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A sample from KittyLovesTea. I brewed up a cup of this last night, since I fancied a change from black or rooibos teas, which are my usual go-to varieties. I think I overdid the steep a little on this, as it was faintly astringent. Not awfully so, but just a bit drying at the back of the throat. The flavour was good, though. The green tea leaves are rolled and quite dark, so I was half expecting quite a bitter tea. It wasn’t at all, though. It was light, fresh and a touch vegetal, and matched the sweetness of the blueberry really well. I won’t say I got pie from this on the whole, except during one sip when I was convinced I could taste buttery, baked pastry. I guess it all came together in that one moment! Anyway, I have enough left for a couple more cups, so I can try and improve on my experience this time. It certainly made for a nice treat!
Two or so day ago, I went to go have breakfast at The Whistling Kettle and decided to try out a tea I’ve had my eye on for a while – the vanilla silk oolong from this fine place. The price was around $3 or $5 for a pot but well worth it.
It was a great choice and went well with my sandwich. As I always do my reviews while drinking said tea, I’ll have to do this one from memory so this isn’t going to be as descriptive as I desire. The tea was of very nice quality, normal for the Whistling Kettle, and was a very light and floral taste. The vanilla taste was not very prominent but it was pleasant because you could tell it was very delicately flavored with very good quality flavorings. However, the vanilla was there regardless. The oolong they used was also very yummy. I wish that I had some of this myself so I could give this an entire rundown like usual, but this will have to suffice.
First tea of the day. Yes I know it’s after 6pm here. My day got away from me, what can I say? Picked this one up at a tea tasting the other night as I thought I remembered having it, but now I think I had a similar blend from Capital Teas as this tastes a little like their Toffee Puerh, but this one from WK is very smooth and rich, with nice hints of caramel/toffee. Really yummy and perfect as it has started to snow again.
Flavors: Caramel, Earth
First off, yep I changed the name back. For me it is way easier (plus I started the blog back up too).
On to the tea. We went to a tasting last night at The Whistling Kettle and as always you can buy the teas they offered at the tasting as well as stock up on other teas they carry. So I was looking over their extensive catalogue and found this. I knew I had to try it. At the time I didn’t know I’d fall so hard for it! I tried it this morning and wow. I am blown away by the flavor. Very earthy with that extra touch of spice and a hint of chocolate that make you sit up a little straighter and sip the tea a little longer.
I’m going to need to stock up on this one!
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Earth, Nuts
I liked this very much. I made it in a glass tea tumbler, and so did not remove the leaves after steeping – the flowers were very lovely, so make it in a glass pot or mug if possible. The floral and fruity notes are not too strong and don’t overpower the blend of green and white teas. I was surprised at how well balanced the flavors are in the mix.
Ever since I gave birth to my baby girl (6 months ago!), my love for tea has been on the decline. I haven’t had time to truly enjoy making and sipping tea. On top of that, my husband and I moved to my parents’ house. They have a keurig. I had succumbed to it! Recently, I have been getting into tea again.
Anyway, today I decided to try this sample. It pains me to have so much tea sitting around! This one smells faintly of sweet syrup. There was one piece of cinnamon and popcorn in this. I was very excited about that. Upon brewing, the cinnamon wasn’t very overpowering. In fact, it was well-blended. This tea didn’t need any additives at all. It was naturally sweet. The black tea base wasn’t overpowering either. Good tea blend overall. Next time I will try to brew this for longer and add milk to see if it changes the flavor at all.
I drank this all day today! I filled my 20 oz travel mug with 2 tsp of leaves this morning and added hot (not boiling) water. I sipped on it all morning, refilled at lunch, then refilled mid-afternoon. Yummy, sweet, and a teeny bit creamy all day long. No sugar needed to bring out the sweetness or the light floral nature to this tea. I love it and hope to always have it in the house. My sample is running dangerously low, and I’ll have to make the trek up to The Whistling Kettle soon.
This tea is well worth the 7-10 minute steeping time (side note: mesh steeper highly recommended, as it is a very fine tea). Both the marzipan and almonds compliment eachother in a way to create just a perfectly smooth and luxurious tea. The almonds give it a nice, nutty flavor which is present just enough to compliment the deep vanilla flavor of the yummy marzipan. Not enough to overpower it, however. There is also a nice sweetness to it – just enough to tickle your tongue. I love this tea, it is very smooth yet crisp, and just delectable. Very very recommended to try out! :)
This is an earl grey which is like no other. The smell of the raw tea is strong and smells like perfume but do not let that trick you! The taste is very smooth and has hints of earthiness to it, while soothing your tongue with a sharp yet not overpowering flavor that is similar to the smell, however this time it’s a perfect strength that is very pleasurable. Good for any time of the day for me. I highly enjoy this tea!
I just keep thinking – this tastes just like Chinese Restaurant Tea! It’s very smooth, but not sweet like the description made me expect. It is not bitter at all, even though I always let my leaves stew (I just leave them in the cup). The leaves are smallish and the liquid is a really pretty golden brown. It is a very satisfying cup of tea, and I expect that I could drink this on a semi-daily basis.
Finally digging into the samples my sister gave me for my birthday.
I steeped for about 3 minutes, after reading comments here that 4 seemed too long. I tasted the tea plain, and the maple was very subtle, but present. Otherwise, a nice black tea. Added some half&half and a dash of maple syrup from the bottle I had just purchased this morning.
The first steeping of this tea was very strong and astringent. But, the second and third were very nice. It had a deep elemental taste with a hint of flowers. Next time I try it, I’ll try to remember to do a wash steeping.
Update – I tried this again, gongfu style. It was much more pleasant that way and not at all astringent. The first steeping is still a little bitter, but it was a pleasant bitter. The subsequent steepings had a nice floral taste to them. I’ve updated the rating.
Everyday I take a travel mug of oolong with me to work. I usually drink a light oolong, often Alishan. I received a large container of it from a taiwanese student. Each morning, I put 1-2 tsp of tea in my mug and then fill it with hot water. I drink it throughout the morning, putting in more hot water at lunch and then some more during the afternoon. So, I look for teas that I can resteep in such a fashion and do not get overly bitter as they stew in the water. This one is a perfect example of this! It stayed nice tasting through three steepings.
Just had a lovely tea time with my husband! We used a gaiwan to brew this very flavorful tea. I washed the tea to begin with, but regretted it. Last night I had a small pot of it and didn’t wash it and its first brew was sweeter. We ended up getting 6 brews out of it, not counting the wash. Some were better than others, the second and third being my favorite. The predominant flavor is orchid, but there are notes of milky sweetness, especially in the first two steepings. We did add a little tiny bit (less than 1/8 tsp) of sugar to the third, fourth, and fifth steepings to bring out the sweetness. A very satisfying tea and one I will buy again and again. This is the best tea I have ever tasted.
Tea #28 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I really like the combination of puerh and white teas they used here. They compliment each other really well. The puerh is earthy and rich and the white is sweet and delicate.
That said, I not so surprisingly enjoy this cup. The tangerine flavor and chrysanthemum come through primarly. And the tangerine is crisp and citrusy. There’s also a gentle tartness that I’m associating with the acai. I feel like maybe the floral aspect could be turned down a little bit, as that’s all I get at the tail of the sip and as an aftertaste.
Tea #16 from Another Traveling Tea Box
I almost didn’t try this one since I’m still trying to acquire a taste for puerh, but I actually really enjoyed this. I’m not really sure what acai is suppose to taste like, but the tangerine stood out, giving the blend a nice citrus flavor.
This isn’t something I would have thought to order for myself so I’m glad I got to try it.
I was scared of this one based on the scent of the dry leaf. I’m very maple picky and it smelled a little artificial! Also there are large pieces of popcorn?! Haha! Anyway, steeped up this makes a decent enough sweet breakfast tea :) Kind of reminds me of french toast. Neither the cinnamon or the maple is overpowering. Not something I’ll buy but it was certainly fun to try on this dreary Sunday morning at work all by myself! Thanks again BrewTEAlly Sweet for sending me so many fun teas to try. I love trying new teas!
This sample came from momo!
What a fun looking tea! There’s huge chunks of cinnamon sticks, bits of popcorn, and maple brittle bits. Oh. And of course tea.
This cup tastes a lot more buttery-cinnamon-y-tea-y than maple-y. The butter and cinnamon flavor is really good, though. Calming and smooth and the buttery flavor and texture definitely helps in capturing the essence of taffy. Unfortunately the maple comes up really light.
Luckily maple syrup to the rescue!
Oh my oh my. This is really delightful with the maple syrup and it doesn’t need too much. It retains the smooth, almost butteriness and it tones down the cinnamon quite a lot. But most of all, it adds maple. Yum.
This tea came in at my local tea shoppe, Gold Leaf Spice & Tea, the week before I moved. The owner posted it and I had to have it! So I stocked up on it! Anyways… I had this tea this morning and oh man are those cinnamon pieces large:D Half my thumb! I had 2 pieces of popcorn and one cinnamon slice in my steep and I loved it! I had it without sugar and cream and the second steep I added both! I have to say though I might add a little more maple next time because I could not make out the maple. It was a sweet black tea with a kettle corn and cinnamon addition. I really enjoyed this one and I see myself definitely having to make a call and have this shipped to me once I run out, or stock up when I visit:) Thank you Gold Leaf Spice & Teas for introducing me to this one!