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One of the few teas I’ve tried iced before I’ve had it hot.
Absolutely delicious! The chili is not terribly spicy; rather, it gives the tea an almost effervescent quality. Fruity, but not overpowering; you can still taste the raw rooibos underneath.
Brewed for 10 minutes.
Smells delicious. Tastes like water with some lingering sweetness aka tastes like nothing. I can’t say for sure what kind of sweetness comes up. This isn’t tart or strong like most other fruit teas, which is a good thing since I don’t particularly like the strong tart tastes…. and I usually don’t like fruit teas. This one isn’t bad. It is very faint, and it is early morning and I don’t want to think. But I need to. Let’s see if this tea is enough for today! I have to work this Sunday! Nonetheless, I wouldn’t buy a can of this.
I got this as a free sample with the Republic of Tea cataloge. At least it was free. It was way too sweet for my taste, and I ended up dumping the 2/3 of the cup that I just couldn’t finish when the voices in my head went from saying “too sweet” to “asinign.” Too bad. It smelled pretty when I opened the packet, and it sure looked pretty, but I’m not a fan of this one at all.
I had some of this last night, partially because it was the only tea bag in my collection that I could stomach after a day of crazy running around. I managed to sneak it into the theater with a mug of hot water to go see Scott Pilgrim. Pomegranate Tea in the theater? What a treat!
Not my favorite, but still a nice treat.
Although the aroma does have a nice hint of chocolate and oranges, it really tastes nothing like it. I’m surprised that orange doesn’t even come out much in the tea itself, even after a long steep time. Maybe I shouldn’t use the boiling water — however, every other rooibos tea I treat that way, and it tastes just fine. It’s also rather weak. Out of the flavor that is there, this is overpoweringly…hm. “earthy” is what I’m tempted to say as I’ve heard that described for rooibos before. I usually go for the sweeter rooibos brews so maybe that’s why I’m displeased with this, but it really tastes nothing like chocolate or oranges. Just smells a little like it.
note: I did find it tasted better with two teabags per cup instead of one. Still not the chocolate and oranges I had hoped for (and am usually pleased by with the Republic of Tea) but nicer.
One of my bridesmaids got the traveler’s tin of this (and the blueberry green) to put in our honeymoon breakfast basket.
I had some again this morning with just a bit of sugar, and it was pretty decent, but had a pungent grassy/metallic taste along with the sweet and savory. I think I prefer Uncle Lee’s.
Lapsang Souchong is a polarizing tea. It seems most people either love it or hate it. I love it! Smokey and wonderful, it’s the only black tea (so far) that I can stand with out milk and sugar. You can also make many infusions. I’d strongly recommend ignoring the suggested brewing method on the tin and instead doing short (15 second) infusions with a small amount of fairly hot water. With this method I can get about 8 infusions before noticing a decline in flavor or aroma! It’s a lovely tea. My mother told me that Fergie, Duchess of York, like to drink this cut with earl grey. My mother and grandmother used to have “Fergie tea” holding their pinkies out and everything. It makes this tea all the more memorable for me.
I must say, The Republic of Tea’s 100% White Tea/Emperor’s White Tea is another varietal tea that I love. I purchased the traveler’s tin as a sample before I invested in a full size tin; I’m glad I did, it is very good and enjoyable.
The flavor profile is more along the lines of White Peony, which I think this tea is because the longer it steeps, the more of a green tea characteristic it takes on; the color turns towards the coloring of a Chinese green tea. You can definitely detect green tea characteristics, meaning you get the brightness [and a little of the tannins] of the top tier leaves that are picked with the buds even though this is a 100% white tea. The prominent flavor is of white tea with it’s floral delicacy with a slight hint of cream, but not much with this one and a transparent, sheer sweetness.
The aroma pretty well matches the flavor profile.
The aftertaste is of a usual tea, a little disappointing since I do love white teas and how some linger a little afterwards. There is a modest afterthought of the floral delicacy and sweetness along with the hint of tannins of a green.
I would have given this tea a 100 score but because of the somewhat tannin characteristic and carry over into the aftertaste, this is why this tea scores a 90.
I would highly recommend this tea; and this is a very good choice for an evening tea to relax and unwind with; it has very little caffeine, not stimulating at all.
P.S. – Since I truly LOVE and absolutely adore Steven Smith Teamaker’s Bai Mu Dan (his White Peony), I tend to compare every one else’s white tea to his; but I do try to be fair and judge each white tea for what it is and of it’s own.