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The one currently in my cup is from Tea Queens but its the same tea… so I didn’t want to make a new page. Anyway, Without looking at the tea leaves or smelling the dry leaf I immediately assumed this was an unflavored black. Boy were my taste buds and nose surprised when I discovered flavors of bergamot and vanilla. Very similar to Creamy Earl Grey but the vanilla is more pronounced and there are a bit more citrus notes with the orange peel. And of course bringing it all together are the wonderful woodsy under tones. This is quite a delightful cuppa!
This one is from Nicole – thank you! I wanted a dark malty brew today and this hits it! This isn’t the most golden of the Golden Monkeys – just occasional hints of gold on a couple leaves. Therefore this one might be stronger flavored than if it was golden. But the flavor is great – dark, dusky, milk chocolate (or maybe hints of dark chocolate?) A little bit of tanginess that I would think to find in an ancient/wild leaf. I love that the description says this is like “caramel” but I’m not sure I agree. Tough to describe it but I’ll love the remaining few teaspoons I have left!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
This was pretty tasty, especially for a decaf black tea. I found the flavor blended well with the black tea, and it was pretty smooth. Sometimes decaf black teas taste funny, but this tasted just like it wasn’t decaf at all. I’m not the type that reaches for peachy teas much, but if I was, this would definitely hit the spot!
I was craving an oolong this evening but was not in the mood for a full fledged gongfu session, so I decided to try this. This is from Nicole’s super generous giveaway. The flavouring is quite nice. It’s a nice nutty slightly roasted coconut, that still tastes fresh and sweet. I can see what Nicole means when she said some might find it a little artificial as suspect that the buttery feeling of this pouching has less to do with the actual tea and more to do with the flavouring as it lacks much of the accompanying tingle I usually get from oolongs and the tea tastes thinner than the other pouchong I have at the moment. Despite all that, the tea is quite nice. It has a nutty sweet flavour that blend with a slightly nutty fruity base tea with a little touch of a floral accent quite nicely. So far I am on steep two and I suspect I’ll get one or two others out of this tea.
Thanks Nicole! I’ll enjoy the rest of this packet.
(This was generously sent by Nicole quite awhile ago)
Blah blah broken record, took oolongs to work… drink through them really fast. Yup, another sipdown due to drinking tea at work that works for work.
Anyway, I’m really tired. I worked a full day and then sat in traffic for almost 2 hours and then went to the symphony. It was great, but I almost fell asleep during the adagio bits.
Anyway, this is a great coconut tea, and I love that it’s a greener oolong. Glad I had the chance to try it! Would certainly have again if given the opportunity!
(This was generously sent by Nicole quite awhile ago)
I’m trying to get through some of my older samples as I have quite a few thanks to swaps and traveling tea boxes. Also, I was working from home today which allowed me to use my variable kettle.
This is so tasty and manages to last for several steepings (I got 3 today). It’s almost syrupy, but in a good way. I didn’t manage a sipdown today and will probably get a few more cups out of the sample I received but definitely a good one if you like coconut and oolong!
Thanks to Nicole for this generous sample!
I really like this one. It’s different from The Persimmon Tree Coconut Creme in that it tastes a little like toasted coconut (it kind of reminds me of toasted coconut marshmallows). The oolong makes it creamy. I added sweetener which makes it super sweet and dessert-like.
(Got 3 steeps easily out of 2 tsp of leaves in my 16oz steeping mug – probably could have gone for a 4th too).
So after a first and second brew of this tea today, I’m not really loving it. Sure smells wonderful! But, nothing about the taste is really grabbing me. In fact, it’s coming across rather bitter and I’m not really getting much chocolate at all. I’ll be happy to use the rest of the small portion I purchased but won’t be ordering more.
This tea has an amazingly wonderful aroma, like marzipan in a cup! I love almonds so I purchased a small amount and I have not been disappointed. The flavor is very nice, not too strong, but just right. I have read that this shop buys some tea blends from another company and does blend some of their own so I’m not sure which category this one falls into. All I can say is that it’s tasty, and I’m enjoying it so far.
I purchased this tea (and a few others!) while visiting my son in Seattle. The Queen Mary Tea Room is just a few steps away from their little shop full of teas and other tea items including bone china cups. This tea smells like summer…..peach and apricot come through for sure. When brewed, the flavor is very nice and the fruit flavors do not overpower the black tea. A second brew was ok but definitely not as flavorful as the first. I’m always searching for a nice apricot tea and have been enjoying Della Terra Apricot Carousel (which they will no longer be blending). As with all teas I try, I will need to have a couple more servings before deciding whether to buy more.
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A sample from Nicole (Thank you!)
Since I don’t have full use of my fancy timed teamaker anymore, I often forget to set a timer for my teas, as was the case with this cup! So, it could have been over, under, or perfectly steeped and I’ll never know.
When I first took a sip it was entirely too hot for me to even taste anything other than ow, but once it cooled down a bit, it was delightful! Very sweet and flowery with a hint of coconut in the background. I might not have noticed the coconut if it wasn’t in the name (behold, the power of suggestion!) but with it on my mind, I pulled it out. A hint of vegetal flavor in the background, but it’s reducing the more and more the tea cools.
I’d describe it as delightful, but not necessarily delicious. BUT since I’m a dessert tea whore, that could contribute to me being not as in love with teas that do not make me feel like I am gaining weight just drinking them ;)
I suppose I am having my own little “Sipdown Saturday” today, in between furiously reading Anna Karenina! This tea came to me from Nicole (thank you!) and it smells heavenly. I love anything coconut flavored, and have had a few other coconut oolongs in the past that have been quite nice. This tea is very pretty in it’s dry form – nice, big olive green twisted leaves. The flavor is wonderful, nice and smooth and nutty, with a touch of natural sweetness also. It is not artificial-tasting like some coconut-flavored teas often are. This is my first experience with Queen Mary Tea, but I would certainly order from them after experiencing this tea. They have a very nice website, and their tea room looks so very cute. If I am ever in Seattle I will definitely be dropping by!
-Dry blend has large, twisted green leaves with a few twigs. Leaves unfurl during steeping to large, full-sized leaves that float to the top.
-Dry leaves smell of creamy coconut with a hint of sweetness.
-Tea liquor is a clear, pale yellow color.
-Smooth coconut flavor with a creamy mouthfeel. Lightly sweet finish.
-Best with a little sweetener.
-Very good tea. Sweetener brings out nutty flavors. Very light and satisfying.
Additional notes: “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone” I thought of a Band of Heathens song when I realized this one was a sipdown! I really like it and yes, I will miss it. It’s funny I mentioned needing sun in my last tasting note, as right now I’m a little sunburnt. I thought this tea would pair perfectly with some pecan pie I made for the pops for Father’s Day. I had three mugs of it and it still had that nice sweet coconut flavor (though probably not so authentic coconut, but I love it anyway) in all three mugs. I went for a fourth steep and it had less coconut until it cooled down.
Nicole, thank you for this one! This must be my favorite coconut tea! It’s a very sweet and creamy coconut. I was already wishing I was on a vacation today and the coconut here reminds me of suntan lotion. (Aw man, do I need some sun!) The first cup steeped for three minutes. The coconut is PERFECT with this oolong. Both are creamy, buttery, smooth. SO delicious. The second steep seemed like a peachier flavored oolong with less coconut. But then the third cup seemed to taste like the first cup again. The best steep is the first one, since it has the most coconut. I love this one.
Since I know Queen Mary Tea Room does some of their own blending and some they buy elsewhere already blended, I’m wondering if this is Adagio’s Thai Chai…
It is definitely well named. It reminds me of red coconut curry. All that is missing is some Thai basil. :) Strongly coconut, with a hit of lemongrass in the mix. The smells of the spices imply stronger spice than the tea delivers with milk mixed in, though. I did sip a bit before adding the milk and this may be one that the spices are not helped by milk. They were noticeable in the forefront when I sipped it without milk and are now toned down somewhat. The sugar popped them even more but I think the milk brings the coconut to the forefront and sends the spices to 3rd place taste. Not to say this isn’t full of cinnamon & cardamom flavor! It is.
I grabbed a pouch of this after my morning tea at the Queen Mary Tea room in Seattle. (I have also reviewed the tea room itself in Places) They blend some of their teas and some they buy blended already. I’m not sure which this is.
I like it. It seems to be a light oolong. Medium nuttiness with a decent coconut taste. Some might find it a bit fakey, but I actually find it mellow and fairly pleasant. A bit of sweetness in the background.