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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #55
A single serving taken from the teabox before it was sent. Not much to say about this one. I like the idea of coconut chai. The scent of the dry leaves was lovely dessert-like coconut but the flavor just isn’t great. There is a tangy, oldness to the coconut. I don’t know how because it certainly didn’t smell like old coconut and the packaging couldn’t be better. Then the black tea itself seemed too light to be the base of chai. The spices also took a backseat, so the whole cup was almost only not-good coconut. Always up for trying teas anyway!
Also… I’ve been drinking a billion coconut teas lately. I guess because I know they get old the fastest?
Not my favorite-ever Earl Grey tea, but much better than the worst I’ve ever had. It steeps SUPER strong so you don’t need much to get a caffeine hit. The bergamot flavor tastes a little fake to me, though I couldn’t explain why…but the tin it came in does include “natural flavors” in the ingredients.
Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant
Sipdown! One of hopefully many in the near future as I have now made a list of ~20 teas that I need to sipdown before I can buy more. I have my eye of August Uncommon Tea’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection but I just can’t justify it until I’ve drastically reduced my current stores (especially with the Canadian dollar being so low). Hopefully this whole postal strike ordeal will be over by then.
On to the actually tea. It’s okay, but just okay. There’s a hint of milk chocolate and maybe a suggestion of something floral, but overall I’d say it just comes across as a weak, cheap breakfast tea. Going to lower my rating on it, as it really is nothing special.
I’m kind of surprised by the poor ratings for this one as I found it rather nice, though admittedly I didn’t brew it strong. Not a hugely intense flavour—slightly floral and smooth. There’s a hint of chocolate here but it doesn’t exactly scream it. There was a slight bitterness that might have been unpleasant had I brewed it longer, but at 3 minutes it was fine.
I can’t stop drinking this tea! Truly addicting and has a great aroma and flavor. One of the best teas I have had in a long while. I bought the single steeps and loose tea and can’t seem to get enough of it!! The tea has a wonderfully subtle sweet finish that lingers on the back of the tongue for a long time. Keeps me going back to kitchen and making more and more :)
Artificiality, you need to stop messing with good tea flavors. Well, I love the combo. The coconut is really nice, the mango is a great follow up, and the tea base is good. Oddly enough, this is a flavored tea that should be Gong Fu’d. But the chemical used to flavor the tea overwhelms the natural taste of the green tea making it kinda soapy. Only was able to finish one cup, unfortunately.
Flavors: Coconut, Grass, Mango, Soap, Tropical
I received a sampler of this from a friend and I actually rather enjoyed it but I can see it getting bitter if steeped for too long. Nice chunks of citrus fruit that shone through in the flavor. Sweetness with just a slight hint of bitter to remind you of the citrus.
Not terribly complicated but pleasant.
I drink this tea pretty much every morning! It’s got a beautiful green color and isn’t too strong. I brew it loose leaf in a pot and it goes nicely with breakfast or on its own. Very happy I bought it! I tend to just leave the leaves in the teapot and let it steep for ages, and even then it’s not overpowering, which is great. But maybe that’s not a proper way to do things. :)
Flavors: Grass, Green
Not a bad tea, and I really couldn’t add anything further other than what has been said. Too much on the artificial side for me personally, but still enjoyable. Think of a spicy apple cider followed by a chocolate powdery kick. I would not mind trying this again and I think it deserves a decent rating. I’m just a little bit harder to please with rooibos. For newbies for sure or a guiltless apple cider. Would recommend very lightly because I’ve had better apple like blends before.
This started out right on the nose: peach brulee. Peaches, burnt sugar, creamy, vanilla…delicious! Then I realized it reminded of Starbucks’ Blossoming Peach Tea Latte (which I think was out about a year ago), with that kind of artificial peach nerds on whipped cream vibe that’s a little odd but delicious in its own way. Overall, rather tasty. I’ll be sad to see the last bag go.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cream, Peach, Vanilla
Okay. Again, a bit too artificial for me and Cherry is iffy with Sencha. The marzipan almond flavoring actually goes nicely with the green tea and rooibos since those teas tend to have that kind of nutty taste anyway. Cherry kinda clashes with the almond, but it might be nicer for other people. It is pretty green and probably would be better with fresher leaves.
Planning a trip, and trying to pick the most portable leaves for my tumbler, and had to try. It does taste like a nougat, and it does taste like caramel with a buttery hazelnut finish. Not a bad flavor combo, but like all Tea Forte Teas, the flavoring is replicated. It’s almost alcoholic. Cream and sugar does well and it is pretty nice, it’s just weird to drink on it’s own. It is sweet, smooth, and nutty, but it is so, so, so boozy. The color is gorgeous brewed, almost like a syrup, but so is the tea. It’s like someone took a piece of caramel out of a Bailey’s Irish Cream.
A little bit too much for me personally.
Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Caramel, Hazelnut
Sipdown! Which brings me below 40 for the first time in who knows how long.
This batch tasted more like blood orange than previous cups, which tasted more like a lady grey. This is bad news for me as I’m not really a fan of oranges, and I have a particular dislike of blood orange. It’s also quite dry, which again is not really a good thing for me. Having a very hard time understanding my previous rating of 80; lowering my rating.
This one worried me, because I actually hate blood orange (or at least I have in the past; it’s been a few years). I need not have worried though because this is more like a Lady Grey with that distinct light Froot Loop flavour. If you’re turned off by the Froot Loop description, I guess you could say it’s citrus-y with bergamot. I wouldn’t say it’s distinctly blood orange (or even orange for that matter) but it’s good, smooth, and a dead ringer for Twinings’ Lady Grey.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus
Picked up Tea Forte’s Noir collection today on a whim—mostly because Peach Brule sounded delicious. Haven’t actually heard of this company before so I just kind of had to hope for the best.
First up to try is Black Cherry. I liked this a lot better than DAVIDs’ Black Cherry, that’s for sure! The cherry flavour is subtle in this but noticeable. The base is basic and unimpressive, but not unpleasant (though the very last sip had an astringency I didn’t get through the rest of the cup). Considering all that’s packed into this tea I expected something a bit more complex, but this is pretty much as advertised—black cherry. Not a rebuy, but I can get through the second bag.
Flavors: Astringent, Cherry