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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.
Additional notes: Sipdown! Yes, it’s a sample. Yes, I’m counting it anyway. This is a couple years old now, but it’s still VERY good. I like that this tea proved that teas are NOT too old after a couple years… at least this one. Some reassurance! I think I appreciate it more that I did before. Tealiciousllc.com says to steep it 3-4 minutes at 205 degrees, but that seems like a bit much for my new knowledge of oolongs. So I did a little experiment and tried it at 30 seconds, took the infuser out and tried a few sips. The flavor was already there. Then I put the infuser back in for another 30 seconds, and the flavor was even deeper. I infused for another 30 seconds and decided to leave the infuser out with this steep, since it almost tasted like a milk oolong.I’m not sure how that is possible… unless maybe this is the sort of oolong that many milk oolongs are based from. The flavor is light, a bit floral and sweet. (So it technically totaled around a minute half.)
Second steep: There were a bunch of oolong crumbs (it was the bottom of thepouch) in the bottom of the cup that were making the first cup bitter, so I poured those out for this cup. Steeped for two and a half minutes. Delicious! More of a peachy and floral flavor!
Third steep: Hotter and 3-4 minutes. This was even stronger and still delicious. I think this has many more good steeps in it. This cup did have a slight drying affect on my mouth though.
It is impossible to ruin this tea, and each second it steeps will give it a completely different flavor. On my new oolong flavor rating scale, this one is a three (1=lightest flavor 5=strongest flavor). It’s interesting how the more tea you drink, the more you know about them.
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!
This is hands down my FAVORITE of all the green teas, flavored or otherwise. I order mine by the pound from Tea Licious every couple of months or so. It is a lovely Japan green with a full buttery flavor with a sweet, delicately vegetative aftertaste. Goes down smooth and always a pleasure, it really lives up to it status as the “precious dew”. highly recommended!