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This is lovely. Light with a refreshing and very natural tasting melon flavor. It was a bit bitter, but I think that was because I used water that was too hot. I’ll have to experiment a bit, I haven’t had many white teas. It tastes like it would make a wonderful iced tea as well. I think I may decide to keep this one.
The mint and cocoa in this tea definitely take the foreground along with the sweetness from the stevia leaf. The green rooibos seems to take a background note, but it is there. I would actually like to see this without stevia already added. I think it might take on a slightly darker, earthier tone which might be nice. Overall a great tea!
Some friends of mine said this tea (after steeping) smells like cereal. I was surprised, and later on I tried to figure out why they said that. I realized that this has a very heavy vanilla aroma and I am guessing the sweet smell reminds them of sugary cereal. The vanilla does overwhelm the tea; I would say the black tea is average quality. If you over-steep it, even a little, it will have a bitter (old, stale) tea flavor.
Very apparent in this tea is the taste and scent of green beans. It has other subtle nutty qualities as well and seems to stray from the leafier end of the green spectrum to the dense vegetable side. There’s almost no bitterness. It’s pleasant, but really this is on the lower end of green tea quality, from my experience. That’s not to say people won’t like it, but this is one I wouldn’t buy more of. It has some taste similarities to Temple of Heaven gunpowder tea. It isn’t really the kind of flavor I look for in a green tea.
Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty
This tea has an almost roasted flavor with some nice playful green notes, robust and zingy. There are hints of roasted corn and zucchini and maybe some toasted pecan, really small hints of green bean. There’s a little sweetness to the tea as well. The flavor is long-lasting and really lingers on the tongue with a bit of hui gan. Honestly, this is the first Dragon Well tea I can recall really enjoying. The last one I had was really intense and tasted like fried chicken. I still long for the day when I can try the fabled Xi Hu Long Jing. If I were a lion in China, Lion Mountain is where I’d probably hang out and drink tea, anyway. ;3
The repeat infusions on this tea had very nice flavor as well, more robust than I usually get with green teas.
Flavors: Corn Husk, Roasted nuts, Zucchini
This green tea looks rather thin and delicate like mei hua or a bi luo chun but less fuzzy. The scent is sweet and has a note of tropical fruit, maybe passion fruit, as well as a lightly floral quality and a vegetal kind of green bean scent.
The taste is gentle. The most obvious to me is a lotus flavor, which is sort of a creamy and delicate floral and anise-like flavor if you’ve never had it. As the tea cools it tastes rather umami, a bit like gyokuro, and there’s a hint of pleasant bitterness in the finish.
On the second infusion, the flavor is similar but a bit sweeter and milder. Same with the third, but yeilding a little more bitterness.
I brewed it at 2.5g/100ml. When I brewed it again with only 2g of leaf per 100ml the flavor was much more delicate and the “pleasant bitterness” wasn’t even present at all, so it’s a much smoother cup. I’ve been experimenting with leaf amounts for green tea in a pseudo-gongfu style lately to try to find what works best for me. It’s been a lot tougher for green teas than most other types. I keep fluctuating between 2.5g and 2g per 100ml, and much like with this review, the higher amount gives stronger tasting results with more distinguishable flavors, while the lower amount tends to produce a more agreeable and delicate flavor, but bordering on so subtle as to be bland, not in the sense that it doesn’t taste good, but in the sense that it doesn’t taste significantly different from other green teas. Particularly, the repeated infusions seem really dull with this amount of leaf.
As for Sky Between the Branches, I think it’s one of the better green teas you’ll find from Republic of Tea. It’s worth a try if you have it in bulk nearby. They stock it at Whole Foods near me. I wouldn’t buy a whole can of it without trying first though.
Flavors: Floral, Sweet, Vegetal
Cup of the evening. I really like this. Its creamy, rich, and just the right blend of vanilla and peppermint. Its really lovely, and I’m enjoying it on the cold nights.
Tonight is extra good, as I have a lovely dinner, a fire going, and a fun movie on the TV, with my significant other beside me. A good end of the weekend.
Now, alas, to start the week again.
Backlogged from last night. I had this in celebration of completing Nanowrimo!
My boyfriend had broken into my tin the night before, loved it, and given me a sip.
“Its like actual peppermint bark!” he said, “so creamy!”
And so it was. Light, soft, creamy and delicious. So it was a good celebration cup to have as well. I really like this. I picked it up out of sheer curiosity, but I’m gonna maybe pick up a spare tin, at least to give to my boyfriend, as he loves it too. Just a lovely holiday style tea.
Also! Now that Nanowrimo is over, I officially consider it alright to drink “holiday” teas. Bring on the peppermint, the figgy puddings, the hints of pine!
Opening the tin, the pungent smell escapes and leaves a strong impression.
This has a tart, bright taste to it. After going through the whole tin (over time), it had an off-sweetness that I started to loathe; the flavors did not blend well.
This might taste good cold, with some sweetener and perhaps other flavors to cut down on the tartness.
Received this teabag in one of my catalogs. Figured it was perfect for Turkey weekend. This is a nice sweet blend, not too tart on the cranberry. I really like the blood orange versus a regular orange in this blend. I recently ordered from them so I won’t order this now, but I’d surely add to a future order. I love cranberry teas around this time if year.
I’m adding my review here even though my tin just says Blood Orange Cinnamon and not labeled under Eat, Pray. love.
Decided to sample some bagged tea tonight and this was my second cup. I was really surprise by this tea. It was really tasty, smooth, perfect blend of orange and cinnamon. I personally would love more cinnamon in my cup but for those that love a good blend this has it. I’m not too into orange in my tea so I liked that it wasn’t overpowering.
I have 49 more bags in this tin so if anyone wants to swap let me know! Lol
This was my sample for the month, and since I’m reaching for rooibos this morning I decided to try it. Dry it smells exactly like peppermint bark, but brewed it mostly smells like mint. I didn’t realize it had stevia in it until I looked at this page, but it’s very obvious from the taste. It’s not bad, exactly, but the stevia taste is strong and overpowers the chocolate. The mint is still present, but I wish this one would have been left unsweetened.
This tea isn’t too bad. I had it while killing an hour waiting for work to start. I found the chocolate subtle, and the peppermint was just right. I still had a bit of rooibos flavour come through, but it wasn’t too much.
It help up well to milk and a tiny bit of sugar. I didn’t drink the whole cup, but I did enjoy what I had.
Now to just get our furnace working…
For some reason, this season I’m really enjoying the creamy peppermint teas. This one sounded so delicious, so I picked this for my evening cup. Well, this one is definitely not for me. The first sip made me cringe! I thought to myself, “WHAT is that flavor? Licorice?” — then it finally came to me… stevia. Normally I don’t mind stevia and actually like it in certain drinks, but its presence in this tea made it beyond sweet. It contributes an awful, tongue-coating flavor and paired with the peppermint, it becomes liquid medicine. Ew.
My friend took me out for Sweet Tomatoes for my birthday and they had this tea (among others from RoT that I hadn’t tried before. Then we went to watch Big Hero 6, which I would totally recommend.
Even with cooler water this tea turned bitter on me. It did smell amazing, but it most certainly did not taste amazing. The peach scent on this tea was quite juicy and the ginger… what ginger? But that all means nothing when it bitter so quickly. I thought I had overbrewed it at first, but I tried again… and even just cold steeping the bag it turned out yucky.
Why didn’t I love this? I was supposed to love this!!!?!???!?!?
It was the rooibos, I think. Maybe I steeped it too long? It smelled like blueberry cake when the water first hit it, but within the couple of minutes it was steeping it began to get that sort of medicinal smell. Perhaps that influenced my impression of that taste, as well. It just tasted like weak blueberry cough drops or something like that. I didn’t even finish the cup. It’s just not for me :(