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Revisiting this tea makes me miss Amoda! I really did enjoy getting their boxes each month.
This was a lovely Earl Grey creme with an interesting twist – the addition of rooibos to the base and a hazelnut cream caramel flavor. A very memorable Earl Grey creme!
The dry leaf smells scrumptious – strong with notes of vanilla. The flavors work very well together in this blend. The bergamot has a pleasant tangy quality that is softened by the vanilla, and the caramel and hazelnut enhance each other very nicely to create a really decadent, dessert-like tea. It’s one of the more unusual twists to the classic Earl Grey that I’ve tasted, but it’s also one of the most indulgent! I really liked this.
Cheri sent me this from the TEAlephone. It’s a pretty good chocolate rooibos tea, especially paired with a chocolately dessert. The chocolate flavoring is strong enough to leak out of the baggie and outdo the woody base. It also has a roasted, borderline burnt, quality after the tea’s cooled a bit.
So I’ve got three green tea-mint blends on hand right now and I’ve decided to do a head to head comparison: Berber by Tay Tea, Moroccan Mint by Teavana, and North African Mint by David’s Tea. One of the few green teas I’d like to keep around would be one with mint, so I’m trying to pick which one. Both Berber and Moroccan mint are just spearmint with gunpowder green tea, while the North African Mint has cardamom, peppermint, ginger, Japanese-style Hojicha green tea, licorice root, fennel, clove, and black pepper. So, it’s not really a valid comparison, but this study doesn’t have to pass peer review so it’s happening :-P.
This one is is the most minty in both smell and taste. The spearmint really dominates in an almost toothpaste-y way. I can’t taste tea at all, except that the mint is a little softer than it might be on its own.
The winner for me is, shockingly, the Teavana version!
The link to the Moroccan Mint review: http://steepster.com/teas/teavana/2028-moroccan-mint?post=252648
The link to the North African Mint review: http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/6039-north-african-mint-organic?post=252647
Can I just say that I’m already feeling the loss of Amoda Tea? I know that it’s still early in the month of the first no-box-from-Amoda-Tea month, but, I probably would have received the box either today or yesterday … and I don’t have it and I miss it. It was certainly a lot more fun to receive that parcel from Amoda Tea than it is to receive bills in the mail! (I know, duh, right?)
This was a tea in April’s box. Yeah, I’m still behind. Big surprise.
A really lovely rooibos blend. I love the lavender, and I love that the rooibos isn’t a strong flavor. The currant gives it a wine-ish sort of taste that i enjoy, and there is a pleasant sweet-tart berry note.
A really nice cuppa.
A really minty blend. It smells like spearmint gum. But I’m happy to say that the flavor of the gunpowder green comes through, this isn’t so minty that I’m tasting toothpaste. It’s a strong mint note with a sweet, lightly vegetative taste of green tea. Very refreshing and smooth.
Clean and fresh tasting, it is a revitalizing tea. I enjoyed this one … I’m glad that Amoda included it in the April Box. sigh I’m going to miss my Amoda box!
I apparently didn’t write the tasting note I thought I did last night. Maybe I never saved it? I don’t know.
This was the end of this tea from my May tea box. I will miss this tea. I will miss this tea a lot. So much so that I looked at ordering it from Tay Tea even though I’m kinda not supposed to be buying more tea. Of course, this isn’t a cheap tea. It’s $16 for the tea in a tin, plus $4.95 shipping…. You do get a pretty good amount of tea, and a tin (I love when tea has its own tin) but…I’m not supposed to be buying more tea right now.
So I will wait a little while. We’ll see how long that lasts.
But, I really liked this tea a lot. I didn’t even think I liked lavender until I tried this tea. Wow. I really liked this tea. Thank you so much Amoda!!!
I decided to have this one again today since my husband is snoozing on the couch so I didn’t expect he’d surprise me with bourbon this time. No bourbon, but plenty of tastiness. I quite enjoyed this tea, and I’m really glad that Amoda included it with the April tea box. It is incredibly well balanced between the rooibos and currant notes, with just the exact perfect amount of floral from the lavender. Absolutely delicious. I rarely sweeten my teas, but I wonder now that my mug is empty if just a touch of sugar would make this tea stupendous? Hmmm….something to consider for the next time I have it.
I had this one last night. It was a really nice mug before bed. Quite well balanced between the rooibos, the currants and floral. Of course, half way through the mug, my husband handed me a bourbon and there went the tea. I finished it, but my palate was ruined for enjoying the rest of my tea. I look forward to having another mug of this one, though.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a floral rooibos before!Based on the smell of the dry leaf, I did not think that I would enjoy this. It smelled very artificially floral. Once brewed, this becomes a veritable bouquet. If this is what a day in Provence feels like, then I need to book a flight. The lavender and rose play nicely with the woody quality of the rooibos, which keeps the florals in check. As this cools, the berry flavor comes out. It’s almost like a different tea actually.
Overall I find this very soothing and expect to finish it off quickly. It’s just a lovely lovely bedtime tea.
I’ve never seen a black tea/rooibos blend before. I’m intrigued! The dry leaf smells like caramel and citrus. I would almost say orange, but I know it’s not. The color of the brew is definitely orange, though. The rooibos is very assertive. Woody. It’s tempered by a hint of caramel and citrus. The citrus peeks out at the end of the sip. It’s a generic sort of citrus flavor. I wouldn’t know what it was if I didn’t read the label. The creaminess comes out in the aftertaste and lingers pleasantly long after the sip is over. Caramel builds up in the aftertaste as I near the bottom of the mug.
This tea is ok, but nothing special. I’ll probably get my dad to drink the rest.
I love the smell of this dry…very nutty and caramel. It’s making me crave creme brûlée. Steeped, it has a prominent caramel and Rooibos aroma. I generally like Rooibos but something about this blend leaves a slight perfume taste that is hard to ignore. I might have to try steeping it again…
I got an awesome Tay Tea sampler full of morning teas from my mother’s friend for Christmas. I absolutely loved every single one of them (especially the Kyoto) and I just had to review them! Although I had never heard of this company before, it is fast becoming one of my new faves.
Dry: Nice, full, beautifully curled leaves. The flowers make it aesthetically pretty.
1st Steep: Gold
2nd Steep: Gold-Yellow
3rd Steep: Yellow
Flavor: Smoky, full-bodied, smooth
Notes: This tea is absolutely wonderful! It has that wonderful smoky flavor that you is usually expected with most Oolongs, but what it was missing was what truly made this a new fave. I’ve found it hard to find Oolongs that aren’t bitter and have sharp aftertastes, but this one was VERY smooth (I think maybe because of the chrysanthemum flowers). The 2nd and 3rd steeping were a little weaker but heavy enough to still be delicious. The roasted taste made this tea a wonderful tea to start a cold winter morning. Overall, I would definitely recommend everyone give this one a try.
I feel like I made out like a bandit in my most recent swap with Alphakitty because I got sooo many samples of teas I wanted to try! I’m drowing in tea samples, and I’m very excited to try all of them.
I plucked this one out of the pile first because bergamot + rose = love, for me, and this blend also has cardamom and borage, which I didn’t know what it was at first but is apparently a mediterranean herb. I realized that I think I have seen this tea company at the NY Coffee and Tea Festival before, but I’ve never noticed this tea there I guess.
Steeped, it smells like a delightfully rosy Earl Grey. Unfortunately the taste is a little lackluster. As in, it doesn’t taste like much! The flavor isn’t very strong, and overall the tea really dries out your mouth and doesn’t really have even much of an aftertaste. I also get the impression that steeping it longer would just end in bitterness.
Oh well, thanks for the sample, Alphakitty! It’s good to know ahead of time since this company doesn’t sell small amounts of their teas. I will go back to savoring my Bergamot Rose Laoshan Black. :)
Special Thanks to Alphakitty for this one :)
It’s not overly spicy but I’m totally ok with that! The vanilla and lemon made for an interesting combo of flavors…to create a new flavor of it’s own, really! I enjoy it very much! There are subtle spices mixed in underneath…they make lovely assistants. As it cool at room temperature I can taste the ginger a bit more. Neat Rooibos flavored offering :)
I tend to dislike cherry flavoring in things—they remind me of all the cough syrup I had to drink as child, so I associate cherry with medicine. However, I’ve found that cherry in teas is usually pretty natural-tasting if it’s done right, and this is definitely one of those instances!
Tay is a small company in upstate NY where my aunt lives, and when she picked this up for me I was a little skeptical at first—the scent of the dry leaves is a little fake-cherry. But brewed, it’s fantastic and really not overly fruity at all. The light, airy cherry petals come through and mix perfectly with the rose. Neither is overpowering, and the green base comes through well. It’s nutty and grassy, the perfect compliment for a perfumey, lightly fruity blend. It’s also one of the few “fruit” teas I enjoy hot as much as iced.