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I am slow at getting back to this one. I took my wife to the doctor (nothing serious) and am just now getting back to trying to get this one right. So rebooting, I used 1 1/2 tsp and 12 oz of just off boiling water and steeped for one minute. Yeah, this is much improved with no bitterness. I do think 2 minutes might bring out a little more of the flavors. I expected cocoa based on the wet leaf scent, instead I got nice notes of leather wrapped in light smoke. It is slightly spicy with some pepperiness. There is also some earthy/woodsy hints mingled in. Based on the cost – just under $10/3 oz, this has way more depth than expected. This is not Zhu Rhong or Golden Tips but it isn’t competing with the big dogs. I feel comfortable recommending it as a really good value everyday Yunnan.
I could not find this on the website. I have contacted Simple Loose Leaf to see if this is still available. So no picture and no product detail. Actually no real review yet. This is more about being consistent. I normally use a 10-12 oz mug. I had the bright idea this morning I would use a 5-6 oz cup instead. That would be fine had I adjusted the amount of leaf and/or the steeping time. So one scoop of leaf equivalent to about 2 tsp and a 3 minute steep is way too much for this little cup. So its dark, strong, and bitter. I can tell it had some nice smoky/chocolate notes but they are overcome. A packet of Splenda in such a tiny cup is just as bad of an idea. Sure it softens the bitterness but now it tastes like bottled tea. Who needs it that sweet? Time to reboot my day. I owe this tea a better review. I mean its Yunnan tea!
There are a number of flavors that develop in this cup, but I especially love the subtle sweetness that shines through, it really appeals to my sweet tooth. I’ve been trying very hard to avoid added sugar lately and instead prefer to enjoy teas that have a natural sweetness to them. Also immediately noticeable about this tea are the floral notes the magnolia contributes, they are much more subtle than other floral teas. Jasmine is a much more commonly found ingredient in scented teas, but I find that it is oftentimes overwhelming, reminding me more of potpourri than tea. I’m glad to see that magnolia falls into the softer category of floral teas, I think that it may appeal to those of you who wish to find a floral tea to enjoy, but have found other types off-putting.
You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
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I would like to Thank Andrew at Simple Loose Leaf who provided me with a $50 credit to use towards their subscription service. This was the sixth tea that I was sent in my six month plan.
Yesterday my grown sons put up a ceiling fan with light kit in my den. My golden fleece was is in the den. So I never got to fully exhaust the leaf. This morning I put it aside for later today and grabbed this one for blurry eyes first tea. I am having again at lunch with a peanut butter and apple butter sandwich – thanks whoever suggested it. The PBAB and EG went well together. This is essentially a earl grey creme. Vanilla almost always seems to dominate the cup to me unless it is paired with mint. So to my tastes this is a vanilla black tea with light hints of bergamot. Good choice first thing and with lunch.
You know how cats keep on licking their chops long after eating? I had a mental image of myself doing that after every sip of this tea. This is how I expected David’s Tea Coconut Grove would taste but just….didn’t.
Don’t ask me if this is an everyday tea…I am not an everyday tea drinker, as I prefer to mostly have my tea as a treat. And even if I were to drink tea everyday….ugh not the same tea, there would have to be variety.
But anyways, I do think I like this enough to want to have it as a staple in my cupboard, though cautioning myself to wait till I’ve tried the rest of it and to possibly get the hf ounce on the website before I go overboard and buy a whole 3 ounces. (Odd size options on the site though.) Somewhat tempted to add some lime juice to this just to see how it would taste. Maybe near the end of the cup, eh? LOL. Oh and alittle bit of salt ;)
Updated: just added some lime juice and salt to this tea…I like! lol. But just a pinch of both mind you.
Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla
I’ve built up a sort of fear of Assams, because I’m not a big fan of malt flavors in my tea and they go bitter easily. In fact, I’ve never had an Assam/mix including Assam that didn’t go bitter on me, which tends to completely put me off the tea in question. This, surprisingly, smells good to me. The bergamot mixes well with the scent of the tea itself.
The taste of this is completely different from what I expected. It’s full-bodied but doesn’t taste like it’s too much. The bergamot is equally fruity and flowery, and that somehow manages to taste good against the malty background of the base. I think this is the first Assam I would go out of my way to drink again. Yum!
I’m having a rough day. Yesterday was also a rough day. I have a kink that runs from the base of my skull on the left, through various points in my neck, shoulder blade, rotator, elbow, wrist, & down into the hand. Over the years I’ve sustained several injuries to my left side, & I’m here to tell the young people in the room, be good to your body, because as you grow older (I’m 55), every injury you’ve ever had will come back to haunt you…again & again. So…whether it’s the junk food I ate over the weekend (chronic inflammation flareup = the cause of most autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, tendonitis, diabetes, heart disease, etc), the weather changes, the fact that I just started Taichi again after a fairly long hiatus (you get that energy moving along those meridians & it hits blockages, which results in pain, at least at first), or a combo of all of the above, I’m kind of bitchy right now, & my only friends today have been an ice pack alternating with a hot rice sock, & another sock with 2 tennis balls in it. I hate pain. I suffered a week ago from accidentally eating something with nitrates in it, & I used to be in pain all the time. So after months of living pain free, due to changes in my diet, I’m not very happy today.
As my dear Tea Fairie said, “We can still enjoy tea” (or something like that).
So I’m doing some flavored teas now…this one is from Awkward Soul, sent for Sil & I to share. It has coffee in it, I saw the granules in the mix. It also has chocolate. I don’t drink coffee, but I also don’t hate coffee, so I’m actually enjoying this cup a little. I added stevia & vanilla almond milk, because I was feeling whiny & nostalgic, & without the sweetening, the tea sucked. The rest goes to Sil, so I get to claim a sipdown. I was at 327, but I just added 6 teas that came in the mail today, so now I’m at 331.
I’ll quit bitching now.
This is one of the “free samples” that Simple Loose Leaf sent me to compensate for the fact that I didn’t flip for the cocoa cream tea. I was really happy with their efforts to make that situation right, even though the fault was all mine. I like it when a company treats their customers right!
This is a really good blend. It would make a really good, hefty sort of breakfast blend – it’s got some gusto to it. Rich and full-flavored, with notes of smoke, malt and spice.
A really good tea.
I love Simple Loose Leaf. Here’s why:
Quite simply, their customer service rocks.
My December subscription shipment was of their Cocoa Cream tea. As I mentioned in my tasting note of that tea, it’s very coffee-ish. http://steepster.com/teas/simple-loose-leaf/42294-cocoa-creme-black
Anyway … it was my fault that I didn’t read the description thoroughly before I added it to my subscription. I should have done that. But I didn’t. I saw “cocoa cream” and I thought CHOCOLATE! And as I am a chocoholic, when I think CHOCOLATE … I usually put whatever it was that made me think of this magical substance into my cart. This happens in the grocery store. I’ve learned to avoid the cereal aisle because of this, because there are some rather unhealthy, overly sugared cereals there that make me scream “chocolate” and as I said before, when I do this, the chocolate thing goes into the cart. I also avoid the candy aisle and do my best to avoid the bakery.
So, I added the cocoa cream to my cart, and it ended up being more coffee than chocolate or cream. This was rather disappointing for me, so when I wrote of my disappointment on the SororiTea Sisters blog (if you haven’t checked out our blog yet, please do: http://sororiteasisters.com ) Simple Loose Leaf contacted me immediately and went above and beyond to correct the problem.
They sent me several additional samples with my January tea – which was this tea. And this tea … was not a disappointment. It delivered exactly what I expected: White tea, coconut and vanilla. And it was yummmmmm!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/01/03/madagascar-coconut-white-tea-blend-from-simple-loose-leaf/