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I haven’t had a cup of Om in a long, long time. This is despite the fact that I brought it to work ages ago (before I last changed jobs) in an attempt to drink it more often. I guess it just wasn’t wintery enough for the last few months, although I’m starting to look towards spring a bit more now. Spring and white tea go together. Although the ingredients sound an odd combination at first glance, this actually makes for a lovely mid-morning cup on a warm day. I’d forgotten how pleasantly light and refreshing it could be. Today I’m getting mostly blackberry and nutmeg, with just the tiniest hint of cooling mint in the aftertaste. No cinnamon to speak of. This is definitely one I need to remember to pick out more often!
Right. Today I am endeavouring to stay calm. I will not let my job dictate how I feel.
Starting the day with a cup of Red Christmas, which will soon be a sipdown. I like it, although probably not so much that I’d seek out another bag next year. 100g over the last two has been enough of this one for the foreseeable future. It makes for a pleasant cup, but it’s not overwhelmingly different from all of the other cinnamon teas out there. Particularly at Christmas. It’s a good rooibos, though — not too woody or overpowering in its own right, and delicious with milk.
Lost count of how many packages of this I have gone through. My last one finished a while ago and managed to restock this – a nice rooibos is a very important winter essential for me!
And a just couple notes:
- they changed the packaging! “curators of immodest tea”, cute and yes this is a damn immodest tea blend.
- this is tea to be drunk fresh, not to be saved. The fresh natural flavourings are a total joy, always, but this is so much better when fresh. It is perfuming my whole kitchen, just from sitting in the paper bag overnight and then having transferred it to a tin.
- this particular package is slightly richer in strawberry and kiwi than previous ones (that I remember). Rose and vanilla and the other berries just rounding it off.
As good as I remembered, a total treat.
Thank you Scheherazade for this tea.
It has strong clove and aniseed flavours and as I sip it really is does remind me of Christmas. Though it’s not my favourite of flavours I still find myself enjoying it. I think it works well with the Rooibos base, keeps it light and with some sweetness. Besides the clove and aniseed I can taste cinnamon and pepper but the other ingredients are very subtle and I can’t really detect them specifically.
Not a bad blend at all, very Christmas appropriate.
I nabbed this from Momo’s teabox when I had it – it had one teaspoon left! The ingredients in this one had so many berries! I thought it would be amazing! I didn’t see any berries in this teaspoon, just something that looked like hibiscus. uh oh. After a long water cool and a 2 1/2 -3 min steep, the flavor isn’t very berry-like but also isn’t very hibiscus-like. It’s a nice buttery green tea mostly, with a tangy flavor that I wouldn’t call astringency but maybe its a hint of rhubarb or hibiscus. I wish there were BERRIES though. I really like the green tea though.. but it’s gone now!
A personal favourite. Comes together very nicely if you go for a shorter steep time (2-3 minutes), which allows some more subtle flavours. A longer steep brews far stronger, but also gives an overpowering mango taste.
Yumchaa recommend pouring a little cold water on the leaves beforehand, which seems to work well. Also found that this tea attracts a metallic taste if the water is boiled in certain kettles, so watch out for that, if it tastes metallic on the teeth.
Sorting through my stash last night, I came across a few bits and pieces that I thought were long finished, so today I’m going to have a remnants day, re-visit some old friends, and finally say goodbye to them. This is one of them. I was drinking it about this time last year, I think, so I’ve had a good long break from it.
I gave this four minutes in boiling water, added a small piece of crystal sugar and a splash of milk, and remembered to STIR WELL! If you don’t, the chocolate and fudge pieces don’t melt, and the full flavour just won’t be there.
This is better than I remember, actually. That kind of surprise is always nice! I think maybe I’d just got a bit fed up of it, so it’s nice to revisit with a fresh palate. The fudge pieces add a lovely, buttery richness, and the white chocolate a smooth, delicate sweetness. I can taste both over the black tea, which is malty with absolutely no astringency. Possibly the sugar I added helped to amplify the chocolate and fudge flavours a little, but I am getting “caramel” as an overarching flavour.
Trying this again has actually made me want to place another Yumchaa order. I’m going to see if I can hold out until the weekend, though. I’m sad there’s no more of this in my cupboard. It’s a definite winner!
I thought this one would be weird, and it is. At first. The initial sip is just odd…the cinnamon and nutmeg mix together with the backberry and hit you all at once, and then a coolness from the mint comes in. It’s such an offbeat combination, and the flavours really don’t combine well all at once. They separate out in the aftertaste, though, which is what made me pause for a moment before saying outright that I hate it. After the initial shock, the blackberry comes right to the fore; it’s sweet, juicy, very slightly tart. The cinnamon and the nutmeg have faded by this point, so it’s really just the coolness of the mint that lingers. Blackberry and mint are a good combination, so that’s really okay. The pai mu tan is hard to pick out underneath all of the strong flavours, but it’s hard to tell whether an alternative base would have faired any better. This is an odd tea, make no mistake. I can see myself getting used to it, though, in time.
I actually bought this last year, as I knew I’d be looking for a tea like this by now, and as it’s limited edition, it’s not usually available to buy quite yet. It’s a great christmas tea, though. The ginger and cinnamon are the most prominent flavours for me. I like Starbucks’ Gingerbread Latte, so it’s probably not much of a surprise that I like the flavouring here too. I can detect a hint of aniseed, which I don’t mind as a flavour, and the pepper comes out mostly as a warmth at the back of the mouth. There’s a slight nuttiness from the almond, but no chocolate to speak of. That’s fine, because there’s enough going on as it is.
I did think twice about this before buying, as so many “christmas” teas just taste completely overwhelming. I like this one, though. The ingredients combine well, and make for a well-rounded taste that really is reminiscent of christmas. Wonderful work, Yumchaa!
Sipdown! This one was a long time coming, but I got there in the end. I wasn’t sure about it at first, because there’s a lot going on in terms of flavour, and it just seemed a bit confused. It’s grown on me, though, especially as the days have gotten cooler. I drank the last cup of this at work on friday afternoon, after I’d spent a couple of hours over in estates packing boxes of freight. It was freezing, and so this fruity, caramelly, slightly nutty, spicy wonder was just the thing when I got back. It reminded me almost of mulled wine, and maybe that’s the comparison I’ve been looking for all this time. Probably not one I’d buy again, but a nice enough autumn/winter rooibos for all that.
As the mornings get colder, I’ve been turning to this one more than I have over the past few months. Its fruity caramel taste is just the thing when I arrive at work feeling cold and shivery. It’s not as good at waking me up as my normal morning mate, but it’s certainly a yummy tea. I’ve come to like this one a bit more as time has gone on. AAt first, it was just a confusing mess of flavours, but now I think I understand it better. Red fruit and caramel are a bit of an odd combination, but not terribly so. Somehow, the cinnamon helps to bring them together. Unusual, but I like it!
i needed some comfort. something warm and restful and sweet. and i kinda struck gold.
i have sooooo many herbal teas in my samples box it’s kinda bonkers. i mean, mostly just cuz they are so easy to drink you can drink them anytime! so why don’t i?
but i promise to try harder.
raspberry rooibos and ‘Endeavor’ on masterpiece mystery theater. too bad i fell asleep before i could find out who-dun-it!
thank you Scheherazade for this cozy wozy cup when i needed it.
yum Scheherazade ! yum yum yum
i mean i could easily take or leave rooibos. preferably leave it. but heck do i like lemon! and this is a nice lemon. smooth and tasty. dance the worm!
In for the Kill (la roux cover) by Miike Snow
I haven’t had much from Yumchaa but I have been wanting to sip on more and after this one I want to sip even more! This is a nicely flavored green with rhubarb and berry notes without being tarty. It has a great sweetness but also an even-smooth to round it out! The product descriptions says to Drink When: Wearing Thick Socks – well, I’m in luck! That’s just about every day! LOL
If anyone has some Yumchaa assorted teas laying around and would be interested in swapping – let me know via PM :)
I last drank this long enough ago that I don’t actually remember it at all. High time for another try, then! As this is the last of the Yumchaa reds in my stash for now (except Red Christmas, but I’m saving that for…Christmas), I’ve moved it to my tea drawer at work. I usually go for teas I don’t need milk with at work, as I don’t trust our old and ancient fridge. As I’m so cold today, perhaps this is just what I’m looking for.
Brewed, it smells spicy and hibiscussy, and for some reason it’s made me think of mulled wine. I guess it was a good choice after all, in that it feels like winter has suddenly returned. The taste is similar. I can detect the hibiscus (what is it doing here anyway?), but it is thankfully quite subtle. I can also taste cinnamon, and something like caramel. The kiwi plonks itself down right in the middle of the sip. I remember thinking last time I tried this that it really was like an adventure for the taste buds. This tea brings together all sorts of random ingredients and somehow makes them work. It’s not like any other tea I’ve ever tried, and, surprisingly enough, it’s nice. For all that, though, it’s not memorable. I’ve never drawn a complete blank on a tea I’ve tasted previously before, and yet I did here. Maybe the ingredients are too diverse? Maybe I just haven’t tried it enough compared so some others? I’m not really sure at the moment. It’s definitely a nice, welcome drink on a day like today, though. One I’ll have to try and get to know better over the coming weeks and months.
Had this at their Soho cafe…I don’t know. It was a bit lacklustre in terms of flavour. It smelt quite nice, but had little punch to it. My friend had Walk in the Woods, and we couldn’t tell the difference between them. Perhaps their chocolate brownie was interfering with my tastebuds, but I was hugely disappointed when this sounded so delicious!
Alas. I will try something different from Yumchaa, but for the price, I’d expect a hell of a lot more.
Sipdown! Finished this one off last night. I don’t know whether it’s just me, but the last few cups of this took on a slightly smoky taste. I have no idea why — I don’t have any smoky teas stored near this, and I know it for a fact because I don’t think I have any smoky tea in my stash at all right now. Maybe one, in Smaug, but it’s not even in the same box. It’s been open a while and is a little old, so it might be that. Or it might just be me.
Whatever, though. This was a pleasant raspberry rooibos. With milk and a little sugar, it’s just like a raspberry milkshake. This is one I think I’ll be missing a little.