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For the first time, my son turned his nose up at this tea last night. I get it… there was something less desirable about it. More floral, less caramel goodness, a touch drying. Not the normal cuppa I’ve had, although that’s likely because it was the end of the bag…
Cold Brewed: In total, thirteen hours.
This is pretty good; the oolong is strong and the raspberry very sharp. Overall it’s super refreshing (and helping the fact I can’t take a shower right now a lot more tolerable) though I’ll admit to being a little bit disappointed overall.
If I had never had this hot, I’d probably be really impressed – except I have had this hot, many times, and so I know that this cold brew is missing the incredibly buttery, flaky pastry taste this usually had and the trade off of using so much leaf to make a cold brew simply isn’t worth it because this tea is amazing and spectacular with the pastry quality.
So, down the road, I’m 100% sticking to the hot version of this one.
well i screwed this one up. was going for a shorter steep..but when i asked my other half to take the tea that wasn’t fruit bits out, he thought i said take the fruit bits out…so this steeped for like 10 mins. sooooo thanks for sending this my way variaTEA (and roswell) but uh apparently 10 mins is too long for this one haha
Brewed a perfect cup of this yesterday!
It was a hot cup, but I drank it cold from a water bottle while out with a friend, and it was so creamy and apricot flavoured and perfect. Seriously, I’ve had some really issues with this in the past but last night’s cup of this was so surprisingly good that I’ve pulled it out of my closet to make again these next few days and try to replicate. I need to have it again, and soon.
Even though my rating for the tea itself is a “70” right now, last night’s cup was easily a 95 to 100. So greatly done! I even pulled out a bunch of other “similar” whites, because I was put in the mood for them just because of this one.
Flavors: Apricot, Coconut, Cream
Mmm, yummy sweet ambrosia! Delicious!
And that’s really all I have to add for this one; it’s a favourite that I’ve written about a lot.
So, a few days ago (two?) I burst a blood vessel under my right eye, or something along those lines. So, my face is really swollen/tender around that area and it hurts to blink! Bleck. Also, it looks like I was in a fight, heh…
I grabbed more of this during the holidays, however I’m just cracking the bag now. Yep, it’s a lot like a gooey cinnamon bun, and much more enjoyable than the rooibos TeaGschwendner puts out by the same name. Much more! I did however oversteep this dramatically as I packed up teas to send off, so it’s a bit.. harsh at times. That’s my own darn fault though; I refuse to blame the tea for my oversight. ;)
Yes ole faithful caramel pu-erh, you’re still my favorite of the caramel teas. I’d strongly recommend you to anyone who likes a good, hearty pu-erh, although I’d probably only steep it 2 minutes if I were worried, or if I was new to pu-erhs. Me? I gave it a goooooood 20 minute steep, and then another hour or two for the re-steep.
Flavors: Caramel, Earth
I thought I had tried this already. Hmm.
This sample is from Fjellrev, apparently. I think. Maybe. Or MissB. Sorry, ladies. I forgot to keep track!
It’s very chocolatey. Like brandy beans, almost, as there’s an alcohol whiff I’m getting off the tea.
But I like it. I really do. With almond milk, and a long steep, this is nice. Maybe not 50g nice, but nice enough that I want to check it out the next time I make it past a Tea Desire store!
This smells like a chocolate truffle – the earthy kind that you’d dig from the ground, and then add some dark chocolate to. Seriously, that’s the kind of truffle I get out of this – if you like that kind of earthy pu-erh, you’ll love this. Well, and if you love chocolate, too. It’s earthy, rich, deep and velvety.
Flavors: Chocolate, Earth
I enjoyed a large mug of this last night while watching Pokemon Black/White on Netflix. How cool is it they added that series and the original series in Kanto!? Very cool is the correct answer. Anything else is unacceptable.
I would have watched the Kanto series first – except I just recently finished a rewatch of it online (along with the Jhoto series) so I picked this instead since I hadn’t seen it before. My strongest opinion? Trip is a dick. Also, Ash’s Oshawott is adorable! She kind of reminds me of his Chikorita from the Jhoto series; the Chikorita was “in love” with him too and was pretty jealous.
The tea was a nice, sweet treat and also offset the food I was eating pretty well too (popcorn with ketchup seasoning). Sweet and savory. Best way to go, right? Right. I’ll need more of this soon, I think…
Last night’s cup of this was kind of a mess and kind of an experimentation. I brewed it up like normal, but then I added milk and also Nesquik Rolo flavoured milk syrup because why the fuck not?
I can tell you right now why not: It makes the cup a muddled, thick, nasty and oily cup of cloying sludge. Don’t do it.
So yeah, not a good cup but pretty much all my fault. We’ll chock this one up to boredom. At least I have a fair bit of this left though.
Backlog from yesterday!
This was a cold brew that I forgot was cold brewing so in total it sat for 20ish hours doing its thing. I poured it into a water bottle and enjoyed sipping on it during the day while I was out with Kristina. Very juicy and refreshing with a strong kiwi taste; a lot better cold brewed than hot too (hot it’s very sour).
This will be a summer staple!
I got this tea as an extra to my order of MissB’s stash sale. Thank you, MissB!
While I mostly taste earthy pu erh here, I also definitely detect some dark chocolate. I am not sure about the truffle part – perhaps it is in the general silkiness of every sip that I take? It doesn’t matter. Overall, it is a tasty and naturally flavored pu erh that serves me real well as a nice after-dinner dessert today.
TY MissB for a sample of this tea! Hmm, I totally thought this tea tasted like apricots, coconut cream with a lotta lemon grass. Apparently, it supposed to be pineapple coconut. I think all the floral in this did one of those taste warps that makes it taste like peach/apricots. Actually, a pretty good blend – I like the fruity and creamy in this tea – very delicious, sweet with a long fruity aftertaste. The dry leaf is gorgeous, lots of big yellow rose buds!
However, I found there was too much lemongrass. If I were to try this one again, it be iced.
Last “milk” oolong in the Battle of the Milk Oolongs series. RIght away, you can tell this has a lot more fragrance than the others. And I’m talking creaminess, and almost caramel-like too.
Yeah yeah. it’s not a true milk oolong, but I really don’t care. What matters is how it tastes, and it indeed tastes lovely. I can see where others get sweetened condensed milk. It definitely has that going on. I actually oversteeped this as I was frantically putting on my makeup because today already sucks so much; yet, it didn’t turn out bitter or vegetal. According to my last note, this was a little on the bland side, so I wonder if that was due to a much shorter steeping time. Time will tell.
For now, I’m really glad I picked this one up.
Had this about a month ago and thought it tasted soapy, so I hadn’t touched it since but I was portioning some out for a couple people a few days ago (most of it for Robyn), and realized I should try it again so that’s what I did last night.
Actually, it’s not as bad as I remembered it being. In fact, it was mostly creamy orange and rooibos, with just a touch of cinnamon to create this kind if “warm” nighttime cup of comfort. I mean, it wasn’t exceptional but the last bit of it (yay for not having a ton left) might be drinkable enough for me to not have to send it all away…
Tre finally bought butter, so while my company was over last night we made Banana Pudding sugar Cookies, and I mixed in a whole bunch of the dry bits of this into the dough. I may have even overdone it a little bit because now my reserve of this is severely depleted. Maybe that’s for the better though? I still have tons of other teas and can take a break from this one for a while.
Anyway, the cookies were DELICIOUS! I really liked them, and I think my company did too – although Tre was being a butt and said they didn’t taste cooked enough, but I like when my baking is kinda chewy and he likes when he cookies are pucks and can get dunked in milk and what not.
I just wish I could have saved me from myself, because in the course of three hours I pounded back about 20 sugar cookies and then I felt a little sick all night from over eating (and now there’s no more cookies). Wah.
- A full pouch of instant pudding mix in whatever flavour you’d like (I enjoy banana or pistachio, personally)
- 1 Cup of soft butter
- 1 Cup of Flour (I use whole wheat, but all purpose or white would work too)
- 2 tbsp. of milk
- Approx. 1/2 cup of ‘add ins’ such as raisins (ick), chocolate chips, crushed nuts; this is optional
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Cream the Pudding mix and butter together in a mixing bowl (and your extras if you’ve chosen any)
3. Add in the milk and flour and mix together until a well blended and even consistency
4. On a pan, form tbsp. sized balls of dough and slightly flatten them; they should be spaced about two or three CM apart from the edge of the pan and from each other
5. Bake for 12 to 15 min. or to your own preference
Yeilds approx. two dozen.
Funny how years ago, this used to be one of my favourite teas. I swear it tasted nuttier and just overall more flavourful than now? Right now, with half and half, it’s really reminding me of a better version of Florence. It tastes like a nut cluster thing. I don’t even know if this has chocolate flavouring in it, but I swear it’s like nut chocolate. Whatever it is, it’s better than Florence’s chocolate note.
Maybe I’ll lower the rating a bit. Just a touch. I mean, it’s still good for a nutty chocolate black tea, in my opinion, but just not as good as I had remembered.
I just came home expecting to Skype with my mom since my uncle was supposed to take her apartment shopping today but I just got a text that she’s been in the hospital since 2pm because her eye is going haywire and they can’t figure out why. Scary considering she is scheduled for surgery starting on her other eye in a few days.
’Spose I better go get more marking out of the way then.
Another sample from MissB, ty! This rooibos is very red rooibosy tasting, with a hint of bitter dark chocolate. Not really picking up the almond, yet I saw them in the dry leaf.
I’m digging the chocolate flavor, though unfortunately I’m not a fan of red rooibos if I can taste it. Though, this rooibos blend is less watery than most rooibos tea blends.
My cup got cold while I was mucking about on videogames and I found this blend gets a nice creamy texture.