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I picked this up when it was on sale right after Christmas (that’s about the only way I can afford anything from Holt Renfrew). The base is a medium strength, good quality mix of Assam and Ceylon. The flavours seem like they should be good – cocoa and rose – but I find that the execution is lacking. The cocoa comes across as tasting more like cheap, waxy chocolate and the rose is muted and has a slight mustiness like old potpourri. I know that makes it sound awful but it isn’t that bad especially when I add milk. I’ve taken to drinking it for breakfast when my tastebuds are less discerning.
I have never loved Earl Greys but this just sounds…well….heavenly. So when I went for Jam and Tea service at Kitten and the Bear and they were offering a selection of Sloane Teas, I just couldn’t pass it up. I actually really enjoyed this one and it complimented the jams quite nicely.
For more about my jam and tea service… http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/11/25/lets-chat-jam-tea-service-kitten-bear/
I would highly recommend this tea. The first time I tried this tea was when I ordered a tea latte at a local cafe. After the first sip, I knew I had to buy this tea. I had been on the search for a tea that tasted like this for quite some time and could not believe I had finally found it. What I like the most about this tea is that there is a strong floral essence to it. I paid 18$ for 100g and it is entirely worth it. This tea tastes delicious with a splash of milk.
This is the perfect tea to try out today. RIP, David Bowie, you magnificent soul.
I just had a Nordic mug of this with a shot of whole milk. It’s definitely a creamy one, and the bergamot isn’t too heavy. It shouts at the top of a mountain that it’s an EGC, alright.
Next time I’d consider adding a little vanilla extract to make this more London Fog-like. I don’t think it’s worth paying full price for, but I’m glad I was able to snag a tin of this for 60% off after Christmas at Holt Renfrew. Unimportant, but the tins HR sells around then holidays are different than the traditional ones you see online. This one is black with HR branding on it. Both designs are great.
Unrelated, but I’m back to the drawing board in regards to job-hunting. That one I started last week was really taking a toll on me with its insane early morning wake-ups. Eventually I would have had to get up even an hour earlier for their flex schedule, plus after seeing what was required for the (temporary) job, I didn’t think it would be worth it because they were also underpaying for the position. I know, bad time to let go of a job and be picky when the economy is bad but I’d sooner spend the next while looking for another one—and hopefully find another one—during the time that I would have been stuck at this one, and wouldn’t have been able to go to job interviews.
My mom just got home from her doctor’s appointment devastated that she has more (high-risk) surgery scheduled in the spring, so the Bowie news don’t help matters as he has always been a favourite of hers. “My Ziggy…” as she just said. Ugh. Bad day.
This was my choice tea at Remedy yesterday. I wanted their Chocolate Mint but they were out! The smell of these sachets, though? A heavenly waft of bergamot. I’m so used to EGC that this plays tricks on my mind and makes me expect a creamy note in the taste.
Without any additives, this is smooth and packed with bergamot. Maybe not the strongest bergamot I’ve had, but it’s oh so prevalent. It’s a great option to have when you’re out and about and have a hankering for Earl Grey when then house Earl Greys at places like Second Cup are on the weaker, boring side.
With maple sugar and cream, it’s good but I think I prefer it before I added these gimmicks to them. The bergamot stands very well on its own, plus the base is smooth so no need to calm it down with milk/cream/sugar.
I’ve finished my cup and am really feeling the effects of the caffeine. Maybe I used too much water or maybe it’s the type of tea, but adding cream to this made it taste a little watery. I’m glad to be adding a few different types of black tea to my cupboard so that I can start learning the differences between them.
12 ounces water + 212 degrees + 10 minutes
The second cup is still light, even after a 10-minute steep.
I am so achy today. My whole vacation I was fine but now that I’m back at work this starts up again. What is going on with this body of mine?!
This is INCREDIBLE. I love it so much! The taste is so intricate, delicate, but not weak. It is literally the perfect black tea blend. Fully and completely dethrones Santa’s Secret as my favourite tea!!! It makes David’s Tea look like children’s play (I still really like David’s though).
I got this tea in a 4-pack of Sloane Teas as a bridal shower gift from a dear friend so it makes this tea that much more special, too. :)
Sipdown! Another thanks to Sil. Given the hibiscus in this blend, I thought it would be a good idea to go light on infusion time, and I think that was a good choice. At about 2 minutes, the liquor is quite pink and although it smells quite like a wild berry mix, the flavour is definitely dominated by hibiscus. It’s at a bearable level though (and appropriate in a berry blend), so it’s not really an issue here, but I do prefer to taste more of the actual berries, and not just the tartness. I feel like this one would be fairly good sweetened (i.e. juice tea)… but as that’s not my usual practice, I won’t bother trying it that way. Overall, pretty average tea.
Thanks for some of this one Sil. I am reasonably unimpressed, but given a) the comments I read and b) the age of the tea, it sounds like there wasn’t a ton of flavour to begin with, and what was there is likely gone. It’s still not a bad cup of tea – less astringent than 52teas’ Almond Happiness, but to be fair, it also has less flavour. Ah well, not a big loss – I don’t seem to be a big fan of Sloane teas in general for whatever reason. Not rating out of fairness to the tea, but I’d guess it would garner around a 60 fresh, for me.
Thanks to Lala for the huge amount of samples from our swap back in March. I have enough of this tea alone for at least 5 cups, and that’s not counting resteeps! Thank you, Lala!!
The dry leaf aroma is all peachy goodness. The brewed tea aroma is peaches with something more. The flavor is a delicate balance of peaches, cream, and white tea. This is delicious! I’m so impressed with how delicately the flavors are balanced. They seem to romp back and forth, exchanging positions for prominence.
Gosh, I love tea. I hope my child likes tea too. It’d be fun to share that together. I love that my husband has become more interested in tea over the past year or so. It still amazes me that two people can drink the exact same cup of tea and, even preferences aside, taste different things in it.
Well for me, this is a great tea! It delivers on the cream element more than any other tea by that name that I’ve tried. It has no bitterness nor astringency. There’s a subtle sweetness apparent, the way fruit is naturally sweet. Total yum factor! I will enjoy every cup.
ETA: Hmm, I can’t find this on the Sloane website. Was it a limited edition tea or something?
Flavors: Cream, Peach
Thank you Sil for this lovely creamy Oolong. It tastes much like a milk Oolong and it is nice as I loooooove milk Oolongs.
So of course it is creamy, buttery and mellow but it is quite flowery as well and has a touch of mineral taste (even a long mineral taste) at the very end of the sip especially when the cup is beginning to cool down.
I love it.
Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Mineral
I thought I’d already logged this tea when I was reviewing the other three tea in the Sloane sampler set, but apparently this one fell by the wayside. It’s a fairly mild incarnation of earl grey – nice and smooth with the bergamot notes going for subtle rather than ostentatious. It’s fairly average for me as I tend to like the bergamot a bit stronger, but personal bias aside it’s still a well-crafted tea.
A bit on the smokey-cream side. I still personally prefer David’s Milk Oolong over this version if I am going to have a flavour altered oolong, though when tasted next to one another there are many similarities. This one doesn’t have the clean and airy mouth feel that the other does. Still, a pretty good brew. My boyfriend’s a big fan, and I love the design of the tin.
Hmm, looks like I haven’t reviewed this tea yet! I will make it short, as I am at work and it is fairly busy, but I made a cup of this for the morning, not the first cup of this tea I’ve had either lol. In a nutshell, it smells rather tasty, steeps to a orangey yellow color, smells peachy and creamy steeped, but has a bit of an artificial flavor to it unfortunately. The artificial cream note is why I don’t really drink this tea that often. A shame, as it smells so good, but just doesn’t taste quite as good. It’s a very spring/summer-esque tea though, so I might have a few more cups of it as the seasons progress. Not too bad this morning!
Sunday Sipdown #1
Compared to yesterday’s sipdown of Assam by Joseph Wesley, this is a really bold, malty cup. Slightly astringent, kind of metallic tasting, with a lingering aftertaste.
This isn’t bad, but I think it’s a bit too strong for me.
Thanks again, indigobloom, for the sample!
The weather outside today is hellish, absolutely hellish. When I got home, I changed out of my soaked pants, put on a bathrobe, had some lunch, and decided that the only thing that would make me feel warm and toasty and safe was some black tea. Considering I rarely drink black tea, this was kind of weird, but eh.
Indigobloom gave me a sample of this about a month and a half ago, and it’s one of the few I have yet to try, so into the teacup it went.
I don’t really have the vocabulary to describe black teas yet since they’re not my preferred kind, but this was really bitter. Mildly astringent, perhaps, but I definitely agree with Indigobloom’s assessment that this is coppery. I guess this is the maltiness or briskness to which other people refer?
I don’t normally drink tea with milk, but I can see why others would add it to this to tone it down. I don’t think it’s for me, so when I finish this off (I have enough for 1-2 cups), this won’t be a restock.
Hmmm… While this is not the most tantalizing tea I’ve had, or not even one of the better white teas I have had, the peach flavoring here is really intriguing.
I have a very weird relationship with peach flavored teas. They often make me think of Lipton iced tea :P But once in a while, the flavoring can be put off nicely. The best example is probably Lupicia’s Momo blends. but I do like the peach in this. I am not sure about the “cream” part.. I guess the creamy notes are there, but barely.
Unfortunately, the white tea here is not spectacular and seems to be full of these notorious “sweatcloth” notes that just sit on your palate. Perhaps I brewed this tea for a bit too long. I would love to try it again some time. The version from the Traveling Box was in a sachet, I wonder if they offer any loose leaf.