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I’m going to admit that I made this tea twice for this review. I used half of the 50g packet to make a pitcher using 4 cups of hot water topped up with 4 cups of cold water, added some agave nectar, and left it to sit in the fridge overnight. However, this pitcher was too weak and watery in flavour.
I then brewed the remaining stuff left in the packet with 3 cups of hot water and added 3 cups of cold — but the resulting iced tea was still too weak and watery. It was a bit sweeter, but not by much.
Despite the weak flavour, I still do taste and smell fruit but it’s fairly indistinct. The tea is a pale peachy-pink, but ultimately, the nice colour wasn’t enough to wow me. You’re better off just dumping all 50g into a single pitcher and letting things work from there.
Full review: http://booksandtea.ca/2015/08/tealish-tea-reviews/
First review for this tea!
I brewed 2 tsp of dry leaf in a giant 2-cup mug using 95°C water for 5-10 minutes. The resulting brew was a deep greenish orange yellow that reminded me of many other herbal teas. The brewed tea smelled somewhat sweet; almost like tulsi (holy basil) but not quite. The taste was similarly herbal and mild with overtones of thyme and sage.
I’m surprised by how soothing this tea is — it’s a great caffeine-free option for the evenings, and I bet it would be perfect for when you’ve got a cold. Considering the cooking-herb flavour of this lemon verbena, I’m also curious to see what it would be like added to a marinade or to a roast.
Full review: http://booksandtea.ca/2015/08/tealish-tea-reviews/
Well, that was unexpected! I called my doctor because I was running out of meds sooner than expected, since the dosage got upped and that was not taken into account with refills, and they want to see me today. Time to talk to them about the weird seizure like things (possibly actual seizures) I have had my whole life that are progressively getting worse, and time to get a referral to a neurologist. As usual my doctor phobia is kicking in, so to make it better I am getting a new fish for my desk. Actually they have nothing to do with each other, Ben got me a small fish tank recently and I set it up and planned on getting a desk friend today anyway, a happy coincidence!
Today’s tea is a fuzzy golden tea, yay! Tealish’s Golden Monkey Superfine,a black tea from China, a fuzzy golden black tea to be exact. This fuzzy gold is not my usual Yunnan fare, this one is from Fujian, land of some of my favorite oolongs. The name for this tea, I thought, was an obvious reference to the Golden Snub Nosed Monkey, but they are from a different part of China…the name is actually a reference to the curling leaves looking like a monkey’s paw, and the golden fuzz of the leaf. No actual golden monkeys involved, tragic. Sniffing time! The aroma of the slightly curled golden tipped leaves is really quite sweet. Notes of dried cherries (the sweet ones, not the dried tart ones) cocoa, a tiny note of peanuts, and a mild note of yam. The aroma is somewhat mild, but even in its mildness I am impressed with its sweetness.
I used my tall gaiwan for this one, and with all fuzzy golden teas, I mourn their transition from fuzz to soggy leaves, but then instantly remember I am about to have tea and pretty much forget the fuzz. The aroma of the wet leaves is still really sweet, but instead of just cherry, it is all out stone fruit (specifically fruit leather) alongside notes of oak wood and actual leather. The liquid is stewed cherries and plums, sweet cream, and a nice finish of malt.
The first steep starts with a surprisingly rich and thick mouthfeel, it has a fullness to it and a tiny bit resinous. The taste starts off fairly mild and sweet, like honey, and then moves to a richness with slightly creamy notes and molasses. The finish carries over the molasses along with some fruit leather and a touch of dates. Sadly there is not much of a lingering aftertaste, it just kinda stops.
Onward to the second steep, the aroma is super intense molasses and malt, with a hint of stewed fruit and sweetness. The taste is very rich and fruity sweet, plums and cherries that have been stewed in molasses and honey, a delicious start. It then moves on to malt and creamy undertones with a finish of, well, not much, it just kinda stops again. Sadly there was not much after this steep, the third steep just kinda stops after an initial fruity burst. A tasty but underwhelming tea.
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Molasses
this was the other tea that i picked up yesterday – i really shouldn’t be buying tea but there’s a gap in my cupboard so i allowed myself this treat – especially since i was hoping it would be at least sort of like the version from tea gswendner that i adore. I don’t think i’ll be in chicago again soon, so i need an alternative that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Verdict on this one? It’s “close enough” but if i had both in front of me, i’d go with the one from TeaG. That being said, this is still lovely and i’ll enjoy it a bunch!
I picked this one up yesterday while i was out running around because i’m almost out of my other fruit teas and it looks like summer is going to be around for a bit yet in toronto. There’s fennel in here, which is an unusual add to a lot of pear teas, and i thought it might bring something different to the blend. On the whole, while this didn’t scream “pear” to me….it was close enough and still tasty. I’m happy for another fruit tea in the cupboard and one that i can get readily enough without paying usd :(
Okay, I’m trying to get into rooibos a bit more for evenings and late afternoons, when I’m finished with caffeine for the day. And this tea helped quite a bit.
Fairy Dust Rooibos is perfect for a summer iced tea! I cold steep it and it tastes like summer fruit. The flavours are definitely fairy (faerie) worthy. So, I used two tsp of tea in the travel mug I use for cold steeping and filled it about 2/3 full with water. And then I let it sit in the fridge for a couple nights.
I’m contemplating trying it with vodka, but it’s so delicious I’m afraid of ruining it. lol
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Strawberry
Thanks, Miss B for the sample!
I did not drink much tea on my trip, since so many other things happened on the trip, and not all of them fun…
Long story short, I broke my arm the night before we left, my car manifested a crack in the engine block when I reached my first destination (Denver), and I had to buy a new one in two days (yay, new car?), the title to the old one got lost in the mail, and then I come home to find a hot water line broken, pumping thousands of gallons pf heated water under the house… :c My trip was essentially a comedy of errors.
BUT… I came home to a garden exploding with bounty, and I had some wonderful days with dear friends and family, and even a few lovely tea times with the mother of my SO!
This was her choice of many rooibos options I brought with me for evening tea with her adorable cup and saucer sets! I used boiling water for 2:30 or 3 minutes, I think.
I was quite sweet naturally, with a good, but not sour, lemon flavor and a long after taste of cream. Veeery nice! The green rooibos was not nearly so warm and woody as red, I really enjoyed it.
Flavors: Cream, Lemon
I just spent like 15 minutes typing this tasting note, then my damn iPad decides to refresh itself. Like WTF. Lost note in steepster space.
So from memory:
In my previous tasting note I was complaining on having no good teas at work. So on my break, I went over to the pharmacy next door to find some pharmacy tea. I was expecting to see only Lipton type tea, but I came across this and a bunch of Tea Forte flavours. I don’t really like TeaForte’s black base, and I have never tried Tealish before that I can remember, and I love bergamot, so I went for this one. It was a bit of a gamble as the in store sample smelled like nothing.
Upon opening the package there is a strong smell of bergamot. MMmmmm, bergamot!! There are a lot of yellow petals that make it look so pretty.
The black base is very mild, slightly sweet. The bergamot is disappointed not as strong as it smells. It is definitely an Earl Grey though. The flower petals meld everything together and make it nice and smooth. I was kind of waiting for a big punch, the electric part. But nothing happened. No electrocution here, not yet anyway.
Overall it is good, definitely better than the drawer tea.
On a side note, bergamot is not listed in the ingredients but flavouring is. I know it is not bergamot oil, but it is kind of weird they didn’t list bergmot flavouring.
From the sweet bakery smell of this tea to the different ingredients, the reason I picked this tea because it stood out. I had it iced with soy milk and I enjoyed the sweet almost caramel like taste of this tea. I could almost be deceived and take this tea at face value for what it claims to be: a sweet baked treat. If it wasn’t for the ingredients. That’s why I am recommending Diaz’ book, because people and teas are not always as they appear, no matter how sweet they are.
Books recommended for this tea: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.
So, I was on a business trip in Toronto and didn’t bring enough tea with me. I picked this up at Whole Foods. I have not seen this brand in the Whole Foods I usually shop at in Virginia. But, this is so good I’ve got to try more from Tealish.
This is creamy lemon. It’s more sweet than tart. I’ve only tried it cold brewed and it comes out perfect. I’m really impressed with how flavorful this is. I’m not used to grocery store teas being so fresh tasting.
Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Vanilla
Went to Chapter’s last night and discover they now carry quite a few brands of tea, only a few types from each.
I grabbed the Sweet Macaron, because well you can’t find macarons anywhere in town. So I was hoping for the patry macaron, as apposed to a coconut macaroon. I opened the tin when I got home & was highly disappointed that it looked just like Toasted Walnut from DAVIDsTEA. Now I love that specific tea, but was excited for something new.
And of course it tastes just like the DT version. So Naturally I really like it, but the name was very deceiving. I think it may be sweeter than the DT version.
Since I don’t have a DT close it’s nice to know I can go pick this one up whenever.
This tea came as part of a 3-tea sampler set I got at work. It’s a good-quality but fairly average-tasting earl grey in my opinion and even with the addition of some milk the flavour isn’t a creamy as I expected. Still it makes a nice breakfast cuppa.
Everyone loves this blend but all I can taste is hibiscus, bleh. It might have just been that the small sample I got had a larger than normal amount of hibiscus but I didn’t get much almond or vanilla or any of the rest. I maybe got a bit after I dumped a bunch of agave nectar in it, but that was it. Yeah, no.
This is an incredibly smooth tea with no bitterness whatsoever. The vanilla notes are balanced and spot on in my opinion. The aroma is absolutely captivating, if you’re a lover of london fog lattes, you’ll love this tea.
Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Vanilla