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In the three times I have brewed this, this is somehow the first time I actually went ahead and took tasting notes.
I really don’t enjoy this blend. I find it is bitter and bold, but those can be overcome by adding sweetener or milk is needed. This tea is sour. Even with milk added it isn’t very palatable. I’ve done a coldbrew. I’ve tried it straight, and now I’ve tried it as a latte. This tea just isn’t in any way good. As for tasting notes, I did pick out orange/citrus, burnt wood, and a whole lot of tannin (typical strong breakfast black). No cocoa or malt I’m afraid.
Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Dark Wood, Orange Zest, Sour, Tannic, Tannin
There really isn’t much to say about this tea. It tastes like a fresh chamomile with subtle peppery lemon notes and flavours of dry grass and pollen. It tastes like any other chamomile, but IMO is probably fresher and therefore tastes more vegetal. It isn’t /quite/ as good as “cheap” chamomiles I’ve had, but it is still tasty.
Flavors: Hot hay, Lemon, Vegetal
A short steep time (~3 minutes) will yield a flavourful and tasty brew. My previous review was a long 8 minute steep that made the liquid bitter and acrid. I’m ammending my rating now that I’ve realized it was definitely user error and this is actually a good tea.
Good quality (mostly whole blossoms, high quality sachet, ample room for the tea to expand) and the package states it is intended to be steeped multiple times.
Chamomile, hot hay, dry grass, lemon
Second steep: Still only chamomile, but I accidentally left the teabag in for 30 minutes or so and it oversteeped. Do not leave the teabag in for too long or your brew will be acrid. Still only chamomile and no lavender or rose flavour at all. I wouldn’t even describe it as super floral, much closer to plain chamomile with its characteristic lemony/dry grass flavour. Unfortunately I don’t actually like fresh chamomiles and strongly prefer the stale lower quality ones (yes, I’m serious).
Flavors: Dry Grass, Hot hay, Lemon
I initially thought I may have found the perfect every day green tea because I didn’t taste any hint of bitterness or astringency, but after a few sips I found it to be quite drying and astringent, with a bit of tang. No pear/fruity taste at all, but I liked the green tea taste. It was flavourful but not vegetal/plant stem flavoured like so many green teas are. Overall I wish it had pear flavour but I liked the taste of the green tea base (other than the drying sensation.)
Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Green, Round
I had this with milk and brown sugar and it was delicious. Very smooth and flavourful (mostly because I never took the teabag out.) One teabag did a large mug of tea and brewed quite strong, which I think is pretty good for a tea bag. I could taste bergamot and dried orange peel, which were both pleasant. Overall it blended well and tasted strong but very smooth.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Creamy, Orange Zest, Tannin
I think I oversteeped this tea. It is overly bitter, can’t really taste anything else. This will definitely wake you up, but not in a good way.
Some Teas can withstand 5 minutes of steeping and taste great, but this tastes like I am eating bitter leaves or drinking super bitter beer.
tea from beelicious! this was an interesting one that she added to our swap. I’m all for surprises so i didn’t really know what to expect when i brewed this one up. this is essentially smoke + eucalyptus. This almost works for me…almost. The smoke is more campfire smoke than the more subtle smoke that i love. however, it’s an interesting blend and i’m glad for the chance to try it. :) thnaks bee!
I’m sitting outside drinking a cup of this while while the rest of the house snoozes, there’s a slight chill in the air and I’m listening to the morning song of the magpies and willy wagtails be almost drowned out by a large flock of rainbow lorikeets squabbling over the choicest perching locations of a nearby palm tree… And suddenly, I feel like I’m home!
This tea describes itself as a blend of smoky and tropical Australian tea with a touch of eucalyptus.. A billy is a tradition tea kettle drovers and settlers used to use over a camp fire to make tea and this blend captures that taste perfectly! I don’t get much eucalyptus and honestly the scent reminds me of smoked bacon!! But if I close my eyes, sip my tea and listen to the birds I really do feel as if I’m in the middle of nowhere drinking a cup of fire brewed billy tea!
Not going to rate as I feel this teas really Would be an acquired taste and probably isn’t for everyone but I’m glad I got my hands on some! Now I’m off to see if I can get some good photos of these squawking, rioting larikeets!!
After a 11 hour day at work, jumping straight in the car afterwards to drive to LA, waiting around at LAX for four hours, jumping on a 16 hour flight and having Friday never exist for me I was pretty darn exhausted today! We arrived in Oz early morning and cleared customs and immigration ridiculously quick, grabbed the rental car and after a quick cheeky flat white for energy and because, hey, real flat white peoples! We finally made it to my in laws house in Melbourne.
After showering to get the long haul plane smell out of our nostrils my MIL decided that it’s a beautiful day and we could all do with some fresh air so let’s road trip out to this cute little tea room in the dandenongs… And best of all, she whispered conspiratorially to me, there’s a tea shop right next door… Does this woman know me or what??
I was like a kind in a candy store when I walked in the door of Tea Leaves and had to restrain myself (remembering baggage allowance limits helps!) to taking home just a couple of their 300 teas!
This was on the top of my list because the dry leaf really did remind me of a cherry ripe… All chocolate, coconut and cherry! As soon as we got back home I brewed up a cup… The flavor unfortunately dosent live up to the scent. I definitely get a good amount of cherry although it tastes a little artificial, there’s some chocolate notes as well as a slight hint of vanilla and coconut but something is just a little off for me… Never mind, I know the hubby will help sip down the 50g bag I have.
My first taste of this sample was pretty negative, but I had some (recommended) dried pineapple in there with it. I think it was the dried pineapple that threw me off, actually. I gave it another go sans additions and it was much more like a Sencha I’m used to, but with the guts of an Aussie-grown blend in there. Interesting.
I’m going to try the last of this Monstrositea sample with some other Sencha I’ve got in my cupboard. (Then I’ll be able to sip down some more Sencha too, which is good for someone who isn’t often drawn to drinking greens.)
Apparently, many people find matcha too bitter, but I have never found it so. Brewed at a lower temperature, this is sweet and green and pure. It doesn’t taste like grass… it doesn’t taste like fruit… it doesn’t taste like herbs… it tastes like sencha and matcha. It’s divine. The second infusion is even more sweet and mellow. It is deeply, deeply calming.