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My first brew of 190 degrees for 5 minutes created a slightly bitter oolong whereas my second brew I opted, again, for 190 degrees but shortened the steep time to 3 minutes and experienced no bitterness.
Smell-wise, I picked up hints of cinnamon and herbs in scent but the taste was a straight forward oolong tea.
This is a tea I feel stands on its own or as the base to a flavored brew. Also, I did not find the need to add any sweeteners or milk to make it drinkable. Overall I was pleased with it and would drink it again.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Herbs
Had some of this at a vegan shop in Canada, and it was not bad after two boiling minutes. The 12 oz was a good serving size, and it was a usual malty black tea with a little bit of nutty and floral nuance. I can see the muscatel thing people talk about it, but that is expected from a black tea. Serviceable indeed.
Wonderful for relaxation before bedtime. Bergamot is known to improve sleep quality— I was not let down when I woke up the next morning! It could be just the placebo effect, but I’m also biased in how much I love tea and enjoy knowing and feeling the benefits of tea. Side note: very soothing with a bit of milk mixed in.
Flavors: Citrusy, Spearmint
This is exactly what I am imagine liquified blackberries would taste like. Excellent hot or iced. It toes the line of being too tart, but never crosses it. There is a ripe sweetness to it and I find that when I add honey, it becomes too sweet and tame. Perfect just the way it is!
Flavors: Blackberry, Fruity, Jam, Tart
If you are looking for a smokey tea this is a good one to try. They did a good job with this Yunnan-Lapsong blend ratio… straight Lapsong is too smokey for me and the Yunnan pulls it down to a point of acceptability while maintaining the richness and character, minus the too-intense smokey bite. Its still a very smokey tea and needs to be stored away from others.
Compared to Samovar’s Russian Blend it is smoother and richer, with higher and more diverse flavor notes. The samovar is more of a frank, charred smoke, while this one is more of a burnt/roasted cedar. Both have a background sweetness which is a great component. They are both very good teas if you enjoy smokiness. I drink both of them straight. For the money, and the organic aspect, I’d go with this one.
Now that I’m in Seattle I’m trying out all the local options for things—tea included. I got a sample pack of the pyramid tea bags from Choice and this one is solid. I didn’t like it enough to buy a box, necessarily, but I did like it. I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the samples!
I had never heard of this tea before, but its romantic name and history of being transported thousands of miles from China to Russia in camel caravans sold me. It smells like a fire. It tastes like a bundle of burnt sticks. It’s fabulous! I happened to be eating some raspberry yogurt while drinking it straight, and I don’t know if I ever had a tea that goes so well with cream and sugar. Bold and smoky on its own, but in another realm when paired with rich and smooth, sweet flavors.
Flavors: Ash, Bitter, Fireplace, Smoke, Wood
Foods for Living had a sampler of this, and it actually was pretty smooth and well balanced. Not something I’d surely buy, but at the same time, it is not a bad chai. Ginger is a little bit stronger, but the black tea really evens it out. I’m pretty impressed. I’ve been craving chai’s and Earl Grey’s in this cold to think of it.
This tea is not bad, it’s just not for me. I really liked how the chai spices mixed with rooibos in the Choice Rooibos Chai, and I’ve enjoyed a couple rooibos teas mixed with vanilla; however, this fruit/rooibos combination isn’t my thing. I can taste the rooibos, but the predominant flavor is definitely orange. I’ll continue to drink this tea until I get through the box, but I don’t see myself purchasing it again. Maybe I’ll mix one bag of this with a bag of the rooibos chai to see if it can be salvaged as a combination tea.