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I could have sworn I did at least one note for this… Oops. Well it’s gone now and I’m sad. This is the most buttery oolong I have ever had. Mmm… I think one of my favorite smells is the aroma of a buttery oolong. Mmm this is very buttery with a thick mouth feel. It has a sweet buttered vegetable thing going on but the dominate taste is butter. Almost like really buttery peas. I love this oolong.
Drinking the last of this one. I always forget how good it is. Now I have am excuse to walk over to the tea shop to get more :)
Candy like but creamy and toasty.
KallieBoo! Thank you for this one too!
There’s definitely a nice earthy puerh base here, with an indescribable sweetness. If I didn’t know it was supposed to be ‘fruity’ I’m not sure I would have necessarily picked up on it. There’s a subtle blossom flavor, and definitely a sweet flavor. I couldn’t tell you what fruits are here, but they do compliment the base instead of overpowering or dectracting from it.
I enjoyed this cup as well!
It’s too early. Which is why I chose a sweet pu erh this morning. It’s enjoyable but to be honest… I think I’m sick of this tea. I’ve just had it too much.
yesterday i had a puerh-splosion in my house and tasted 6 different puerhs. all multiple steeps. and got mega tea drunk. and i feel like i learned a lot about tasting puerhs! not in a solid way but i definitely gathered info in my little monkey brain.
i have a couple puerh stuffed mandarin tea bombs in my collection, but KallieBoo! crushed her’s up and sent the sample to me that way. and i must say i like it better like this. cuz i’ve just been steeping the whole thing at once in a large pot. which is kinda too bitter. and mine is a white puerh anyways which i think is too mellow for that much rind.
okay okay okay, what i’m saying is, i like this one way better :)
it has a slightly more fishy puerh smell than all of the teas i had yesterday, but it’s still not strong. it’s also somewhat less earthy and slightly more on the leafy tasting side than some other puerhs i’ve had of late.
great as a pre-gym sipper!
Ok so when I went on my trip I packed like 10 different teas to take. I guess I forgot to take my bag with the tea in the house because I found it in my car on my break. I dug through it and found this one. Oh my goodness. It made me so happy. Yesterday and today have just been stressful at work so to have good tea available to me is quite nice. I enjoyed these quite a bit. So malty, chocolatey, and full of happiness. :]
Sipdown! 810. Yum! This is better than the first time I had it – I’m tasting the toastiness of the rice in with the delicious candy strawberry, and it’s a real treat. Very enjoyable!
Holy yumminess! This has been sitting in my swap drawer for ages and I didn’t know it was there. Luckily Since I’ve been going through all my swaps I found it hidden under some other teas. I brewed it with a few extra pearls in it and my first sip was surprisingly weak. I put the leaves back in for another minute and the result was crazy. So dark chocolaty, seriously, I don’t know how this is an unflavored tea. Then there is also a hint of sweetness like raisins, but not syrupy. Just good. I’m really enjoying this and I’m on steep 3! Thanks KallieBoo!!
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
It’s not bad at all. I just visited the Tea Grotto website and didn’t see this one on there … sold out? Discontinued? I don’t know.
This has a very bold, aggressive flavor – nice hazelnut notes with a strong black tea base. And … I’m hoping this one won’t be keeping me up because it IS a little late to be drinking a black tea. But, I’m feeling a little bit of caffeine withdrawal this evening (I don’t know why because I’ve been drinking tea all day … but, still, there is that withdrawal headache coming on)
Anyway … this is a good tea. Enjoying it … thanks to my SororiTea Sis!
gadaamn KallieBoo! your high opinion of this tea is well deserved. it’s not flashy or bombastic, but it’s certainly a beauty. malty and warm and hits you right where it counts. sweet and dry all at once. very nice! thank you so much for the generous sample! and it’s so VERY gosh darn pretty too!
the strawberry is light and mellow. and playful and perfect for the summer season.
after i take a sip and the tea is gone, a strawberry taste keeps lingering in my mouth.
thanks for this wonderful smelling tea KallieBoo!
Sipping on this right now. I kinda wish I had made this iced.
I needed, NEEDED a decent unflavored black tea so I reached for this one. This still has a nice malty, dark chocolate taste to it.
First pot of the day. I enjoyed it. The earthy and fruity flavors were nice to wake up to.
thank you for this sample KallieBoo!
i am a dried fruit fanatic i will admit. like prunes and mangoes and currants and dates. all of it.
not so much a fan of lavender to be honest, but it works nicely in this blend. much better than it smells dry to my nose. once brewed it adds a whimsical or slight poetic quality to the scent but it isn’t a big deal in the flavor itself. it makes it breezy!
very fun and interesting cup. i drank my first brewed 12oz very fast. i even surprised myself!
i just felt like saying good bye to this cute tea. it has a bold yet feminine way about it that i really like. smooches little tea!
I felt sad when I crushed my dried orange with this inside. But I reeaalllllyyyyy wanted a cup. It’s earthy and sweet with mellow orange and citrus notes. There is a very, very slight bitter note from the orange peel but it fits. For some reason it tastes like someone dipped their orange creamsicle in my pot. I enjoy this one quite a bit.
Had a nice pot of this to start the day. Still one of my favorites!
SIPDOWN! Man i really need to make sure i’m doing my one a day, so here’s to hopefully 1 of 2 or 3 tonight to make up for earlier this week :) not to mention the tea that arrived from cavo that bumped my numbers up.
I have enjoyed this one a bunch because it not only has a fun fruity flavour, but you can still taste the tea base underneath it all. I very much hate it when you might as well be drinking juice for all that the flavours hide the tea…especially with pu-erh. Thank you again kallieboo! for this one!
Thanks to KallieBoo! and Sil for this one.
While I am enjoying this, and it certainly tastes like creamy strawberry Campino candies, it’s not quiiiiiiiite what I was hoping for. I’m not sure why… maybe I’m just not in the mood for it. However, there’s plenty of flavour, and no astringency, so it’s definitely worth trying for those who like strawberry cream teas!
thank you kallieboo! for this sample in our swap :) This is an interesting puerh. There’s an earthiness to this but there’s also a bit of a sweetness here that makes this a really nice tea.
oh man! Thank you Kallieboo! Holy crap this is a tasty green tea. I’ve sort of gotten used to all strawberry greens tasting the same and this one is for sure not like all others. I ended up drinking this one down super fast and found myself surprised when i hit the end of the cup without realising it! I’ll have to do a cold brew with the other bit of my sample, but this just might have to go on my list of teas to pick up later. it’s a creamy strawberry yummy tea! And the rice is an interesting take :)
Blah. It’s only Monday and I can tell it’s going to be a long week. I’ve been sipping on a pot of this while playing my 3DS game. This is still in my top 3 favorite black teas. I’ve missed this one and I’m happy I stocked up on some more.
Tonight I returned to the Tea Grotto to have pot of this tea since it smelled so amazing last time I was in there. It smells so sweet and nutty! I don’t often associate walnut with a type of nut I really go for (my faves are almond and pistachio), but this one smelled very good. I decided to get a pot and hang out because I wasn’t really a fan of the takeout situation.
They actually brewed the tea for me and brought the pot out once it was done so I have no idea about the steeping parameters here. It turned out quite nice! I don’t know that I could pick this out as walnut rather than general nuttiness, but it is nice and tasty. There is a bit of a nut oil slick on the top of this one and after drinking a whole pot my mouth is kind of dry, but the tea is not too grassy or vegetal. It could be more buttery or nutty which would make this tea even more awesome, but I really enjoyed my cup as it is. At the very end of the pot a large amount of tea powder came pouring out, so I’m not sure if the infusers they use are just kind of big or what. Thankfully it didn’t keep steeping and get bitter or anything.
Now that I am in Salt Lake City I took a trip to this tea shop. I have tried one of their teas before thanks to a swap (the pomegranate black tea) and I liked it, so I wanted to check them out. They have all their teas pre-pouched in 50g bags, but also loose in tins behind the counter to sniff and you can order a pot of tea to stay or a cup of tea to go. I sniffed a lot of teas but was very indecisive; a lot of them smelled good but I also am skittish about buying 50g of a tea I haven’t tried.
I ended up getting this tea to go. It is a green tea with coconut and florals, although I don’t remember what kind of florals at this point. The girl working there explained that they use less leaf so it doesn’t get bitter because they have these new filter lids; basically a coffee lid with a little filter over the hole. It’s basically drinking it enforced grandpa style (throw leaves in the cup, drink water while not drinking the leaves but never taking the leaves out, fill up with more water for future steeps). This is not my favorite way to drink tea because I tend to be a little fussy about steeping times. I sipped it while it was still pretty hot and it kind of burnt my mouth, and I got mainly coconut and light green tea.
So then I stopped to get some takeout phò, and I left the cup in the car. I didn’t know how it would be when I got back out after maybe 10 minutes, but it wasn’t bitter at all. But I never got more than coconut and a light green tea flavor; no florals to speak of. Of course, again I was not a fan of the brewing method because I don’t like drinking tea through a lid… smelling the tea as you sip it and inhaling the aroma with the sip is all part of the flavor, and you can’t get that through a lid.
Anyway, from my tasting of this I wouldn’t pick it up because it didn’t impress me as more than just a green coconut tea, although the coconut flavor was definitely nice. Wish I could taste more fo them as samples.