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A delight to sip
This little treasure was given to me by a woman in my steampunk club. No explanation, just “You like tea. Here, take this ziplock baggie of random teas”. It came in an adorable little box with no brewing instructions and I brewed the heck out of it (I’m at work; distractions are par to the course).
I was surprised at how dark the liquor was, like a mahogany varnish. The smell is delicate and definitely full of pear. When I sip it, I can tell it’s oversteeped, but its just the barest edge of…bitter. I agree that it tastes like a light black, without the grassy earthiness of green. (Is that what white tastes like?) And I do get some of the pear flavor coming through, definitely at the front and end (breath) of the taste. It’s light, and I enjoy that it’s sweet and not overwhelming. I would love to try this again with a shorter steep time. But, for now, This is a nice wake-me-up-on-a-cold-afternoon tea.
This was fun to try! I haven’t had lavender in a tea before. I think the Darjeeling in it lightened it up a bit, while the lavender made it smell good and feel more complex. I definitely wouldn’t mind drinking this often. Now, if only I could find an Earl Grey that had a naturally caffeine-free base that still fulfilled all of my Grey hopes and dreams so that I could drink it at night, too……
I have an Earl Grey with a white tea base coming this week…perhaps that will at least be going in the right direction?
I had a pyramid bag of this tea in my travel mug for breakfast. It’s not bad.
The tropical fruit flavor hits right up front in the sip. I got pineapple and mango. There’s no mango or mango flavoring in here, but that’s what I tasted. The fruitiness gently fades into green-tea-ness. I had trouble figuring out how to describe it. Not vegetal, grassy, or seaweedy, but definitely very green. Each sip left my mouth feeling slightly dry. This tea is better as it cools because the tropical flavor lasts longer through the sip. It would probably be good as an iced tea.
My work has a giant tea stash (which I suspect is a “The in-laws really think I like tea and won’t stop giving it to me” collection from the office), so I was going through and really liked it. It’s loose-leaf, and if you look closely you can see what I assume are dried peach and/or ginger bits mixed it. I just used the water office heater and steeped for 3-4 minutes (any longer and it gets bitter quickly, unfortunately.) Also for disclosure, I just checked the box and it expired over a year ago, but was still enjoyable to me.
The peach is really strong, but that’s not necessarily bad. The ginger is subtle but still there. It’s my go-to morning tea for sure.
Flavors: Ginger, Peach
Sorry to disappoint Ost, but I do not hate this tea at all. It’s really good! If I had any criticism it would be that I need more oolong taste from it. I also probably used too much water for the size of the sachet. However the peachy apricot goodness that shows up and lingers at the end of the sip is very pleasant and also subtle in a good way. Thanks Ost!
Flavors: Apricot, Peach
I got a sample of this in my monthly Love With Food box. The package says to brew “just under boiling.” I’m no green tea expert, but that seems too hot to me. However, it didn’t matter either way, since I’m at way work and only have one “hot” setting here. I think I may bring my thermometer and find out exactly what temperature it is. Whatever it is, it worked out well enough for this tea. Brewing, there was a strong pineapple scent. I’m almost not getting that in the taste though. At the very beginning of the sip, its almost as though a pineapple just rolled by my face; the tiniest hint of pineapple is there. Then it’s all green tea. And I’m not getting any of the mint everyone else mentioned! Overall not terrible, but not great.
I actually wasn’t a huge fan of this tea even though I thought that it would be a decent caramel honeybush and rooibos blend. I suppose that my standards for this type of tea are quite high considering that caramel rooibos blends are always in the cupboard. I’ve realized that my caramel rooibos teas must be buttery, sweet and have a nice balance of the caramel flavor and the rooibos itself. It’s also a bonus if the tea has little caramel squares in it to make it extra special!
This tea wasn’t terrible, but it was rather uneventful. I did taste strong notes of rooibos (more than the honeybush in this blend) and very little caramel. This would be fine with me since I enjoy rooibos on its own so much, but this tea is supposed to have some sort of caramel flavor.. it’s called Honeybush Caramel Tea! In addition, the rooibos/honeybush combination here wasn’t the best – I’m very particular when it comes to the rooibos base and it seems like there are smooth, sweet and woody rooibos teas and there are splintery, dry rooibos teas. This is definitely part of the latter, unfortunately. Not a repurchase for me — just…. no.
I have had this in my cupboard for a while and completely forgot about it. Shame on me! I guess I just tend to ignore my bagged teas and go straight for the loose-leaf. (I’m such a snob). I am glad I re-discovered this though, because it is unexpectedly good. I don’t care for the plastic-y pyramid bags, but that’s not a problem. I just rip them open and pour the leaves into my infuser and bingo! loose-leaf! This also gives me a chance to inspect the leaves, and these appeared to be in good shape, not shredded up in teensy weensy pieces. Once steeped, my infuser is filled with nice full sencha leaves, and the liquor is fresh bright green. Okay, I’ll admit I’m impressed. So far so good.
The resulting tea is delicious! I thought it would be difficult to achieve a good balance with the bergamot and green tea leaves, but this company manages to pull off the blend very well. The Earl Grey bergamot flavor is perfect: citrusy and light, and the assertive yet sweet sencha comes through nicely. It is a good sencha base, definitely holding its own to the bergamot but at the same time working harmoniously with it. Both flavors are impeccably balanced. I’d say this is a wonderful breakfast or brunch tea, when you want a green with a little more oomf to it but that’s still smooth enough to ease you into the day. Or, I could see this also being that perfect rainy afternoon tea, when it seems a little too late for a brisk, classic black EG and you want something just a bit lighter (but that will still provide you with a snap-out-of-it alertness). This tea will no longer remain lonely and neglected on my shelf. I think it is deserving of loose-leaf status now. :-)
It is another one of those days where I lack really awesome stories to share with you, my day consisted of storms keeping me awake at night, oral surgery, and subsequent pain killer loopiness, and a nice nap in the middle. Accuweather is promising another stormy night tonight, but as long as there are no tornadoes I don’t mind the storms, they are my favorite kind of weather after all! I suppose the thing that really kept me awake last night was Espeon trying to burrow into my chest because the thunder was scary to her, poor kitty.
Today’s tea has an interesting backstory, at least for me, many years ago before I was a tea blogger, I was taken on a glorious vacation. One of the spots Ben took me to was a restaurant in Washington DC, before we went to the Smithsonian, I had a wonderful meal and this tea! Earl Grey Lavender by Revolution Tea, is a blend of Ceylon, Oolong, Darjeeling, Bergamot Oil, and Lavender blossoms. The aroma is loaded with delicate lavender and sharp bergamot, with compliments of mellow muscatel and a hint of malt. This is not like most Earl’s, it is more smooth and gentle. This is the tea that I always thought would suit the name Lady Grey.
Once brewed the tea becomes mildly sweet and a touch creamy with delicate lavender and mild bergamot. It has a very mellow aroma for an Earl Grey, which is great if you find the aroma of bergamot overpowering at times.
The taste is at first incredibly smooth and fades to a crisp briskness. The base tea blend mixes muscatel and malt flavors with a very slight astringency. The bergamot and lavender are both mild, accents that do not overpower, quite balanced. I really loved this tea the first time I tried it and I still enjoy it immensely. It is one of those teas that is perfect for an afternoon teatime or morning cup, especially if you want an Earl Grey with a gentle touch.
I picked this up at The Fresh Market today. The smell when I opened the package was AMAZING. I actually went around and made everyone else in the house smell it. The tea was nice, perhaps a little weaker than I wanted it to be after smelling the tea itself, but next cup I will steep it more and see what that does.
I found this tea by accident. I was staying over my mothers house and finished the tea stash that i had brought. So when i stop at the gas station i decides to buy something hot and found this for $1.99 for the hole box of 20 teas. A deal!
Ive never tried a tea that came in a triangle silk sachets, pretty cool. I’m a sucker for presentation. =D
It was astound by the balance of flavors. This is a very light white tea with a very subtle hint of pear flavor. Definitely will repurchase.
I received a sample of this with a gluten free box I ordered a while ago. It stands to reason that mint is gluten free, but anyway I digress.
This comes in a pyramid sachet and is 100% peppermint. It’s difficult to rate a thing like that, I mean you either like mint or you don’t. I enjoy it after meal times. I would say that I slightly prefer the peppermint tisanes I’ve tried that grow in the Pacific Northwest – both Silk Road teas and Steven Smith have nice ones. This is a nice strong mint though and tastes nice & fresh.
p.s. also resteeps well
This sat on my desk while the water was boiling, and I have to say the smell – of just the dry tea – completely filled my area. I kept wanting to look around to see who was enjoying some very fresh and juicy-smelling fruit!
I was a little hesitant about the idea of oolong in a teabag, but it seems to have room to expand nicely. While the smell is still very present, the fruitiness is toned down in the actual cup, allowing more of the oolong’s butteriness to come through.
This is a fantastic change to the Teavana sample I grabbed this morning – it’s washing away the melted cinnamon candy flavor of that earlier poor choice and replacing it with something much, much more enjoyable.
Well, this could be better, but it not bad.
I hate that they put Darjeeling into the mix
as that is one of my least favorite teas.
But, this is nice and refreshing.
I enjoy the taste of the black tea mixed with Ceylon
as well as the light flavor of the Bergamot here.
You can definitely smell the lavender before steeping…
very nice…it also lingers on the palate in a lovely way
after the tea is gone.
This cannot match the Creamy Earl Grey From David’s Teas
that Whiskey Buzz sent me,
But for the occasional pick me, it is worth the coins (not expensive)
& on a different tip, the flow through infuser bag is super nice
for a tea bag…allowing the tea leaves to expand nicely.