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I neglected to pick up any milk on my way into work this morning, so I’ve been drinking green tea for most of the day. It was probably good not to rely on my black tea stash, because it made me dig out some of the neglected teas in my drawer and actually give them fair consideration. I’ve only tried a couple of mao fengs, but I do like this one. The liquor is more green than brown, and it’s sweet, a little grassy/hay-like, and really, genuinely pleasant. A lovely cup for an afternoon!
I’m drinking this right now. A real post about it will follow later.
Just… HELLO, CAN ANYBODY ACTUALLY SEE THIS???
I feel like sometimes my posts aren’t showing up. I’m not used to getting a total of NO LIKES AT ALL on something I post, so it rather makes me suspicious, you know?
IF YOU CAN SEE THIS, CAN YOU LIKE OR COMMENT PLEASE?
Another cup of this old favourite. I still like the toffee apple flavour this one has, although I’m becoming less keen on the base as time goes on. It’s not quite strong enough for me to happily add milk to, and yet it’s too astringent to really drink black. Still, the strawberry tinged toffee apple wonderfulness goes a long way towards making up for that. Still worthy of a place in the cupboard!
Thank you Scheherazade for this sample.
My husband is a fan of apple teas so this one was chosen with him in mind.
This smells super sweet and appley with a hint of spice..cinnamon perhaps but just a pinch. The apple pieces are soft and squidgy.
The black tea is thick and malty but the apple sweetens it up amazingly well without being too much or too little. The apple tastes fresh and juicy, also natural. The black tea actually tones itself down the more I drink.
I may have to add this one to my shopping list and buy some after Christmas. My husband is not such a fan, he says it tastes bland but the after taste is pleasant.
I found a little bit of this tea tucked in the back of my cupboard and it is turning out to be a delightful morning tea. There is a fair amount of malt and heft which I love in a breakfast blend, but there is also a fair amount of astringency – even after adding milk. Hmmm, its good, but I like some of my other breakfast teas better.
This was a present from my daughters who just returned from Europe. I love that I get tea when they travel!
This is a beautiful blend when dry – black tea, broken mint leaves, and tons and tons of blue flowers! This is one that should be displayed in a tea dish before steeping as part of the whole tea experience, and would be wonderful to serve to guests after dinner.
The mint is strong but never overpowering. The tea base is smooth, mild, and sweet, not astringent at all. There is a little something….oolong-y?…about the base, a round sweetness that blossoms shyly and briefly at the end of the sip.
Thank you, Superanna! I won’t root through yours and your sister’s luggage looking for my Christmas present tea TOO much. LOL!
Decided to stick with the Tea Palace greens this morning! These are the only two left in my stash, although there are a couple I’d like to try now for winter. I can feel an order coming on!
I was careful with the time and temparature here, because I’ve had a couple of disasterous experiences with Dragonwell teas. My favourite to date is probably 52 Teas Smaug (also residing in my desk drawer at the moment), but I have to be in the mood for that. Today wasn’t the day, so plain it is.
Clearly I’ve been drinking the wrong Dragonwells in the past, because the liquor here is a very pale yellow-green. It smells very savoury, putting me in mind of green vegetables, or something along those lines. The leaves are lovely — flat and broad, and a fresh-looking medium green. So far, so impressed.
The taste is very subtle and delicate. I actually think I could leave this to brew a little longer, which I’ll try next time. I like to go careful to start with, but the scent suggests these have a lot more flavour to impart than I’m currently experiencing. This is light, delicate and slightly floral. There’s a definite green vegetable taste to the initial sip, which develops into an almost orchid like flavour in the aftertaste. It’s not overpowering, though. If anything, it’s actually one of the more refreshing green teas I’ve come across. I’m in the mood for savoury things today, because yesterday was a bit of a sugar overload for me. Perhaps this just really suits how I’m feeling at the moment, but if green teas can be this good I’d genuinely consider drinking a lot more of them. Maybe my tastes have changed? I don’t know. What I do know for this minute is that this is a really wonderful tea! Yum yum!
I wasn’t all that impressed with the last Mao Feng I tried, which was from Teapigs. A box I’d had previously was seriously nice — pale green liquor, very grassy flavour. The more recent box was yellow-brown and very bitter, without a hint of the tea I remembered so vividly. That’s why I bought this, in an attempt to rediscover a variety of tea I used to love.
First impressions with this one are much better. The dry leaf smells sweet and almost hay-like. Brewed, the liquor is a very pale yellow-green. I waited for the water to cool, and gave it a carefully watched 2 minutes. It was worth the attention, because I feel I’ve been rewarded with a palatable green tea.
The taste here is sweet, wonderfully nutty, with a vegetal note lurking in the background. It’s one of the nicer green teas I’ve tried recently, and there’s not the slightest hint of bitterness or astringency. This surprised me a little, given that the leaves are more grey-black than green, but there you go. The nuttiness becomes more prominent as the tea cools, which is nice. That’s a characteristic of green tea I can really get behind. All told, a really pleasing tea. I only have a sample tin, but that’ll be enough to be getting along with. I only really wanted to reaffirm my feelings about Mao Feng, and I’ve certainly done that!
Today I received an envelope full of yummy things from Scheherazade and I decided to start with this one. It wasn’t one of the ones I asked about but when I’m reading the description I’m rather wondering why I didn’t.
I’m fairly attracted to apple flavoured teas as it is, but this one has apple AND caramel, and I think it’s a well established fact that I’m very attracted to caramel-y teas. I’ve had great results just mixing Kusmi’s apple and caramel flavoured teas for myself before. (That reminds me, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a tin of Kusmi’s lovely caramel.) I really don’t know why this didn’t catch my eye.
The leaves smell lovely. I can definitely smell the caramel and also something which I’d probably say was just generally fruity. Really, it smells rather like a sweetie shop. After steeping the fruity note smells definitely apple-y. It’s all tart and fresh. The caramel seems to be more in the background, all mellowed out and sweet.
I’m really excited about tasting this now!
Whoa! This stuff is fantastic on an epic scale!
First I get some fresh and slightly tart apple that actually tastes like apple. After that the sweetness from the caramel comes in along with what I assume is the strawberry leaf. It’s sort of fruity-sweet and reminds me of summer. Apple tea has always been an autumnal flavour to me so I can only describe this on the whole as a bit of Indian summer in a cup.
It tastes enormously rich and yet at the same time the flavourings aren’t actually that strong. They’re easily discernable but they’re nowhere near the point where your tastebuds are completely drowned in flavour. That’s the balance I like the very best in my flavoured teas.
I’ve never heard about this company before, but I’ll be making a note of it. I had a brief look at their site and spotted at least three things right away that I definitely want to try. Shipping to Denmark seems acceptable as well. What an awesome discovery and what an excellent choice Scheherazade made for me! :D
sipdown! I’m trying to offset all the black and oolongs i’m drinking today with a few other teas (and water!) lol today is a great day for not leaving the house…a)it means i’m close to the bathroom and b) my other half is sick and i am fighting whatever he has. So i’m drinking LOTS of fluid and resting…which means watching bad tv shows and also doing a bit of work.
This is a light tea, slightly floral but not enough to push it over to the category that i don’t like, Thanks for the sample terri!
Ooft. So I was really intrigued because I noticed a typo in Tea Palace. They call this tea an Uva region, but then on the packaging it calls it a Dimbula.
Definitely tastes more like a Dimbula. I was really disappointed in this tea, the majority of it was stem and twig. Left to brew, it really didn’t develop, just was bitter with no flavor.
Another Sipdown from NofarS
This is a nice Dragonwell, which I was sipping on while thinly slicing homegrown beets. This will be my first time fermenting beets, so we’ll see how they turn out! They are in a brine with orange peel, ginger, & caraway. Back to the tea, I really enjoyed the first cup, a nice contrast to the black teas I’ve had so far today, but I’m sorry to say I really oversteeped the 2nd cup…does anybody know how to spell astringent? ;)
My mom brought this from England for me. It’s an absolutely lovely tea! I’d make it a touch weaker next time, though. Brewed 4 minutes at 70 C.
I like spearmint, a lot more so than peppermint. Until now, I’d only really tried this in blends, but I liked the flavour and deicded to pick this up with my last Tea Palace order. I’m in clearing again today, so I cold-brewed a litre of this overnight to sip on today while I work in the call centre. It’s a lot more mild and delicate than I was expecting — possibly I underleafed a little — but it’s still really refreshing and enjoyable. The mint is sweet and cooling, not as sweet as I was expecting. Neither is it as bitter as I sometimes find peppermint. Overall, I’m happy enough with this. I’ll increase the amount of leaf next time to try and get a bit more flavour, but I can see myself drinking this cold for the rest of the summer, and possibly even hot in the winter. Spearmint is definitely my mint nirvana, and I’m glad it’s something I realised before deciding against “mint” tea forever!
oh my goodness i have SO MANY notes to write i am so behind.
i’ve been feeling really unstable and chaotic lately. and i haven’t been running. and i haven’t been home much. and work is busy. so i’m having a hard time finding moments to write notes.
this is a joyful cup! very berry delicious. i get a strawberry currant type of blend.
Scheherazade, i’m really thankful for the generous sample you gave me cuz i like it lots and now i can have like almost 4 cups!
I don’t think I’ve once managed to log this since I joined Steepster, although I’ve been drinking it on and off for years. It was one of the first loose teas I tried after finding Teapigs, and it’s a favourite even now.
I’ve not tried all that many toffee apple teas as yet, but maybe I don’t need to. For my tastes, this one is perfect. The dry leaf smells mouthwatering. It’s sweet and delightfully rich. I can definitely pick out the apple and caramel, and something slightly fruity I’ve always classified as strawberry. No idea why, but there you go. I suppose it’s more a generic candy-like sweetness.
Anyway, to taste this is as close to a real toffee apple as tea can come. I’ve tried it both with and without milk in the past, and like both equally. The black base is the only thing that’s slightly odd. It’s a little heavy tasting without milk, but not quite strong enough to really need any. It’s a minor complaint, but probably why I’ve never settled on one or the other as my preferred way of drinking.
All told, I do like this and probably always will. I love that I can clearly taste both the caramel and the apple; there’s an initial rich sweetness, which gives way to a slightly tangy “green” flavour, before sweetening again towards the end of the sip. It’s like tasting the toffee, then the apple, then both melded together, just like eating the real thing.
Minor issues with the base aside, this is one tea I can always see myself coming back to. I guess sometimes first loves really do endure!
Sipdown! Finished this off last night after I arrived home from a day in Southwold. I think I always appreciate good tea more than usual after a long car journey, but this was probably one of the best tasting cups I’ve had in a while. It’ll be sadly missed.
One of my favourite quaffing teas :)