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Yesterday yours truly (J) had some Jade Cloud (also by Tea + Spice Exchange; 1 tsp in 8 oz) and I hated it so much that I didn’t go for a second steeping and just trashed the leaves. I felt a little guilty, thinking “maybe I don’t like green tea”.
Today, though… green tea makes a comeback: S + J both had 2 tsp in 4oz of Mystic Dragon over ice. We both really liked it (J more than S). Turns out we like dragon green but not jade green. S points out that the other two green teas we have are jade. Bummer.
This helps explain why we like the red dragon iced tea made at Sofra (cherries/juice + green tea + simple syrup).
This is like a London Fog in a leaf. Earl Grey + milkiness + vanilla. But yours truly (J) is torn…
I love the strong cream flavor. But it also coats my mouth, almost like I drank a shot of butter and swished it around… which I don’t like. And the creme is mostly gone in the second steeping… c’mon!
The moderate bergamot and vanilla spice is really pleasant in the first steeping, but a 6-minute third steeping (2 tsp, 8 oz) resulted in slightly tannic warm black tea devoid of spice and complexity. I was disappointed by the tannins (which I dislike), as I recently had a Kusmi earl grey that could steep for hours without bringing much astringency.
The creme flavor is so sweet that it doesn’t need added sugar.
S did 1 tsp in 4oz over ice, which is also really good. An iced London Fog! (Beat that, Starbucks!)
Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla
Wah, I’m home sick! Thankfully, I picked up some of this lovely loose ginger when Phi and I went to the Spice & Tea Exchange last weekend. I have been alternating it with H & S’s pyramid-bagged ginger tea and Trader Joe’s Gingerly Turmeric blend. The blends are nice, but there’s something about the punch of straight ginger that really cuts through the unpleasant symptoms of a cold. It reminds me of Breezy Morning’s West Indian Ginger Root, which I try to keep on hand at the office because it comes in convenient teabags. This loose version pleases me more though – the pieces are big enough that I can get multiple steeps out of one serving.
I really love this! The coconut is so prominent, and it’s a nice natural coconut, not sweet or artificial tasting, and it goes well against the rich dark green flavor of the oolong.
I’m still new to tea, but this is one of my favorites so far, and I find it wonderfully drinkable. (Plus I bought it in Florida and the coconut is very evocative of the beach!)
Flavors: Coconut, Green
I have purchased so much tea and had no restraint whatsoever in the past few weeks. However, I have absolutely no regrets. When I go to sleep I think about which tea I’m going to have the next day, and wake up excited to start steeping. I’m glad that golden monkey tea is in my current rotation…very rich, slightly sweet and smoky, peppery, and very smooth. I think Keemun is next for me, but I’ll have to work through my current inventory a little bit first…not too long though, the sale for Harney and Sons English Breakfast at Fresh Market ends in 2 weeks. :P
I am finally getting around to trying this tea. I’ve seen it in several stores, and decided to buy it last night. It’s very good, the flavor reminds me of a Dian Hong black tea…sweet potato, maybe…malty, but somewhat sweet. The caffeine level is good, it’s not smacking me in the face, but it’s doing the job of gently waking me up on an easy Saturday morning.
I’m not sure this is anything special. I can taste the malty, and in the store (I got this in San Francisco, which was quite a fun trip for me!) I could smell the chocolate better than I can now. I have other breakfast teas I like better.
I don’t know what this tea wants to do…it just tastes jumbled to me. Not anything special.
I did not know this was a Pu-Erh. I had it when I was fifteen, and I remember the nice vanilla smell and really sweet taste. I thought that the earthier body and smell was because it was blended with a black tea-turns out I was wrong and it was a green Pu-Erh. It’s one of the few darker teas that I started to drink without cream and sugar because it was so rich, never mind the sugar was great with the peppermint. The Tea Spot Climber’s High is a lot like this one, but I prefer the taste of this one because of the peppermint next to the cinnamon and vanilla bean.
Flavors: Cocoa, Creamy, Earth, Licorice, Peppermint, Spicy, Sweet, Vanilla
I liked it. Really liked it. The Sencha and the Dragon well teas blend really nicely together to create a sweet, vegetal, sea mist background sweetened by the rhubarb and strawberry. Fruity and fresh. The smell is the real highlight and a stronger version of what I described in the taste. I am glad that I had a sample.
Flavors: Chestnut, Rhubarb, Seaweed, Strawberry