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I’m getting tired of Rooibos. But it’s 10 weeks (+/- 2) left on the low low caffeine plan, so I figure I should work through my samples. I brewed up a pot of this (even using a cozy to keep it warm), and am having a hard time getting through the first mug. When I do think to drink from it, it’s not half bad, just not something I particularly love either.
It’s been FOREVER since I had one of these, but with the snow coming down, I decided to go for it. Yum! I know it’s not real chai (I swear, I am pretty sure I saw them squirt syrup then hot water before adding the soymilk… no tea in the mix that I witnessed), but it’s real delicious! :)
After being reminded of this tea yesterday, I had a cup today. It’s good stuff, and I’m sad I’m down to just a few cups left!
I made a strong pot of this (3 teaspoons for a 2 cup pot… the strainer basket was full by the time the leaves had absorbed the water).
It’s good, but pretty strong. It’s funny, I hadn’t noticed it before, but at this strength, the tea part of the tea tastes a lot like the base tea for 52 Teas’ Vanilla Date.
I wanted something good today, but didn’t want the caffiene dose to be after work. Coconut Pouchong sounded like it fit the bill, but I couldn’t stand the idea of packing it in a filter bag. So, I brought a 2 cup teapot to work and used the basket filter to steep this tea. Then, I resteeped twice to see how it went.
First steep (2 minutes): Fabulous!
Second steep (3 minutes): Still a very good cup of tea, but much less coconut.
Third steep (4 minutes): Not nearly as good, but still a nice tea.
Yum!! I was looking forward to something interesting this afternoon, and when flipping through the samples, this one caught my eye.
The dry leaves smell just like maple cotton candy. It was one of those smells that you know won’t exist in the actual tea, but is really nice out of the container. As the tea steeped, I realized the leaves were Really Big. (Seriously, check them out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauren_pressley/tags/sugarcarameloolong/show/) I pulled out a few for the photos, but will resteep the rest a few times to see how this holds up.
The tea itself is definitely sweet, but doesn’t taste sweetened (if that makes sense). There is a clear sugar and caramel flavor, though I’m picking up floral notes as well. It still smells of sugar, but has the grassy taste you’d expect from an oolong.
So, this one is a winner for me! I might just have to get a canister… looking forward to seeing how the resteeps go!
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Yum! I made a small pot of this, and my espresso drinking husband even requested some: “a big mug of it, please!” So I guess I’ll be making another small pot by the end of this evening. :)
I really do love this tea. I’m a big fan of Genmaicha in general. When I finish up this batch, I’m going to give Samovar’s Ryokucha a try. I’m looking forward to seeing how the two compare.
I am fairly certain this is the drink I had today at lunch. At least, it was called Mexican Winter and it looked like it contained everything in the ingredient list. And I actually liked it, for a Rooibos. It had a bit of a kick!
YUM. I made a strong cup of this tonight (7 balls, 1 cup water, 4 minutes) and added a generous serving of agave and about 1/3 cup almond milk. It Was Incredible. I ended up drinking it as a dessert tea, and it couldn’t have been better.
I’m looking forward to continued experimentation with this one!!
I decided to give this one a try since it was featured on Steepster Select yesterday. I loved that you can visually make out the cardamom, cloves, and pieces of cinnamon along side the green and black tea. The tea, itself, was good, but kind of what I expected… After trying the plain tea, I added agave nectar and almond milk (based on advice from my yoga teacher). As I drank it, I liked the tea more and more. And at the end of the cup I found myself wishing I had another sample. In that cup, I’d boil the tea and use less water so that with the milk it’d be stronger.
I really, really wanted to like this one. I love the idea of it, it seems like a nice thing to have in the fridge, it’s easy to make (with the GIANT tea bag)… but it’s just not my thing. I poured a glass last night and couldn’t even finish it. I have no inclination to go back for another. I guess this one was not meant for me!
I’m not sure there’s any mango in there… but there sure is hibiscus!! (just kidding… I saw mango, just can’t taste it…)
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Not bad, Numi! I’d been down on the bags I’ve tried lately (can you tell I have a bit sampler? I got it for the holidays)… and I suspect that’s partially because I’ve had so much Really Good Tea lately.
This one, though, is not half bad! It’s a bright color, nearly red, and the taste is actually quite good. I don’t have a favorite Earl Grey, so I don’t have something to compare this too, but it’s not one I would pass up!
I’m not a huge fan of chamomile, but I like Mighty Leaf’s citrus one and decided to give this one a try. It was okay, but didn’t finish the cup.
meh. it’s a cup of warm drink. not quite the punch i was hoping for, but it’s something to start the day with.