This was one of the teas that Ellen sent in my sweetea package. Which was quite awesome! So this tea smells great a nice little bit of spice to it. This blend intrigued me with having so many different ingredients. At first sip I tasted roasted mate and the chai spices I said to myself….ummmm not digging it. I added a little turbinado sugar and it cooled a little and the flavors seemed to meld a bit better. It’s decent but I don’t know if I would keep it as a cupboard staple.
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Got this in my sweetea packaged from Ellen(silversun). The aroma of this tea is amazing. However the flavor doesn’t quite match the aroma. It’s a decent flavored Oolong. I’m glad I got a chance to try this tea since Teavana has discontinued this tea.
Trying my last sample from Chi of Tea this morning. A very nice aroma out of the package. Produces a nice amber liquor. Good vanilla flavor. A nice tea!
This was the first sample that I tried from Chi of Tea. I am very fond of Pu-Erh tea and find them to be a treat. I would say for some that Pu-Erh might be an acquired taste. I love it though and would drink it just about everyday. So opening up my samples I gravitated towards this one first. The aroma of the leaves are very rich and cacao like. Which in my experience is the first good sign. First steep: Oh yeah! there’s the dark robust earthy dark as coffee like brew that I love.
And yes the Ink Spots is the true version of this song…..sorry to The King Sisters. Yes an amazing first cup. Reminds me of my favorite Imperial Pu-Erh from Dr. Tea. In my experience with Pu-Erhs after second steep is when it starts to go “orange” and takes on the mushroom like flavor. I’m very impressed that it took me four steeps to get there with this tea. I think this is a fabulous Pu-Erh and I will be sure to order more.
So this is my first experience with an ayurvedic blend so I was excited to try it with my samples from Chi of Tea. I swear yesterday was like Christmas again with my samples, my sweetea package, and another order coming. When I opened up the sample the aroma was invigorating. It reminded me being in a natural food store. I brewed it up and it was quite tasty I could definitely pick out the cardamon, licorice root, sambuca, and the fennel together. The tea almost reminded me of some of the traditional medicinals tisanes, like Gypsy cold care. Only much more potent. I really like this one a lot.
Thanks to brandy3392 for sending me this tea. There are those days when you need a swift kick in the pants to get going. I love the maltiness of this tea…it’s quite a strong brew not for the faint of heart……wait a minute…..cue Queen
A blend that Duncan Macleod would be glad start his day off with. Mixed with roasted Mate also makes a combination to rival any cup of coffee. Give me my broadsword to take on the day!
I got this in a swap from Meghann M. I think Frank Oz himself would sing about.
I really don’t know if they should call this Almond Biscotti. Rather Almond cookie. Smell is just down right yummy. Even my 4 year old daughter thought it smelled good. It smells sweeter than when brewed in the cup. A great dessert tea that’s for sure.
Another tea that I got courtesy of brady3392. It’s has a nice aroma. No actual raspberry pieces so I wondered what the flavor would be like. The brew is a nice dark black. A great raspberry aroma. The best part is that it’s not too sweet. Even a little smoky like afore mentioned not too shabby.
Hmmm so this is what roasted Mate is like. Thank you brandy3392 for sending me this. My first and sigh my only specialTeas tea I will be able to try. Brewed some of this getting ready to head in to station. At first kinda has a roasted/cacoaish aroma. This is the base for some of my favorite morning blends. Smells nice. Tastes a bit like toasted almonds…maybe even a little musty like grandma’s attic. I like it though and will probably blend it with other teas.
Thanks to joecool for sending this to me in a swap. So I have smelled rose black tea at the market and was somewhat turned off by it, but I was keeping an open mind since I like my Pu-Erh. First of all I love the tin it came int to see the little Tuochas. So I’ve tried one other Tuocha. I got it at a place called Special Teas ect in Volant, Pa and liked it a lot!
So it’s smells a bit sweet in the paper like sugar in the raw. I used too big of a cup for the first steep. Second steep was dark like coffee…..this is how I like my Pu-Erh! Very smooth and earthy. Third steep more orange-ish. Tastes kinda like mushrooms but still pretty good.
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First of all I’m geeking out because I got 4 tea swap packages in the mail today. Thank you kaybee for sending me this tea. I would say this is a perfect blend of black and lapsang. Reminds me of English Breakfast with a little bit of smokiness. I like this a lot!
yes 2 hours to get into work today…yay! I’m glad I started off my day with this tea tasty. this is quickly becoming a fav of mine!
So I have to admit that this is the first green rooibos that I have tasted. I’m hanging out at my favorite coffee shop while visiting my fiance. I’m enjoying it with a ham and gruyere pastry. This is very enjoyable. I like the body of this tea. I have to agree with TeaEqualsBliss this does taste like a V8 juice combination. I would purchase a tea of this.
Trying this at one my new favorite hangouts. Like some of the other reviews here It smells amazing. When it gets to the cup….It’s not bad. I’m really not getting the chocolate flavors I was hoping for, but decent nonetheless.
Well now I feel that I am officially have graduated to another level of tea neediness as I am reviewing my centennial steep. This is one my favorites in my cupboard. I decided brew it differently than I normally do. Usually I just use my strainer but this morning I heated up the water and put the leaves into a sauce pan. I’m at my fiancé’s place so I don’t have my pot. I noticed with this brew the wonderful vegetal aroma. The liquor looked like honey and the flavor is very honey like. A very good star to the morning.
I like this tea…a lot! Started off my morning with this. Not outspoken flavors. Just nice black tea that you can start everyday off with!
Picked this up when our stash of Stash peppermint ran out. It’s not as in your face peppermint as my future wife says….but it’s very tasty.
Always a great start to the day with English Breakfast…with a little Hojicha…mmmm…quite a mellow breakfast blend.
Been making batches of this in my Bodum Ceylon Ice tea pitcher and woo hoo! 4 steeps of the leaves and still tasty!!!!
In my Christmas box….not bad.
All I can say is that for 4 dollars this is some flipping amazing Pu-erh. The liquor is dark like coffee. Smooth. Earthy. Almost cacao like. If you combine this with a carmel rooibos it is heavenly.!
Switching it up this afternoon, and this hit the spot. Call me crazy but everytime I drink this tea I feel like I’m drinking a fruited pale ale. Except I’m ok to drive. The body of this tea reminds me of an ale and that’s not a bad thing. I’m not usually a fan of white teas but this is decent.
In the spirit of experimentation I threw in a few shakes of rubbed sage into mix. Let me tell you it made for quite the fabulous cup. Savory and delicious!