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Not My Cup Of Tea TTB #7
I’m working through the box this morning, deciding what I still want to sample and packing up small amounts to try later this week and deciding what I want to add so I can get this monstrosity or monstros’o’tea back into circulation and I came across this delightful sounding tea…. Yellow cupcakes, vanilla icing , all in a tea with zero calories…. Yes please!
This is quite tasty! The cute little sugar snowflakes add a touch of sweetness and vanilla to the green tea base and I can taste a slight cake flavor with limited artificial aftertaste. Glad I tried this but since it’s in the 90s here already I think it’s time to lay off the winter teas and start planning for summer!
What a wonderful cold brewed cup of tea :)
I am so glad this tea tasted good because I have had bad experiences with Teas Etc in the past but this tea is quite good. I really enjoy the green teas flavor with this tea, it’s not too mellow but not too strong either. I don’t notice the banana flavor at all which I prefer because banana doesn’t appeal to me in a tea. Overall this is one of the better cold teas I have brewed before
The orange flavor is strong in this tea, too strong. It covers up the flavor of the oolong. It is tasty, just too flavored. I wish they had gone with a low key orange flavor.
I brewed this one in a 16oz Teavana Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 3 min.
I really do have a green tea obsession. Throw some sprinkles in and yep, I’ll buy some. This is another tasty treat I cold brewed. You can really taste the smoothness of the green tea and the sprinkles add the sweetness this needed to make it taste just like a cupcake or rather the icing on top. I’ve tried it both hot and iced and enjoy it both ways.
Flavors: Cake, Green
Oh my oolong-goodness!
This is another surprising find from Amazon for about $6ish for 2 oz. I brewed it up on the instructions on the tin and it came out fantastic!
Dry there is a distinct floral smell. No real mint smell coming through.The first sips have a floral taste to them but as you continue to drink it, you get the minty overtones in there as well. You wouldn’t think those two would go together as well as they do while you are drinking it. . .or at least I didn’t it. I never thought I would like the floral-y type teas, but I might have to check some out.
Back to this particular blend. . .I’m going to have to remember this one when the holidays come around again. I’ve blown through the tin pretty quick. Hoping there is a tin or two still left on Amazon or the website for Teas Etc. I’m needing a refill!
Flavors: Floral, Mint
Just a fresh strong peppermint tea. Steeped for 10 minutes- 2 minutes over the recommended 8 minutes, because it has been in my cupboard for about 8 months. Was still fresh and rich tasting, and was excellent on it’s own, as well as sweetened with a hint of splenda.
Flavors: Mint, Peppermint
This is a very unique tea, and perhaps very different from what people envision tea is. It is a smoked, black tea. It is rich and savory. This isn’t a tea that one should add cream and sugar to. I simply brew it and sip at it, enjoying its smoky tones.
I scored it so high because it is a very different. While brewing it, those gorgeous, smokey smells tease the senses. I highly recommend this tea if you want something different, and if you like smokey flavors.
Okay, so I cheated and picked all the anise pieces out of my cup. (I put them back in the bag, so the boy will have an extra anisey cup when he comes to visit…) And then I brewed it pretty strong, with boiling water. But it’s good! The pear is subtle, but it’s there. Sweet with just a hint of spice. Goes well with my (slightly disappointing) rum caramel chocolate bar. :)
This is a nice sized sample in a sealed packet. Too much to be sipped down in one sitting. It’s enough for two servings.
This has a faint orange fragrance in the packet, and I don’t smell tea underneath. The leaves are dark with curls of orange peel among them.
After a rinse and an initial 15 second steep in the gaiwan, the liquor is darker than I expected, sort of a natural honey color. There’s a dark oolong stonefruit aroma with a slight citrus note.
I get what Rabs said about this, there’s an earthy flavor. Even after a very short steep it’s almost bitter, which is disappointing. I get not much in the way of orange flavor. It’s very faint. It could be a fair amount stronger without running the risk of overpowering the oolong base.
Second steep, 20 seconds. The liquor is darker, a sort of brandy color. More orange in the aroma, along with the typical dark oolong toastiness. Still not much orange in the flavor, and as dark oolongs go, this one doesn’t seem to have a lot of flavor to the base, either. It’s not bitter on this steep, but it doesn’t have much complexity.
Third steep, 25 seconds. The flavor has opened up some. There’s a bit more orange flavor, and a rather pleasant, thick mouthfeel. Some astringency and some peach-pit notes starting to emerge from what seemed before a sort of generic woodiness. A slight bitterness at the finish.
Fourth steep, 30 seconds. Pretty much the same as the third.
I may fiddle around with this through a few more steeps, but it’s not doing much for me. It’s drinkable, but it doesn’t bowl me over.
Flavors: Orange Zest, Stonefruits
Sipdown no. 132 of the year 2014. A sample. Made in the gaiwan with short steeps starting at 15 seconds after a rinse.
In the packet, the leaves are so dark they look like black tea leaves. They smell a little like wood.
After steeping, they yield a caramel colored liquor that has a brisk, fruity aroma with a toasty, almost smoky note.
The flavor is more interesting and alive than the other dark oolongs I’ve had recently . (Those were all from Adagio.) I can see what they mean by the chocolate note. It’s not as strong as the chocolate notes one finds in black teas, but it’s there. It’s not a sweet chocolate, more of a dark beany one around the edges. Very nice. The fruitiness here is more complex than in some dark oolongs where you basically feel like you’re sucking on a peach pit, and that’s the single note stonefruit flavor. This one isn’t as woody/stoney, and is more reminiscent of the pulpy fruity part of an apricot.
It doesn’t change as much from steep to steep as I’d expect, but the smoky notes come out around steep three, as does a little astringency which is interestingly coupled with a soft mouth feel.
There’s a smoky, woody aftertaste. The steeped leaves are chocolate brown and have a mild woody scent with a sharp fruity note.
If I didn’t have about a thousand other oolongs to taste, I would put this on the shopping list as I think it merits playing around with a bit more. As it is, while I like it quite a bit, it isn’t completely knocking my socks off screaming “drop everything and buy me!”
Sipdown no. 112 of the year 2014. A sample.
A colorful, geometric (because of the lemongrass), attractive mix. The dry leaf smells very minty, with a little citrus.
The liquor is tawny, like a dark lion color. The aroma is herbal—mostly minty.
Mine is a little on the thin side, and as I’ve used my entire sample I can’t go back and adjust leaf/water/time and temp to test whether this was just a one-off result or a general characteristic of this tea. I mostly taste the mint and a little lemon. I don’t taste much black tea, but I do get an undercurrent.
I can see this being a really nice iced tea, and I think I’d quite enjoy it hot as well if I could get it a bit stronger. There’s nothing at all offensive about it—on the contrary, it has a really nice mint flavor that’s mellowed slightly by the lemon and vice versa.
I can’t rate it extremely high based on this one experience, but I like it well enough to put it on the wish list if I ever get out of lockdown and order from Teas Etc. again.