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This is a nice yunnan black – smooth and malty with a hint of minerality and sweetness at the end of the sip. I’m getting some citrus/bergamot notes from this, wondering if that’s the tea, or if this sample just spent some time snuggled up against an earl grey. Thanks to Anlina for the sample! :)
Oh man, this is good. I was iffy on picking some up, but the person at the counter convinced me to give it try, and I’m glad I did.
This is a fairly green oolong, that smelled every so faintly roasted in the bag, without much else in the way of smell. But the taste, oh my. Really intense orchid notes, distinct honey, a touch vegetal and an incredibly long, sweet finish, where the orchid just lingers and lingers.
Toward the end of my cup there’s a bit of astringency developing, but the first 2/3s were smooth, and the sensation is only mildly drying and not unpleasant.
I just grabbed this from my untried box because I figured I should take a break from black teas, and I wasn’t expecting much, but I’m pretty blown away. This is a fantastic oolong.
Edit: Tasty enough to warrant a second steep. This one is more vegetal with subtler honey and orchid notes.
Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Honey, Orchid, Sweet, Vegetal
Cooking TTB #19
“Sunrise” is the perfect way to describe this tea! I was so not expecting what I got out of this cup. I thought there would be oranges or some citrus sort of thing. Instead there was this tangy (but not like hibiscus tart) sweet deliciousness! It was such a pleasant cup. I think I’ll be nabbing at least a couple more teaspoons of this before I pass it along!
I don’t think I’ve ever had a rooibos/mate blend before and I find the concept quite odd, since I usually reach for mate when I need a jolt of caffeine in the morning and for rooibos when I need a caffeine-free option. But flavor-wise, the combination does seem to work pretty well in this tea. The roobios gives it a pretty orange color and the mate brings a touch of earthy richness to the otherwise light tropical flavor. I don’t think this is something I need in my collection, but I enjoyed trying it out!
Flavors: Earth, Pineapple, Tropical
I like this best iced, even though I think the flavor is stronger hot. It is admittedly pretty weak, but I think that is why I like it better iced. It still feels refreshing to have a light, slightly fruity flavor. I wouldn’t purchase this, but I am happy to finish off what I have and if I ever came across more I would be content using that up too.
Oooh this is nice.
I picked this up for my partner, as they tend to like smoky teas, and smoke was one of the dominant notes of the dry leaf. And steeped, this is just lovely. There’s a top note of smoke, which is mild, not at all overpowering. Next there’s a nice coconut note, with chocolate and caramel. And then on the finish, malt.
I may not give the whole 50g to my sweetie after all.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Coconut, Malt, Smoke
This was alright but not very exciting. I think it got a little over steeped (to go cup), so there was probably a bit more bitterness and astringency than there would normally be, but there’s also a strong charred, woody note that I’m just not that into, and that I find fairly common in oolongs.
Second steep is smoother and less astringent, but this still isn’t much to my taste.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Char, Roasted, Wood
This was today’s cup for disability awareness training. I threw a couple of teaspoons into a travel mug, steeped for three minutes in about 3/4s of 94C water and then topped it off with cold water to make it drinkable.
Today’s cup was just okay. None of the really intense brothy notes that made me pick this up after my togo cup from Tea Emporium. Ah well, I don’t think I steeped it well.
I’m resteeping the leaves in my gaiwan, gongfu, instead of continuing with them western style.
The second steep, which is 2tsp in 100ml of 96C water for 1min, is malty and surprisingly floral. Really nice.
Third, 1.5min is starting to loose complexity of flavour. There’s still a bit of maltiness, but there’s a depth that’s missing.
Flavors: Floral, Malt
I grabbed a to-go cup of this, this morning, as I just couldn’t manage sorting out my travel mug and brewing basket.
This was pretty amazing. Super malty, a bit sweet, very broth like in a way that’s quite different than green teas, and almost a note of some rich meat, like lamb.
The second steep wasn’t nearly as interesting as the first, but the first makes this something that I will be picking up.
Flavors: Broth, Malt, Meat, Sweet
Uh oh. I’m sorry Anlina but despite how thoughtful it was of you to include this one, it’s definitely not agreeing with me. Not even a little bit.
As soon as I opened the packaging, it just smelled really wrong and off to me but I hoped maybe whatever seemed funky to me would sort itself out as this as steeped. Not the case. I’ve been sipping on this mug for the last three or so hours, but I haven’t made much progress – and every time I do take a sip my nose crinkles up so much. It’s like making a three year old eat their vegetables. I just don’t want to.
Breaking it down, I can taste the coconut and some other buttery flavours, as well as the lime and some seriously vegetal oolong and individually I might be all about those things, but they’re not coming together harmoniously for me. Yeah, Tea Emporium “Put the lime in the coconut” but should they have!? Have they just gone too far!?
Yeah, I think so.
VariaTEA I measured out about a cups worth of this for you and it’ll get sent to you eventually in one of our frequent swaps. I don’t really expect you to like it since you don’t really like oolong to begin with, but I could be wrong and it might be worth a try anyway. Who knows.
As for me, I think I’m just gonna dump out the rest of my mug.
Oh hum. I was really hoping for some distinct pecan pie flavours in this one, but it’s not living up to its name.
The rooibos base is just too woody tasting and really overpowers the other flavours. On the finish I get a bit of caramel and sweetness.
It’s not a bad tea by any means, but I want notes of butter and pie crust and nuts in addition to the sweet. And I think that a bit of rooibos would help along the pecan notes, but it’s too much as the whole base.
I really love the unique flavour of pecan pie, so I had really high hopes for this.
Flavors: Caramel, Sweet, Wood
I bought this tea from The Tea Emporium in Oakville but they don’t have it up on their website anymore. Flowering teas are so pretty to view in glass teapots. I only brewed 2 min and it’s very light green tea. I can pick up the lavender but it’s very very light which is okay with me. Lavender can ruin and overpower a tea. There’s also a little bit of jasmine which is light. There’s supposed to be amaranth and chrysanthemum in it too. I think chrysanthemum is similar to chamomile and I do taste the chrysanthemum. It appears to be the strongest out of the 4 herbs. Amaranth is something I add to my henna so I’m assuming that where the very slight earthy taste is coming from.
Overall an interesting tea. I usually don’t pick up flowering teas because I have to brew two cups at a time.
Only one tea ball of this so another tea I get to cross off the list!
With many mentions of coconut going soapy or rancid quickly, I decided I should dig into this tea again.
Once again this was super creamy and rich, not too sweet, subtle lime flavour with a touch of tartness, and some floral, vegetal oolong flavours.
I also just love how this tea looks. The creamy coconut, dark green oolong and orangey red flowers are a beautiful combination.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Floral, Lime, Tart, Thick, Vegetal
I usually give a lot of side-eye and avoid teas that reference dieting, but lime and coconut make this irresistible to add to my Seven Sisters Tea order.
It’s quite different from what I was expecting. The lime is very subtle. The dominant flavour is the natural creaminess and sweetness of the coconut, and then secondary to that, a bit of earthiness, vegetal and umami from the oolong.
I really like the coconut flavour. It’s very natural, not sweetened, and extremely rich. You can see a fine film of coconut oil on the surface of the cup.
I’m going to have to try this iced with lime wedges.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Earth, Lime, Sweet, Umami, Vegetal
This reminds me a lot of Teavana’s Fig Rose. It has the same sweet, nutty fig flavour dominant and then lots of pineapple notes. This tea is very, very sweet.
I’m not sure how much I like this. Like Fig Rose, I really like the taste of dried figs, but the nutty quality of this flavour is a bit weird. Might be good iced. It’s an interesting tisane for sure. I think I need to try it again to form more of an opinion.
Flavors: Apple, Fig, Nutty, Pineapple, Sweet