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This one was sent to me from Liberteas! Thanks!!!!
Buttery Mint? I’m intrigued…let’s see…
Green tea – check, Gunpowder elements – check, slightly floral – yup, a nice mint flavor without being too overwhelming – Yuppers, and buttery? perhaps! Buttery like brothy, I think. Sure! Sounds good! I agree!
So far…this is my fave from Tea District…but then again…I’m a mint freak!
I’m quite enjoying this tea. The taste is quite delicate…which is what I am usually looking for with a white tea. I like the notes of pomegranate. I’m not noticing any tartness, but I did brew the tea with relatively cool water.
-Dry blend has large twisted leaves with long yellow flower petals.
-Dry leaves smell overwhelmingly fruity, like children’s vitamins. Tea liquor has a tangy fruity sweet aroma.
-Tea liquor is a light brown color.
-Sugary vitamin flavor with a lingering artificial mango finish. Slightly numbing on the tongue.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Poor tea. Strong flavor like children’s vitamins. Milk and sweetener lessen this taste but does little for the mango flavor.
Wow! Is this tea a beautiful color! Scarlet is a fantastic description. The taste is also pretty powerful. I actually really like the flavors from the fruit bits. And, somehow, the fruit flavor doesn’t overpower the flavor of the Rooibos…which is probably my one complaint…I’m not a huge fan of Rooibos. But despite my dislike of the base flavor, I could definitely drink a few cups of this.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. I steeped it on the light side to avoid the effects of hibiscus, and it worked, all I’m really getting from the hibiscus here is color… I don’t even taste much from it, maybe just a hint of tart, which could just as easily be part of the berry as it could the hibiscus.
It is lightly sweet, a little tart, and pleasant to drink.
The rest to a friend…see previous notes…
I get migraines around a pretty predictable schedule and have found mate tea to be helpful in reducing the severity so I’m always looking for mate teas so I get a bit of variety. What I’ve found is that there isn’t a ton of variety when it comes to mate. Most have some sort of chocolate base, which, if you know my tea preferences at all, you know I’m ok with.
This tea is a little bit more mellow than other chocolate mates and the vanilla gives it a different note than most. It’s less roasty-toasty and more cookies and creme. Very pleasant and I’m glad I got 2 bags with my groupon.
I’ll be doing a cost analysis on this vs a few of my other go-to mates to see which is the most cost-effective and hopefully adding this to my regular rotation.
I hate going into a tea or tisane thinking I am not going to like it BUT when Hibiscus is one of the main ingredients…it scares me! I’m TRYING to be open minded so…here…goes…eeeeek…
The combo of Currants, Cranberry, Orange Peel, Passion Fruit, Mango, and Blueberry does smell summery!
The Hibiscus isn’t as scary or tart as I assumed it would be THANK THE TEA GODS for that! Perhaps it was because I didn’t infuse it for very long or over-due my loose amount while infusing or perhaps it was because of the Honeybush/Rooibos ratio to the Hibiscus I am not sure but it’s not too shabby for a fruity tisane with hibiscus in it, I suppose.
Like Dinosara I also got this through a groupon purchase (great minds groupon alike?). I love everything about this tea! Unlike Dinosara I use the full recommended amount and probably a scootch more than that because I like it STRONG! I was a little leery of the 5 min recommendation since it had black tea in it and went for 4 mins the first brew, 5 the second, and 6 the third. No difference in taste for me between brew 1 and 2 with a slight decrease in flavor in brew 3. I may be able to get another brew out of it.
I have noticed that the more I brew it the more of the coconut I taste to the point where at the third brew it’s really more of a coconut tea with hints of chocolate. Since I like both this metamorphosis is welcomed.
The description is right: you won’t miss the chocolate in this one!
I made a mug of this this morning to bring to work and on the drive in my husband asked what kind of tea I had because it smelled really good. He could really smell the chocolate.
I hoped that the flavor would pack as much of a punch and it does not disappoint. There is a strong chocolate flavor followed by a subtle cherry. The cherry is very very subtle and could be easy to miss so I do wish they’d bump that up a bit. On the whole though, this is a very enjoyable tea for those who want a little twist on the classic chocolate tea.
Thanks to brandy3392 for sending me a sample of this. I can’t say I could taste very much plum flavor. It was there, but only just. It mostly smelled and tasted like a typical oolong, which isn’t bad, but I was really hoping for a more detectable plum flavor. Oh well.
This one is very popular at the Wells Tea Time Club! Everyone loves the extra kick the cinnamon gives to it.
All the goodness of a chai paired with the flavor of a really good Darjeeling makes my mouth happy!
This tea has the perfect balance of spiciness. It’s very strong, but I like that in a chai.
I have tried many kinds of chai since becoming a tea drinker, and this is my favorite kind. It’s so spicy and delicious, and a little bit of sugar and milk makes it absolutely perfect.
I prefer this luke-warm to cool – the flavors of Mango and peach out better for my liking after cooling at room temp for a while. Everything is subtle about this. It’s tasty tho!
Wonderful idea to add chocolate to the already wonderful Pu Erh!
Nutty with an almost chocolate aftertaste. This has all of the hallmarks of a better than average oolong.
This is a really lovely Moroccan Mint, with a strong mint presence, but still a nice balance between the gunpowder green – which is fresh, sweet, and buttery – and the zesty mint flavor. It is crisp and revitalizing. Really nice.
This is a very nice cup. The Peach tones are sweet and delicious. The mango contributes a slight tropical note to the cup, fortunately the peach and mango are very harmonious together.
The white tea is crisp and light, with a nice fresh, airy kind of taste to it.
A very smooth, sweet, calming cup of tea. Nice.
Very pretty. I can smell the floral aromas. The tea is very light. It is very pretty but more of a novelty then an every day drinking tea.
This smells wonderful – very berry – but it smells more intense than it tastes. Which…the more I think about it is GOOD because that means the Hibiscus wasn’t too much to handle…it was nicely done. A nice partner to the berry. The berry notes ARE louder than the green tea but the green tea is sweeter and not grassy so that’s a plus, too, I suppose, in this case. The word that sums up this tea description is…pleasant! I’m drinking it HOT but I think COLD would be just as nice if not better! Pretty good! I will be sharing this one with Ashley!
I’m out of my Teavana Chai blend, so I’m waiting (im)patiently for my order. This is a great alternative – I love the spices and mixed with a sweetener (Sun Crystals) does wonders for the flavors as well. I don’t add milk to my chai; I’m allergic to some enzymes in dairy, plus I like it better that way.
Please see other notes. This is another fave!
I was reading the water sourcing thread in the discussions, and it made me start to question the water I use for making my tea. See, I have a sink in my office that bascially was never used before I moved in, but the water that comes out of the regular tap is disgusting, often slightly brown or yellow. Also it is clearly extremely hard because a slow drip has left the inside of the black sink covered in a whitish scale that doesn’t respond to any kind of acid. I wouldn’t even want to drink it after running it through a Brita filter. My whole time here I have always drank the deionized water that comes out of the other tap; it’s clear and tastes fine. It’s also what I use to make all of my teas. But deionized and/or distilled water is supposed to be really bad for making tea because it’s very “flat”, lacking dissolved ions from minerals and such. I find it hard to believe that the water I am using is very deoxygenated because it comes out of the faucet with such pressure that it must immediately reoxygenate itself, and I don’t know for a fact that the water is truly deionized; someone in my department tested it from a different faucet and found that the pH was off from neutral. Anyway, I started thinking about how it would affect my tea, so I wanted to try a back to back with it and some bottled water I had left over at home from the “hurricane” a few months ago. I wanted to try a somewhat delicate tea I thought might show off the differences, so not a heavy black or something, but also a tea that was inexpensive enough and that I had in a large enough quantity. This fit the bill, so it will be my guinea pig tea.
All of these cups are brewed identically except for the water source (new leaves each time of course), so I’m putting them all in this note. First, the “deionized” water from the tap. This is my baseline, so right now it just tastes like it always does. Floral, a bit vegetal. When I had this tea a while ago it was still early in my oolong journey, and coming back to it now is interesting; the buttery sweetish flavor that I really love finding is only very faintly present. I do still really enjoy how floral this is and the magnolia, which is such a lush, rich floral.
Next, bottled water (Dasani, “purified and enhanced with minerals”). Can I tell a difference? Yes. Is it super dramatic? I am relieved to say no, not to me. The flavor is a bit brighter, somehow, like this water brought out the “greenish” notes more. I can’t even say that I prefer this water; I like the bolder florals I got with the first cup. Also I can kind of tell that this bottled water is harder than my DI tap water, but the extra minerals weren’t necessarily an improvement to my tastes. Like I said, I don’t know that the water is actually deionized that’s coming out of my tap, so it may not be as “flat” as it normally would be, but I don’t think it’s seriously affecting the taste of my teas, and that’s really what I wanted assurance of.