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This was a Father’s Day gift from my family, so I have been excited to try it. They bought it at my local tea cafe which, as it turns out, only sells Art of Tea teas, so I will have to remember that for future use.
The dried leaves were well-curled, dark with lots of golden tips interspersed throughout. I found almost no stems in there. The leaves are broken—not whole, but that adds to the flavor, I’m sure.
I used my usual steeping measurements for black tea: 11 grams in 20 ounces of near-boiling water for 4 minutes.
The liquor comes out very dark—much like the teas of my youth. There is no astringency at all to the flavor. The primary flavors are both earthy and woody (wet wood?)—reminding me of what I’m told the better-quality puer teas are supposed to be like. There is also a very faint smoke flavor to it, but definitely more wood and earth than smoke.
Overall, it is a wonderful tea that I will be happy to have again. I don’t think I would’ve picked it myself if I had been shopping on my own since I usually stick with either muscatel/floral Darjeelings or breakfast teas and blends that have malt, toast, or honey for their primary flavors. This is completely different than my usuals but I really enjoyed it and may have to expand my purchases in this direction going forward. I am glad the family got this one for me — definitely an excellent choice!
Flavors: Earth, Smoke, Wet Wood, Wood
Well, I’ve maybe found the elusive loose leaf chamomile that is as good as cheap bagged chamomile! It sounds like an odd quest, but it just seems so unusual to prefer grocery store bagged chamomile (I buy the 20 teabags for $2 at bulk barn) to the fresher high quality loose leaf version. Although some day I want to try fresh chamomile flowers fresh from the garden.
Anyway, this is a very flavourful chamomile with that classic “chamomile” dried flower taste I really like. As usual, there are notes of dust (in a good way), minerals, lemon, pollen, dried catnip, and dried herbs/dried flowers, and dried hay (in the best way!)
You really can’t get better than this in a pure chamomile tea.
Flavors: Dry Grass, Herbs, Lemon, Mineral
A very strong rooibos with creamy notes of vanilla, cream cheese, and artificial red velvet flavours. I’m not a huge fan of red velvet or cream cheese, so I didn’t enjoy this blend very much. Still, it was nice to try once.
This would be very good as a latte, but it is also drinkable on its own. I’m not sure I would try it cold unless I added something to it, but it’s still a solid blend for those who like plain rooibos and cream cheese flavour.
Flavours: vanilla, rooibos, plain, minerals, dry stems, cream cheese,red velvet, skim milk, creamy
Flavors: Creamy, Rooibos
This is a great sweet treat for evening. This tea does actually taste of butterscotch without being too cloyingly sweet (I find that a lot of blends advertising this flavor end up falling short). It’s one of the very few white tea blends that I own, and I really like that I can taste the tea itself in conjunction with the sweet butterscotch flavor. I used a tablespoon of tea for an 8oz cup.
We used to have this tea every week in my reading group and it was loved by everyone equally and promoted thoughtful conversation and good listening! Lovely plain, with honey, or sugar. Bright, fruit without being fake or false or artificial.
I like bananas, but I do not like banana flavored things. That probably explains why this has been sitting in my sample bowl for so long, untouched.
But I am being brave, this November, and am drinking things that have been untasted. Plus, samples are easy sipdowns.
I am relieved to say that this isn’t too banana-y. Its a bit like banana bread, not my favorite, but not as bad as, say, banana taffy.
I’m not going to get any more of this, but it was harmless enough.
I’m actually not entirely sure that the Cinnamon Fig tea I have is THIS tea, because the lady at the shop wouldn’t tell me where she gets her teas (grrrr), but the description seems close. We’ll go with it.
While I do really like this tea… it just hasn’t delivered the fig flavor I wanted. The cinnamon is a very sweet cinnamon, not a spicy cinnamon, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Overall, this tea reminds me of a fresh cinnamon scone, with some slight breadiness from the black tea. There is a hint of fruit, but it’s more of a pear or apple flavor than it is fig. It’s tasty, but not one I will buy again.
This is a seriously tasty blend. I picked it up looking for a Meyer Lemon tea after having had a Meyer lemon caradmom iced chai. This doesn’t fit the bill for that, but it’s a really good tea nonetheless. The lemon is strong and natural tasting, with rose a perfect complement. I always prefer green rooibos over red and this no exception. I don’t know that I could tell you what it tastes like in the blends I’ve had it in but it doesn’t add any unpleasant notes. :)
A nommy tea both cold and hot. Makes a really fine granita as well.
Sample from Tea Sipper. Thank you!
This is a really interesting combination of flavors. It’s earthy and slightly grassy but those flavors are juxtaposed with a lovely strawberry flavor that has some sweetness and some sourness. It makes me think of strawberry picking, which is something I haven’t done in years. I think this is the first gyayusa blend I’ve tried that I would be interested in buying more of. A unique and appealing blend. This is definitely a Happy Tea!
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Strawberry
I’ve been trying to streamline my iced tea making process, so I picked up a box of passionfruit jasmine iced tea pouches during my last Art of Tea order. What I love about the passionfruit jasmine in particular is that it’s a blend of black and green teas; it’s perfect for those of us who can’t decide which way they want to go. Both the black and jasmine green teas that are used as a base for this blend are mild, which really allow the slight floral notes from the jasmine and slightly sweet flavors of the passionfruit shine. This is one of those iced teas I could drink a lot of and not get bored, but even if I did I still have eight other flavors to choose from.
You can read the full review on my blog:
Trying brewed hot first. Though after reading some comments while waiting for it to steep I kinda wish I had just done cold. So far I agree that it is nothing special when its hot. In fact its kinda mediocre hot. As it starts to cool off the flavor is improving. A bit of honey would really make it great!
Thanks for this one in your sale, Ost! It’s in a cute little tin too. This leafy white tea is supposed to have cantaloupe and jasmine flavors. I think the jasmine might be missing, but the cantaloupe is definitely there and pairs very nicely with the white tea. Not the best cantaloupe tea I’ve had, but I’m always happy to find another one if it actually has cantaloupe flavoring at all.
Endurance is a sweet smelling pu’erh and herbal blend. It smells like sweet plum fruit, cinnamon, mild young pu’erh and herbs.
The infusion is much lighter in flavor than you’d expect from the overwhelming fragrance of the blend- which is bold, and an in-your-face- as you open the package of full bodied fruity and herbal goodness… it smells amazing! The flavor is very delicate, the wet leaves smell like a swampy-pu’erh with cinnamon. Light earthiness in the final brew, with flat tasting cinnamon (meaning that it isn’t warming like cinnamon sometimes is, nor does it have a ‘bite’ to it), with goji, and mild plum flavor.
I dig it, though it isn’t the sort of tea I would usually choose.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Plums
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Not much to say about this one, it’s just okay. Mild black tea with hints of passion fruit flavor but not much jasmine. I think I’m just usually spoiled with Teavivre’s jasmine teas so any other jasmine teas…. the jasmine is just non-existant. I’m surprised there was green tea listed in the ingredients… I couldn’t tell at all.
Trying this hot today. Nice earthy smell to the dry leaves. Dark reddish mahogany liquor, and an amazing aroma. At first, it was deep and chocolately, and then became something fruity, plums I think. But such a strong, fruity aroma, almost as strong as I’ve smelled in some flavored blacks. Pretty wild.
The flavor is smooth, and fruity/chocolatey. Almost reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries, but not fakey or overly sweet in the way those cherries are. There is some sweetness in the aftertaste, though. An almost brown sugary one.
The only negative to my palate is a tiny bit of bitterness at the finish, but it’s not a huge downside. Just enough to keep this out of the mid-90s.
I like this one a lot. Tasty and also versatile as a cold brew. I expect it would be awesome in chai as well.
Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Plums, Sugar
A name like Classic Black sort of begged for being made into a cold brew, so my first encounter with this puppy is in icy mode. And it is, in fact, an excellent cold tea. There’s a softness and smoothness to the mouthfeel that is quite nice and though the flavor doesn’t call attention to itself, there’s some complexity. A touch of sweetness, a touch of fruitiness, and much “essence of teaness.”
I am looking forward to trying this one hot.
This is the perfect tea for a ladies’ tea party I think! It’s creamy and full of vanilla sweetness, while the floral osmanthus makes you feel like you’re drinking a bouquet. I loved it!
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Honey, Rooibos, Sweet, Vanilla
The description of the “creamy texture and notes of amber and honey” this tea purports to provide made me particularly eager to try it. It certainly sounds divine, after all. I was even more interested when I learned that the base tea is Yunnan, as it’s one of my favourite black tea varieties.
Read my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/10/10/ancient-forest-black-tea-art-tea/