1449 Tasting Notes
Meh. For a milky oolong anyhow. Not that it was bad, much better than the first time I tried the DT version!! I think it was oversteeped then and in fact may have been scorched this time to boot. The sweetness tasted a tad artificial, almost as if the lactose was infused into the leaves- which I know some tea houses do.
Nonetheless, I will not be purchasing any because I know how much better it can be! once you go high quality, it’s hard to go back! my commitment to loose-leaf in general is proof of that :)
I will concede however, that this is a very good starter Milky Oolong, and pure tea for those who are new. If I hadn’t sampled other versions, this would be it for me!
There are things about this tea that quite enjoy, and others I dislike more than I expected to. A contradiction I daresay!
The rooibos part had me worried, but I think it works terrifically here… and the spices are lovely, except for the pepper! It’s biting and sharp. I dislike it in general so I’m not surprised that the trend extends into my tea preferences.
I taste coconut here, but not much ginger (thankfully).
Overall, an interesting chai. Pleasing, and yet frustrating all at once… Not one I would have been happy to pay money for but then again not too shabby for my only tea of the day!
Wow, this is some tasty tea!! esp given that I don’t typically go for fruity teas, maybe rasp/strawberry…
I tried it with and without milk, both are fabulous. The black tea is firmly present yet the true mango essence comes out. Mind you, I did add a dash of sugar, but I’ve come to expect that as a necessity from most flavoured teas.
It reminds me of these mango candies I get from the Asian supermarket near me, or rather, dried mango… quite nice. I suspect that iced, this tea would go really well and I may actually be inclined to find out someday soon. Hmmm.
Oh and my aunt loved it. I knew she would! however mum had no interest whatsoever. She seemed to reach a turning point last night when I accidentally spilled a drop on her blanket… like it put her off the smell or something! (I’ll never understand her. Mothers!!)
Quiltguppy, you have many thanks coming for this tea! I’ve got so many more to try…
Did I use enough leaf?? There is hardly any non “tea” flavour here. I get some caramel, but only a hint of pecan.
Either way, it was a nice tea… just not what I expected. Pretty standard… and a little maple syrupy. Fingers crossed that I get more out of a second steeping!!
Big thankyou to JENN for the sample!
I have that good tea glow going on at moment and dayum does it feel GOOD! Mmmmmm hmmmm.
I brought this home from the office so I could play with the steep parameters, and wow! I’m glad I did that, just in time for tea with my Aunt. She is staying the night at our place tonight, and being on of the few people(outside of steepster) who will indulge my tea-life, I took advantage =D
I really wanted to try one of the new samples from my very generous friends here but I knew they would never go for that, and I knew that Mum is a sucker for floral tea… so out came this rosey tea!
I made a big pot of it in the glass teapot Mum loves and everyone swooned. It made me HAPPY!
Mum doesn’t like her tea very strong, so I made it on the (very) light side. 6-7 tsp, in what the kettle said was 8 cups of water. Steeped for three minutes.
Overall, I am quite satisfied with the results. It came out exceptionally rosy, but with very little chocolate. In this scenario, that was a good thing. I doubt Mum would have liked a chocolate tea, as she wasn’t a big fan of another that I showed her awhile back.
So… I suppose it follows that I should use more leaf, and/or a longer steep to bring out the chocolate? Interesting.
Oh and I steeped it a second time, with only 6 cups of water. That was lovely as well! not as abrasive as the last time I double steeped. Perhaps I need to forgo that cocoa note in lieu of any sharpness. I mean, I drink it for the rose. A small sacrifice to make, considering I do have a few other choco-note teas to love!
Anyhow, I’m rambling now.
Ahhh what is it about roses that makes me feel so in love?! I recently bought a rose perfume as well. I suppose it’s my latest phase *happy sigh
After reading everyone’s reviews, I could not resist grabbing a sample of this tea!! and I’ve been looking forward to it every day since then :)
So I brewed it up this morning, all excited to try it, expecting to love love love it! but I’m sad to say, I only like it… and barely at that *sighs
The spices are underwhelming and I do taste pumpkin, albeit uncooked pumpkin- not a nice flavour!
Perhaps I’m biased, since I tried the 52 Teas version first? I much prefer that one over the DT chai. There is still enough left for another cup, so perhaps I’ll try it again tomorrow. and I still need to try a second steep.
I feel guilty for being so hard on this one. It definitely deserves a second chance. Besides, as a standalone chai it IS quite lovely!! only when compared to the other version of this tea am I left wanting more.
Odd, that’s two bad tea Friday’s in a row! but I have good news. I emailed Teaopia and the Director of Comm got back to me. She’s issuing orders that if I request a tea bag instead of the tea master, they are obligated to do so! :)
This makes me SO happy. dances a jig
Anyhow, this tea… well it was really weak, with just a mild flower note. and scratchy on the throat! not smooth at all. The oolong part was ok. I prefer my Formosa Oolong but this would do in a pinch.
Oh well. It was a free sample! anybody interested in trying this out?
Well, I gave this one another chance! and I think I’ve finally met a white tea I don’t like. I was afraid this day would come…
Unless it’s simply that the leaves were scorched (quite possible), then this tea really is not great at all. In fact, this is how I imagine a no name, grade C, or even D, BAGGED white tea would taste
Boring. Rough. Bitter. None of these are words I associate with good tea!
Vanilla?? is that what threw me off here… or was it bergs of past teas in the tea master?
It started out OK, a little oversteeeped maybe. Once it cooled off though, I really tasted the vanilla. Since when am I allergic to vanilla?! I mean, I’ve never liked tea with vanilla in it. My association must be stronger now. *sighs
No matter, I wasn’t thrilled with the “baked apple” aspect anyhow. I just don’t get it! I suppose it’s the texture of apple pie that I love so without that same sensation in the tea my affection for the flavour is gone. That, and there wasn’t enough cinnamon.
This is Meh on so many levels!
I had this plan to buy a bunch of Chocolate Rocket… since I really do need a mate at work but for some reason “Jumpy Monkey” came out of my mouth instead!! I wish I knew how that happened. Still, I’m glad it did… as I hadn’t tried this one yet. After my Matechino nightmare from Tea Emporium, this one scared me a little. The ingredients and smell are rather similar…
Thankfully, this tea is milder and smoother. It may even go well with milk!
Next week I can actually afford to keep some milk around in the office fridge since I’ll be around more- what a relief that will be! Maybe I’ll buy a frother to make lattes.
A Jumpy Latte??? Ah yes, I suspect this one will grow on me :)