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sipdown! the first time i had this, i forgot to log it. This time, because of my unfortunate experience brewing this with water, i tried it with milk. Sorry to say but this is not so much a chai to me and mostly a mix of cloves…and more cloves and oh hey, some cloves :) The tea disappears with this particular blend and even after trying to pull out a bit of the cloves, it still is too much for me. Thanks for the share though Alice! It’s helping me figure out what my perfect chai might be like :)
So, I tried this tea for the first time today.
And I was a little disappointed. Everyone says that this tea tastes great iced – and I’m tempted to try it that way. I think the fault I made was brewing it for only 3 minutes.
It was a lovely pale peachy colour when poured, and smelt fantastic in the tin – it was a little underwhelming, but I’m sure it would be lovely if I tried it again. The overall taste was lovely and fruity, but I think the finish was lost because of the brewing time.
But I’m not dissuaded in any way at all – this is just a word of warning to all those prospective tea triers, make sure you brew this tea for a while and I’m sure it will be gorgeous. I will edit this post when I try it again! c:
I like this tea, I’m not always excited by what passes for yellow tea but this one makes a very lovely drink. I brew it twice once for 90 seconds and then for 3 minutes both at 175 degrees F. Somewhat dark straw color. Some fresh green fragrance. Maybe a little sweet potato on the nose and tongue with a little astringency. Lovely.
sipdown! I tried this one out again just to make sure that i hadn’t changed my mind on how i felt about this one. I haven’t. Thanks again for sharing this with my alice! I’ll pass the last little bit of this on to a friend who really likes oolongs :)
I really enjoyed this tea, if you’re quite new to fruit melanges like me – this might be a great place to start.
Its description is quite apt – it’s very tangy, a little bit tart but it has some definite sweet notes in the middle. The strongest flavours are the apple and pomegranate, with the rosehip and hibiscus lingering in the aftertaste. It has a lovely purple magenta colour when poured and smells absolutely gorgeous.
I had it black (or, pink) and while I know the tartness of the apple wouldn’t suit everyone, I adored it and will definitely drink this tea again.
Hot or iced this is one tea that is perfect either way. It also holds up well to blending. The grapefruit does shine through as does the lemongrass. The little sample box had me running back for the larger packet. Is my number 2 pick after my beloved Artic Fire.
I was initially disappointed in this tea, which even after a long steep proved wishy-washy. However, my opinion has now changed as i have stopped having it hot and use it cold over ice the the taste is actually at its best, and as a “mixer” with other blends like “Just Ginger” which make brilliant combination brews, out of what is really a very ordinary stand-alone tea.
I love this tea so much. You can drink it piping hot or let it go cold, it’ll taste great no matter what. And it’s ideal for when you’ve forgotten your tea strainer!
Added a scoop of Minty Mate, 1.5 scoops of this and 3 teaspoons of sugar to a large tea pot and it tastes magnificent! It’s a calming and refreshing blend with a minty and somewhat sweet aroma.
Added a scoop of this, 1.5 scoops of Oolong and 3 teaspoons of sugar to a large tea pot and it tastes magnificent! It’s a calming and refreshing blend with a minty and somewhat sweet aroma.
There is a certain, textbook flavour that we all associate with ‘green tea’ – that grassy brew that seems common to all cheap green teabags yet few actual varieties of ‘real’ green tea. Well, now I have found the tea which exemplifies this flavour! And I’m less than impressed…
Aroma: Slightly smoky with a pervading deep grassiness and a herbacious edge.
Palate: Rich and grassy, with good depth and length. Subtle smokiness. Slight astringency. Fresh but bold. Similar to a gunpowder green but with less of a smokey earthy richness.
Overall: This is a green tea that is full of flavour. Unfortunately, it isn’t a flavour that I am particularly keen on. Despite the blurb saying it doesn’t have a grassy flavour, I get it in abundance. I’d recommend this for those who ‘like green tea’ but haven’t really strayed from the supermarket brands. To me it is a finer quality (less bitterness, due to whole loose leaves not cut pieces) example of the same flavour spectrum. Think that classic, grassy, slightly astringent brew that we all associate with our first cup of green tea (unless you were lucky enough to grow up in Asia, of course). Frankly though, I don’t like this tea. Why drink ‘nice’ tea if it just reminds you of the cheap stuff?
another tea from Alice and i’m glad our sentiments are of the same mind. I am not overly a fan of green oolongs, but i continue to try them to see if there are any that will change my mind. I have tried a large number of milky oolongs, with Mandala being one of my favourites.
This though? it’s different from most milky oolongs. Alice’s notes indicate that it’s flavoured so I’m going to hazard a guess that’s why. all milky oolongs i’ve had previously were unflavoured. over all this isn’t bad, but there’s a little too much in the way of “green oolong” and not enough delicious creamy milky oolong for me to really get behind it. I’ll likely have another cup of this and share the rest with one of the tea girls who prefers green teas :)
thank you Alice This was one of the teas that Alice sent my way in our swap. I opted to try this one first out of the bunch she sent me because it was a nice small sample – i suspect this is how T2 sends samples with their orders. I’ve also never had wattleseed ever.
I really like this Alice! It’s an interesting blend that reminds me almost of waffles, though i’m not entirely sure if that’s because wattle and waffle look similar or it’s from the cinnamon and wattle seed. There’s a baked good sort of quality about this while still holding on to it’s black tea base. It’s not baked good like brioche for example..it’s that hint of bread like goodness. Overall quite pleased with this one! thanks alice!
Made up some concentrate for the fridge and drinking it today with mineral water. YUM.
True love forever. Almost finished my current box of this yesterday, rushed out for a replacement box today. We’ll never be apart.
Threw in a scoop of this with a scoop of my first love, Ginger Spice. BLAMMO, WINNING COMBO!
Citrus on the nose is gone; aroma has changed to damp grass clippings.
Vegetal flavours have fully developed; spinach-like flavour is dominant. A floral taste is still present – jasmine, or perhaps dandelions. Sweetness is there with the slightest aftertaste of dark caramel. Towards the end of the cup, I’m getting a hint of seaweed.
Vendor’s instructions state that you can eat the leaves after the third brewing. Gave it a try – leaves were chewy and the flavour was bland with an aftertaste of spinach. Might have been good with an egg dish – omelette perhaps?
Overall, a pleasant brew with delicate garden flavours.
A stronger grassy sencha aroma is masking the delicate citrus from the first brewing. Strangely, also getting a hint of eggshells.
The brew still has a sweetness in the mouth (honey that gives way to light caramel), but a vegetal flavour is more present; either fresh boiled beans or raw spinach. The slightest hint of hops at the end of the cup.
Like a delicate sencha with a hint of citrus (perhaps bergamot?) on the nose.
Taste has a slight sweetness before giving way to a light grass-seed-like flavour. A few earthy notes as well.
For a green tea lover I have to say I don’t often reach for the jasmine teas – I’m more often than not disappointed with what I find: too much jasmine wiping out the tea (ok, so I know its called jasmine tea for a reason). But one thing I do love is a cool jug of iced jasmine tea, and as summer is on the way I started my hunt for a go-to jasmine. On this particular afternoon on the porch though I felt like a warm glass so the review is for hot tea.
Nose: Heady jasmine notes. More rich and deep than delicate and complex. Real nougat sweetness runs through and almost dominates the nose. Handles a second steeping well with more of the same sweet dewey jasmine.
Palate: A full bodied, hearty jasmine tea. A strong green backing rounded out with a sweet jasmine that is well in balanced but lacks a little delicateness. Floral notes (duh!) with pine needles and a bit of damp ‘forrest floor’ mustiness. Has a real green tea ‘sting in the tail’ but with only a very slight astringency. This is definitely a jasmine tea for people who like to know they are drinking a green tea – no ‘flower water’ going on here. A second steeping at a slightly lower temp produced a lighter and in my opinion more appealing palate that let the jasmine shine through a bit more. This is the sort of Jamsime tea that would stand up well to food (shanghai dumplings, thanks).
Overall: I prefer my jasmine teas light, delicate and complex rather than deep and rich so to be honest this isn’t my sort of jasmine tea. That being said, I also find a lot of jasmine teas are too heavy on the jasmine for my taste and often lack balance, whereas this tea shows a good deal of restraint on the jasmine, or at least backs it up with plenty of green tea punch. Organic status always wins a few points with me, but despite this, I probably won’t be buying this again.
This is a fresh, bright black tea with a strong mango flavor. It’s a nice, quality black tea that’s strong without being bitter and the mango compliments it very well. It goes well with milk, but I could also see this being an excellent iced tea. This is my introduction to T2 tea and it’s very nice. I was told (by the person who gave me the tea as a gift) that T2 is like the Teavana of Australia.
And there goes the last of it! It was nice knowing you, Sencha Sprinkles, but I don’t feel as though I must restock you.