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I was actually going to buy a different tea, but there were so many glowing reviews on their website for this one that I chose this instead. Brewed hot and then chilled, this was so tart that it wasn’t super pleasant. Cold brewed and sweetened a lot, it was pretty good. It was still quite tart, but the berry flavor gained some richness/fullness. It definitely doesn’t rank among my favorite fruity teas, but I do appreciate it for how authentic the blueberries taste. It’s nice to not have any weird artificial nonsense going on, though I wish the tartness could be dialed back a bit.
I opened this a month after receiving it because I always worry about coconut going off. Really the main thing I taste is not too fresh coconut, though it’s not bad yet. It also creates a pretty gross film on top of the water. I wish the banana were tons stronger. I tried cold steeping it in almond milk, and that didn’t result in a super strong flavor. Maybe more banana that way at least. I want to use up my container as quickly as possible, so I’ve continued cold brewing it in almond milk. 36 hours does lead to a somewhat tropical flavor that sort of clashes with the almond milk but also sort of works. I’ve finished over half of the tin like this, and I do enjoy that tropical almond milk flavor, but not enough to buy it again.
The scent of this reminds me of a Teavana tea I had two pounds of many years ago. We can definitely say that I was tired of the flavor by the end of that, but I’m ready for it again. It tastes pretty heavy and fruity. Strawberry rhubarb seems like an accurate description. It’s quite rich, so I should probably shorten my steep time. Sometimes it gets to be a little too much. It’s super fruity without being too tart. It has a lot of barley in it, which makes the flavor interesting and not just the same as so many other teas.
A share from VariaTEA!
I don’t know if this is a company or an actual inn/hotel – but regardless I’m almost certain I’ve never tried any tea from them. I wasn’t sure what to except from this one; I’m not a big green tea drinker (but slowly becoming more open to them) but I do LOVE rose blends. Turns out this is a really good happy medium for me because even though I thought it had a medium bodied and present grassy/green bean quality the flavour was dominated by top notes of fresh, floral seeming rose notes and a soft, delicate lingering rose flavour in the end of the sip as well. Not much in the way of cherry; but hints of it in the body alongside the green tea.
It made for a very peaceful and relaxing mid-afternoon cup of tea, which it turns out is exactly what I needed to stay focused enough to complete the baking/cooking that I had to do for our staff meeting last night. So thanks a lot for the share VariaTEA! This was really lovely!
I purchased this tea while visiting the Boston Tea Party Museum on a trip to Boston. This tea has a deep color and smells like you’ve just open a fresh loaf of bread, with a hint of smoke. Once brewed, the color is a deep golden-brown. The flavor is smooth and not too bitter. In fact, it has a hint of sweetness to it. This tea would make a good everyday tea to have as an afternoon pick-me-up.
There is a large display of teas from Elmwood Inns at the local International Market I frequently shop at. I decided to take a chance and purchase one just to check out the brand itself. Elmwood’s website appears that they take the tea craft very seriously which peaked my interest. Elmwood’s “Tea Maestro” owner has written 14 books on Tea and frequently lectures around the country at Tea events. They even seem to have a “Tea School” or “Master Class” seminar offered in Kentucky which is where they are headquartered. I decided to try a Green Tea and, sadly, the only one I could find not full of additives was a Sencha and Hyson. I decided to test my luck with the Hyson having never tried that particular style. It was marketed as “The American Revolution: Boston Tea Party” in reference to this being one of the main teas thrown overboard in Boston harbor in 1773. It evidently was also a favorite of Thomas Jefferson. It is a “Young Hyson” which is what you want to see as well from all that I have read. Sadly, after all that build up, this tea completely failed to impress. That is actually the kindest thing I can say. It smelled terribly musty which I don’t think I have ever experienced with a Green Tea. It smelled almost like a poor quality cooked Puer. When I brewed it, I found that I needed to wash the tea which I normally only have to do with select Blacks, Puer and Oolongs. There was so much tea dust in the tin that it created an absurdly dark brew within seconds. Almost like I was brewing from a tea bag. I did a 2nd infusion and it really didn’t improve much. The third infusion was the only one I really was able to drink the tea from. The taste was very astringent despite the gentle brew of 175 °F / 2 Min 30 Sec. The musty scent was also infused in the taste and I found it completely off-putting. I had a little more success when I switched from a single serving mug/infuser to a cast iron Japanese tea pot. I eventually started to get some green tea flavor with a slight citrus aftertaste using this method. The irony of this being marketed as an American Revolution Tea is that is tastes like it has been sitting in a basement since the 18th century. I’m sorry if this is not a good representation of what Elmwood has to offer. I would be embarrassed to sell this if I was them.
Flavors: Citrus, Musty
I love black tea and I always wanted to try a rose tea, so if you are looking for both of those things like I was…then this tea is for you! The rose scent and taste overpowers this tea, but I find the taste and smell pleasant and romantic. I would buy this tea again.
This is a full-flavored tisane, or caffeine-free infusion, with lots of yummy berry flavor. Perfect warm or iced, good for kids, and also ideal for baby showers where the mommy-to-be is probably going caffeine-free.
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I LOVE this tea. It smells wonderful and has pretty pink rosebuds to make it aesthetically nice as well. I like the natural sweetness of the cinnamon and it isn’t overpowering. It is a pale amber color when steeped, but not real good for multiple steepings. I’m lucky to steep twice before it’s just colored water, pretty normal for an herbal blend. Good quality tea, excellent price considering it comes in a tin to keep it fresh. Highly recommend trying if you like the herbals.
This is my go-to Earl Grey tea for daily use. I like it not only because the company is based in my native Kentucky, but because the tea is very well-balanced between the bergamot and the black tea. As much as I love bergamot, I was drinking Earl Greys with too much such that it was ruining other types of Earl Grey for me. This was a good compromise. I enjoy with a bit of German rock sugar from Teavana.
This is a such a treat for a black tea. It has just the right mixture of delicious orange peels that awakens the senses and plenty of creamy floral notes of the Sri Lanka Silver Needles, not to mention an added small jolt of caffeine from the Golden Yunnan black tea. Delicious!
It’s December 1, which means I start getting into the Christmas spirit. I thought I’d celebrate with a Christmasy tea. This is a tea I’ve had forever… I bought it years and years ago. It’s been in a tin all this time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s diminished in quality. At least the dry leaf still smells pretty cinnamon-y.
The steeped tea smells pretty much like cinnamon with a brightish black tea base behind it. I don’t get much orange (there is orange peel in the blend), but I never remember this one having much orange flavor to start with. I remember I loved this tea way back before I was a tea addict. I also think I used to drink it sweetened. This tea is still remarkably pleasant to drink after more than five years. The black tea base is pretty smooth and the cinnamon is festive and spicy but not too strong. Still, overall it’s a bit meh, which is likely due to it’s extreme age. I bet that I would drink this one more if I took it home, brewed it really strong, and drank it with milk and sugar.