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This is another one that I found tasted a surprisingly lot like marzipan to me. Not that it’s a bad thing/flavour at all but I definitely feel like I’m growing a little tired of it in my tea. I mean, I have A LOT of Alpine Punch on hand for when I feel like I’m in that kind of tea mood. Weird how it’s so marzipan like when I think that there’s not almond in it anymore though…
Second cup, and every bit as solid as the first time I drank this one. I just adore the light handed bergamot notes, hints of vanilla, and really rich raspberry notes in the blend alongside the maltier, sweet black tea base. It’s wicked delicious, and while definitely Earl Grey reminiscent, it’s almost a separate entity from Earl Grey – a much nicer one. Very much sweet, creamy and silky raspberry pastries.
This time was also without milk (first had milk in it) and I thought that maybe it would feel a lot less creamy because of the lack of milk, but nah. It still totally held its own. Just the best twist on an EG…
Hot, with milk.
I almost didn’t grab this one because I’m not huge on Earl Grey but I do enjoy an unconventional/flavoured version every now and then and raspberry sounded like a nice twist on that classic flavour. It was actually very good; definitely had that strong bergamot quality/taste to it but also had this softness and a buttery quality that, when paired with the sweet raspberry, really made me think of buttery raspberry croissants or danishes. Delectable!
vanilla? yes. coconut? uh not unless you count “creamy” as being coconut. Still though, a decent enough cup to drink while relaxing this afternoon with a few boardgames. it’s been nice getting to actually spend time being outdoors, reading inside and playing games. It’s the one perk of the new-ish job: work life balance.
Today, I met up with Sil for a brief visit and tea thing. I had a bit of a walk-sprint there as I felt I might not have enough time to get to our meeting point on time, so I got a bit of exercise in as well as a brief visit with one of our most well-loved local tea personalities. And, of course, tea. My happiness is complete.
I’ve been drinking this for the last few days and enjoying it immensely. The vanilla cream aspect dominates the very gentle spice and the Assam base packs a nice kapow. And it survives the travel mug experience well too.I absolutely wouldn’t mind having this in my cupboard again if I were to find a way of procuring some without the monstrous shipping fees. So there’s that.
And it’s a sip down!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cream, Ginger, Vanilla
For a person who is not all that keen on mint, mint in tea seems to find me.
This one in scent and flavour reminds me very much of 52Teas Peppermint Marshmallows in Hot Chocolate. The only flavours absent are the marshmallows and laoshan black. The mint insinuates itself gently, gently.Black tea and vanilla is a win. The vanilla mellows the frostiness of the mint out. The cacao nibs do too. The assam base is punchy. Another win.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Mint, Vanilla
This tea is like Winnie the Pooh — everything in it is alive, well-rounded, and sweet. The stately green tea (Wise Owl) is offset with the sweet sugar/hazelnut bits (Pooh), bright candied pineapple bits (Tigger!), coconut rasps (Kanga and Roo), and Walnut/Almond pieces (deep and calm like Eeyore).
Join me as I extend the metaphor too far here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/11/walnut-green-tea-from-aromatica-fine-teas/
I brewed a teaspoon of this tea in a cup of freshly boiled water for five minutes. The scent of the dried leaves was of vanilla more than anything else. Once brewed, the vanilla scent became even stronger. I drank this black. The first sip was of the black tea tannin-y bitterness while vanilla lingered behind. At times, there were hints of spice from the ginger but over all I found it barely detectable. It was also slightly warming in the mouth and the stomach. In the similar way I feel after I drink a ginger tea or take a ginger pill but on a small scale.
It was still enjoyable to drink but I am on the fence about buying it again.
I may add a few pieces of ginger to the next cup I made as the vanilla-ginger combination sounds great.
Ok.. Now I am questioning whether I am going crazy. I swear I had reviewed this before, because it used to be in my wish list, and I definitely remember writing that I really liked this tea but I can’t justify getting any more because of the $15 shipping. That is so frustrating! Please someone tell me this is not just happening to me.
Anyways… This was a sip down of the sample size I received in my Teasparrow box a few months ago. This tea is very enjoyable. The aroma is slightly nutty and sweet, and the walnut flavour really comes through in the tea. It is sweet on its own and quite a yummy treat. This is the only other tea my boyfriend will actually drink, so I would call that a success!
Pondering a FULL Review!
Keep an eye on http://sororiteasisters.com/
It’s been too long since my last Walnut Green
this one was on my wishlist and VariaTEA obliged. I actually quite enjoyed this one in terms of a tea versus living up to it’s name. From this one i get largely a really nice black base assam with vanilla and a hint of ginger. I’m always a fan of MORE ginger than less, so for me this is much more like a vanilla cream tea than a ginger cream. still though, quite tasty…just not quite it’s name.
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Flavors: Almond, Coconut
From the Great Canadian Tea Box Round 5
I feel like hibiscus is in everything these days, but hibiscus in an earl grey is definitely a new one for me. I can’t taste any of it once brewed, but that’s probably for the best. I’m surprised by how much I like this actually. It’s drinkable, and it’s definitely got the “cream” part of “cream earl grey”, but I still don’t think this is something I’d drink often.
This blend has Ceylon tea, rose petals, ginger pieces, and natural flavours — it’s punchy, sweet, juicy, and bright-smelling. The most prominent smell of the dry tea is the peach, which was the perfect hit of sunshine on the cold, sleety day that I first tried this.
The rose petals are a great addition because they add depth and roundedness to the peach notes without being overwhelming. I can also smell the ginger, but it’s there more as a dry, sharp sparkle on the top. The peach is really the star scent here.
I took a big heaping spoonful, put it into my teapot and let the whole thing steep for 4 minutes. In the end, I got a really robust-looking brew that smelled more strongly of rose than before.
The strongest flavour was the base tea rather than the flavours. However, the Ceylon is a very good choice, because it’s generally a bright-tasting kind of leaf with its own inherently fruity notes. As the tea cooled, I could taste more peach, but I was honestly expecting the ginger to show up more than it did.
This blend is a mix of Assam black tea, ginger pieces, and vanilla bean pieces. The dry leaf is pretty true to expectations, and I’m pretty sure I can distinguish the chunks of vanilla bean from the black tea. The ginger pieces look a bit stringy, but that’s okay.
I’m surprised by how well the vanilla and ginger meld together, smell-wise. They create an aroma that’s soft and gentle, and they blend with the black tea to create a scent that’s actually kind of reminiscent of mocha/coffee. I normally associate ginger with fruity and spicy flavours, so this earthier, sweeter profile is unexpected.
I took a big heaping spoonful and steeped it with a pot of just-boiled water for 3 1/2 minutes. The brewed tea was bit less mocha-like, with the ginger and vanilla flavours becoming more distinct as they wafted towards my nose. Even after only 3 and a half minutes, the tea was a really rich, eye-popping brown.
However, I didn’t taste much ginger or vanilla when I tasted it. The most dominant flavour was the Assam base — brisk, malty, a tad astringent, with a bit of citrusy hint underneath. If you had just given me a mug of this straight-up without letting me know what tea I was drinking, I would have been able to guess that it was an Assam and that it was flavoured, but I wouldn’t have been able to tell what it had been flavoured with.
All things considered, this might go on my restock list.