Hide

Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

Petali Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

65

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

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75

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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80

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.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

75

Let me tell you how excited I am…down to 193 teas in my cupboard! Now, that fully ignores the umpteen packages on their way but I choose to ignore that since i may not see them before i leave lol. What’s exciting is that I still have a few new teas in my cupboard that I haven’ yet gotten around to trying. THIS is one of those teas! I received this one some time ago as part of my Amoda tea box which i HIGHLY recommend, ESP for those of you in Canada. Mostly, because we don’t have too many options in Canada for this sort of thing that isn’t stupidly expensive. With Amoda it’s like 15/month, includes shipping and they do up a nice box and for the 3 months i had it, wasn’t really disappointed with any of the teas and got to branch out a bunch from what my usual comfort level is. The only reason i paused that box was because I decided to treat myself to the Verdant reserve club box during the winter months since I prefer the darker blends. Come spring i’ll likely be switching back to Amoda haha.

Soooo i digress….back to this tea! Chamomille isn’t really something i love or want. I don’t mind having a few non caffinated teas in my cupboard but largely chamomille irritates me with all it’s flower bits that make a mess in my strainer. :)

This tea is like you usual boring chamomile blend but with a hint of something else. I’m not getting orange exactly, though that could just be that i missed getting some into this cup. The flowers and bits are large and hard to get a good sense of a teaspoon. What i do get is the mint, hiding out behind the chamomille taste and it reminds me slightly of lil leapin’ lordy lou from Keen Tea Thyme’s 12 days swap with us. But clearly not as intense of a mint :) Anyway…as far as chamomille’s go, i prefer Butiki’s Citrus Dream but this isn’t a bad little tea.

Thanks Amoda!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Amoda is only $15/month??

Kittenna

Dude. I am seriously considering the 4-month plan right now…

Sil

Yeah it s a fantastic deal IMO. You saw the packages when you were here….three of those a month and they’re big enough to get multiple cups to try as well Share…I also really like getting things from different companies in the us and Canada. :)

They also have great customer service….

Cavocorax

I’m really considering it, but I’m also trying to cut back on my tea spending. If I can go a few weeks just drinking what I already have, maybe I could justify it.

Kittenna

Unfortunately for me, tea spending is not so much the issue as tea stash size is. But that’s not a ton of tea each month, and it’s awesome that they send you enough for multiple cups, but not so much that you’re stuck with a ton if you hate it. And I’m thinking, $14/month, let’s subtract, say, $2 for shipping, so it’s pretty much $4/packet. Well, I’m willing to pay $2/14g packet from Della Terra; which is equivalent to $3/20g packet. So the cost is hardly much off that. I’ll be surprised if I don’t cave within the day.

Sil

Haha i like your logic Kittenna :) I was kinda thinking about it like, it’s cheaper than going to the movies once haha.

Kamyria

What? What am I hearing here? I had no idea about Amoda, it sounds exciting… I’m going to check it out now :)

Sil

Kamyria – oh do! They will for sure be getting my business again once i finish up winter with verdant’s reserve club. Really economical and so far i have enjoyed 2 or more teas a great deal each month. And since i’m a relative newbie in terms of teas from companies, it’s a great way to try out different companies!

Kamyria

Oh, I see you’re part of the elite Sil… Verdant Reserve Club is currently full… What does that cost per month if you don’t mind me asking? They don’t have the price listed at the moment. And as to Amoda… I checked it out… Please someone hide my purse from me! I even cancelled a useless subscription I had going to make place for this… lol

Price wise it’s not too bad… I subtract $5 for shipping, because that’s the cheapest shipping I’ve seen so far, and so I’m looking at $10/month for 60g of tea. Not too bad and I get to check out teas from different companies. I like, I like.. :)

Sil

Kam – the reserve club is 45/month. Hence the reason i had to cancel my amoda subscription temporarily. This is only the second month i’ve had it, and because i prefer blacks and “winter” teas, I’ll likely only have it until the spring since i’m not overly a fan of spring teas. Amoda has got their crap together ESP for canadians as i find even shipping within canada it’s usually not free until you spend 50. :(

Indigobloom

I’ve been seriously thinking about this. Like Kittenna, it’s more of a stash size thing for me. And that there are SO many other companies I’d like to try.

Sil

i recommend it :)

Kittenna

I just ordered it, hahahahahaha.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.