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I’m craving coffee super hard this morning, but I’m trying to kick the habit again, so I reached for this tea instead with a little bit of soy milk. It reminds me of a coffee crisp, a strong coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate. I love this tea and I’m nearly out…this is sad news! Although it does give me an excuse to put together another Tealish order XD.
This is a very subtle cold brew yet flavorful at the same time. It actually captures dragonfruit, which is a subtle flavor to being with which explains the lightness of this tea and yet there is a richness here that is keeping things interesting. Sweet and delicious and true to the fruit. With that said, I am enjoying this but I could see people wanting more!
picked this one up to try last weekend when i stopped in for more lemon meringue, mostly because of the positive reviews but because it’s another herbal. I was hoping this would be refreshing and not overly sweet and that’s what came through. I’ll have to write a better note next time i have it again because it was a few days ago at this point…just playing catch up. Have to get organised before vacation (fyi, 16 months is waaaaay too long to go between vacations…don’t do it)
I made a cold brew of this and I took it to go see my sister for her wedding dress fitting. Apparently she was thirsty because she took the bottle from my hand, which is rare since she doesnt love tea all that much. However, she must have liked this one seeing as she drank half the bottle before we were even taken in for her appointment. I can see why she liked it so much. Sweet, candy-like strawberry melon – it reminds me of laffy taffy, which I was obsessed with for a while – and just a hint of floral to keep things interest. Plus, the end of a sip has the slightest tartness to it which rounds out the flavor so wonderfully. I really am a fan of this one.
My plan was to try this hot before I sent the rest of the leaf off to Roswell, who introduced me to Prairie Berry teas except this cooled before I got to it.
So now I am drinking a cool prairie berry tea and its alright but nothing special. I think it is better prepped hot than cold brewed because it brings out more tartness which is needed to balance the sweetness of this tea. Even cooled, I am getting just a hint of that cloying taste that I imagine might not have been in the hotter cup. Luckily, it is still tolerable enough to drink, unlike the cold brew. Here’s hoping that RS has better luck with this one. My advice is have it as a teapop.
When I bought this, I did so with my tea twin, Roswell Strange, in mind. Unfortunately now that I am having the cold brew, I am finding myself a little disappointed since it is a bit bland. There is a berry flavor but it’s subtle and monotone. I keep looking for tartness where there is none. I still have a fair bit to play around with though so we’ll see how it goes.
Another tea from Sil that I am grateful to try. Today it was my school tea and definitely a welcome bit of niceness amongst my boring day. It’s got great flavor, creamy coconut (not lotiony) and tart pineapple. It comes together quite nicely actually. I am getting hibiscus but it is helping round out the flavors/sell the “pineapple” note. Granted there is also the apple flavor that comes with most fruit teas but blend as a whole does a good job of incorporating it rather than fighting it. All in all, a great caffeine-free choice for summer iced/cold teas.
In other news, I am having a bit of a moral dilemma. Got one of my exams back today and realized my teacher miscounted and gave me 3 extra marks. I debated about saying something but in the end there were so many other people in line to complain about their marks that I decided not to wait around to have marks taken away. Bad call or is it just one of those things you let slip by since no harm done? (If it helps, the 3 marks are the difference between a 96% (A+/4.0) and a 87% (A/also a 4.0))
When I decided to brew this up, I figured it had to be a teapop since most of the alcohol type teas tend to do well as teapops. The smell only encouraged me more because I can’t describe it any other way than a fizzy Apple type smell (I don’t know how one smells a texture? Sensation? Nonetheless, I swear it was there). So, I prepped this and even burnt myself in the process only to realize martinis, unlike mimosas, are normally flat. Whoops. Oh well.
Turns out this actually works quite nicely as a teapop. It’s very, very subtle. To me this is tasting like apple-flavored carbonated water. Similar to a grapefruit or orange-lemon Perrier (my fave flavored water flavors), the carbonation is what is strongest where as the fruit is more of a natural essence you notice once the sip has ended. I could see this maybe being disappointing to many but right now it’s light and fruity enough to keep things interesting while still coming off fresh.
I’m pretty sure I’ve had this before and written about it but alas my note seems to be MIA. No worries, it’s just weird.
Today I am having it as a tea pop and the pear is really shining through. Granted it’s not s true pear flavor, rather it is closer to pear candies. It’s good albeit a bit artificial.
This is significantly better iced than as a cold brew and even greater as a teapop. The cloying sweetness of the cold brew is gone and there is a hint of fruitiness I can make out as rhubarb if I concentrate on that notion. Mostly though, it’s a generic apple/fruit flavor and the taste of carbonated water. I have probably one more cup of this left and I think I will try it hot but I am just not loving this one.
I am like 95% sure this is the tea I set up to cold brew last night. I left it for 24 hrs but now I am confused since this is very sweet and shouldn’t rhubarb be tart/sour? Shouldn’t the hibiscus and rose hips contribute some sort of tartness because that is certainly lacking here. It’s like drinking berry syrup and some sort of artificial sweetner. Blech. I will not be cold brewing this again but I will also hold off on rating until I can experiment a bit more.
A sample from Miss B! After reading a couple of tasting notes, I went for a lot of leaf and a short brew time – 2.5 tsp for around 2 minutes, in boiling water. No additions. From looking at the leaf, I get the impression that this is a fairly unusual blend – citrus flavours and coconut with traditional chai spices.
To taste, though, it’s actually better than I expected. There’s an initial brightness from the citrus (orange, mandarin?) that bursts across my palate in a way that’s both sweet and slightly sharp/sour in the way only citrus can be. The mid-sip reveals some creamy coconut, which ushers in a semi-tropical vibe that’s acutally borne out really nicely in the spices which come into play towards the end of the sip.
I did wonder whether the spices would overpower the citrus flavour, but they’re actually reasonably subtle. You know they’re there when they emerge – I can pick out cardamon and pepper for sure, plus the warmth of ginger. Somehow, though, they work with the citrus/coconut combination, rather than against it. The overall feeling is of a tropical-style chai blend – the only thing I have to compare it to is Thai Chai, which generally contains coconut, but it’s not quite the same animal. The citrus here is (obviously) the really unique thing.
I’m enjoying this as a summer chai. I’d try it iced if I had enough leaf, but I think I probably don’t. Really, I’m just pleased that it doesn’t taste as odd as it sounds initially, plus it made for a good mid-morning cup.
yep, cold brew of this is the way to go. Hot it’s sort of tasteless, or at least really light. Cold brew, while it’s still light in the intensity of it’s taste, it’s a much more refreshing tea. I’ve had dragonfruit before and i guess this is sort of like it… not a re-order for me but i will enjoy the rest of the sample VariaTEA and i split :)
I guess i should have written a tasting note on this one before it’s gone. I’ve tried this cold and hot, and i think i prefer it hot. I get the sense of rhubarb out of this one but not super strong. I think i prefer the dragon fruit one to this one because the flavour in this one is muted somehow. Enjoyable to drink but nothing i need to keep in my cupboard.