One of the first things I noticed when I opened this tea was an aroma similar to pipe tobacco. Some of that aroma is still present in the steeped tea, but not as clear as from the leaves. I am a fan of this tea, and I am usually not big on straight black teas. However, this has a lot of complexity in flavor with the slight tobacco and almost an apricot / stone fruit flavor. Carrying all those other flavors is a solid black tea. Well balanced and worth trying.
36 Tasting Notes
If you like coconut and tea then you should try this selection. There is a strong coconut aroma from the leaves and the steeped tea. You get some of that coconut flavor along with the light oolong flavor which is not unpleasant. Where the tea and I begin to disagree is the mouthfeel after swallowing. It is not so heavy to be called oily, but it feels like a coating in my mouth. However, mixed as a cocktail could cut through that and make some amazing drinks. I believe as a standalone tea it is too much for me.
My first thought when I opened the bag was dried apples. Its that concentrated aroma that you smell on dehydrated apples. There is a bit of that apple flavor in a tea. It reminds me of a weak apple cider. It also has a natural sweetness to it which is nice. I like it and think next time I will add some cinnamon to keep the cider thing going.
I am going to be honest I didn’t know what think when I first smelled the steeped tea. It wasn’t unpleasant, but it I couldn’t quite place it. However, the teas is quite tasty. There is a light grassy flavor that pairs well with the natural sweetness in the tea. I am not sure if it is placebo, but as I sit here I can feel a usual caffeine related feeling.
There is something about the roasted rice flavors and the grassy green tea that just make this the perfect breakfast tea on a rainy day. Its almost like a liquid porridge or oatmeal. A sushi place where I live serves a genmaicha that has been dusted in matcha which I think makes an excellent addition to any genmaicha. I have been adding about one scoop to this tea when steeping.
There is definitely a roasted flavor to it. One of the most unique green teas I have tried. I am going to have to make another cup and see how it goes. I am also thinking of increasing the steep time to 3 minutes.
The first thought I had when I smelled this tea was there was a light sweet aroma. It reminded me of creamed corn to a degree. The flavor is light and sweet with still some of that corn sweetness. I am going to have to try this one again to see if the flavors are present in the next batch.
I am finally getting around to making another cup of this tea. I still like this tea, and feel it was just what I needed to sip while contemplating the code I am working on.
The bagged version of Twinings Earl Grey was my first experience with hot tea. However, my sister recently brought me a tin of the loose back from London. It is levels above the bagged version, and reminds me with ever sip why Earl Grey is still my favorite tea. Also, makes me want to go home and watch episodes of Star Trek Next Generation on Netflix.
There is a pleasant vegital aroma after steeping the tea. There is a slight sweetness in the taste that I can’t quite place, but it isn’t overbearing making for a nice balance with the grassy flavor. It is also light on the drying astringency which some teas have.
Let me start off by thanking TeaEqualsBliss for writing her review of this tea. It was enough to get me to buy it. This tea is amazing. I already know the next time I steep this tea I am going to up the steeping time by a minute or two. My first thought is that this chai is a cool twist on the traditional chai. The chocolate is subtle enough that it is in the background, and doesn’t overpower the other spices. Add a little milk after steeping for a nice after dinner drink or a great way to start the day. My thanks again to TeaEqualsBliss.
The only other Dragon Well tea I have tried is by Teavana. The first thing I noticed about Rishi’s Dragon Well is the delicate almost floral aroma on the leaves as I opened the package. After it has been steeped the tea has more of a hay and grass aroma. There is a slight nutty flavor with all the clean green tea flavor that you would expect.
Due to a previous Yunnan Gold tea I had, I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this tea. However, there is a subtle gentle earthiness to this tea along with a crisp clean finish that is making this a perfect after lunch pick-me-up. A solid tea that I would recommend.
I was trying to determine which of the teas I have at the office that I wanted to carry in my thermos to enjoy tonight. That was when I noticed this tea. I am glad I found it. The most surprising thing to me is that the tea has an almost cherry aroma. I don’t remember this from the last time I made it, but it is pleasant. There is no bitterness and it is a very soothing tea after the spice from the masala chai I was drinking earlier. I can’t quite place the flavors I am tasting in this tea, but will have to look into getting some more.
This is a solid and clean masala chai. I am currently drinking it without milk. I will say that it is still a pleasant drink without milk. Some masala chais can be overpowering without milk, but this one holds up nicely. I am going to take some home and prepare it with milk to compare. I will post another note when I do that.
One of my favorite Earl Grey teas, and judging from how much is left. It is time for me to order it again.
I am usually not a fan of flavored teas with the exception of Earl Grey. However, Earthbound Tea’s Morroccan Mint is an amazing tea. The green tea is balanced nicely with the cooling taste and sensation of the mint. I finished the sample I received through Steepster Select in three days, and am ordering more from Earthbound. This has become my standard evening tea while watching TV or reading a book.
I have been a fan of lapsang souchong for many years now. The first time I made Dr. Tea’s lapsang souchong, I was at my office working through some difficult code that was giving me trouble. The smoky aroma and flavor put me in the zone, and this tea has become my go to for tough days at the office. This tea presents a very strong smoky aroma, but the tea is not so smoky that it is overpowering.
A very interesting tea that comes in a very interesting package. My first thought when smelling the aroma of this tea was buttery sweet corn. Elements of these flavors are present in the flavor of this tea. Beneath those flavors there is a cooling sensation on the tongue and some earthy notes. Overall its an interesting and pleasant tea.
Its still a little warm in GA today, but this oolong is light and refreshing. This tea has a delicate floral smell. The flavor matches the aroma, but it has the other levels that you would expect from an oolong. Very enjoyable.
This tea is amazing, but full of surprises. Before steeping I smelled this tea, and was surprised by the floral aroma. While steeping, the floral disappeared into a very dank earthy aroma. The tea has a similar earthy nature when you taste it. The earthiness gives way to a slight fruity and herbal flavor.
I am a fan, and can’t wait to see what re-steeping does to this tea.
When I smelled this tea, my first thought was the jasmine would overpower the white tea. However, it is very balanced in the cup. Delicious.
Like the other notes, this is the first tea I am trying from the August Steepster Select box. I haven’t had many Darjeeling teas, but I am enjoying this tea. There is a slight drying quality mixed with the floral taste that balance each other. At the end there is a slight earthy nature. Definitely a tea I will be making another cup of.
I have trouble with my sinuses year round, and was a bit skeptical that this tea would even put a dent in them. However, I was surprised how effective it has been. The flavor of the tea is a little on the sweet side, but overall I find it pleasant.
I have found that if you are a little congested 1 bag for 10 minutes and drink while hot. However, if you are in a bad way try 2 bags in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Hope it works well for you.