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This was a one teaspoon sample I took from the Here’s Hoping teabox a while back (I hope that thing isn’t lost right now.) Is it bad that I have the second cup (PM not AM) of my tea days for the next week or so planned out? Of course I want to drink all the teas all the time. Choices choices . haha. Anyway, I like this one! There are plenty of big jasmine flowers in the dry blend but somehow the flavor doesn’t happen in the tea itself. It’s a decent white tea (fuzzy but somehow they aren’t bothering my throat)… it doesn’t taste like cake so much as frosting! Sweet and also a bit nutty. Where is my dessert with this one? The second cup somehow had almost just about as much flavor as the first cup.
Steep #1 // 30 mins after boiling // 2-3 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 3 min
Three sipdown tasting notes today! NICE.
Oh wow, this is good I mean really good.
Vanilla, almond, creamy.
It reminds me of a shortbread almond cookie.
It’s also really creamy. Surprisingly creamy. Deliciously creamy, especially since I’m sans dairy right now.
I haven’t tried a resteep yet, but the tin tells me I can.
The resteep is just as delicious. Maybe not quite as creamy, but still creamy and delicious.
I got this tea a few weeks back and while it was nice and jasmine-y, I had a bad blend with no jasmine flowers in it. The Tea Spot fixed it for me and sent a whole tin full of Jasmine flowers right away.
And then I couldn’t taste Jasmine for a while. That was sad.
Today, I can taste Jasmine. Perhaps not as well as normal but I finally taste it again.
And yes, I like this tea.
The base green is quite nice, but the Jasmine flavor in this is strong. In a good way. I would spend more time describing this tea, but honestly the codeine is kicking in and I don’t think words are coming.
This has a lot of reviews and I am not sure I can add anything new but that won’t stop me from trying. I opened this expecting a basic black breakfast so imagine my surprise at the pretty yellow petals, whatever they are, and CHOCOLATE! I wrote on my blog this must be the breakfast tea dad would serve ‘cause mom wouldn’t let me have chocolate first thing in the morning. This is more of a grown up take on the flavoring. It is well behaved. The brew is not messy or cloudy as chocolate teas tend to be. The chocolate flavor is light and melts into the tea blend. The pu’erh is the only one I can single out as it has a mild earthy taste. Not bitter or astringent. Half the caffeine of a cup of coffee. That I can’t single the other teas out is as close to a complaint as I have – it is almost too perfectly blended. But for too perfect it is darn tasty.
My computer won’t boot up again, and recovery doesn’t seem to be working, either, so I’m posting from my tablet.
I decided to try this one this morning because a little chocolate seemed needed. It was a very good choice. The pu-erh adds the right balance of earthiness to this tea, and the touch of chocolate flavor just rounded it out.
It smelled like an instant hot chocolate pack when I opened the sample pack, so I was actually a little worried this would be too chocolate, but my fears were unfounded. It was a perfect touch of flavor.
I can’t post a rating but it’s going to high. Even my husband likes this one.
Husband: It tastes like tea. It’s good. I like it. A+. Will drink again.
Me: would you like me to order some?
Husband: Sure. I like it.
This is the same man who laughs at me every time I get more tea in the mail.
So I’ll be placing an order with The Tea Spot later today.
I have stalled out on my “cupboard chronology” tasting after getting a number of new teas I really wanted to try! But I really should get back on track, which is what I’m doing now. Actually this one is all out of place; it should have been back with the other Tea Spot teas, but I accidentally removed it from my cupboard at one point and had to add it back, so it got out of chronology. Ah well.
I almost never go for this tea because I have so many others that I love more, but that’s not to say that it isn’t a very tasty tea. It is! I wish I could cold brew it because I would drink it more frequently, but the licorice root gets super nasty in the cold brew. Hot brewed, it just adds a faint sweetness to the cup that is pleasant. This is a nice creamy, vanilla-y, and most importantly bergamotty EGC, and I it’s nice to have around for if I ever really want an EGC. Although I don’t seem to crave those all that often.
Smells strongly of chocolate, and tastes of it when hot. Cold, it’s more tea than chocolate, while warm, I wasn’t a fan at all. Hot though, this was liquid chocolate awesomeoness.
Dinosara thank you so much for letting me try so many teas on my wishlist. This was something I’d wanted pretty much since day one on Steepster, and I’m really glad I got a chance to try it!
I’m really glad Sil sent me a sample of this tea even though I didn’t request one. I have always been curious because this one is always compared to my beloved Organic Chocolate “O” from The Tea Spot, and it seems like most people prefer this one. I remain skeptical, however, because most of those people are puerh drinkers, and I am not.
That said, for anyone who is scared of puerh or is looking for flavored puerhs that don’t really taste like puerh, do yourself a favor and get some of this tea. The puerh here is unobtrusive and basically just adds a very slight earthiness to the cup.
Mostly this cup tastes like chocolate. I would say that if Organic Chocolate “O” is milk chocolate, this tea is dark chocolate. Not super dark chocolate (I’ve had teas that were darker, more bittersweet). Maybe 60% cacao dark? It’s quite tasty, and if I didn’t know about the Organic Chocolate “O”, it might be my favorite chocolate tea because it is a quite authentic flavor. However, I am a milk chocolate person, so the “O” ranks above this one in my heart. Glad I finally got a chance to try it, though, and satiate my curiousity. Thanks Sil!
I came home from work today and took a nap. Obviously, I’m still sick. I decided against anything with caffeine tonight to be sure I can fall asleep when I go to bed. This tea was nice the last time I had it, so I thought I’d go with it again. Yum. I got more of the mint in this mugful, but it’s still nice and lemony and rosy. I’m glad I took a chance while it was on sale to get this one. (I think I might throw it in my pitcher and try a cold steep for tomorrow, too.)
I was underwhelmed by this one. The smell of the dry tea was great (very fruity), as was the smell of the teacups after we had finished the tea (they smelled sort of like Virgil’s cream soda), but the taste of the tea itself was rather weak. I could tell that it was vaguely fruity, but neither the taste of the tea nor the taste of the fruit was strong enough. I don’t like most flavored teas, with a few notable exceptions (like Earl Grey), partly because I love the taste of tea, and I find that the other flavors often overwhelm the taste of the tea. Here, though I feel like both the tea and the fruit underwhelmed each other. My wife enjoyed it, but it was just missing something for me. Oh, and it was difficult to get the smell out of my French press (as is the case with many flavored teas). I just wish I liked the taste as much as I liked the smell.
This was actually not the second tea I drank yesterday. I think I have a mislabeled tea from The Tea Spot, so I don’t want to write a review of that one yet until I know for sure. (Plus, I absolutely oversteeped the first mug of that and it was bitter and horrible so I just poured it out. The second mug was much better, but not at all what I was expecting. So I switched to something else that was what I knew it was, and one I knew would be delicious.)
So this tea yesterday afternoon was perfect. I love spearmint. This tea is spearmint and gunpowder. The perfect amount of minty and green with a slightly metallic finish. Tasty.
I did a second infusion of this one, drank half of it and took a nap. I finished the mug when I woke back up, and it was still delicious cold. I think I’ll do a cold infusion of this one so that I can try it iced.
It was the sample of this tea I got from carol who that made me place a whole order with The Tea Spot. I really like this tea that much.
I had this last night, it was one of many that showed up in my mail while I was gone for a few days. Of course, I was exhausted when I got home, so I don’t remember a lot of this one.
It doesn’t look as nice as the picture but it makes for in the scents drifting out the when I opened it. Rosy, lemony, slightly minty. It found it to taste just like that, too. The lemon flavor was stronger than the rose, but it was definitely rose, with a hint of spearmint to it. It was quite tasty. Reviews talk about a cold steep, so I’ll have to try that.
I got this one from carol who in a mini swap. It’s sweet and slightly tart. I like it. I don’t have a lot to say about it. It’s not overwhelming, but it’s nice. I placed an order with The Tea Spot just before I tried this (I meant to try it before I ordered, but my brain isn’t quite 100% right now with this blah I’ve got going on) and I completely forgot. It worked out okay because I don’t think I would ordered this, but it was nice to try.
The second steep wasn’t quite as sweet or tart, but it was still there.
This tea came from carol who and I’ve been excited to try this one. I just wanted to be sure I would have time to enjoy it.
Oh, just opening the little plastic baggie this tea came in was heavenly. Spearmint is my favorite of the mints, and this definitely smells spearmint. Mmmm. The difference between the spearmint and the gunpowder leaves in the tea is immediately apparent, and they’re in an almost perfect balance. Beautiful.
Lifting the infusion basket out of the mug, and I’m hit with the scent of the spearmint. Dreamy. I let it rest a moment and just inhale the smells. Oh the smells. My nose is happy, but my mouth is waiting.
The first sip. The spearmint envelops me. I love it. Then I taste the gunpowder, just faintly, and it has that almost coppery aftertaste. Mmmm. The next sip, I taste the green grassy flavor a little more, and it still ends slightly metallic.
Now this, this is a splendid cup of tea.
Thank you, carol who!!!
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I really messed this one up, I over steeped it 30+min and then decided to ice it. I at least got enough of a nice spearmint taste that next time when brewed correctly I have no doubt I will like it.
Thank you carol who for sharing this! I have been curious about it since I love mint and like gunpowder. I think I will pick some up the next time I’m at the Whole Foods that carries it.
I’m tired of this tea, but i think ive managed to find a way to get through the last of it. Latte style in the morning with a bit of vanilla black :) The chocolatey puerh combined with the vanilla makes for a really nice creamy latte that is highly enjoyable. First cup of the day and a baby step towards drinking up my oldest tea!