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Let’s be frank here: This is a cheap blended tea. The base oolong is a low-grade Formosa (cheap), the intermittent orange peels are aided by “flavoring” (cheap), and you’ll barely spend more than a tenner on 100 grams. Smell the stuff and it’s both orange and little bit TOO orange for the amount of peel blended in. Cheap, cheap, cheap.
But after enjoying three pots of tea with my current companion, I was ready for cheap, clean, and a little bright. Especially since I’d just shared a lapsang with him. Anything expensive and nuanced would be lost to the smoldering campfire that had taken up residence on my palate.
The orange oolong hit the spot. Bright, crisp, and clean. It’s not remotely nuanced, but it still beats the heck out of almost any of the bagged and broken options on a grocer’s shelf. It’s a perfect palate cleanser and an undemanding sipper. Even as my sense of taste returned, the flavors on display here could really be boiled down to “orange” and “snap pea”. Fresh, satisfying, simple. Resteep? Didn’t try. It probably wouldn’t stand up, and it’s cheap as hell anyway.
This would be a perfect breakfast tea for those lazy mornings. Don’t want to measure your tea? Don’t want to obsess about temperature? Want to be fuzzy with the steep time? Throw some water over some orange oolong and go to town. It’ll probably be pleasantly drinkable anyway.
’Here’s Hoping’ Teabox Round #4 – Tea #13
Somehow this one wasn’t on Steepster yet, but this is a great herbal peppermint. Super fresh, sweet and strongly minty. Not much else to say, but I definitely need to keep mint in stock at all times! Second steep was delicious too… aren’t they usually? Not sure why I say it all the time!
I wanted to try a base white tea…I always have white tea as a base for something else, and never had it by itself.
I liked the nice light flavor. This is a tea that I would like to drink straight, but also in flavored teas. It seems I like the extremes…strong (like English/Irish Breakfast), or delicate (like white).
Tastes spicy today…like a chai! I went back and looked at the ingredients…some of those ‘chai’ flavors are in it, so that accounts for the taste.
It tastes really bold today. The orange comes through a bit, as does the almond, but the chai flavor is overpowering.
Decided on this tea this morning. I am just falling down tired. Stayed up til 1:30 on the weekend, up till 11 last night working on a paper, and in work at 6 am. So, I need a tea with a strong (and hopefully, caffeinated) black base.
This tea tastes better hot. It’s cooling down now, so it tastes different. I think the flavors are clearer when the tea is hot. I like it, but not sure I’d buy it again.
This is one of those teas where I think the smell is just too strong and powerful, but the taste is different. This is a seasonal tea for Souvia, so I decided to splurge a little and try it. I’m a big fan of liking how a tea smells, but like I said, I thought the smell was just overwhelming. However, I bought it anyway (and the minimum is 50 g, so it was a little bit of a gamble).
The tea brews up with an orange hue. The taste is weaker than the smell (so it looks like it was a good gamble!). I can taste the ‘fall’ in this autumn tea. I can taste cinnamon and a variety of the other spices. It’s not just a chai though…I can taste the orange and a bit of the almond.
I think the tea blends well together. I don’t know how long it is going to take me to drink 2 oz of this, though…probably forever. :)
I received a sample of this tea when I made my last purchase. I liked this tea…I don’t normally drink unflavored tea, but it was a nice wake-me-up.
I felt it had a good flavor, and not too bitter. A little bit, but I consider it to be more of a bite…this tea isn’t wimpy, and it was really good. I’m going to see if the second steep is good as well.
This is my Pass The Stash TTB gift from khamilton611 and it’s perfect!
I am really enjoying this tea. Barely cherry, sweet and smooth with just a hint of something else.
I sipped on this while sorting through the TTB. Penny, my kitty in my profile picture, sat and helped me sort through it. He’s been incredibly fascinated with the last two tea boxes I’ve gotten.
Gosh I love this tea. Must grab more! Finished it off when I was still fighting off the ick a few weeks back, and it was incredibly soothing even then (y’know, when I couldn’t taste anything). Thanks again khamilton611 for sharing this with me, and for me having my first Souvia tea, it was a fantastic experience!
Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Cookie
Brews to a light orangey-pink, and both smells and tastes strongly of… apple brown betty? It’s quite fascinating really, and comforting. I think I may need to buy some of this.
Got this from khamilton611 in the Tea and Yarn Swap. Thank you so much, this was my first tea from this company!
This is one of the first teas that I’m having in a long time that doesn’t have flavoring. I want to try more teas that have not a chemical flavor (either natural or artificial), but just tea and something (if that makes sense).
This Sakura Black was at the tea shop when I went last week. They’re only selling it by the ounce, and pre-packaged. It smells really good in the package…definitely a different type of cherry-smell coming out of the package. So, I forked over the $8.99 for it (which was definitely expensive!).
The tea is a light brown color. I carefully added the liquid stevia, and I’m pretty sure I added less than I usually do. I don’t really care for tea straight, and always sweeten it. I figure I should ENJOY what I’m drinking, eh? There is a very subtle cherry flavor. The tea base is not too strong and is not bitter at all. I really only get the subtle cherry in the aftertaste.
I feel like the exquisiteness of it might be lost on me, but I’m enjoying what I’m drinking, and will have to re-steep soon. Also, keep in mind that I’m at work, and have to use the hot water that they provide. Although it comes from the same machine as the coffee makers, it doesn’t share the same spout, so it never tastes like coffee, but I’m sure it’s not at boiling (although it is fairly hot, even with the coffee sleeve on the cup).
I’m looking forward to re-steeping…maybe more of the cherry will come out?