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I got this one super-cheap after Christmas in a holiday tea gift set. I was basically getting 8oz of tea for the price of 2oz, so I took a chance on a couple of blends I’d never tried before. I figured the White Chocolate Peppermint alone was worth the price of the whole set and hoped to get at least one more enjoyable tea out of the deal. Unfortunately, this isn’t the one. A weak black tea base with lots of ginger and a bit of cinnamon…drinkable, but not what the name or description promises and definitely not something I would re-purchase.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Ginger
This is a nice blend of three pure teas (although one is jasmine scented). It is an interesting flavour hybrid because the toasty oolong + jasmine green + white tea is an unusual (but tasty) combo. The jasmine is not as strong as many pure jasmine teas are, and therefore the notes from the base teas are present. There is a bit of lightly toasted oolong, strong white tea (most similar to silver needle), and subdued creamy green tea flavour.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Jasmine, Tannin, Tea, Toasted, Toasty
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Flavors: Apple, Lavender, Mint, Orange, Vanilla
A happy sipdown #86/393! Sorry, MissB, but this is just not for me.
I was doing pretty well with focusing on my sipdowns, but I got really busy about a week ago and haven’t been able to get much progress made since. Finally, though, I have two days off work in a row for the first time in a month, so expect many sipdowns to come in the next couple of days!
This one I’m pretty stoked about. I’ve had it for a long while now – it was one of my oldest teas – and I’ve never been a fan. It smells a little like sour milk, and tastes like out of date pineapple juice watered down a lot. There’s a sort of sweet artificial back note that most likely comes from the little candy hearts, but there’s nothing particularly complex about it. Each time I drank this I would avoid it for months, until I forgot that I didn’t like it and had another cup. It has been in my focus box for seriously a year, and I’m really pleased with myself for finally getting through it. Pineapple is on my list of tea-dislikes for a reason, and the reason is this tea.
My absolute go to tea. I drink this tea multiple times a week. For me this is the absolute best green tea, as it can be drank straight or with honey. The first sips are smooth and vegetal, and as it cools the sweet notes are increased. Because I enjoy the sweetness I enjoy this tea at room temperature.
Flavors: Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Six – Tea #33
The teabox is slowing down, as there are less choices. It will be mailed in a week! This isn’t the worst Teavana tea and that is saying something. I swear I’ve had a blend like this before though…. possibly Della Terra’s Ginger Snap. It has a sweet, slightly nutty, slightly fruity flavor with the rooibos. I’m pretty sure it’s Ginger Snap. But I didn’t realize both Della Terra and Teavana would have the same supplier. Makes me wish I was on a tropical island anyway… hey, it’s February.
Second tasting of the day, and im very impressed. I had heard both good and bad things about Tevanna but decided the only way to know for sure was to buy a few and test them out for myself. With that in mind, and a sale at the store in hand, I bought a nice little collection of sample sizes.
The first one I will be tasting is Jeju Island green tea, and using my glass teapot and a short steeping time of 30 seconds with 175 degree water. I got a very smooth, buttery, grassy tea with slight floral scents and no hint of bitterness. The taste and scent is somewhere halfway between a chinese green tea and a sencha, if you like sencha you will absolutely adore this. I know I do.
I highly recommend a short steep in a small amount of water, even if you have to resteep it, as it seems to eliminate the bitterness that is often reported with this tea. Now the glass teapot bleeds heat very quickly and is ideal for teas that get bitter easily. And in this case, I got absolutely none.
Second steeping had a slight bit of bitterness and an impression in both scent and taste of asparagus. Still very nice on the second steeping, that butter and sweetness is slightly diminished on the second steeping.
I HIGHLY recomend a bit more leaf and short steeps for this tea, in a very small pot or Gaiwan.
Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Floral, Grass, Sweet
Ehh, the name makes it sound a lot better than it really is. It tastes like artificial chocolate flavouring, carob, cinnamon, and apple. A little bit acidic/fruity (hibiscus?) No caramel? No cream? What kind of caramel truffle isn’t creamy? There is a bit of earthiness from the carob and beet root (which also turns it bright pink!). There is also some soapy coconut, but just makes this blend too sweet without really adding anything.I got 50g of this tea free, so I really can’t complain, but I didn’t enjoy it. Only two cups left until it’s gone, though. I don’t think this blend is good enough to buy more of.
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Carrot, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coconut, Earth, Mineral, Soap, Spices, Sweet, Taro Root
Smells impressive, like a little bit of an overripe pineapple. I find I have to use a lot of tea to get flavor, seriously cheapo tea from the grocery has more flavor. Three scoops for about two cups pulls it together. Surpsingly pineapple, but there’s some bitter to it. You can steep it again but most of the flavor is gone. Overall, meh. Also to expensive for what it is.
This one is definitely a wonderful smelling tea. I just want to sit and hold the warm cup and breathe in the beautiful smell. To me it doesn’t taste as good as it smells but it’s still good. There’s more floral in there then I was expecting and less peach based on the scent. One that I will try again but there are other peach teas I like more like the Rishi one.
Thank you for the sample Inkling!
This is decent fruit for making an iced tea. I just had it hot and enjoyed it, despite my dislike for hibiscus. The key is to only brew it for 2 minutes max. It will get tart if you oversteep it.
Lots of tropical, fruity flavour. Pineapple, lemon/citrus, no floral notes though. There’s some sweet and some tart in there.
Flavors: Fruity, Pineapple, Tropical