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Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! It’s not something I would have picked out for myself, so it was cool receiving it. That’s one of my favourite thing about swapping with you; you always send me so many things to try that I’d have never shown an interest in otherwise. Of course there are many pros to swapping with you!
Prepared this in my timolino for work since the sample you sent was perfect timolino size. The only other Bavarian Cream tea I’ve tried is Red Leaf’s matcha version in cold milk and I have to say that I’m not impressed by that take on it. I don’t know what it was about this one (maybe the base or perhaps the inclusion of chocolate) but this was much more accurate to the Bavarian Cream flavour I’m familiar with in things like donuts or other pastries.
The black base was noticeable, especially near the end of the timolino (I kinda felt like the strength of the base built the more I drank) but the richness of the Bavarian Cream and a milky chocolate were also strong and distinct. There was subtle notes of pastry, but it’s also possible that was a psychological tie in because I do heavily associate Bavarian Cream with pasties.
It was pretty solidly good and I’d drink it again if I got the chance, but I wouldn’t stock it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Pastries
A solidly reliable cup for to get me through a hectic day. Last day of the semester at school, after that I got two fillings at the dentist, then fought my way through traffic, now dragging myself through dinner. Early bedtime is in store for me tonight, but not before a resteep of this with dinner!
This tea is incredibly similar to Adagio’s Chocolate Chip. Seriously, the two are one in the same. Smooth black base coated in rich chocolate flavor. A nice tea but something I would prefer to have mixed with something else to give it a more rounded flavor. Thank you Dustin for the chance to try this tea. Perhaps I will do some experimenting with the rest of the sample and see what interesting blends I can make :)
Found this tea over leafed and steeped once in the steeper that I had left on the counter full of my tea that I wanted a second cup of later. Boo! I’m guessing by the lights on the kettle that it was steeped at boiling and probably for too long. No matter, I shall try it anyway! Aaaaaaaaand meh. It is just a shadow of it’s true self. A light creamy almond on the sip with a strong honey aftertaste. It isn’t bad, it just isn’t what I expect from this tea.
I was offered this tea after a massage today. Instead of hem making it in a paper cup with almost hot water from a machine, I took the tea bag and brought it home. I am not generally a flavored tea person. This tea isn’t going to change my mind. Like someone else noted previously, I don’t taste much almond – this was very coconutty to me. I don’t need to own any of this.
This is, unlike most other Moroccan Mint blends, just organic mint leaves – no green tea in sight. Steeped for a full 6 minutes, the tea is aromatic and lightly brothy. I did find myself wishing it was a bit more tingly, but I think that’s because I’ve been spoiled by having tried Heather’s Tummy Tea before (which is probably the best peppermint tea out there).
Overall, though, this is an excellent mint and I would happily drink this again!
[Numi’s Collection: 2/18]
The smell of this tea dry is a little deceiving and it has taken me a while to appreciate it. It smells strongly of very juicy strawberries, so I expected a bold flavor to come through. It is a sencha style green, which I guess translates to delicate flavor. I have had a cherry sencha before and the cherry worked to not compete, but match the sencha in strength. I think the strawberry in this tea does the same. It is a kind of creamy tea in smoothness, so the name seems appropriate. I tried cold brewing it over the summer and it was refreshing but failed to amaze me like some other greens did when cold brewed. It seems like a more subtle tea which is rarely my thing, but I can appreciate it for what it is even if it isn’t going to get a permanent place in my cupboard.
I am now on my second bag of this tea. It has become a permanent staple in my cupboard because I love it that much. I can envision my permanent tea collection being a variety of almond teas and nothing more! It will be just like my wardrobe, mostly different shades of black. This is such a delicious comforting desert cup. I got two good steeps out of it today and may go for a third later.
Two magazines and one book to lay out before the end of the month, so bring on the black tea!
Buckingham Palace is a mild but flavorful variant of Earl Grey. More round and less citrusy, Buckingham Palace is a chord of harmonizing flavors. Though I’m probably biased – anything with jasmine is A-OK in my book!
Sipdown, 174. I got tired of this one fairly quickly today. I think in some cases teas with actual nuts in them sit with me poorly; I enjoy them initially while drinking but after a full cup my stomach starts to feel off. Maybe it’s the nut oils coming out or something. I do love a nut flavored tea, but I think it has to be all flavoring and no nuts for me. Oh well.
Well the off taste of my lips is fading so I decided to try this one today. I got this in a swap with PositiviTEA, thanks!
The dry leaf smells almondy and coconutty, but in kind of a generic way. I’ve had almond greens and coconut greens but never an almond coconut green! Steeped, this smells more coconutty than almondy, and that plays out in the flavor as well. I’m really not getting hardly any almond from this, though I suppose there is some almond sweetness in the background. The green tea is kind of generic but inoffensive. Overally this is decently tasty but I get more coconut macaroon from it than almond cookie.
As an aside, I think I am going to overhaul my tea ratings. Most things will be dropped by about 10 points probably because I think my ratings skew high. 70-79 will now be the range for decent teas that are pretty tasty but not too special. Thankfully if you adjust the ratings on the ratings page it doesn’t make all your old notes pop to the top of the dashboard, unlike changing the rating by editing the tasting note.
I’m doing this one from memory, as I’ve been so stupid to accidentally lock the drawer of my desk at work. As you may guess, I don’t have a key to open it and the sample of Wedding Cake rooibos I received from Dustin is in it. Darn! Hopefully someone will be able to open the lock next week.
Anyway as Dustin I find the tea’s to be similar in that they both have a powerful almond smell and flavor. I think because the rooibos in itself is sweeter, it blends more into the mix than the green tea base of Almond Cookie, which is a pity. Although a very good rooibos, it isn’t as interesting as the Almond Cookie Green in my opinion.
I’m not really sure how I could have been so stupid, but I posted this note accidentally with Amaretto of Davids Tea.
I received a generous sample of this tea from Dustin. Thanks so much!
This tea smells very amaretto-y, a smell I find infinitely comforting. Although the taste also is rather amaretto-y or almondy, it isn’t over the top. Generally I’d associate almond and amaretto flavors with black tea bases. I would have thought a green tea base too delicate to carry such a flavor. In reality that doesn’t pose a problem. Actually the green tea base provides a rather neutral base, due to which the almond/amaretto is more noticeable than it otherwise (probably) would have been, without tasting artificial (like some other fancy flavors).
PS: After relocating this tasting note, I’ve had a look at the ingredients. I wonder if I can actually discern between the taste of almond cookies and amaretto. They rather belong together. Anyway after reading the ingredients, I can imagine that what I perceived as amoretto-y is rather the combined flavors of almond and coconut. After all it’s very long ago that I’ve had amaretto and then I’ve never had it by itself, but always with either almond cookies or stratiatella ice crème.
I LOVE jasmine tea and this tea in particular has a sentimental spot in my heart. Years ago there was an amazing guy I had casually mentioned my love of jasmine tea to. Being the thoughtful man that he was, he picked out a bag of this jasmine tea for me on a visit to the Tea Embassy and gave it to me on our first date. I had forgotten that I had said anything about it and was impressed that he made note of such a small detail in our conversations. I remember that tea tasting better than any other jasmine I had experienced. It was clear and crisp and strong. Such a pure jasmine taste and I believe it was my first loose leaf tea experience too!
Recently I went to the Tea Embassy and picked out a bag of that same tea. I took it back to the home I share with that man, who I still think is just as amazing (if not more) and the family we now have. I’m excited to try that tea and see if it holds up to my memories of it.
When I open the bag, the dry tea has such a strong jasmine smell to it almost like I’m sticking my nose in a flowering jasmine bush! The instructions on the the bag say to steep for 2-5 minutes and I did only two for the first steep. Wow, it’s still just as bright and crisp as I remember. I can’t taste any tea, just jasmine. It almost borders on the line of soapy in it’s intensity, but I have always like over the top floral flavors. It isn’t bitter like some jasmine teas I have had, but now days I’m much more careful and aware of over steeping unless I have to walk away from my steeper for a while (which is what happened on the second steeping). Second steeping was a little tongue puckering in it’s intensity, but adding cream and sugar made it an enjoyable drink again. I adore this tea and am glad to be reunited with it! To me, this tea is love.