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My first steeping of this was had with creamer and during the rush of the morning, so it was chugged rather than enjoyed. I’m on my second steeping now and it seems lighter in taste and scent. I’m getting mostly the hint of coconut, but not much else. This tea is one cup away from making it into my rehome bag.
Ehhhhhh, I don’t know about this one so far. It smells like a lovely mix of almond and coconut, of which I am a huge fan, but it doesn’t come through as rich in the flavor. The tea seemed a little flat and underwhelming when hot. I abandoned the cup and came back later to a cold cup and it seems slightly more tolerable now. So far I am not a fan.
I generally like Irish Breakfast tea. The meal I have mixed feelings about, the blood sausage weirds me out. The dry leaves of this tea are cute and curly with a lighter color on the very edge of them. Steeped, this tea was lighter in color than I expected and seems a touch light on the taste. I usually take my breakfast teas with cream, so I added some without tasting it first. It has a light malty tannin flavor to it. The assam comes through. My mouth is left a little dry after each sip. Raisins faintly in the aftertaste. This tea seems okay, but so far isn’t my favorite IB ever. We’ll see if that changes. Even if it doesn’t, it’s still nice to have it for an evening option.
*Next time try steeping for 4m on first steep.
God I love this tea! I went through this bag at record speed and only have one serving left. I’ll be reordering for sure. The orange is bright, but is rounded out nicely by almond. It’s smooth, delicious and is good for a resteeping. It is labeled as a black tea, but the leaves look greener to me. Not sure what is up with that, but either way I like it!
I have been loving on this tea something fierce lately, plowing through the 2oz bag. Somewhere along the way I discovered it does work really well with a little creamer. I went on a four day road trip last weekend and brought it along, but had no way to get hot water for steeping. The tea sat in the hot car and seems to have lost some of it’s delicious edge by the time I returned. It’s still really good, just not quite as good before I took it on it’s ill fated journey. Hasn’t stopped me from downing my cup this morning and I will be ordering more once I can justify another TE order.
I think this tea has been misnamed. Orange biscotti isn’t an accurate representation, but I’m guessing more people know what biscotti is than what panettone is, which is exactly what this tea matches. The scent of the dry tea is rich with orange, almond and sweet bread. That scent is lighter once steeped, but still very present. When sipping it I get a very well balanced rich baked orange pastry flavor. The almond blends in well, adding to the baked notes. The base of the tea merges perfectly with the orange. I’d be curious to know what the base is and if it has bread notes of it’s own. I bet this tea would be delicious with cream and sugar. Perhaps a test for another cup, because this one is really nice as is.
The description of this tea says it competes with their Almond Cookies tea, which I have loved to pieces but haven’t had in a while. It has a more raw almond scent to the dry tea then the cookie version. I haven’t had the cookie tea in a while, so I’m going off memory here, but I feel like this tea is a lighter version. It has a nice almond flavor to it with all the other flavors blending in so well to support the almond that I can’t really pick them out. So far this tea isn’t as good as my memory of cookie, but I got a bag of that in my order and will be steeping some of it soon. Tea Embassy surprisingly had several versions of almond teas, maybe five that I can recall right now and I got some of each to try!
Judging by the fact that over half the rooibos in this package is gone, I must have enjoyed this tea more in the past. Right now it’s not doing much for me. The spices are clearly there, but it seems all high notes and doesn’t have a good base. I have some coconut creamer in it and it’s okay, but it isn’t hitting the spot either.
Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! It’s not something I would have picked out for myself, so it was cool receiving it. That’s one of my favourite thing about swapping with you; you always send me so many things to try that I’d have never shown an interest in otherwise. Of course there are many pros to swapping with you!
Prepared this in my timolino for work since the sample you sent was perfect timolino size. The only other Bavarian Cream tea I’ve tried is Red Leaf’s matcha version in cold milk and I have to say that I’m not impressed by that take on it. I don’t know what it was about this one (maybe the base or perhaps the inclusion of chocolate) but this was much more accurate to the Bavarian Cream flavour I’m familiar with in things like donuts or other pastries.
The black base was noticeable, especially near the end of the timolino (I kinda felt like the strength of the base built the more I drank) but the richness of the Bavarian Cream and a milky chocolate were also strong and distinct. There was subtle notes of pastry, but it’s also possible that was a psychological tie in because I do heavily associate Bavarian Cream with pasties.
It was pretty solidly good and I’d drink it again if I got the chance, but I wouldn’t stock it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Pastries
This tea is incredibly similar to Adagio’s Chocolate Chip. Seriously, the two are one in the same. Smooth black base coated in rich chocolate flavor. A nice tea but something I would prefer to have mixed with something else to give it a more rounded flavor. Thank you Dustin for the chance to try this tea. Perhaps I will do some experimenting with the rest of the sample and see what interesting blends I can make :)
I was offered this tea after a massage today. Instead of hem making it in a paper cup with almost hot water from a machine, I took the tea bag and brought it home. I am not generally a flavored tea person. This tea isn’t going to change my mind. Like someone else noted previously, I don’t taste much almond – this was very coconutty to me. I don’t need to own any of this.
This is, unlike most other Moroccan Mint blends, just organic mint leaves – no green tea in sight. Steeped for a full 6 minutes, the tea is aromatic and lightly brothy. I did find myself wishing it was a bit more tingly, but I think that’s because I’ve been spoiled by having tried Heather’s Tummy Tea before (which is probably the best peppermint tea out there).
Overall, though, this is an excellent mint and I would happily drink this again!
[Numi’s Collection: 2/18]
The smell of this tea dry is a little deceiving and it has taken me a while to appreciate it. It smells strongly of very juicy strawberries, so I expected a bold flavor to come through. It is a sencha style green, which I guess translates to delicate flavor. I have had a cherry sencha before and the cherry worked to not compete, but match the sencha in strength. I think the strawberry in this tea does the same. It is a kind of creamy tea in smoothness, so the name seems appropriate. I tried cold brewing it over the summer and it was refreshing but failed to amaze me like some other greens did when cold brewed. It seems like a more subtle tea which is rarely my thing, but I can appreciate it for what it is even if it isn’t going to get a permanent place in my cupboard.
Two magazines and one book to lay out before the end of the month, so bring on the black tea!
Buckingham Palace is a mild but flavorful variant of Earl Grey. More round and less citrusy, Buckingham Palace is a chord of harmonizing flavors. Though I’m probably biased – anything with jasmine is A-OK in my book!