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A sample from Miss B. This one actually reminds me quite a lot of 52 Teas Cinnamon Roll Honeybush, only it’s a black tea…and all the better for it. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3 minutes in boiling water, no additions. The liquor is a medium golden brown, and the scent reminds me of warm danish pastries – sweet, a little pastry like. My colleague said it made her think of toast, but I guess some people are just a bit odd.
To taste, it’s cinnamon roll in a cup. The cinnamon isn’t too sharp, just a prominent yet gentle spice. The vanilla is the really amazing thing here, creating a flavour very much like icing, and adding a distinctive creamy sweetness that lingers well into the aftertaste. The black tea base is smooth and allows everything to shine nicely without really making itself too conspicuous. This might be flavoured tea heaven!
Many thanks to Miss B for sharing this with me. It’s been an unexpected hit, and I’m very glad to have tried it :)
I really enjoy the pairing of chocolate and pu’erh. and who I am kidding, I love chocolate. This tea is more of a dark chocolate though, I didn’t find it sweet. There wasn’t any meringue pieces in my scoop though so that might have something to do with it. I don’t know if I would label this as “truffle” though.
I really enjoyed this one. I didn’t find the flavouring to be too strong, which is nice sometimes.
I think I would add this tea to an order if I made one to Tea Desire. I have only tried one other tea from there I think.
A strange, delicate, and lovely tea this one.
Who knows what bamboo is supposed to taste like? Here, each sip is a mellow variation of straw, strawberry tart, and sweet fruit tastes with a heavier silkier mouth feel than you would expect from such mild flavours. I am quite enjoying this pleasant evening tea. Gentle on my spirit after a trying day. Like a gentle camomile hug without the camomile.I look forward to shaking the bag up a bit more and steeping a bit longer to see what flavours develop.
And as for the question of what bamboo is supposed to taste like, I guess I will find out soon because one of my Black Friday sale teas is a bamboo-based one from Zen Teas.
Flavors: Red Fruits, Straw, Strawberry
Reuniting with an old favourite of mine. I haven’t had this tea lately because I’ve been drinking tea at work a lot for the past couple of months, so much so that I don’t feel like drinking it at home very often. I’ve gotten back into enjoying a lot of tea recently, especially after re-organizing my tea cupboard nicely. It’s so much more relaxing seeing nicely put on the shelf instead of the hap-hazard piles of tea I had a couple days ago!
Oh, Buddha Bamboo, you still smell so enticingly delicious. So crisp and fruity, but in a deeper sense than just “fruit”! There is a wonderful mix of aromas that this tea gives, so I cannot identify what it is exactly about it that makes it so enjoyable to breathe deeply. It’s kind of a sweet and fruity mix, with some other subtle undertones that give it much more depth.
I gave it lots of leaf for this brew, but I forgot that I like to leave it in extra long to tease out all of the subtle flavours that don’t get a chance to make it into the tea in just a few minutes of brewing. I’ll have to remember that for next time; good thing I still have enough leaf for a couple more brews.
Sample courtesy of the lovely MissB! I’ve been meaning to try this out out but kept passing on it because in the store, it didn’t even smell like much of anything, so it’s great to get this.
I’m not sure how old this batch is, but the dry leaf didn’t smell like much, and unfortunately, didn’t taste like much either. I just got a vague sweetness behind the typical Tea Desire black base, but it doesn’t hint at a cookie-like flavour in any way. I added some light cream and it felt like I was drinking a weak cup of black tea.
I would still try this again in the future. Maybe I’ll be lucky and they’ll be offering it as a free tea of the day next time I make a trip.
From the Teeny Tiny Tea Box!
This tea smells like just your average black tea. There were tiny nodes of… tan stuff in it? It looked like tiny chunks of brown sugar or something.
Steeping it, it smells like a bright black tea. No irish cream smell.
Tasting it… blech. I don’t know??? Is this how Irish Cream is supposed to smell like? Maybe it’s just gone bad since I’ve had it for so long D:
Reading all the other notes, I think my tea has just gone bad. Darn. I wish I drank it when I got it!
I’ve never had Irish Cream before, but I did have the chance to try it a couple months ago! I took a class called Wines, Beers and Spirits where we mainly learned about the process of making wines and different wines and all. Of the 20 meetings we had, 18 of them was wine related, 1 day for beer, and 1 day for spirits. Spirits day we had 9 different ones and they were in teeny tiny little cups. Probably not even 1/2 an oz of each spirit, but by the end, I was gone hahaha. IT WAS ALL FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES OKAY. But at the end, my professor told us about other stuff and he brought out a thing of Bailey’s and all the people who wanted to could get a taste of Bailey’s, but I opted out bc I couldn’t hold that much alcohol in my body ahha.
I’m a lightweight okay. I’m like 5 foot 2, weighing 110 pounds, and I always just limit myself to 1 drink whenever I go out with my friends, and that’s probably just once a month. So yes, very much a lightweight ahhaha.
Oh how I love these caramel pu-erhs. Thanks for the sale, MissB! This one is delicious. Sometimes in teas the caramel cubes don’t actually look like edible caramel cubes… they might look a little dry. These caramel cubes actually look like tinier versions of those wrapped caramel cubes you can buy in a bag that actually ARE edible… and there are plenty of them in the blend. The fragrance is very caramely but I’m not sure if it’s from the caramel cubes or added flavoring. But the flavor is very sweet and is great with the medium strength ripened pu-erh. It might only be a deep red cup rather than dark black though because of all those caramel cubes – less pu-erh leaves!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 7 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
This is very chocolatey, and the richness of the puerh does give it a more dark chocolate vibe without being bitter or lacking any creaminess. I am normally not super into chocolate teas (as I usually then just wish I had the real thing) but I was pretty pleased with this, and how it retained some flavor as I resteeped.
Grabbed this one in store iced; the sales associate actually kind of warned me against it saying it’s probably the worst fruit blend the store caries and her least favourite and, well, for me that’s basically like issuing a challenge. I just had to try it and really see for myself.
Admittedly, the dry leaf really doesn’t seem promising; it’s very intensely tart and sour and I’m struggling to see how the blueberry or cream are going to be playing into this. I actually couldn’t believe there isn’t hibiscus in this; the smell seems so hibiscus-like!
The taste is actually better than I was led to believe it would be though it’s not really ideal either; it’s like sour blueberry candies. For me that’s a negative; I’m not into blueberry unless it tastes very natural, and to make that claim about this flavor would be a stretch. It’s got such a sharp, tart taste, as well as some rather apple-y notes. I still don’t get how there can’t be hibiscus in this blend – the taste is there! The colour is even indicative of hibiscus; it’s got that bright redish pink hue. To be fair, it is pretty obvious that’s from the beetroot though.
There’s something else that’s off about this blend; for a blend which has ‘cream’ in the name that flavor is very absent. Even looking at the ingredients list, there isn’t really a single ingredient that could be construed as creamy. I also think it should probably be a rule that when you’re trying to make a creamy tea you DON’T include beetroot. Unless, of course, it’s a ‘beetroot and cream’ tea, in which case the beetroot is probably pretty essential to accurately capturing the flavour.The name of this blend is simply, and painfully, inaccurate. The taste itself could be worse; but there’s lots of room for improvement, and alongside a bad name it’s just a bit of a flop.
I grabbed this newer Tea Desire blend earlier today ‘To Go’ – but also not really To Go ‘cause I stayed and talked for three hours… It’s one I wanted to try a few months ago, but my branch hadn’t received a shipment of it yet so when the associate today recommended it I was pretty on board.
Based on her recommendation I got it iced, and trying it now I definitely think that probably was a more appropriate way to try it than hot would have been. This is a very floral blend; it’s supposed to be rose and while I did taste rose I definitely thought the floral notes seemed a lot more like peony. There was a light, pleasant vegetal taste from the green tea but mostly the black tea came through; it was smooth softer with floral notes of its own; very characteristic of a good ceylon. For those familiar with DAVIDsTEA’s Elderflower Spritz I’d say this one tastes similar, but has a base with more backbone. Same sort of fruitier elderberry notes, too.
About halfway through I started to pick up on sort of weird buttery notes. I actually don’t have a clue where they were coming from, but it was weird and slightly jarring. Buttery flowers is definitely not something I’d normally pick for myself; but I actually didn’t hate it. All in all, I thought this was pretty good and DEFINITELY a well put together tea for what it’s named after: sweeter floral, natural flavours that definitely evoke the image of fairies, nymphs and yes, druids too.
I’d totally revisit this one!
Flavors: Berries, Butter, Floral, Flowers, Rose, Vegetal
I’m not quite sure what to make of this tisane, yet. I was hoping that this could replace David’s Pink Passionfruit, which I miss, but it’s very different. Even in the large canister it lends a peach undertone more than anything else. Flavour-wise, it’s mega peachy, and very much on the artificial side. No passionfruit flavour, which I’m guessing would have been in the “flavouring” along with the peach, seeing that this tisane comprise dried melon and papaya. I can a taste a little bit of the starchy papaya in the background but it’s ultimately a peach tea. Artificial yet on the old side, as if the peaches are past their prime. It’s odd.
A coconut blend with pumpkin and carrot? Hmm, I don’t know about that, especially as a cold brew, but I grabbed some anyway because the scent of the dry leaf in the huge canister reminded me a lot of Hawaii Flower from Janet’s Special Teas, which I kind of miss having around.
I luckily don’t get any of the vegetables when it comes to taste. It’s mostly pineapple with a touch of coconut, and not obnoxiously sweet either. It’s refreshing but not amazing, and I think I may even prefer David’s current summer offering, Coconut Ice.
Lastly, I think I need a bigger jug. Now with my mom getting into teas (yay!), the 1 litre waiting for us in the morning doesn’t last very long, and it’s getting rather difficult getting through these 25° C+ days with just two cups of cold brew!