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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #17
Interesting leaves here – they look like like a silky wiry Fujian but the leaves are very tiny coils with hints of gold. I haven’t seen a leaf like this before! I love the flavor – it’s a little like a Fujian black tea but more malty molasses. That is exactly the type of flavor I love. The brew doesn’t seem very strong either. It’s on the sweeter side rather on an astringent side. I feel like I’ve only tried a tea that tasted like this a couple times before but the leaves didn’t look quite like this. The second steep was a little lighter, which is a shame. This one is unique! Another tea company I’ve never heard of before. I love when those are included in teaboxes. :D Their site has quite the selection!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minutes
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
This is a new blend that TeaSource came out with before Christmas and I just had to try it when I placed an order during their recent sale. Butiki’s Pistachio Ice Cream is one of my all-time favorite teas and I was eager to see how this one compared. As it turns out, there is no comparison! Despite the name, this tea doesn’t have much of a pistachio scent or flavor. Instead, there are strong almond notes, along with a rich, buttery scent that really does remind me of a shortbread cookie! Although it’s not at all what I expected (Spritz Cookie would have been a better name), this is a delicious dessert tea that I’m happy to have in my cupboard!
Flavors: Almond, Butter, Cookie
From the Here’s Hoping TTB
I wanted to like this tea. The initial introduction was a whiff of molasses in the aroma. The taste had highlights of sweet potato and perhaps a hint of chocolate. The flavor was big and full, with a long, strong finish.
So, what went wrong? The main flavor is very dark and just this side of bitter. Not sure how to describe it, but tar might be close. It just doesn’t appeal to me. If you like this kind of dark flavor, you might really like this tea, since it seems well-made and is fairly complex. Just not for me.
Loved this hot last fall when I first tried it, put a few notes on the pouch that simply said: “Very good, Nice Spice, Try Iced.” I was overloaded with chai tea blends at the time, and put it away, only to have it resurface this week. I used the remainder of the pouch to make a full pot of tea a few days ago for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised by green cardamom pods and other spices that blend so nicely with the Sri Lankan black tea base. I reserved enough to have iced later in the day and it was excellent. Invigorating and refreshing.
Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Spicy
This reminds me of Davids Tea Blueberry Jam but with one important difference… No added sweetener!! yum!! Thanks to Inkling for sharing this in a recent swap.. There are some serious blueberry notes in this tea!! I’ll be picking some of this up as my go to blueberry tea when I’m finally (if ever) off my tea buying slowdown!
I brewed this one up to enjoy while writing tonight. It was quite good. I’m getting down the bottom of the bag. I still have a few pots worth, but I can see the end coming. :(
I like this tea because it is spicy without being overpowering. Of course, I enjoyed it even more back when I had a my sense of smell. But even without being able to taste much, I find this tea to be smooth and the spices warm.
I received a catalogue from Tea Source, probably quite some time ago, but I only got to my post office box today. I perused it, thinking, “Oh, that sounds good,” and “Oh, I bet that’s yummy!” But I am not ordering any more tea for a while. That’s not really a hardship since I do have a few Tea Source teas in the cupboard, including this one. It is a lovely, warm tea. So nice for a winter afternoon. It’s not super cold yet, although I saw on the TV weather that it is expected to get below zero later this week. (Oh, goodie!!) And an inch or so of snow too. (Double goodie!!) I have plenty of this left, so I think I’ll have it again in a few days.
Had this one this morning when it was still a lovely 50 degrees. I just love mornings that =start out cool and then it’s sunny and 65 during the afternoon. Anyway, I needed something this morning, and this one was the one I pulled out. the sense of smell is very muted, so I didn’t get a lot of flavor here, but it was warm and slightly spicy. Really, really nice this morning when it felt like fall.
This was my evening tea to help me stay awake while I plowed on in the manuscript. Tasty. Spicy warm. I think this is a fall tea, not a spring tea. I have a friend who LOVES this tea. At the moment it is her very favorite, go-to tea. I don’t love it as much as she does, but it certainly is tasty. Wonder what it would be like iced?
Yahoo! By using my hair dryer I managed to unfreeze the window enough to get it closed! Good thing, too, as it’s a bit nippy out there tonight. I’m sitting down now with a cup of this tea and my knitting. It’s a great way to end a good day.
This tea is warming, spicy, and just a little sweet on its own. Last time I made this tea I must have had quite a bit of cinnamon in it, because it left me with that odd, coated dry mouth feeling when you have too much cinnamon. Tonight this is just about perfect. Think when I re-steep I’ll make some cinnamon toast to go with it.
Took this one with me to church tonight. I still enjoy the spice of it. Noticed the cinnamon especially tonight. Left a curious dry mouth feeling that I sometimes get with cinnamon.
And I really have to say I freaking LOVE my new travel mug. I bought it at a Castel Rouge (SCA) fundraiser up in Winnipeg last winter. I didn’t use it much until lately, when my old travel mug finally gave up the ghost. This one remains cold on the outside, even when boiling water is poured into it. I made my tea around 5:15 and took it with me to church. It sat with its lid off for about 2 hours. I put the lid back on to drive home. Tea was still HOT. No leaks, cold outside, hot inside, what’s not to love?
I bet this tea would be marvelous to drink on the first cold night of autumn. It just feels like fall to me. You know, falling leaves in gold and red, high school football, and cold rain splashing on the windowpane. I can definitely feel the spice in the this tea. I can’t detect the other flavors, but just the warm tea and warmer spices is enough to give me enjoyment. Glad I ordered this one !
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves
Had this one this morning for breakfast. I liked it. No bitterness, although a slight astringent note when it was very hot. When the tea cooled a little bit it was smooth. I wish I could smell! The package says it has an amazing aroma. A very nice tea in the morning.
One of my new, favorite teas. I’m generally middle-of-the-road about spice teas, but this one hints at vanilla (even though I don’t see that ingredient suggested) that is like a middle note that ties together and slightly tones down the high notes of spice and citris with the low notes of black tea.
Flavors: Citrus Fruits, Spices, Vanilla
I ran out of peppermint tea last week while I was sick so I decided to pull this out of the back of my cupboard. I’ve tried it several times, but don’t really care for it, which is why it’s been hiding in the back of my cupboard for over a year now. I don’t really think peppermint and keemun really work well together, so the last of this is going in my swap box.
I’m not crazy about this one—not a surprise. I’ve had mixed reactions to China Blacks and especially the ones from Anhui. I do love Black Bud and Hunan Dark and Keemun Mao Feng, which is an Anhui tea. But hated Empire Keemun, and this is more reminiscent of that one. Just a bit too earthy, too smokey for my tastes—especially unadulterated with milk—a little dairy or almond milk does make this more drinkable, but hardly a favorite.
This came in my first Steepster select box. I haven’t tried many black teas because of the caffeine. I woke up with a terrible headache today and wanted something with caffeine. It smells divine! I brewed just like the package suggested in my Breville one touch. I did add creme and sugar to this one. It has a heavier mouthfeel similar to coffee. This certainly goes in my top 5 favorites so far!! It has a hint of a spicy fruit in it. But not a fruity tea. I taste clove and possibly nutmeg- fall flavors. This taste like Autumn!
Flavors: Clove, Fruity, Nutmeg, Spicy
This is the first tea that I have tried from my steeper select shipment. From opening the bag to steeping the tea, the spicy aroma of cloves, citrus, and an array of other fall-like aromas fill my nose. This was a nice and sweet compliment to the poached pear and popcorn I decided to consume while drinking it. The re-steepings in my teapot were not as sweet. For cold mornings, this could be better than a chai to warm me up.
Flavors: Clove, Coriander, Licorice, Orange Zest
Really liked this tea and the blooming aroma from the tea pouch, the teapot, and the cup itself. Felt like a great fall tea and really enjoyed the orange rind that added to the aesthetic.
From the Steepster Select Box; October, 2014
Flavors: Cloves, Cranberry, Nutmeg, Orange, Spices