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Decided to have a batch of this since I’ll be heading down to the Urban Tea Merchant this week for some intel. :D
It’s… mango tea. I’ll have to cold brew some to see if it’s better that way. There’s loads of mango and vanilla, but it’s almost woody and seriously astringent, and it feels like I’m breathing perfume. I steeped at 195F for 4 minutes… it shouldn’t be astringent.
Sadly this doesn’t make me excited to try more of their teas. Especially considering the cost of some of them. However, I will go and get some stuff… FOR SCIENCE! And for a curious friend. :)
Room temp and Re-steep Note
Room temp – the tea is very subtle, it looses a lot of the kick to it that I love about it.
Re-steep – the citrus note when smelling it is much higher, compared to the first steep. It’s also weaker and I steeped it for 7 mins again with less water in it. I could probably get away with it if I steeped it for longer, so the flavour is stronger, but I find it’s a watered down version.
OHHH Christmas Tea, Oh Christmas Tea, how lovely are your brannchesss (I’m fetching a little on this one, but still.)
You know those smells, those smells that reminded you inexcusably of Christmas. I’m talking those candles you sniff that take you back to the kitchen where all the spices are being used for baked goods and holiday dishes… smells of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, citrus, brown sugar, yams, butter… OH MY!
This tea is the tea version of said candles or other such scents. It literally oooozes Christmas when I smell it. I am a Christmas lover, my door has a wreath on it November 1, and after November 11, it’s fair game, and I go Christmas nuts. I love the smells, the cool air, the snow (if we’re lucky enough to get any) and the colours of Christmas. It is by far my favourite time of year, that an autumn. OHH Christmas Tea.
Dry Smell: Smells of ginger, cloves, citrus, with a very SLIGHT smell of almost medicinal qualities to it. It takes over your nose and has you close your eyes and just think of the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”
Steeped: It smells exactly the same, filling the entire room with the lovely smell of Christmas time. Pine cones, ginger, cloves, gingerbread all wrapped up in one luxurious tea. It’s one I come back to over and over when I want a herbal/rooibus tea that doesn’t need sweetening and is so so so satisfying. It does have a slight medicinal quality to it as well, and I find it’s better straight, as oppose to adding milk. It coats your mouth with a fresh feeling, while warming your insides like you’re sitting next to a fire.
I haven’t tried re-steeping it yet, but I was thinking of trying it today, as the tea is a little on the pricey side (20.00 per 100g) because it’s hoity toity. It’s hands down by far my favourite rooibus tea. No fake taste here, just pure joy. I gulp it down it’s so good, sometimes I have to remind myself to let the taste simmer in my mouth.
A beautiful oolong, highly aromatic, mid-large leaves.
This tea is deliciously tantalizing. The slightly bitter taste of green tea and sweet, full, delicious aroma of berries and vanilla goes so well together. This tea doesn’t have a grain of sugar but the aroma alone is very satisfying and pleasing to all senses. I had this tea while having an afternoon tea @ a prestige hotel in Singapore. At first I was a bit skeptical but after having it, I was content with my choice.
It’s been over a year since I first started out with this tea. Since then I’ve tried various other Earl Greys, but this one tops the list. There’s something about the bergamot in this one that isn’t as sharp as the others. Finished my canister a while back, and I find myself missing it dearly. Saving up for a new one! This tea is going to be a permanent presence in my cupboard once I find the space for it!
I just chucked what was left into a basket and put hot water over it. Nothing scientific at all. The water had cooled some, but IDK what the temperature might be. 3 minutes later, I had to add honey.
It’s just SO perfumy it’s hard to drink.
Cause it was about the time I went to bed the last time I tried it , there remained half cup of it(I didn’t throw the tea leaf cause my infuser was busy with sth else,and coincidentally I dropped the leaf into my whisky tumbler ,which matched its alcohalic character LOL
Cooling down,the tea appears much more cocoa-y,very smooth with a pleasant yet very weak astringency and satisfyingly sweet aftertaste.There are more chocolate notes than coffee or alcohol once it’s cooled(The tea does have unique and huge changes with temperature!I’m so happy it taste just the type I’m into with the magical hands of temperatureNormally I would be somehow a little eager for milk when drinking cocoa,but this time ,the liquor is amazingly delicious without making me wanna try any addition!
And it’s such a relief the tea won’t go bitter or less delightful even when you leave the tea leaves a whole night!A very good and steady choice even when I’m not home, without my infuser or something.
Strangely the liquor reminds me of the cocktail “Black Russian”,with the cloying and creamy touch of sweetness as if it’s the effect of coffee liqueur(I don’t get sweetness that directly,it’s just a feeling of its texture and scents maybe).Then I just keep thinking about brandy、coconut and rum ,how could it happen that it’s alcohol-free?!
Some time ago I heard somebody said she loved this tea cause she got lots of cocoa bean here.Oh but I think this is more like white chocolate with alcohol (especially coffee liqueur),cocoa has been completely transformed into some dizzying dessert with lots of alcohol……
The main reason I bought a 50g loose version of this was that I missed The THÉ À L’OPÉRA by Mariage Freres so much.No one in my country sells those bulk thus much cheaper version for a long time,so the price goes much higher （about tripled!It’s unbearable !)as to actually the same tea than it used to be,what a pity! And from the introduction of Silver Moon,I figured there may be a good chance they would taste somehow alike.
Bingo!I’m right!Apart from the sweet strawberry aroma,the two are 70-85 percent alike!The A l’Opera does a much better job though——more intense and refined vanilla 、 exotic dried fruit sweetness 、dark amber&soft leather& red berries and robust but elegant incense scent (which reminds me of Tibet) ,while Silver Moon tends to be girly,reminding me of the word “Kawaii” (yes the Japanese one).
The dry leaf smells like some kind of sweet beverage 、strawberry candy or some yogurt&strawberry ,than I get a touch of jade greenness sniffing them rather closely,just like what I get from Opera Tea(plus the dry green leaf look just the same with Opera,in both shape and color).The liquor tastes like Opera with slighter vanilla while without the fantastic incense-caused luxury(/ indulgence),but luckily they shared the same kind of green tea base!Very intense green tea but without any darkness or astringency,thus mellow、light and fragrant . I really like this kind of tea base ,does anyone know what kind of green tea particularly they used in Opera or Silver Moon?
BTW ,Steeping the last brew with only a little water longer and stronger , the taste tended to be more tart&sweet ,girly and strawberry-like,somewhat like tea-and-strawberry-added candy and strawberry yogurt ,not completely my cup of tea concerning the presence of strawberry(I wish it could be replaced by(or cooperated with) some wilder 、more robust and flavorful red berries,cranberry 、raspberry and acai may do the trick?).Anyhow it’s quite soothing and pleasant,with high quality and good potential
Had this tea this morning while listening to a defence. It was tasty, and I enjoyed it. The defence was pretty good, too. :)
I’ve mostly been drinking iced teas this week, the same stuff as usual. I keep trying to get up earlier, or get home earlier so I can prepare and drink more teas, but it hasn’t happened yet. And it probably won’t for a while. I’m so busy at work, and since I can’t have any food or drinks in the lab, my tea consumption has dropped considerably.
I love this tea! It tastes exactly like sakura when you steep it properly. I drink this when I crave for the sakura jelly (with real sakura inside) that I bought in Japan.
Here’s how I prepare this tea:
1. Pour 1/4 cup of 80c water on 1 tbsp of Sakura! Sakura! tea. Steep for 15 secs.
2. Drain the water. You won’t be needing it.
3. Pour 1 cup of 85c water on the strained tea leaves. Steep for 1m15s.
I add sugar to enhance the flavor of the cherry blossoms. And yes, you’ll definitely taste the sakura MORE when the tea is colder.
This is one perfumy tea. Wow.
The scent is a super strong, super floral mango. I mean, think of the ripest mango ever that hasn’t quite started smelling boozy, and amplify the scent of the skin by 1000. This is one seriously strong tea.
I decided to try it iced, to see what I think. I think I overleafed, honestly. 2.5 tsp in just over a cup of almost boiling water for 2 minutes. I added a “smidgen” of baking soda and 1/4 tsp honey to see if I could get an iced black tea to taste… good, instead of bitter or astringent.
All I can taste is the flavour. All I can smell is the flavour. My kitchen is now an Alfonso mango.
The honey was a wise choice, but I’m not sure the baking soda was needed here. I think I’m going to finish the glass, then do a re-steep to see if maybe I managed to wash away some of that MANGO!scent.
Edit: The second steep at almost 4 minutes is much more pleasant, in that it’s way less perfumy and tastes more like tea with mango. I’ll probably throw away the first (short) steep in the future, as I highly prefer the second.
It has become my earl grey of the moment, last time I mentioned it was light I meant colour wise. As for flavour it’s a nice wake up slap, perfect for a morning or pick me up cup. It’s earthy, grassy, a wood aroma with hints of freshly pinched tea leaves. It tastes really fresh like it was recently packed ready to send out to the vendor. The bergamot tastes like it was carefully selected. I wonder if the same care is put to the rest of the TWG Teas. Love the amber liquor. Im not a fan of re steeping but this is the first tea I re steeped & tastes good, a little stronger, but good.
Thanks to CrowKettle for the sample.
Umm. It’s a white tea. It smells really nice and fruity and sweet – almost perfume-like. It tastes fruity and sweet, but I can kind of tell it’s flavoured, as it’s not exactly super subtle. IDK.
I think I brewed it wrong because I am getting some bitterness and it’s drying my mouth out. White teas aren’t my favourite, so I want CrowKettle to try this tea so I can copy her brewing methods. :)
(1 tsp in 8 oz, because I can’t find instructions anywhere!)
I got this at The Urban Tea Merchant.
Hmm. So far not terribly impressed. I can’t find any steeping instructions on their website, so I’m going with my general black-tea-brewing-parameters: 2 tsp, 16 oz water just off the boil, 3 minutes.
The tea smells delicious. Mango and other tropical fruits kinda attack the nostrils when opening the bag.
After steeping, the tea still smells of mango, with a strong black tea base in the background. 3 minutes worked perfectly as the tea is completely drinkable as-is. The mango flavour is a little odd, and seems to get a little lost in the strong base. I added a little sugar, sipped, shrugged, and added some soy creamer.
The mango is mostly lost, sadly. I can smell it, and sort of taste it, but I’m mostly getting a breakfast tea taste from this, only a little fruitier.
I’ll have to try this one iced and cold-steeped. Not something I’d rush out and buy more of, but I don’t have another mango tea in my cupboard, and I think that this one, as is, will be a good morning travel mug tea.
Edit: As it cools it’s getting more floral. IDK. I’m ambivalent.
sweet,but spicy taste
Once again I’ve been completely puzzled the first times I drank this, as it did not taste like what I expected. At the same time, TWG description of the blends can only be considered as simplistic or minimalist.
After a few surprising and almost difficult to drink brew, I realized this blend, though different from my usual rooibos, definitely grew on me. After believing I never would be able to drink it all, I changed my mind and realized it might be easier and easier to drink until it’s finished, as I like each new pot better than the previous, for now.
The rooibos in itself seems really nice, brews a very clear and bright color, quite fragrant.
Let me try to describe the fragrance and flavors, quite tough because I haven’t managed yet to really grasp what could be in. There’s nothing flowery, nor fruity or sweet in this blend, which favors much more vegetal and earth tones. Thinking of the Caribbean, those flavors would remind me of a walk through the jungle forest, definitely out of the seaside and out of blooming gardens.
There’s a clear nutty flavor to it, bringing both mellowness and a tinge of bitterness. The cocoa beans cannot be mistaken for chocolate, it’s clearly the unprocessed, unsweetened slightly bitter flavor that comes through. I still have not managed to be certain whether there is some vanilla inside, bringing additional mellowness to the nuts. Nor am I clear whether there is some coconut; in any case, if there is, it would be fresh and raw coconut, most probably just scooped from the nut, taking only the pieces that were closer to the bark and neither the milk, nor the soft flesh at the center of the nut.
I hope this rambling will make sense.
I may some day post another tasting note not too similar on this one, which still puzzles me…
A really nice surprise. I’m used to earls with a bold black tea base, either ceylon or assam do the trick but this darjeeling is really not malty or bold, it’s light with a small hint of floral. It reminded me of the Oolong Earl Grey by Red Leaf Tea. In my humble opinion it shouldn’t be considered a black tea. The liquor is light ambar, the scent is floral & fresh & the bergamot is strong, but not over empowering. After brewing the bergamot looses it’s strong scent but I guess it’s because the flavor blends right in with the darjeeling & lingers beautifully after every sip.
I’ve tried a 2nd infusion & unlike most of the teas I have, this one holds the flavor pretty well. I think I’m in love <3
Having another test of this. I am now expecting the hibiscus on it, but even so, it still overpowers me. There is the tartness, the acidity, and it seems to spread all over other flavours without being balanced by anything else. Maybe there is a peach and berry underneath it all, maybe there is rooibos (rhetorical, there is rooibos evidently on the mix) but the hibiscus just takes over.I am not a good person to rate this, hibiscus really is not my thing.
My first tasting note!
Made my first visit to the lovely Urban Tea Merchant shop in downtown Vancouver yesterday. What a lovely shop! (Did not realize it was right beside my dentist – will have to pay a visit now each time I go for a check up!)
Was thinking I wanted their caramel black tea, but the staff guy suggested this one – Napoleon smelled a bit sweeter, so i chose it instead, and I love it! Very smooth black base, can taste the creamy caramel and mocha. Having it with cream and a couple of swirls of the rock sugar wands they also sell….it’s very good! So good, I am drinking it at 930 at night….lets hope I sleep! A wonderful tea, highly recommend.
This came to me via a co-worker to whom it was served at a hotel in the United Arab Emirates. Looked up the company; it’s Singaporean and has a very tony, elegant website. Opened the pouch; beautiful fabric bag. Tasted the tea; flat.
It’s a basic, “brown” tasting breakfast tea, getting a little bitter as it cools. Kind of a disappointment, as I had anticipated something posh.
Ah, well. It’s still always fun to add a new one to the tasting list.