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Amount: 1 tsp
Water: 1 zarafina cup
Tool: Zarafina green-loose-mild
Dry Leaf Smell: vegetation from a garden with fresh cherries, not the fake ones
Steeped Tea Smell: lightly grassy lightly cherry
Flavor: weak weak vegetal and cherry
Liquor: nearly clear watery green
I was so sad, I had been so excited.
You see a long time ago I fell in love with the “Memoirs of a Geisha” spring cherry green from ROT. Then of course they stopped having it. I was not the tea addict I was now, and so I just sullenly sought out other cherry greens (teavana etc).
Then I decided to ask ROT, and they promptly let me know Spring Cherry was the same tea!
SoccerMom had found some after my fruitless searches (I didn’t want enough tea to make a full order with free shipping).
When it arrived I was ecstatic. The next morning I woke up and made some (this is a backlog, sorry I have been busy). I am not a morning person and I woke up extra early just for this.
A song ran through my mind:
My blood runs cold, my memory has just been sold
My angel is a centerfold
Angel is a centerfold
Oh misery oh sadness, was it ever delicious, was I deluding myself?
Well it wasn’t bitter so perhaps I should resteep stronger.
Post-Steep Additives: none
Resteep: Zarafina 1 c green-loose-medium
Next time I need to start with medium on this tea.
Light vegetal taste and a low presence of cherry, real cherries not fake cherries. I would like them stronger, but every green cherry tea I have tried that was stronger the cherries were sickly sweet fake.
Another tea that I thought I’d probably dislike- but I’d never tried cherry in tea, and again, we had individual tea bags at school, so I nabbed one. It’s actually not bad. White tea disappears when flavor is added, and this smells a lot more strongly of cherry than it tastes. The smell seems to even contain hints of vanilla, but the tea itself is mild-cherry, not sweet at all, but not bitter. I accidentally left the tea bag in the travel mug (got distracted), so it was probably in there for 30 minutes- I actually didn’t think it was gross.
I’d never have taken a chance and bought this- particular since I think RoT teas are overpriced (sad, because I love some of them). I’m glad I got to try it though.
Both less fruity and flowery than I expected- and the vanilla is definitely in the background. I do taste the hibiscus, perhaps more than anything else. Behind that there is a definite hint of fruitiness- that’d be the apple. I expected to hate this tea, but it’s milder than I was expecting and less sweet. I wouldn’t quite say it’s tart, but almost so. (The aftertaste is a bit tart- not unlike an apple can be.) Not one I’ll actually buy for myself, but it was interesting to try a bag.
This tasted a little bit on the green side of white teas. It was not particularly remarkable, but somewhat enjoyable. There were faint notes of berry – primarily goji berry, but maybe a little blackberry in there too. As the brew cooled, it became more astringent and not quite as good; I am not a fan of astringency in any tea.
I got this at a bookstore cafe and the water may have been too hot, causing some of that astringency. I’m not going to withhold a rating because with leaf pieces as small as were used for this, I’m somewhat sure that a good portion of the astringency would remain.
I am just not finding this tea impressive. I’ve had bad luck with cherry flavored teas – can’t find one I like. I’m finding this one hard to brew without bitterness, and there’s very little that stands out as yummy. No happy flavor of tea leaf, no creamy from the vanilla, and no juicy cherry flavor.
I’m just not impressed.
Hubby and I finished up the last two bags of the tin of this tonight :( Another trip to Whole foods/World Market needs to happen soon. I don’t know if I can go long without this tea.
I was happy that he liked this without any sweetner, as he usually has to put 3-4 packets of splenda in his tea to enjoy it. Finally found something he will drink without additives :)
This tea is delightful, refreshing and oh so pineapple-y hot. I think this may be the first cup I’ve had hot. I’m glad I enjoy it this way as well, since it is getting cooler out.
3 bags, 8oz hot 12oz icewater.
I’m down to my last serving of this tea :’( I think this calls for a short road trip this week up to World Market or Whole Foods. Does anyone have any recommendations for teas that can be found at either of those two stores? I want to find a good hot green tea (any type of flavor loose or bagged) and another herbal/fruit tea.
Another hot day here in Chicagoland. Brewing up a large iced mug of this to take with me to work this afternoon. Love the energy I get from the bright citrus flavors and sweet lychee fruit. This tea needs to be available loose leaf, that way I could make pitchers of it at a time…not easy to do without using up all my bags :(
I haven’t found a hibiscus tea I like more than this one. It is so naturally sweet, so wonderfully pineapple-y and just all around great. I’m hoarding this until I can get more. Not enough funds for a whole order online (nor room in the cupboard). Wish this was available loose so I could make up a pitcher of it (although I like it so much I would drink a pitcher a day, so probably better to savor it).
Made a cup of iced sangria style tea today (no alcohol). I brewed it up like I would iced tea, but added 3 slices lime, 3 slices orange and 3 slices lemon squeezed slightly and muddled into the hot tea. Love the citrus flavor this brought out. This tea is wonderful by itself, but with the fruit it was very refreshing.
In hibiscus heaven. Had a tall glass of this iced with one packet of splenda and I gulped this down. I should have taken the time to enjoy it, but no, it was gulped. It is just that good! I think I’ll try and get a second steep out of the bags because this tea is going to go fast this spring! Hopefully this will be available loose down the road if the line kicks off well. Looking forward to the other flavors!
Brewed iced tea using 2 bags of this tea, 6oz hot water which I steeped for 7 minutes and then poured over 6oz of ice water. Check out the deep red liquor on this tea: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meghannm/
I tried this iced first rather than hot because it is an amazingly beautiful day outside. This makes a great bright flavored iced tea. The Pineapple really stands out as a fresh juicy pineapple. I can taste the lychee in the aftertaste. I was surprised to find the hibiscus is not too tart, and it wasn’t the prominent flavor, more the pineapple, then the hibiscus, then the lychee. This is so good!
Exam in a few hours and need to use my break to study… I grabbed this at my campus cafe thinking it would be a good black tea but I’m not too impressed…
It’s drinkable and not horrible, but the taste isn’t anything special and the smell is sort of like that of spoiled berries.
My next trip to the counter I’m grabbing a different tea.
Amount: 1 teabag 1.8g
Water: hot spigot water, 1/2 mug (6 oz?)
Steep Time: a little over 1 minute
Dry Leaf Smell: Mango, fruity and floral, honey
Steeped Tea Smell: Floral, something else…
Flavor: Light, weak, watery
Liquor: Translucent yellow green
Free sample included in the mail order catalog they send out.
Post-Steep Additives: none
gave another 1 minute (2 total) and it got very bitter
it was not grassy though
I actually would like to try a strong brew of this with steamed soy milk (nice nutty taste) for a tea latte- it’d pair well with milk in general. But for the meantime it’s just me and my water. I tend to find RoT a bit pricey for the quality, but their teas are tasty and this is no exception. I don’t find it overly sweet, but the vanilla and almond are definitely there. It’s a sort of nutty tea with a hint of vanilla, nothing cloying or overpowering at all. Tastes very natural. I’d love to try this as a rooibos too.