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I really ought to write about teas when I drink them rather than go by memory, but it’s been an odd last month. That promotion even my manager thought I’d get? It went to someone else who has been with the company longer, which is understandable. I think they did me a favour anyway because I found out afterwards that it would have only been a 40 cent raise, plus I still wouldn’t have gotten FT hours or health benefits after three months. Why did they do me a favour? Because it prompted me to look elsewhere and within not even two weeks, I scored a FT management position, which pays quite a bit more and will give me health benefits too. I start in about a week!
So I drank both cups of this earlier in the week. The first time I had it, I was a little distracted going online apartment hunting. As a side note, my mom finally sold the house in the middle of nowhere, where all of my stuff from the West Coast has been since moving back, and the owners take possession at the end of April, meaning I now have/get to look for my own place, finally! The new job could not have come at a better time. With that said, I’ve been neglecting this whole tea thing.
In any case, cup #1 slightly grabbed my attention because it vaguely reminded me of something I had before but couldn’t put my finger on it. There’s coconut in here, so surely it must remind me of a coconut tea I’ve had in the past? Yet it doesn’t taste like coconut. Hmm.
The next day, I had the final cup. Paying more attention to each sip, this conjured up memories of DF. Which DF tea could this possibly be because none of the ones I’ve had contained coconut? Another sip, ok, I’m detecting a hint of orange in this, and maybe some chocolate. Huh, chocolate orange? Not quite. Then bingo! I taste… almond. Chocolate almond with a hint of orange. Velours Nacré! Unnecessarily long story short, this is so that. Maybe not as nutty but the coconut is definitely leaning more on actual almond-like nuts than coconut. Go figure. I went into this tea not expecting much, quite frankly, because I recall trying a couple of their teas at the Victoria Tea Festival years ago and not being impressed with anything. This is pretty darn good, however. I may consider scoring more if it’s still around next time I place an Amoda order.
The leaf is really pretty with what appear to be rose petals and floral dry bits.
A bit of a citrus scent to the brew, but a sort of generic mixed sweet spice flavour. The woody rooibos tails behind despite me having steeped it with cooled water.
I’ll drink what I have, but I don’t need to seek out more. More doesn’t appear to be available anyway on the site. I tried to find the tea information to enter in Steepster, but it is all gone without a trace.
Flavors: Citrus, Spices
This is probably the most disappointing thing in my cupboard. I’m not huge on rooibos, but I wanted to find a good decaf drink, and I love red velvet cake, so I thought this would be great.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t taste like red velvet cake at all. I steeped this according to the instructions on the package (and even overleafed a bit) but it still doesn’t taste like much of anything. I’m kind of irritated that I can’t even use it in baking because the flavour is so minimal that I might as well be using plain water anyway.
Edit: I tried again with 2tbsp/1 cup for 10 minutes and it mostly just tastes like plain rooibos and irritatingly tart hibiscus.
This is the first tea that I tried from Amoda Tea’s “holiday tasting set”. And it’s not at all what I would have expected from a tea called “Candy Cane”! Not at all! And I mean that in a very good way!
This is not your average candy cane tea. It’s minty (like a candy cane) but that’s where the comparisons end. The mint is balanced out with notes raspberry, hints of cinnamon, and notes of jasmine and rose. I know … not your average candy cane! This is more like a candy cane you might find in a gourmet, artistic candy shop.
The mint isn’t overpowering (the way it often is in a candy cane blend), and the cinnamon contrasts with the minty flavor just enough to keep it from tasting mouthwashy. The floral notes are subtle but keep things interesting. The green tea base is soft and fresh, and there is a hint of nutty flavor from the rooibos.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea – it’s really quite an interesting tea! http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/04/candy-cane-tea-from-naked-teas/
Queued post, written August 19th 2014
MissB shared this one with me, although I’m afraid it’s not going to be something for me, really. It has spearmint in it, which I tend to find rather too toothpaste-y and also jasmine which I plainly just don’t like. So… But I shall try to keep an open mind!
I have to say, I don’t find it a very nice smell. It reminds me mostly of soap, which I believe must be because of the floral element. I’m not keen on flowers on my tea, and to be honest, I’m generally not keen on flower-smells in general. Not even actual flowers. Sometimes people around me can go ‘ooooh doens’t that smell lovely?!’ and I’ll sit quietly to myself thinking it stinks to high heaven. Geraniums fall into that category for me. We have some outside and they are forbidden entry to the house on account of reeking. Blech and blech again, says I!
So flower perfume? Frequently not going to score many points with me.
After a bit the flower perfume and soapy associations go away though and it smells more minty. Primarily spearmint, unfortunately, but I can also pick up the green tea and the rooibos underneath.
To my relief, I can’t actually taste the jasmine much. There is a bit of it around the edges that I don’t much like, but it’s not bad. There is a great deal of mint, particularly spearmint, but that was to be expected with a name like that.
Apart from that I can pick up the green and rooibos again, and also a bit of cinnamon, particularly on the aftertaste. Rose and rosehip seems pretty much absent, but that doesn’t bother me.
I’m getting a slightly messy feeling from this. Mint, floral and cinnamon. Not things I would have thought to put together. The combination strikes me as a bit odd. I could have taken mint and floral on their own (logically, I probably wouldn’t have liked it) or mint and cinnamon on their own. I could even imagine floral and cinnamon on their own. But all three together? It seems a little bit of a jumble to me.
It’s far more drinkable than I had anticipated, but I won’t cry over the fact that I can’t have it again.
Whoa. The dry leaf smells just like black cherry soda! Brewed, the scent is a rich, creamy, chocolate with a sheen of Maraschino cherry. But the flavor doesn’t quite live up to the scent. There’s no chocolate! There’s dryness and a heavy mouthfeel, but no particular taste until a lingering Maraschino cherry note comes in at the end. When the tea cools, it just tastes like flat black cherry soda. I have real black cherry soda in the fridge, thank you very much (Dr. Brown’s, of course). Although… maybe this would be a good candidate for a tea soda. Not an impressive showing so far.
Thanks for this one in your sale, MissB! I’ve been trying to try more of my teas I haven’t gotten around to yet, before I delve into the teabox, to get a better handle on what to add to the teabox. I will start on those soon! I thought this would be like Joy’s Teaspoon Almond Cookie (ESP emporium also has a blend similar/same). It is slightly, but not quite and not as those blends. Almond Cookie is mostly almonds, apple, cinnamon and beet root to give it a lovely pink color. This one has some other ingredients: brazil nuts, & cocoa nibs (with the apple, chocolate sounds like a weird combo.) The color of this cup was not pink, so I don’t think there is beet root. This blend tastes more apple than cookie/nutty so I don’t think it actually is “nutty enough”. I couldn’t really taste any chocolate in the blend, even using more than two teaspoons and steeping for quite a while. It really just seems like apple. It’s an okay blend, but the Almond Cookie is pure perfection!
dexter sent this one my way…this one was a straight up miss for me. It didn’t remind me of black forest cake or taste even remotely like it. It was just sort of there…hanging out. oh well! can’t win them all and i love trying ALL THE TEAS! except for that blergamot one that james is threatening to make and send me… ick.
I was excited to try this tea from my Amoda January box because of the name. I was thinking the chocolate and cherry cake … and then I started reading the ingredients: carob? eww. Why carob? Why not cacao nibs or cacao shells? Carob is the cheap alternative to chocolate. I don’t like carob. I like chocolate.
So, after reading that this had carob in it, I was less excited. But I still tried it.
It’s not as bad as I thought it would be given that there’s carob in it. It’s actually alright. The chocolate notes are a little weak … that’s kind of a standard complaint of mine when it comes to chocolate teas though isn’t it … and even though it is kind of a standard complaint of mine, I can’t help but think it would be better if it had cacao shells or cacao nibs. The cherry notes come through nicely.
I like the rose and the juniper in this … they added a nice dimension of flavor to the cup.
This wasn’t what I expected, but it wasn’t all that bad. It could have been better, though.
My Hubby is into fruit teas and has been looking for a good blueberry. We had one a few years ago when we bought him a bag of loose leaf on a whim, it was a blueberry rooibos blend. The company now only makes their blueberry version w/a black base.
This one smells nice as a dry leaf… sweet and fruity, not sure I can pick out blueberry.
I wasn’t with him when he steeped it, so don’t know if he followed directions well. He drank about 3/4 of the cup and even tried a bit of sugar, which isn’t his normal, and he was ready to discard the last bit.
I offered to try it and see what he was tasting. To me, there was a berry flavor, but mostly hidden beneath the green tea flavor, and it seemed to have a thick mouth feel. I think this may be one of the first fruit flavored green teas that he has had. He has had plain greens at restaurants before, so he’s familiar with the flavor.
I’m going to hold off on rating this one until I have a chance to try it & be sure it is steeped correctly and see where we are after that.
He did try a blueberry blend from American Tea Room after trying this one and it was received much better (can’t get Steepster to let me review it, so I’ll try it later). Still not quite what he had before.. but closer.
Thanks MissB for sending these one our way for him to try!
Backlog (from this past week). Apparently I took poor notes the last time I drank this, and wasn’t much better this time, although I did write down that I was picking up a bit of an artificial cherry note that I found to be unpleasant. It looks like I previously thought this was ok, but I wasn’t overly fond this time. Oh well!
Second tea from Amoda’s January 2014 box. I didn’t take great notes on it, but what I do remember is a definite cherry flavour, different from cherry blacks I’ve had previously. I’m not a big fan of maraschino/candied cherries (which are the types of cherries I associate with black forest cake), but I’m not quite sure it tasted like that… anyhow, I’ll have to give it another shot and pay a bit more attention! At the very least, I remember it being ok? Haha.
I’m typically not all that excited to try “detox” teas or other functional type teas because, well, their functional. Functional usually = not tasty. But as far as functional teas go, this one wasn’t too bad. It actually turned out to be tastier than I expected it to be.
It didn’t really taste medicinal or overly herbaceous to me (which is usually what I expect from a functional tea like this.) The spices gave it more of an appealing spicy taste rather than a medicinal one.
A warm, zesty tisane with notes of herb. Not bad.
This was good, a little subtle in terms of not being overly sweet, and I loved the true flavor of the cherry, how it really was the specific cherry in a black forest cake smell. That said, something felt missing. I don’t know what though. I had it last night (I’ve developed a habit of trying new teas at night but not reviewing them until the next day which makes for shoddier notes I reckon but is worth it to be able to focus on reading and Buffy) and I can’t remember if I had any guesses then…perhaps body? Not quite thick or silky enough? Hm. Not sure.
100th Tasting Note!
I had a cup of this yesterday and was a little disappointed. I know I underleafed because I wanted to make sure I got a few cups out of the sample, but the flavour was very weak. I tried it again today and made sure I put in the correct amount of tea, and what a difference! I really enjoyed this. The cherry flavour is stronger than the chocolate but I think that is a good thing. I find cherry teas are fairly uncommon and it was nice to have a cherry black as opposed to a green. I don’t know if I would buy this again, but I might down the road if I’m craving a cherry black.
So this was in my Amoda box last month and I’ just finishing it up now. It’s sweet, has cherry flavouring and some other things, but I’m not enthused about this one guys.
Not really. It’s ok. It’s a happy face, but not a really happy face. There’s no tongue sticking out begging for another drop face here.
So there’s something in this that I just don’t care for. I can’t put my finger on it. It’s also the same flavour I noticed in Butiki’s Raspberry Truffle, and that I think was also in her Rhubarb Vanilla Ale or Ruby Pie. (one of them). It’s dark, a little bitter and … salty, for lack of a better word.
If I can ignore it, this tea is fine. If I can’t, it’s not so great. I’ll resort to a dash of milk then.
Still. I wish I could figure out what it is. Am I just sensitive to some random flavour? :P