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OMG, you guys, this tea is SO GOOD! The isn’t a lot of info on this tea, as if you go to the website, the tea is only listed with price, and no description. It looks like they are out of Vancouver, and since that’s where OMGsrsly lives (and this came from her), I hope to be able to score more. I only have one serving left, sadly.
This is almost a pu erh chai, but something about it makes it just a little different. I’m not sure if it is in the spices and flavourings, or what…but wow, what a fantastic pu er blend. The flavour is mild enough to let the pu erh come through, but at the same time, the pu erh base isn’t overpowering or fishy/musty/etc. It really is just a nice balance of flavors, and I can definitely see myself owing more of this in the future.
This was the first tea I purchased while on vacation in PHX. My friend took me to the art district in Phoenix for some lunch. We stopped at a restaurant named Jobahn. I saw the word “desert” and knew that I had to try it. The tea was slightly weak but still very tasty. It carried a warm citrus tone and finished with a green fruity tone. The aroma was what made it enticing. It was a sweet nectar scent with a fruit garden undertone. I love vacation tea!
Flavors: Citrus, Green, Orange
Thanks to OMGsrsly for a sample of this one as well. She offered an EG puerh and I accepted even though I’m not big on puerh. You never know, right?
The dry leaf smelled mostly like strong bergamot, so it was promising. Then I brewed it, and a rush of shu puerh (“poo-erh” for Sil :) aroma came out of the tea pot. Earth, dirt, mustiness, wood. And bergamot. Hmmm.
I have to say, the flavor is better than the aroma for me. Pretty smooth, the bergamot is strong enough to stand up to the wood and earth. Not entirely my bag, but better than I thought it would be from the scent. Glad I tried it out, and know that not even bergamot can save puerh for me. :)
I prefer this one hot over cold; it gets a bit weepy and floral once cold. I still really like it, I may even venture out to Main Street to go and get more. Thanks again OMGsrsly, this is a great, unusual find.
Flavors: Flowers, Mineral
OMGsrsly thank you so much for sharing some of this with me. Pu-erhs have always been favorites of mine, and even more so of late. An pu-erh EG? Wow. Okay, I’ll bite.
I actually love how these flavors blend together. There’s the depth and earthiness the pu-erh gives it, with the brightness of the bergamot. A really unusual cup, and one that I’ll savor.
soooo omgsrsly sent me a bunch of teas. And knowing that i need to try all the tea, she included this one, even though she knows i am NOT a fan of earl grey. Bergamot is awful.ick.gross. BUT i do like puerh. sooo i figured i should try this today and just be done with it haha. Turns out? this isn’t that bad. I really like the strength that the puerh gives to the brew and the bergamot isn’t terribly intense. That is, unless the cup cools too much…then it’s game over for me. For those who like EG, this is certainly a bit of a different twist on things.
Thanks omgsrsly! :)
I had this tea to go today.
I really like the flavours. The warming cinnamon, the fruity flavours from the plum. It’s really good when steaming hot. Sadly, I don’t think honeybush is a tea for me. It cools and has a really nasty sour note to it. So far this has been true for all 3 honeybush teas I’ve tried.
This is my breakup with honeybush. It’s not you, tea. It’s me.
This tea was alright. I didn’t really taste the nut or sandalwood flavours, which was a bit disappointing. Mostly it just tasted fruity – quite reminiscent of a fruitcake, actually. So if that’s what you’re looking for it would be quite nice, but I was just hoping for but more spice and somewhat less fruitiness.
This was quite a nice tea! I’m not sure I’m really a fan of milky oolong in general, though, so that might be why I wouldn’t count it among my favourites, though I did enjoy it for what it is. It definitely tastes just how you would expect, very melon-ey with that creamy aftertaste, so I would definitely recommend this to someone who enjoys milk oolong!
I ordered this tea as a sample, and I’m glad I did because while it smelled absolutely wonderful, it was a bit of a disappointment when brewed. It smells beautifully fruity but the fruit flavour was actually quite weak, and there was a bitter edge to it as well. I might try brewing it at an even lower temperature to see if that helps.
I visited Shaktea while on a trip to Vancouver, and my friend beside me was drinking this tea. I’m not normally a big fan of chai purely because it has to hit a perfect balance of spices and most I have tried seem to miss the mark, but something about this one smelled quite nice as my friend was sipping it, so when we left I took a bag home with me.
Boy am I glad that I did! This chai hits that balance of spices that I had been looking for, and on top of it you get this lovely creamy coconut flavour. The spices don’t overwhelm the coconut, and the coconut doesn’t overwhelm the spices – they work together in perfect harmony. I enjoy this tea with a splash of almond milk or simply plain, and I’ve been craving it so much since I ran out that I ordered 250g of it online and I’m sure I’ll be going through it quite fast. I’ve tried other coconut chai before, but this one is by far the best I have tasted!
It is very windy and cold outside, it has been like that all day.
The great thing about this tea right now is the aroma that fills the room after steeping, a very sweet and spicy scent that engulfs the empty and tired spaces of the office.
This will be a great way to end a very long and blustery Monday.
Happy holidays, I guess this means my Christmas season has begun.
This is a very warm and cozy tea, the flavor very reminiscent of dark winter nights by a fireplace.
The aroma kind of throws you off, as it smells like a spicy chai blend, but the flavor gives a more refreshing taste with a hint of cinnamon.
I think I am getting to a point where the flavor is reaching an almost buttery texture, similar to Teavana’s Almond Biscotti.
The black tea and almond still harmonize, but the taste is now getting comfortably creamy.
I wish it could taste like biting into a cookie, as the almond biscotti always does, but this is as close as I’m going to get for now.
So, with most black teas, I steep them at approximately 3 minutes, unless specified it requires more or less time. For some reason, I decided to steep an extra minute, I think I was probably curious to see how it would taste. Unfortunately, it isn’t good.
The almond flavor is now overpowered by the black tea, there is no harmony in this oversteeped cup, which makes me a sad panda.
So, moral of this note: do not oversteep this tea. 3 minutes seems more than enough.
I have decided to revisit this tea, among others, as it has been sitting on my tea shelf for close to a year.
Unlike Shaktea’s Marzipan, Cola Licorice doesn’t seem to be affected by the time just sitting there unsteeped.
There is still a very warm and nostalgic deliciousness to this tea, that is probably even more nostalgic given it’s age; the very brown colors of the 70’s, the stale dusty faux-sophistication scents of wood and polyester.
It’s a strange yet comforting feeling, considering I was born in the 80’s, but very much fuels the attraction of this tea.
I’m not quite sure when there is an appropriate time to drink this particular tea, maybe on a snow day, when roads are closed and you are stuck at home, sprawled out on your shag carpet close to the fireplace.