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drank Moongold Oolong by Tin Roof Teas
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This tea was a gift from Youngest – many thanks!

I looked this up on the Tin Roof website. If you search for the tea, it says no results found. Tried more than once. If you just click the category for aroma oolong you will find it. And you should find it if these are flavors that appeal to you because it is really good.

Tin Roof recommends making it at 176F and steeping for three minutes, so that is what I did.

This is a floral green oolong and it pairs so beautifully with the apricot flavor. There are pieces of dried fruit in the blend as well as flavoring. There is a deep note that hints at baked apricot but not pastry. It is a lovely balance. The taste is green oolong up front and then the fruit flavor blooms and finishes strong. It is not an overpowering flavoring, though, and I find it to be clearly apricot and not peach, which can come offasting very similar.

This is a tea I would repurchase one day. I wonder how it is iced…..

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Mmmmmmmmmmm.

I drank this for second breakfast.

First breakfast was at 5:30 am outside with Ashman. Toast and Fresh Strawberry tea by Perennial Tea Room. He had eggs but I didn’t because I know me and having breakfast that early was sure to be a mere warm up.

After working in the garden a little while and doing laundry, I wanted French toast. Often I try to pair tea that will be a contrast to the food but this just sounded like a nice companion for the French toast. It was, too.

I would have sworn there was almond flavoring here, but there is none listed, unless it is included in their final ingredient of the list – “natural flavoring.”

Even without milk and sugar (it doesn’t need it, oh boy oh boy it doesn’t need it) this knocked my socks off. Thank goodness the tea base isn’t thin like so many I run into with flavored teas. It is TEA and it has FLAVORS and best of all it has SMELLS and they are GREAT smells.

They nailed oatmeal raisin cookies.

Would purchase for sure. Planning to order some this fall. Yum.

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Sipdown

July Sipdown Prompt – a tea you will re-order

This wasn’t in my cupboard but should have been. Always welcome, especially as an afternoon treat with chocolates, cake, or cookies. I am enjoying this cup immensely and it fills the flavor profile I got from Fig Formosa but even better, I think.

Definitely one I want to have again.

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June Sipdown Prompt – a white tea

This tea arrived in a box of many teas that I am excited about from Youngest today! Many thanks!

Opening the pouch, the first thing that hits me is the same aroma I found in Fig Formosa Oolong from this company. When you read the description of Fig Formosa they do mention it having grape flavor. I think it must be the very same flavoring as was used in this tea.

I made a pot of tea and poured one cup hot and then flash chilled the rest. The hot cup was a very nice balance of white tea flavor and grape flavor. The grape flavor does not cover up the white tea.

The flash chilled tea initially seemed to have more white tea flavor with a bit of a musky, grape must edge to it. As the tea sat out in the pitcher coming closer to room temperature, the grape flavor and sweetness seemed to grow, although the white tea base was still present.

This is really delicious, makes a great cold tea even unsweetened, and would probably be good sweetened as well.

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Tin Roof Teas
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This morning I followed the museum weather to tour a nearby collection on the history of country doctors. I carried off a decent haul of relevant literature that demands a tea equal to the task, or more accurately, a tea that is randomly chosen in the hopes that it will be found equal to the task – more specifically, this tea.

The smell is something I instinctively wanted to call leaf-litter but have since settled on tobacco foremost. It’s a complex mingling of sweetness, dryness, and bitterness that is distinctly inanimate: wood, subtle hazelnut, and chocolate all come to mind, but the taste is mild, clear, and refreshing. Paired somewhat redundantly with a cigar, it could be almost indistinguishable from a good puerh. The resteep is decently comparable but I don’t think I would push it as far as a third cup. My overall impression is that this is what it would taste like to be one of the antiquated medical texts I viewed this morning, or perhaps a forgotten lamp with a crown of dust in the study of an affluent but incredibly stressed lawyer.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Roasted, Tobacco, Woody

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This morning I woke up with a neck so sore that I am not certain it’s the same one I went to bed with. I nearly scrapped all of my plans for today to pencil in some therapeutic wallowing but was unexpectedly revitalized just in time to make it to a library presentation on obituary-writing. For my bravery, I believe I have earned the selection of a new tea from my admittedly overstocked cabinet while I reflect on my fondest memories of myself to immortalize.

I was uncertain how a oolong would respond to my unsophisticated methods, but this one clearly needs no help. I was stunned by the richness and fullness of the aroma, warm and intensely nutty – walnut or brazil maybe – with a vegetal or hay-like sweetness that clings coolly in your mouth. Near the bottom of the cup, I got a much more specific read on it that took me back to a barbershop-turned-bar where I once had a carrot juice cocktail and a dish of perfectly steamed edamame which, minus the delectable sprinkling of everything bagel seasoning that I have preferred on my edamame ever since, tasted not dissimilar to this tea.

Flavors: Hay, Nuts, Soybean, Straw, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I love TKY. Have you tried their Dong Ding? It is really good.

"Youngest"

@ashmanra I bought their oolong sampler, I think that’s one of them!

ashmanra

Yaaaaaaay!

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drank Earl Grey by Tin Roof Teas
31 tasting notes

After a long, stressful week of 12+ hour workdays, I am finally settling in to a hard-earned weekend. I have stolen hasty cups of this tea all week as able, but having put away a tasty chestnut ale, I finally find myself prepared to settle in to a review while I rewatch Twin Peaks. And with this blend, we achieve redemption for the rooibos experiment.

This earl grey is everything it should be, with brisk bergamot tinged with the acidity of lemon and the familiar, dusty floral of lavender atop a balanced blend of sweet, mild black teas – an ideal base for a london fog or a strong contender for any earl grey lover. Nothing is lost between the dry leaves and the brewed cup; here’s an earl grey that keeps its promises.

There are two defining elements to any successful earl grey (change my mind) and those are 1) the unmistakable taste of an acrid soup made from the juices of 83-year-old window blinds and 2) Froot Loops?

Maybe this is a personal delusion, but wherever I smell lavender and lemon together (or cardamom alone), I smell Froot Loops. Does anybody know what on earth I’m talking about?

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lavender

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Yes, I get the Froot Loops thing! And I have some window blinds that might actually serve well for your experimentation purposes, should you care to come clean them.

derk

Aye, Fruit Loops!

tea-sipper

Twin Peaks!

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I am locked in battle with this tea.

I have braved the trials and illness of days 4 and 5 in caffeine purgatory, only to reward myself with a troubling blend indeed. Zealot that I am for basically everything in this ingredient list and for artificial grape flavor, this tea seemed destined to be my soulblend. I stuck my nose into the bag eagerly and was met with an aroma that could be said to be grape in the same way as the aged, grape-scented eraser that fit snugly in the miniature juice carton for the family dollhouse growing up – sort of faded and elusive, but yes, maybe grape? The smell is sweet and marshmallowy but the grape is difficult to pin down without pulling the bag on over your head.

Moving on, I followed the recommended steeping directions and the result was, I think, concerningly pale in color and in palate. In trying to magnify the flavors enough to get a detailed read on them, I have gone ballistic. I made a second cup with an increased steep time and water temperature; I have sniffed the leaves and the cup until I have gotten lightheaded; I’ve sipped, I’ve swished, I have LITERALLY gargled with this tea, but I am having the most devilish time unlocking the flavors sufficiently to really enjoy and analyze this cup. I will file this one away to be reassessed when one or both of us are better disposed to cooperate.

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Gargling! Now there’s a technique to try! (I’m with you—try as I might, I just can’t coax anything substantial out of a white tea.)

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Today I am passing Day 3/7 in my decaffeinated prison. I woke up with a headache probably equally related to dehydration as caffeine deprivation, but dreaming of a hot americano all the same. As punishment for my meditative weakness, when I finally managed to coax myself out of bed at the ripe hour of 2:30PM, I perused my cabinet for my lowest caffeine tea, and the winner would appear to be this rooibos-based earl grey blend. So here goes.

Admittedly, I don’t know much about rooibos, and most blends I have tried of this variety have been inoffensive. The dry leaves are about what you would expect and smell almost tart or lemony compared to other earl greys. In the prepared cup, however, I lose track of the bergamot oil. The steam carries a honeyed raspberry aroma, and with the delicate touch of tartness enfolding my tongue, I begin to wonder if our friend bergamot has not taken a wrong turn and gotten lost in the wilderness somewhere on its way. A pleasant, low-profile cup, but whether it has earned the eponym of Earl Grey remains to be told.

Flavors: Honey, Lemon, Raspberry

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Rooibos and bergamot are polar opposites. I can’t see them getting along nicely in the same cup. Roo needs ice cream flavors like vanilla and strawberry.

ashmanra

I am not a fan of red rooibos but green rooibos makes an awesome base!

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I survived day 1 of only tea-derived caffeine, successfully powering through the day on nothing but a single cup of black tea and pure vibes.

After another night spent feeling under the weather, I met Day 2 rolling out of my slumber in search of something indulgent to accompany my reading of The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. I settled on this Oatmeal Raisin Cookie blend for a much-needed boost, and oh. My. God.

Despite its delicate, amber coloring, the aroma coming out of my cup is so insanely raisiny it’s like diving into the congealed gummy center of the most fabulously flavorful raisin you have ever tasted and bathing in its cinnamon sweetness. It’s a smooth, syrupy cup reminiscent of curling up in a blanket watching sunny autumn leaves and going back to sleep. I feel like the pat of butter on a warm stack of fluffy pancakes, slowly melting away.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Malt, Pancake Syrup, Raisins

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Oh my, that sounds scrumptious. Bet it would make a great latte, too. Pure decadence.

Courtney

That book sounds interesting — are you enjoying it? Good job on only tea-derived caffeine. :)

"Youngest"

@Courtney If you are feeling hopeless, disillusioned with life, and desperate for a philosophical take on an existence that feels nightmarish, morally conflicting, and involuntary, I would say this read is the perfect choice for a little comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone and to see someone go to lengths to try to rationalize or articulate your experience. In that regard, I’m greatly enjoying the book and am also continuously impressed by the vocabulary and background holding it together.

That said, if you are a generally satisfied person, I would suggest leaving Thomas Ligotti on the shelf for some other day. LOL

gmathis

Oh, mercy! You are actually making me want to bake cookies from scratch, and that’s sayin’ something! Tin Roof sounds like it could easily be my happy place.

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drank Karma Kahwa by Tin Roof Teas
31 tasting notes

After the week spent me like life was a slot machine, I haggardly drew the conclusion that my lifestyle – currently characterized by sleeping like garbage, going to work at 4AM and chugging 400mg caffeine in energy drinks before 9AM just to make it to noon – needed a reboot. What I mean to say is that energy drinks are expensive and I dropped a pant size in a week, so a friend has pressured me into DAY 1/7: no caffeine excepting whatever I get from tea. After passing an insomniac episode all night playing a PC game called “A Night in the Woods” (a cute, cartoonish side-scroller centered around a feline protagonist in a story with an intriguing balance of wholesome mediocrity and unexpected darkness), Day 1 has met me with a weird start.

Escaping work early, I decided to finally check out a nearby tea shop and foolishly thought I might find a couple teas that could pique my interest. The moment I stepped in, I was quickly overtaken by my folly in underestimating their selection. There wasn’t a single tea I didn’t want to try, and I fear the old adage against shopping while hungry also applies to shopping while under-caffeinated, because I shelled out for a bag full to the brim with goodies and a freshly brewed cup of their Karma Kahwa blend for the road. Does it constitute a relapse if I haven’t gone a day without caffeine yet?

Unfortunately, the ambush-like stealth of Tin Roof Teas’s formidable selection forbids this tea being on their website (I think it may be seasonal as well), so I am attempting to conjure the ingredients from memory and taste. Clove is easily the foreground of this flavorful tea with a colorful supporting cast of spices like cardamom and cinnamon lending complexity and complementary sweetness in the background – the almond is there if you look for it and rounds out a festive, dessert-like profile. A little bit drying, this tea was the perfect accompaniment to a sunny but cool day uncertain of its seasonal loyalties and meteorological temperament. I wonder how it tastes with a shot of espresso in it…damn it. Focus on the mission!

Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove

gmathis

Sounds kind of like a spicy biscotti!

"Youngest"

Couldn’t have said it better!

Cameron B.

Laughing at shopping while under-caffeinated! XD

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March Sipdown Challenge Prompt – a favorite herbal tisane

It’s a sipdown! We make this one iced by the pitcher. It is a purple-ish-and-tea color and not super attractive if you were expecting blue/purple tea, but as a sweet iced tea it is quite refreshing. Ashman really enjoys it, and I like it very well, too.

Just noticed I never posted a tasting note and I have had it for at least two years but probably three, or more. I reviewed it for Sororitea Sisters long ago so that is probably why I didn’t put a note here.

I have two teas sipped down this month, but just received an early birthday gift of three new ones and there is one arriving Monday. And I bet I am getting tea from someone else for my birthday, too! (Insert laughing face with tears!) I need to get moving on the sipdowns!

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I reviewed this for Sororitea Sisters and it has posted, so now I can share the tasting note!

http://www.sororiteasisters.com/2021/01/22/strawberry-vanilla-no-961-tin-roof-teas-ashmanra/

I first tried this tea about seven years ago and I continue to pick it up now and then because it is really good to have on shelf. It is so easy to like and appeals to people who already love tea as well as people who are just starting on their tea journey. It pairs well with desserts and is lovely as a stand alone cup.

Although this came from Tin Roof Teas, I am 99.9% sure that it is sourced from Teageschwendner.

My excuse for buying this when I already have tons of tea is that my husband loves strawberry flavored teas, and he doesn’t like as many teas as I do, so I keep this on hand FOR HIM. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

The green base is a blend from three countries – India, Japan, and China. I think Indian green must be excellent for aroma teas because I am pretty sure Harney and Sons uses a lot of it in their flavored greens. It is pretty mild and very smooth, and has just enough briskness to make this go really well with food. If tea is too mild, food flavors can overwhelm it so you taste pretty much nothing, like drinking a cup of hot water.

The strawberry flavor is fresh and the tiniest bit tart like a real strawberry. This is all smoothed over by the lovely hint of warm vanilla.

I like to steep this at 175F for three minutes and resteep right away, combining the two for an economical pot. It works really well.

Tin Roof Teas is in Raleigh, NC. They do ship and some of their teas are available on Amazon.
Their Moroccan Mint is blended in house and is my hands down favorite of the type. And their Tung Ting is mouthwateringly good. There is a 15% discount for your first order after signing up for their newsletter, so go wild!

Now, not related to the tea but a funny tale about the Ashman that I wanted to share!

We had mild weather last Saturday so middle daughter hung her blankets out to dry. Unbeknownst to her, a little bee nestled on the fabric and as temps dropped toward evening he fell asleep. (This has happened before with both bees and lizards.) She brought the blankets in and left them in the laundry basket where the bee woke up due to the lovely warmth! Bee flies into den, Ashman gets an empty granola bar box to catch it because he doesn’t want to kill it. The bee practically flew right into the box, which he covered with a magazine and carried outside.

He comes in and I ask him if he released the bee and he said….he put it on the fleece blanket over the back of the porch rockers. BUT he tucked it into a fold so it wouldn’t get eaten by a bird in the morning before it has a chance to warm up.

Y’all. He tucked in a bee.

Sunday morning, he checks his bee and it is still sleeping peacefully in the blanket. So he pulls the rocker into a sunny spot and turns it so the bee is facing the sun. Hours later, he reports that he checked the fold of the blanket and his bee has flown away.

I hope this summer to have a story about jars of honey mysteriously appearing on our doorstep.

Courtney

I love your story about the bee. ❤ Bees are so important, so protecting them where we can is awesome!

Cameron B.

Aww the lil’ bee! I ❤ Ashman.

Martin Bednář

Who would kill such a purposeful and cute animals?!
Good man Ashman :)

White Antlers

Awww! That bee story sounds like a modern day fairy tale. God bless Ashman for respecting bees. : )

Leafhopper

Your husband just earned some major karma points or something! Glad the bee lived to make honey another day. :)

Tiffany :)

That is sweet… bees are the only thing I’m deathly allergic to so I tend to run away from them, but I do know they are important and do enjoy honey so I totally understand if not allergic to keep them alive. :)

ashmanra

Tiffany: I tolerate bees but if it had been a wasp, I would have killed it without a second thought. My eldest brother died of anaphylactic shock from Yellowjacket stings when I was 23. All wasps are fair game to me, but bees get a pass!

White Antlers

ashmanra Oh Lord! What an awful way to lose a sibling! (Not that there’s a ‘good’ way…) I’m with you on killing wasps. In my home no spider is ever harmed, but ants, silverfish and centipedes are not tolerated. Fortunately, the cats make short work of the harmless but ugly waterbugs that arrive in spring and summer.

Mastress Alita

In my house, spiders must follow the Ninja Code… as long as they aren’t seen, we can both live in harmony. If they break the Ninja Code and are seen, they must die an honorable death, so theier ancestors will understand the importance of keeping to the Code.

ashmanra

White Antlers and Mastress Alita: Spiders are welcome here, but also they do have to follow the ninja code to an extent! My kitchen spiders (I have two) are allowed to come out as long as they stay “at home.” They MUST NOT be seen in my bedroom. They are quite large.one lives in the sink over the sink and the other lives in the bricks of the fireplace, occasionally visiting the plant window.

tea-sipper

Oh wow, ashmanra, I’m sorry you lost your brother like that. But the bee story was wonderful.

Dustin

I’m imagining Mastress Alita handing the spiders tiny little swords for them to fall upon in honor!
That’s adorable that Ashman tucked a bee in!
That is a rough history with yellowjackets! :(

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Ashmanra sent a little sample of this tea our way, not for me, but for the hubster. Now, you have to remember that his oolong gold standard is bagged supermarket Bigelow Oolong, oversteeped until it can stand up without the cup. Set the pricey stuff in front of him, and he generally fusses because it is too fruity or too flowery.

So I was surprised at his reaction to this one: “I’m getting honey. Or maybe honeysuckle.” And while it wasn’t quite a rave review, he didn’t politely “forget” the cup until it was too cold to be useful. Baby steps.

I got honey, too, but with a little toasted homemade bread underneath. Very gentle, very nice. Looking forward to a rerun cup shortly.

ashmanra

Aw, yaaay! We shall not despise the day of small beginnings! I will have to find something more roasty toasty to send him!

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drank Huang Jin Gui by Tin Roof Teas
3318 tasting notes

July prompt – a tea from an American company.

This is a sipdown today, and wouldn’t you know it? I have been hammering away at it trying to get one more thing out of my cupboard and today it tastes just about the best ever, making me want to purchase more. I will not do so until the cupboard is under better control but it may be a re-purchase someday.

The floral notes really stood out today and I am a sucker for floral notes.

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drank Huang Jin Gui by Tin Roof Teas
3318 tasting notes

I bought this at a shop just two hours away. Once upon a time, all of their were sourced from Teageschwendner, but around the time I started going they began to get a few from other places. They do their own Moroccan Mint blend and it is THE BEST. But I digress.

The first time I drank this I was disappointed. I was expecting it to taste like a similar tea I had tried around that time and it I didn’t drink it again for a while.

Now I have had it several times more and I wonder what was wrong with me? This is really good!

This is a green oolong, not roasty toasty like Dong Ding (they sell a very good one of those) or Da Hong Pao. It has a nice floral high that rises at the outset, nice in the aroma, and there is a bit of minerality, too.

Even though it is a green floral oolong, I served it with our late breakfast of cinnamon raisin bagels in the rockers out back. It went well and had enough flavor not to drown under the cinnamon and schmeer. We kept sipping until the ants found us. It was getting too hot out there anyway.

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drank Marzipan no. 952 by Tin Roof Teas
2939 tasting notes

What’s left of my packet had woogled down to the bottom of the odds and ends basket (you have one of those, don’t you?) so I didn’t expect too much in the way of flavor and freshness when I steeped a tumbler this morning. Not so—it was still pastry-like and tasty, even more so when I iced it. Makes me think of a cream puff that’s been in the fridge. Oh…now I AM thinking about cream puffs…and frosting…and cookie dough…and…

ashmanra

Nice! I haven’t had this one in forever. Might need to make a trip up there. They are offering curbside pick up, after all!

Crowkettle

Mmm… marzipan

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drank Marzipan no. 952 by Tin Roof Teas
2939 tasting notes

Marzipan…wouldn’t that be a good name for a gold-and-white cat?

This was also a little surprise from Ashmanra. I proceeded extremely cautiously this morning, because I’ve had many almond teas that go bitter very easily. So I pulled it at 3 minutes (recommendation was 2—4) and ended up with a very mild, sweet, drinkable dessert tea. The marzipan/pastry character and scent is detectible, but faint enough I think we can add that extra minute when I try again.

ashmanra

I like this, and it is a almost local! About an hour and fifteen minutes away but we go to Raleigh a bit for this and that anyhow. They used to carry only Teaschwendner but now they source from different places.

gmathis

I remember seeing the name in some of your older reviews. We’re doing better regionally with really good shops just one hour or two hours away…oh, for one in town!

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I went through the whole package (~25g?) before reviewing because I was determined to give this a chance, as it’s from the closest thing I have to a “local” tea shop (at least an hour away)…but I couldn’t get it to work for me. Package directions for western brewing are 1 tsp/8 oz/ boiling water/3-5 min. All I could taste this way was roast; not “roasted something,” just…roast. Fortunately it didn’t quite cross over into straight-up carbon, but it was close. If I focused really hard I could sometimes get an ambiguous nutty aftertaste. I tried more and less leaf, different infusion times, and cold brewing – but no improvement. Finally I tried brewing at 90 C, and that helped a little. I could make out a bit of earthy/wet foliage taste in the front, a little cocoa powder in the finish, but still the almost totally dominant flavor is roast. Really can’t recommend.

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25

So it turns out ginseng is not my thing. Could not get past it to even taste the oolong.

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10

This was not for me. Fake movie theater butter flavor with a weird greasy texture.

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90

This green tea has a wonderful grapefruit scent before brewing. The tea itself only has a mild grapefruit flavor, but it is delightful. I like how the green tea really shines through, and it is quite smooth and fairly delicate. I would recommend this tea to anyone who wants to enjoy a more mildly flavored tea.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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There is a tiny spice and tea store next to one of our favorite diet-compliant (i.e., vegan) restaurants in Charlotte. When my wife and I finally decided to “dry out” after eating many NON-diet-compliant items during the Christmas/New Year holidays, we launched our return to sanity at the restaurant, with the side benefit of a trip to the spice and tea store.

The store’s tea stock was almost wiped out after the Christmas shopping season, but a few bags of this one remained on the shelf alongside a sample “sniffer” of the leaves to smell what the tea might taste like after brewing. I love smoky teas and the aroma of this item in its unsteeped state was quite potent and alluring.

When I opened the package to prepare the tea for drinking, the smoky aroma was much stronger than the already powerful odor in the store’s sniffer. It was so controlling that I hoped it was all natural. The last time I encountered a smoky smell that powerful was from my boy scout uniform after a weekend of camping and sitting by the fire.

I steeped the short black leaves for five minutes at 212 degrees. The label suggested brewing for two to four minutes but I let it steep for one more minute for good luck.

The finished product had a golden amber color. The smoky aroma had greatly settled down after it met the hot water.

The taste of the tea was quite pleasant with the smoky characteristics in line with a lot of other teas of this type. There was an additional flavor attribute that was minty, like the wild mint plant leaves I used to find and chew while walking home from junior high school. The two flavors worked together amiably. The overall effect was smooth without astringency. The aftertaste was not obnoxious.

I did like this tea and will not have trouble finishing the entire package. Once I got past the three-alarm fire smell of the unbrewed leaves, the final result was a tasty, genial, and smooth concoction.

Flavors: Mint, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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75

(Staying close to pkg directions: 3g/8oz/180/60 sec first steep, 15 for second)
Dry leaves smell lovely – grassy & very fruity, sweet. Wet leaves bring out the cooked greens scent, but still fairly sweet. First steep (60 sec) smells a little sweeter and a little less vegetal than the wet leaves, also with a buttery/creamy note in the aroma. Pale golden/green brew. Taste is somewhat thin but very pleasant – sweet, grassy, some mild baby spinach- like notes. Just the barest hint of butter in the taste, not quite what the aroma suggested. Second steep (15 sec), I reduced to 6 oz. Color brews up the same despite the shorter steep time. Taste is similar, a little stronger (prob from reduced water amount). Maybe a touch more buttery flavor? Third (6oz, 30 sec) is pretty washed out. Used spent leaves with 8 oz water for one good (though light) cold brew infusion.

Rates 65 prepared to pkg directions. Would like to try again with adjustments. Try gongfu-style ratio for one thing, plus Tin Roof’s website has very different directions for this tea – lower temperature and longer brewing. Also would like to try fresh cold brew.

Update: Cold brew (1g/100ml) is powerful but refreshing. Intense, fresh grassy flavor with a good hit of bitterness & sweetness, and a tiny bit of savory nuttiness adds some interest. Rates 75 as cold brew.

Preparation
3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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