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Caramel flavored honeybush sounds good enough for me! …but the base of this one didn’t really seem like honeybush to me. It seemed more like rooibos but woodsier. Some of the honeybush “leaves” looked like they had a black color to them, which is different. The caramel flavor was subtle but there.
Had this at my oldest friend’s wedding yesterday. I’ve known her since we were 4 years old. Crazy.
The temp of the hot water at the venue was too high for a bai mu dan (as I was expecting) but it still turned out okay. It steeped a light brown/ yellow color (it looked more like a color characteristic of a green tea). I suspect the leaves got “cooked” a little.
It tasted pretty good. The pomegranate flavoring was genuine and not cloying or overwhelming. It had some slightly cocoa-y notes mixed in with a pleasantly sour fruity edge. It would have been better with 60 degree F water, but it was fine this way too.
Flavors: Cocoa, Fruity, Pleasantly Sour
I must preface by admitting that I am no connoisseur, most of my tea experiences have consisted of the stale bagged lawn clippings they sell in supermarkets. Or at least, that’s how they taste to me now, after tasting this tea.
I wouldn’t have even tried it, had I not stumbled across an unopened box in the garbage at work, and it ended up being the best tea i’ve ever had.
Opening the foil bag inside, the aroma of tea immediately wafts out, this tea is very fragrant. Bright, fresh, green, sweet, like a green tea perfume!
Perhaps i’m just a noob, but I was very impressed with how strong the brew was with only one teabag; it could handle milk and sugar (yes, i’m blasphemous, but i love my milk tea) and I one bag lasted me 3 steeps, even with milk!
It doesn’t say on the box, but I think there is bergamot in this tea.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Perfume, Sweet
I tasted no chocolate, a bit of citrus-y zest (did not taste like orange though) and a bunch of spices (but not any specific ones). Very disappointing because I was hoping it would taste like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. I didn’t get any green tea either.
Flavors: Orange Zest, Sour, Spices
I found some at a a Shell Gas Station. And I am so happy I did.
The dark oolong base of the Se Chung and Shui Xian is nice. You get the nice, smooth bamboo notes and smokey notes that you normally do from those teas. The peach and apricot are also nice, but a little too strong. Overall, this is a yan cha at its ideal flavor, perhaps closer to a Dan Cong, with the flavoring being a hint dominant.
I quite enjoyed it for a bagged tea. Some people might be dissuaded by the flavor and brisk tartness while some might like that aspect. In the end, I feel a little bit accomplished in finishing the quest in trying this tea.
I got this in a secret santa exchange and had pretty high hopes when I saw “Caramel” on the box. Unfortunately, it’s not as caramel-y as I had hoped but I liked it much more than I would have expected given the reviews on here.
The caramel is muted and it’s generally not a very sweet tea. Adding some sweetener might pull the caramel flavor out a bit, but thats something to try later. The honeybush was very strong and almost malty, it had a deep earthy flavor (but not like a green or puerh tea might have, this was more like bark and less like dirt or grass.) It might be good with cookies as a ying/yang of flavors.
Flavors: Bark, Caramel, Earth, Malt
Again, on discount, a really awesome consort of flavors, and then all of them overpower each other. I wanted to taste more jasmine with the pineapple, but the mint and lemon blockaded the delicate flower. I definitely taste the tropical and I thoroughly enjoyed the tea in the first few seconds, but then I was so severely disappointed by a pineapple lemony green tea blur. Looks like this is a bag better Gong fu’d, and a partial waste of five dollars. I do like this tea. It just falls short of its potential.
Only got this on discount and even for five bucks it was overpriced. Really, your usual Earl Gray with an herbal background. The ingredient combo seems awesome, but the bergamot overpowers the natural notes of the oolong and Darjeeling. The lavender itself is also overpowered by the bergamot, letting it be known in the second steep. The second steep was a huge improvement from the first, being smoother and more flavor packed, but again not worth five dollars.
Had this at a spa while on vacation. It was a light EG. I would not have placed oolong or Darjeeling in the mix by taste alone but that may simply be me. Someone with a more nuanced palate might well pick them out. All in all, a pleasant cup of lightly bergamotted (is so a word) light bodied tea. Might be worth investigating price compared to say a Harney sachet. As TeaTiff recommended, I may stick with taking sachets along on trips from now on since I never seem to have time to use my good stuff when I take it.
This is the first rooibos tea I’ve tried. My wife is an EMT and a gas station attendant gave her a few packs of it to try (he recommended it). She doesn’t really drink hot teas in the warmer months, so I became the beneficiary of the two sample packs.
I took my first sip, after steeping per the directions for 5 minutes, and it had a familiar smell I couldn’t quite place…but other than that it was like drinking hot water. Went and got the tea bag out of the plastic container I had placed it on and dropped it back in the water.
All of a sudden it just hit me like a ton of bricks. I KNOW what this smells like!! It smells exactly like the old pipe tobacco my dad used to smoke, ACK. Definitely not tasty, and I’m seriously considering this being a drain pour…I can’t do it.
I will try a loose leaf Rooibos one day, after the memory of this swill fades from memory.
I had this from a friends, and this was a nice combo. I tasted the white tea distinctly having the sweet hot hay notes it normally has, which in turn provided the soft body for the pear. It tasted like hot pear juice, and did not need any sweetener. I got two good steeps out of it. Something that I would want again, but not something that urges me. Good flavored tea. Tea purists, be warned.
Flavors: Hot hay, Pear, Sweet
In spite of the fact that I have way too much tea, I do tend to be very frugal and try to use what I have or give it away, not just toss a bad one. This one was a little bitter and sour to me hot. I honestly didn’t know anyone who would just love to get their hands on this, so I decided to try it iced. If I make a few big pitchers of it, it will all be used up and I will have saved some of my favorites for more special occasions.
My youngest daughter and I tried it today and it was good. I don’t mind drinking this at all now that it is cold. I used four tea bags for my Bodum iced tea pitcher. I poured a liter of 174F water in and steeped for three minutes, removed the bags, and added water to the top of the pitcher. Then I chilled it in the refrigerator.
The tea is now smoother and I do taste the green. The pineapple is okay but when hot it has the bitter pineapple taste and I wanted a sweeter, more candy like one. With the tea cold, the mint is more refreshing and I am enjoying it more, especially with our 105F heat index. That’s around 40C for you metric system folks. My daughter was just sure I had sweetened it and was surprised when I told her it was absolutely plain.
I have a feeling we will be done with this whole box of tea really soon.
I bought this on a whim at The Fresh Market. The bottom line is that if I had sampled it first, I would not have purchased it. It wasn’t terrible, but it was nothing special. I did not read the instructions, so to be fair I will say that maybe it tastes better made just under boiling like they say. I used 174F water for three minutes. I want to be done with it, so I will make a pitcher of it iced and give the rest to my daughter to see if she likes it.
My best friend tried it, too, and said it was just meh.