I am finishing the last of this tea tonight and since I am expecting a new shipment in a few days, I thought it safe enough to empty the tin. This has long been a favorite of mine, I love the smoothness, the lack of astringency and the versatility…let me explain that last point: as I was strolling around the GM website, I read the description of this tea from Marcus," If you drink the tea without milk and sugar/honey, then the second infusion is better than the first ." So my routine is to brew up a pot of this wonderful tea, add raw sugar and milk and drink that right up. The second brewing I drink plain(it pairs very well with dark chocolate):) I get that milky first cup of the morning AND I get another great cup of Ceylon…which is good hot or cold.
295 Tasting Notes
Sweet, peach smell from the dry leaves which look like tiny little balls. The minute the water hit teapot BAM those little balls turned into huge leaves that consumed my teapot. Sweet, smooth..I am not getting the creaminess of milk, but I do like this and could see myself drinking this on a regular basis:) The second infusion was still peachy enough that I enjoyed this cuppa as much as the first…no veggie taste here (I am so glad) just pure tea enjoyment.
I must say that I like doing business with thepuriTea folks, they were quick to answer my emails and I got my order in less than a week. I ordered their clear tea tin (for my blood orange black tea…the prettiest tea in my cupboard) & two oolong samplers…when I opened the box I found four more samples!!! Great customer service and the free shipping for Presidents day made me smile:)
I am so glad this is on the permanent list!
This one seems to benefit from a longer brew time, then pour up into an insulated cup and leisurely sip away. Cinnamon is on the back of my tongue with each sip.
I brewed up a pot of this in my new Japanese teapot! Hubby took me to an estate sale, I got a cute little teapot with four sipping cups for $10. This did make up for yesterday’s dismal day of shopping at Canton Trade Days.
Inside the teapot, the leaves had plenty of room to unfurl:) This is what I should drink when I want popcorn. Very savory and meaty yet light and satisfying. Less caffeine than black teas makes this one a better choice for nighttime drinking.
Strawberry goodness in a cup!
IF you have not tried this tea, you must place an order right now! You will be so glad that you did and your taste buds will happy with ripe strawberriness..is that a word? LOL:)
Thank you libertea! Today I used a heaping tsp to 12 ounces of water, lowered the water temp and only brewed for three minutes. I did add a packet of raw sugar…awesome! There is a lesson to be learned here…don’t give up so quick. But I do agree with mrawlins2, she told me that life is too short to drink bad tea.
This blend has got me puzzled. My first cup was perfectly balanced, I drank the entire pot in just a few minutes. My next brewing yielded a bitter mess…down the drain it went:) My third brewing was this morning..boiled the water, brewed for four minutes(thought I might follow the directions this time around…Ha!) the more I drank, the smokier it got and when the thought of cigars crossed my mind, BAM I was done and down the drain it went:) I just don’t understand how it could be so good at first and now I can’t get a decent cuppa out of it.
My tin arrived today…doing a happy dance:) ripped open the box and brewed a pot straight away..OMG this is a Damn Fine Tea! I really like this one, perfect all by itself and as the label implied my elf vigor was quickly restored after a very trying day. I am not experiencing any astringency, just a perfectly balanced blend of black teas..which I suspect has a Ceylon base. I am on my second/last infusion, it is much lighter than the first but still very drinkable. I am so pleased that I jumped on the recent sale:)
This tea pairs well with a hearty breakfast. I added a raw sugar packet and 2 TB of milk. Yummy in the best sort of ways:)
Thanks to mrawlins2 I had enough of this sampling to make a pot of this tea. Smooth, not bitter and not astringent. Paired wonderfully with my apple tart and then with some dark chocolate. I drank the whole pot before it had a chance to cool even the least little bit. After reading all the reviews on this on, I am eager to resteep and enjoy this one again today.
I was down to one teaspoon of this fabulous tea and then the mail man came and brought me not two ounces but FOUR ounces of this delightful tea. I am set, let the snow begin…have I mentioned that it was like 60 degrees here today…where is the snow? I told hubby that we lived in the wrong place!!!
Got my order of this tea in just in the nick of time…I don’t want my tin to be empty for even one day.
Love this blend so much.. it is just basic, but I really like basic these days:)
Here we go again. This pairs so wonderfully with chocolate:)
My first day back to school. Happy New Year!!!
The hardest part of making this tea is waiting 7 minutes for it to brew. The smell is so delicious…ripe strawberries fresh off the vine.
note to self, must order more of this tea this week
I always seem to be drawn back to this tea almost on a daily basis.
Why? you ask.
1. It is a simple tea, good for two great infusions.
2. I don’t have to add anything to enjoy the taste of the tea.
3. I really like the crispness of the blood orange peels.
4. It tastes good hot or cold, so it is good to carry with me to school:)
5. It is the prettiest tea in my cupboard and the smell in the tin is addicting.
Made this tea the way Marcus describes this morning. Raw sugar and milk added before I add the tea to my cup. It is a complex cup, but I am not getting chocolate notes. I fear my brewing method is still lackig something:(
Weather is beginning to turn cold and this morning these tips tasted just right. added a wee bit of milk and a scant teaspoon of agave nectar. Yum:)
Orange notes + my new cuppa=one happy tea drinker!
Added rock crystals in the brew basket. Drinking this plain today. It really reminds me of the Blood Orange Black tea without the orange…kinda wishing I had the orange notes in this cuppa:(
Nice choice tonight as it is getting late. Tea really does taste sweeter from a bone teacup
prettiest tea in my cupboard:)
I really like this one, it is light and orangy..pairs well with chocolate.
An absolute staple in my cupboard!
This is a good ginger, apricot blend. It is better than others I had tried? No. But it is housed in the cutest tin in my cupboard. And that fact alone makes me smile when I drink this tea:)
Brewed this up tonight. It was spot on with the perfect amount of earl to chocolate notes.
delish. I will miss this one in my cupboard.
I am back to my all time favorite this morning.
Added raw sugar and 2% milk on the first pot, the second steeping I only added raw sugar, and I liked it:) Maybe it is because it is a weaker pot, but I am really liking my cuppa this morning!!!