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It seems I was so successful in cutting the caffeine intake, I took a nap as soon as I got home from work while the BF had the kids at kung fu. I needed that. I need more than that, but it’s a start.
That also meant I didn’t have much tea today. Which is a bummer.
And now I’m having this.
When dry, this tisane is so fluffy it’s a little scary. I think I’m making a dent in it, but every time I open the tin it seems to have increased in volume rather than decreased. Obviously, this can’t be true. Or can it? (Twilight Zone music.)
I wish I liked this better than I do. Then I wouldn’t care if it was in fact a bottomless tin.
This tea smells exactly like its namesake — sweet, fragrant marzipan. I wanted to start scooping leaves into my mouth right there at the store, so I picked up 250g of it without ever tasting it brewed. I’m glad I did for two reasons — first, I went through about 30g of it before I found my “sweet spot” for this VERY FINICKY tea, but once I got it right I am glad I have a decent supply of it.
The more TeaGschwendner teas I try, the more I am learning to just ignore their ridiculous brewing recommendations. They pretty much just say “boiling water, 2 minutes, 1 tsp-8oz cup” for every flavored black in their book. On some of their teas, more than 2 minutes WILL result in bitter, muddled, or unbalanced flavors, and for me this was one of them… but at 2 minutes with boiling water, I still smelled the marzipan but the flavor was a bit weak for my tastes.
So, like a few other TeaGschwendner teas which disappointed me at first, I experimented with some varying temps and brew times “bracket tournament style” (I only have 2 of my favorite stainless steel infusers lol). After a morning of brewing several liters of this stuff, I have a kitchen that smells like a patisserie and finally a delightful cuppa marzipan goodness. I also have a small pitcher of this sitting in the fridge (a blend of the unfinished brews) to try iced just for fun, although without the strong aromatic effect from a hot tea I am guessing it won’t be as good as I imagine.
2 minutes wound up being the sweet spot for me, but at 200F and two heaping teaspoons of the leaf (probably about 2.5tsp). Anything over 2 minutes and the black tea starts overpowering the marzipan, everything goes out of balance and it doesn’t really even taste that great anymore, somehow the faint notes of marzipan fool my senses into sensing some straw-like notes you’d expect from a Dian Hong but not an Indian black, and it doesn’t go well with the almondy-marzipan in the background. But at 2 minutes, 1 tsp winds up being a bit weak for me overall.
So my recommendation is to go heavy on the leaf, bring the temp down from boiling to about 200F for me, and stick to the odd 2-minute warning and you get a delicious hot cuppa marzipan. There is a slight smooth sweetness to the brew unadulterated, but I just HAVE to add a bit of stevia (or other kind of sweetener) to really make it pop "hey, you’re drinking liquid marzipan!!). I have already tried this blended with a few other teas, it’s horrible with Mariage Freres Vanille Imperial, pretty good with TGSR’s Caramel and I love it with a few cocoa nibs. Still searching for that perfect “dark chocolate covered marzipan” blend so I can make this a permanent stock in my pantry.
Definitely one of my favorites from TeaGschwendner so far, still plenty of bags to open & try once a few tins go empty & free up ;-)
Stopped in at TeaGschwendner last weekend while in downtown Chicago and picked up a bag of this because it smelled awesome — it really has a strong sweet orange smell, not just “citrus” you get in a lot of other citrus teas. I thought it would translate into the brew just as prominently but was let down a bit the first time I used their brewing instructions and quantities.
I doubled the tea, brought the temp down a bit and let it steep 3 minutes, which resulted in something closer to what I expected based on the aroma, but still not out of this world. On these parameters it is a nice orange tea without the bitters of citrus zest, and the orange isn’t that tart store-OJ kind but more the nice fresh squeezed kind. It’s nowhere near as strong as you would think, however.
Nothing to write home about but it’s nice to have a mellow, non-bitter orange tea without tartness for those evenings I just crave something up that alley. This would probably go well with a lemon scone or piece of toast with marmalade on it.
This smells so much more than it tastes.
Smells of juicy strawberries. Just. Amazing.
Tastes of sweet-tart sorta-berry honeybush.
I added 1/4 tsp sugar to my 14 oz mug, and it’s helped. But it’s not enough.
I will drink this up (with a friends help), but it isn’t really what I hoped for. Maybe it’ll be better iced or cold steeped.
Edit: Much much better as it cools. Much.
Thank you for the (seriously gigantic, omg) sample, MissB!
I might try all the non-caffeinated ones tonight. That could be fun. I’ve started trying to tin some of the larger amounts up. The O’Connor’s Cream does not fit into the DavidsTea tin quite yet. I’ll have to make a couple cups before it’ll all squish in. :)
Anyways. This tea. It tastes like these: http://ii.worldmarket.com/fcgi-bin/iipsrv.fcgi?FIF=/images/worldmarket/source/18863_XXX_v1.tif&wid=2000&cvt=jpeg
Like, it REALLY tastes like them. A LOT. But somehow, in tea form, the flavour isn’t nearly so terrifying for my taste buds. It’s probably a texture thing.
Still. I think I’ll be passing the rest of the sample along to my brother (who LOVES those cookies) or my BFF (who loves chocolate and chai). I am so glad I didn’t get sucked into buying 100g of this. I was soooo tempted. But I resisted. And that was a good choice.
(1.5 tsp in 12 oz)
This is a tea that MissB was apparently trying to get rid of, because I find myself with almost 100g of it. :D Thank you. Now… what do I do with it all?
It’s interesting. Definitely rooibos. Smells a little sweet and fruity. I got a rhubarb piece in my scoop, which may have made it a little tart. I know that panna cotta is a set dairy dessert thing. I don’t really get any “cream” or “milk” flavour from this, but it is pretty smooth.
Definitely rooibos. Definitely not plain rooibos.
I don’t think it’s terrible, but it isn’t rhubarb-y enough for me. I’m curious how this will cold brew up. Certain People will be getting some in their slow packages, but most I know don’t seem to love rooibos.
I’m not a fan of apple teas, I’m afraid, but this one is actually rather tolerable. There’s a rough, woodsy rooibos base that curls under an (admittedly flat) apple layer with hints of cinnamon and spice behind.
I want to like this tea, honestly, but the longer I try to drink it the more I can’t bring myself to enjoy it. It might be good for others, but this definitely isn’t the tea for me.
The good: I really liked it. It was pretty yummy.
The bad: I seem to have uncovered a nascent hazelnut allergy, because it made my tongue tingle. (I’m pretty sure it’s not a tea allergy as no others have done this to me.) So, if you have any issues with hazelnuts or other tree nuts, stay away from this.
I recommend this—-conditionally, of course!
I tried hard to kill this. I did not succeed.
So, when I first got it, I under-brewed it, because I hate bitter tea. It tasted great…not nearly as thick with the bergamot as an Earl Grey I tried recently from elsewhere.
THEN, on my next brewing, I put it in to brew, and then got distracted and forgot about it, and let it brew for close to 10 minutes. IT CAME OUT FINE! No gross bitterness that I could detect.
An Earl Grey that I can abuse and still have it be drinkable? Yes, please. (Also, it’s supposed to have won awards…I’m perhaps not that fine-tuned in tea drinking yet, but from me it wins an award for being indestructible.)
I find this tea inherently soothing when I want junk out of my throat or just a nice, relaxing evening where my mouth is surprised with spice. Yes, it’s hot and spicy the longer you brew it (and I think the last batch I ordered was less spicy than this one), and that’s just the way I like it.
I’ve been working this into my rotation every night for the last few nights as I have a ton of it having bought the smallest available TeaG size and I’ve decided it’s something that needs to be sipped down.
Last night I was drinking it while watching Grey’s Anatomy (am I the only person in the world who still watches that show?) and I was actually getting a pretty nice note toward the end of the sip, something that crossed over from savory into sweet right at the end.
Not enough for me to bump the rating, but if it repeats, it’ll make the sipdown somewhat easier than I’d anticipated.
Yum yum yum. Yum.
With a honey stick from a local honey company because I’m too lazy to refill my honey jar from the “giant” bucket I have (3kg local honey WHEE!).
I chose this because I’m making Bo Kho, and the scent of the spices is making me SO HUNGRY. I had a salad to tide myself over, but it just wasn’t satisfying enough. Another 1:20 of cooking, and I’ll be able to sample the stew before I pack it away for lunches.
So this tea. SPICY and deliciously herbal as always. I really like it. Many, MANY thanks to MissB for sharing with me, getting me addicted, and then enabling me into a TeaG order. :) You’re super awesome, and I appreciate that.
(Yes, the ingredients are super weird. Parsley leaves? Chili flakes? But it’s SO GOOD. A nice kick in the pants.)
I thought this tea would have some green or white tea in it but it doesn’t. The main base is bamboo. I’ve never had a bamboo tea before and it smelled delicious in the bag. Brewed up the aroma reminds me of another tea I’ve had before (probably from Tealux but couldn’t place it). I think it was the combo of lemongrass and blackberry leaves. I could taste a bit of the lemongrass with a spicy edge to it (i’m thinking that’s the blackberry leaves) and a bit of sweetness. There was a nice pear/apple finish taste. So I’m still not sure what bamboo tastes like or if I’m picking it up the tea and don’t know which one is the bamboo. This tea is delicious and an extra bonus is it’s caffeine free. Another choice for an evening tea.
If I’m honest with myself, I have to admit I really don’t like this as much as most of the other herbal blends I have in my stash at the moment.
It’s not nearly as problematic as the Teavana Tulsi Dosha Chai, because at least it doesn’t taste like something it has no business tasting like, i.e., something that should not be consumed by humans. But it’s too far to the savory side to be something I truly enjoy.
I think I’ve discovered I don’t really care for savory teas, or at least not savory herbal blends. I like floral, or fruity, or mint, or some really well done rooibos or honeybush where I don’t taste the rooibos or honeybush too much but it serves as a dessert flavor delivery mechanism. But not so much the brothy and the salty in my herbal blends.
There are some teas that have a savory note to them that I have enjoyed, but when it becomes the focus, it’s a little much for me. I really can’t escape the feeling that if I wanted a hot beverage with a savory flavor I would rather have a really nice soup, complete with veggies and some form of protein. Or at the very least I could just drink a cup of bouillon which I have been moved to do maybe four or five times in my life.
Bumping it down to ok land. Because it really is ok, it’s just not a top choice for me. It’s going into the sipdown soon pile right behind the Tulsi.
I tried this tea hot the first time and it was nice. It has a bold spicy flavor. I chilled the next cup I tried and I liked it even better. I did add German rock sugar to it. I only have a sample of this, so I can probably get a couple more cups out of it. I will make a decision then, if I will restock this tea.
Every time I have this, it’s wildly different. Sometimes I love it, other times…
Last night I steeped this for a few hours, and I’d say this was the easiest to down out of all of the permutations I’ve tried now. Think a chai-like cacao, weak on the cacao, with strong notes of ginger and cinnamon. While far from my favorite cacao blend, I think I’ll be okay now with drinking it down… the last time I had this, I seriously considered throwing the rest in the swap pile. So glad I didn’t!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon
Another sample from MissB. Thankfully they did not add hibiscus to this which so many companies would do. It’s got a nice apple dessert flavour. I don’t eat a lot of desserts so I cannot say which apple dessert but it certainly does taste like that. It’s a good tea but doesn’t make me want to buy it.
The name of this cracks me up. (What happened to the first 1236 herbals?) It’s like the guy who named his boat “Lucky 2.”
I am excited, however, to be drinking an ingredient called Moldavian dragonhead. I feel tough just thinking about it.
My first note on this recorded surprise that I liked it as much as I did, and I agree with what I said before. It isn’t an overly lemony lemon tisane, and the vanilla isn’t enough to push it into the cream or chiffon camp. It’s got an herbally lightness to it that is more grassy sweet than sweet-sweet and the vanilla supplies more mellowness than actual flavor. It’s not a fruity lemon, but it’s a pleasant one nevertheless.