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The description of this tea says Tropical Sunshine Herbal is an explosion of flavor and I can’t think of a more apt description for a tea. The citrus flavors do seem to explode on your tongue every time you take a sip. The first thing I notice about this blend is the combination of lemongrass, orange peel, and grapefruit. They give this herbal tisane an strong citrus flavor that contrasts perfectly with the spicy additions of cardamom, red peppercorn, and cinnamon chips. The addition of these spicy ingredients may feel odd at first, but when combined with the citrus flavors and slight sweetness from the apples and papaya flavoring we’re left with an incredibly well balanced blend that just screams summer.
You can read the rest of the review on my blog:
I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I haven’t decided yet.
As far as flavoring goes, it’s much better than either the DAVIDs or the TeaVivre one. I don’t find this to taste like spoiled milk, which is what I expected, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be the case.
I’d actually planned to do an experiment – have some pseudo gongfu style, and some do a cold brew with it. But like all good plans of mice and men, that isn’t happening. I did a 30s rinse with the first cup, and then my husband came in with the groceries and knocked the infuser onto the floor, spilling all of the leaves everywhere. Yep.
So I started back over with my pseudo gongfu.
The milk flavor was mostly gone by the third infusion. But the remaining tea flavor isn’t that spectacular. It’s a little buttery, but not outstanding.
I won’t be getting this as my tea next month.
I’m home sick today which means I get to drink all the tea! Friday sipdown anyone?
I received this as a sample in my tea box. I decided to cancel my subscription because I have too many teas to drink and TTBs headed my way! I really enjoyed this tea. It has a subtle amount of bergamot and the vanilla adds a nice creamy, smooth flavor to it.
I took one look at this and decided to hold it for iced teas, so it’s my first time trying it today after cold-brewing it for 14 hours. I think I may have oversteeped it as it is just a little bit bitter, but the orange is very nice and a little bit of agave would probably make this perfect! I’ve got lots left to experiment with though!
I felt like having a green tea this morning, and for some reason this one jumped out at me. It turns out that a 2.5 minute steep works out well for this one. There’s still some smokiness and astringency, but the green tea flavour comes to the fore more.
As a bonus, I now have only about 1 teapot’s worth of dry leaf left after this particular brewing, which means that it’s now firmly in sipdown status. Yay!
Backlog from yesterday morning.
It might be different with black teas (anyone wanna hit me up with some LS, which I’ve never tried?), but I’ve realized that when it comes to green teas, I’m not a huge fan of smoky flavours.
This one isn’t horrible (for some reason, I always find Mao Feng smoky, to my surprise, whereas I know to expect it from a gunpowder-like tea), but I won’t restock this once I’m done. This also tastes earthier than when I first remember trying it.
Simple Loose Leaf describes this tea as being similar to gunpowder green tea, with its smokiness and sweetness, and that’s pretty close to the truth. I know gunpowder green mainly as the base for Moroccan Mint teas and as the kind of default green tea I’ve encountered in many dim-sum restaurants, so the flavour was very familiar to me.
The dry leaves were dark green, tightly-rolled little balls, and smelled kind of vegetal and smoky.
The brewed tea was a nice amber colour with a hint of green, and it was slightly smoky and generally unassuming. However, after drinking a lot of it at once, it did start to become slightly astringent. For me, this would be the perfect kind of tea to have in the morning when I’m too groggy to make any important decisions – a tea that’s no fuss and undemanding.
Given the name of the tea – Sleeping Dragon Green – it’s kind of obvious that I needed to find a fictional dragon to link it with. Smaug? No, completely out of character. Something from Game of Thrones? Nah, I did that last week. Another dragon from Tolkien’s lore, like Ancalagon the Black or Glaurung? No, no, no. Not in keeping with this tea at all.
But don’t worry, I did think of a dragon to compare this tea to – though you’ll have to read the full post to find out which one: http://christinavasilevski.com/2014/07/sunday-tea-books-sleeping-dragon-green
Note: I steeped this twice. Both steeps were similar in flavour and colour.
The final tea from my Simple Loose Leaf July box. Honestly I had no idea what to expect out of this one since I have little to no experience with Chinese green teas. The leaves are cute, they’re quite thin and they look rolled, then shaped into little “U” shapes and hoops. The color is on the grey side of green. They smell a bit musty and vegetal, and there’s a tart fruity scent that reminds me of dried cranberries. I steeped for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
The brewed tea smells vegetal and a bit grassy with a hay note. The flavor is quite mild, which seems to be a common factor in Chinese green teas. It’s a bit grassy and reminds me of a lighter version of sencha. I also detect a hint of floral and there’s a fruity element mid-sip. It’s quite astringent for a green tea. As I let it cool, I started to get more sweetness and a white-tea-like hay note.
Overall, I’m glad I got to experience a new-to-me tea, but this isn’t really something that I would enjoy drinking on a regular basis. It’s a bit too light for me.
Flavors: Astringent, Cranberry, Floral, Grass, Hay
Too light for my taste. While it does blend nicely with the base teas, the plum flavor is somewhat weak and could be just a little stronger (so that it doesn’t overpower the shou mei and jasmin green tea). On another note, the dry leaf looks very pretty with the bright orange cornflower petals contrasting against the varying dull shades of green.
ETA This doesn’t good cold-brewed. The plum flavor translates horribly and the aftertaste is better than the actual taste. There is also an unappealing smell. Dumped it halfway through. (I used 1 tbs for 12oz.)
I’m not changing the rating. It’s OK when it’s hot, and certain teas are just better at being brewed one method than the other instead of being flexible for both.
Method: 1/5 tsp, 8 oz, 200 degrees, 3 minutes, French Press
Aroma: Smells like blueberries
Flavor: It’s a little light for me. I would have liked more blueberry. It’s still good. I added a little sugar at the end, and that was nice. I think the blueberry was maybe a 5 on a scale to 10. I would have liked an 8 or better.