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I actually really like this tea. I had low expectations for it based on the packaging & name, but I am pleasantly surprised. I chose it for a tasting today because I only have 2 tea bags left of it (I have gifted the rest) & I’m trying to clean out my tea cupboard. Now I’m bummed it will be gone soon!
The smell is surprisingly spicy when dry. Even after forgetting about it for about an hour and re-heating, the tea is not bitter. I like the smell and taste of this when brewed. Unlike most chai, the spices come at the end of the sip & are more balanced, almost like pumpkin pie spice. Not overly cinnamony either.
I have not had this one in forever. I decided to try this one as an iced tea. I brewed 4 bags in about 2 cups water for 2 minutes. Then I diluted with 1L cold water and chilled in fridge overnight.
I do not remember this one being so so so super sweet. I did not add any sweetener. It is bordering on prune juice. It is sweet and thick. There is just the slightest hint of spices but I couldn’t tell you what spices. It reminds me of plum cake or plum pie.
I think I am going to have to dilute this one a bit more as is it too sweet for me right now. I am going to have to try this one hot again to see if it is just as sweet when hot, or if maybe I brewed it up too strong for the iced tea.
This tea was gifted to me along with a tea pot, so it has a special place in my heart. I find it to be a delicious tea, although it can be a little sweet. After steeping it, I often dilute it with more water. It very clearly tastes like plum, is sweet and not sour or bitter.
So when I bought this tea, I wasn’t expecting much because I wasn’t paying much. First few sips… I definitely wasn’t impressed. I compared it to Raman noodles… you never say “man I want raman”, but when you’re eating raman you eat every noodle. However, I now use two bags and just steep for less time. The fuller body really does add that extra ‘oomf’ that I thought was missing from my brews. It is worth noting that even though this is really whole leaf, there’s also a lot of dust too (incase you’re like me and open up the bags normally).
Doctor wants me to drink more water. (Posted a plea for inspiration for how to zizz up hot water in “discussions.”) Somebody left a bunch of these for grabs, so I dragged one through my hot water about four dunks worth.
I am not a jasmine lover, but this is strong stuff, so it scented/tasted my mug enough I don’t feel like I’m drinking bathwater. I’m thinking that if I let it go prescribed time, it would be so flowery I couldn’t stand it.
Hmmm. Given my love for almonds and hunt for the perfect chai, this seemed promising. At first sip, it seemed to deliver! but by the end of the cup… it was still good… except for the splenda/stevia like flavour coming out. Now, I added milk so perhaps without it would do better? but then it’d be an anti-chai!
The cinnamon and almond work really well together to create a smooth and spicy tisane. However, I can only guess at which ingredient is making me question the unnatural sweetness. Is carob naturally sweet like that? It IS the first ingredient… but I have never seen it in a tea before. or perhaps it is the orange peel. Either way, it’s an interesting bedtime drink that I could foresee-ably drink in the evenings in lieu of a camellia sinensis tea.
and hey, no sugar required here! :)
I think, for me, jasmine teas typically have too much jasmine in them. I love the aroma and delicate flavor, but it’s just too much. I would prefer just a slight hint of jasmine.
As far as jasmine greens go, this is almost as good as any I’ve tried. I’m still working on the best steeping time. I steep it with 1 bag in my 32-oz pot. I used to do 3 or 3.5 minutes. Now, I think 1 minute might be best. No matter what, the jasmine always seems to be too strong for me, making it difficult to drink much of it.
Put water in the microwave for 3 minutes. Maybe I didn’t leave in the tea bag long enough, but it had sufficient flavor. It’s a nice, pure green tea, I think. It got a little bitter at the bottom, but I let it sit for a while. I’m sitting at the computer, sorting out what I have left to do for the wedding. We got a lot done today, and having a cup of tea is a nice way to unwind :)
Comparitively, this cuppa kicks Twining’s Oolong’s ass.
The directions are to steep for 2-3minutes, and this is adequate. The aroma is richer, the taste is richer… just a better quality oolong.
My only complaint is that I seriously struggle opening the packet containing the teabag! When I do finally manage to tear it open, I rip the teabag as well… so then I have to use a teaball/infuser… which feels demoralizing, somehow. =P