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Refreshing! The peppermint is cooling and fresh, but it doesn’t overpower the green tea, which tastes lightly grassy. It is a great after-meal tea, it is quite soothing on the tummy and freshens the palate too.
I’m off to write a review for the SororiTea Sisters blog, and then I’m going to send the rest of this sample to TeaEqualsBliss…
I was looking through my basket of samples this morning for something to inspire me when I happened across this. The beau and I developed head colds over the weekend, so an immunity tea seemed ideal, though a bit late. Unfortunately, that means this tea won’t get a proper review because I can’t smell things and accordingly can’t really taste them. I only had enough to make a pot for the beau and I so there is none left over for another try later on. I remember being really enticed by the ingredient list (probably because of the apple…I’m a nut for apple in tea, if it’s done well). I tried smelling the dry leaves but couldn’t get anything at all. Sorry, sports fans!
As for taste, keeping in mind that I have a cold, I can pick up vague hints of fruitiness. Maybe apple? Nothing I could define. There is a slight taste of licorice, but I don’t mind it for once. I also get a bit of the green rooibos flavour that I’ve never been able to describe but can finally identify…Not going to give it a rating as I can’t taste it, but hoping it does something good for my head. If nothing else, it soothed my throat!
This is a fantastic Keemun. One thing that I would have to disagree with is the description of this tea on the website, I don’t find the flavor to be light at all. This is a very robust tea with a somewhat smoky presence to it. Very nice baked, biscuit-y quality in there too. An undertone of sweetness that is caramel-y. It also has the wine-like qualities one would expect from a Keemun, with a plum and currant flavor in the background. This tea finishes dry and pleasant. A very delicious Keemun.
Got this as a sample from Tea Licious (thanks again!) primarily for my husband (he’s a green tea guy, me, not as much), but was in the mood for something different than my usual flavored black teas yesterday. It smelled heavenly in the pouch so I decided to give it a try.
I like my tea strong (since I’m used to black tea) so I used the whole sample, a bit more than the typical 1 tsp per cup.
The taste is subtle, like most flavored greens, with a pineapple finish. It’s odd to me how tea can almost taste juicy on the back of your tongue, but it’s happened with this one and an apricot one I have as well so it must be commonish. There is also a slight taste of coconut. Since I’ve been looking for a good coconut tea, I’d love for that to stand out more.
My husband liked it too.
I’d still prefer it to have a stronger flavor, but that’s just my personal preference.
I have a weird nervous feeling today and I don’t know why…thought I would try this herbal tea to see if it helped…with the licorice, ginger, cinnamon, etc.
At first – I grimaced as I took my first sip – but it grow on me a little. Not that it would be something I would enjoy drinking a lot of or everyday but it does serve a purpose and it’s tolerable to my palate.
I can smell the cinnamon and licorice more than the other ingredients and I can taste the licorice more than the other ingredients.
I’m not a licorice freak but I do like it on occasion to gnaw on…just not overly excited about the ingredient in my tea…but this isn’t too shabby considering…
My third and last sample from tea licious! I think the name of this rooibos tea fits it nicely, smells great and comes out to a nice deep red color. I think this is the best one out of the three I received, I have to say it really tastes very orange-y. Good thing the hibiscus doesn’t go by and overpower the brew. It may be me, but I get hints of caramel or something, but it’s definitely something enjoyable to drink. I shall re-steep this and try it cold tomorrow, which I think should be a great drink for summer! But really, Tea Licious has great prices, and I will absolutely consider this one in face of all those expensive David’s summer teas.
I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a Nilgiri Oolong before today. This is a really good Oolong. Where most dark Oolongs are on the peach-y side, this one tends to be more on the woody/earthy side, but with light, peach-like undertones. A beautiful honey-like sweetness to this as well.
A unique Oolong. I really enjoyed this one.
I’ve been trying a bunch of oolongs lately, and they are all different. That is why trying tea is so fun. This is simple, light and grassy and I really love it. It isn’t much of a floral scented or fruity oolong. It is mostly grassy and reminds me of a green tea. There is something here that makes it great, but I’m not sure what it is. Maybe I’m especially enjoying it because I didn’t drink any tea yesterday (shock!)
VERY aromatic! The tea that keeps on going and going and going! I get about three to four steepings on average from this otherworldly ambrosia of rose and lemongrass without sacrificing flavor, each pot just as good as the last. The delicate oolong is just the icing on the cake. Highly recommended for oolong fans.
Now here is something special, another of my favs. Here we have a traditional Chinese green. Earthy and slightly bitter, however takes on a smokey essence and serves to be a great green tea base if you are planning on doing some of your own blending. I am particularly fond of the gunpowder with peppermint and spearmint. Take this blend and steep for 3-4 minutes and enjoy with an Irish cream coffee creamer for a delicious shamrock latte. If you want to make it REALLY Irish, use instead Bailey’s Irish Cream and let the good times roll.
I am a simple guy with simple tastes. I prefer the teas unadorned with fruits, fluff, and extras. This is not to say I can’t treat myself to a flavored tea once in a while! However, if you are going to have a tea, have a TEA! In its truest of forms, Camilia sinensis itself. The Royal Yunnan is bar none the greatest of the pure Chinese blacks. Full, malty, and sweet. Goes great with meals and salty dishes, or if you just need an afternoon “pick-me-up” look no further. Easy to brew and lacks the bitterness found in many of the Indian blends. Simply put, if you are looking for an all-around, anytime black, your journey is over. Fill your holy grail with the noblest of black tea elixirs!