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Thank you thank you thank you MissB!! After the disaster of a tea I had earlier (liquorice root overload) to say this was an improvement would be a HUGE understatement. I know I tried it and liked it when I first received the same but hadn’t had it for a couple of years and wasn’t expecting the full amazingness to still be shining through. But it totally is!! The pu’erh is an interesting choice but it pairs so well with the sweet, buttery caramel and makes it the perfect amount of sweet without being overpowering. I was worried that it might be too sweet because the scent of the brewing tea was identical to the scent of homemade caramel bubbling away in a pan. I needn’t have worried. This is a tea I will look into getting more of when I’m finally out of my no buy (if it’s still around by then – 270 teas to go, yikes!)
Haven’t quite put my finger on things here. There’s a vague vanilla aspect going on in addition to the dark red fruit. That’s all I’ve got so far.
Day 9 of attempting to stop drinking caffeine after three. Mostly failing at this. However, aiming at reducing the hours of caffeine consumption is propelling me towards caffeine free teas that have been neglected. So there’s that kind of progress.
I’m pretty sure this is the right tea on here… The photo looks the same as my flowering tea. It’s called Winter Fantasy, but I don’t see the name Tea Desire on the package, it says Asiatica Blooming Tea. Anyway, this is pretty good – my first time having blooming tea. It’s so fascinating! It’s just green tea so it just jasmine tasting. Pretty simple, but with sugar it’s good!
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine
Another of the oldest teas in my collection, acquired some years ago now from a mystery box I bought from MissB. Drank after receiving some bad news, and while coming down with a cold. I barely tasted it. Some maybe-pineapple fruitiness. I was surprised to find it was a green tea.
I’ve mentioned more than once that I am not a big cinnamon person. I am discovering though that it depends on the kind of cinnamon. Here, the cinnamon is gentle, warm, and woody. As others have mentioned, this blend is luscious cinnamon bun coated in vanilla icing. Delicious. I can see this becoming part of my regular rotation, if only I find a way of regular access to it.
Thank you, Steepsters, for bringing this stellar blend to my attention.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla
So, my mom drinks a lot of tea at work. I mean, not nearly as much tea as I drink at work but enough that I guess her coworkers have sort of pegged it as ‘her thing’. If they only knew. This year they did a workplace Secret Santa exchange though, and the person who got her gave her a bag of tea and a mug. She’s actually already broken the mug though; it said it wasn’t dishwasher safe and she popped it in the dishwasher anything and it just cracked into like a million pieces…
She’s still got the tea though – and of course I had to give it a try! I have to give every tea a try, if we’re being honest. This one is apparently just a rooibos with vanilla, according to the ingredients. I think they’re wrong though because visually I can see little bits of cinnamon chips mixed into the dry leaf and sipping on my cold brew now there are DEFINITELY cinnamon notes as well. So, something doesn’t add up completely here. The rest of the tea is pretty good though; the vanilla is REALLY strong and kind of artificial but I like it as a cold flavour paired with the woody aspects of the rooibos. It reminds me a lot of DAVIDsTEA’s Birthday Cake blend, just with those very mild/soft cinnamon spice elements.
I don’t think I’m gonna be sneaking cups of this one from her stash any time soon, but it was nice to try and enjoyable overall.
Not bad, but I found the base to be a little bit wimpy and bland. The vanilla cream flavours were more apparent when I added milk to my cup and there was a pleasant mildly floral scent and aftertaste. Not bad, but certainly not the best cream earl grey I’ve tasted.
I kind of feel like that should be enough said? Realistically it’s just not though: especially when this is my second tomato tea this summer. I actually quite like the other tomato tea I have though; it’s very fruity in addition to having that umami tomato element. I think that’s why it works for me. This one? Definitely more of a savory flavour profile…
I made this up at work: here are the notes I scrawled down on the cup…
- SO WEIRD!!!
- In a way it tasted just like very bland/REALLY watered down tomato soup
- Salty/umami for sure, but with an underlying sweetness?
- And then it had this strange apple quality too that reminded me of cider
- Tomato Cider!? That probably just shouldn’t be a thing
- The more I sipped on it the more I liked it; though there was no point where I loved it
- Would be good for cooking though: as like a soup stock?
Also, obviously, it’s kind of inspiried by the Caesar cocktail so you could definitely find a way to incorporate it into that type of cocktail. Hit it with a splash of vodka and a pinch of Lapsang Souchong!? That’d probably be really nice… if I actually liked Caesars.
Oh, and 300 notes—whooop!
Goodness gracious. I’ve been hanging out listening to the blues this morning and sipping on this loveliness. Such complexity that I wasn’t expecting. There’s walnut and then there’s chocolate and then there’s caramel. And that’s just straight up and unsweetened. Delicious.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Walnut
I made another batch of three steeps of this to propel me to and nurture me after my yoga class today. The pineapple became a bit more prominent and the custard stepped a bit back with the rest in and between travel.
Most delicious. That white/green tea combo is completely working for me here—for the first time ever.
Very delicious, in a gentle pineapple custard with a whiff of coconut kind of way.
I was really really in the mood to start the day with a black tea like I usually do. While standing over my tea pile, I somehow managed to talk myself into a gentle easing into the day, or so I told myself. Glad that I nudged myself towards this one this morning.
I may have been inspired by Sil, a hardcore black tea drinker, who was recently smitten by a delicious banana green. And so I nudge myself towards being just a wee bit more open minded, just a wee bit less set in my habits.
A friend and I went out for Korean bbq at lunch today and then we ended up sitting in a park sipping bitter delicious Americanos. That, in addition to my morning tea was enough of the hardcore boom caffeine for me.
This tea is the perfect antidote to the strong flavours of the day. So gentle. The predominant flavour here is coconut with the slightest bit of vanilla mellowing out the pineapple apricot gently floating over the white and sencha base.
Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple, Vanilla
GCTTB DAY 3
I actually had this tea yesterday but I didn’t get a chance to write any notes for it. I remember that I really loved this tea. All the flavours were very balanced and harmonious. I actually was a little apprehensive because it’s labelled as a chai, and most chais tend to be too overpowering, smack-you-upside-the-head-with-spices to me. This one was very pleasant, the spices mild enough to allow for the apricot flavour and green tea base to come through nicely. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable evening cup! Another keeper. :)
Thank you, Mookit, for a sample of this tea! Got 3 cups out of what you sent me, and it’s already used up :)
Simple, nice tea: rooibos base with a hint of sweetness from the apple pieces. Not bad! Makes me wanna try a similar blend from iHOT to see how they compare. As mentioned above I used up the tea pretty quick.
Had this hot and cold, thought it was just alright both times. It was pleasant cold brewed, but the flavour was predominantly of orange, with only a mellow hint of other fruitiness in the background. I’m not a huge fun of oranges in general, so I can’t say I was “wowed” by this tea. Didn’t get a lot of the pumpkin or beet that is supposedly in the blend, either.
Giving this one another go.
I have the same impression as last time: it smells really good, but there is not enough sweetness, and the marzipan creates a rather soapy aftertaste that is not pleasant.
I will probably save the last tablespoon of it for blending, or to give away to an interested swapper!
Tea Sparrow tasting #1!
I’m not too experienced with Rooibos teas, but what I’ve had so far has been quite pleasant so I’m excited to give this one a go. I think tea sparrow sent out a similar one from a different vendor a few months ago, also to do with “apple pie in a cup”.
This one smells quite delicious; sweet apple cinnamon. First sip is a little underwhelming because I don’t get the same intensity of flavours as the aroma provides. Also, I can really taste the marzipan in there; unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of marzipan… The tea is also not really sweet in itself, and falls a little flat in body.
Rather disappointed with this one. I’ll try brewing it for longer and sweeting it next time, maybe it will help bring out the flavours.
Edit: As the tea cooled I could taste more of the apple, but still no sweetness came through. I actually still found it rather sour.
I think my favourite steep was number three. The oolong had mellowed out somewhat and yet a hint of the jasmine still remained.
I gave up on the leaf after steep four. Four was pleasant enough, but the flavour of the leaf and the additions were done and another one would have been flogging a dead horse.
The tea is really pretty. I’ve been steeping in a clear glass canister and watching the dark tea, jasmine blossoms, and goji berries float around. Beautiful.
It is also possible that steep one and two were good, but I was too rushed to pay much tea attention. It’s been a bit of an overwhelming week. I need to chill before I crash. Rest breaks, rest breaks. I miss being able to power through with my endless energy supply like I used to do.A reminder to appreciate your health and wellness when you have it.
Flavors: Jasmine, Wood
A sample from Miss B. If nothing else, it certainly smells amazing! It’s another one that fills the whole kitchen with its glorious aroma. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it around 4 minutes in boiling water. It brewed up pretty dark, so I added a splash of milk. You can tell straight away that there’s chocolate in this one, because there’s an oily scrim that develops on the surface. It doesn’t affect the flavour or texture, though, so not a big issue. At least the chocolate melted!
To taste, there’s a very light irish cream flavour and a stronger, rich undertone of chocolate. It’s not nearly as flavourful as the scent would have me believe, which is a shame. It pleasant to drink, though – smooth, rich, and not overpowering, and it does taste of what it’s supposed to. The only memory I have to compare this one to is Butiki’s Irish Cream Cheesecake, which was a finicky brew but simply amazing when done right. This one isn’t quite on a par, but it’s a good contender. I’m finding that the irish cream flavour develops a little more as it cools, which is a welcome discovery. It’s a comforting cup of yum, no question!
A sample from Miss B. I can’t believe I’m still working through the box of samples she sent me, but I am. There seems to be no end to it! This one was lurking right at the bottom, or else I’d probably have got to it a lot sooner. I also feel like my cold has cleared up enough that I can try new things again, except for a niggly slightly-sore throat that I think is going to be around for a week or so yet.
I used a generous 1 tsp of leaf for this cup, and gave it around 4 minutes in boiling water. When I returned to the kitchen, it had filled the whole room with the scent of chocolate cake. Looks like I’m going to be popular at work today! I added a splash of milk.
The first sip tells me that the taste more than lives up to the scent. It’s very chocolatey straight away, with vanilla/cream notes in the mid-sip and a deliciously cookie/fudge finish. I’m guessing it’s the dates that are responsible for that – they’re rich and slightly sticky, and I can sort-of pick them out in the aftertaste. I love dates, though, so I’ve no problem with that.
Taken as a whole, this tea does remind me of oreo cookies. The initial sip is a lot more like chocolate cake than anything else, but it comes together remarkably well and by the end of the sip it’s definitely “biscuit” rather than “cake”. I appreciate that it doesn’t taste watered down in the way that some chocolate teas can – it’s not like hot chocolate with too much water added, and that’s always a bonus.
I actually have some cookies to eat with this one – not oreo because I’m on the gluten free these days and I can’t have those anymore. They are triple chocolate, though, and rather delicious, so I’m going to sit and eat those with my cookie tea and pretend I’m not at work for a while. It’s a plan.