This was undoubtedly curious. Not much comes out of the bag, smell wise, but upon brewing (I did a single 10 second rinse) I was able to delineate many layers of flavor. I was most surprised by the role the fennel played. It was remarkably well balanced and a really nice afternoon cup.
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Oh Emilie, you do spoil me! This is a fantastic tea! I am drinking it for breakfast as I type and am overwhelmed by the bursting flavors. The blueberry is strong in this one. This is a very well balanced breakfast black with an amazing depth of creamy flavor. Now this is a tea i would drink each and every morning!
Emilie sent me this and I was excited to try it. So when huffing the bag the smell was pleasant, minty almost. Nothing mind blowing. Brewed 3 tsp in 16oz of water in my ingenuiTea. Great cup, no bitterness to speak of, but limited sweetness. Its a black with mellow mint hints, which is good. But after my buttered rum experience, I think I held my expectations too high for this one. Definitely worth drinking again, but not a staple for my cupboard. I love mint teas, so it takes a lot for me to be wowed into submission.
Thanks to Emilie for this awesome tea! This tops my flavored tea list now. Perfect brew of two heaping teaspoons in 16oz of water in my ingenuiTea. No bitterness and the flavors were wonderful! The smell out of the bag was buttery and delicious and it translated perfectly to the cup! Oh yum! Now I need aother DavidsTea order!
Okay, I think I knee jerked and went with too much leaf. No matter how little I steep it, all I am getting is bitterness and a bad after taste. Less is definitely more. No me gusta.
3 tsp/16 ounces water in my ingenuiTEA.
2 steeps in and no better.
This must be spearmint, and a lot of it. Wonderful minty smell out of the bag. I was super excited to see the leaf of the green was in beautiful shape. I steeped it for 3 minutes in my ingenuiTEA. The smell is wonderful. Was kind of shocked that there was some bitterness. I have to assume the water was too hot. Maybe the second steep will be better. I really hope so because it smells so promising!
Second steep + 3 minutes = REDEMPTION
Well this was different! …As compared to my previous dragonwell experience. I scored this sample from my Verdant Tea order and immediately gravitated toward it. Full leaves bloom in my ingenuiTEA and i got it to my mug in 3 minutes. It produced this beautiful golden tea with a greenish hint.
First sip was grassy, which is a new sensation to me. This is the first time i get what it means to have a vegital taste. A great smooth finish, almost creamy! Looking forward to a second steep of this!
Second steep: Whoa, got locked in a conversation and steeped this for about 9 minutes! Not bitter at all, and less “grassy” taste. Beautiful gold color was retained. Still delicious!
Third steep: Sheese, forgot this one too. But apparently it is impossible to over steep. Wonderful flavor, matching the second steep. It did not diminish at all. By the way, the leaves are full and beautiful.
Wow, this is stronger than most coffees I’ve had. It made three solid infusions. The first was black with a huge coffee flavor. Second was about the same and the third had a tamer coffee profile than the first two. Tried a fourth and the flavor was gone. My coffee drinking friends were really in love. I don’t think I’ll revisit this unless I’m on the end of the third steep. Great tea, glad I tried it. If you love coffee this is your jawn.
This is the mother of Rooibos. I will live and die by this blend. Damn you Denmark for being so far! With your creamy creamy tea!
Yes sir, may I have another? Holy moley this was a dynamic brew. It brewed two wonderful infusions and I will most likely attempt a third. It is everything it says it is, chocolate, orange and a great base of pu erh. Total win for DavidsTea. I’m anxious at the thought of letting it run out!
So no tea for me yesterday, as I was home and all my awesome teas are at work. Something i am changing today. I packed up about 20 teas to bring home. Anyway, The oolong streak is over and it looks like I have gone black. This tea is really nice to look at in the bag and in my infuser. The smell doesn’t give much away.
I brewed for 3 minutes in my ingenuiTEA after a 30 second rinse. It is a dark tea. It smells really nice, I am thinking it is a Ceylon base. There is a spicy sweetness coming off the steam. There is initial bitterness on the first sip, and the spices are there. There are subtle hints of vanilla, but finding the ginger and cardamom is tricky. I wonder if the rinse had something to do with it. There is definitely a spice profile but separating them out is proving difficult. An enjoyable cup I know I will be revisiting.
It is apparently Oolong week for me. Today serves up this earthy, woody leaf. I took a note from some r/tea submissions to “rinse” the leaves to remove debris/dust and the initial harshness from the leaf. Also it apparently wakes the leaf up and adds more depth to flavor. So today, I used about 2 1/2 tsp in about 12/13 oz of water in my ingenuiTEA after two 10 second rinses.
The smell in the bag doesn’t give much away, but the minute it began to steep, you could smell the aroma of a very strong brew. 3 minutes and I got it into my mug. Smelling it, it is really earthy and kind of woody. The leaves are broken up, but not destroyed. It brewed this beautiful dark amber, almost chocolate colored tea. First sip has a slight bitterness, but it is barely there. Really, I feel like I am drinking a forest. It lends itself to some fantasy day dreaming of a woodland realm. Looking forward to my next steeps… Stay tuned.
Steep Two: Wow, just an amazing experience. No bitterness and the color is now dark amber. A beautiful earthy flavor. I steeped again for 3 minutes in the ingenuiTEA. Paying attention to steeping times sure makes a difference and I think the rinses were beneficial as well. The woodiness is definitely a finish experience in the back of my mouth as I swallow.
Steep Three: I stuck with the same three minutes, and in hindsight, and extra 30-60 seconds may have increased the flavor. But all in all, the tea is hitting really clean although not nearly as earthy as my other two infusions. Which in no way is a bad thing. It’s a lighter amber with a smoother finish. I have to say, Good Work Finland!
Trying a new tea each day. Especially when I can steep it 3 times. Today’s cup i think I overreacted and added a bit too much leaf. When steeping, the leaves are not full, but pieces. When dry, the lemon and basil are really prominent, but as I sip the brewed cup, I sense the basil and the lemon is hidden. I also forgot about it and steeped this cup for probably 10 minutes, so it tastes remarkably like black tea. I’m reserving judgement as directions call for 3 minutes. I will throw a rating up after the second steep.
Second Steep: Much better. 3 minutes did the trick. The basil is still there, lemon is still kind of hidden- subtle might be a better term, but the bitterness is gone. The brew was clear with a hazelnut color to it. Note to self: Don’t forget about the tea while steeping.
Third Steep: Oddly better than the second. I steeped it for over 3 minutes, probably closer to 4. Basil is still hanging out with a little lemony twist. I am surprised at the longevity of this blend!
Watching this steep was incredible. I’ve been drinking oolong from another company, which i now see probably sent me the dust at the bottom of their tin. This oolong is full leaves, with the most pleasant banana aroma. It is this beautiful light golden color that makes you want to guzzle it down, until you remember how hot the water is. It tastes as light as it looks, which may be due to a lack of enough leaf on my part. There is a banana sweetness that hits your palate, but the oolong is missing, which is odd. Any suggestions on better brewing?
I used 2 teaspoons in my IngenuiTEA. Filled to about 12/13 ounces (not the full 16).
The perfect peach tea.
Tasty with a hint of sweetness. Just wish there was a hint more of the coconut in there, but overall, a worthy blend.
This is an epic peachy tea! The oolong and peach are totally harmonious. The peach is not lost at all and was completely refreshing.
My first cup, and I can’t find the steeping time for it. I went with 3 minutes, which seems to be okay. No bitterness really. I don’t know what i am supposed to be looking for with this tea as I am not an Irish or English breakfast drinker. I do know that it has a nice black tea backdrop, with a subtle creamy flavor and only the slightest touch of vanilla. I do wish i could taste more vanilla and more of the Irish breakfast notes, but I am enjoying it nonetheless.
I brewed 5 bags in 6 cups of water with a half cup of natural sugar crystals. With some heavy cream, it is an almost identical replica of my favorite Thai restaurant’s brew. So lovely and perfectly balanced spice.
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Enjoying this subtle chocolate, light earthy, warm note on this rainy night.
So enjoying a cup right now. I brewed it in my ingenuiTEA. The color is so pure. I wanted to note that today it is hitting my palate with a sweet note and when swallowing I am hit with the earthy flavor behind it. Its kind of neat how complex the profile is and that the flavor has so much depth.
Sweetest and super mellow chamomile mint blend I have ever had. I drink it almost every night. It is beautiful, with honey notes and doesn’t get bitter if left too long. One of the best things I received in an exchange.
I love mint so much, the owner gave me a sample of this saying that while she didn’t enjoy the flavors separately, she loved this blend. Let’s just say I did not begin to love licorice after this tea. But I am passing it along to someone in an exchange who I think with absolutely love it. Not bad but not for me.