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I knew I was going to like this the minute I opened the package and the jasmine wafted out. Not an approximation of jasmine. It smelled like walking through a bower of blooming jasmine vines.
The aroma is divine — it’s not overpowering nor is it too subtle. It’s pretty much right in the sweet spot. The tea is just the pale side of a medium yellow and clear.
The flavor is pretty much indescribable. The jasmine flavor is juicy but not perfumy, and it’s pretty much throughly integrated with the tea base to the point where they are one. The tea isn’t the main event here, but it is not missing either. There’s just enough to keep the tea from crossing the line into mouthful of flowers territory.
It didn’t occur to me that the name could be confusing — apparently the “mandarin” confused some folks into thinking this might have orange or some other fruit flavor as well. But the ingredients list no fruit. I took it to mean Mandarin as in elite class rather than fruit.
If it means that, it deserves the name. This is a wonderful tea. I’m trying to play devil’s advocate with myself and ask myself whether I would be enjoying it so much if I hadn’t had a jasmine in so long. Jasmine green teas are among my very favorites, pretty much my guilty pleasure.
So far my answer is — who cares?
How is it I never wrote a note about this?
Yesterday I made a pot of this big enough for the kids to try. Today I made a smaller pot. They’re like two different teas. I’m not sure whether it’s the amount of leaf, or the amount of nib in the scoop, or what. But yesterday, the tea was so chocolaty it was almost too much — dense, even oily on the surface of the tea.
Today it’s much more toned down, but still very chocolaty. I like it better today when it’s more of a mahogany color than a coffee-black oil slick. Yesterday was so intense it started to do a number on my stomach.
This is a popular tea and I find myself agreeing with many of the notes. Yes, it’s very chocolaty. Yes, it’s very DARK chocolaty. The tea base is really a delivery mechanism for the chocolate flavor, which is okay in my book. I enjoy both the sorts of flavored black teas that try to blend themselves such that the tea flavor is integrated and those that are sort of a platform for the flavor. This is in the platform category.
I would love to be able to compare this to other chocolate teas, but it’s been so long since I had any I honestly can’t remember them well enough to offer a comparison. This is a good one, though, provided that you don’t get too much nib in your mix.
Also, it goes really nicely with Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream Greek Nonfat Yogurt. :-)
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate
I had a wrapped teabag of this from Ost.. received a long time ago! My fault I’m just trying it now, so it isn’t the freshest. But the strawberry flavor is there… not really any chocolate. But the flavor is pretty good on this ripe pu-erh as it is. Just wanted to write a note before it was gone! An “I drank this” note. I have read the first four T.C. Boyle collections over the last two years and they are AMAZING. Anyone else a Boyle fan? I just want to gobble each one of his sentences.
Here’s Hoping Teabox – Round Seven- Tea #21
A solid black tea, the first cup is malty and brisk and tastes like molasses. I might have oversteeped the second cup, even though I only brewed up a teaspoon. There are longer leaves mixed with the CTC leaves but I like this for a CTC leaf. I love the molasses flavor in a black tea.
I have been seriously not reading any tasting notes…. I hope all of you have been okay!
Sipdown! I’m not a huge fan of matcha-added teas because I don’t like the detritus that ends up at the bottom of my cup and the matcha rarely adds much to the flavor. I don’t think it added much here – maybe a touch of sweetness- and there’s the familiar gunk at the bottom of my mug. Flavor-wise, this is more robust than most genmaichas. I can’t pick out the bean taste specifically but perhaps it’s supporting the roastiness of the rice.
I did not like this one at all. Bitter and chemical and just really missed the boat. Cute packaging though. Check out my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2017/07/18/soleil-levant-from-lupicia/
So Steepster has been a bit on the fritz for me over the last two days, but it looks like its holding steady at the moment, which is great, as I’ve been busy!
This is a sipdown. I am happy to have tried it, and its been a generally pleasant experience, but I doubt I will repurchase it.
Yay! Cupboard progress! I am eager to get the summer flavors out, and bring in my autumnal favorites.
Its getting to be, for me, that truly annoying part of the year. Its still hot, but its now dark when I wake up, throwing all my internal senses outta whack. I want it to be cold, and somewhere deep in my mind I associate dark mornings and evenings with the cold!
Boo. Still warm.
Well, an excuse to drink the fruity blends. I mean, I don’t need an excuse, but the warm weather encourages their consumption, not matter how much I wish for autumnal flavors.
Sigh. When will fall arrive?
Well, its official. I have the dreaded summer cold. I’ve been in denial for a few days, but this morning I woke up with the sore throat of doom, and am feeling vaguely foggy and tired today.
Its also the sort of summer cold that you just have to carry on through, which is never fun. Nor is it fun to do the things that will make you feel better (snuggling, heat, soup) in 97 degree temps.
Well, tea is our only solution, then.
I drank this without paying too much attention to it, but was left with a generally pleasant impression. I think its that sort of tea- nice, but not spectacular.
We are entering another stretch of 100 degree days. Current forecast shows about a week of these temps, which is going to drive me nuts.
So, light, fruity teas it is!
I picked this up in one of my last tea binges, as there are several Lupicia blends with strawberry in them that I like, so I figured why not try out the purer version?
The trouble is that I do not particularly care for this. Its not awful, but its not the lust and delicate strawberry that I was hoping for. It is, in fact, sorta boring.
contrary to a lot of the other reviewers, I really liked this tea and didn’t find the taste to be too medicinal or sweet — it definitely smells very strong, but once steeped the flavor is a good balance between the mellow woodiness or rooibos and the fruity flavors.
I was a bit apprehensive about this tea, when I saw it had grapefruit in it. Grapefruit is way to astringent for my tastes, so I avoid it. (Though I do like Squirt soda, which is flavored with grapefruit juice, so go figure.) so it took a long while to work up the courage to try this tea out.
Luckily, despite how strongly it smells, taste wise it is alot lighter. I put a touch to much sugar in the tea, but that’s quite common for me anyways.
I liked it well enough but I don’t think I’ll be buying more. I am trying a resteep, which I rarely do because usually if I want another cup it’s almost invariably a different tea, but I decided what the hell.