1549 Tasting Notes
Sumthin amiss ‘bout this one. I could have sworn there was Stevia in here, but then I don’t see any in the ingredients??
It was far to sweet, sickly so, for my liking. and I couldn’t taste much tangerine at all. More bubble gum than anything else.
It was drinkable atleast. No alarm bells set off anywhere. Atleast there is that :)
Sandalwood!! that’s what I was missing. This was mostly a very smooth, drinkable Darjeeling… pretty standard. Except for that one piece I couldn’t identify. and now I know what it was!! huh. I need to try this again at a lower temp, see if it brings out the other parts more. I didn’t see much fruitiness or muscat. (el?)
By the third steep, it was still good, if not a little weak. I added some honey and it was perfection :)
Big thank you to Tina S for sharing!! I’m so glad I had a chance to try this.
So… the good news is that I saw my naturopath the other day and she thinks that once I get my health issues under control, this darned flavoured tea sensitivity I seem to have should subside. I really hope so :)
The bad news is that I could feel even this tea, with such minimal added “flavouring” getting at my allergy. Gah! 90% of the additives here are things I can easily handle. It’s the extracts and such that get me…
Anyhow, the tea.
It’s a nice tea, light on the orange but blending right in with the Ceylon OP. There is that same creamy orange aspect here as well… the one that I suspect I’d enjoy immensely if it weren’t for complicating factors!
Oh and it was pretty darn sweet, considering I didn’t add any sugar. I assumed that I would need to but when I took a test sip, found that it wasn’t necessary at all.
For anyone that enjoys mellow (but not distant) orange in their tea, I highly recommend this!!
Mmmmmmmmm heaven. Rooibos almond heaven!!! thanks Tina S for sourcing it!!
The rooibos comes out pretty strong here but then the almond has some serious voice, so I guess it balances out. I just wish it was a tad deeper- then I’d be obliged to give it a full 100!
As it stands, I added less than a teaspoon of light agave and it’s just perfect, if not a little light on intensity. (the rooibos is starting to get heavy so I couldn’t risk steeping longer)
Ovderall, I’m not sure which one I like more… the almond, or the mango I tried last night. Pfffffft. okay, def the almond. hands down!! who was I kidding…
This smells SO GOOOOOOD!!!
but sadly, as most teas do… it falls a bit short on flavour. This was expected of course! and with some extra agave will probably be solved- I added only a dash after all.
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely taste the mango. I’m just not sure this would make it to my “go to” pile once pouch is finished. It might grow on me yet. I haven’t ruled it out!
But the pretty yellow sunflower leaves are so nice to look at… Maybe I should just use this one as potpourri :P
Erm. Okay so if I had a good tea tasting weekend, today must have been miserable. So don’t stay away from this one cuz of my review, k folks???
Anyhow, I made it through four steeps. The first was incredible.
Flowers drizzled in honey having a party on my tongue. Oh yes, I was mightily impressed!
but then the second steep had a distinct and sharp bitterness about it that took me very much by surprise. The orchid honey note was still present, but hugged on both ends by a sharp vegetal bite. (I don’t think I burnt it, but I suppose it’s possible. I remember waiting atleast one minute, more likely three, before dunking my ceramic tea filter with the leaves in it)
Oh maybe I used too much leaf? I used my perfect tea spoon, and it was just slightly below the full mark. Except even after my last infusion, the leaves didn’t fully expand. Almost as if they didn’t have enough room?
The third and fourth steeps were unremarkable, pretty standard for a greenish oolong… and touched by that sweet round aftertaste I find in later infusions of tea. I used to get it on the fifth or sixth steep, but now with my issues it seems to creep up earlier. I can’t say I like it, in fact I really can’t stand it. but then I can’t mention it either in a review because I doubt that it’s a true feature of the tea…
Anyone have any similar experiences? or not? I know it’s likely just me but I though I’d check!
Wow!! thank you so much for the sample Tina! this is deeeeelish!!!
It’s just like my Kalahari from Teaopia, only creamy. and sweeter, with less agave!
It truly has the flavour of creamsicle/tangerines. The Honeybush is there to but it all blends so nicely together. Maybe because I steeped for only three minutes. I usually let rooibos go for longer except I was in a rush!
It makes me think of popsicles!
I GOT MY MALTY BACK!!!!!!!!!! This is SO big for me. I’ve missed it so soooooo very much. Oh maltiness, I could kiss you! a thousand muahs!!!!
I don’t know if this is permanent. and I am back to needing it with a dash of agave.
Nevermind that. Today is a gift from the tasting gods. sighs
This reminds me of an Assam, only a little milder and less naturally sweet. I’m not at the top of the game here, obviously… since Assam is on the farthest North Eastern corner of India, and Ponmudi is on the opposite, South West coast! Uhhh yah. There was a time when I could recognize the difference…
Bah! I’ll get there. If this is any indication that is :P
Thank you so much to the lovely Tina for hooking me up with this blend!!! tea love!!
Mmmmmm. If I’m ever craving a chocolate fix, this is the place to go!!
It’s like drinking cocoa tea! So yummy. Trouble is, I so badly wanted to try this with a spot o’ milk… except when I opened the fridge, someone drank the last of it this morning! oh well, something to look forward to next time. I’m sure it will be worth the wait :)
I’m surprised that with this being a black and all, I am really enjoying my cup. When I had intended to sample this with milk, I had divided it into two cups… one of them with some agave in it just to see if it made any difference. I think it did, but not in a good way. In fact, I prefer it without. Nonetheless, when the missing dairy incident occurred, I combined the two samples and so now I have agave in it. Maybe the trick is to just use less.
Somehow, I can actually taste the maltiness and the astringency!! Once in awhile I get blessed with a “good” tea day and well it seems this is one of ‘em! hallelujah!!!!!
Only my friends here on Steepster will understand how happy this makes me :):):)
Maybe it’s the cocoa? or the fact that I had a cat-scan yesterday (I dunno ‘bout anyone else but whenever I go get tested/to the doc for some medical issue or other, the problem seems to miraculously clear up on it’s own! ha. Am I a hypochondriac? it’s possible!!)
In any case, the chocolate is nice and deep. Rich, like I’m eating cake. It’s better when piping hot, but then I find most teas like that. The astringency comes out more as it cools. Heck, I don’t mind. I can taste the astringency!! :P