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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.
I’ve tried brewing this with 90°C water for 2,3,4,5 and 6 minutes. I had always brewed it for about 5 minutes in the past, but I wondered whether I could improve on it. I was surprised and impressed to find that I really liked it at 2 minutes. It’s very mild as you would expect, but it’s still a bit smoky and really tasty. I think I would be happy to drink it like that, although I’d be careful about having it with food! My favourite was 4 minutes, with a really nice smoky and earthy flavour. I didn’t experiment so much on the second brew of these leaves, but I found that 4.5 minutes still gives a really nice cuppa. The third brew still has a lot of flavour, but it loses some of the smoky notes, so I’m not as keen personally although it’s still interesting…
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!!
One of the only teas I would take on its own with nothing added. I’m usually adding milk or sweetener but this one is just so delicious as is, you don’t need to add a thing. It smells like mulled wine and tastes like a beautiful dessert. Would love to try it chilled also!
Flavors: Berry, Vanilla
Smells divine, with notes of chocolate and coconut as the name suggests. Quite good without sweetener, or add a touch of syrup or honey if you have a sweet tooth. I may or may not have picked out and eaten one of the chocolate buds!
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla
While lovely and mild when served hot, this tisane is best served chilled. It tastes very nice when blended with T2 Turkish Apple (which is made up of mostly sugar) or with a few teaspoons of strawberry jam in the mix. For an even better summer drink, add a few fresh strawberries and some orange and lime slices.
I would say it’s a green tea that has quite a good fruity aroma before and after steeping, meaning that the dry smell is similar to the wet taste. I bought this tea solely due to the dry aroma and it wasn’t disappointing to have that same aroma when I steep and drink it.
I wouldn’t recommend this tea for entry level green tea drinkers as the taste of strawberry overpowers the taste of the leafy green tea. Nonetheless, it adds a bit of fun to my green tea drinking ritual because sometimes going for the same old pure green can be rather boring.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Strawberry
Another tea from MissB. Thank you, thank you! The flavour profile is up my alley, seeing that I’m a sucker for spices. Plus, the aroma of the dry leaf reminded me of Zhena’s Coconut Chai black, which I enjoyed but grew tired of halfway into the tin. It’s also kind of like DAVIDsTEA’s Coco Chai rooibos or whatever, which follows the same story as Zhena’s. Maybe that explains why I’m not digging this one? There’s an ultra soapy note in here that’s woven throughout the spices. I’d say the fennel is the most prominent of them. No cocoa.
Ooooh, ok, I’m kind of slow. I think the soapiness is coming from the coconut. Derrrrr. I’m quite lucky in that I’ve pretty much never encountered a soapy coconut tea up until now, perhaps due to a combination or luck and always trying to drink my coconut blends whilst they’re still fresh. That said, I won’t give this a proper rating.