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85
drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
15 tasting notes

One of my two favourite rooiboses. I don’t actually seem to like rooibos much, but this one is utterly lovely as a latte, with a generous dose of milk and some sugar. Kind of like a cookie in a cup. It’s similar to Yumchaa’s red chai, but sweeter and less strongly anise-y. I like anise, but it can overpower other flavours. I think they should just re-name this tea and make it a year-long offering. It’s yummy.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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73
drank Regent's Park by Yumchaa
15 tasting notes

Perfectly pleasant, but it just didn’t really do it for me. I don’t know if it’s the tropical thing… I love mango green tea, but I haven’t had much luck with pineapple. So, yeah, not really my cup of tea.

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89
drank Chelsea Chai by Yumchaa
15 tasting notes

Somehow it took me ages to try this tea, and I finally did last week. I’ve pretty much been sipping it since. At first sip, I just tasted mint, but a more subtle, gentle mint than in a pure mint tea (I’m guessing that’s because of the green tea). And then the spices sort of come in ‘from the background’, almost like an aftertaste but not quite. It adds up to a very soothing yet rather subtly complex tea. Also – it’s a perfect cake tea, especially for non-chocolatey cake. The tea makes the cake better, and the cake makes the tea even more perfect than it already is. Yup, I like this one a lot.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
680 tasting notes

This was a bonus from my swap with Scheherazade! Thanks for the extra treat, Sarah.

I was a little anxious after reading reviews of this tea because I’m no fan of licorice and aniseed! Though I think I may have ended up with some of the bottom of the barrel here, as this was just a mildly spiced rooibos. Delicious with a splash of vanilla soy.

Scheherazade

I’ve never found it heavy on either liquorice or aniseed, personally. I mostly get cinnamon and mild mixed spice!

Memily

Yeah that’s what I got! It was lovely. Maybe they’ve changed the formulation or something?

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74
drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
1082 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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73
drank Enchanted Forest by Yumchaa
1372 tasting notes

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!

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88
drank Mango Sunrise by Yumchaa
2 tasting notes

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.

Great tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Om by Yumchaa
967 tasting notes

I’m still drinking this one. It’s probably one of the oldest teas I have left, and it languishes at work most of the time. It’s not that I don’t like it…most of the times I drink it, I’m reminded of how much I DO like it. I think sometimes I find it a little thick and cloying — the base is white peony, and fairly heavily floral, and the blackberry flavouring is quite tart. The nutmeg adds another layer of sweetness. There is supposed to be mint, which might help to take the edge of some of the sweetness, but it’s not really coming out in the flavour anymore. Perhaps because it’s a little on the old side now. Hopefully I’ll finish this one off relatively soon. It’s just a little too sweet for my tastes, these days, and has probably seen better days itself.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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50
drank Om by Yumchaa
967 tasting notes

Something about this one isn’t entirely agreeing with me this morning. I think I oversteeped it a bit because I got distracted, and it turned out rather sweet and cloying. A shame, because usually I enjoy this one.

I’m still trying to work out whether I’m in control of my job, or whether my job’s in control of me. I have a feeling it might be the latter. I’m trying not to let it get to me, but it is. Sadly and truly. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
Memily

Breathe in. Breathe out. And chant. Ommmmmm. Things can be better. Don’t forget that.

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50
drank Om by Yumchaa
967 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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50
drank Om by Yumchaa
967 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
967 tasting notes

Sipdown! Finished off the last cup this morning, while trying to remember how to breathe. Day 2 of attempting to keep my job in proportion is off to a wobbly start.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
967 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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80
drank Red Christmas by Yumchaa
967 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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62
drank Lemon Sherbet by Yumchaa
30 tasting notes

I went to YumcHaa in Camden Lock Market and tried Lemon Sherbet tea.
I had a big pot of loose leaf lemon tea which served two cups. The savory
Scone with cheese n chives in it was very fresh.

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drank Raspberry Vanilla by Yumchaa
739 tasting notes

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.

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drank Wanderlust by Yumchaa
73 tasting notes

So, the day before yesterday started off really well (tea-related), but went very badly downhill (not really tea-related, except for this tea). Then yesterday started horribly (not tea-related, except that I had to rush out of the house w/o my morning cuppas), stayed pretty bad (I think it shot my tea tastings for the day, too – will get to those if Steepster starts being happier), and then got resolved (included a nice, cheery night-time rooibos – ditto).

The good start to day-before yesterday involved a lovely email from Stacy of Butiki Teas and then two morning cups of tea from the swap cteresa sent me, neither of which will get onto the database here. One was a “random” Ceylon from a local tea shop – local to her, that is – which I found delightful, and which inspired me to order a Ceylon to try from PureAromaTeas. And the other was a home blended chai she made up with a Portuguese black tea, which was so good it made me walk around the house asking “Why have I never thought of chai for breakfast before?!?”. All I can do aside from that is check out the rough proportions of spices cteresa used, as they were spot on.

[skipping over non-tea-related woes] In the afternoon, I made a pot of Wanderlust for Cara and me, as she’s a big Yumchaa tea fan too. (By ‘pot’ I mean the Magic Infuser/Cha Cult I own.) Now, I have to say, with all due sorrow, that I’ve found a Yumchaa tea I didn’t like. Dry, the smell of the apple and cinnamon was lovely, but after steeping it went bitter, which it also tasted. I have to say that my taste-buds were not tainted by the bitterness of the day, as Cara also found it bitter, before I’d even said anything about it. I know Teresa wouldn’t have rated this one highly if it had been a problem with either the cinnamon or the green tea base, so I’m stumped as to what went wrong. That said, I’ve had teas I liked a lot less, but it was both Yumchaa and a Teresa favourite, so expectations were very high.

At least it rules one tea out of my next order from Yumchaa, thereby making life a bit easier! :? (If we ever get to London again, I’ll definitely try it in store though, to see if I still don’t much like it.)

Sil

yeah…. i dunno. this one was good but it wasn’t fantastic when i tried it. it was also a bit of a confusing tea so i never got around to rating it lol

cteresa

So sorry it was a bad day! a kiss, and glad you enjoyed the teas (weird about this one – any chance the water was too hot? this is a 75 degrees tea)

cteresa

Oh, just to add in case you have not found it, the recipe for the chai http://steepster.com/teas/unknown/32018-homemade-chai-mix more or less. It´s a fun thing to make, though a tip, it gets better as it ages for some reason.

Hallieod

Thank you for the teas again, the sympathy & the chai recipe!! Yes, about Wanderlust, I’ll try again at a carefully-measured 75. I’m usually using 80 for greens, so it wouldn’t have been super hot, but definitely worth a try.

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drank Wanderlust by Yumchaa
59 tasting notes

This is an interesting tea.

I’ve only tasted one other Yumchaa tea – and like this one – it was kindly provided by Cteresa, thank you!.

Both that one – Notting Hill – and this one are similar in the way I can’t exactly put my finger on. It is as if they share some of the same ingredients, which evidently isn’t the case (according to the descriptions). Actually the one is a black tea and the other (this one) a green tea. So the similarity is rather surprising! Perhaps it’s a sameness in the way the flavors blend, because they do blend very well…

If apple crumble is a kind of apple pie or tart (I’m not sure), this doesn’t really remind me of that. Or rather, this tea has too much character to compare to something as mundane as apple crumble. The comparison to hot apple cider however does ring several bells.

If – like me – you don’t really like apple cider, you should still consider this to try this tea. Although this tea definitely reminds me of hot apple cider, it does not taste exactly the same. It’s sweeter and more mellow. Also it’s not as “heavy” to the stomach.

In the winter there are always a number of Christmas markets here in the region. Usually they have these little stalls serving hot wine, hot apple cider and the like. People sit outside in the cold (with no more than some heat lamps) savoring those hot alcoholic beverages. This tea would be great for such an occasion.

On the one hand I can already see myself happily sipping this tea after a cold winter walk through the woods, on the other hand I’m fervently awaiting spring and this doesn’t make me a believer it’ll be coming anytime soon … so that makes rating it honestly at this particular moment somewhat difficult. I’ll hold on to my thoughts on that subject for the moment and have a few more cups… :-)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

it sounds nice
are you retaining your ratings for it or just decided no more giving ratings to teas ?

Barbara

Retaining. I really like this tea but am not sure which position I should allot it rating wise. Recently I’ve had to change ratings sometimes b/c I’d rated a tea higher than another tea I liked better or lower than another tea I liked less. So with a view to a comprehensive system of ratings I’ve decided to withhold ratings until after I’ve drank the tea a number of times.

cteresa

I have my opinions of teas change a lot as I drink them – this is an example, but also a few more. Usually I get to appreciate them more, but sometimes it´s the stupid steepster slide which I still find so hard to judge! A tip if you want to give more precise numerical values go to your steepster ratings, sort by whichever (recent, highest) and from there click on the numerical value to change it.

Barbara

Yes Cteresa, that’s how I do it. The steepster slide is way too inaccurate.

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drank Tranquillity by Yumchaa
73 tasting notes

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drank Chai Black by Yumchaa
330 tasting notes

At the time I am drinking this nobody else has rated it on steepster and I am a bad first taster for this. Liquorice! or Anise, or something of that sort. To be fair, a subtle ammount, but I hate stuff with liquorice with a passion.

I made this chai style, simmered in milk with sugar and it was lovely apart from the aniseed. I saved enough for a classic water brew, but poor chai, lovely as it is, it is just not going to me my cup of tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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