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I just want to drink this forever. Oh my goodness.
I smelled it and knew I had to have it for iced tea. While there looks like a lot of apple, it only adds sweetness I think. The kiwi and cherry are definitely prominent. I love the sour cherry followed by the sweetness of kiwi and the apple. And it’s all rounded out with the coconut.
I’d go make a pitcher, but while waiting for a cup of this to cool off, the bulb in my kitchen light burned out! :( I had to use a flashlight because I’m not in the mood to move a lamp into the kitchen. Blah. Kind of ruins a night of tea drinking.
They never put their Darjeelings out on the cart. I feel like knowing there is probably a Darjeeling if I ask, it’s like I’m getting a secret drug deal done in the middle of the mall. Maybe that’s just me.
This one is actually on their website, I wish though they put just a bit more information on it. There’s a boatload on the Gopaldhara Estate, but nothing more about the tea. It’s definitely a second flush though.
I’ve never had a Darjeeling that so very much embodies that muscatel taste. This does. The astringency is mouth drying, which is one of the things I love most about Darjeelings. It’s nice and sweet, and even has a nice mix of a malty and baked taste to it.
I like it but at a regular price of $8 an ounce, right now I will not be asking for super secret Darjeelings without a discount site’s help as usual. Especially since lurking around the internet a lot of places have teas from this estate for less.
Hmmm..Florence…è così così.
Maybe it’s my fault for expecting more of a nutella taste, but lately things that have strong nutty flavors are not my friends. For me, the hazelnut is just overpowering everything and I am not really a fan.
It’s just not chocolatey enough for me because the hazelnut just lingers far too long with each sip. Oh well. Maybe tinkering around with steeping it will produce a better result in the future. Thanks for giving me some to try, cheetah_pita!
Oh my god there is so much pollen we have over 8,000 pollen particles per cubic meter of air. Everything is yellow. And apparently that’s not even the pollen that causes allergies. It’s disgusting. Oh and of course it isn’t raining anytime soon.
I cold steeped a bunch of sachets of this for 8 hours in a new pitcher I bought. It has a tube that screws onto the lid, meant more for fruit slices infusing water, but I figured it worked with tea sachets too. Finish steeping, and just take it off. No need to get anything else dirty, yay!
This is really the only way I like Earl Grey. The bergamot flavor doesn’t remind me of cleaning liquids when cold. It seems to mute it a bit, and I really love raspberry with it. Though if you put raspberry with anything I don’t like, I might love it.
I’m now almost out of this and I won’t be buying more. I had gotten the tin of sachets for like $3 at a grocery store since apparently they weren’t selling. So I really wouldn’t pay the full price even if it’s the only way I like Earl Grey.
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Having some of this iced while waiting for Formula 1 practice to start. Before I added ice this was SO red thanks to the grenadine. It actually looked like grenadine syrup!
I’d never had a Monks Blend before, but at a dollar an ounce, I figured I would give it a shot since it sounded like something I would like.
This has a nice sweetness from the grenadine, and the vanilla gives it nice touch of cream. Very refreshing and well paired with the black tea base. I also have a LOT of this now because Tropical Tea Company is extremely awesome in the customer service department…more on that in a review about them!
I’ve thought about getting this tea for awhile now and I am going to have to do just that soon; thanks Bonnie for giving me some in a swap!
The strawberry flavor is so good. It’s almost like a spoonful of jam added to tea. The flavor is very berry, and doesn’t taste artificial.
I wasn’t getting much of a creamy, custardy flavor until the tea cooled a bit. It mixes well with the strawberry.
It does remind me a bit of Marco Polo but I think it’s a far different tea.
Ahhh the color! I am still confused as to what time it is, so I thought it was 10:45 when I made this…nope. Good thing it’s a rooibos!
It smells like oatmeal and grapefruit. When I was a kid, I used to always get the oatmeal with the dino eggs…back then it wasn’t brown sugar flavored oatmeal. Google is not helping me out but I think it was mixed berry or something like that.
And that’s all I can taste. That oatmeal. I am going to have to try this again sometime because it just doesn’t make sense to me. So weird. I taste guava, but I smell that vague idea of “mixed berries” like in that oatmeal, and I guess the green rooibos is giving me that taste.
Between this and Read My Lips smelling like my favorite LipSmackers back in the day, I get a lot of memories from DavidsTea oddly.
I always forget first class mail is secretly faster than USPS makes you think…hm. I wasn’t expecting to get this until tomorrow! So of course, I had to make a cup.
I missed out on the first scone tea so I was not going to let this one go by, especially if it was going to be buttery tasting, plus I love honeybush.
I’m not sure just yet how I feel about it. I am going to let the flavors “meld” a bit more before I rate it. The buttery taste just seemed separate from the fruity taste. It was still good, but I am going to give it a chance to be amazing…cause it has to be given the smell.
I am not a fan of it being 80 this week because it seems like nobody has bothered to turn their heat off. I went to Target for a couple things and I was burning up by the time I got to the checkout.
Also I found out Benadryl does make me fall asleep, just not when I’m excited and on a transatlantic flight. So, I had a great 4 hour nap but I can breathe out my nose so take that pollen!
In my attempts just to clear out stuff close to being done, I made the rest of this into cold steeped tea again. I’m not a big fan of ginger still, so while this is good, I’m not gonna miss it still.
But it was good to give a try, I like the idea of teas in flavors that are typically sodas.
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Ooh, I think I like this better hot.
I started writing this 90 minutes ago and ended up on the phone for an hour with my mom so I have no idea what else I was going to say.
I like this better because I think the white tea gets to shine through more, I get a bit of a nutty taste in with the fruits.
So I think next time, I will take the best of both worlds and make some hot and let it cool down for iced tea and see how that goes.
I have too much tea. So I figured I should get rid of the things that are easy to get rid of, like this sample that has been sitting around since like October.
I had removed all the rock sugar and I can’t even imagine this with any. I made a cup of it hot, and it’s not bad, but it’s sweet on its own from all the fruit.
The white tea is kind of lost but I think that generally happens to flavored whites…especially ones that have giant apple bits added. It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t want 4 oz of it. In fact I think I’d like this Youthberry one all by itself but not at the price. I don’t think the orange really adds to it. The pineapple and apple is good though, and this isn’t too hibiscus tasting for being Teavana.
I’ll probably cold steep the rest of it later so I can be done with it.
Well things took a turn for the excellent. This tea was delivered (read: thrown at my door) and my mailbox had a $110 check from AT&T sitting in it since they made me pay my final bill at my old apartment twice. Glad they could sit on that money for months.
But now I have $110 back so I can feel less guilty about buying 100g of this tea, hooray! As soon as I saw it posted I knew it would be mine. I love gimmicky teas. I don’t even like jellybeans that much but this was too awesome to pass up.
As soon as I opened the bag it smelled so good. Pineapple, strawberry, coconut. It’s kind of lacking in the jellybean department but I guess it’d be hard to try to have enough tea if the weight was all jellybeans.
I went with “steep until the jellybean melts” while timing it. But after 9 minutes I couldn’t take it anymore.
Brewed, it smells kind of weird. But it tastes good. It’s very fruity, I get more strawberry than pina colada, and the vanilla makes it taste creamy…and it does have a jellybean aftertaste.
This is silly and awesome.
I am so upset because my new order from Davidstea should be here but the tracking has not updated since yesterday afternoon. IT’S RIGHT HERE. Stupid UPS. I can’t win. I avoid the postal service after this woman at my office was beyond rude and now UPS can’t even do things right in the city in which they are headquartered.
I know where you live, UPS.
So for now while I cry, I am drinking a cup of Santa’s Secret. There’s also this random pop-up thunderstorm right now and it sounds like someone is shooting a cannon outside. Oh and it’s also sunny. Happy March in Georgia indeed. So I really need something comforting and this is doing the trick.
I love how creamy this tastes without adding anything, and the peppermint adds this nice comforting smoothness. I love this tea. It seems so simple, and yet it’s so so good.
And now I’m going to go find out if maybe UPS decided to completely bypass my door, tracking, and everything logical and leave the box at the office, so then I can be angry and sad all over again and need more of this…except it needs to make it till this is available again because it’s a keeper.
Hmm…this tea is a looker that is for sure. It brews up so green! In fact, I think the second steep, the steep that was only 15 seconds, produced a darker color than the first steep of 45 seconds.
I thought I may have used too much leaf because I’m not sure how trustworthy my scale is for low numbers, but given the tasting profile on here I don’t think there’s a problem.
It’s a very savory flavor, not very sweet. I think full best describes its flavor. It’s not bold, just very full of various savory tastes, so to speak.
It’s like the green tea version of toasting spinach and nuts. It’s good but not something I would buy; I much prefer a lot more of a sweet flavor in green teas.
After talking about sugar shacks for way too long earlier all I can think about now is maple syrup. And since I finally got a bottle again I had to add some to a cup of Pancake Breakfast.
OH DEAR TEA GODS. I added a bit more than I wanted so it’s a bit too sweet for my liking at the end of each sip but this makes it even better. I think maybe I lost the pancake part a good bit but you know what, no actual pancakes were made so it’s fair. Still got the butter, though.
This weekend I plan to make Martin Picard’s maple syrup soaked doughnut holes (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/01/maple-syrup-soaked-doughnut-holes) and I think I will drink this, sans the extra maple syrup, with them.
I had iced genmaicha at a Korean restaurant near my school and finally now that I have a giant bag of genmaicha, I can make it at home. I may have to not let it steep for 16-17 hours next time because it’s somewhat strong, but it tastes pretty good!
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Hmm..for being something truffle, this does not smell so good, dry leaf or steeped liquid.
There isn’t much to it. It just tastes like rooibos with a strange aftertaste, so it definitely benefits from milk and sugar. I wouldn’t think white chocolate at all if I hadn’t sweetened it.
Even then I’m not that sure if I like it, because there’s still a weird aftertaste. But it was so cheap it was worth a shot. Win some cups, lose some cups.
I’ve never had a straight sencha outside of the few times I’ve gotten tea in a Japanese restaurant. So I thought Den’s Tea’s intro sampler to Japanese greens would be perfect. I decided to start with this teabag.
It really does look like there’s matcha in here but I wonder if it’s just powdered sencha instead? Because it really doesn’t have the taste or color to me of matcha.
It’s sweet and smooth, but it’s not much of anything special beyond that. Still, pretty good for a teabag, but I’ll move on now to the loose senchas that were included.
This tea does a magnificent 180 when cold steeped. So much better. Blueberry comes to the forefront, the sage isn’t dominating, and the hibiscus isn’t so bad.
Really, it was the overpowering sage before that just made it too gross to drink hot. It works so much better cold, and it’s very refreshing. So, the rest of the sachets will be used for cold steeping then.
Once I go through the rest of these green teas Teavivre sent me, I’m gonna have to have them all again together and really decide which one is my favorite.
The characteristics of this tea pretty much define everything I love about a lot of the greens I’ve tried so far. I love the sweet, vegetal taste with a hint of nuttiness of this one. The dry leaf smelled to me a lot like hazelnuts for some reason…but then again I don’t think I have a clear idea of what a chestnut smells like so that could be it.
Also I always have enjoyed wondering about brewing instructions only to be pleased with the results. I wasn’t expecting a green tea that brews just fine at a high temperature! But it works out just fine.