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Tea of the night. I just realized this is my third green tea today which is almost unheard of for me. I’ve enjoyed each one, so maybe I’m finally starting to warm up to green teas.
This tea smells sweetly floral. The tea has a brothy feel, but the taste is a bit cleaner with light hints of cherry and rose. The rose comes to the foreground as the tea cools, and almost all of the cherry is lost. That’s kind of a bummer because it’s a good cherry flavor. Nothing artificial or gummy tasting. I’m picking up some grassier notes from the tea which is really nice with the floral flavor. Wow. Good stuff.
All in all a lovely cup. I know I enjoyed cold brewing it during the summer, but this is much better hot than I remember. I’m glad I revisited it.
This tea had the rooibos taste with a little chocolate, little mint added. I can’t say that I could detect vanilla. It was good, it did resemble a thin mint cookie. It wasn’t ‘heaven’ per se, but I enjoyed it.
I made this one with my latest obsession: Vanilla Bean Infused Honey: http://www.republicoftea.com/vanilla-bean-honey-for-tea-12-oz/p/V00506/
The honey makes what is a very good already tea ridiculously fantastic. The caramel and the honey and the vanilla bean – ah! A splash of milk, too. Just wonderful. So satisfying and real tea-ish. Real dessert tea-ish nonetheless!
I could probably drive myself into the poor house at the rate I would like to consume this vanilla bean honey. Thankfully, I noticed that it’s pretty easy to make:
I made 6 jars of it today — I’ll let you know how it tastes in about a week or two :) I also made one jar with honey, vanilla bean, and a teaspoon of Penzeys cinnamon. I REALLY can’t wait to try that one!
Teabox B! My Red Leaf order arrived today! I couldn’t help it. I needed some filter tea bags anyway because my mesh infuser that I used for the non-expanding rooibos blends just weren’t cutting it… I was getting tiny woodchips messing with my throat. This was the first tea I wanted to try with the new filter bags. They work very well! No tiny woodchips! The nice long flap goes over the side of the cup so it doesn’t sink. Exactly what I wanted!
This tea is a nice rooibos blend. Oranges, peppercorns, chili, coconut, cinnamon. VERY awesome ingredients combo but surprisingly not that spicy. I get the oranges and a bit of coconut. I’ll be saving some of this from the teabox but there will be some left. I’ll be happy drinking a billion more rooibos teas with these filter bags!
It’s not often, here anyway, that the first semi-conscious thought that follows “I have got to change the stupid radio station on the alarm clock! I can’t stand those guys.” is “Oooh. Need Darjeeling.”
But it was this morning, and this was the DJ of choice. Even with an aged and none-too-carefully stored swappy bag, this is still rich and grape-juicy.
I was considering having this one iced, but I chose to have it hot because I love the smell of it so much. Just having a mug of this sitting on my desk makes the room smell divine. The jasmine and lavender are wonderful together, and even though the scent is unmistakably floral the tea itself can easily be tasted along with the floral notes.
There is only enough leaf left for me to have one more cup of this lovely tea. Yet another reason to make a trip to Premium Steap (Emperor’s Red and Organic Black with Coconut being the other reasons).
Cold brewed this again. It’s really nice. Wonderfully smooth and clean. The rose flavor is very light this time, but I like that it gives the sencha a chance to shine. It’s perfect for a hot day like today.
Cold brewed. Lots of floral, but the base tea is still there. A great way to cool down on a hot day.
This tea is lovely cold brewed. The base tea is crisp and light which blends well with the rose flavor. There is a hint of cherry, but it’s subtle. Overall, it’s a wonderfully delicate tea. I can see this being a hit at a summer tea or garden party.I think I prefer this cold brewed. It eliminates the soapy taste I was getting when I drank it hot. I’ll probably end up blowing through the rest of this tea far too quickly by cold brewing it, but for something this good it’ll be worth it.
Upping the rating a bit.
I am really sad to see this one leave my cupboard. It has a wonderful base tea paired with a lovely coconut flavor . I wish more coconut flavored teas used toasted coconut. It really does make a difference. The flavor is intense without being artificial or leaving a bitter taste. It might overwhelm other flavors, but otherwise I’d say it’s worth the extra bit of effort.
I’m sure this tea will find its way back on to my tea shelf sooner rather than later. Definitely before the snowflakes start falling this tea’ll be back in my cup. If the toll for the bridge over to Philly wasn’t so insanely high I’d be tempted to make a trip to Premium Steap far more often than I do now (which is next to never)!
Just finished this off. I enjoyed this, especially with milk. The coconut added a creamy aspect. However, it was a bit weak for my tastes. I would really like to find a strong coconut chai!
You know what? This might be one of those teas that makes a liar out of me. I like my spicy teas spicy – and that goes especially for chai – no messing around, plenty of ginger and cinnamon – pepper, cloves, I like ‘em. And then I got this one, and it’s so smooth and sweet from the vanilla and cardamom (both favourite flavours, but not without the other spices for chai), and the Assam works so well as a base, with its typical astringency tempered by the vanilla and cardamom, that it’s just a lovely cup of sweetly flavoured tea.
Not my kind of chai at all, because of the anise, which is far too prominent a flavour to be ignored. Possibly the chicory root doesn’t help, but I can’t get past the anise to determine that. I’d think this was probably a pretty good chai, if you like the flavours.
I really like this tea. It’s so rich and flavorful. I love the big pieces of coconut in my brew basket, and I really love that there is no artificial taste but instead a clean, sweet fruit flavor. Plus, the tea itself is really bold and pairs beautifully with the coconut. Love, love, love it!
From the here’s hoping tea box
I love both lavender and jasmine. I selected this tea from the teabox because I am always on the lookout for Jasmine or lavender flavors and have never seen them together.
This is a great tea. I am also getting a citrus flavor which is an interesting addition.
The tea is an orangy-tan in the cup. The dry leaves smell GREAT. I love it if this scent came in an air freshener! I am really enjoying this tea and added it to my shopping list!
The last time I had this, I accidentally drowned out the flavor with some almond milk. This time I used normal milk and went for a ten minute steep. I really enjoyed this one. It’s a less intense chai, with the coconut adding more creaminess than actual flavor. If you’re wanting a very strong coconut flavor, this probably isn’t the best for you, but otherwise it’s really good.
My coworker gave me her pouch of this — she didn’t like it! I am absolutely crazy for it, though. The caramel does such wonderful things with the rooibos base — it adds sweetness, heft, and such a delicious flavor. Authentic caramel and no fake-y drinking a Yankee candle business! A very tea-like caffeine free evening cuppa with a little milk and sugar.
We have heat! It feels nice to no longer be a popsicle.
This is such a great tea. The coconut flavor is excellent, and there’s no oily film on the top of my tea. I find many coconut teas have this, and it kinda weirds me out. I also really love the base tea. It’s rich and gives an additional layer of decadence to the tea. Good stuff!
Yesterday I took my daughter to the doctor for her well visit. Today I have a sore throat. Go figure. That is why I dislike walking into the petri dish that is any pediatrician’s office. It seems like anytime I take my kids there I come home with some sort of bug. Sorry, needed to vent. End of rant.
This sounded like a nice tea for a sore throat. I measured the leaves into my french press, and followed the steeping directions on the bag (1 tsp for 8 oz., heat water to 185F, steep 2 minutes). After it finished steeping I poured the tea into my teapot. The liquid is a pale green, and the scent is purely green tea – no cherry. The taste is clean. I want to say soapy, but not in a bad way. I still don’t taste the cherry. There is a floral note that I wasn’t expecting, but it’s nice. As the tea cools there is a hint of something that could be cherry, but because of the floral note I would say it’s cherry blossom, not fruity cherry.
I find that the absence of cherry does not bother me. The flavors in the cup are so light and pleasing. A heavy fruity cherry flavor would cover up all of the wonderful flavors from the tea itself.
A nice tea. It feels lovely on my sore throat. I might resteep the leaves later today.
This was a gift from a friend. It’s a tea I never would have chosen for myself, so I’m glad my friend was making the choices because this is a very nice tea. Nice to have a friend who knows me better than I know myself!
I have never been a fan of floral flavored teas because they tend to overwhelm me. Not so with this tea. The jasmine and lavender are there, but I don’t feel like I’ve stuck my head in a potpourri bag. The Ceylon tea has a chance to shine. The tea is rich and has a sweetness to it, again not overwhelming. It’s just enough to make you sit up and take notice. That combined with the lovely jasmine and lavender flavors makes this tea almost enchanting.
I can see myself enjoying this one both hot and iced. I have to say, I’ve been super impressed with the teas I’ve had from Premium Steap. Each one has been a delight!
I’m in love with this tea. It is so rich and flavorful! Today I’m getting a creamy note that I don’t usually get. It makes the tea seem more decadent than usual. Not coconut cream pie, but more like an amazing coconut latte (but with no milk!). This works in my favor since I choose this tea in an attempt to keep me away from all of the sugary goodies that are starting to creep into my house. That’s one of those things I love and hate about the holidays….
A friend of mine who works in Philadelphia picked up some really great teas for me from Premium Steap. This is the first one I tried, and it is delicious. The coconut is heavenly, and it gives a creamy decadence to the tea. Such a treat! The base tea is bold and rich. I’d like to know what tea it is because I think I would like it on its own. The base tea does not get pushed back by the coconut, but rather works with the fruit beautifully to make a complex and very satisfying tea.
This one’s a winner. I might even be willing to pay the toll to cross the bridge and buy more once my current stash is gone. Coming from me that’s a big deal. ;)
Another from my TTB.
Yesterday while shopping my mom and I found some unsweetened coconut vanilla almond milk. It just sounded so interesting that we had to get it and try it.
I thought it might be interesting to try it in a coconut flavored tea. I put it in this tea. Without sugar, it tastes like peanuts. With sugar, the milk flavor masks the taste of the tea, so I’m not even able to remark on the flavors of the tea! I can taste the almond flavor now, with some vanilla sweetness. This doesn’t add to the tea flavor like I was hoping, but instead seems to completely dominate the flavor. I’ll try the tea itself another time, perhaps with normal milk so I can actually give it a proper review!
ETA: One thing I found interesting was the steep time. The person who contributed this tea wrote a recommended time of 10 minutes, which just seems like waaaaay to much for this tea. I decided to give it a try anyway, but since I couldn’t taste the tea, it didn’t really matter.
A decent Genmaicha. Nothing particularly special about it, just everything you’d expect this tea to be.