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This tea tasted quite a bit like confetti cupcake Pop Tarts to me. I didn’t get much caramel if any, but that doesn’t really bother me, since I’m not a big fan of caramel beverages. Oddly enough, I’d eaten confetti cupcake Pop Tarts about an hour before I tried this tea, which is probably why the taste correlation struck me so much. I prefer my cupcake flavor to be solid and, well, cake-like. Liquid cupcake didn’t do much for me, so I don’t foresee myself buying any of this flavor. I am happy that the vanilla didn’t taste artificial or leave that weird alcoholy aftertaste.
This was a sample from the RoT catalog. I just can’t stand to throw out perfectly good tea, so I decided to get this over with and make it this morning. I had recently subjected myself to Teavana’s Pumpkin Spice Brûlée, and when I when I smelled this tea bag I expected a similar super artifically-sweet cloying mess. I was pleasantly surprised that the flavoring was a relatively clean nutty vanilla. I still wouldn’t ever pick this up. The black tea base is pretty flavorless, but it’s maybe convinced me that vanilla + black tea isn’t always distasteful to me.
Flavors: Caramel, Nuts, Vanilla
Picked up a couple cups worth of this tea in the bulk section of a local grocery store yesterday. It is black, it is vanilla, it is almondy. Very true to it’s name with no surprises. It is quite drinkable, but there is very little wow factor to it. It seems to loose a lot on the second steep. It is kind of just meh.
This was the freebie bag in the latest RoT catalog that landed in our box. It smells luscious—like a Yankee Candle. Flavor is not unpleasant, by any means, but not getting any caramel out of it. Saw another note that mentioned hazelnut, and indeed, that’s more accurate. The ingredient list puzzled me. I have no animosity against either blackberry leaves or carob, but wondered what they’re doing in a brew with this moniker.
Ah, well—it’s warm and sweet and I’m cranky and cold. Surely it’ll help with one symptom or the other.
(However, a disclaimer here: wasn’t paying attention to steep time; I may have gotten a bit too impatient.)
Sipdown. I’m not sure how much this resembles “English Rose” anything—I had rose tea many times this summer when I went to England, and I can say with confidence that none of the blends contained hibiscus. Surprisingly, though, this doesn’t smell all that bad. It’s like freeze-dried raspberries or candy. Not what I expected when I read that I was getting a rose tea, but still not terrible.
I can’t help but like RoT, because they were the first real tea I drank. They’re also the only brand I can find in stores anywhere near me. I will admit, though, when they’re good they’re good and when they’re bad they’re awful. I got this with their catalog and won’t be buying any more because despite the nice smell the hibiscus in this completely takes over. I think I’ll ice it to see how it does and then rate it.
ETA: This is not bad iced—it tastes like the freeze-dried raspberries I get in the smell. Decent as an iced tea but I taste zero rose whatsoever.
I really like this combination of plantain, coconut and green rooibos. I enjoy green rooibos, but don’t have many blends that feature it. The scent of this tea is of sweet plantain. It reminds me a little bit of banana baby food — mushy, creamy, strangely comforting. Sipping… there is a very nice balance of plantain and coconut here. The coconut adds a rather tangy note to the otherwise sweet and starchy plantain. The rooibos gives the cup a lovely freshness.
I’ve noticed that I have to be in the mood for this particular blend, but it’s delicious & really hits the spot when I do drink it.
Yep…last tea for today as i snack on a tart from the tea festival this weekend (soooo good!) I’m pretty proud of myself. I organised my cupboard this weekend, bought a bunch of teas at the tea festival and still managed to end the weekend at 173. That means i’m only up 2 teas from January 31, despite having picked up a bunch of teas this weekend. What’s also nice is that i have a plan of attack for the next few teas i need to drink up, which is good since i’ll have tea from my dear swedish chef soon, along with the BBB Box, the Canadian Travelling tea box and my Feb Verdant blends box. I think i’ve also got a swap with variaTEA in the mix and a few others that i told to poke me in feb to swap teas with, so it should be a good time this month.
I like this tea a lot because it’s easy. Toss in a couple bags, let is sit for as long as i want and it’s a tasty hot mess of apple cinnamon goodness. DO i want it all the time? No…but on evenings when i’m super tired and lazy, a couple tea bags of tasty tea is a nice thing to have.
The first several times I made this it disappointed me. I just kept thinking it was too weak. I later realized that I needed more than 1 teabag in my giant mug (since it calls for 1 teabag per 6oz of water) Oops. Adding a second one greatly improved things.
I wanted to love this one. I mean, peppermint & chocolate? What’s not to love? It is a pleasant enough tea but I think I expected more chocolate flavor. Also, I’m not a huge fan of roobios. Milk & a tiny bit of rock sugar do improve it I think. Right now it is one of my best decaf options for sipping on whilst reading in bed. However, I probably won’t purchase it again anytime soon.
Edit: I cold-brewed this & am trying it that way this morning. It is even mintier this way & pretty refreshing. I poured a bit in another cup & added some vanilla almond milk because I was curious. It did nothing for it.. Since the chocolate flavor is even less pronounced when this tea is cold, you just end up with weaker peppermint flavor (though there is some chocolate in the aftertaste).
One thing to be aware of: This team gets kind of slimy. I didn’t notice it when it was hot (though it might have been the case then too). But when I removed the tea bags from the cold tea, lots of slimy residue. Ick.
This was a sample with the RoT catalog. I maybe overstepped it, but that really can’t explain away how bad this tasted. Hibiscus and rosehip are both kind of sour/tangy and did not go well together in my opinion. The raspberry flavoring was very strong, but the rose was almost undetectable. I only took two sips, however, before pouring it down the drain. Maybe it was the stevia in this that really turned me off, because I really didn’t like that this was both strongly sweet and strongly sour.
I really like this tea! I’m inexperienced with unflavored green tea, however, because it seems difficult to find where I live. I bought this at whole foods in the bulk tea section. I steeped each batch of leaves 3-4 times and while they began to lose flavor around the end, it’s possible that this is my own fault for not properly adjusting the steep temperature and time for each steep.
Also worth mentioning is that there is no temptation for me to add anything at all to my tea once I taste it. Usually I want to add a touch of honey or light agave to my tea, but not this tea. There was no bitterness, even though some of the leaves escaped my porcelain steeping-strainer-cup-thing (what are these called?) and I let them sit overnight in the bottom of my unfinished teacup. I drank some in the morning before running out the door and was surprised to find that my tea wasn’t bitter in the slightest! I will be buying this tea again.
I bought this tea in the bulk tea section at whole foods. This is my first non-flavored white tea and I’m in love! This is my new favorite tea, period. I know I’m not an expert and I also know I haven’t tasted the best there is to taste, but that’s the only thing keeping me from giving this a higher rating.
Additionally, I should state that I am rather imprecise in my steep time and my water temperature. I steep until it looks beautiful and smells delicious. I heat the water until the bubbles are “shrimp eye” sized but not “crab eye sized”.
The second steep was even better than the first. I highly recommend this tea to anyone who likes white tea!
I’ve heard of course that you either love or hate Lapsang Souchong. I should have known that it wouldn’t be my “cup of tea,” but I wanted to try it anyway!
Sometimes friends of my family will make us smoked turkey on Thanksgiving & it makes the refrigerator smell terrible. I don’t like the flavor either. Plus, if you eat it, you get that smoky aftertaste in your mouth. Yuck. Well this tea gives you that same aftertaste.
HOWEVER, I found a way to tame it. I mixed it 50/50 with some English breakfast tea, added a teaspoon of maple syrup & a good splash of milk and this is enjoyable stuff! It’s a bit more astringent than I’m used to, but not a bad thing to wake up to on a cold day. I’ve heard that other types of Lapsang Souchong aren’t so heavy on the smoky flavor..Maybe I’ll look for those next time.
I’m going to try to cook with this one though. That might be interesting.
1/27/14 2nd tea of Earl Grey tasting. 1 bag/6oz/212F/3min. 1tsp sugar. 3min cool. The tea bag smelled pleasantly of bergamot, but there was little of the scent to the brewed tea. The liquor was very pretty, a deep red gold, and had a gentle bergamot taste over a faintly astringent pleasant black tea. The sugar enhanced the florals as it came into play. I brewed this to the standard, but it would definitely be improved by a longer steep, and using a second bag. The most enjoyable tea of the flight. Thanks to Tea Junkie for this sample!
I feel accomplished! I got a swap to Jennkay and the T&C box shipped, I got groceries, and I cleaned out Mom’s car. All while sick! I’m much better today, though, as evidenced by my burst of energy.
This time I heavily doctored this: low temperature, short steep, underleafed by half, and added a handful of chrysanthemum flowers. The theory is that it’d turn out at least somewhat like the tea from the Thai restaurant nearby that’s so delicious. Short answer: it worked. It’s not quite identical to the blend I love, but it’s pretty close and delicious. I’d rate this cup 85/100 but the tea itself remains as-is. I think next time I’ll tweak it with just a little extra leaf to the same amount of chrysanthemum.
Another sipdown! (132) Now that I know a little more about tea I smell mostly Ceylon in this. I like the smell of Ceylon, so it’s not a bad thing.
This one is pretty boring. I think I’ve said this about every breakfast blend I’ve tried. They’re just not for me, but unfortunately I have two more “breakfast” samples in my Golden Moon box. Black tea alone is more interesting than black tea blended with other black tea, in my opinion, and for the most part I wouldn’t choose these teas. Maybe I should just find a good Darjeeling for mornings, since that and EG are the only “breakfast” types I seem to want on a regular basis.