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Finally finished up this sample from Heather.
I really wish this tea were still available. I like it. A lot. I even picked the mini marshmallows out of the leaves to float in my mug. That’s dedication.
Oversteeped again! Not to mention, the leaves themselves have been stored for… two years now, I believe, albeit in good conditions. Please accept my humble apologies, O Gracious Tea Gods.
Just kidding. Creamy Nut Oolong was my first personal loose leaf (outside of Yum Cha and my mom’s stock), and I loved it oh so much. I bought 50g of it from a Teaopia promo coupon and slowly savoured my way though it, but when I found out Teaopia would soon be no more, I went right back and bought another 100g for my stock. This was long before I realized that I cannot go through so much tea within its ideal shelf life, or that they even had shelf lives! Ahh, the fond memories.
Still, even though today’s steep was a bit too strong, there’s nothing I really don’t like about it. It’s rich and smooth, with the caramel nougat doing pretty much all the work but the leaves below are still distinctly there to balance it all out. One of the few “dessert” teas that I enjoy, and great for relaxing. (I avoid over-multisteeping with this one though, because the magic all disappears once the candy melts.)
As I work my way through my dwindling old stock, I pine again for the good Teaopia days.
Tea #11 from Another Traveling Tea Box
So despite the rather unhappy reviews people seem to post for this, I still had to try this one. It just smelled so good. Lol.
Brewed this up and then eyed the rather pink brew in my cup dubiously. But I made it I might as well try it. It smells pretty fruity with a hint of green-ness to it. The first sip is kinda watery/weak and pretty unpleasant actually. It’s kinda tart and has this weird herb-y sort of taste. It’s not a green tea sort of taste, or at least not one I know of. I wish I actually knew what was in this aside from the types of tea and the fruit bits. Then again, I guess it doesn’t matter since I ended up pouring this one out. Even after adding some sugar is didn’t help one bit. Lol.
So this one is a no, despite how tasty it smelled.
Having this tonight with a bit of milk and a spoonful of brown sugar. Very relaxing! I never used to be a rooibos fan but I’ve been liking them more and more lately.
had this again. I love it, I’m going to be sad when it’s gone since I won’t be able to buy it again
I’m not sure I would have purchased this tea normally, but it was on sale for 75% off when Teavana was staging their take-over so for that price I figured why not? I’ve drunk green chais before, but the addition of the peppermint as well as other herbals (bay leaves and stevia leaves) along with the usual chai suspects intrigued me. It smells nice – like a spicy chai but with cool, minty notes. Unfortunately the brewed tea tends to come across as being rather bitter; I think the addition of the stevia leaf was to try and alleviate this, but it didn’t really work in my opinion. It might also be that the green tea base itself is a bit too harsh. Whatever the reason, I’m afraid this tea doesn’t really do it for me – it’s just as well that I didn’t pay full price.
Tea #8 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I feel like this tea had potential. It smelled super good in the bag, and even the wet leaf smells fruity with a little but of spice. And then I tasted it.
Seriously. All I taste is apple and hibscus, with an aftertaste of orange. There’s no tea, no papaya, and certainly no combination of ingrediants creating a ‘wonderful strawberry-peach flavour’. Bummer.
Thanks Aimee P.! I’m not really a fan of plain Earl Grey teas but if it’s an Earl Grey cream I’ll take it! This is nice. Classic flavor with a touch of creaminess. Mmmm :)
I got to almost sipdown status last winter, but find that I can only enjoy this, truly, in cold weather… so it was saved. Today, I decided to clear it out. Oh how I will miss you orange chocolate puerh! You were so good while you lasted.
Also, what’s this new Select tab?! must check this out when I get home tonight :P
Tea #19 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I’m at a bit of a loss as to hot to make a good cup of tea out of this. I tried twice, with different temperature water, and I kept getting an extremely bitter cup. I would say that you should probably skip fixing this hot and do a cold steep, it will likely turn out better that way.
Oh my goodness. Mint tea I have nothing against you but somehow no matter how many cups, there are always more! sheesh. You are getting old and less flavourful, and sharp. Please. please just disappear so you can be replaced by a young trophy(wife?) tea…
Well it also doesn’t help that I have another mint green in my cupboard, from Tea Emporium, only that one calls for half a tsp per cup. Even worse!
Also, Steepster isn’t showing my note from earlier. Well, it is on my wall, but not in the feed. How odd.
Rich and deep tea. tastes fruity and does a great job at reducing bloating. didn’t think this would be something I would like, but surprisingly I’m going to be sad when this is gone since there’s no more teaopia
Another from TeaboxB! I had to love this one right? I have some form of S’mores often… either microwaved or just bites of one giant marshmallow with bites of chocolate and bites of graham cracker cereal. Always delicious! I love the pomegranate flowers in this blend… it looks like the closest thing to fire flames in a “fireside” blend. After two teaspoons are steeped for five minutes with almost still boiling water, the marshmallows didn’t really melt… hmm. Marshmallows impervious to boiling water? But the fragrance of the tea itself is lovely and sweet. The cup color isn’t very dark, it’s a light amber… so the flavor shouldn’t be that dark but somehow is… I think it’s the chocolate… malty dark dark chocolate. Maybe the hazelnut also helps there. I thought that since there is white tea here, it might be bitter with such a long steep time and hot temp, but it tastes awesome. I wouldn’t necessarily call this tea S’mores flavored but I’m loving what this DOES taste like! The second steep was not good at all – I steeped for a WHILE – uncountable minutes but the flavor did taste more like white tea this time – oversteeped white tea and oaky. I think I’ll just make the first steep exactly the same next time and not bother with the second. I think I steeped it perfectly. Marshmallows still didn’t melt. First steep: awesome. Second steep: eh, I dumped half of it. I think I’ll keep the other few teaspoons of this one from the teabox since this one is either a hit or miss with most people.
I thought for sure I’d logged all those Teaopia teas I purchased back when they were having their big “We’re-being-taken-over-by-Teavana Sale” but either I was mistaken or Steepster ate the tasting notes. Anyways, I’ll see about remedying that.
The smell when I opened the pouch was very sweet, creamy and fruity to the point of being almost too much. Some other Steepsterites have called it artificial and I can sort of see where they’re coming from. I expected the tea to taste equally as sweet and creamy but unfortunately I was disappointed – I still got the peachy notes particularly as the tea cooled off, but the rest was sadly missing. A bit of a let down all told.
En olor y sabor seco es verdad que es lacteo. En infusión tiene un toque cremoso, suave con toques frutales tropicales… no se, es raro, pero está rico!!!!!! Desde luego para ocasiones especiales.
It was a good run but I’m glad to see ya go White Butterfly. Especially since I really enjoyed you most as an iced tea, and it’s now too cold for that. So long old friend. That is all.
Tried, can’t really recall flavours, but have enough for another cup. Ugh, I suck at this, haha. Anyhow, thanks Indigobloom!
Mixed it with green tea and some honey. It was good for my sick stomach :)
This tea is one of my absolout favourites. it has a great pina colada taste, i have had a hard time tracking down more of it though as the teapoia near my place closed down. if anyone knows where i might be able to get my hands on it could you please let me know.
Wow this was a really old sample. One of those I really should have tossed but sentimental me with the rose coloured glasses for Teaopia said it should be steeped in a last ode to the latest shop to be consumed by the all powerful Teavana/Starbucks.
Overall? More or less as I remember it, only a little weak.
Pleasant and light.
Not bad, considering it’s nearly two years old and the packet was clipped shut!
Still, this was not the afternoon caffeine hit I was looking for.
Good thing I have a trusty (metal) waterbottle primed for shaken matcha with me!
I wonder if droids drink tea… hmmm… (nerd attack ;)
Made a glorious pot of this for friends last night. I am REALLY fond of my new glass teapot! I do have to clean out the infuser by using floss, however, which took me a while to figure out.
Anyway, this is always a comforting classic. Fragrant, elegant, beautiful liquor.
I so wish I could get my hands on more of this. As it stands, I think I have maybe two cups worth less, if I resteep what little I have left from my sample (by the third resteep, it loses some of its vigour). So warming and spicy, and the oolong adds depth to the blend. I’m going to miss it when I’m out.