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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this with me. It was randomly selected for today’s #septembersipdown and I’m honestly so grateful it was a flavoured puerh and not a straight one. Gotta ease my way in.

This actually isn’t bad as far as puerh teas go. That’s due in large part to the mint which covers up the muddy/mushroom/umami qualities of puerh that I don’t really like. I don’t get much in the way of lime or rum if I’m being honest. Mostly this is a mint tea that coats your mouth like puerhs do with that thick/dense mouthfeel.

Oh wait…I take that back…some lime and rum are coming through in the tailend of the sip.

So, as far as puerhs go, this is great. As far as teas go, this is meh. I’d probably just have a mint tea on a different base instead of this. As such, I won’t be seeking it out again but I’m also not looking to toss the rest of the sample. So thanks again Roswell Strange for finding me a tolerable puerh :)

Roswell Strange

Tolerable is a success, in my books ;)

amandastory516

There are a few Cornelia Bean blends that I’m quite interested in (including this one), but I’m not sure the $25 shipping to the US is worth it.

VariaTEA

@Roswell Strange haha just such a low bar and yet so few puerhs reach it

@amandastory516 the last time I ordered from Cornelia Bean was years ago and if I am being honest, none of the teas really stand out to me. I don’t even remember what I got. The ones I had recently were samples from Roswell Strange so she might have better insight into whether the shipping is worth it.

Roswell Strange

I probably wouldn’t pay the shipping – all my Cornelia blends I bought at the store in person, on vacation. Though, I do really like the three pu’erhs I bought (this, Pistachio, and Anise). Those I will be very sad about when I finish them off.

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drank Pistachio Pu'erh by Cornelia Bean
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ther has got to be a puerh out there that some companies generically use for their flavoured puerh. If not, then i dunno what’s up. this one was from a few days ago and i remember thinking that the base tasted similar to other flavoured puerh i’ve had from a few companies. Still though, it was enjoyable and did have that pistachio flavour going on. thanks for the share VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

This is the first pu’erh I had in a while it was still to pu’erh-y for me. Roswell Strange loaded me up with this and so many others though so when I get brave, I try them.

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drank S'mores Fruit by Cornelia Bean
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Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing but this is a nope for me. I made s’mores cookies and those have an awesome s’mores flavor. This tea, has something that is touching on s’mores, but then a mix of fruit that seems out of place and distracting.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_3WQvfAAE_/

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drank Pistachio Pu'erh by Cornelia Bean
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I don’t know if Roswell Strange was trying to broaden my horizons or torture me or a bit of both but back in December when she gave me a bunch of teas, she gave me a bunch of puerhs. As many of you know, me and puerh are not friends but also if someone shares something with me, I feel compelled to try it. So to ease myself in, I went for a flavoured puerh.

This definitely has a great pistachio flavor. It’s clear and distinct but doesn’t overpower the puerh base, as much as I wish it would. The base smells earthier/muddier than it tastes, which is nice but it definitely still has those qualities. Per Roswell Strange’s recommendation, I added a shitton of milk.

There is something cookie-like about this with the milk. The pistachio comes through and so does the puerh, though not as strongly. With that said, I don’t know where it’s coming from but I’m also getting something that is sort of like rubber/latex – kinda like the flavor you get in your mouth after blowing a bunch of balloons. Also as I continue to drink, the smell of dirt that puerh has fills my nose and it’s just not my thing.

Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing! While this was better than puerhs I’ve had in the past, I’m just not quite at the point in my tea journey where I enjoy puerh tea. Who knows if I ever will be…

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I was excited to try a Sea Buckthorn tea as I recently drank a bunch of Sea Buckthorn in Russia, but this one is a bit underwhelming. The Sea Buckthorn taste could be stronger.

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drank Keep Well by Cornelia Bean
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One of my favourite teas at Cornelia Bean.

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Last tea of the night from yesterday – just some simple fruity goodness, plenty of currant and blueberry. Very comforting, well balanced mix of berries and honeyed woody rooibos excellence!

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Brewed hot and then forgotten about, then remembered and consumed cold.

Not bad; has a tartness from the hibby and a bit of a medicinal currant undertone that isn’t the most pleasant combo; could be from sitting untouched for so long in the evening though. Also age, possibly.

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Hot Cuppa.

Very, very blueberry – which is great. However, also notes of florals (lavender, mostly) and black currant with this overarching “wildberry” sort of quality. It’s a little bit tart, but pleasantly so. Rides the line between tasty, juicy currant notes and more medicinal currant very finely though.

I want this in some sort of alcoholic cider format type thing.

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Finally trying the last of the Cornelia Bean blends that I got last year…

This one is, I believe, inspired by the Winnipeg Jets. I don’t really sport at all, but I’m smart enough to know that’s a hockey team who’s team colour is blue. So, ergo, you have a blueberry/black currant blend with lots of cornflower – visually a huge pop of blue. I don’t really care about the hockey stuff though; what I do care about is the fact that this tea smells like buttery, cream blueberry pancakes!

Steeped up, it’s quite nice but not really pancake like at all. The biggest reason for that, I think, is the hibiscus – it’s not awful or overpowering but definitely gives the sweet blueberry/currant blend a tartness that cuts right through the sweetness. So, basically, it’s this GIANT wave of very natural, juicy blueberry followed up with the hibiscus. The currant is more like an undertone underneath the hibiscus. It treads a little bit into that bad medicinal currant zone but mostly avoids it. I did have a few sips where I thought that medicinal quality was a bit stronger, though.

At its peak when it’s REALLY hot, imo. As it cooled, I thought it got a little funky.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk8mm1Qmt-Y

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Had this one yesterday while working out episode outlines for the podcast I’m working on; I drank a lot of tea while working on outlines because it helped keep me focused on the project. It’s been a while since I last had this one but I really enjoyed it! It was so thick and rich, with deeply nutty and SUPER creamy pistachio notes and smooth earthy pu’erh. What I enjoyed most about it was how distinctly nutty/pistachio tasting it was without tasting sweet either.

Soooo good!

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Morning cuppa.

Very, very thick and creamy mouthfeel with a rich but not sweet pistachio flavour. I think it’s really important to make that distinction that even though the pistachio was a strong flavour it wasn’t a sweet one; if anything it was more salty and the entire cup leaned very much towards the umami side of the taste spectrum. Also a bit of a “meatiness” to the earthy pu’erh base tea. Very full bodied though and a good tea to sort of start the day with – very ‘bold’/present.

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41CchibIF74&list=LL1M1wDjmJD4SJr_CwzXAGuQ&index=2&t=0s

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I was craving something nutty, and this certainly hits the spot. It’s just got such crazy full bodied and well fleshed out pistachio notes it’s almost even a little bit too nutty. It’s also creamy, and has just a slight bit of saltiness to the point where it just kind of feels like I’m drinking the equivalent of yummy, natural lightly salted pistachios. Of course earthy undertones from the pu’erh as well – it’s very hard to drink a flavoured pu’erh and lose the base flavour: it’s so distinct.

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Made this one up as a latte today!

I was going to just do a regular hot tea for my first tasting, but it was a pretty crazy day so I figured I’d treat myself and go for the ‘upgrade’. I took extra time to make it look super pretty too; I only got to make the one tea at work today so it felt good going all out with it.

Flavour wise this was pretty nice! It wasn’t overly sweet, and I think I actually would have liked a little extra sweetness – adding a pinch of vanilla would probably do the trick! However, the pistachio came through quite nicely/clearly and was a very well rounded nutty flavour! Obviously the milk made it creamier; though pistachio is a pretty creamy nut in the first place. Strong earthy undertones from the base, but not as strong as I would have imagined. Not without room for improvement, but I definitely liked this one overall! Cornelia Bean seems to really excel in the flavoured pu’erh debartment!

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Cold Brew Sipdown (637)!

A little torn about this sipdown because everyone loves a good watermelon tea, and that feels like a flavour that is definitely a cupboard staple for me. However, I do have other watermelon teas on hand right now. Plus, we’re coming out of summer and I think that just makes it the right time to say goodbye to this blend. I’m sure I can get it or something similar to it again next summer.

As for this brew specifically? Definitely way less apple heavy than the hot cup of it that I just recently had; this was more of a watermelon jolly rancher flavour crossed with watermelon juice (the kind you buy from the store, not the actual juices of a watermelon). It’s sweet and just a little tangy – a great summer treat!

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Hot cuppa.

I’m close to a sipdown with this one, so made some hot cuppas for myself, my sister, and my mom which left just enough tea leaf for a cold brew. Tasting note to come on that cold brew later. For now lets focus on the hot cups. I let mine steep for a really long time, so it got really rich and potent. Problem is that there’s a lot of apple in this blend. I don’t know; not really a problem I guess, but definitely a BIG contributing factor to the taste of this tea. It gets a little like a sweet cider, but with a note of equally sweet watermelon. So, like a watermelon cider.

I love it; but it’s also weird. So, this is a little bit better iced just because it feels more normal…

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Cold Brew!

This was a lovely cold brew; very refreshing/hydrating with a cooling watermelon note overall. Apart from that delicious watermelon flavour this was a little bit one note as a brew, but I pieced together an AWESOME food pairing for this one and that really elevated the experience/made it bloody brilliant.

Essentially it was my cold brew, but with a dish of Blueberry Basil gelato paired up with it and some freshly sliced honeydew. So, there were multiple layers of melon and just an extra boost of refreshing/cooling from the gelato. Plus, I find when you pair something herbaceous (basil) and fruit it always makes the fruit pop. Which was definitely the case here!

Yum yum.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhuxRjLHSjW/?taken-by=ros_strange

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Iced, from earlier in the week.

I think I slightly underleafed because this was a little more watery than the last time I drank it but it was still very delicious! Definitely more watermelon candy than actual watermelon, with some interesting apple and bubble gum sort of undertones going on? The bubble gum sounds weird as a tasting note in this blend, but it’s certainly not the first time I’ve experienced bubble gum as a flavour when it comes to melon blends and I doubt it’ll be the last. I agree with my first impression – this one channels some serious DT Luscious Watermelon vibes as a whole.

It’s really, really good though.

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Hot cuppa.

Reminds me a lot of DAVIDsTEA’s Luscious Watermelon which makes sense, there’s a lot of ingredient overlap. I liked all of the melon teas DT did this summer, and I understand that doing Luscious Watermelon on top of all of them would have been excessive but I was a little sad when it didn’t make a return. Nice to know I have something very similar to fall back on, though!

This is a little milder in flavour in my opinion with some more obvious apple and strawberry notes in addition to the mellow but I’ll take the trade off ‘cause it actually makes for a brew that’s a little less candy sweet and bubblegum-like. It’d make a pretty stellar iced tea or cold brew, as well.

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Sipdown (713)!

Finished this one off iced over the course of the week. It’s really gotten strange with age; still drinkable but has a more pronounced apple note to it and the pineapple feels a bit funky/waxy – like the bulk dried pineapple you’d get at Costco. Meh.

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Last cuppa from yesterday; was just looking for a herbal tea that I hadn’t had in a long time and this one jumped out while I was rummaging through my stash…

It was kind of weird; sort of a waxy tasting pineapple. I want it to be juicy, fresh pineapple with undertones of citrus for the ‘mimosa’ aspect but it was just somewhat weak/watery citrus and that aforementioned pineapple note. Noooopppeeee.

Evol Ving Ness

Too bad. There’s nothing like a good juicy fresh pineapple flavour…

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Late night evening cuppa.

I definitely let this steep for too long because the liquor was so sickly sweet; it tasted like I was drinking some sort of pineapple syrup; maybe like Italian soda syrup!? Even the mouthfeel of the liquor was too viscous and syrupy to be really enjoyable. I mean, I certainly like pineapple A LOT and I don’t mind a good sweet pineapple flavour either but it needs to be balanced with something else so it’s not so one note OR it has to be more mellow. This was overwhelming and ultimately not as enjoyable as it could have been steeped at a more controlled time.

So, like, four or five minutes verses fourteen.

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Early evening cuppa.

I was certainly feeling the caffeine from my earlier session with Camellia Sinensis’ Jin Die so I needed something caffeine free to kind of mellow out a little bit for a while. This was part of my vacation haul, and I’ve been pretty excited to dig into it so I figured why not give this one a whirl.

Is it just me or have a lot of companies been going for this “Pineapple Mimosa” flavour lately, though? I know I’ve seen a few companies here on Steepster but even just in general I know I’ve seen others that aren’t on Steepster just from cart building on different websites in the last year or so. I think the first time I heard of it as a flavour was when DT did it a few summer’s ago as part of their cocktail collection. I liked it a lot then, but it was really new to me as a concept. Is this is a thing now outside the tea world that the tea world has then set out to replicate or is it a thing that’s unique to the tea world!?

It’s good though! Very, very strongly pineapple flavoured without a lot much else going for it other than sweetness and apple undertones. I mean, I like pineapple A LOT – it’s my favourite fruit and definitely in my top five favourite foods of all time. So, you know, I’m down. I could see this being a little too cloying or “candied pineapple” tasting for some though, and if that was the case I could see people easily being turned off by it. Understandably, as well. It’s a touch weird as a hot tea though; I think I’d be much more into it either iced or cold brewed…

Also, even if I like the profile doesn’t mean I’m sold on this whole “pineapple mimosa” thing as a concept. I mean, a mimosa is champagne and orange juice – right? So even if we’re, in theory, replacing the orange entirely with pineapple shouldn’t there still be something in this to replicate the flavour of champagne? ‘Cause right now it’s essentially just a sweet but straight up pineapple flavour. I think if you, as a tea company, really were committed to the idea of a pineapple mimosa you’d do something to introduce another flavour here to actually give a proper nod to cocktail you’ve named your tisane after.

But that’s just my opinion.

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This was my first tea of the day today. I got up a little earlier than usual and I decided to use the extra time to watch the season finale of The Good Doctor with a mug of tea. It was a really good but deeply emotionally upsetting finale, so really I spent the first hour of my day sobbing like a baby while sipping tea in between emotional wailing…

The tea was really good though – crisp and clean notes of mint and lime a top such a full bodied and strong earthy base of pu’erh. I was actually a little choked up (on top of my already emotional mood) to see how empty my tin of this is! I know I don’t tend to reach for it often, but I also really don’t want to run out of it! It’s such a unique pu’erh – I’ve not seen anything like it, and it’s really consistently quite good too!

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