like walking into a bakery on a cool morning when they are just pulling hot cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing out of the oven.
The tea stands up through the blend nicely, which isn’t always the case, and is even capable of contributing to the overall flavor of the blend by making it dark. Despite the presence of rock sugar in this blend, it’s only just sweet enough to highlight the cinnamon. The nutty flavor come through nicely as well. Even some caramel as it cools.
I’ll be keeping this around for breakfast and dessert tea for sure.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon, Pecan
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
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.
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.
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. :)
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!
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.
8 ounces + 195 degrees + 8 minutes
Flavors: Apple, Spices
Before steeping, this smells ultra sweet like candy. After steeping, there is a roasted quality. I’m really enjoying the taste of this one. I added just a little honey and it’s really bringing out that candy sweetness. I’m not sure what violets are supposed to taste like so I can’t say for sure that I’m tasting them, but they certainly are pretty while steeping. White teas are not my favorite, but this is definitely one of the better white teas I’ve had.
Flavors: Candy, Roasted, Sweet
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.