This tea shop is right near me so after discovering Teavana and wanting to explore more tea I headed there. This was the first non-teavana loose tea I bought and I was not dissapointed. Delicate in aroma and flavor, great with a little sugar (total sweet tooth here). I have not tried brewing it since I got my variable temperature kettle and before then I would just put water in a mug, put that mug in the microwave set it for about 2 minutes and hope for the best. I’m sure once I actually have the right temperature it’ll be even better.
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I LOVE this tea! The fragrance is nice and delicate and it tastes amazing, like a little celebration in a cup (I even drank it on NYE in leiu of actual champagne!). I brew according to the directions on the bag and it turns out perfectly. Since I’m a sweetie, I add a little splenda, but not much as the flavor is delicate too and I don’t want to overpower it.
Thanks to Mel for the sample of this!
I am very skeptical about milk oolong. Not because I’ve had one before, but because I’ve heard so much ‘controversy’ over them, whether you can find a genuine one or whether it is artificially flavored.
Well, I am on my 5th steeping (I think?) and it is still delicious. Actually, in some ways I think it might be getting better!
I didn’t preheat the pot, but simply used the quick rinse with boiling water to preheat it.
I started with steeps just under boiling for 15 seconds, 15 again, 25, 30, and now 40.
The aroma of the heated leaf was delicious, and the color of the liquor was a very clear yellow/green. The taste/aroma was like sweet cream + butter of popcorn. SO good.
The 2nd and 3rd steeps were somewhat muted; I was at this point wondering whether it was genuine or not. Again, not that I’d have anything to go by other than the milk flavor giving out after a steep or two. The 3rd one in particular made my mouth dry, it was somewhat parching, almost like sand paper? It was still decently good though, so I drank it up.
Now to the 5th steeping, the sweet, subtle flowery aftertaste is powerful and fills the throat. We’ll see if it will continue further. Though I’ve had Tie Kuan Yin many times, for my first experience with specifically a ‘milk’ oolong, this is a very good one.
Rediscovered this sitting on the back of my tea shelf. Its been at least a year since I last drank it. Medium dark in the cup and a medium mouth feel. Malty, mild, smoooooothhhhh. Some astringency, but no “bite”, leaving just the faintest sour tickle on the edges of the tounge. A very fine tea.
I got this as part of a sampler set for Christmas 2009. I recommend a sampler of it, as Todd & Holland charge a dear fortune for their teas. Fortunately, T&H recognizes that samplers are good for business and they have an extensive set.
I upped my rating on this tea after trying it again today. I just recently got a tea thermometer to better gauge my water temp and it made all the difference in the world for me. It did not need honey after all, just needed to be steeped correctly! It still reminds me a lot of the holidays with such a good balance of sweet and tangy!
Not going to lie, I bought this tea for the name. I love me some Prince! When I bought and smelled it at the store, I didn’t realize it was grape. I read the ingreidents, and thought it sounded good. If I knew it was suppose to be grape, I probably wouldn’t have bought it.
Anyways, I tried it iced. Before I sipped it, I could taste grape! I was hoping for the other dried fruit to come out, but it didn’t. It is naturally sweet, no sugar needed for this one. I did like the sencha in this, too, like Sarah. If the flavoring wasn’t grape, but cranberry or raspberry, I would love this tea. Being grape, it’s just ok. If you love Concord grape, this tea has it!
I just figured out, from googling the ingredients of the tea, that this is White Acai Luminesence by SpecialTeas. http://steepster.com/teas/specialteas/10638-white-acai-luminesence?post=68442
I still love this tea…even though SpecialTeas has decided to go and leave me.
My first loose leaf tea experience was with a green tea at Todd & Holland’s Tea Merchants shop in Forest Park, IL. This green tea is bright and aromatic and truly delicious. I really get into the flavorings but this tea simply does not need them. Grassy and robust, I salavate when brewing (too much info possibly?) I also love the education that comes with stopping in and sipping tea. That is where I learned that I like early picked green tea right after the rains (said in the most snobbish voice I could muster). It is pricey thus not making it a 100 but worth the money for such a quality tea.
This one challenged my tastebuds in a good way. I was unsure at first about green tea with chocolate but once I sipped it all made sense. It is a pretty tea as well with the little stars generously sprinkled throughout. Not sure I would drink this all year round like I normally would with a good green tea but I do think it makes for fun winter and holiday sipping. I like it with just a tiny bit of honey.
This is a great green tea (in terms of quality) and the fruit flavor has a good balance with the tea. The grape flavor is good but I think a little too sweet. It is good for sipping when it is pipping hot, as it cools the flavor gets out of balance. I like it brewed one hot cup at a time. I have not had this tea cold but I would imagine it would be yummy cold!
Clue No. 1
Ever since Geek Pride Day came and went, I have been feeling guilty for not doing it justice. I just couldn’t get it together to do anything prior to or on the actual day. I was too busy being on vacation. But Rabs and Ewa inspired me, and so I’m going to take the position that every day ought to be Geek Pride Day and therefore, this little homage isn’t late at all.
It’s a little mystery game. Here’s how it will work.
This is the first tasting note in a series of four. The names of the teas tasted, taken together, provide clues that are intended to lead to the answer. The correct answer is something likely to be known to geeks of a particular stripe and of a particular era, i.e., it’s a little dated, but then so am I.
There is no prize. It’s just for fun and bragging rights if you guess correctly. If no one guesses the answer after the fourth note, I’ll either try to come up with additional tea names for clues, or will at that point provide further hints. Feel free to guess at any time — you don’t need to wait for subsequent notes. To start you off, in addition to the name of this tea, I will tell you that the fact that this is structured as a mystery game is no accident.
Now, for the first tea (in case you’re actually here to find out what German Breakfast is like).
In the sample packet, it smells delicious — very aromatic black teas in this. It’s roasty and earthy and has a hint of sweetness. The leaves are small and I can see some tips in there.
The aroma of the tea is sweet and malty. It smells smooth. Very inviting. It’s a medium/dark black tea colored liquor. Reddish more than orange.
Yum. It’s billed as T&H’s strongest breakfast blend, but at 3 minutes of steeping it’s very tasty without any additives. I don’t feel I’m being slapped around. More like forcefully coaxed into wakefulness. It has an interesting mouthfeel similar to what I found in the Yunan from LeafSpa. It’s thick in a similar way, but not quite as thick as the Yunan.
There’s a bright, almost bubbly note to it from the darjeeling that gives it the illusion of being less full bodied than I think it is. I’m starting to think of the word “perky” when I taste darjeeling. But the taste is mellower and without the distinctive darjeeling flavor that can tend toward the sharp. This is rounder and softer. I wouldn’t call it sweet, but it tends that way, and tends even more that way in the aftertaste. A malty, grainy sweetness.
This will get into at least a semi-final breakfast blend round. I could see it going all the way.
Drinking this wonderful tea this morning. Just a nice good quality tea to laze away a Sunday with.
Brewed this strong, using 1 1/2 tsp to 12 oz hot water. Intense flavor, green tea and olives. Had a sharp taste and was quite tannic, leaving your mouth feeling clean. Was not as complex in flavor as some other Darjeelings…the tannins were a bit strong. Nonetheless, was a good morning wakeup. Alas, I’m out…so this is the last cup.
The leaves are red rooibos leaves with very visible pieces of chocolate. I’m saying that I could’ve picked out the chocolate pieces and eaten them. The bag mentions there’s also supposed to be sour cherry, but what I saw was just rooibos and chocolate. I brewed according to bag directions (5min, boiling water, etc.) and then poured. The chocolate cherry smell rose from the cup into a wonderful, comforting smell, with just a hint of rooibos. On first taste, I got the subtle hint of sour cherry on my tongue that faded into chocolate. A delicious blend of sour cherry, chocolate and rooibos. Definitely ordering again once I’m out. So in love with this tea!
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I enjoyed a cup of this tea this evening after dinner. It’s a lovely light apricot flavor. I should have had a slice of apricot bread with it — my mother-in-law brought some today.
Ok, yes, I’m running through my library of tea. This is something completely different from my usual fare. 1 1/2 teaspoons in a 2 cup pot. Steeped 3-4 minutes. Light straw color. Fresh mowed grass smell. Light, tannic, cleansing in the mouth. Best drank hot…as it cools the tannins seem to become overwhelming. A little reheat and its good to go.
2nd infusion – decidely weaker. Woodsy flavor. Definitely overbrewed the the first cup, leaving nothing notable for a second. (Edit: I take that back, once it cooled down enough to get a full mouthful, the flavor was there. Much lighter than the first cup. Definitely overbrewed the first cup!)
1 teaspoon (as opposed to tsp) about 4 minutes in moderately hot water. Brews dark and flavorful. Slightly tannic…probably should have taken it out a little past 3 minutes. A bit heavy in the mouth (not bad, just different than say…a Ceylon), but the flavor last a good 30+ seconds after swallowing. Think Irish/Scottish breakfast teas. (Edit: don’t let this one go cold…not as good)
Drank it last night with some friends and will have it iced this morning. Black pepper should be in more teas. Doesn’t have an overly powerful strawberry taste, but I love the black pepper-black tea combo. Wonder if I can just add black pepper to my normal black tea…