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I just. No. Nope. Not happening. At least, not for me? Short steeps, long steeps, different temperatures in water … nothing works. It has a kind of odd play-doh / scratch-n-sniff sticker smell, and on a good day I can get a tiny bit of creamy, vegetal note on the back of my tongue, which, hey, oolong, nice of you to join us, but for the most part, this tea tastes like nothing. I tried, but it’s just not gonna work out between us.
I snagged this from the Here’s Hoping tea box when it was around. Steep #1 was the last run of my Bodum kettle. Steep #2 was microwaved. This one doesn’t seem to get much love from Steepster, but I like the idea of a caramel Formosa oolong. This was actually what I expected it to be. I liked it! There is a darkness to the oolong that pairs well with the sweet and creamy caramel flavor. The name is entirely accurate. The Formosa here seems like a lighter black tea. The second cup was even tastier. Plenty of caramel to go around. I guess I’m such a tea addict I like teas that most others do not.
Steep #1 // 8 min after boiling // 4 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 6 min
GCTTB Rd 3:
This is definitely an interesting herbal. It is sweet, tart, and spicy all in one. The hibiscus hits your tongue first but orange follows shortly after adding a citrus flare as opposed to a hibby tart and then the slight cinnamon flavor pushes it’s way through giving you a touch of spice. All the while the almond and vanilla mellows out all the competing flavors to keep them from overpowering the whole cup. Definitely an interesting cup so thank you mewakeling for the chance to try it out.
Backlog from last night:
As part of my new challenge to get to only 50 teas in my cupboard by September (I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff coming in, plus a TTB, so it will probably be difficult even with easy sipdowns), I decided to revisit this, which was quite lemony and meringue-y the first time I tried it.
Perhaps I wasn’t paying enough attention, but the flavours weren’t quite as apparent today. However, I did realize one blindingly obvious reason why I liked it – it was a mix of red and green rooibos!
I really don’t have any green rooibos in my collection aside from this tea. But alas, I will choose not to remedy this and instead stay strong on day 2 of my official tea-buying hiatus. :-)
Drank the last I had of this, a gift from Azzrian a long while ago. It has lost most of the fruit flavours, but gave a pleasant, kind of malty taste. That may not be anything this tea is supposed to taste like, but I still like it. I think mostly it just tastes like black tea now, and since I added cream it tasted good with that. I can slightly taste the orange and cranberry in the after-taste, now that I think about it.
I seriously need to put a dent in my tea collection. I haven’t gotten a chance to drink or review any more Teavivre greens because I just have so much other that I need to GET RID of. It’s not that I don’t like my tea—but I have no room. NONE.
Anyways, this tea was delish, and I will be reviewing more green tea in another week or so, as I am going out of town tomorrow.
Finally getting around to trying this tea. As a big fan of lemon dessert teas, I’m very excited to drink this cup! The scent of the dry leaf is wonderfully lemony and creamy.
Sipping… mmm. I like the strong lemon note and the pastry-like finish. There’s a very nice balance between the sweet and tart flavors. I also find the lemon to be a bit stronger than other lemon dessert teas and that’s just fine with me! There isn’t a strong creamy note which I think would have made this tea even more special. It is sweet enough, though, and has a pastry-like quality.
I guess I wish that there were more variety with these lemony dessert teas — they all end up tasting about the same to me. Well, this was a very good cup and I did enjoy the stronger lemon flavor in this one, so I think I can say that this takes a spot in my favorite lemon meringue/pie/dessert teas.
I’m writing this tasting note under this tea even though I think it might have a new name, “Dulce De Leche” — not sure if it has different ingredients, but I think it’s the same tea. I love the little caramel pieces in the dry leaf! The scent of this cup is very sweet with just a bit of oolong peeking out.
Sipping… I’m surprised that the flavor of this tea isn’t that strong. I do taste caramel and it’s a very nice round caramel flavor. It’s not only sweet, but has that buttery, milky character that makes caramels so delicious. I’m impressed that this flavor can be present in a tea! What I don’t like about this cup is that it’s rather drying and sharp. The oolong doesn’t really seem to contribute anything to this blend, only that drying quality with a hint of wood. Sad, because this tea has such potential to be delicious!
Thank you MissB for including this in my mystery pack I received months ago. It smelled so good and from the ingredients I knew I would have to save it and try it iced. I’ve noticed lately that I sometimes enjoy currant in tea especially cold and cinnamon adds something different to berry teas but I’m not sure what I think about pepper and berry together yet. This was a nice berry tea that I cold brewed and forgot I had it in the fridge so it was a nice surprise when I came home to find it waiting for me to drink.
I have been so behind on logging tea! Long story extremely short, my partner and I are moving cross province in just over a month so I have living arrangements to set, work to find, and a move to organize and, somewhere in there, occasionally find time for a quick cup of tea.
As for this tea, it is as delightful as I remember it being. However, I have paying more attention to brewing times and pulling this tea after a shorter time. I think I actually liked it better with a longer steep. The berry is more subtle with a shorter steep, though it does become much more apparent as the tea cools.
Overall, it was fun to try another cup of this blend, but I think I might need to really play around with the brewing parameters a little more.
Made the mistake of having this alongside Mariage Frères Chandernaggor, which is the epitome of chai’s for me. It still held it’s own though! Just a bit smoother, more creamy, and less chai spicy than it’s competitor. I will definitely re-order more of this when I run out.
Delicious! I’m amazed how much this tastes like its namesake with only a few natural ingredients to pull it off! Very smooth, not too harsh at lemon teas can be, and the flourish of vanilla at the end is perfect! One of the best Rooibos teas I’ve had the pleasure of tasting! Big thanks to Cavocorax for sending a sample to my wife :)
Ahh, so now I see what the fuss is about with all this stuff around chiffon/citrus rooibos teas!
I oversteeped this slightly (8 minutes instead of the recommended 4-6) and this tea was a rosy amber colour instead of bright red. And even better – it didn’t get that woody taste that some rooibos teas can get. Instead, I got a nice flavour of lemon candy, though that could also be due to the lemon honey I added. It was sweet lemon rather than sour lemon, and as the tea cooled, I could taste the vanilla/meringue flavour more.
This was quite tasty. Thanks to Ubacat for sending me a sample!
So I’m trying this tea again and it is tasting different than the first time. I don’t recall if I had sweetened it before, but I’m drinking it without sugar today. At the beginning of each sip I get a tobacco flavor! Like when you go into a pipe tobacco shop and smell all the flavored tobacco? Well this would be a light caramel one. There is a slight sweetness that hits at the back of my tongue.
Aaaaaand my kid nearly just threw a dirty sock in my cup. Wow. Talk about breaking the enchantment of a cup of tea!
I am enjoying this more than the first cup for sure, but it is still not on my must have list.
I’ve had this at least five times in the past few days, and I’ve noticed a few things:
- it’s too sweet cold, and as it cools;
- it’s infinitely better hot, and with a shorter than five minute steep;
- the apple takes over if you re-steep, oversteep, or let it cool too long.
I do love it, however it’s a bit finicky. This is a partial re-steep (I re-steeped the last cup and added more leaf), and probably my least favorite of all the times I’ve had it. The last cup however – 3 minute steep with 200F water and all brand new leaf – was amazing while still hot/warm.