Beautiful summery weather today. Decided to indulge in my jasmine pearls (cut with sakura sencha) and celebrate all the flowers and lush greens that suddenly appeared in the area. As usual, it is light, floral, and completely refreshing.
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This is a malty dark chai, but with something sweet lingering in the background. It brews a deep reddish amber cup and is somewhat bitter if over-steeped. I sweetened it with a rosewater sugar cube. Smooth flavor and highly enjoyable. At the bottom of each teacup I found a thin layer of powdery spices. Very interesting.
I had the opportunity to try this tea while I took photos for a friend. He even heated the water up in a kettle that had a setting for green tea! Going to order it soon.
It had rather large tea leaves, and many of the spices were present as a fine powder. When it was brewed in a teapot I found most of the spices dissolved, and what didn’t left a decent layer which settled to the bottom. A little bit gross, but could be avoided with a finer mesh when steeping.
It was a light tea, sweet and complex in flavor. I could tell if it was more floral or more spicy — all I know is that the flavors blended together very well. There was little bitterness and no need to sweeten. Really enjoyed this. :)
It was a little bit bitter today. Didn’t oversteep, but it was somewhat overpowering. Sweetened it a little bit to take the edge off, and it still made a good cup.
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Made a huge teapot of this for my friends yesterday. Sweetened the pot with an organic, hand-pressed rosewater sugarcube with charming crushed rose petals. It fit the mood of the rainy spring weather well. We sat by the fire and sipped it while the area around us flooded.
Visited my friend working at Saxbys and she made me a London Fog with this teabag. It was completely delicious. Much more wonderful than the London Fogs at Starbucks made with Tazo’s Earl Grey. This blend just didn’t fizzle out and die for me with the presence of milk.
Added this tea to Teavana’s list here (sorry for the photo sans bloom, I was in a rush!) … it is from the discontinued Imperial Blooming set. They replaced it with an updated version not long after this one was gifted to me. What a lovely gift it was!! This is a mellow white tea that burst into the most beautiful bundle of petals. It remained in my glass teapot while I drank, and while the flavor grew more prominent it didn’t get bitter. Highly enjoyable blooming tea.
I am in love with this tea! I purchased the 250g tin from Upton and was delighted to receive it the afternoon before a blizzard hit the area. I made a pot of it as we experienced some “thundersnow”, and added hand-pressed rosewater sugar cubes to the pot. It’s delightfully fragrant and isn’t bitter at all if oversteeped.
The rose, just like another person said, is a tiny bit spicy but never overbearing/cloying. I’ve finally found the perfect rose tea for me!
The last time I had this (and after my family burnt through 2 boxes) I found that it stains cups rather severely. I know tea-staining is normal, but I’ve never seen such dark & immediate residue that won’t even come off in the dishwasher. I had to sit down with a scouring pad and scrub it off the interior of several mugs. Still delicious, though!!
This is my mother’s absolute favorite Earl Grey and so I bought her a few boxes and tried a cup. So far this is an enjoyable Earl Grey. The level of bergamot isn’t too sharp and it has a light and pleasant citrus flavor. I’d love to have it with some cranberry scones and Devonshire cream.
I was wary of this, but it was surprisingly nice! I didn’t steep it to the recommended time, and it was a smoother cup than the bitter one I had before (my fault, though, let the tea steep too long.) Very tart, but with the addition of honey it becomes a well-rounded tea with a pleasant flavor.
I bought this on a whim when Teavana was offering a free tin with any online purchase. When I opened the bag I was hit with the aroma of sweet egg nog, and my father made the same remark when he sniffed it. I brewed it and the egg nog dulled into a soft & pleasant vanilla. The tea itself was medium-bodied and very sweet with a lovely spice undertone. I added a small amount of raw snowberry honey and it was perfect! A new favorite blend from Teavana. :)
Since these are kinda pricey and 100% floral blends give me headaches, I tend to mix the pearls in with other teas. Tonight I mixed it with a floral Ti Kuan Yin and came out with a delightful spring blend. Very light, the jasmine gently comes through with this delicate oolong, and the oolong itself lends a nutty base. They complement each other very well and it was a good mixture for the spring weather we’ve been having. The weather and this cup of tea are like a breath of fresh air.
I was very curious when I ordered this (the name “icewine” was interesting!) and I was not disappointed with my purchase. It is a flavored black tea, and the flavor is delicate but definitely something so different I noticed right away. It tastes like a cool faint grape, with a tinge of the flavor that a lighter wine carries. It is hard to describe because the flavor seems to morph with every sip I take. Definitely interesting and enjoyable.
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This is a personal favorite. The flavor is sweet enough to not need any sweeteners, but when you do add something (such as honey) it really enhances the apple flavor. It is a personal favorite to be sure. Made a pot for a friend and I to share while sitting next to a fire & watching a movie. Very cozy.
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The smell when opening the tin is powerfully sweet & fruity. The whiff makes it abundantly clear that an addition of sugar/honey is not necessary.
It is a very delicate oolong, whose flavor blends very well with the pomegranate. As far the the pomegranate flavor goes: wonderful. Most pomegranate teas seem too tart or bitter, but this is the closest I’ve come to tasting that seed flavor in a hot tea.
Does not do well with additional steeps.
I bought this around the holidays, and it has certainly come into good use while we have 20" of snow fall on the 12" we had on the ground already. Not bitter, like many black teas I’ve had, with a very subtle citrusy sweetness that lends itself well when adding a dollop of honey. Just the right amount of spice to get the chill out.
I love this tea. Usually keep 3 bags in my purse to get me through a long day at work. Spicy, sweet, and with just the right amount of apple, I find this to be a staple in my cabinet. Alas, my local grocer stopped carrying it. Mixed it with meadowfoam honey to enhance the sweet apple.
Love this. I got it because the area I’m in is being hit with a nor’easter and the weather is cold, damp, and fairly miserable. This tea warmed me right up! Mildly fruity and very spicy.
I really enjoyed this. I tried it in a local tea room before buying, and found that I liked the chocolate note being very subtle as opposed to IN YOUR FACE sweet. The spices seem gentler than other chai blends I have in my cupboard. It is light, spicy, and sweet. Very enjoyable.
This tea was alright. It is very sweet but the flavor of it almost seems flat. I think it might be the caramel note that has left me feeling neutral about this.