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A dear friend (who might as well be my sister) sent me a little tin of this for Christmas, and I’ve been trying to ration it because it’s indispensible during cold season – and really any time I’m feeling less than stellar. The combination of ginger and kawakawa is lovely – it’s spicy and warm, and the lemongrass keeps it from being “too much”.
I initially tried this tea because I enjoy iced peach tea. It certainly works as a sweetened iced tea, with perhaps a bit more of a tannin bite than what I’d like. Hot and sweet, though again the tannin disrupted my enjoyment of the tea. Sweet and milky though… much better, and more like a peach has been juiced into the tea, rather than someone slipping a slice of peach to garnish the tea.
First note is, use VERY LITTLE. Only a small pinch. A little goes a long way.
I purchased dried lavender flowers at World Market. They are in the spice section, not the tea section. A small package was $1.99, and yet it will go a long way. I put a small pinch in hot water with a touch of sugar, or chamomile. It is very fragrant, relaxing, and clean tasting. It is said to be calming like chamomile. Since it takes so little, I just drop the flowers in to the water, they float on top, and I consume them as well.
Keep in mind you can add this to any tea. It really enhances the experience.
I have a cup or two of this before bed in the evenings. A really nice and calming tea. After reading the description, I’m actually wondering whether mine has been mislabeled? I get quite a bit of fruit, specifically peach, and the chamomile is the only note I can detect from the ones listed. I’m almost out, so will investigate when I’m next in the store.
Pretty grassy and mild green tea. I can taste the feijoa a bit as I swallow, and afterwards. You will probably only recognize it if you’ve had a real feijoa before, it’s an interesting taste! I quite like it, though my mother hates it. Haha. I’d ask for a sample first to see if it’s for you, and it also comes in a mini tin for home-sampling.
I’m rating this so highly because I’m a coffee person more than a tea person – and a creamy, bitter dose of caffeine to me is delectable. This is the only matcha I’ve had so I have no basis of comparison, but it’s bitter and grassy in the best way possible. Add a little brown sugar and cold milk and you have my new favourite iced drink!
Today was round 2 with this tea, and my first endeavor with re-steeping loose tea! To my delight, the second steep was just as smooth and tasty about 1 hour later. I also tried stevia in one and sugar in the other – unfortunately the stevia gave it a ‘cold’ and licorice-y taste. I think my brand of stevia is just like that, though. The sugar really brought out the caramel and made perfect for dessert, though the same goes for cream sans-sugar so I think I’ll keep it that way.
I am quite new to tea, always finding that it tasted like ‘dirty water’. Today after a bit of research I made a trip to the always-cute t leaf T and bought a packet of this tea. It is quite nice! Not bitter or cloying like other teas I’ve had (though those are probably due to my own brewing faults) but I didn’t find it sweet at all. Divine with a tablespoon of cream.
I took a guess on the temperature but I like to wait a few moments after boiling to pour it over black tea.
I love this tea, but I think it’s an acquired taste. It’s nutty and strong, but if you leave it too long it gets very bitter. I brew mine on the short side, and use it for multiple steepings. It’s a great tea to wake up with, and I love watching the rice puff up as it steeps.
This arrived a couple of days ago and I’ll confess I’ve been hesitating trying it .. But something told me to be brave today, soI tore open the fresh bag and gingerly gave the dry leaves a sniff – wishing I didn’t have descriptions like ‘shrimp’ in my head, lol .. And you know what? It smells like TEA :P
Sure there’s a rich earthy base note of hmm, mold? That really isn’t the best word, but it’s the only one coming to mind .. Oh wait, maybe fungus fits better as it brings up images of mushroom sheds, and peat .. I don’t know, but the point is it’s not overwhelmingly strong, nor bad :)
So, I actually bought this to try and mix my own version of 52Tea’s Chocolate Mayan Puerh that I often write about and long for .. And due to my experiences with that I just brewed this like I would any other black, albeit for less time – 2min for the first steep, and with no prior rinsing etc ..
As I expected it brewed to a brilliant cedar wood red colour, but surprised me with quite a bit of smokey aroma, & flavour too .. I’m not a fan of strong Russian Caravan types, but this is mild and palatable even for me ..
Remembering this was all about my mayan chocolate experience I began by adding some dark chocolate nibs, a sprinkling of Cayenne, then a good dash of Cinnamon (not in original just went with my gut on this one) .. Oh and also added milk & sugar, just a little of each, as this is how I like my afternoon cuppas .. It was sweet, almost creamy though not quite malty, and with a generous peppery bite which I quite enjoy – a very good substitute indeed!
Brew #2 (same leaves) I steeped for longer, and am drinking plain, sipping as I type this .. And even without all the playful additions I’m finding it full bodied, yet low astringency .. This Tea actually has the perfect ‘mouth feel’ imho ..
It’s definitely not going to be for everyone, and it’s not even something I’d want to drink every day, but it’s very different from anything else in my cupboard, and makes a pleasant change .. So yup, I’m pleased as punch that I bought it, and yes I would definitely recommend as something new/interesting to try :D
Nice fresh 250gm tin (that’s a little over half a pound) ..
Greedily opened it up and took a big indulgent sniff woah that’s fragrant!
Brewed a nice strong pot, a little milk, a little sugar, a new book on my iPad – ahhh now this is the life!
A tea that truly deserves it’s rating 3 ratings of 100 – even though the overall one is 84?!
Oh My, how is it I have never logged this wonderful tea before??
Maybe I never bothered as Miss Sweet’s friend pretty much took the words right out of my mouth .. Well, if I was as talented as prose as s/he obviously is ..
Anyhoo, I just finished off a 250gram bag this morning, and am racing to order another tonight .. Which I hope hope hope will get here quick!
Earl Grey Excelsior – Rockin’ my world since Jan 2010! ♡
Sandy was practically daring me to try this, so I made a tiny cup of it. She really, really, REALLY did not like this tea! I thought I was smelling menthol or camphor when I sniffed the dry leaves, but upon making the tea I find that I am tasting only green tea and wintergreen. In fact, I could easily believe that I made a cup of green tea and stirred in a teaspoonful of Ben-Gay. Good thing I like the smell of Ben-Gay!
I have never had (or until Sandy bought this, HEARD of) Feijoa so I looked at her link to the Wiki article. It mentions hints of guava, strawberries, etc. but all I get is wintergreen. The wintergreen taste is high in the nose and softly fills your mouth but it isn’t as strong as peppermint can sometimes be in tea. Overall, I like this pretty well, and Sandy says, “You can HAVE it!”. Thank you! I shall enjoy it!
Edited to add: Since Sandy cautioned me that this tea frightened her horribly, I steeped it very conservatively, using about 175 degree water for three minutes.