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How have I never rated this tea? My mind boggles. This was my absolute first looseleaf tea and I still love it. I just finished up my stash tonight and am very sad to see it go. The flavour is creamy and tart and this is possibly the only pear tea I truly enjoy with every cup. Plus its affordable, so its even better!
This is…okay. The raspberry tasted really artificial to me. I cold steeped it overnight and added a touch of agave and it just wasn’t doing it for me. Luckily, the very kind man who is tearing down our garage for us loved it, so I’m using up the last of this to make another pot for him.
Ok, here we go.. the last four reviews…!
This sample is courtesy of Indigobloom, and smelled absolutely delicious in the bag! After steeping, I can tell it’s a rooibos by the aroma, but it’s not offputting. Can’t smell the almond a great deal, but hopefully I can taste it.
Well… maybe I made it a touch weak (aka too much water), but it doesn’t have a great deal of flavour. One thing I’m not getting is a gross medicinal taste, but also, I’m not getting any nuttiness. Boo. It’s certainly pleasantly enough flavoured, but if I was looking for an almond rooibos to purchase, I wouldn’t be satisfied with this one!! I’ll see if the second infusion (which I will try in considerably less water) is any better. Here’s hoping!
ETA: Ooh, I just checked out the other reviews, and I seem to be in the minority. I wonder if it’s just that this sample sat around in a baggie for about two months before I got to it? It certainly isn’t “contaminated” or anything, just not terribly flavourful. Oh well!
I had a sad moment this morning when I went to make this tea… I brewed it as usual, but when I poured my milk into it, it curdled. I knew the milk had to be getting close to done, but I didn’t realize it was bad… It made me so sad… I had to dump the tea, and resteep.
The good news in all this, I resteeped this tea a second time, and I let it sit for a bit, and it was awesome. It was just as good as a first steeping would have been. I like my black teas pretty strong and this held up really well. I was very happy. I’m loving this tea!
This tea smells absolutely amazing. Sadly the hibiscus steals the show after brewing. There is a mango flavour to the tea but there is just too much tartness for me to enjoy the cup. I’ve cold brewed up the rest and am hoping that this takes the tartness out a bit. We’ll see!
I’m trying to use up my teas. Ever feel frantic about how much you have and root through your cupboard to see what you haven’t had in ages? and then suddenly feel better when you deplete the massive pile by one cup?? ha! oh dear I need help…
but it was oh so good! if not a little stale.
Thanks to Indigobloom for the sample, I just read her tasting note and I’m already a bit nervous because bitterness is not something I enjoy in tea at all, but here goes. :)
I used the whole sample I got, which was around 2 teaspoons, in my 18 oz glass teapot. Brewed western style ’cause I am still sleepy!
This cup got dark fairly quickly and is a dark reddish brown. I decided to only steep for 2.5 minutes. The tea smells very malty so far and at first sips seems kind of smooth and sweet. I will need to let it cool off to drink more of it.
As the cup cools off I am not getting bitterness here so far – yay! I have a malty, sort of molasses-y flavor which seems more on the sweet side and almost creamy. To me this tea has a slight “yammy” quality. I am sipping on it plain and finding it to be fairly mild. When I added some soymilk to it, it got transformed into something more sweet and creamy.
It’s funny how different people’s tastes are because I rather liked this one. I’m still not finding much bitterness but if anything it has a tobacco-y note in the finish for me.
What a pleasant surprise! I received this in the mail from a friend as a birthday gift, actually an alternative to a $5 birthday card. I have a lot of rooibos in my cupboard and am often disappointed that the rooibos overpowers the other flavour. Not here. I thought the almond complimented and brought out the rooibos for a nice refreshing tea. The almond wasn’t overpowering or artificial tasting either. I can’t wait to try another tea from Tea Haus!
More of Sample Saturday … This comes from IndigoBloom and a big thank you to her for this pick me up! I am dragging today – daughter had to be at work at 8am to record her first on air segment after only being on the job for a week. Its going crazy fast for her. Now if I can only get her confident with her driving so mom here can rest! LOL
This tea is very nice. I did not smell any mango in the dry state but as soon as the water it the leaf the smell of fresh juicy mango hit me in the face like a truck!
This is not a sappy sweet tea at all – a VERY natural mango flavor indeed and I LOVE it!
It does have a slight sweetness to it though – is that the mate maybe?
It has a light, bright, cheery taste to it and a light cleansing mouthfeel.
Oh my how good this would be iced!!!
As a matter of fact I have enough to make one good cup of iced a large cup if I combine what I have left of the dry leaf and use the wet leaf in a re-steep. Oh yeah! :)
Thanks again IndigoBloom!
This is a crazy tea! I can’t believe how much fizz is going on here. It’s citrusy with a punch of tart lime and spice. It really tastes (and feels!) like some sort of limey carbonated beverage. I will probably save the rest to make iced, because this one is begging to be chilled.
Cool! A “bubblegummy” tea that has some character! normally these types don’t do it for me, so I was a little apprehensive to try it.
I have an orange tea in a similar flavour, so I’m guessing if it’s properly paired with a fruity flavour it isn’t so bad.
I mean, I could actually taste the berriness here. Raspberry maybe?
Mind you, I only went for one steep. Somehow I wasn’t in the mood to have more than that.
Next up: having this iced! :P
Second tea of the morning…. (SRP #36)
I received this one in a swap with the wonderful Tina S.. I was just reading her note, and I kind of have to agree with her that this is a tough read. It really wants to be a very good cinnamony and chocolately black tea, but for some reason, the cinnamon hearts kind of come out as this weird cinnamon taste…maybe kind of artificial? I probably am just spoiled by my favorite cinnamon-in-overdrive tea, though. I do get the notes of chocolate, and the tea base is warm and roasty tasting. I think the chocolate tea on its own would be pretty good. Maybe I will just pick out the cinnamon hearts if there is a next time….. Anyway, thank you for a fun taste of tea from across the boarder! I love to try things I can’t get here!
Usual mug method with a 3 minute steep.
Goddamn I suck at tea reviews.
I drank this. It was tasty.
Brewed this one up tonight to split with De, since she’s here a-visiting this weekend. It was exactly what I needed after eating too much beef at Five Guys. The mint and green worked together to soothe and relax. Mmmm. This is still my favourite of the mint teas, no matter how many I try.
Wow! Tastes like orange pop with a bit of a woody flavour mixed in… but the bad thing? I’m getting a strong association to orange-flavoured alcohol that I have a less-than-positive memory of. Which makes me a little nauseated.
So, although this is probably quite good, it seems like I’ll have to wait a few years to actually enjoy it (i.e. until the association has fully worn off). Rating this reasonably high though, because it’s only the memories that are ruining it for me :)
Thanks for the sample, Indigobloom!
And thanks again, Indigobloom! I’m trying to get through a bunch of samples before my new orders arrive :D
I’m a touch worried that this one will taste similar to the Mango Mango Rooibos, or have the strange flavour of green yerba mate that I’m not sure I’ve acquired a taste for yet.
Oh, not bad. Tastes a little smoky, sweet. Mango is hard to pick up but is present. Actually, I’m wondering if this sat too close to the lapsang souchong, since I can’t think that this one would have smoky notes in it normally…
Either way, not bad, but wouldn’t rank in my favourites either.
I love this stuff! First of all we burn this wood as an incense. It smells AMAZING and clears negative energy from the home, if you believe in those things, and well, we do. Also it is medicinal as well which is a huge plus! I have a bag of this stuff shredded like in the tea. I have steeped this before in the past and drank it regularly but with most things I tend to go in spurts then get on a new kick and forget about it. I’m bad like that. Regardless, this is YUMMY! As others have said – it is truly orange flavored – very natural – NOT artificial at all!
I love the woodsy flavor, this is something I will either try to recreate here at home or just say forget about it and order from The Tea Haus!
Thank you IndigoBloom for reawakening my love for this tea – well actually introducing me to this form of it! :) LOVE it!
Steeped 15 minutes in boiling water as opposed to directions but directions are best for getting the most medicinal quality from it. It still tastes great and has the medicinal qualities either way.
Misplaced note from a few days ago, nothing new.
Sample #3 from Indigobloom! Look at me go! If this tea was already on Steepster, I couldn’t find it, so let me know and I’ll move it. (Speaking of that, I definitely didn’t move that Yorkshire Black from Azzrian yet… whoops.)
Ok, definitely a bit of a smoky, toasty note to the aroma of this one.
Hmm, interesting. The flavour is a sweet, roasted sort of flavour. It kind of reminds me of genmaicha, with a couple lapsang souchong leaves mixed in. The sip ends with a nice, round, sweet flavour, almost caramelly, but perhaps not quite. There’s some astringency, which maybe could be reduced by a shorter infusion time, so maybe something to try in the future.
I think I definitely prefer the more vegetal, greener green teas. Although this one’s okay, I think I’d turn to a genmaicha for a similar flavour palette. I feel like the smokiness could work well in blends though – does nobody make gunpowder blends??
ETA: Second infusion for about 2 min at 175F wasn’t great. I think I’m just not terribly fond of this sort of green tea.
I took my entire 25g of this one that I had left and cold steeped it last night, making a huge pot of it for work today. And man did I need iced tea to get through the day. This one was a lovely one to have iced. Not too sweet, and a nice natural strawberry flavour that wasn’t overpowering. I may have to get this one again!
This is really nice! It delivers on the sweet and creamy fronts. It’s definitely the strongest, most convincing caramel I’ve found in a tea. At 200 degrees for 2 minutes, the bitterness was kept mostly at bay and drunk plain this was a nice, indulgent cup to accompany my slacking off.
I needed a kick in the butt to get moving this morning, so I decided to dive into this one. And since I wasn’t in the mood for a straight black, I added some of the Chai Spice I have from the Tea Haus. It made for a very malty chai, even with a spoonful of sugar and milk. It was actually too dry for me, so I had to add more sugar to bring it to where I could drink it. The more I have the Ponmudi the more I decide that as lovely as it is, it isn’t my preferred black.
What’s a girl to do when she has two boxes full of those DelMonte real fruit popsicles left over from last summer? Apparently she uses them to sweeten her tea. Yeah, I did it and you know what, I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I cold steeped this tea overnight, and as lovely as it was black, I wanted to sweeten it a bit. So I melted two of those peach popsicles I had sticking around and then stirred them into the pot. It was actually pretty delicious. I think I may end up doing that for the last dozen or so!
Thank you Indigobloom for sharing this with me! I really was surprised! I was not in the mood for a rooibos but lately I have been trying to cut back on caffeine at night although I found I sleep better with a little in the evening – regardless …. this was SO SO YUM!
I think that I may have to put this on my to order list!
I found this one not bad, but pretty dull. I didn’t get a lot of rhubarb from it, and very little cream. I had the odd nice hint of tart rhubarb, but it was really overwhelmed by bitterness despite a very short steep! It fell a bit flat.