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This is a tea from the GCTTB #6
Drank this a few weeks back, so I don’t remember my steeping parameters.
What I really like about this blend is how sweet the spearmint is. Very fresh and very minty.
I found the citrus a bit on the light side, but that’s fine. The green base was not astringent at all, but also wasn’t very present due to the strength of the spearmint. Overall, very tasty.
Flavors: Fruity, Lemon, Mint, Spearmint, Sweet
This is an odd blend if there ever was one. It has some Chai spices in there but they are weak. It’s got Yerba Mate and Rooibos too as well as black tea. It sounded interesting. It is not as good as I had hoped. I will try it iced as the other reviewer suggested.
Brewed this tea one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 minutes.
I find that this tea tastes less like gingerbread than straight up ginger. I find this a really comforting tea to drink because I absolutely love ginger in pretty much any form. However, the flavor’s not as complex as the ingredient list might indicate. If you don’t appreciate a strong ginger taste with some underlying spice, I’d look for a different tea.
Flavors: Ginger, Spices
Smells amazing, tastes alright. Mate saves my bacon again. Must steep conservatively to avoid stirring the hibiscus dragon of despair.
It’s been a while since I had a mate or guayusa around the house. This long hiatus has made me realize that it’s essential for basic functions after sleep deprivation.
This was a Christmas gift from a friend who claimed to have chosen it based on the merit of smell alone (she doesn’t like or know a lot about tea). I’m glad I can show her how much I appreciate it by having it with me whenever we meet up in the morning.
Flavors: Earth, Hibiscus, Lemon, Raspberry
I had the chance of trying this tea recently. It certainly had an overwhelming licorice scent; it smelled up two rooms! :O Taste-wise, I found that the tea did indead taste like white chocolate peppermint. Yet, in my opinion, it was way to sweet for my tastebuds and the peppermint tasted too strong. I wished I could have enjoyed this because I love eatting Peppermint bark.
Flavors: Chocolate, Licorice, Peppermint
This is my favourite non-fruity iced tea. Well, I suppose it is a bit fruity with the pineapple, but mostly it is a mixture of sweet, woody rooibos, strong black tea, and chai spices.
I can really taste all the ingredients (anise, cardamom, clove, ginger, coconut, rooibos, black tea) and the pineapple is a tiny bit fruity and sweet, which goes with this very well. I’ve only got 10 cups worth of loose leaf left, an I’m really disappointed that this was discontinued.
I like this hot, as a latte (or slightly sweetened latte), or as an iced tea. It has many applications!
Flavors: Almond, Anise, Cardamon, Chestnut, Clove, Cloves, Coconut, Fruity, Ginger, Honey, Nectar, Nutty, Pineapple, Roasted nuts, Rooibos, Spices, Spicy, Sugarcane, Sweet, Tannin, Tea, Wood
One of the first loose leaf teas I fell in love with was Teavana’s Tiramisu Treviso. It was a rooibos. It didn’t taste exactly like tiramisu, but it was really good and with no notice it was discontinued and gone forever. Having developed a dislike of rooibos since then, I was excited and hopeful that this black based tiramisu from Teavana might be reminiscent of the previous. So today I went all the way across town to a mall (I never go to malls, so it’s super weird and yucky to be in one) to try this tea. I thought I should get a cup of it to go before committing to 2oz of loose tea. When they ran me up, my total was $5.40. For a cup of tea! 2oz of the tea would have cost me $7. They don’t have the prices listed and if you don’t ask, they don’t tell you how much it is until they are ringing you up. They got me in their sneaky trap and I walked right into it blindly. Unfortunately that wouldn’t be the last bitter taste in my mouth from this experience.My first sips have this tang to it like it’s filled with fruit and hibiscus. It is the kind of tang that as it passes over your tongue, your jaw muscles get an achy wave. The girl making my tea asked if I wanted it sweetened and I said no. I’m honestly not sure if she did or not because this cup is really sweet. Once the initial tang passes, I do taste some fruit which quickly turns to coffee notes. There is a weird aftertaste where coffee and tart fruit take turns appearing and retreating. Adding creamer dampens the weird fruit notes, but it also weakens the rest of the flavors too. I had such high hopes for this tea and it is nothing but a gross let down. Mixing David’s Birthday Cake with Coffee Puer makes a WAY better cup of tiramisu. It feels like a waste pouring a $5+ cup of tea down the drain, but here we go!
First off, the reason I got this tea (and went into Teavana for that matter) is that it was on sale for half of its normal price ($13/50g). Though I’d have to think hard about buying it at full price, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again at the discounted one.
The feature of this tea that really takes the forefront when drinking it is its texture, which is buttery/fatty and silky smooth. Its taste is similar to a light black with a combination of honey, butter and malt.
Another noteworthy aspect of Golden Dragon is that its smell changes in a novel way. When dry it smells like pears and orchids over a Darjeeling base, but when steeped this morphs into a smell is very savory and reminds me of a steak spiced with salt/pepper.
Flavors: Butter, Malt, Smooth
The loose leaf has fairly large chunks of dried fruit, red hibiscus petals, and red rose petals.
Strong flavours of slightly bitter orange and rind, lemon, and other fruits. Notes of honey and flowers (hibiscus, maybe lemon tree flowers or orange tree flowers?), but mostly fruity. I like this one iced because of the hibiscus/rose hips, but I’ve had it hot a few times and have not found it to be too sour. (just be careful not to oversteep)
The thing I do not like about this tea (other than the price, 50g of this isn’t much because the fruit is heavy) is that it doesn’t resteep very well. The first steep is strong, and the second steep is a bit less so. By the third steep it gets quite weak.
Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Floral, Fruity, Hibiscus, Lemon Zest, Orange, Orange Blossom, Orange Zest, Rose
I use this at work where I can’t brew gong fu style. I do wish this was made of glass and found it to be an expensive product for plastic. Nonetheless I have bought a few for friends and family as it brings convenience and the pleasure of observing the tea leaves unfurl, as well as the liquor colour.
A medium-bodied green tea that tastes very vegetal, leaning towards steeped laver or seaweed. The savory, grassy notes disappear as soon as they hit your tongue, but are unmistakably there.
For fans of Chinese greens, this is not a disappointing experience. It is homey, almost eerily familiar except for a stronger seaweed-ish pull on the palate. It’s comforting and warm. But it is by no means spectacular or even particularly special.
Brewed correctly, this tea may be served with no fear of embarrassment to guests seeking a plain green to sip on. Even by so-called tea aficionados, this will smooth on the palate and inoffensive.
But it is not particularly complex, and is rather one-dimensional in taste. Therefore it is best to reserve this tea for nights when a comforting green tea is drunk in abundance to pull one through an arduous task such as studying, rather than to drink it for sheer gustatory pleasure.
Flavors: Grass, Seaweed, Umami, Vegetal, Wood
A long lost item has been rediscovered in the cup cabinet today. I thought I had lost this a few months ago, but my wife simply put it where it belonged—with the other tea mugs.
This was my black tea tumbler prior to my conversion to pu-erh. It keeps tea hot for a good 3-4 hours, so it’ll be perfect for this winter drive to work today.
Now that I have rediscovered this, I’ve decided to start drinking black tea again. So, I’m currently drinking 2013 Classics 58 Big Tree Black Tea from Puerhshop.com before work (review to come later).
Emperor’s cloud and mist is an interesting green that with distinct mineral flavors that border upon being spicy. It is also quite toasty (like toasted grains, and a bit floral (light colored flowers if that makes any sense) and naturally sweet with brown sugar notes. It is thin – medium bodied, and it will taste a bit astringent if brewed too hot.
Flavors: Astringent, Grain, Umami, Wet Rocks