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I’ve been wanting to try an EGC for a long time. Vanilla and EG are my two favorite tea flavors, so it’s totally natural.
The dry leaf on this one smells like vanilla cream, fig, and VERY strongly of bergamot. When the Teavana lady showed it to me and fanned the scent toward me, I was instantly smitten. I was lucky enough to get a 40% Peel n Reveal coupon that day, so I got 3 oz of it for under $5.
I steeped it Western style with skim milk. The liquor tasted very strongly of vanilla and not very strongly of bergamot, which was surprising given how strong the bergamot note is in the dry leaf. I got a note of genuine milk chocolate and undertones of wet earth.
This is absolutely a delight of an EG. I found my new go-to loose leaf EG for sure.
Flavors: Bergamot, Chocolate, Citrus, Cream, Vanilla, Wet Earth
A friend kindly sent me a sample of this. I really like the idea of pairing blueberry and currants — but neither is coming through strongly here. I get a hint of the currant, but I don’t think I would have guessed blueberry if it wasn’t in the name. I guess the acai is responsible for that hint of bitterness. Though I’m not that crazy about white tea, I think it’s a good choice here, as anything stronger would overwhelm the fruit flavors. Overall, not a must-have, but still a pleasant lightly-fruity tea.
This is strange. I could have sworn I had added this tea to my cupboard AND reviewed it in the past. Oh well. Here it is, then.
I’ve had this tea for a very long time (read: 3 years). I first tried it when I got to take home a whole bag of it from Starbucks, since we were tasting the new replacement teas that took away my beloved Tazo. Since no one else wanted the rest, I “volunteered” to take it home with me. It’s been sitting in the back of my cupboard ever since. This tea was supposed to be replacing Tazo’s Zen tea. Now, if you’ve been reading my blog, you’d know how much I just love Zen. Jade Citrus as a replacement was a big, big disappointment. Whereas I found Zen to be perfectly balanced with the green tea, lemongrass, and a hint of mint, in Jade Citrus the mint overpowers all other flavours. It even smells like pure spearmint – it’s more comparable to my toothpaste than to Tazo Zen, in my opinion.
Ok, I was going on a little rant. To be perfectly honest, I am
drinking trying it again because when I came home from work today I saw a brand new tin of Jade Citrus sitting on my desk – a lovely and thoughtful gift from my boyfriend. Unfortunately, he didn’t know about my unpleasant history with Jade Citrus, and I was mostly just confused about where this tin had come from than shown him my gratitude at his thoughtfulness. I feel bad. So here I am, giving this tea a second chance. (Note: I did use tea from the original sample back I had from Starbucks. I realize it may be a bit old, but when I opened it to check it’s quality, I was once again blown away by the minty aroma. I think it’s safe to say the tea will still be potent.)
Being very wary of the strength of this tea, I underleafed my cup slightly, and didn’t brew it more than a couple minutes. I have nothing new to report, despite my hope that maybe my tastes/grudge has changed. Honestly, all I can taste in this tea is the mint. It even leaves that tingly mouth-feel you get after brushing your teeth. Now, I am not averse to mint, but I do not enjoy it when it overwhelms where it’s not supposed to. This tea is supposed to be nuanced with layers of flavour, both green tea and citrus – it is not. I’m glad I didn’t open up the new tea, at least now I can give it to someone who will enjoy it.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this tea was amazing and stands up well to multiple steeps. After the 4th or 5th I increased the temperature to 205°F for an additional steeping or two. If I can catch this tea on sale I’m going to load up big time.
I’ve been savoring this tea for years, but it is time to move on. Only 1-2 servings left in my collection, and you cannot buy this at Teavana anymore. Anyway, I’m sure there are suitable replacements out there for this tea. I just have a sentimental attachment to this because it was the first Thai-style tea that I fell in love with and drank with enthusiasm.
What I love about this tea is that it is creamy right out of the tin. I did not think that possible with tea before, but now I know better! It is sweet and nutty, and the right amount of spice. Also, it is an attractive tea to look at in the tin, probably because of the colorful spices and the star anise.
I usually enjoy this tea with almond milk creamer, to enhance the nutty flavors.
Flavors: Anise, Cardamon, Cloves, Creamy, Nutty, Spicy, Sweet
Been having this at work for the last who knows how long. It’s really old as well. It has held onto flavor decently – malty though it can get astringent. Sipdown.
Now I’ve got to find a new tea to have at work. No rating as I didn’t pay a lot of attention. Got pulled into a meeting at work…
Flavors: Astringent, Malt
From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5
I like chocolate, I like salted caramels, I like salted caramel chocolates, and I’m determined to try all! the things!!! so I tried this against my better judgement and it’s just not that great. This might be one of the older teas that have gone a little off because it’s oily and mostly tasteless, save for general sweetness and a kind of cheap, waxy chocolate flavour.
I really like genmaicha and I enjoy oolongs, so I thought I would give this a try. The loose tea doesn’t smell like much, but the tiny rolled beads look fresh.
The first steep (3 minutes) smells like toasted rice. It steeps a medium gold colour. The first sip brought a smile to my face. It is slightly sweet and tastes like toasted rice or grain, it also has hints of seaweed (but without the saltiness or vegetal flavour.)
The second steep (2 more minutes) tasted similar but has more flavour. The colour of the liquid was a bit darker and you can taste some tannins but no bitterness. The leaves has expanded to about five times their original volume and are dark green like kelp. There is almost a bit of sesame flavour to the tea, but not quite.
The third and fourth steeps were done in cooler water and produced pleasant and flavourful cups of tea. I suspect you could brew this tea many more times before it loses flavour.
Flavors: Grain, Seaweed, Sweet, Toasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty