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Today without a stroopwafel. This was a generous sample sent to me by Ysaurella.
This tea has both the scent and taste of lemon and raisin. Perhaps that’s actually the toffee? It comes off as raisin to me. Not a bad tea, but I think I was expecting a bit more flavour here. Perhaps I’ll try a longer steep time.
This one was sent to me by Ysaurella. Thanks!
I did spy some rose petals, eep. Hopefully they won’t come across too strongly in the taste. I also treated myself to some stroopwafels, for no reason at all. My uncle is Dutch and he taught me to put the waffle over the top of your tea so the heat from the tea melts the sweet inside. So yummy!
Onto the tea! Oh no! The opening to my mug is evidently too big because I just took my stroopwafel off the top and half of it has fallen in! Well, the tea is guaranteed to be tasty now. I suppose when I finish this mug, I’ll have to make another sans stroopwafel to do an actual tasting note.
I think I might have added a bit too much water…
I only had 2g left and I put in 8oz so…
Dude. I don’t remember drinking this tea though. It might have been Valentine’s day when we were watching Rent? I think that was it?
Ahhh but I rated this an 85 before so it must be good! I just finished going out grocery shopping and I finished lunch and things, so it’s time for dessert!
Yep. This is a bit watered down aww :( Oh well. I have more dessert teas with me so I’ll have those soon :)
Thank you shmiracles for this tea!
Valentines day was all… roommate bonding and IT WAS FUN.
We just watched a whole bunch of movies (Lilo and Stitch, Bring it On, Rent… a whole lot more ahhaA) and I was like IMMA MAKE ME TEA.
I looove this tea! I wasn’t a fan of toffee teas. I really wasn’t a fan of dessert teas, but then shmiracles gave me some and WOW WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE.
This tea is SO good. Just the perfect balance of sweetness with the caramel and toffee :)
Sadly this is been put into the sipdown pile. I’ve got nearly 20 teas in the sipdown pile wow.
I really liked this. Hints of cherry – I thought even a little nutty even though that isn’t on the ingredient list. I didn’t get any orange – but that’s ok with me. I’m happy that there aren’t any “Christmas spice” in here. It doesn’t need anything other than what’s here. It’s nice and balance a really nice fruity black tea. I would be very happy to be able find more of this and have it in my cupboard on a regular basis.
This tea is likely going on my shopping list. have no idea how on earth Canadians acquire DF teas, but in the event that I have the opportunity to acquire this without paying insane shipping costs, I’ll do it. Either that or wait until I go to France and get some myself! ha. I like it a lot, but thankfully am not dying to get my hands on some this instant.
I was really cautious with the steep time here, because somehow I’ve been getting a lot more base than I’d like recently. I set the timer for four minutes, but lifted the basket out at about three and a half. I was greeted with the smell of cherried almonds, with a backscent of a really creamy, milky base. It reminded me of the tea my mother used to make chai with when i was little.
The taste is fairly similar to the scent, although the cherried note makes a more understated appearance at the end of the sip, giving the taste a very slight and pleasant tang. I’d started out with only a bit of sugar, and added a bit more for the second half of the cup. I’d say this tea was fine either way, although the sugar helped bring out the marzipan flavours a bit more, I think.
Thanks again, JustJames, for sending this along. Three dash-shaped stickers along the left side of the packaging let me know that this was the tea for the afternoon!!
A sample from a friend and wow this is fruity and flowery – though I admittedly used a very generous dosage.
The green tea base is innocuous, nice enough, with some bitterness which I blame on not having been careful enough with temperature and time. The leaf I used was full of jasmine blossoms including the cutest whole blossom just starting to unfurl. So for me there is definetely a strong jasmine note, just behind the lychee, and the rose coming third to the jasmine.
I do not know quite what to think of this – it´s really intense, maybe too intense for my tastes though a nice enough blend to have now and then.
There’s a very distinct smoky, leathery element in here, which I wasn’t sure about with the first sip, but ended up actually enjoying more than I thought I would. With the orange citrus adding a sweet and bright flavor, this reminds me a bit of an Earl Grey, or like a Kusmi spin off thereof.
What I learned from this: I actually think I might enjoy smoke with citrus. I ran into the same thing with Romanoff (American Tea Room), when they paired it with blood orange. It just works.
I almost drank this last night at about 10pm, which would have been a huge, horrible mistake, because apparently there’s mate and green tea in here and I like sleep. But that makes it great for this morning.
In ways, I like this blend. The lemon is nice and there’s a bit of zip from the ginger. I actually really like the way the hibiscus was implemented here, too. It’s tart and adds to a real lemony feel without overpowering the whole cup or leaving the metallic taste I associate with hibiscus.
The cinnamon is kind of weird though. It adds a strange sort of sweetness and doesn’t really fit to me. It also seems to just be muddling what could have been a really crisp pick me up.
Thanks Shmiracles, I look forward to my mate induced energy spurt :)
I served a bunch of teas today, & even managed a few sipdowns in the process, which I’ll report on later. For now, I’m back at Tony’s, working on a few teas I brought with me while he fixes dinner (He truly is the most wonderful man in the world). this tea is a tasty hazelnut & vanilla, from my *Sil*box.
I admit I had high hopes for this tea, but I’m surprised to find it to be nothing special at all. If I’d been served it at a diner, it would have seemed unremarkable and about as expected. The tea base is light and balanced but unflavorful, and I’m really only getting a little orange on top. I’m sad to report my foray into Dammann Freres flavored black teas is not going well, and I’ll definitely abandon it once I get through a few others I have. So far only the Fleurilege will stay around at all, and that as an everyday iced tea, not to be repurchased.
Another generous sample from Sil gives me an excuse to hang out and get tea drunk.
The dry leaf smells like candy. Almost like strawberry cotton candy, but juicier. I swear!
It’s a little on the astringent side, but I’m sure milk would tone that down, although I want to try this out without any additives. The strawberry is coming through as the strongest note here. That candy note is probably from the caramel, but it doesn’t scream caramel.
Thanks for the experience, Sil! My first DF tea. Aww.
I’d say “I’m back!” but really I’ve been here all this time, and forcing myself not to buy extra teas while I use up what’s already in my cupboard… Alas! I went to Aachen for a day and immediately found its tea shops, where I bought some cute-sounding fruit and rooibos teas, then some friends moved away and left me their Dutch-branded flavoured teas, and then I brought some more from home when moving back to this flat… Safe to say, the collection is growing, but I’m in denial about how quickly I can use it all up!
This tea really grabbed my attention when I bought it in the summer because of the ingredients list. Tea from Vietnam? I’d never tried that, and the ingredients are things I’d never seen added in a tea (other than the lychee). This is the second brew I’m having, because the first time I misjudged amount (due to the large, twisted leaves), water temperature (because they’re quite dark in colour, almost blacker than your regular green tea if you’re not looking closely enough – mea culpa. . .), and time to brew (I was doing something else). All the steps you need to ruin a perfectly good first cup.
First thing I notice after its deep marigold-orange colour is its incredibly mellow scent, which the flavour follows through on. So many lychee-scented teas are intensely flavoured to the point of being over-floral where the tea base becomes an annoyance… or perhaps I’ve had so many lychee-and-rose cocktails that I’ve forgotten what the original flavour is like! Nonetheless the lychee in this tea is the least aggressive lychee flavour I’ve ever come across.
However there’s another floral element here, light and more of a bouquet than a syrupy-sweet flavour… I think this must be the banana blossoms and bamboo flowers. None of these hang pungently in the mouth, either; more of a brief, delicate taste that washes away quite quickly with the follow-through of the tea base which I have to say is really pleasant! Slightly roasted like sencha without the boldness, but a nice savoury aftertaste to follow the gentle hit of astringency at the end of a sip.
Since the website says it has a taste of “nature after the rain”… Well, I’d give it that it has barely any dryness at all. Overall I’m really enjoying it; such a lightly-flavoured tea is new to me!
Thanks for sharing VariaTEA and Dexter3657!
This smells like figs, wow. But that scent for some reason reminds me of baby food. Maybe slightly flowery figs, but only slightly.
This really does taste like figs. I’m not sure I’m fond enough of them to enjoy this tea, but I do so love when a tea is bang on it’s name.
I got two swaps in the mail today, so of course it’s time for sample teas. Yes! This one came my way from VariaTEA.
The scent is not overly welcoming, there’s something about it that it slightly off. The taste is much better, but it’s still not quite what I was hoping for. The caramel toffee flavour is there, and it’s not overwhelming, which is nice, but I also think the base tea could be ever so slightly less strong. Perhaps with a little tweaking this one could be completely amazing.
Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!