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The last time I tried this tea I wasn’t feeling well and blamed my impressions of not being able to taste properly. I really wanted to like this one. It sounds so much like something I should LOVE.
Sadly, I still don’t like it. There is something really nasty (at least to my tastes) in the “dark chocolate essence”. I wish they would have just left it alone and let the teas shine through.
Thanks for the opportunity to try this one Sil.
I am enjoying a bottle of this cold-brewed with The Tea Spot’s steep n go. It is one of only three teas I have had cold-brewed, and is somewhat different cold-steeped than it is hot. There is still a very faint sweetness to it, but it is almost overpowered by the grassy or “green tea” flavor (I say “green tea” because it is the only thing I can really describe the flavor as, a delicious but acquired taste). It is refreshing to drink it cold, and a great break from hot tea.
Clouds and Mist is my recent go to green tea, for its freshness, great flavor and reasonable cost. Its dry appearance is of curly needle shaped leaves, with a deep green hue. Its dry aroma is mildly vegetal. I have found this is a great tea for me to steep twice. My first steeping is 1 1/2 minutes at about 170 deg starting temp. When steeping, the vegetal aroma from the leaves really pops, and is almost off putting. Once steeped, the tea itself has only a mild vegetal aroma that blends with a sweeter floral aroma. The flavor is a delicately sweet and typically green tea flavor. I steep for a second time about 2 1/2 min at 175-180deg. The flavor is slightly more bitter, but a slightly stronger sweetness to accompany it. Honey can be a great addition to this tea, but can overpower it. I personally like it without any additions.
Spent the weekend doing nothing other than moving from bed to couch, couch to bed. Even making tea seemed to take more energy than I had.
Dragged my sorry butt into work this morning, and have pretty much accomplished nothing – and it’s fiscal year end, I have TONS that needs to be done.
Went digging through the stash in my purse and pulled this out. Sounded like something to perk me up. This is a tea that I should really like.
I’m not sure if it’s my bad attitude, or the fact that I can’t breathe – but this is nasty for me. It tastes like cheap, watered down powdered hot chocolate. I’m not going to rate it, and I’m going to put the rest of the sample back into the sample box and try it again another day. (Thanks Sil – I thought this would be a good choice for me today – guess not). I’m going to go back to Lipton Lemon tea bags with real lemon and honey until I feel better – no sense wasting good tea.
I’m trying to stick to teas that i am familiar with today or teas that have a really strong flavour since my senses are a little diluted today. I cannot stand being sick. I’m barely getting work done today and sitting takes all my energy. Nap central is my house today.
This tea came courtesy of Terri! I have no recollection as to whether i asked her for this one or she just sent a sample my way…either way it’s pretty good. The cinnamon is a little sweet in this one – but i found that today, drinking it side by side with a black tea made it perfect lol when i’m not sick again i’ll give it a shot again. But i like this mix of cloves and orange.
I have always wanted to find a tea as good as the tea they serve at the nearby Middle Eastern restaurant. Finally I’ve found it! This seems to have finally fulfilled the feel of what I imagine the original must have tasted long ago. The mint is much more subtle than most mint teas. Very good for soothing a tummy. Makes a rich full-bodied cup with a relaxing aroma. Only moderate caffeine so I can drink it most of the day just avoiding after dinner. It can be brewed multiple times but it becomes more bitter. A famous proverb about the tea – “The first glass is as gentle as life, the second glass as strong as love and the third glass is as bitter as death…”. I do add a little sweetener. Although it is traditionally served hot, it makes a very refreshing iced tea.
Mmm. Liquid thin mint cookie!
I’m impressed with the chocolate here, actually. It isn’t necessarily a dominant flavor, but it’s there in dark chocolate form. It doesn’t taste like carob or artificial plastic-y. There also isn’t an oily film at the top of my cup or in my gravity steeper, so that’s a huge plus.
I’m logging in from my new & improved office cubicle. Previously my office was on the 2nd floor, & at first I loved it, but for the last several months it’s been a wreck, & I just couldn’t seem to get into spending any time in there. Add the convenience of my laptop, & this poor desktop mac, which really is an awesome computer, has been neglected. So now it is on the ground floor, & I’ve created a cubicle that gives me a certain level of privacy, access to all of my teas & hot water, plants, my fairy figurines, etc. It’s far from being completely unpacked & organized, but my desk, computer, printer, etc are here. I’m gonna give myself a day or 2 off, well deserved, & then start the unpacking and organizing part.
As for the tea, I’m drinking a pot of this while I sit here & enjoy my new space. I don’t always go for this sort of thing, but now that I have my tastebuds back, I’m rather enjoying it! A lively cup of holidaze cheer, heavy on the cinnamon.
The Tea Spot will send you a free sample of tea if you sign up with them, so I did it. I was curious about the company, and they’ve been having a bunch of sales, so I thought I’d check them out. What better way than for free! I got this in the mail today, which was kind of a consolation prize for still not receiving my HI orders. And I couldn’t stop myself from opening it right up and trying it! It was definitely bold, and I tasted all three ingredients: black tea, puerh, and chocolate. I’ve not developed a taste for puerh, however, so it threw off the rest of it for me. It is more subtle, since the black tea and chocolate shine through, but alas, I’m not a fan of the woody, leathery puerh. I do think the tea is good quality though, so I will probably try some more of their teas in the future.
sipdown! (167) that’s right… i was a drinking fiend today. Good thing too since i’m likely to get another package or two before the year is out. I figured i might as well drink this one too since i had sweet lullaby this evening which is almost the same tea. I think i prefer this one just a little since the hibiscus isn’t nearly as strong..though i like the intense ginger in the other a little more haha. This is a bit better balanced cup imo. Thanks for sharing terri!
Sipdown! I made this to drink while making gingerbread snacking cake. I have to say THIS is the right amount of ginger….however the. Hibiscus in this is too much, making it a really tart piece of tea. A little sweetner goes a long way with this one. I quite like it, but I need less hibby…and I don’t mind hibby.