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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
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drank Aquamarine by Chroma Tea
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This tea is a mood for sure. I find myself craving it but not as a daily drinker.

This has SO MUCH going on. Rich, brisk, warm, minty-fennel cool, cinnamon spicy, chocolatey, woody, herbaceous, floral, darkly bitter-sweet, mineral. On first sip, I questioned the color namesake. It soon made sense. Read the Chroma (Verdant) description.

It’s mellow enough to drink at night and fall asleep. Enough strength to stack two steeps in my thermos as work fuel.

All with only tea leaves—spices—flowers—herbs!

Roswell Strange said sophisticated. Maybe a sophisticated mystery.

Rating would be somewhere around 95 for being unique, evocative, multi-faceted and multi-functional.

Flavors: Cacao, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Dark Bittersweet, Fennel Seed, Flowers, Herbaceous, Mineral, Spearmint, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
10138 tasting notes

Had this one last weekend while working on podcast outlines and, admittedly, I was two deeply enthralled in writing that I didn’t much pay attention to the tea. The loose leaf smells very potent and heavily spiced, and ticked my nose and throat on scent alone. I don’t recall the steeped tea having the same level of “oomph” to it and the dry leaf had but I will have to drink again to be sure…

derk

Went on a little internet excursion to Chroma (looks like a side-shoot of Verdant) because of your review of Azure. Picked this one up and Aquamarine, too. Auburn smells so intense! I’m hoping the aroma transfers.

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drank Laurel by Chroma Tea
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This tea name makes me think of How To Get Away With Murder…

Anyway, this will have to be a revisit because I had it the day that the site froze and I didn’t take good notes for myself on the taste because I had expected to get this tasting note posted a lot sooner. It was very herbal and mint forward though, with that undertone of anise/fennel that I like but is so polarizing. Definitely the most simple Chroma blend I’ve tried so far, and while simple is never bad I also think I’ve just set myself up to expect a little bit more from this company in terms of blend concepts…

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drank Sunburst by Chroma Tea
10138 tasting notes

Cold Brew!

This is my favourite from Chroma so far – this is another blend with impressively beautiful and chunky ingredients; in this case those gorgeous pineapple wedges!! I loved the mix of creamy coconut, earthy turmeric, warming cinnamon, and tropical fruits like pineapple and citrus – it sort of felt like a tisane with loose Thai inspirations, and was very refreshing!!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCcE8oJgpKm/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZNe1n8O_s

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drank Sienna by Chroma Tea
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Snuck a mug of this in to a very chaotic work day – which means I probably didn’t afford it the level of attention that so far these Chroma Tea blends have so far been worthy of.

Unfortunately I keep reading the name as “Senna” which is the herbal ingredient that basically makes you crap yourself; not a good thing to associate with a tea. Unfortunate mental connection aside, for what is essentially a Chai blend I thought this was pretty nice. It’s clove dominant, always a personal win. Also reminded me of gingerbread, but very fancy gingerbread.

Gonna try to pay more mind with the next mug.

Shae

Haha, senna is the worst. Good description of it though.

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drank Azure by Chroma Tea
10138 tasting notes

On the fence as the whether or not I enjoyed this tea…

The things that intrigued me were the use of sandalwood and aloeswood, both of which are common flavours in incense, and the honeysuckle – which is a flavour I adore, but is rare to see in a tea in terms of actually being and ingredient and not just being an observed flavour note.

I’m actually ultimately not sure why the honeysuckle is in here though – it’s beautiful, but the flavour of honeysuckle is so light and delicate and it’s entirely swallowed up by the thick and heavy flavours from the other aforementioned ingredients. Is it just aesthetic? Honeysuckle isn’t cheap to blend with, so it’s not the most cost effective choice for a purely aesthetic ingredient…

So, what this tea does taste like is insense. Like, straight up the kind of incense that makes you think of creep old book stores or that fills the kind of places you go and buy overpriced amethyst and other “crystals” in clouds. It’s really strong and intense, and definitely builds in your mouth dramatically as you drink the cup – it’s just a lot of sandalwood combined with a more mineral, spicy, and woody oolong and that strong aloeswood oil. I rarely view tea as gendered, but I have to admit that my thought when drinking this cup was that it felt very masculine.

I didn’t particularly love the flavour, but I also couldn’t stop drinking the cup either! That’s part of why I feel a little confused about my feelings towards the blend. Perhaps this is one of those teas that’s really an acquired taste? I look forward to further exploration and clarification of my feelings about this tea in subsequent cups.

It’s SUPER unique though, regardless.

amandastory516

Your Chroma reviews have me super intrigued, definitely adding this one to the list of blends to try!

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drank Ultra Pink by Chroma Tea
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Gonna have to retaste to better capture thoughts because, when I steeped this up, I let it cool down to much so I only tasted it at just above room temperature – but my snap impression based on that wasn’t super positive. I found it really sharp and the fruit more in line with a sour, underripe strawberry/red fruit profile rather than a pleasant, tangy/juicy ripe berry note – combined with the weird juxtaposition of the allspice and coating rose and I just didn’t mesh with this blend.

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drank Aquamarine by Chroma Tea
10138 tasting notes

Holy marigolds!!

I got my Chroma Tea order earlier in the week; Aquamarine is the first tea I’ve tried so far and my jaw dropped when I saw all these intensely beautiful full marigold blossoms in it – what a killer visual!

It also tastes quite nice too; The unique and refreshing combination of woodier, but still a little spicy, cinnamon & spearmint was both really playful and really grounded; sort of a “hot and cool” kind of vibe. Fennel is sometimes chewed on as a breath freshener, and I liked the more herbaceous sweetness is contributed to the blend combined with the minerality of the oolong that is used as part of the base. The cocoa was very light and a little bit bitter, but I did think it contributed some depth and body. This is certainly a more sophisticated approach to a tea blend, & I’m excited to taste through the rest!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CBs3urkABox/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC1XZZxcJKU

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