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i will start by saying way to earthy for me i prefer the grassy taste of a green I’m not really fond of earthy for me they taste more bitter than anything else with a sweetener he could be good but i don’t put anything to sweet in my tea.
I do love the colour of this one a beautiful red/brown shade
My nose maybe wrong because of my cold but i found it to smell a little like pu’erh at least the one i have
This one definitively not for me but that why i love sample i don’t feel bad for buying something i don’t like
The smell of that on is divine even more for me since it smell like the pipe tobacco my uncle and dad was smoking when i was younger its a smell that will always be in my memory that probably why i’m a little disappointed don’t get me wrong it does taste great and vanilla a good sweetness in it but not kinda sweet just natural sweet.
But because of the scent the taste is tainted by my memory
I drank the last cup of it putting fresh ginger and mint because of my cold it was surprisingly real good for everyone wanting real vanilla taste without the tartness of some vanilla flavor that on may be for you
i did over steep it because of the ginger and the mint the bag say 6 minute and that probably enough
Got that one in my sampler a while ago i don’t really know what to think about this one it’s not bad but it have a weird taste that hide all other taste ( maybe the bamboo shout ) a taste i can’t really recognize .I was hoping for more since it’s contain Genmaicha and that one of my favourite tea i still drink it since i hate to throw away tea but i will not get more i like my genmaicha nature or with matcha in it.
This is really very good. Sweet with notes of flower and juicy orange. What I’m really liking is that even though I’m tasting the rooibos – it really works within the blend. The nutty flavor from the rooibos melds nicely with the flavors here. Pleasant and nicely balanced.
Sipdown: I cold brewed the rest of my package of this.
This is a nice light blueberry white tea. Nice and refreshing. I don’t see any blueberries in here so that is a little disappointing. This is good, but I think DT’s White Tiger is similar but superior to this blend. I am lowering the rating a bit.
It’s been a trying couple of weeks. It was about high time I make time to whittle down some of my tea storage. I had tried this once already as a gongfu prep, and – frankly – it did not hold up well. I don’t know if it was the leaf size (i.e. smaller pieces) or water temp, but it just didn’t work.
Today, I deferred my usual morning pot o’ black for a pot of this – done with boiling water. And – to my surprise – with a western-style prep, it was mighty tasty. Can’t say it was as nuanced as other Formosas out there, like Ali Shan, but it does offer something fruity and robust. That works for me in a pinch.
Excellent second steep. The coconut is less candy-sweet and the lemongrass becomes more pronounced. Still superbly balanced. Did I mention I love coconut in my tea? Goooooood stuff!
This is some serious coconutty jazz! Macaroon srength. Lemongrass gives it a little dimension. I’m on my first full strength cup, so I’m not catching much green tea at all, but I’m thinking it may creep out on the second steep.
In the meantime, this is gooooood!
Quite nice this morning.
As I sat at my kitchen table this morning, trying to decide on a tea to drink before breakfast, they typical questions swam through my head. “Do I want white tea?” “Do I want green tea?” “Do I want black tea?” Well, this morning, I was able to deal with two of those questions at once in the form of TeaFrog’s Asian Mint Tea! This tea is a blend of gunpowder green tea and Ceylon Orange Pekoe black tea. Contrary to how it may sound, Orange Pekoe is a designation for a high quality tea leaf.
I heated water as though I were making a green tea, wanting to not scald the gunpowder green tea leaves. Three minutes of infusion later, and I had myself a cup of tea that looked like a typical, light, black tea. Seeing nothing different about it, I took a whiff of the tea. That is when I could smell the smoky, vegetal green tea aroma wafting out of the blend. And they mix perfectly!
At the forefront of the flavor is the black tea. Mild and yet flavorful, it leads this tea blend well. Then the gunpowder comes into the mix for the finish, and, with a smoky roar, sweeps pleasantly through the taste. This was really delicious. I can imagine that a bit of milk would add to this tea, if milk in tea is to your liking. This might become a new favorite for my morning cup! On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea a 91/100.
Yesterday, I declared that I would stop sweetening my tea. I drank my Dilmah Earl Grey without it and honestly, kinda suffered through it. But I stuck with it again today and brewed this up, adding only ice.
Yeah. I can’t do this. It’s going to be some kind of low calorie sweetener from now on, because all the sugar I’ve been consuming lately has been hurting my waistline. Anyway, um, about the tea…
Got it in a trade with Spencer. This is pretty tasty. The bergamot could be a bit stronger and cleaner-tasting, but it’s not bad. I particularly like the creamy aspect. But as I drank it, all I could think was “Man, this would be good with some sugar…” Especially since I brewed it on the strong side, and it was pretty bitter. I wish I had some more… I feel like I can’t even properly review it after today…
I’m going through a toasted/roasted tea thing right now so I was excited to try this. I am thoroughly enjoying my sample package from TeaFrog, which arrived yesterday.
This tea definitely has an overtone of roastiness from the rice that takes me back to my Puffed Rice cereal/rice cakes days. While those two foods annoy the heck out of me (as Styrofoam should) the rice in this tea doesn’t. Instead, it adds an interesting dimension of aroma and flavor, along with a pleasant lingering aftertaste.
I was thinking this tea came along because someone, long ago, wanted roasted green tea without roasting the actual tea leaves, but the story I’ve read is that it was accidentally created when monks roasting tea leaves in cauldrons that already had rice in them ended up liking the combo. I like it too. Time for cup #2.
Mmmm! This tea smells intriguingly wonderful! Upon first opening the package, a big cloud of bergamot oil hits me across the face. It is almost overwhelming. Then, I take a moment (to catch my breath), and I sniff at the leaves again. There is a smooth, underlying creaminess, reminiscent of vanilla, that suggests that the coming flavor might be something special! Following along with the instructions, I add one teaspoon of the very-scented leaves to my cup and then pour a cup of just-boiled water over them. Whoosh! The creamy scent billows up from the now-steeping tea. TeaFrog recommends 3-4 minutes for steeping, and I like to steep my teas about midway. Three and a half minutes later, a golden brown cup of joy awaits me. The aroma has mellowed out and the Earl Grey scent blends with the creamy notes. Drinking this tea, I find that it is so smooth! Delicious Earl Grey flavor, just as I think that Earl Grey should be, mixed with a creaminess that really hits the spot. The cup probably could have been steeped for four minutes and been just as tasty, if not a bit more so, but I will try that next time. I am also thinking that this tea would taste great if it were iced. This is definitely worth a try for any fans of Earl Grey (or someone looking to try something new!) On my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate this tea a 95/100.
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I thought I’d try the rest of my sample iced. I definitely prefer this hot, but I was so sure it would be even better iced! I find that the tea base gets a little too astringent and the blueberry gets lost in it. Perhaps I cold steeped it for too long, but either way, I can tell that the blueberries don’t have a chance. Oh well.
Tried this again, but this time I put 1 tsp of pearls instead of 6 measley pearls. What a difference.
The brew is now light yellow instead of slightly tinged water and it tastes so much better.
These pearls are not as good as TeaVivre’s but they are still slightly sweet and not overly perfumey like some jasmines are.
I don’t usually wake up craving anything but heavy black tea, but it’s a lovely sunny morning, i woke up to birds and sunlight instead of an alarm clock (a gift in itself!) and in a flight of fancy, started the day with this, which is in my itsallabouttheleaf.com review box.
More comments when I write a real review, but I think I actually steeped it properly (no small accomplishment for a morning tea slob!) so that I can accurately assess it.
Glad I got a sample of this. The dry leaves are delicate and wispy, and actually smell very strongly of blueberry. I was actually worried that the steeped tea was going to taste overly artificial and off.
Steeped, the tea truly does smell like blueberries, and the taste is just perfect. So far, this is definitely the best blueberry-flavoured tea which I have tried. The white tea allows the blueberry to shine, and impressively, I can get more than enough blueberry flavour even though I only steeped this for a minute-and-a-half.
Blueberry tea appreciators ought to try this one. It’s smooth and gentle, yet prim and proper, if that makes any sense.
For years, I’ve been drinking Genmaicha that I’ve been purchasing at an Asian supermarket in a nearby city. Super tasty, yet incredibly cheap. I chose this one as my free sample from TeaFrog just to see if there would be a difference.
The dry leaf smells pretty much the same as everything else I’ve had, but I do notice a slight difference in taste. Actually, the smell of the steeped tea is more roasted than everything else that I’ve tried. The taste is exquisite. Again, I get more of that soothing roasted taste from the brown rice. It’s truly a comforting tea, and as mentioned in previous reviews, Genmaicha is always a staple. It’s also always been a tea that automatically makes me feel healthier. I’m still sick with a pesky cold so right now, Genmaicha is a must.
I just ran out of my supermarket Genmaicha, and because I’m currently living in a rural area and don’t know when I’ll make a trip to the city next, I just may suck it up and order this online despite the fact that it’s twelve times more expensive. It’s really worth it!
Ok seriously, right off the bat, the aroma of the dry leaf reminded me of a fantabulously tasty thai dish I had last time I was at a fancy Thai restaurant. Even the steeped tea smells like that! Now I want Thai food.
Well would you look at that. It even tastes like that too! There’s a perfect balance between the lemongrass and coconut. There’s a gentle creaminess to the coconut too, like in a coconut lemongrass curry sans spice.
Glad I picked out a sample of this one. I’ll admit that I didn’t really expect it to taste Thai-esque because I have a tea with very similar ingredients and they smell and taste totally differently. This one lives up to its name.
Out of all the TeaFrog samples that I ordered, this was one of the samples that I was the most excited about. I love all things chocolate and spice. In the pouch, this smells good enough to eat. Like a spicy chocolate pudding that’s heavier on the ginger.
Steeped, the aroma has already changed. The chicory hath emerged. Flavour-wise, this is also all about the chicory, although I can feel the slight burning sensation of the peppercorns and ginger at the back of my mouth. This is my first hot chicory beverage, so while I’m not used to it, I still think that it is nonetheless unique. I’m a bit disappointed that the chicory overpowers everything else though. I was hoping to get a balanced symphony of chocolate, spice, and chicory. No dice.
The more I drink this, the more I taste the ginger, though. It’s a nice change from what I usually drink but I’m grateful that TeaFrog offers sample sizes because I wouldn’t personally invest in a full-size pouch of this. I have my eye on other TF teas when it comes to upgrading, though!