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Sororitea Sisters sent me a sample of this to review. I really wondered how I would do this one because I do not drink coffee. It is way too bitter for me and I don’t want to doctor it up with milk and sugar.
What a nice surprise this tea gave me! It smelled like coffee and tasted a lot like coffee, but it wasn’t bitter at all. A coffee drinking friend had it with me and liked it so well that I sent the rest of the packet home with her and I ordered four ounces for me.
I am really eager to have my daughter and my future daughter-in-law try it since they love coffee.
I had this tonight with cinnamon toast as my late night snack, because it is caffeine free and I don’t have to worry about being kept up all night! Yay! Plus it is hearty and therefore it was a great beverage to cut the sweetness of the cinnamon toast and clear the palate.
I have a feeling I am going to be ordering a lot of this one.
These are not mandala’s infamous pearls…but these are pretty decent. terri sent these my way to try and they’re not half bad. Sort of an average cup, so nothing i feel the need to desperately seek out, but something id have no problems revisiting again with a purchase. smooth body, little bit of malt, some earthiness to it that some people might not like.
Meditative Mind From The Tea Spot. Let me say/write that 3 times…Meditative Mind, Meditative Mind, Meditative Mind….Ahhhhhh! This is a wonderful name for a wonderful tea! Meditative Mind From The Tea Spot is a white tea with jasmine green tea, rosebuds, and petals. This is white and green tea blend.
Coconut Cabana Tea from The Tea Spot is delightful in every way! It’s been too long since my last milky oolong and even longer since my last coconut milky oolong! This was everything I hoped it would be…smooth, sweet, toasty, nutty, creamy, milky, and more!
It’s been too long since my last REALLY GREAT Pumpkin Chai and this Pumpkin Spice Chai from The Tea Spot is just what I was looking for! Sure the ingredients include black tea, ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, black pepper, pumpkin flavoring…but it’s much more than that. The flavors meshed well together.
As a couple other reviewers have mentioned, this just doesn’t do it for me (hot, anyway). I like my green tea to be green tea, and Boulder Blues is just totally out of balance if you’re expecting any green tea character to shine through. Sweet, overpowering rhubarb at the front, blueberry on the back. It’s an interesting one-two punch but definitely not my choice for a morning cup.
Flavors: Blueberry, Rhubarb
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.
Backlogged from last night.
I let this steep a very long time, letting the liquid reach a very dark brown color, before I started to drink it. It helped to bring out the almond/vanilla flavors I was really hoping to find in this blend.
That said, I think I’m really over Rooibos now. I’ll be finishing my tin of this (of which there seems to be a lot), but I’m not going to be consciously bringing Rooibos blends into my cupboard in future.
I felt extra cozy yesterday, and decided to watch Sense & Sensibility, knit, and drink this tea.
And its not a terrible cup, but its not very memorable. I was hoping for something absurdly creamy, with lush vanilla and almond notes. I love vanilla and almond, so I was hoping that’s what I would get.
Alas, I get a somewhat creamy rooibos, with the wood-y quality of the base being more prominent that any flavors the base supports. And I don’t get a single hint of anything cherry-like, which I know some people did.
The quest continues here too, but I’ll certainly keep drinking this.
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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