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I’ve had this tea many times before, but this time, I steeped for 3 minutes. I think it came out more blueberry-ish than before. It has a lovely scent!
This is the only tea that I can really stand the green in it because it does also have black, and it just goes well with the blueberries, I think. A nice blueberry tea!
The aroma is HEAVENLY! As soon as the ‘tea’ hits the water, there’s just this warm, inviting smell.
The liquid itself is not as powerful as the smell, but I am still liking the almond and creaminess of this tea. I can’t really separate the flavors…they mesh together. The aftertaste is long-lasting, and again, just this creamy almond taste.
All my tea that arrived Friday is sitting in the leasing office. First world problems that I have to make do with all the tea already in my apartment, right?
My grandma let me take a ton of things from her house back with me, since she isn’t there to use them anymore, although a lot of these things hadn’t been in use for quite some time anyway. So I now have a bread maker, which is beyond dangerous for a breadoholic, a pizelle maker, a blender, some interesting slicer thing, and some old oil paints and pastels. In the 70s, my grandma painted a lot and her paintings are hung all over the house. Surprisingly a majority of the paints are still wet! The pastels are so very retro…bright, interesting colors. I’ve had my share of pastel sets and none of them have had some of these almost neon colors so they’ll be fun to play with.
My kitchen gadget collection is out of hand now. I do make use of everything and on the plus side I did turn down a pancake griddle since I have a panini press that can open flat to be used like one, and I won’t ever own a “quesadilla maker” (as I call that a frying pan) like my brother.
So finally back to my tea, surprisingly made with water heated up in a kettle on a stove of all things!
This reminds me a bit of DavidsTea’s Northern Lights with less interesting ingredients. Well, bean peels is an interesting ingredient, but I don’t think it’s adding much. This is mostly raspberry, hibiscus, and mint.
I made it as an iced tea, and the hibiscus gives it a little tartness, and adds a good bit of color. The leaf is mostly green with fruity bits and pieces in there, so I was surprised when I poured it because it was pinkish red. I hadn’t realized there was hibiscus in it until I got to this page.
Otherwise, it tastes like you’d think raspberry mint would taste like. It’s not strongly minty, thanks to the berry flavor. At the same time though, it’s not super fruity, so it’s a good balance between the two. It’s a little tart, but not bothersome enough to need sugar to counteract it.
Definitely refreshing especially if you’re feeling like me, tired despite not having that busy of a day. I’m normally not wiped out from a 2 hour interstate drive but I guess at the same time I also don’t usually encounter road work, pouring rain, AND an accident on the same trip.
I’m afraid to admit it, but I’m in love with a discontinued tea that I only have a sample of. ;~; Since I don’t have a ton I saved the leaves from yesterday in the fridge and brewed them up again tonight—I guess without thinking really, since I found this blend so wakeful the other day and 4 in the morning is NOT the time to be drinking an early-morning tea. I guess I just thought “herbal” and decided to go with it… my brain is fuzzy tonight.
Anyway, I added a bit too much sugar (I’m using one of my smaller mugs but added sugar like it was a bigger one—my brain is not cooperating at all!). It was a pleasant mistake, as with sugar (and perhaps it has something to do with being a second steep?) this tea is making me sleepy! I don’t know what kind of sorcery makes the same blend wakeful one day and sleep-inducing the next, but it’s definitely magic of some sort. It also tastes fantastic for day-old second-steeped leaves, especially for an herbal which usually just has a so-so second steep. In fact, the eucalyptus is even more prominent now and I can taste more of that signature tingling sensation. Upping the rating, though I do it with a heavy heart as I only have 2 cups left of this.
Finally digging into the treasure trove of loose-leaf samples from my Foodzie box from LiberTEAS! I made beef bowls tonight, and they were delicious but very spicy and a little heavy. I was feeling a little blargh-y afterwards and wanted something light and refreshing… and really, what fits that better than eucalyptus? I’ve never had it in a tisane before but when I was young my mom would always mix eucalyptus oil and water on the stove and boil it all day long, so this is a very nostalgic ingredient for me.
This is a light, airy, refreshing blend—a nice mix of citrus and mint, but it’s lively and not at all a sleep-inducing blend which I was a little worried about. There’s a tiny hint of fruit, but not enough to make this a “fruity” tea. It’s got a great balance, and is the perfect tea for following up an over-indulgent dinner. I used to think that I didn’t really like herbal blends, but I think my issue was with mediocre bagged ones—so far, I’ve liked pretty much all of the loose-leaf ones I’ve tried!
In an attempt to get through all of the teas in the huge box I received from LiberTEAS, I decided to randomly select one tea to sample whenever I have time to brew up more than just a couple of teas. I think today would qualify :)
Obviously, this is the tea I picked out! I’m a fan of earl greys – they bring back happy memories of getting tea drunk with my best friend back in elementary school. Great fun :) And more recently, they remind me of my boyfriend and his mom, as they both like earl greys and earl grey cream teas; his mom always serves them after dinner. Lately I haven’t had too many though, as I’m interested in exploring other flavours of tea.
Anyways, onto the review! The dry tea, in spite of many lavender blossoms, just smells like an earl grey. However, the lavender comes out quite strongly when steeped. I used a slightly heaping tsp for about a cup of water and am hoping it doesn’t come out too strong!
Not surprisingly, the dominant flavour in this cup is lavender, with bergamot notes and a vanilla finish. At three minutes of steeping, the tea is definitely not overpowering, and quite pleasant to drink without additions, which makes me happy. I think I could use a bit more cream/vanilla, and perhaps a touch less lavender, but this is tasty! Thanks LiberTEAS!
ETA: I realized a bit belatedly that this reminds me a lot of DavidsTea’s Jessie’s Tea, likely mostly because of the strong lavender flavour and creaminess. I think I preferred this tea though. Can’t compare the two because I sent off the remainder of Jessie’s Tea with my boyfriend, but that’s ok.
Also, second infusion of this one the next day is pretty good! 3min infusion. Can still taste the lavender, and am not really perceiving it as an earl grey until maybe the aftertaste. Definitely worth the second infusion though. Not sure about a third as I threw out the leaves to use the teaball for another tea – but they did still have some aroma left, so there might be further potential!
Dry Leaf Aroma: The dry leaf has a shrub smell think woody thicker type shrubs. Their is a light sweetness to it think kind of like a sweet pea.
Wet Leaf Aroma: Has a floral note in it and a almost buttery or creamy smells almost like it is going to be heavy.
The Liquor: Yellow green in color and has a nice brightness. Good clarity doesn’t look murky.
Taste: There was the floral note I smelled along with the sweet pea flavor. The body texture feels watery not thick. The after taste is there but light. As this tea cools it seems like the after taste lasts a little bit longer in the after taste.
My Score: 88 Not the best Ti Kuan Yin I have had. If your looking for a great Tie Guan Yin and you don’t mind spending some money on it then my advise is to try Naivetea Mu Zha Tie Guan Yin This review is done in my humble opinion.
This is my first time drinking this tea but have seen this tea be called Jasmine pearls, Jasmine Dragon Pearls, Buddah tears and it seem like they come in a variety of prices. I would make sure you are getting good quality green tea that is scented with the jasmine flower not chemically scented just something to think about. Now, as for this tea it has a intoxicating aroma and a smooth body. I have not tried other jasmine pearls to really know how this tea compares in quality but from what I can tell seem high quality. I get about 4 good steeps before it’s flavor is gone. Now, I do know most people would say with scented teas you should not steep more than twice but I wanted to see what would happen if I pushed the steeping and amazingly enough it did a good job. This tea is light with a sweetness to it and a nice subtle jasmine flavor in it. I would say this is a good starter tea for a newbie since a lot “not all” new tea drinkers really like the floral teas in my humble opinion. The only con I would say is the price. She is not cheap at about 41.00/ 100 grams at the time of review. Overall, this is a beautiful tea that took time to make and a joy to watch open up in your cup. This type of tea I will always have in my cupboard.
The age of this tea or where exactly it came from was not told or given to me. That would be a plus if Souvia would give more information on the teas. Now, these Tuo Cha is nicely wrapped for something simple and convenient. The smell of it was earthy like wet or damp wood. Almost mushroom like. The taste was earthy with a light sweet wood taste that does go down smooth. I did get a few steepings not as many as I like to see with a pu-erh. Over all I would say this has nice quality to it and a better richness then other mini tuo cha.