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A very enjoyable Yunnan! This one is a winner – as suggested by many earlier reviews. I don’t think that I can add anything new but….if you see this tea on sale again, buy it and try it if you have not done so already!
I should note that the time listed below is higher than recommended because the second time I had this tea, I was distracted and forgot that I was making a pot. It probably steeped for 11-12 minutes before I remembered – the tea was still amazing (no bitterness at all).
My favorite… Always smooth and flavorful, never bitter or tannic no matter how long it’s steeped. And it is certified organic. Expensive for me for an everyday tea, but Teas Etc. has regular discount sales if you sign up for their email. I’d never identified the " sweet potato" nuances among the rich fruity and caramel flavors.. now I’m looking for it, thanks to others reviews.
30 g. of this in a gallon for iced tea at below steeping parameters before letting it cool and go in the fridge. 1/4 cup sugar to sweeten. I make my iced tea by the gallon and really should do this more often as I suck down about 2x more tea when its iced. I’d clear out my inventory so fast this way.
Once its cold the tea loses the authentic lime flavor and becomes more limeade-esque. Not bad, and still making me want this with a plate of tacos (who am I kidding I always want tacos). I wonder if there’s any more lime flavored blacks out there? I shall have to see…
This was a sample from momo!
I am making most of this iced but I wanted to have the first cup hot just to see how it changes in flavor from hot to cold. It certainly smells like it would be the perfect iced tea ever, with a strong citrus/lime note immediately upon sticking your nose near the bag. My favorite mexican restaurant actually uses limes instead of lemons in their iced tea so that’s another reason I’m kind of excited to try it – I know from experience I prefer the lime over lemon addition.
Lots of leaf fragments in the last 1.5 tsp. I’m using for the hot cup – probably just from transit more than anything but there are tons of leaf crumbs floating in my tea, which, boo. :( It doesn’t bother me to drink it, I just don’t like seeing the tea all muddled. It’s a gorgeous mahogany color otherwise with the same limey smell. I bet this would taste like a mojito with some spearmint…. and it’s a black tea base to boot, which most mojito blend teas aren’t. Grr for thinking of this too late!
But OH MAN I’m not even complaining. This is pretty darn good hot – like I said, it definitely reminds me of that lime iced tea I’ve had before. The lime tastes perfectly natural and the black tea is smooth and strong, not bitter in the least. I’ll put just a tad bit of sugar in it when iced (like, 1/4 cup to a gallon, so less than a tsp. overall) but this has made me very happy indeed. I haven’t ordered from Teas Etc before but depending on how fast I go through this gallon that may be changing soon!
Well I’m awake and wrapped in my robe in a zombie like state (and looking very much like one this morning too). I need tea and I need food. … tea…must drink tea….zombie moan. No brains for me though this morning I think I will stick with fruit salad. Sticking on the fruity side of things this morning I will try this fruity based green Sencha tea. Another sample to use. :)
The blend looks pretty enough with green leaves and red petals finely chopped and mixed together with a few pieces of dried fruit. It has a sweet and fruity yet buttery scent.
Once steeped the tea is yellow in colour with a toasted, fruity, buttery aroma.
The Sencha is buttery, toasty, thick and bitter while the fruit is waxy, sweet and sour. I can’t get past this thick waxy taste that reminds me of the smell of manure (it’s strange how a flavour can remind you of a smell). The fruit is not really that fruity and I cannot tell what fruit it is or even guess. There is only a little bitterness and it can be over looked if I set my mind to it.
It’s drinkable but just not my ‘cup of tea’ and I’m glad I only ha a sample and now it’s gone.
This is great tea!! I hope the company adds it to the list of teas. My mom gave me some and I am in love. It has the right amount of chocolate for both smell and taste. My dad was not sure about a chocolate tea called it a girls tea but he likes. I was so impressed with the fact that this tea was able to stop my cravings for chocolate and its healthy. How lucky can that be.
This was my morning cup on my way to work. I really enjoyed lingering with this tea during my (hour ugh,) commute. Many of the previous tasters have already gone over this in great detail. The leaves of this tea are fluffy and beautiful! The mouth feel is soft. The flavors are all muted but slightly sweet. A REAL WINNER! I gave this tea 100!!!
On to the tea. I received this generous sample from SoccerMom. The leaves are quite stunning and fuzzy. The liquor is silky and finishes on a sweet note. I distinctly taste the spicy/peppery note but the malty flavor is absent. There is a slight earthy quality to the tea that I am enjoying immensely. My first cup was finished rather quickly, but the second steep cooled to room temperature. Both steeps were unique and pleasurable. I’m sure I could squeeze out a third steep, but it’s almost time to head home from the office. Yay! I might have to pick up where I left off today. This is a great tea to have on constant standby.
I’m not sure about this one. I might have to give it a little time, maybe a few tastes. My initial impression is a whole lot of meh.
Fragrance, dry leaves: Coffee. Okay, I’m beginning to think that all nutty rooibos blends smell like coffee to me. There’s coffee and there’s a sort of generally tropical thing going on, but I don’t know that I can actually smell coconut and mango. I’m just a teensy bit on the irked side that the list of ingredients doesn’t actually contain the word mango anywhere, just “flavoring.”
Fragrance, brewed tea: Coffee. Generally tropical something or other. Also, something nutty. But not specifically coconut-ty.
Flavour: There’s the coconut! And even the mango, sort of. It’s not really evident, but because I know it’s there, I can search for it and find the flavour.
In the end, it may just be that I’m not a fan of these tropical flavours. It may be that I should try this iced. It may be that I wasn’t paying enough attention and didn’t steep it properly. For the time being, what I’m feeling is that something is missing here. I’ll try it again at a later time and hopefully improve my rating.
I’ve had this in my tea cupboard a while now waiting for the cool weather to turn up. Boy did it today. I dug out some of my long sleeved tops and jeans on this chilly second day of Fall (I think). The apple and cinnamon play so nice together and with the oolong. I’m loving the smell and taste of this one so much. It really does smell as though an apple pie is baking somewhere in the house.
Sweet, fragrant, and fall are the words that come to mind as I sip this one. While I enjoy the light breeze coming in through a few open windows while a cat snoozes nearby. Perfect Fall day!
We are in the full swing of Harvest here.
Running constantly the last week or more,and never sure what day it is.
I have been drinking staple teas such as my Earl Grey, but because I am out in the field all day, I have been down to one cup of tea daily.
I feel like those last five words should be in capitol or italics or in bright red.
It has been utterly grueling.
But, today I am home, doing laundry, cleaning and bound and determined to drink tea.
I have this tea from Angrboda and its a odd duck.
The nose of it dry reminds me of some candy I had in my youth.
The most odd thing about this tea, is its color.
My husband walked by and stopped and then sniffed and then asked me with slight fear in his voice “Is…that tea?”
It is sort of a brown-ish purple color.
Now, I only have had figs a few times in my life, but this tea is not coming off overly “figgy” to me.
But, I am rather enjoying it.
Maybe its just because I am actually sitting down in the middle of the day, drinking a cup of tea that I am being rather forgiving.
But, it is a nice fruity afternoon tea.
Thank you for letting me try this tea, Angrboda.