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I’ve actually been drinking this tea for awhile but I just couldn’t be arsed to write a tasting note, I’m afraid. I really love the smell of the tea – it’s all very apple-y and cinnamon-y. I’m not really getting apple pie from the flavour, though it’s still quite a nice-tasting tea. I get the fruity apples, and hints of vanilla and cinnamon but it’s just not quite….there. Part of the problem might be the oolong used in this blend – it’s quite a dark oolong with a distinctly roasted flavour – I’d maybe go for a greener, sweeter one like a Tie Guan Yin instead.
This tea has a wonderful, exotic scent even though it’s been sitting in my cupboard for quite awhile as part of a white tea sampler. The flavour doesn’t seem to have suffered either. It’s an interesting mix of tangy orange and nutty pistachio with hints of spice like cinnamon and touch of fruitiness. It’s very well balanced despite the seemingly odd mix of flavours and I’m really enjoying it.
This is the second tea from the white tea sampler I got on the cheap. This one seems to be a different beast entirely from the White Pear, for one I’m pretty sure that this blend is actually more fruit than tea – there’s giant pieces of dried strawberry and apple. To be fair the white tea leaves that are in there are lovely whole leaves and buds, but they make up less than half of the dry tea in the tin.
The flavour of the tea is sweet and fruity without being cloying – it’s strawberry but there’s also other fruit flavours mixed in. Someone else compared it to strawberry Jell-o and I’d say that’s a pretty accurate comparison. It would probably be great iced, though I don’t have enough tea to make a full jug. I might just try sticking a mug of it in the fridge.
I had a craving for some tea late in the day so I dug out the white tea sampler I got for super cheap from Teaopia when it was being taken over.
I have to agree with other reviewers’ assessments that the flavour of the tea is too grassy and astringent even with relatively cautious steeping parameters. The pear flavour is also rather lacking, though I noticed it a bit more when the tea cooled off a little bit. Just as well I didn’t buy a whole bunch of this blend, I suspect.
Much to my dismay, Teavana has discontinued this tea, as I can’t find it on their site any longer. This was one of the legacy teas that they incorporated into their lineup when they bought out Teaopia in Canada, and knowing that they’re no longer stocking it makes me super sad (but not surprised – I’ve learned from Steepster’s forums that Teavana has a habit of doing this).
Anyways, this tea still remains one of my favourites. The base green is unassuming, which lets the fruit flavouring come forward a lot. Nice pale liquor with the tartness of berries – it actually smells kind of like strawberry gum!
Since it’s discontinued, I would normally hoard this tea like Smaug. But I just ordered a package of Demain from Nina’s Paris and had it shipped to a relative overwintering in Florida, who should be coming home later on this month. Once I have the two side by side I’ll do a taste comparison. Fingers crossed that Demain will be my new substitute since I won’t be able to get this tea anymore.
So… I don’t think I liked this much the first time I had it, so you’d think that about a year later, I’d like it even less. Well, you’d be wrong. I actually really enjoyed the cup of this I had – I was getting true, delicious peachy flavour along with the oolong, and I even resteeped twice, both times getting a very tasty cup of peachiness (it faded in the second, but the oolong must have some peachy characteristics as well). Happy news, because that means this will be an excellent travel mug tea, which usually means it gets used up in fairly short order, since travel mugs are twice the size of my normal cups (oh, did I mention that I now have 5 Contigo mugs and 3 Timolinos? And a mug that plugs into my car? And those are just the quality ones…)
This is the second last tea of my box of little bags. Sadly, it’s very light — too light really, whether from too little tea or just being incredibly light. There’s a bit of a sweet aroma, but that’s about all I can say.
I’m not going to rate this one… I don’t think I got enough from it to feel comfortable doing so.
Well, it seems that green teas work particularly well with this small tea bag format. This one is primarily vegetal and grassy, but with a nice cherry aroma and aftertaste. I’ll admit, I think it would taste amazing with something like chocolate covered cherries or black forrest cake. Too bad I can’t test that theory right now….
But yay and yum nonetheless.
Well, this tea is a lot more potent than its teabags from butler cafe brethren have been so far. The green tea comes through clearly, but with flowery and tropical fruity notes as well. Reminds me a bit of Toasted Walnut, but fruitier.
It is, perhaps, still on the light side, but light in a meant-to-be way, rather than being too light for the tea to shine. Definitely resteeping this.
Vanilla. This is very vanilla. And I find that lovely. This is a great before bed comfort tea; the scent and taste is so gentle, with rooibos and that gorgeous vanilla, that I can’t help but feel like it’s okay to sleep before finishing Latin homework…
It didn’t have any cough syrup overly sweet disgusting aftertaste to it at all. The cold dregs at the bottom of my mug do taste slightly chemical, but that was not at all present earlier. I’m sad that this is just a sample now. I really need more good rooibos blends, even though I have an ungodly amount of unflavored red rooibos in my cabinet. It’s just a very comforting tea to me, something I crave before bed.
In other news, I’m thinking of actually counting my teas. Maybe I’ll save that for the weekend though…. Also, I’m writing a ruminative paper on tea. The paper is about something we Need in life, for any reason; the idea came from a scene in King Lear where Lear describes how badly he needs his company of 100 knights. I think that I can easily wax rhapsodic about tea. The ease of writing is especially important as I also have a Physics lab due and a report on Lesbia (of Catullus) for Latin. And then the ACT on Saturday. But then I’m babysitting, and that means money, and that means tea. So, it all comes back to tea. Basically.
Nostalgia in a cup. This was the first cup of loose leaf I ever tried, and I must say, it was the perfect first… I loved to drink this gorgeous blend both hot or iced. It is light and fruity (not too bold, but not too mild). There was something so calming about this tea. I still have a smidgen in my cupboard, that I am rationing, and plan to save the last bit so that I can open it up and smell it when I am reminiscing. My forever favourite.
This is my favourite tea, hands-down. The smell of the dry leaves is heavenly, and the fruity notes are there when brewed, but not overpowering. The liquor is a pale green/yellow that darkens over time.
As one of Teopia’s most popular tea blends, this blend is still around through Teavana. However, it is not available in stores – Teavana sells it online only.
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.
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.