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Received this today from Cheri ^^ Thank you again!
This Morrocan mint is more minty than smoky and I don’t taste the hints of the Gunpowder that I caught in the one that carol who sent me which arrived before this one. It’s a good taste but I’m missing some of the depth the other one had which I wonder if that has to do with the tea or the prep. I prepped the first one by means of how I read online to do it… simmered in a pot for like 8 minutes then added sugar in it and strained into cups. The second, this one, I prepped according to the bag’s instructions: 175 degree water, 3 minutes, added a little sugar and served. I think the more intense flavor was more my style. All I can really taste in this one is the mint aspect. It’s good but I liked the other more. :) Must try other cup of this with that prep method.
Today’s lunchtime tetsubin of green tea was courtesy of The Tea Spot, who kindly sent me a sample of their Organic Sencha. The liquor was as expected: pale greenish yellow, and the first glass seemed a bit astringent, despite my low temperature short steeping. However, the second glass was much smoother with even a silky quality to it.
My hypothesis (developed on the basis of other teas as well…) is that green tea is always more bitter when imbibed at a higher than a lower temperature. Added to that, I drank the first glass right after a big bowl of freshly sliced strawberries sprinkled with sugar and doused with cream. That sweet flavor may have made the tea seem more bitter by contrast.
I’ll try a second infusion later today…
Someone gave me a tin of this as a gift. I’ve gone through it as my office tea for a bit. It’s a fairly good wake-me-up. It is the first tea with pu-erh that I have liked, but I honestly can’t tell how much of the flavor profile has been contributed by the pu-erh. It just tastes like a chocolatey black tea to me.
One small rant – the tin it came in, while cute, is very annoying when attempting to get the very last of the tea out of it. It has an indentation in the bottom so that you could stack it on top of another of the same tea tins. It’s pretty deep and the tea slides down in between the walls of the tin and the indentation. Couple that with the squarish flat top with a round opening.
So I managed to get the very last of it out of the tin after thwacking and shaking and bumping and dumping. But there wasn’t quite enough left for a full cup. I tossed in a bit of Twinings loose Earl Grey. The Bolder Breakfast is so strong that I didn’t get a hint of Earl Grey taste.
I don’t know that I will reorder this on my own, but I wouldn’t turn up my nose at another gifted tin.
Finally got around to trying this sample. And thanks to Tea Spot! :)
This blend smells really good, the chocolate scent is pretty strong. The flavour kinda reminds me of coffee. I can see why this would be a gateway tea for the coffee people. It’s probably too late in the day for this, and it’s most flavourful.
Thank you, QueenOfTarts, for sending me a sample of this tea!
It smells so good! I don’t know about the blood orange bit, but it did smell very fruity/rooibos-y from the package. Oh wait. I like to…. inhale my tea… and yep! I smell the citrus now!
Poured water on top and the woodsy rooibos flavour is coming out, as well as the bright citrus! You know, this reminds me a bit of TeaForté’s Mojito Marmalade, but that one is like suuuper bright and flavourful. This one has more of a muted citrus flavour because of the rooibos, but it smells great!
Mmmm I just had a small sip (after about 4min of brewing) and it tastes so nice! Definitely a tad watered down so I’m letting it sit for another 10 or so minutes to pull all the flavour out. It has the bright citrus taste, while still holding it a bit back with the rooibos.
Definitely a great tea! Now I’m just waiting for it to brew to how I like all my rooibos (overleaved and oversteeped aww yiss) and I know it’ll taste great!
About half an hour later and I’ve been steeping my tea for forever and THIS IS GREAT. I would actually do with a bit more leaves though. I do taste the orange! Not just citrus, but orange :)
Brewed this yesterday, had a few sips and then forgot about it. Now it’s here in front of me, cold, and I’m still enjoying it. It’s cocoa-y, sweet, and thick, almost like a coffee mocha minus the milk/creaminess. A really hearty, satisfying cup!
I think this came from Cavocorax, although I could be mistaken… someone please correct me if I’m wrong. I went to look at who ‘owns’ this tea in the hopes that maybe that would help, and the only name that popped up was TeaTiff — however I don’t think we’ve done a swap? Mind you, I could be wrong and totally out to lunch.
It’s Spring! Maybe summer is around the corner. This tea has a very lovely floral/lemon aroma from the dry leaves and after brewing. The taste a smooth gentle floral lemon with some mint. I happen to really like Lemon myrtle after my trip to Australia. I know the lemon is strong but I like it. The tea itself is not particularly strong and doesn’t fulfill my need for a full bodied evening non-caffeinated tea, but I really didn’t think it would be. I think this would be good cold but Idon’t have enough to do a cold brew. It is a nice Spring-y tea for the start of spring weather.
I had another cup left in the tea pot. So this has been sitting for a bit. It hasn’t been steeping or anything. The lemon myrtle is much stronger and I can easily identify it as lemon myrtle not regular lemon. Still like it. Reinforces my thought that it would make a good ice tea.
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.
I haven’t had this tea in a while. I’ve been all but out and I was saving the last cup for whatever reason and also for songs unknown reason, I haven’t yet ordered more of this. Tonight the tin is now empty, but I did get a little more in my Tea Sparrow box this month.
I forgot how dang creamy this tea is. Vanilla almond creamy, with that woodsy rooibos flavor too. It’s good. Really good.
I’m exhausted and wide awake so hopefully this tea helps me get to sleep. We’ll see.
I can’t believe that I haven’t given this tea a rating yet. I think it’s because when I was drinking it before was when my laptop was busted and you can’t do the sliders on the tablet. So there is now a rating for this tea.
This is one of my comfort teas. I really like this one. I just wanted something comforting tonight. My throat is getting scratchy. It better just be allergies because I cannot be getting sick again. Uh uh, no way.
But yeah, almondy vanilla and caffeine free. Delicious. Relaxing. Comforting.
Now if only I could stop hearing, “A tight end?! Why did they take a tight end?! Why didn’t they take Lewan!? Why do the Lions hate their fans so?!”
What can I say? I have a cupboard full of teas and I’m drinking this one again tonight. But oh oh oh so good. I wish my computer was working so I could actually rate this tea. But like everything else lately, my computer is dead. The hard drive has about a billion bad sectors and it’s just not running anymore.
But this tea….It’s soothing my throat that is raw from coughing. It’s soothing my tired body. It tastes so good.
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.
This is sooo jasmine. Really strong.
I originally made this to be a hot tea in my carry mug, but I realized after heading out the door to my mother-in-law’s house to take her grocery shopping that it was just too hot of a day for this tea. So when I got there, I iced it down.
I really like it that way.
I think I might do some cold brew in the fridge tonight for tomorrow.
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.
Morning cup. First off I just noticed this is Bolder Breakfast not Boulder Breakfast like I spelled it on my blog a while back. Had to fix it. Second, I didn’t feel like searching to post, so I typed bolder breakfast into the search. There seems to be at least 3 different listings for the same tea. Such is Steepster in the morning. My blurry head tastes chocolate, something mildly spicy, and pu’er. That’s all I got until I wake up. I recall it being awesome from last time.
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.