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Hm. I swore I’d already cracked this one open. Perhaps it was for a swap with one of you?
Anyway. This is a fascinating blend, in that it smells very differently than it tastes. Prior to steeping and right after, it mostly smells like rooibos with a bit of vanilla in there. After steeping and cooling down, now it’s almost completely vanilla with a bit of rooibos at the very end.
Drinking it was pleasant – it has the mouthfeel of cream, and the flavor of vanilla cream. Only a hint of spice comes out at the end, and I wish there was a touch more nutmeg in here to make it really, truly an eggnog (to me). It is absolutely delicious however, and I’m glad I was only able to grab a larger bag of this.
NO DOUBT THEY WON A FIRST PRIZE!!!!!!!
this is a briliiant tea. WOW! fresh squeezed grapefruit juice as it was steeping, tempered by the bamboo shoots as i am sipping. fresh, sweet, lively, juicy: i taste the texture of pulp. i feel the texture of pomelo rind…. i get no pith (ie no lingering bitterness). beautiful!
i really wouldn’t have expected to love this tea as much as i do. i’ve been on a french kick for several months now and teas from our part of the world often just don’t match up…… that is NOT the case with this one.
i want a pound of this in a canister in my kitchen. all the time.
a HUGE thanks to MissB for this outstanding sample!!!
I never had green rooibush tea before. I drank this tea iced, and it’s naturally sweet, which I love! It’s quite lovely, and I am very impressed by it. I really can’t compare it to another tea, it’s just nice for variety. The peach flavor isn’t overpowering.
I think I understand why this tea won an award earlier this year: it’s unusual, juicy and very tasty, yet has a touch of bite to it.
First off, the smell! Wooo boy, the smell! It’s like what I imagine a pomelo to smell like, even though I’ve yet to see one in person. Almost like a juicier, orange-y pomegranate smell. As soon as I open the bag, the whole kitchen is enveloped with this deliciousness.
There are a lot of ingredients in here, yet I smell few of them – or maybe they just all meld together into the perfect cup. Same goes with the taste. The first few sips I thought, “This is a bit weak,” and then it grew on me. Juicy, tangy, sweet, ever-so-slightly vegetal, with a bite at the end. There’s something lemony in here too along with orange and some creaminess. I know there’s anise or licorice something in here, yet I taste none of it.
Very unusual. Very tasty. I could see this being exceptionally refreshing iced, and I could easily drink this every day.
Holy mother of spice! In what seems like a long time of drinking just medicinal/spice teas (it’s been two days), I thought this was one I should check off my list as one that I’ve tried. Plus, I had to order a whole schwack of it, because there’s zero sampling over at impossible-to-spell Tea Gschwendner.
I read the ingredients three times, because I SWEAR there’s mint in here. I smell ginger and cardamon, yet see mint. Must be the parsley? I’m confused. I also see little to no ginger. Tasting it however… it’s a spicy blend. Think ginger with some chili bite, and everything else kind of fades to the background as supporting characters. There’s the mouthfeel of I assume fennel, however all I taste is cardamom, ginger and chili.
It’s an unusual tea, however I’m coughing up gunk that I thought was long gone from my chest, and it’s definitely warming me up. I can see this having a role in my cupboard, and it’ll serve it’s purpose well.
Steepster, I love you. I know you’re having a few issues right now with your alzheimer’s, so I just want you to take a deep breath, enjoy your favorite cuppa tea, and chill a bit. It’s okay, really. You only lost the newest addition to my cupboard three times today. I know I can say this to you because you’re forgiving, and because you’ll likely forget we even had this conversation in a few minutes. ;)
And so, the tea. The smell reminds me of apple stolen from European bakeries, and the taste is pretty darn close even without sweetener. It’s missing the flaky pastry feeling to it, but otherwise? Calorie-free apple stolen.
Perfect after dinner tea.
Wonderful for breakfast
A really refreshing lemon-flavored black tea. I like that it is more a sweet lemon note than a tart one. No puckering! Sort of reminiscent of a lemon-curd kind of taste. YUM!
The black tea base is even-tempered and somewhat mellow. Probably a Ceylon.
I had this tea as a sample in the store, and fell in love. The flavor is so SUMMER AND BRIGHT!!! I had a warm in the store, and I knew it was destined to be amazing iced, and it is! The black tea base is so robust and thick on the tongue. On the packaging, it says it’s South Indian black tea. I really love the creamy taste of it, too. I think I like this better than their green coconut! I see myself buying this over and over!!!
Put several teas in a pile this morning and picked with my eyes closed, and this one was it! I definitely steeped it too long, but I added a bit more water when all was said and done, and the astringency didn’t kill me. (Yay, no death!)
Anyway, I actually rather enjoyed this. I was expecting lemon overkill (though I don’t know why, because the scent was really nothing to write home about), but it was actually refreshing and mild. I didn’t even try it unsweetened, because I had oversteeped it. The black tea base was a good middle-of-the-road Ceylon, with a nice malty flavor to counteract the sweetness of the lemon (and the sugar…). All in all, I almost failed at this tasting, but in the end I liked the tea, so huzzah!
Quite a strong bergamot flavor
Tea #29 Take 2 from Another Traveling Tea Box
After looking at steeping temperatures for other green teas containing orange blossom I decided to drop the temperature all the way down to 180 °F. The common range of temperatures that I was seeing was 176-194⁰F with a steep time of 2-3 minutes. The flavor didn’t end up being as strong as I would have liked, but I made the mistake of not increasing my steep time, I stuck with 1m30s like before. The bitterness was completely gone with this cup so I’m on the right path. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try one more cup.
Tea #29 from Another Traveling Tea Box
This is another TeaGschwendner tea that has been relabeled and sold by Tin Roof Teas so I’m going to put the tasting note here.
The dry leaf of this tea smells amazing, it’s a great blend of almond and cinnamon. It really reminds me of christmas… and cookies… and pastries. I can’t wait for the holiday baking season to get here. The tea itself let me down because I didn’t care for the blend of green teas used as the base. There was also a bitterness to it when I drank it that only got more noticeable when it cooled, at room temperature the tea was undrinkable. I think it may be from the orange blossom because now that my tea has completely cooled I’m getting a bit of a perfumey note with every sip. I think this could really be a great tea, if it were tweaked a little bit.
I’m going to fix myself another cup and play with the temperature a bit, perhaps the bitterness will go away some with a lower temp. I really don’t want to give up on this tea yet because it smells so good. I’ll add a numerical rating after my next cup.
Tea #20 from Another Traveling Tea Box
The package says Tin Roof Teas, but I’m pretty sure it is from TeaGschwendner, so I’m going to post my note here.
I’m not quite sure why I waited so long to try this tea, it should have been at the top of my list, but I somehow missed it was a floral tea when I was digging through the TTB. I’ve always been a fan of floral teas and I’m especially partial to rose and jasmine. There is a slightly fruity note to this tea, it tastes like mango, but it gives just a hint of sweetness that I think this tea needs to keep the florals from being overpowering.
This tea will not be continuing on.