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The final sample from my Varieteas box, and one that I’ve been curious to try. It’s described as a herbal tea with orange and caramel, but it actually turned out to be a rooibos-based blend (for some reason, rooibos and herbal occupy separate categories in my head, so I wasn’t expecting that to be the case…) Nevertheless, it’s better than I was expecting once I discovered that. The rooibos is fairly tame; a little brassy, perhaps, but not overwhelming. The orange is nicely prominent, although it’s zesty/pithy rather than juicy. I feel there’s room for a little juiciness here – that would really set this one apart. The caramel is very much a background flavour, but it adds a smooth sweetness that works particularly well with the rooibos. On the whole, I’d say this is a pleasant autumn/winter choice, and I’d not refuse a second cup if the opportunity presented itself.
It tastes okay; the smell of the tea is a bit pungent – I almost didn’t want to try it but it is actually better than it smells. I wouldn’t make this again but if someone made it, I wouldn’t avoid drinking it either.
The hibiscus isn’t too strong; like the other ronnefeldt teas – the elderberries are much more pronounced here so you don’t get that sharp ending like the other fruit teas.
I think I oversteeped this a bit; the hibiscus is overpowering the other fruit flavors. Fortunately, I am able to tell the difference with their Red Berries tea. This definitely has an apple and cinnamon flavor to it, the other fruits are much more subtle. This is great if you need a little variation in Ronnefeldt’s fruit tea line.
If you’ve tried Ronnefeldt’s “Red Berries” tea; this is very similar.
Sweet and tart; however not as strong as the red berries tea. I would drink this in lieu of dessert. I love tartness so it isn’t too bad, but I imagine most people would probably want to add sugar or use this as a base for an iced drink.
This Earl Grey is a bit stronger than the non-white collection version.
I don’t know if it is because I have a large bag of this in loose leaf form compared to the leafcup version but it smells fresher and much more intense than the leafcup before prepartion.
Although the black tea is stronger, it isn’t overly bitter. The bergamot and flavoring is very controlled; doesn’t overpower the tea.
This is from another sample Courtney sent me, thank you!
Weather is dreadful, dreadful, seems to have turned to the worst ever since the equinox and it being officially spring. I wanted a tea-ey tea. Something with presence. Body. No elusive, light, stuff. And this was an excellent selection for that mood.
It´s unmistakably a Ceylon tea, it has what I call the copper-y-ness of it. It´s slightly more astringent than I expected, though this seems to be an altitude grown tea, which might explain it. It´s not going to be a favorite orange pekoe ( the azores one is to me, just superior in everything) but it makes a nice cup of tea and is a good example of why this type of tea was so popular for so long.
Thank you Sil for this sample! (233)
Unfortunately, I really don’t know what to say about it. It tastes like Orange Pekoe? I haven’t had enough of this type of black to really be able to appreciate it, and it’s been so long since I’ve had the bagged grocery store version that I couldn’t tell you how much better this one is in comparison, if at all.
It was a nice cup though. Thx
Sipdown (106)! I used up the last tablespoon I had of this as a cold brew in my travel mug for about 7 or so hours? I kind of lost track. Anyway, it’s light, clean, sweet, and floral like I expected it to be. Also, I don’t know if my migraine is just distracting me, but I feel like there is almost something savory about it, too. In any case, it’s a pretty decent oolong, but I don’t think that it is unique or special enough for me to want to purchase more of. Thanks again to Courtney for letting me try some out!
Edit: I think that savory flavor I was confused about before is actually a nutty flavor.
My taste buds are still a little out of whack today, so I went with this oolong that I’ve had a bit of a roller-coaster relationship with. Most likely due to my dampened taste buds, this cuppa was pretty sweet and simple with a hint of bitterness at the end. The most important thing for today was that it was smooth and soothing for my throat. When you’re simultaneously plagued by allergies and a cold, a smooth cuppa can go a long way.
Hmm, this tea was not really doing it for me today. Maybe I just need to take a break from oolongs for a bit. I was getting that weird damp taste that I tasted in some other oolongs. It’s strange because they’re all stored in separate, dry, dark places, so I don’t think it’s contamination from something around them. Well, I have enough to keep trying, which is the good news!