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Tea #34 from HHTTB2
Mmm, this smells creamy and vanillay once it’s brewed up.
I totally don’t get any semblance of Toblerone here (I think it’s the complete lack of chocolate flavor), but what I do get is flan. Creamy, custardy, slightly caramelly, sweet, delicious flan.
The base is definitely rooibos, and the aftertaste is also definitely rooibos, but it’s a mild tasting version that melds with the flavor. This is so smooth and flavorful!
I’ve had this tea for the longest time and have only about 1/2 a bag left out of the two I received from the lovely Indigobloom! I’ve been trying to save this blend because it’s so hard to get. This tea has the nicest blend of vanilla and sugar with a mild rooibos base. It’s very sweet on its own and soothes any sweet tooth or dessert craving! I definitely get the taste of nougat, but it’s more like the individual components of nougat, not nougat paired with chocolate. There is a twinge of something artificial, but it’s not strong enough to stop me from drinking the cup. It does lower the rating a little bit, though. I can’t really describe it — it just interrupts the overall taste of the tea and doesn’t allow for complete smoothness that the vanilla suggests in the beginning. This is a nice dessert tea and I will be sad when the pouch is gone.
I came back to this one after a long hiatus from rooibos. Well, herbal in general. I don’t know why but it just didn’t appeal to me. Hmmm.
So my cuppa was amazing. Just as good as I remember, after all this time :P
Sipdown! On the other hand, I brewed this tea up strongly too, and there’s no medicinal flavour. I think it may have lost some flavour sitting around for a while, but I’m actually rather enjoying my cup of it. Sweet and creamy… I kind of wish I had some more to drink right now. I think part of the key here is not to underleaf.
Anyhow, thanks for letting me try this one, Indigobloom :D
You know? this one grew on me the more i had it. Bumping up the rating a little because it’s an interesting tea for sure. I like how it changes through the various resteepings while still remaining close to that sweet earthy taste that the first steep has. While i wouldn’t necessarily keep this in stock all the time, it’s certainly a tea variation i’ll be more aware of now, and may possibly look in to picking up a few more to try.
Edit: Also apparently my 1500th tasting note. woah nelly!
thank you raritea for this interesting tea. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one but i’m always up for trying new teas.
After having a few steeps of this, i’m still not sure how to describe this. It’s woodsy and not really like any green tea that i’ve had. The leaves look much like brown sticks :) There’s an after taste to the tea that’s vegetal and sort of gritty in my mouth. There’s a bit of dryness as well. Overall, really interesting and something i’m glad i got the chance to try!
Had some of this alongside my Butterscotch Potion to see how it compares. Lowering the rating a tad because that little exercise put things into perspective for me. Here’s to fine tuning my rating system :)
Sipdown! Yep, gotta agree with Indigobloom – this one lost some flavour. Although… it has been nearly a year (omg… it does not feel like that far away at ALL). Anyways, this tastes much like slightly tart strawberry jam. I think the yogurtty creaminess is tempering the tartness a bit, which is good. Overall, I really don’t think this one’s too bad of a herbal! Probably the most authentically strawberry-flavoured herbal I’ve tried.
ETA: Yum, got a good second infusion from this one… though it was about 1/4 of the initial water volume. Tart and raisiny, with vague fruitiness were the identifiable flavours – I’m too lazy to check, but if this blend contains hibiscus, then it’s actually done well, as the tartness was perfect. I suspect, though, that something else may have been the tartness contributor. Just didn’t make me think hibiscus (and no purple colour).
Sipdown!! I could really use more of those. This one does not age well. I got hardly any flavour considering that I used nearly double what I normally do.
Also, I know I logged this one in my cupboard because it was during a steepster outage and I had to come back for that, and I nearly spilled my tea when the page finally refreshed. I remember that because Dad commented that I didn’t want yogurt on my keyboard (he thought that was so funny!).
Anyhow, how is it that it isn’t inventoried? hmmm?!
Once again it was lacking a little on the third steep but not as much as the last time I had a cup. Next time… more leaf, shorter infusions!
Thanks again to Raritea for a sample of this one! (Also, sipdown!)
I’ve become lazy in my tea comparisons, and have difficulty discerning different teas apart when they’re quite similar. This is no exception. However, I’m starting to think that all coconut oolongs, which suspiciously all have pouchong bases are one and the same. Yep, don’t care where it’s from, I think they’re all the same! Just different freshness(es), and storage, etc. etc. I could be wrong, but……
Either way, this is yummy as all the other ones have been. I love the toasty coconut flavour atop the pouchong base. Tonight it’s not quite hitting the spot though, possibly because I’m craving sweets like crazy right now, and one thing that this tea isn’t, is sweet. Oh well, I have a few more infusions of it to get through tomorrow, because if it’s like/the same as the others, the coconut flavour will last FOREVER!
1 tablespoon for 375 ml
On the sip, oceanic but with a slight lingering sweet note that reminds me of licorice or ginseng. Earthy/woodsy-ness that reminds me of chocolate. Hay-like qualities. Roasted tone. Hint of buttery-ness. Ginseng-like sweetness quality is accentuated as the tea cools.
Second infusion at 4 minutes. I’m detecting a bit of some black tea flavour qualities. There is still a hint of vegetal taste. The overall flavour reminds me of seaweed crisps.
Third infusion at 5 minutes. Still an enjoyable tea experience.
Thanks to Azzrian for this tea:)
Been a while since I’ve had a Wowzer of a tea….I think this would be it. Truthfully, I had started getting alittle weary of rooibos based teas, (Funny little after taste I hadn’t noticed before.) But I do not feel that way with this tea:) I looked up their website, unfortunately it doesn’t seem that they have the option to buy online, so short of driving 4 hours to the shop in Toronto, (Not that I don’t want to! Just lack of moola. But once I get a better paying job, it’ll be lack of time. LOL.) I’ll be SOL once I run out.
Anyways…back to the tea: This is sweet, I can taste the nougat flavoring, this is a perfect ‘in place of dessert’ tea.
1.5 tablespoons for 375 ml of water
The aroma of the brewed tea is incredible. The primary scent is that of a creamy and very authentic coconut. There is a floral note in the background.
The beginning of the sip is a little bland but has coconut water undertone. Flavour blooms into full coconut near the middle of the sip. Amazingly authentic coconut flavour. I’m getting a mild creaminess near the end of the sip. The oolong taste is apparent in the background. The oolong and coconut flavours compliment each other very well and meld together the most near the end of the sip. I’m tasting a hint of the grapefuity taste I tend to associate with oolongs on the exhale of the aftertaste.
Second infusion at 3.5 minutes. The sweetness is subdued but the coconut flavour is still very present. Still getting a good coconut milk flavour. Slight tangy-ness. The oolong taste is able to come through more. The oolon is mildly floral and has a flat blandness to it that reminds me of a waxy taste. Still a pleasing experience.
Third infusion at 4.25 minutes. Slight creaminess still present. Coconut water flavour present.
Fourth infusion at 4.75 minutes is quite bland and flavourless. Very watery.
Thanks Indigobloom for sharing this tea purchase with me!
1.2 tablespoons used for 375 ml of water infused for 8 minutes
Punchy rooibos flavour- reminds me of fruitiness. I’m detecting a milky-like flavour. Sweetness throughout. Thin mouth-feel which does not compliment the flavour profile. Blandness in taste on the sip.
Thanks to Indigobloom for sharing with me!
Chocolate mint teas are always a little too astringent for me. Why do I never learn?! My cuppa was enjoyable, but nothing to write home about, and not something I’d order again.
On the plus side, things are ramping up with the Toronto Tea Festival! We had our meeting there. I really love the Tsaa shop!
So maybe from here on out I can remember that IndigoBloom has provided me with a sample of this. I quite enjoy this one – it does remind me a little of a toblerone but more in the way of the nougat than the chocolate. I’d consider picking this up sometime in the future as a dessert tea to have around.
My first Coconut Oolong in ages!! and oh man is it ever good. Well, mostly. A little too sweet for my liking, and I added no sugar.
First steep was 90s, second at 2min or so (maybe a few extra seconds)
I can taste the oolong, barely… and the coconut is very present. Did they add sweetener, or is that just the coconut? hmmm. Coconut cream! yes that is what I taste.
It’s pretty smooth as well. In this second steep, I don’t think it’s weaker at all. Hoping the third will bring around more lovely oolong.
Also, Raritea I hope you enjoy it! we bought 50g and shared it between us. Can’t wait to go back there :)
EDIT: 3rd steep was seriously lacking. It had some odd grassy/floral note that threw me off. More caramel than coconut. Lowering the rating one point! because I don’t make it past two steeps that often anyhow.
Backlog from last night!!
The cinnamon has seriously mellowed out in the last few months. (That, is a good thing)
Bring on the milk and sugar as it makes this is a perfect night time chai. Much nicer than Melange from 52Teas, which this is very similar to. Well, if you dislike fennel that is!
I think I might have another cuppa tonight.
So the funny thing about having had a lot of samples…some times you forget you’ve tried a tea until you’ve gotten a sample from someone and go to log it. haha. Picked this up from indigobloom and it wasn’t until tonight that I realised i’d already tried it. Still, it was delicious then and is still delicious now!
Zombie writing here. Just wanted to get this down before autopilot sends me to bed.
Man this was tasty!! I love cranberry flavoured things so yah I predictably love this tea as well :D
At first I wasn’t getting much flavour but after a few sips, the cumulative build up created a lasting note that was very much bittersweet cranberry. Delicious!
Then I tried adding a little sugar (a little too much for my liking, accidentally) and oh man the cranberry burst open. Boo yah. I think I’ll buy some for the house, eventually. When (not if!) I ever sip down a bunch of my stash. bahahaaaa
Raritea, we need to go back there soon!
Finally getting to this one, thanks Indigobloom!
The aroma to me is a fairly standard sweet rooibos aroma. I can’t place exactly which tea it reminds me of, but perhaps it’s a creme caramel rooibos, or some truffle one. I really don’t recall. Flavourwise, there’s also a sort of familiarity. I think it’s nougat, that I’m picking up. Not toblerone, as I can’t taste any chocolate here, but kind of a tangy sort of nougat. It seems to be growing on me as I sip more of the tea…
This one’s definitely a different rooibos blend, and quite palatable given the tame version of rooibos found here, but I have to admit that it’s not my favourite, and probably not a blend I’d seek out again. However, I very much appreciate the chance to try it out, so thanks Indigobloom!
ETA: Second infusion is kind of like sweet-ish water. Not bad, but nothing too special.
Having a cuppa this now and it is still oh soooo good. I’m still on the hunt for a good chocolate rooibos equivalent but they all seem to fall flat somehow. I want just a CHOCOLATE tea. Not choco-orange-strawberry-ginger-mint. just cocoa. Please.
Anyhow, I am so sleepy today. Dunno whats gotten into me. Hopefully my matcha will arrive soon to keep me awake. It is all I can think about…
On a side note, what is with all the peach teas going around today?! I swear I think I’ve seen four reviews for peachy black teas all from different companies. I thought about posting mine but since it smelled like paint thinner, and tasted just ok with an awful aftertaste I’m gonna email them and see if the batch was bad.
Bah. It was free tea, so I’m not complaining!
Backlog from Saturday! Was so tired when I got home, this one totally slipped my mind.
So… from what I remember this was a great pot of tea. Notes of hay, spun wheat and mineral came through. I wish it had more depth.
In later steeps, something chocolate like emerged. A mild cocoa type flavour that shadowed something else. Malt balls perhaps? without the sugar of course.
Was tempted to try it with milk but the server was so busy that I dind’t want to hassle her. Well that and the two girls I was at tea with are purists… who don’t add anything. Not that it matters. Just saying! haha.
Lovely staff at Tsaa, they are so incredibly friendly and genuine that I can’t be upset about it! :)
On a side note, I stayed home yesterday waiting on a phone call from my web guru and he never called. gah! Now I feel guilty cuz I could have gone to see my Aunt who broke her leg on Saturday facepalm