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I got this at HomeGoods, thinking that I’d give it a shot. I do love most chai at any rate. I was not expecting it to be this good of tea. I love it as a latte with some honey. It smells amazing and no one flavor is really overpowering.
Today marked an exciting day for this tea nerd because I got my red stump for life teapot from Harney and Sons (along with a few teas, of course). Here’s an image of what it looks like: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41idP2M2KPL.SY300.jpg
I broke my last regular teapot that I use for all purpose brewing; the spout got broken on the faucet when I was washing it. One of the reason I was attracted to the stump is the stumpy spout, I figured it wouldn’t get broken as easily. I fretted over my choice of colors until I decided on the red, and now I’m glad I did. It’s really cute and cheerful and 18 oz. is a nice size for one person to have about 2 cups of tea from the pot. I looooooove the new teapot! :D
As soon as I got home I wanted to make some tea. I chose this white tea to baptize the teapot. I am tired tonight but the beau and I are taking a Thanksgiving trip so I need to start packing and taking care of things. Maybe a white tea will give me a gentle lift without keeping me up all night? Let’s hope.
I haven’t had this in a while and it’s nice and gentle. I like the clean, nutty flavors but there’s also a bit of semolina or pastry like sweetness in the finish. If I was going to keep one white tea around on a permanent basis, this could be a serious contender. I don’t know why I neglect my white teas so much, they are actually quite lovely.
…now I’m off to go be productive.
At a dollar and a half per ounce for this heavenly brew, there is nothing to complain about. I’ve had Tao of tea before and never been disappointed. This oolong is floral, buttery and full. I can’t even think of how to best describe it yet; I’ll have to update this post once an impression sinks in. Its flavor lasts multiple infusions and is best drunk in a gaiwan. You could have this thing for dessert, no kidding!
A really nice Oolong. I like the charcoal-y taste to it. A nice, roasted taste with notes of mineral and hints of wood. One of the more masculine Oolong teas that I’ve encountered. It’s earthy, sweet, with notes of peach and very, very faint notes of flower.
I enjoyed it.
This is one of those teas that makes me want to order a milk frother immediately. It tastes great with and without milk, BUT the spice mix reminds me of the chai latte that I used to get at a coffee shop where I want to school and it was so delicious and I want to remake it ASAP.
It’s possible that it tastes even better because of the amazing price I paid at HomeGoods but it is a nice chai tea nonetheless.
Sipdown – finally!
I’ve had this for over 2 years, it just needed to go. I ended up mixing it with some chai spices which is kind of a sacrilege, I know… I just can’t seem to get that into white teas although they are healthy, there’s only a few I’ve had that capture my imagination.
This time, I’m drinking this with 1/2 milk 1/2 water and lots of sugar… Sooo luscious!
I was thrilled to find this at TJ Maxx today! An 8 oz. bag for only $6.99. I figured I’d give it a try because the base is Assam (which I love), and it smelled good through the bag. The black tea is strong, and the spices are very well-balanced (which is basically the gist of what every reviewer has mentioned before me). The cardamom flavor is definitely there, with cinnamon and the rest of the gang trailing behind. The smell is creamy with lots of spice. I’m drinking it without milk, and I added a bit of turbinado sugar. So good!
Excellent tea in a pot or gaiwan, develops nicely over time and has its own light, fruity sweetness.
A very soothing tisane (although it feels weird to be calling something from the camellia sinensis plant a ‘tisane’) it’s very enjoyable. It has a honey-esque sort of taste, pollen-y, with nectar-like tones. It’s got a very smooth texture, it feels soft as I drink it, and it tastes soft and smooth as well.
A natural, light sweetness to it. A nice, late-night drink that is a little bit sweet and very relaxing. Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/06/03/organic-tea-flowers-from-the-tao-of-tea/
I still don’t remember who sent me this in a swap but I still love it! It is one of the first “dark” oolongs I’ve really enjoyed. It is so floral and fruity! I only have one cup of it left which makes me sad…HOWEVER, I got an email from Angel at Teavivre this morning that I won the Oolong Sampler Assortment giveaway! YAY!!!! :D
This is a really lovely mint tea. Both the mint and the gunpowder green tea flavours come out in this really well. The green tea isn’t bitter, but the little bit of astringency mixes with the sweetness of the mint and turns this into a very smooth drink that somehow manages to be both refreshing and relaxing.
The pearls have a very strong and nice jasmine scent, but the taste is more mild and not overpowering. A very pleasant and enjoyable jasmine tea. Not at all soapy. The jasmine seems to work with the tea rather than over it.
The pearls themselves are good, but not the greatest I have seen. They do break up into little pieces more than I would like with a tea such as this. I like to just add a few pearls to my cup, add water, drink, and add more water as needed with teas like this, but all the little broken leaf pieces make it more difficult than it is with more intact pearls. Still, most of the leaves are fairly whole.
The leaf awakens nicely with short steeps @ 180 F. Steeps begin @20 second steeps, thus allowing each subtle change in liquor character to be experienced. Colour is deep golden, almost honey like with a highly crystal reflective surface. Low dust, bright in character.
Enjoyable steeps, used small Gaiwan to allow clear observation as the remarkable leaves awakened. Flavour held throughout 6 to 7 steeps, slightly increasing time to keep golden colour.
Observation of leaves following final steep, revealed beautiful two leaf and a bud sections. Each whole and perfect, not crumbled or over processed.
I got this in a swap with wheezybee so thanks!
It’s also a backlog.
The hibiscus flavor comes through, but it’s surprisingly not terribly tart. The chamomile and mint are by far the most prominent flavors (Fiance went as far as saying it tasted like the mint tea his Grandma used to make him). I thought this was going to be more rose-y, because of the sheer amount of petals chilling in there, but the rose flavor is quite faint.
I can take or leave both hibiscus and chamomile, so I was surprised I enjoyed this as much as I did. It would also probably be pretty awesome iced (but really, most mint stuff is tasty iced).
I can’t believe I hadn’t tried this one yet. I got it from a generous Steepster in a swap. Apologies because I’ve forgotten who it was!
Anyway this is really excellent! I did a nice long steep on it just under boiling. I usually prefer green oolongs (this one has very dark, long twisty leaves), but MAN, this one tastes just like apricots to me! So sweet and juicy with some undertones of spice and maybe dried crunchy fall leaves. Wonderful! Looking forward to steeping it again and seeing if it transforms in any way :)
My experience with this tea doesn’t seem to coincide with the other reviews on here. This has been a summer full of Earl Greys, and this tea is one of the most disappointing. After all the promise in its description I was expecting something better than the burnt black tea aroma and flavor.
You can read my full review here:
I actually struggled to write as much about this one as I did. It’s overwhelmingly smoky, and any other elements are incredibly difficult to identify. It doesn’t taste like Earl Grey to me, just smoke. Lots and lots of smoke.
If you do like their Pine Smoked Black tea, this tastes nearly identical.
You can read the full review (as short as it is) here:
This one was difficult for me to write about, because I have such great memories associated with this brand that I didn’t want to dislike this tea. But I do. A lot.
I made several cups of this over the last two days – kept myself up half the night because I was so over-caffeinated! – but none of them hit the mark. It’s a solid Earl Grey, but the perfumey element of the cornflowers is just too much for me.
I have two more of their Earl Greys to try, and I’m hoping that they will be a lot more enjoyable. Right now I’m just happy I was able to use rewards points for this, and that I didn’t have to actually pay for it!
You can read the full review here:
This was the first Pu-erh tea I ever tried, and I’ve come to absolutely love it. It’s very subtle and smooth, with an earthy aftertaste. It’s perfect for rainy days, and it reminds me of taking a relaxing walk through the Wadi Rum (which is contradictory and weird especially since I’ve never been to the Wadi Rum…). Usually, I like stronger teas, but this has become my go-to tea, and I drink it at least once a day. It really can hold up for a lot of steeps, and it’s complex enough that each steep is a little bit different and a little bit better :) Basically, this tea is awesome.
This tea smelled good while brewing. I was expecting a hearty roasted tea, but I was disappointed. The flavor isn’t as roasty as it smells, just nutty. I generally don’t like strong nutty flavors.
Thanks for letting me try it out Amy oh (^^)