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Another sample from the lovely Dexter.
Years ago I used to go for afternoon tea at The International House of Tea in Thunder Bay, and they had a marvellous Turkish Apple tea that was nothing but apple pieces, but had an amazing bright lemony apple flavour. And then it went away and I was very sad, and I’ve been on the hunt for a comparable tea since (just checking their site, they have a Turkish apple tea again, so maybe I’ll have to order.)
So anyway, that’s my backstory to wanting to try this tea, even though it’s loaded with hibiscus, and I generally don’t like hibiscus teas.
Well I still don’t much like hibiscus teas, and this one isn’t working too well for me, unsurprisingly. I opened the bag to take a whiff and was nearly knocked over by just how tart it smelled. I think this is the most acidic smelling tea I’ve ever encountered, because it was like sticking my face into a bag of vinegar. Nostril burning sour.
Steeped it’s better. The liquor is a bright pink, which is pretty, and the vinegar has mellowed, but is still there on the nose. Just a hint of apple cider vinegar.
Taste-wise, there’s a bit of apple, but mostly it’s just tart, tart, tart.
This tea certainly lives up to its name, but I was hoping for something similar but very different.
Flavors: Apple, Hibiscus, Sour, Tart, Vinegar
mmmmmm another one from the lovely dexter I am a fan of this one! it’s berries and tart without being overpoweringly so. I brewed this up hot, and also let it cool so i could get the full range of tastes to this one, and i enjoyed it all. It really is “berry” not really leaning towards one of the other. I really do need to place a tea cuppany order soon…i’m still holding on to the sample packaging of the sweet potatoe pie tea dex shared with me last year so i don’t forget to pick more of that up haha
Final Count: Finally no more tea inbound and i’m at 125. Since September is a write off for me, going to try and get to 85 by the end of this month…40 teas in 12 days. :)
Another from Dexter and this one is another interesting blend. I was a little disappointed in how almost boring it was. This was largely a lapsang tea with hints of other things that remained out of my ability to discern them with any certainty. it was tasty, but I wanted more! Thanks as always Dexter!!
(totally got to 120 today before i had to add the teas to my cupboard that came today)
Dexter sent this one my way and i’m always grateful for the teas she shares with me. I’ve gradually tried a few teas from this company through her and they’re always an adventure lol this one is a pretty tasty hazelnut tea. It’s not my favourite hazlenut tea but in terms of a really good, solid tea – this is where it’s at. just hazelnut and nothing else :)
Dexter sent this one my way since i asked really nicely :) Opening this up, i was immediatly reminded of vanilla citrus spice from verdant, until the cloves hit….something else in there also made me think of after dark by steam. Since there was an abundance of cloves in this sample, i picked a bunch out before brewing it since i know i generally only like cloves in moderation.
Brewed, this is a decent blend. it really is somewhere in the middle of those two teas – reminding me of both of them, while being very clearly, it’s own tea. :) I enjoyed a cup of this tonight while hoping for some end in sight for testing. I’m so ready for bed…. thanks for bringing a spot of sunshine to the evening dexter!
Final Count: 124
Thank you Dexter for this one a while back! I could tell by the dry leaf scent this one isn’t for me… it smells something like ginger, but I don’t see any ginger listed in the ingredients. It’s a smell that reminds me of allergies or something, dill or pollen. The green base is fine, from what I can taste, but it does seem like whatever that scent is takes over the green tea. Not really much mandarin either. Just not my thing! :D
This came to me via Roswell Strange who originally got it from Dexter so thank you both for the opportunity to try something new. Unfortunately, this is something I could have gone without trying because I am just not enjoying it. I made it hot and it is just very fake and very sweet. I am not liking it at all. Sorry guys!
How strange. The TeaCupany sent me this one with my monthly tea membership but i can’t find it on their website. I wonder if it’s too new or discontinued…
I already had one cup of this tea so far but nothing stood out for me. It was a pleasant cup . I brewed at 185 for 2 min. I figured i would do a 2nd infusion at the same temperature for 3 min. There is slight raspberry flavour that comes through and I’m picking up even more slight the rose from rose petals. Again , it’s okay. Perhaps I’m expecting too much? It’s a just fine raspberry green. The flavour doesn’t come across as artificial and the green base is med astringent green. Maybe I am trying too many teas and looking for those ones that’s going to blow me away. There’s nothing wrong with this tea. I will finish this cup and put it away for another day. Sometimes it’s the ones that don’t impress too much in the beginning that end up being favourites down the road.
Flavors: Raspberry, Rose
Nice white base, subtle peach flavor. There isn’t anything offensive here, just a nice light peach white tea. The peach is not chemical or candy – it’s really pretty good. I just wish there was more peach flavor. This is pretty mild.
I always have peach tisane in my house – so I just added a little of that to this and it made a great hot tea. Cold steeped this doesn’t really taste like much – it too could use a little boost in the peach department.
It is so rare to have chocolate paired with green tea that I was pretty excited to get this one from The TeaCupany. In the bag it smelled so wonderful: minty, chocolatey. Brewed up I didn’t get that same strong aroma from the tea but when I took a sip it was BAM! Minty, chocolate green tea heaven. First I tasted the cool mint mixed with the vegetal green tea , followed by the chocolate notes. A wonderful mix and this one I would consider ordering again when this runs out.
I just got my mail this morning. The postwoman dropped it off so late I didn’t even know there was anything there. Happened to check this morning and there was my monthly package from The TeaCupany! I had mixed feelings about this tea. It’s been years since I’ve had gunpowder tea. It wasn’t my favourite then but back then I never knew how to brew green tea properly either. On top of that when doing a search for basic gunpowder tea on Steepster, there were not very promising reviews from any tea company. I was curious though and wanted to give it a chance. Meant to brew this for 2 min at 185 but it extended to 3 min.
This is a very robust green tea reminding me a bit of black tea (which may have been why I didn’t like it too much then). It’s not grassy , mellow, or vegetal. It’s got a bit of a bite and the unexpected delight was the bit of buttery flavour that comes through. No doubt about it though, this tea is strong. 3 min was a bit too much. I would go for the 2 or even less for the next time I have this. This doesn’t fall into some of the really good green teas but it’s not really bad either.
I left that review before I finished my cup. At the end of the cup, the tea became so bitter I couldn’t drink it. Brewed up a 2nd infusion and steeped only 1 min 30 sec. After steeping I had something to do so left the tea for 5 min. Came back to it and it was bitter. Then I asked myself, why am I spending time with this tea? It just doesn’t agree with me. So I ditched the cup and moved on to something else.
I see on Teavivre’s website they have instructions on how to brew gunpowder tea so next time I will try that. The Teacupany did not put any brewing instructions on the package.
Ok, I’m cheating. I received some of this from the generous Dexter3657 who noticed I like both pear flavoured things and white tea; and today I cold brewed a mason jar of this for about nine hours, but taste wise I’m getting absolutely nothing but water, and the tea doesn’t look like water. Boo.
So, I’m going to send the last little bit off to VariaTEA (despite her protests about receiving more tea) just like she so often does to me! Besides, I’m feeling tea overwhelmed at the moment…
But despite the sort of “failure” of this pear white it got me thinking that Stacy should totally do a white pear tea! I’d be happy with any approach she took with a pear tea, but a caramel pear…
That would leave me weak in the knees.
Also, not rating because I don’t know where to even start: it doesn’t taste bad, it just doesn’t taste like… Anything? Water. How do you rate plain water?
I was expecting a tart edge from the rhubarb in this tea, but the really weird thing is that this tartness didn’t translate into a fruity taste, but into the sort of “curly” taste I associate with oolongs!
I really can’t describe it – it’s just the way that the flavour hits my tongue, it’s not quite astringent, but it makes my tongue want to curl in a certain way.
Unfortunately, this reminds me of a rather green kind of oolong, and I’m finding that I’m not a fan of greener oolongs. At this point I don’t know if I don’t like oolongs at all, or if I only like more roasted, darker ones.
Anyways, this tea tastes really familiar somehow. I know I’ve got a tea in my cupboard, or that I’ve already sipped down, that this reminds me of, and I just can’t put my finger on it. So frustrating!
At least I got to try it via swap instead of purchasing. Thanks, Ubacat!
Took this tea in my Timolino today. It’s got a sweet grassiness with a nippy rhubarb edge to it. I’ve tasted something like this rhubarb flavouring somewhere else but can’t remember. Overall, an enjoyable tea. I liked it even better than my first cup so maybe this one will grow on me more.
This came as a sample with one of my Tea Cupany orders. In general I like this company.
This tea is not one that I would have chosen for myself. I’m not a huge citrus fan, and grapefruit is probably my least favorite of them.
Having said all that, this isn’t as bad as I was expecting. This is oolong and it’s grapefruit – exactly as the name promises. Not generic citrus, but this is grapefruit. It’s not overly tart, and yet not too sweet. I think it’s well balanced. The oolong is oxidized enough for my tastes (I don’t do well with really green floral oolongs). This is probably about a medium oxidized oolong. All in all, if you are looking for grapefruit oolong, I would give this one a try.
I don’t know why it is but I am at a loss of words to describe this tea. I have been enjoying some unflavoured green teas lately and when I taste the flavoured it comes across as not natural to me. I still think the tea is good. It’s got a decent green base, a bit astringent. The apricot flavouring is okay and could be adding to the astringent taste. Nothing bad about this tea but nothing seems to really make me love it either. Holding off on any rating until I’ve had a few cups of this. It might grow more on me later.
Because I had read all the notes on this ‘sweet’ tea as they popped up on my dash, I knew it wasn’t going to be sweet at all. And so I cold steeped it. And it’s still quite tart.
Very refreshing, it has a nice flavour although what I’m getting is mostly hibiscus and apple with a bit of mango juice at the end. Not sure I’d get it again, but I am glad I got a chance to try it.
From MissB who got it from Dexter3657. Thank you for sharing!