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keychange was so nice to share some of her new teas with me! We opened this up at her place yesterday, and thought it smelled okay, lacking a bit on the banana, perhaps. That observation seems to have held true for the flavour as well. A nice enough flavoured black, but neither chocolatey nor banana-y enough to really achieve “Banana Split”. Just vaguely tasty.
Met up with some lovely Steepsterites today and had a wonderful time! Came away with too much tea, though, and sorely regret not hauling things out of my stash to bring and offload, too.
Anyhow, this tea came from the huge order that keychange made from East Indies recently, and is one she was not fond of, in part because it didn’t taste like cherries. Well, it didn’t taste like cherries to me either! However, it had the cakey sweetness of other teas like Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and Blueberry Crumble, and therefore I found it delicious. Also, sparkles. I didn’t really write down anything more about it, so should probably re-review later, but it was tasty.
Thanks for sharing, keychange!
This was a giant cup of no this morning. Too sweet, too flat, and just not enough of whatever it is i was hoping to get. It’s so hard to describe why you don’t like something, because it wasn’t horrible; it just wasn’t that good. And like, do I waste a tasting note and your time by telling you: I just didn’t like this tea? I guess so, LOL.
You know when you wake up feeling hormonal and fragile, and then you brew up a tea you’ve never had before, and suddenly so much is resting on how it turns out? When I opened this bag, my nose was pleasantly assaulted with a blast of straight up cinnamon bun. I smelled the frosting that hints at cream cheese, I smelled the cinnamon bun itself, the thick, sweet bread, and for heaven’s sake, it even almost managed to smell warm. So despite myself, my expectations were kind of set.
I brewed this for five minutes, added in some cream and rock sugar, and got to sniffing. The brew retained much of the smell of the dry leaf, which is both promising and dangerous. But the first sip cemented it all: it was hot, it tasted thick (thanks to the cream which, dare I say, I might even be able to back off of), it tasted sticky and gooey and cinnamony, and I felt so cozy and happy as I drank it with my hashbrown breakfast and read “the dust that falls from dreams”. I think I’ll love this tea even more in the winter. I’m just imagining it in a timolino or carry mug (actually, it’s the new curve travel mug I am lusting after so hard). I’m imagining opening the lid after coming in from the cold, and burying my nose in cinnamon-bun-scented steam. Omg. Tea, I am back.
I know I know, same tea different morning. But I’m still trying to iron out some kinks in my tea-drinking experience.
This tea, again, was quite good. but there was still something wrong with the t. It tasted flat, or perhaps even as if the base tea had changed, although I have a theory. For the longest time, I was using my keurig to dispense water into my tea mug, and I was filling the keurig’s water reservoir with tap water. Then, we got one of those culligan water coolers for our house, and I began using the Culligan water to fill up the keurig. This was when I was drinking coffee, for which it is just fine. but any time I used the hot water tap on the Culligan cooler to make myself tea, the teal would always, without any exceptions, come out tasting weird. It’s strange, because cold, the Culligan water is delicious, although it’s a “thicker” water if that makes sense. It is not like spring water, which has a much thinner mouth feel. And I know I sound ridiculous, but the kind of water I use to make my tea seems to absolutely make a difference. So next up, I’m going to experiment with tap water tea and see what happens, although I’ll have to wait for the Keurig to run through the water it already has first in order to get there.
So let’s keep our fingers crossed that I’m right!
Do you guys notice a difference in the taste of your tea depending on what water you use also? I keep trying to tell myself it’s all in my head, but it kind of isn’t.
Ok guys, this is much, much better.
For those of you who don’t yet know, east indies is dellaterra’s supplier, and given that dt has sort of been a bit on again off again regarding how open for business they are, I figured I’d go straight to the source (thanks to marzipan, who alerted us). I kind of, um, bought 117 dollars worth of tea from them, so to say I went a bit overboard isn’t an exaggeration. But the customer service there was fantastic, although if you live in Canada, please insist that they don’t ship to you via UPS because I got slammed with a hefty border tax at my door. Not fun at all. It kind of made me have unreasonably high expectations for the tea because hello, if I’m paying a million dollars, this tea had better make me fly.
Anyway, I’m happy to report that this tea is as delicious as I remember it being. unfortunately, I was a little too heavy-handed with the cream, so the flavours were kind of muted, and I suspected my water could have been a smigeon hotter than it was, but this cup was verily bursting with potential. I have always preferred this tea to davids tea’s pumpkin chai, because I find this tea to have more flavor overall, and I can also taste the black base more. And so, even though this tea has not yet reached its maximum potential, I can taste it there, lingering underneath my brewing mistakes. Pretty exciting stuff, guys. Pretty exciting stuff.
Ok, so now it’s off to Costco with a good friend, and then tonight we’re making fajitas!
Ok so I’m not really going to beat around the bush here, because I had this tea yesterday and so I’ve had enough time to really think about it. Not that I even needed time.
I do not like this tea. It does not smell of lilacs, nor does it taste of them. At all. Like not even a little bit. It tastes just like black tea, and it was easily overwhelmed by my milk and sugar, although you would not have guessed that by the strong, virging on tanic smell of the leaves as it brewed. I’m a little hartbroken. Because I have like two oz left. I’m meeting a bunch of fellow steepsterites next Saturday, and I intend on bringing this tea to see if the problem is me, the tea, the description, or all three. Don’t get me wrong—it isn’t hideous or anything like that. it’s just not even close to being a lilac-flavoured tea. And I know, I know. Try brewing it this way. That way. More water. Less water. More leaf. Try brewing it further above sea level. But like, it isn’t even close, not even in the neighborhood of what I was hoping for, so I’m kind of tea-devastated.
Despite being pretty much over my ‘sprinkles in tea’ phase, this tea drew me in with the combination of pig sprinkles in the blend and the fun, whimsical name and the promise of fig flavour. In my humble opinion, there aren’t nearly enough fig blends and any chance I have to try a new one is one I’m going to take!
However, when I cracked open my sealed 2 oz. package of this blend I was hit with something I hadn’t been prepared for; the strong, piercing aroma of lavender! The lack of comprehensive ingredients lists on East Indie’s website it definitely a valid criticism; while a super generic blurb has worked out in my favor in the past in this case I feel like I was failed – I cannot stand lavender, and had I known this blend had so much of it I’m sure I would’ve been persuaded against this tea despite wanting to try ‘all the fig’.
Regardless, I cold brewed myself up a mason jar worth of tea because you never really know how a tea is going to taste for sure until you try it, so despite major reservations there was still a chance this could be alright. Sadly, I just couldn’t get over that concentrated lavender flavour. It was floral in a soapy, artificial way that made me feel like I’d licked all of the counters and shelves in a Bath & Body Works store. Any fig that was in this blend, and I know there was because I could see the dried out pieces in the leaf along with the adorable pig sprinkles, was completely masked. I was not impressed.
My overall opinion is that personally I found this blend as irksome as the puppet it’s playfully named for – and if you’re looking for fig look elsewhere. However, if you’re a fan of lavender and want to try a strong lavender blend over a black base you’re in luck.
Last tea from last night; I was painting my nails while this was steeping and I got distracted, so by the time I was done my nails/remembered I had tea brewing this was stone cold and had been steeping for like half an hour? But, but!
It tasted delicious! No ‘cream’/gelato notes to be found. However, the persimmon, mandarin orange, and tomato notes were incredibly strong and juicy. They were incredibly long lingering, and made my mouth salivate so much. Very sweet, tangy, and umami! I continue to really enjoy this tea!
I’m so happy with this purchase.
That’s such a unique and fascinating flavour idea, and the minute I saw it on East Indie’s website I knew that I had to try it. For anyone who isn’t aware of East Indies Tea Company, they’ve got some really interesting and well executed flavoured blends. Their ‘specialty’ is probably dessert blends. Also, for people not aware they seem to be the supplier for most of, if not all of, Della Terra Tea’s blends – a company pretty well known for having wonderful flavoured dessert blends.
When I cracked open my sealed up package of this the smell was really overwhelming; I honestly have only had persimmons once or twice and I found that they tasted like a very sweet tomato, almost with an orange-y flavour. The aroma of the dry leaf certainly causes me to relive that experience; it’s intensely sweet and fruity with a strong citrusy scent that makes me think of really ripe mandarin oranges or perhaps very ripe mangoes. Visually, there’s lots of dried fruit (Persimmon? I wish there was an ingredients list for this blend) in the leaf as well as a multitude of little yogurt drop type things. All of this in conjunction had me very, very pumped to get this tea steeped up!
I gave this a nice, long steep to make sure I drew out as much flavor as I could and to also give the many yogurt drops time to fully melt. I was somewhat worried that when they did melt the liquor would either get a little oily or I’d get “yogurt scum” similar to what happens with melted chocolate chips but neither really happened and the liquor was very smooth and thick. The flavour was quite wonderful too; while I ultimately think the gelato aspect of the blend could have come across better, as it was basically just added creaminess from the yogurt drops, the persimmon was very well executed! Persimmons, simplified, are basically just very sweet tomatoes and that came through. I got that wonderful umami flavor that a tomato has that manages to linger all over your mouth, but also fruity notes that made me think of very, very ripe mango or either naval oranges or really ripe, in season mandarin oranges.
Anti-rooibos tea drinkers be warned though, while the flavor is strong and lively it doesn’t completely mask that rooibos base so expect to taste it alongside the lovely persimmon/citrus notes. But overall this is just a really wonderful, unique flavored rooibos and I’m extremely happy with it and definitely recommend trying it if you find yourself with the chance to.
This is another tea that I picked up on vacation at Quintin’s Tea Emporium in Virginia Beach. It smelled so lovely in the jar that I had to take it home with me. And I am always looking for new and interesting herbals for my cupboard.
I don’t find this one to be artificially lemon as the other reviewer suggests. It isn’t a bright citrusy lemon, but it’s not cloying or sweet and it doesn’t remind me of household cleaners at all. I think the mint does a good job of balancing out the lemon and both hid the fact that this is a red rooibos which is great since I almost passed on this one because I typically don’t like red rooibos teas.
Definitely one I will be happy to enjoy, though not something I plan to keep stocked.
This blend of coconut, lavender and rooibos both intrigued and disgusted me. There is no flavouring added either, so it really just tastes exactly how you’d think: lavender and rooibos with a sweet coconut aftertaste. Interesting sounding but ultimately pretty bland, much like the men my friends try to set me up with.
I received this tea through a sampler package I’d bought a bit back. The sample came in a gold packet with only the logo for “The East Indies Tea Company”, the name of the tea, the type of tea, and the address of the company. Therefore, I can only guess as to what is in it and tell you what I’m picking up. I could find no info online for the tea, and I didn’t find a single tea retailer who offers it, at least not by the name on my sample package. I have e-mailed the company in hopes they can give me a little more information. Anyway, onto the good stuff:
Upon looking at this tea, I saw what appeared to be bits of marshmallow, some kind of snowflake sprinkles, and the same gold sugar balls one can find in David Tea’s “Glitter & Gold”. There also seemed to be some pieces of caramel in there, though this I am not 100% on. It smells almost like coco when dry, and I also detect a hint of marshmallow.
Upon brewing the tea I noticed it sparkles, just like “Glitter & Gold” does. Very pretty. It smells like hot coco w/ marshmallows to me. The tasting is also very similar to hot coco, only with less of the chocolate. The marshmallow comes through pretty nicely (this from someone who dislikes marshmallow), but doesn’t make it too sweet. It also makes for a slightly creamy cup, which I found rather enjoyable. The sugar candy also adds a little sweetness, but it isn’t like drinking a latte or anything. Just present and pleasant. I do seem to pick up a very faint caramel taste, though I can’t be certain. It’s nice, though, whatever it is. It’s a smooth cup, with the black tea base just breaking through to give the cup a nice, subdued, black tea taste. As I’ve said in previous reviews, I’m not a fan of strong black teas, so this brew was well received. The tea base is present, but contains no astringency, nor is it overpowering. The tea tastes best once it has cooled a little bit. Overall, I really enjoyed this Holiday brew. Now, if only someone sold it….
I’ll update if I find anything out about this tea.
EDIT: So, I looked online for a marshmallow black tea with gold balls and blue sprinkles and found a tea that seemed either the same or very similar to what I’d had. It’s called “Eight Candles” and it’s sold by Della Terra Teas. This may be the same tea, but I can’t be certain. Maybe they changed the name?
I picked this up in a local tea shop over the weekend… the smell was wonderful… tea was ok. I tasted the strawberry but it was more like tasting Nesquik strawberry syrup we use to make our daughter strawberry milk. This has a slight chocolate flavor. Overall I would drink this again but will not replenish the tin once it is finished.
This tea reminded me of Celestial Seasonings Candy cane lane only this one has a black tea base. This was not that remarkable, I think the mint/candycane flavor could have been stronger. But the cuteness factor of this tea rocked! Little mini- candy canes in the tea!!! SO cute! I will drink this again but do not feel the need to go out and buy some to hoard until next Christmas.
The dry leaves smell like those cinnamon lollies, as does the resulting brew. This blend packs a pretty weak cinnamon lolly taste though, plus I could do without the sugared syrupyness coating the back of my tongue and making me want to throw up – both from the sensation and the heavily sweetened flavour. Way too sweet, where’s the spice?
Well yes. The aroma of the dry leaves is indeed chocolate strawberry, with the liquid smelling of mostly chocolate. But not good chocolate. Nor is it the step down from good chocolate which is the cheap but edible and wildly available stuff. Its more like the weird stuff that you find in $2 discount stores that isn’t really chocolate but some weird stale chocolate colored imitation. Imagine that with a faint hint of strawberry and you have experienced this tea.
You gotta admire tea blends with stupid names, because if I had a tea company all the blends would be named after inside jokes and dead celebrities I’m in love with.
Anyway, the aroma has that imitation lemon essence smell I’ve come to expect with lemon teas with hint of mint. This blend tastes exactly how it smells really, but I really don’t find the lozenge-esque lemon and mint an agreeable combination in my mouth…