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Everything about this tea is soft… subtle. The peach flavor is consistently present but not in a knock your socks off kind of way. The flavor of the white tea is hay like and has a brightness to it. I didn’t even notice the base tea’s flavor at first, but as the tea cooled a touch it became much more apperent and blended with the peach flavor beautifully.
Glad I got to try this one. I’m not a huge white tea fan, but this one is nicely done.
I feel like I had tried this before but apparently if I had, I had not rated it. Maybe I was scared of the chocolate.
This was… interesting. It is definitely not a favorite tea, and one I would not be ordering again. The taste is very odd and hard for me to define. There is chocolate, yes, and something vaguely honey-ish, and definitely black tea. But it all melds together into something that while drinkable, is not something I exactly enjoy.
I’ll finish my pouch of it, but won’t be buying more.
Additional notes: Sample sipdown. It looks like I’m the only one who wrote a tasting note for this one. That is too bad! Steep City has some really nice teas. This is a great chai, but the ratio to tea to ingredients is much different than the picture shows. I haven’t had a chai in a while and I’m realizing that autumn chai season isn’t too far away. HOW?!?
HHTTB Round 3
This is so lovely and subtle. Such a nice light peach and slightly floral white tea. I am finding I like white teas more and more these days. This one does sort of smell like a candle… but luckily it does not taste like a candle, which is the important part. =)
So I was looking for a black to drink this afternoon. I was digging for a tin in the back, and this tin fell off the shelf. I figured I should just drink this one.
Yum, love the sweet honey maple flavor with nuts. Perfect afternoon pick me up! My review from awhile back http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for a bit of this one in your sale a while back. I LOVED the Steep City samples that they sent a while back, but the last couple I’ve tried I haven’t had much luck with. This one is back to deliciousness. The fragrance of the dry leaves coming from the white tea smells a bit like suntan lotion but the flavor combination really works… a candy coconut with something like buttery sweet cake or cookie ingredients. I can’t tell what exactly but this sure seems like a dessert tea. No roses in my blend though. White teas always make for nice pairings with dessert type flavors… I just realized. The second cup still had plenty of coconut flavor. I’ll enjoy the few teaspoons I have left!
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // 28 min after boiling // 3 min
Finished this one from VariaTEA off in my timolino with a little milk added in to it; pretty good if I do say so myself! Actually, it was a significant step up from the nail polish remover/cotton ball incident the first time around.
If I had to describe this experience I think I’d use words like “Nectar” or “Ambrosia” because it really was creamy, silky honey notes with very faint rooibos taste and a milky chocolate. Yeah, milk and no nail polish remover is the way to go with this one. I’ll raise my rating a bit! But I wont seek this out again, most likely.
So currently I’m drinking two cups of tea and watching Firefly while painting my nails (neon blue and orange) – and apparently I’m trying to do way too much stuff because I just took a huge swig of this only to taste chemical and find a cotton ball in my mouth.
I was using nail polish remover soaked cotton balls to take off the old polish and I tossed ‘em all onto the same table as my tea as I was done with them. Apparently I inadvertently “scored a basket” or some nonsense like that and one of them landed in my tea. No no no! So yeah, even though I spat it all back out I probably just drank some nail polish remover. I don’t think that’s a good thing.
But anyway, sample comes from VariaTEA and thankfully I have enough left for one more cup. Before this little incident, I was tasting primarily light chocolate and maybe a bit of honey drizzle sweetness? Where does the berry part come into play? It’s not in the ingredients, and I’m not tasting berries regardless of ingredient accuracy so what was the thought there?
Anyway – I though this was decent but not exceptional or memorable, up until the cotton ball thing that is…
An excellent iced tea! Flirt With me is a green rooibos with mango, papaya, passion fruit and rose petals. The flavor is mostly the tropical fruits – the mango papaya blend nicely together, and there is quite a bit of passion fruit flavor (if iced).
The green rooibos is in the background, but has a nice brothy green earthyness to it. The blend is a little watery, but that seems to happen with rooibos blends, but is countered if prepared iced and heavier on the tea.
Pretty good – the price is right ($4.50 for 2oz) and makes a tasty iced tea. I’ll be drinking this all summer!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/flirt-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Drinking this from a swap with AwkwardSoul. I really like this tea! It is delicate tasting, and the peach flavor is NOT overpowering. I read the review on this tea as I was drinking it, and it does taste like a white peach, not like a regular peach. The tea base is just right…a black tea would not have done this tea justice.
Fruity and a bit floral…this tea is a very good start-to-the-week tea.
I think I’ll be icing the rest of this, and not because it’s a bad tea. It just tastes so, so much like the lychee juice I pick up in the Asian grocer that it’s super weird to drink warm.
Incredibly juicy, and even a little thick on the tongue. Pretty much lychee perfection.
Sipping on this now, I feel like I expected much more than I am getting. All the reviews seem so overwhelmingly positive that I thought this would be a mindblowing taste experience. Tbh, it is not. Don’t get me wrong, the tea is good but it is not something I NEED to have stocked. It mostly tastes of a black tea with a hint of honey sweetness and a few chocolatey notes here and there. Good, but not as special as I had hoped. Oh well.
Mmmm, peach white tea. This one tastes amazing of course! More focused on the white base, a bai mu dan/white peony, so lots of juicy, delicate, crisp, floral flavor in there. The peach flavor is white peach, which matches quite well with the base.
Purple peach makes a really good refreshing iced tea!
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/purple-peach-white-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/
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Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for selling a bit of this one! I thought I’d really like this one… some of those Steep City blends are REAL good. I know this has rooibos in it, but somehow it tastes like complete rooibos. With black tea? And two big chocolate chips in the infuser? Yep. I’m not sure how that happened. I don’t really taste chocolate. And I used one of my teabags so the rooibos shouldn’t have fallen into the cup. No berry. No honey either. I poured the water RIGHT after boiling, so if anything was going to melt, it should have melted. The description says it is supposed to be berry, but I think it’s just berry flavoring… that I can’t find. Whatever happened with this blend? I’ll try it again at some point but I think I’m missing what everyone else is tasting. I’m planning on buying the favorites I know I love at some point….
Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for sending this my way. I got so excited to try this tea that I immediately brewed up a cup. However, I never got a chance to try it hot because right when I sat down to enjoy it my sister called to see all the new clothes I bought today and it took me probably over an hour to try everything on. So trying it now, it tastes a lot like 52 teas black base with a hint of milk chocolate, which is not a good sign. I will hold off on rating until I try it properly but if this is any indication of what this tastes likes, I will be really disappointed.
I decided to start my morning with this black blend. Mmmm, deliciously maple brown sugar syrup notes finishing off with walnut and almond flavor! A very delicious sweet tea for breakfast when you have a sweet tooth, which is me, all the time. I’m still thinking about how I wanted an extra round of ice cream last night!
If you missed my blog review on it, here it is http://oolongowl.com/nutty-love-black-tea-steep-city-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/ + enemy crab
I am loving having done a mystery swap with Moraiwe! I’m getting to try teas from many companies that are new to me, this tea being one. If you get a chance to do a mystery swap with someone, I’d recommend it. It is a great way to try things that you may not have picked yourself.
This tea smells like raisins when dry! I think it tastes a little like them too. I’m definitely getting nuts in this tea. I can pick out walnuts more than almonds, but most of what I can taste is raisins. It reminds me of that really rich dessert wine, almost like a light port. It’s nice. I’m looking forward to my next cup of this.
So… somehow I ended up with the last 20g or so of this from Sil … It was just in one of the bags she gave me one time. Curious. :P
Anyhow, it’s a decent enough tea. Nice and fruity; more papaya than strawberry, but I like the fruitiness. Drank a travel mug’s worth plus a reinfusion over the weekend, and left the rest at the boy’s house since I think it will be a good choice while I’m over visiting.
A blend from BrewTEAlly Sweet’s sale! thanks so much! I’ve really liked some of Steep City’s teas! This one isn’t my favorite though. It isn’t terrible, but the odd lychee flavor tastes weird when I don’t really have anything to compare it to (and the picture of the lychee on Steep City’s site is also Weird with a capital dub). But I love the addition of the fruit pieces (pineapple) – it did actually add a genuine pineapple flavor that wasn’t completely overshadowed by the weird lychee (I’m at least accustomed to pineapple). Not really berry like the description mentions. The white tea base is nice too. I won’t give up on Steep City, but this one just isn’t for me.
Sip down! Uggg, I’m gonna miss this tea, but luckily I have quite a number of other good Steep City Teas teas.
This bag is on its last legs as the white tea doesn’t taste as fresh as it used to when I first got this tea. The lychee flavor is still delicious and juicy though. Highly recommended to try this tea!
What a pretty tea! The dark leaf is accented with colorful blue mallow, cornflower and safflower. Pieces of orange rind, yellow-green lemongrass and small shreds of eucalyptus appear throughout. It looks like confetti exploded in the leaf.
This brews up into a vibrant cup of celebration! Aside from the tea itself, lemongrass and orange are the dominating flavors. The eucalyptus and safflower pair to create an herby flavor with a tingly finish. The base is a little brothier than a lot of base for flavored teas, with a little bit of earthyness. It seems to keep the whole cup cohesive, and with so many flavors going on it’s impressive it does the job so well.
As a fun blend with different sights and flavors, this totally lives up to it’s Carnival moniker.