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Queued post, written May 26th 2014
Another tea from a EU TTB. I think this one was the first round, though. In fact I’m nearly certain it was.
I’m not super keen on cinnamon in my tea, but I have recently been partial to the Jewelled Apple blend from Tea Palace, so I suspect that’s why I took a sample of this one.
Unfortunately it’s not nearly as good. Although, perhaps it wouldn’t be right to try and compare them given that this is a green base and the other is a black. But the apple in this one isn’t apple-y as much as it’s juicy. And by juicy I don’t mean ‘ooh, what a juicy apple,’ I mean ‘oh, apple juice.’ Which is not the same thing at all and not really what I was looking for.
Further more the base doesn’t really shine through all that apple, adding to the warm apple juice impression.
It’s like slightly mulled apple juice, really. Which, actually, sounds like it might be pretty fantastic, but it’s not very summer-y and not what I was hoping to find in this tea.
It’s pleasant enough, but not what I was hoping for. The juice-aspect makes me think I might try the rest in a cold brew, though. Even though I’ve generally had best luck with herbals that way. This one just might be able to pull that off.
From the queue
This one came from the EU Travelling Teabox, round 1. I was originally going to make a fruity white and green blend from the Fru P Christmas calendar when it struck me that if I wanted a tea which was not black, and therefore rather out of my usual tea-sphere, then I really ought to tackle something from the Yet To Be Tried box, a box which appears to be changing its name every time I mention it and which is at present full to bursting!
So I dug through to see what I could find and decided on this flavoured green tea. It has rose petals and sunflower and ‘aroma’. Aroma of what? Fruit? Flowers? Spices? Sweets? Lamb chops? Old wellies? What? It could be anything! Consequently I haven’t the faintest idea what I’m going into here.
Now, I’m not usually very keen on floral teas at all, so my mind is boggling a bit as to why I chose to take some of it. Perhaps it had something to do with the lack of jasmine that made me feel more safe about it. Either way, I took some and now I’m trying it.
It smells quite floral. I’m rather reminded of a bar of scented soap. The scent of the scented soap, but not the soap itself, if you understand what I mean. Luna the Cat seems to find it a mildly interesting smell as she sniffed at it for a fairly long time. This is noteworthy because normally when she investigates my cup she seems to find whichever tea I’m drinking rather stinky and shies away from it. There’s another note in here as well which reminds me strongly of honey. Either the aforementioned ‘aroma’ has something to do with honey or a honey-like product or I have just discovered nasal proof of the fact that bees make honey from flowers. All in all, it’s actually quite an attractive aroma to both Angs and Lunas.
The sencha base is strong in the flavour. I can easily recognise the vegetative flavour of green tea here, but the flowers are fairly in the background. Most floral teas, when I first sip them, it’s like getting a mouthful of perfume, but this is not the case here. It’s first and foremost a green tea and then any flavouring appears to be occurring around the edges and in the background. It becomes rather more pronounced in cooling, but still it isn’t really taking over.
To my vast surprise, I’m finding it actually quite palatable.
This one is from KittyLovesTea — thanks so much! The blend has so many flowers! Very pretty blend. It is nice tasting as well. After a three minute steep after waiting for a half hour for the water to cool, this green tea is actually very unique somehow. The flavor is a very subtle almond… but maybe it’s my tastebuds changing, since another tea tasted like almonds that probably shouldn’t have. Or maybe one of the flowers here tastes like almond. Not really roses I can taste. This one is mild tasting but nice. The lightness balances out the extreme of the pu-erh I was drinking before that.
Received this in a swap with kittylovestea but haven’t had a chance to play with it much. I suspect that it might be a little old, hence the flavours being muted. I can see how this might be a really great black orange tea. I like that this isn’t chocolate orange :) It also smells fantastic! Thanks for sharing this one with me kitty!
One of the many Tea Moments blends that I have had for a while but never got around to trying..until now that is. My husband chose this one at random from my cupboard which is good for him because he loves apple tea.
The blend doesn’t look special in terms of quality but it was only a cheap tea, something I thought was worth trying for an every day tea. The Sencha is dark green with a fair amount of twigs while the chamomile is completely dry and almost brown in colour. As for the apple they are small pieces that are very dry and a little rubbery. it smells like grassy cinnamon which is actually quite nice.
Once steeped the tea is orange in colour with a sweet and spicy apple aroma.
Flavour is light and quite refreshing with sweet apple and spicy cinnamon tones but also a kind of clove coolness. Also picking up a little bit of a floral mist.
Overall it’s alright and I will experiment with stronger steepings and also cold steeping. For now it’s drinkable but unfortunately this blend is nothing special.
Just quick notes – This tea is not a strong Earl Grey in terms of bergamot but it does cure my fix for a strong black tea with a touch of sweetness. No bitterness and sweet enough to not require milk. It’s a cheap and cheerful cup of tea that is very well suited for all day, every day drinking.
I drink this tea quite often and forgot to review it. This is a gentle fruit blend with refreshing white tea and as the title suggests makes yummy ice tea. It tastes similar to something by Lipton and it’s very nice for the price. I would say this is a more basic tasting ice tea and nothing too fancy.
You can taste a mixture of exotic fruit with a tinge of gentle bitternessfrom the white tea. Overall its a nice blend.
A woman’s work is never done (or at least that’s true for me) so I chose one of my new tea’s to try. Raspberry and lime sounds like an interesting mixture and it may just give me a bit of a boost that I so desperately need.
Colour: Golden yellow.
Smell: Gentle citrus.
This tea tastes as interesting as it sounds, it’s a yummy green tea with a gentle berry flavour and a gentle citrus flavour. I thought this would have strong flavours but it’s actually very mild and fresh tasting. As a combination I would say that it worked well and would be perfect to relax with.
It reminds me of ‘Liptons Clear Green with Citrus’ but with this you also get a subtle fruity berry taste.
I didn’t get the boost I was looking for but I don’t care anymore, relaxation is my new middle name.
Thank you to Tea Moments for a sample of this tea.
Colour: Hay yellow.
Smell: Just like green tea, a light and bitter sort of smell.
Nice and fresh good quality sencha green with a mellow aura. I can taste a bit of ginger at the back of my throat as it’s gently burning but in a nice way. A little different to what I would usually have so it’s nice to make a change.
For me I think it’s missing something but I cannot put my finger on what.
My last cup of tea before bed time.
Colour: Dark reddy brown.
Smell: Earthy and strong.
In my first few sips I can taste the pu erh, the papaya and the rooibos. It’s an interesting mixture that is deep and strong in flavour with a slight sweetness making it smooth and slip down easily. It’s very stimulating and gives you a jolt of energy.
As you drink more you can taste the tea getting stronger and stronger, now the mate and petals become more notable.
Overall this a nice tasting and interesting blend that is well worth trying.
This has lovely large leaves and petals in the mixture which was a nice novelty for me as everything I try lately looks almost blended together and processed.
Colour: Light honey.
Smell: Sweet and bitter
This tastes the same as it smells, you have the slight bitterness of the sencha green tea and the sweetness of the rose petals. If you find green tea too bitter then this would be a nice blend for you as the rose petals give natural sweetness to the sencha green which takes away most of the bitterness and leaves your mouth feeling fresh.
The tea slips down smoothly and remains sweet and light in the after taste. Perfect.
I was a huge fan of this tea a year ago and stumbled across a batch left in my cupboard and thought I would try to cold steep it. Most of the fruity teas I have cold steeped worked well, the hibiscus fruit teas however were undrinkable.
Scent is sweet and soft with noticeable pineapple tones and a generic fruit background. Taste is sweet with grassy tones and a light, refreshing fruity mist. Not overly strong but at a nice level, I steeped this slightly over what I intended to (7-8 hours) but it worked out nicely. Also slightly creamy and smooth. The more I drink the easier it is to detect a perfume, floral like taste.
All in all I’m glad I found this tea and will remember to keep it handy for my cold steeps. It’s cheap and delicious…couldn’t ask for more.
Even before brewing this tea has a sweet scent combination of strawberry and raspberry and smells good enough to eat.
Colour: Brown with a gold hue.
Smell: Berries and pineapple, it smells super fruity.
In one word this tea is BEAUTIFUL. In two words this tea is BEAUTIFULLY FRUITY. You can taste the pineapple, strawberry and raspberry making it a fruity combination with the Darjeeling, Ceylon and Gunpowder green leaving a light, smoky yet sweet taste in your mouth. It is sweet without being overly and unnaturally sweet.
I could drink this all day.
I just placed another order with Tea Moments and realised that I forgot to catalogue my first order with them.
Colour: Dark brown.
Smell: Earthy tea and sweet orange.
This tea is delicious and has a perfect balance of flavours. You get the earthy strength and slight bitterness of the black tea with a sweet (but not too sweet) and slightly sharp tang of orange. This has to be one of my favourite orange tea’s that I have found so far.
Good work Tea Moments.