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When I first joined steepster, this was one the teas I received in my very first swap courtesy of the amazing Dexter. Back when all I knew how to do was boil the kettle, dump boiling water on all the teas and wait like 20 minutes for tea to steep. Iced teas and cold brews were mere myths on my radar so when I tried this and the hibiscus took over, all I could do was power through my sample with my puckered face. Luckily I have learned one or two things from that amazing introduction to the tea world.
As I brewed this up, I immediately grabbed some ice cubes and decided to see how the cold temperature might affect the hibby. The result? An only slightly tart tea. Alas, without the tartness, there really isn’t much else going on in this cup. It is pleasant enough that I don’t mind drinking it but I think this tea and I can officially part ways for good. Nonetheless, thank you mewakeling for the chance to experiment with an old acquaintance.
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!
I can’t believe it took me this long to try this tea! I was worried about this hibiscus and the rosehips really detracting from the strawberry flavour, but I was pleasantly surprised. The flavour is sweet, fresh, and totally strawberry! This is going to be a nice iced tea, but it is also pretty fantastic hot! I didn’t add any sweetener and I found the tea to be perfectly fine without it. This was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to enjoying it more often!
GCTTB I figure i need to try the last few teas from the tea box that i really wanted to try and get the rest on the move. I wanted to try this one even though it was a green because i enjoyed the other teas that dexter had shared with me from the tea cupany. I just haven’t had a chance to actually place an order myself….yet.
I really like this one. What’s funny though, is that i could love it even more as a puerh. The flavouring in this one reminds me a LOT of the puerhs that are put into the orange rinds. It’s for sure a mandarin flavour though, not strictly orange and that is whats makes me happy with it i think. Another win from the tea cuppany!
Well, I get how to pull the sweetness out of this brew now: oversteep it by ridiculous amounts, and suddenly it’s an apple tea with faint notes of mango. It’s okay, and I should have made a note on it that I wanted to save the rest for cold steeping, as there’s now barely enough for a cup left. Ah well.
Thanks again to Dexter3659 for sharing this with me!
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Dex to the rescue!
It’s not bad. Green tea is one of the few types that I can easily drink unsweetened (prepared correctly that is), but with that being said, none of the flavors really pop when I do that. I faintly taste lemon and maybe a little orange, but it’s an afterthought, not the main event. I bet I would taste more fruit if I sweetened it, but given that this is one of the few types of teas I can do without, I’ll sip the rest of the cup as is.
The dry tea is what appears to be a dark shou mei, with pieces of apricot and marigold petals scattered throughout the tea.the scent is pretty lovely like a soft peach mousse as the dry tea has a hint of cream scent to it.
After 2.5min the tea is a pale amber tinted gold. The shou mei. and the marigold are present in the scent and the taste adding herbal and mineral and citric notes to the peach flavouring. The peach is sweet and tastes like a cross between Tim Horton’s peach drink and warm peaches and cream. The flavouring is pleasant but subtle. The tea is silky and creamy on the tongue. It re-steeps pretty well, with the peach actually intensifying a little.
A pleasant introduction to a new company. Thanks Dexter3657!