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One of my favourite flavoured teas is a Black Tea with Peach and Ginger, so I was pleased to try this out. The leaves smell strongly of peach, and this taste carries into the flavour of the tea well. Peaches are incredibly smooth and take out a lot of the bite that you would usually get in a sencha. You can still taste the grassiness, but not as strongly, and it is not at all bitter (as long as it’s not brewed too long). It’s a nice twist on sencha, certainly worth a try if you like new flavours. It doesn’t quite match up to that Black tea with peach and ginger, but it’s perhaps a summery alternative.
We initially bought this one for my husband, who only likes standard Tea and fruity things you can serve on ice, but as it’s edging further and further away from iced-drink season, I feel justified in serving this hot and liberally sweetened.
Is it weird that I rather like hot fruit teas? I have a friend who drinks hot Vimto, so at least I’m drinking something that, under most circumstances, is meant to be consumed warm. This one’s really nice: I think the bit of creaminess – and there is a bit of it – around the very pretty taste of strawberry takes the edge off of any hibiscus-tart that would otherwise threaten to dominate. This is good.
I noticed last time I visited the Westgate in London that T2 now has an outpost there, which has robbed me of my only excuse to go to Shoreditch and pretend I’m cool.
(Which is probably for the best, because I am not cool enough to be in Shoreditch.)
Breakfast tea!!! Rich, smooth, slightly smoky, and delicious. I gave up on coffee this morning. Since I’ve started taking the aspirin everyday my tummy doesn’t seem to care for coffee in the morning. That’s okay. I have tea. Delicious tea. This tea brews up nice and dark in the cup. I was afraid it might be bitter or astringent, but it wasn’t. There is even a slight sweetness to it at the end of the sip. I see other people detect vanilla. I don’t, but then, with my wonky nose… This is one of the best breakfast teas I’ve had.
Flavors: Smoke, Sweet
I always enjoy sencha and this is no exception. There is a fair bit of dust in it, so I always have a bit of leaf in my cup, which isn’t ideal, but I don’t mind too much.
I’ve been experimenting with brewing time and poured out a sample every thirty seconds. The packet advises 1-3 minutes. I find 1 minute too short, with not enough taste and with the water at my house, I can taste the water through it quite strongly. Three minutes is OK, but a bitter taste is starting to compete with the normal grassy sencha flavour. My preference is 2.5 minutes (2 minutes is OK too).
An exquisite Darjeeling that was an absolute pleasure to drink, beginning with strong grassy notes laced with cucumber and ending with a pleasant hint of asparagus with multiple steeps – for anyone who loves the more delicate side of tea :)
Flavors: Asparagus, Cucumber, Grass, Muscatel
…sigh…I don’t know. I tried this first unsweetened and iced. And it was just so tart. So very citrusy. Overpoweringly so, really. I like citrus and was hoping to find it refreshing, but it was just too much. So, the next time I tried it I added sugar, in an effort to curb that grapefuit flavor that made my whole face pucker. I rarely sweeten my teas (or tisanes), either hot or cold, but this helped. I added three generous teaspoons for the entire liter. Not enough to make it taste really sweet, just to tone down the tartness. I’d like to try to reduce the amount of sugar, but will have to experiment a bit. I now can taste more of a fresh orange flavor with strong grapefruit notes that don’t overwhelm. Not sure if I’d ever try it hot, maybe if I was sick and wanted to add honey to it, but honestly, I’ll just finish this off and probably not get it again. It is bracing, refreshing, and great if you love grapefruit (which I don’t).
Flavors: Biting, Citrus, Grapefruit, Orange, Tart
As I understand it, this is the base of a lot of flavoured teas. I’ve had Rose Congou a few times, which isn’t my thing, but I do really enjoy lighter black teas.
I enjoy drinking this tea, but not very interesting. I can see why it’s a base tea rather than being drunk on its own too often. I think next time I’ll go for a Nepali tea, Sikkim Temi or a Keemun or something like that, which have more interesting flavours.
Really good earthy Oolong tea, it’s exactly what I look for in an Oolong. I’d be curious to have it next to the Wu Yi Oolong, which I have reviewed on here and enjoyed very much. Like that tea, it also brews at least 3 times without any problems, which is the sign of a good tea. Highly recommended.
Another tea to try from MissB. Thank you!
This one isn’t bad, but I don’t think it’s as good as it probably once was. I’m enjoying it with milk, but even with a short 2 minute steep, it’s pretty astringent and a little bitter.
The caramel-vanilla flavours are excellent, and it smells really nice. But I don’t think this is a favourite.
Finally I have found my perfect green tea! After months of searching, I found a green tea that is on the milder side, and suitable for multiple cups a day. It’s on the grassy side, but without being too grassy. It would definitely be suitable for someone who is a beginner and wants to transition to drinking green tea!
I rarely drink this because I still can’t make my mind up about it. It was the first tea I have had with lavender in it. So the first time I made up a pot and realised it was very floral and I did not like it, I blamed the lavender. However, I think it is the strong chamomile taste that I dislike the most. The reason I have rated it so high, and continue to drink it, is because it is super relaxing! I have insomnia and this is the only thing that can relax me enough to fall asleep.
Flavors: Floral, Lavender
Thanks again, MissB! The base here reminds me a little of Della Terra’s black tea base – a bit on the lighter side. The cup is a medium amber brew. The chocolate is definitely there but not overpowering. It’s milk chocolate to me. Not weird flavored at all like some chocolate teas can be. I’d love this chocolate with another black tea base.
Edited to add: The description says it’s a keemun base and I definitely didn’t taste that at all.
Interesting. I didn’t pick this out as being a Yunnan blend. The vanilla and honey are yummy. It’s more a dessert tea in my mind than a breakfast tea, but I’d buy this to have around. Especially for tea parties. I think it would be a good gateway flavored tea for non-tea people. :) I cannot for the life of me remember who shared this with me, so I apologize. It was in a little silver and clear package with purple writing. If that was you, thank you bunches!! :)
If there’s one really, really important thing to remember about this tea that cannot be over-emphasised, it’s this:
PLEASE RINSE THIS TEA. THEY’RE NOT KIDDING.
Pre-rinse, it’s just really hardcore and not very pleasant, but post-rinse? Yum. Initial bright lemony goodness sparkles, with undercurrents of blueberry moving into that wonderful farm-fresh deep pu erh flavour. Yes, GOOD.
Also, at long last and after struggling for gazillions of years, I think I got a job! I mean, they offered and I said yes and it starts in September. And it sounds right up my alley too. Plus, I won a giveaway from Bluebird yesterday (gorgeous free tea coming my way? Yippee!) and my holiday starts at about 4 tomorrow afternoon for a week in north Wales with the in-laws! AND I’ve got some sweet illustration commissions to get done today. I think this might be enough to make up for the fact that I’m on a 5:2 fast day and I’m not wholly convinced that this diet is doing anything because I CANNOT LOSE ANY WEIGHT BECAUSE I BARELY ATE ANY FOOD IN THE FIRST PLACE AND STILL GAINED LIKE 2 STONE. :(
But this is a good tea.
I tried a sample of this in store, being part of the current promotion (caramel teas?). I didn’t get much from the store prep of just this… probably because I’m not crazy about green teas. Still, there was a takeaway leaf sample so I grabbed that to see if I could play around with it at all once I got home. I brought it in to work today instead and made it into a soy latte. Big reminder of the flavoured Red Leaf matcha samples I got to try! So if that stuff floats your boat, turn this blend into a latte and you’ll be pleased as punch.
How did I not realise this would essentially be a dupe for DT’s Coco-Lemon Thai, the tea that confused the crap out of me the entire way through my share of it!?
I was lulled into buying this a few months ago during—if I recall correctly—a green tea promo month at T2; this was one of three on offer and my favourite. I tried it in store iced with Turkish Apple tisane and it was absolutely delicious. So now I have to remember to drink it that way because hot it’s giving me PTSD flashbacks to that DT blend (that wasn’t awful, just forever confusing to my tastebuds).
“Would you recommend this tea?” I DON’T KNOW!???!!?
Mmmm I’ve drunk like three cups of this tea this morning… its pretty darn amazing and seriously reminds me of eating a big fluffy lamington…. especially when I add milk!! The dry leaf has some huge coconut pieces and a generous sprinkling of chocolate pieces which really helps the tea taste so darn authentic… No need to desperately crave a lamington when I have this tea in my stash – all i need to do is take a sip and close my eyes!!