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This was my choice tea at Remedy yesterday. I wanted their Chocolate Mint but they were out! The smell of these sachets, though? A heavenly waft of bergamot. I’m so used to EGC that this plays tricks on my mind and makes me expect a creamy note in the taste.
Without any additives, this is smooth and packed with bergamot. Maybe not the strongest bergamot I’ve had, but it’s oh so prevalent. It’s a great option to have when you’re out and about and have a hankering for Earl Grey when then house Earl Greys at places like Second Cup are on the weaker, boring side.
With maple sugar and cream, it’s good but I think I prefer it before I added these gimmicks to them. The bergamot stands very well on its own, plus the base is smooth so no need to calm it down with milk/cream/sugar.
I’ve finished my cup and am really feeling the effects of the caffeine. Maybe I used too much water or maybe it’s the type of tea, but adding cream to this made it taste a little watery. I’m glad to be adding a few different types of black tea to my cupboard so that I can start learning the differences between them.
12 ounces water + 212 degrees + 10 minutes
The second cup is still light, even after a 10-minute steep.
I am so achy today. My whole vacation I was fine but now that I’m back at work this starts up again. What is going on with this body of mine?!
This is INCREDIBLE. I love it so much! The taste is so intricate, delicate, but not weak. It is literally the perfect black tea blend. Fully and completely dethrones Santa’s Secret as my favourite tea!!! It makes David’s Tea look like children’s play (I still really like David’s though).
I got this tea in a 4-pack of Sloane Teas as a bridal shower gift from a dear friend so it makes this tea that much more special, too. :)
Just the smell of this tea alone is enough to relax me. It’s a whole body experience: I open the tin, and as soon as that milky floral scent reaches me, it’s like my body just releases a pent up sigh. I have no idea why. But it’s certainly not unwelcome! I’m still getting over the flu from hell, but every day I seem to get a teensy bit closer to feeling somewhat human again, so. Progress. This tea is creamy, very lightly floral, and silky, and I’m so glad I finally splurged and got a tin of it. (Previously, I’d been slinking into this trendy, vegan-GF bakery and getting cups of it to go, and I always felt a tad guilty when I turned down an offer for a baked good. I swear I don’t love you just for your tea! Well, okay, maybe a bit? Ugh, sorry.)
I’m EXTREMELY picky about flowery teas. Most of the times, I can’t get over the overwhelming potpourri smell/taste. Thankfully, this is the perfect amount of floral for me—just enough of a rose flavour to make it stand apart from the black line up in my cupboard, but subtle enough that I don’t imagine drinking old lady bath water. I’m loving that this is an Assam base, too, because it adds such a rounded, malty note. A nice, simple afternoon tea for when I’m craving something slightly different. Mmm. Plus, omg Sloane tins. Is it bad I want the tins just as much as I want the teas inside them? They’re ridiculous. So beautiful!
Sipdown! Another thanks to Sil. Given the hibiscus in this blend, I thought it would be a good idea to go light on infusion time, and I think that was a good choice. At about 2 minutes, the liquor is quite pink and although it smells quite like a wild berry mix, the flavour is definitely dominated by hibiscus. It’s at a bearable level though (and appropriate in a berry blend), so it’s not really an issue here, but I do prefer to taste more of the actual berries, and not just the tartness. I feel like this one would be fairly good sweetened (i.e. juice tea)… but as that’s not my usual practice, I won’t bother trying it that way. Overall, pretty average tea.
Thanks for some of this one Sil. I am reasonably unimpressed, but given a) the comments I read and b) the age of the tea, it sounds like there wasn’t a ton of flavour to begin with, and what was there is likely gone. It’s still not a bad cup of tea – less astringent than 52teas’ Almond Happiness, but to be fair, it also has less flavour. Ah well, not a big loss – I don’t seem to be a big fan of Sloane teas in general for whatever reason. Not rating out of fairness to the tea, but I’d guess it would garner around a 60 fresh, for me.
Thanks to Lala for the huge amount of samples from our swap back in March. I have enough of this tea alone for at least 5 cups, and that’s not counting resteeps! Thank you, Lala!!
The dry leaf aroma is all peachy goodness. The brewed tea aroma is peaches with something more. The flavor is a delicate balance of peaches, cream, and white tea. This is delicious! I’m so impressed with how delicately the flavors are balanced. They seem to romp back and forth, exchanging positions for prominence.
Gosh, I love tea. I hope my child likes tea too. It’d be fun to share that together. I love that my husband has become more interested in tea over the past year or so. It still amazes me that two people can drink the exact same cup of tea and, even preferences aside, taste different things in it.
Well for me, this is a great tea! It delivers on the cream element more than any other tea by that name that I’ve tried. It has no bitterness nor astringency. There’s a subtle sweetness apparent, the way fruit is naturally sweet. Total yum factor! I will enjoy every cup.
ETA: Hmm, I can’t find this on the Sloane website. Was it a limited edition tea or something?
Flavors: Cream, Peach
Thank you Sil for this lovely creamy Oolong. It tastes much like a milk Oolong and it is nice as I loooooove milk Oolongs.
So of course it is creamy, buttery and mellow but it is quite flowery as well and has a touch of mineral taste (even a long mineral taste) at the very end of the sip especially when the cup is beginning to cool down.
I love it.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Mineral
I thought I’d already logged this tea when I was reviewing the other three tea in the Sloane sampler set, but apparently this one fell by the wayside. It’s a fairly mild incarnation of earl grey – nice and smooth with the bergamot notes going for subtle rather than ostentatious. It’s fairly average for me as I tend to like the bergamot a bit stronger, but personal bias aside it’s still a well-crafted tea.
A bit on the smokey-cream side. I still personally prefer David’s Milk Oolong over this version if I am going to have a flavour altered oolong, though when tasted next to one another there are many similarities. This one doesn’t have the clean and airy mouth feel that the other does. Still, a pretty good brew. My boyfriend’s a big fan, and I love the design of the tin.
Hmm, looks like I haven’t reviewed this tea yet! I will make it short, as I am at work and it is fairly busy, but I made a cup of this for the morning, not the first cup of this tea I’ve had either lol. In a nutshell, it smells rather tasty, steeps to a orangey yellow color, smells peachy and creamy steeped, but has a bit of an artificial flavor to it unfortunately. The artificial cream note is why I don’t really drink this tea that often. A shame, as it smells so good, but just doesn’t taste quite as good. It’s a very spring/summer-esque tea though, so I might have a few more cups of it as the seasons progress. Not too bad this morning!
Sunday Sipdown #1
Compared to yesterday’s sipdown of Assam by Joseph Wesley, this is a really bold, malty cup. Slightly astringent, kind of metallic tasting, with a lingering aftertaste.
This isn’t bad, but I think it’s a bit too strong for me.
Thanks again, indigobloom, for the sample!
The weather outside today is hellish, absolutely hellish. When I got home, I changed out of my soaked pants, put on a bathrobe, had some lunch, and decided that the only thing that would make me feel warm and toasty and safe was some black tea. Considering I rarely drink black tea, this was kind of weird, but eh.
Indigobloom gave me a sample of this about a month and a half ago, and it’s one of the few I have yet to try, so into the teacup it went.
I don’t really have the vocabulary to describe black teas yet since they’re not my preferred kind, but this was really bitter. Mildly astringent, perhaps, but I definitely agree with Indigobloom’s assessment that this is coppery. I guess this is the maltiness or briskness to which other people refer?
I don’t normally drink tea with milk, but I can see why others would add it to this to tone it down. I don’t think it’s for me, so when I finish this off (I have enough for 1-2 cups), this won’t be a restock.
Hmmm… While this is not the most tantalizing tea I’ve had, or not even one of the better white teas I have had, the peach flavoring here is really intriguing.
I have a very weird relationship with peach flavored teas. They often make me think of Lipton iced tea :P But once in a while, the flavoring can be put off nicely. The best example is probably Lupicia’s Momo blends. but I do like the peach in this. I am not sure about the “cream” part.. I guess the creamy notes are there, but barely.
Unfortunately, the white tea here is not spectacular and seems to be full of these notorious “sweatcloth” notes that just sit on your palate. Perhaps I brewed this tea for a bit too long. I would love to try it again some time. The version from the Traveling Box was in a sachet, I wonder if they offer any loose leaf.
Sipdown! Many thanks to Indigobloom for giving me a sample of this to try.
It’s a Monday, and I’m going to do my bookkeeping for tax season. I haven’t started yet, but I figured that something dark like this would give me the fortitude to buckle down and try. I think I oversteeped/overleafed this a bit in an attempt to get the sipdown, but it’s not incredibly bitter. The tea smells dark – like smoke, or pepper, or dark chocolate – and this is carried over, albeit not as strongly, in the taste.
Not sure if I’d want to keep this in stock, but at least I’m getting an impression of what black teas I like. So far, I think I’m still going to stick with flavoured blends over straight ones.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Peppercorn
Sample sipdown! Thanks to indigobloom for giving me a sachet of this to try (and for only giving me 1, so I can feel like I’ve accomplished something today by doing a sipdown).
As it was steeping, I could smell the chocolate aroma wafting through my kitchen, though when the bag steeped long enough, the most prominent smell was of the black tea base – which I always associate with raisins or prunes. The first taste was mostly of the base, but as it cools down, the chocolate is more apparent.
Not sure if I would want to restock this, though, as the black base is a bit too strong for me.
Flavors: Chocolate, Raisins
tea for a queen!
simple business classy tea.
teacups clink and clack tea.
warm and toasty and light.
is it my birthday? it must be my birthday. cuz there is a MCU Harlequin AU Challenge being filled in AO3 and it’s got my big fluffy name all over it. (i need something to balance out all the darkDARK fics i always end up with, poor Clint.)
Sunday Sipdown #2!
I had just enough for one last cup of this, and it’s a reliable, tasty chocolate tea. I added a splash of milk to see what that would do, but aside from changing the texture slightly (and also cooling it down), it didn’t enhance the flavour much. The almond was a bit more noticeable, and the chocolate a bit less so.
I would definitely consider repurchasing this – though I’ve got so many other teas to get through first.
Overleafed this tea a bit, but I got such an influx of tea yesterday that I’m trying to sip down what I’ve already got. Also realized that I don’t have much in the way of black caramel teas, and I’ve realized that’s a variety I want to stock.
This wasn’t so bad, even with the overleafing. A tad astringent, but I added some honey to balance it out. I have enough for 1 or 2 cups, I think.
Anyways, do you want to know something cool? I took the buckwheat grains from last night’s sobacha and saved them in the fridge overnight so that I could have them for breakfast this morning. They turned out not so bad! I stirred in a small cup of fruit yogurt and had that as breakfast. So I feel very ingenious.
Now that I’ve had a few more black teas to compare, I’ve gone back to this one, and I realize I like it quite a bit. The blending of chocolate and nut flavour is well done, and the base works really well here.
This is perfect for a cold, blustery day like today.
Also: my order from Butiki with my new gaiwan and my replacement lid came in! Eeeee!
EDIT: This is tasting note 150! Woo.
Thank you very much to Indigobloom for giving me a sample of this to try! I don’t drink a lot of black teas (yet), but I figured that today I needed a bit of a caffeine boost.
The dry leaf smelled a lot like chocolate. The tea itself smelled rather fruity (like prunes or raisins) at the beginning. but as the tea has cooled down, the chocolate flavour is much more apparent, especially in the aroma. I am getting an almond/truffle aftertaste.
I’m holding off on a rating for now because I’m still new to black tea. Once I try some more and figure out what I like, I’ll come back and reassess this one.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts, Raisins