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I wanted something to take to work with me in the afternoon; a little pick-me-up to help me have the same energy level as the students. They’ve been pretty antsy lately since there are only 28 school days left until summer. Therefore, it’s hard to control them.
Anyway, I received a sample of this from @Whiteantlers in the mail. It’s a splendid tea. It’s malty, has a black or blueberry aftertaste (pretty subtle) and the milk adds an element of creamy richness to it. I had this without sugar, with sugar, and added milk. For a black tea, it’s smooth and delightful. I’ve taken a liking to other types of tea throughout my journey, and had recently diverted from black tea. However, this is exactly what I needed for the afternoon, and would also consider making this as a sun tea and/or iced tea. Quite refreshing!
Flavors: Blueberry, Malt
I was not to sure about this one. But I only got a cheap $1 sample of it, so what the heck?
I actually was pretty impressed with it. I was worried that the rose would overpower the jasmine, or vice versa. I was also not too sure how the white and green teas would blend in body-if it would be too grassy, OVERLY floral, or overly dry. But I had none of those problems, save flower power. I like highly floral teas anyway. Jasmine and rose are equally strong. The jasmine provides the strong, floral creaminess it normally does but in the beginning sip and in the aftertaste while rose is present in the middle.
The tea is actually on the sweeter side-which could be attributed to the flowers or the jasmine pearls. The jasmine pearls themselves are pretty excellent, but I gotta give kudos to the white tea for having such a smooth body and an occasional malt, or cocoa like tasting note. I thought it tasted a lot like the Teabox Glendale White Darjeeling I have, but a lot sweeter and more packed with flavor. In some ways, I would describe this tea more like a Mediterranean or maybe an Indian Dessert.
I would definitely recommend this tea for flower lovers. My main criticism is the price and the quantity of tea leaves you need per cup.
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Flavors: Blood orange, Creamy, Rooibos, Vanilla
I was so worried about this one based on the bad experience with the cherry bomb. Luckily, I was wrong. This is creamy and orangy as an Earl Grey. It’s actually a lighter one which I really like with very little bitterness. Think orange push up or Fruit Loops Earl Grey. Good for any Earl Grey lover or guest.
Loose leaf smells like boozed up cherry cough syrup. After 30 seconds and delicate teaspoons, it tastes like an overly astringent Irish Breakfast soaked in cough syrup. With cream and sugar, it tastes like a cherry tea latte from a high end cafe.
In short: only a dessert tea that requires condiments. Without them, impossible for me to drink. My mom loves it with cream and sugar, but for a type one diabetic whose diet consists half of leaf water, this is a bad idea.
Flavors: Alcohol, Astringent, Cherry, Malt, Medicinal, Tar
I’ve wanted this one for a while, especially in the sachet from for between class travel. Now, I have a tumbler.
I tried it first in the Urban Tumbler. Nutty, grassy, toasty, coconut, sweet, green and creamy. Not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be, but I know this tea has more to offer.
Second time in the Xiang Fu pot. Same notes, but way more balanced. The toastiness was stronger in the first steep which was at about a minute and forty five seconds. Like a piece of toast with coconut oil slathered on it for butter. I got six solid, really long steeps out of it. The later steeps were smoother, sweeter, and more like regular coconut. But these steeps were long steeps: closer to twelve minutes at boiling.
This oolong was actually a little bit darker than I expected, but got greener in the later steeps. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, though not the best coconut blend I’ve had. This is more for drinkers looking for darker coconut teas or something closer to an Almond Joy.
Flavors: Almond, Butter, Coconut, Creamy, Grass, Green, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet, Toasty, Vegetal
Accurate name. I feel like I’m drinking a Klondike bar. Mint dominates followed by a smooth chocolate taste from the flavored black tea (which I think might be a Keemum). The black chocolate tea was the best part of it. I kinda wish that I tasted more of it. Otherwise, mint almost overwhelms it. It’s so minty that the vapors rising from the tumbler made my mom’s throat seize a little bit. It also reminded her of her massage lotions.
Bottom line: a little bit more chocolate is needed. The mint is too powerful. Good, yes. Guiltless desert tea, yes. Tempted to get Andrew’s Peppermint Nom Nom? Yes.
Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Smooth
Early Christmas present! Lord, I’m spoiled.
The chai spices are great, nice and bold headed by cardamom and cinnamon. Gold old Masala. I got bare hints of the vanilla, but more of the rooibos in the back ground. The rooibos they used in this had a bit of the weird citrus taste I get from red rooibos on occasion. I know that rooibos are normally described as woody, but with the spices, there is a weird citrus note. Maybe I’m crazy, oh well. My mom liked it and she is not a chai fan. Red Hot is a good description because it tastes like a watered down fireball. I think that it might serve better as a latte, and go incredibly well with sweetened condensed milk.
This did pretty well in the Urban Tea tumbler, and it can handle a lot of water. Only problem was the flecks of leaves sneaking through the strainer. I have that issue with rooibos anyway, which is why you don’t need to worry about it being bagged.
The container it came in is also a pretty nice size. I think it’s closer to an ounce. Fairly sturdy, too.
I could drink this tea straight, just not often. I think it would be better with compliments like honey, cream, condensed milk, and or sugar. The spices are so strong that it gives me a little bit of a headache, and suppresses my appetite…if that makes sense. If I’m walking in snow, this would be great. Now, not my favorite. I’m also being picky because I prefer the Climber’s High.
Flavors: Candy, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Pepper, Spices
Drinking while I’m sick, so probably not the most accurate of tasting notes, but the vanilla and the lavender were very soothing on my sore throat. The black tea and citrus tastes were almost completely masked by the vanilla, but I didn’t mind that under the circumstances. A good, soothing tea with a wonderful scent.
Flavors: Flowers, Lavender, Sweet, Vanilla
The jasmine + chestnut combo initially made me do a double take, but wooweewow this is so good! The dry leaf smells amazing. This is exactly what I think Santa would smell like- earthy but almost cloyingly sweet. When brewed it’s creamy and sweet but still maintains the nice overarching jasmine flavor. Lovely white tea that doesn’t whimp out on the flavor.
Flavors: Chestnut, Jasmine
Hooray, December Tea Sparrow boxes came early! Wanted to try this one first since it sounded the most interesting, and its evening so didn’t want too much caffeine.
This tea is quite pleasant. It has a smooth green tea base with a slightly sweet chestnut flavour. Also reminds me somewhat of white chocolate in taste, but definitely not that sweet.
I love this glass tea tumbler! It looks very nice and modern. It is glass and stainless steel with a double lid design with the filter on the bottom. The whole unit is really sturdy and quality feeling. Leak proof! You can flip the tumbler over and remove the tea leaf from the bottom. Drinking out of this tumbler is really nice.
The only con is the filter is on the small side. If you drink big honking leafed teas (rolled oolongs, wirey blacks, whites, greens) space is dicey to be able to leaf up to the 16oz capacity, especially if you like to leaf a little harder.
Full crazy in depth review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/urban-tea-tumbler-from-the-tea-spot-teaware-review/
Red rooibos are hit or misses for me, but this one is pretty good when I get a lot of almonds and stronger flavored leaves. It is like a desert, or like the sweet smell of cherry and vanilla tobacco. I personally enjoy it, but I see why some people might not like it. For vanilla lovers who don’t want caffieine.
I wonder why this got bad reviews. I get the flavors fine. But then again, there might be something I’m missing. I taste the sencha and dragon well mingling well and sweetly, which is an awesome thing since those are the only two green teas I’d constantly drink anyway. The rhubarb and strawberry sweeten this so nicely and make it incredibly natural and fresh. I’m so glad I picked up a sample. The flowers are also a visual delight. I was able to steep it up to three times. So classic, so enjoyable.
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass, Green, Ocean Breeze, Rhubarb, Strawberry
I wasn’t really in the mood for caramel but this has been sitting and calling to me. The dry leaf had a candy scent to it and did not appeal to me. But I moved ahead and made the tea any ways. Now the aroma changed to a lovely smooth caramel. The taste is lovely black tea with a smooth caramel. This was a total surprise as I didn’t really expect to like it but I am totally won over. I wish I had more. I tried a resteep and it was ok. Not really as good as the first steep.