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Dry this tea isn’t much to speak of – the rooibos is very finely shredded (to the point where it came through my strainer) and the only fruit I saw off-hand were the dried blueberries. Once steeped the liquid is deep purple/red and (thought this is going to sound odd) has a scent oddly reminiscent of black olives…not exactly pleasant.
A few sips in and this really does taste like black olives, also. I can maybe pick up hints of blueberry, but it’s certainly not palatable. I may try to resteep this at some later time, but for now it’s not one I’d be willing to try again.
(First review post-redesign, so my apologies if anything goes wrong)
I received this from justnord a while back and I’ve been looking forward to trying it out. I steeped according to my usual “herbal” guidelines – 2tsp into the cup, 2tsp of sugar and add water at boiling for ~5min.
It smelled a little unpleasant – kinda sickly, fruity sweet in the same way that the Youthberry did…but this actually steeped up rather nicely. It was a surprising deep red/burgundy colour in the cup and had a delightfully fruity taste (a bit reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch, in a good way). There’s a slight bitterness that I think comes from the hibiscus, but it doesn’t really detract from the other flavours.
This tasted much better once it cooled off, so I’d be much more likely to make it as an iced tea in the future. It’s quite tasty, though, and I’m glad I got to try it out.
Tea #1 from Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!?!
My husband made off with my travel mug and used it for coffee… he managed to get the coffee taste out, but what I didn’t know is that he left a little dish soap flavor, too.
What of the tea I could taste – around the Seventh Generation – lived up to the name. A black base that did a quick-stepping little dance with the notes of a piña colada. Interesting!
Tea #40 from HHTTB2
The leaves are quite small and broken, so I was unsure they’d stand up to a 6 minute infusion time as was recommended. So I erred on the side of caution, so keep in mind my review is for the tea at the parameters below.
This is the least rose-flavored of the three rose teas I’ve tried in the box. But it’s still quite good.
The primary flavor that comes through is the white base, which is delicate with fresh hay and apricot notes. The rose adds a definitely rose flavor as well as a gentle sweetness. It’s not nearly as immersive as other rose teas I’ve had, but good for those who enjoy the flavors of rose, but can find it overwhelming.
Tea #15 from HHTTB2
This was more floral and less fruity than I was expecting. I’m glad I didn’t cold steep a cup, because it toes the overwhelming line now.
I don’t honestly get much for raspberry (or tea base), but there a light blueberry-ish note that I can bring back to the acai. It also, unfortunately, shares the baby powder taste/feeling that River of Heaven and Bouddha Bleu also have on me.
I kind of forgot about my water when it was ready so it must have been a lower temp than 212 but it came out really well. It absolutely tastes like Orange Dreamsicle! I was thinking it would need some creamer and sugar to make it really taste like it but the vanilla and orange comes out strong without it. I might need to buy this… a lot of it. Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet!
Got this in a swap from KiwiDelight. I figured I would probably be into it because I love oolongs and floral teas, and I was right. The floral taste is very similar to jasmine, like the description states. It’s also very naturally sweet. I will probably buy some of this for my stash, I think I’d like to try it again with a little more dry leaf for a stronger flavor.
The lavender and coconut blend very nicely with the Rooibos to create a calming blend. (To me Rooibos almost has a vanilla-like flavor and both lavender and coconut blend very well with vanilla). Good for anytime during the day. Also good hot or cold. No sweetener needed. In fact, I encourage you not to even if you usually do. The pre-steeped smell doesn’t do the tea much justice but then the steeped smell doesn’t help much either. Regardless, don’t let the smell lead you astray. If you like Rooibos you have to give this one a try.
Freaky, I thought I tea logged this?
Anyways, I got a sample of this from Kasumi no Chajin, yay ty!
First time, I cold steeped it. Very very good! I saved the rest of the sample for a hot round, which did not happen. The last of my sample is me drinking it as another cold steep.
So good! I love the floral in this tea – its like jasmine but much better as it is also sweet and light. Why isn’t there more magnolia teas? The oolong is so crisp and refreshing and the cold steep works very well!
Gah, I should of tried this hot! Oh well, I might just have to order some myself!
Thanks KiwiDelight for the sample! I am fond of oolongs and love the smell of magnolia blossoms so I was very curious about this tea! I agree with other reviewers that 1 tbs seems like a LOT of tea. I wish I had only used a tsp or 2 in my cup! I feel like this would be MUCH better if I had done that. I like the floral scent and sweetness of it but I’m getting a heavy almost bitter taste from the vast amount of tea leaves I used! I may rate this differently if I try it again with a different amount of leaves…
A review of Chocolate Vanilla Mate (Yerba Mate) by Tea District
Company: Tea District
Tea Name: Chocolate Vanilla Mate
Tea Type/Varietal: Mate
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf: cup/ loose leaf
Liquor Color: dark reddish / rich chocolate
Leaf Characteristics: grounded mulch like leaves with the nibs of cacao giving it a roasted and chocolaty aroma.
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 5 minutes
I have selected as my tea of choice this chocolate yerba mate that I had purchased from the folks at Tea District, after having sampled several of their teas; I found this one to be quite nice, so much so that I ended up placing an order. I guess this is how it should work; you sample teas and find some that you like and place an order for keeping in stock in your cupboard.
I scoop out one heaping tea spoon and put this in my cup, adding the boiled water to my cup, I leave it to steep for five minutes. When done I strain out the tea grinds with strainer and observed as the tea is poured into another cup, how it has a lovely dark reddish color; similarly to coffee and the aroma is heady with roasted chestnut or more correctly hazelnut.
I enjoy taking sip after sips of this tea; and find that I must keep reminding myself that this is indeed tea and not coffee; having none of the astringency that some teas have and it is smooth and creamy and on the sweeter side of things, more-so than I remember it to being; perhaps having more of the cacao nibs than the sample packet contained.
Overall, tea is smooth with a lovely aroma of a strong heady roasted cup of coffee like tea and tea has the coloring of a fine cup of malt-like Goya drinks; and one again I find this tea to be very sweet; sweeten with the natural cacao-nibs and combined with the yerba mate.
I like this tea for all that it offers.
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 4 minutes
I continue to enjoy this tea with more steeps for shorter time and find it to be as enjoyable as the first cup. In all this tea has a lovely color and a delightful chocolate/roasted flavoring!
Appearance: bi color light, medium brown bicolor oolong kernel
Aroma when Dry: floral, sour fruity
After water is first poured: honeysuckle, fruity notes
At end of first steep: honeysuckle, fruity notes, peach, apricot
At end of first steep: clear
Preferred time of day: any
At first ?: sharp, floral, sour, mineral notes
As it cools?: tea gets bodied, brothy, notes open up and mellow slightly
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? barely, hints of salty broth
Second Steep (3 min):
At first: Brothy, floral, salty
As it cools: notes mellow, tea gets deeply bodied
A review of Açai Berry Raspberry Green Tea by Tea District
Company: Tea District
Tea Name: Açai Berry Raspberry
Tea Type/Varietal: Green
Steeping Vessel/Amt. Leaf:
Liquor Color: reddish pink
Leaf Characteristics: tea leaves are a mixture of Sencha green tea, safflowers and the natural açai berry & raspberry flavoring. This has a lovely floral aroma.
Water temperature: 195 Fahrenheit
Time: 2 minutes
I had some of this tea left from the Tea District and decided to finish the remainder of it. I opened the pouch and pleasantly surprised I was to find there was tea still remaining (enough for 1 spoonful) which I put in my cup; and I add the cold water into the cup and put it in the microwave for a few minutes, leaving it to steep another minute.
The tea’s aroma is pungently sweet and spicy from the safflowers I imagine which makes this seems more like an herbal tea than a green tea I am thinking. As I sip this tea, it is sweet/sour orange/citrus like. I mean there is a slight saltiness that is left on palette after swallowing. I did not notice this prior.
Water temperature: 200 Fahrenheit
Time: 3 minutes
I was able to steep the leaves again and this time the tea color is lighter pink and smelling more citrus with the berries at toe. I know this is green tea but with the leaves and berries and safflower it does seem more like an herbal tea.
This açai berry raspberry is quite nice; it is a naturally sweetened cup of tea with a fruity/citrus for a base and there is not astringency as derived from the freshness that can be enjoyed when having a cup of green tea.