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I think this is my last sample from my swap with Inkling. It’s always nice to see green rooibos—on the whole, I tend to prefer it to red, and I always wish it were more widely used in blends. The fruit flavors here are indistinct but pleasant. This isn’t a standout, but it makes for enjoyable drinking.
And yet another Inkling sample! This is about what I expected it to be, a mildly vegetal green base (probably sencha?) layered with some sweet generic tropical fruit flavor—although I am getting something more specifically mango in the aftertaste. It’s nice enough, but as mango goes it’s no match for my beloved Lupicia mango oolong. I suspect I would’ve liked this better iced, since that’s generally how I prefer my fruity greens, but sadly I think we’re still a ways away from iced tea season here in New York (although it’s supposed to hit 60 tomorrow, so who knows).
Thank you to Inkling for this sample! I brewed a cup of this last night before I went to bed, and then a pot this morning.
-Very rooibosy, woody, minerals
-Distinct marzipan/almond flavour. It reminds be a lot of African Celebration (Jeoffery’s Tea and Coffee)
-Slightly sweet and nutty
-A bit plain, but not a bad blend
Flavors: Almond, Marzipan, Mineral, Nutty, Rooibos, Sweet, Wood
I’ve been trying to drink down some small samples I have of tea today. So far, I feel I have not had a great cup of tea today but nothing really bad either.
This one was very spicy and fruity when I opened the bag. It’s got notes of nutmeg, clove, and maybe cardamom? There’s also good citrus notes from the orange. The tea base of black tea is very mild (which is okay with me – not being a black tea lover). This is definitely a good tea for a cold autumn day. Instead it is a cool summer day today but I am still enjoying the tea.
Upped the leaf a bit and decided to push it today.
The answer to “how long can I keep drinking this” is all day long, and about 2L of water.
The flavor didn’t change a whole lot, but got a bit more mellow and sweeter as the session went on. At the end I was at a 2 minute steep.
This tea has been sitting around for a couple of weeks, in a snap-top storage tub with airholes. The “rest” time since unsealing it from the ziplock bag the brick came in has done it some good.
Very little fermentation smell even in the rinses. After 2 rinses it was gone from the tea itself. Like last time, it was a smooth, earthy cup, easy to drink.
Robust, with a silky feel in the mouth. The flavor is earthy, shading into a bit of nuttiness. I noticed a bit of cooling sensation on the back of my mouth, which was pleasant. After a few steeps it settles into an earthy, rich tea flavor, sort of like a black tea turned up to 11.
Flavors: Earth, Nuts, Tea
Malt, dark raisins, and just enough oomph to make it good for mornings. The taste of this just lingers…it’s a bit incredible.
This is one of those teas I can’t stop smelling and in the past few weeks this has quickly become one of those teas that I’m going to have to keep around. I was worried when I first got it because I could smell just a hint of smoke and me and smoked teas have not gotten along in the past. It remains just a hint that comes out in the steam, but plays nicely with the other flavors in the tea itself. It’s like natural cocoa, malt, and dark purple plums, and did I mention it smells amazing? I think I’ve found a tea to take camping.
Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Plums, Smoke
When checking out the sales associate starting flipping through the sample box and asked if I liked Assam. Being the person I am I said yes because hello it’s tea. She could have named anything other than “lotus” or “cherry milkshake sprinkles ice cream cake” and I would have responded the same. I didn’t look at it till I got home but expected some breakfast blend. I was rather suprised by this in all its golden tippy glory.
I didn’t measure but I brewed it rather strong and it came out a great deal darker than their image. It certainly smelled like assamica. Tasting it was bold and fragrant without that Assam tannic gut punch. I was most suprised by the spicy note at the end of the sip. It was not subtle, and if I hadn’t been out of my masala mix for the past month I would have assumed some cinnamon/clove/ginger heat was left in my infuser.
I guess I can see why they are wanting to get people to try this. I might make a habit of trying samples for tea I normally wouldn’t be interested in. Unfortunately, I think the caffeine amount might be a bit more than I can handle. TBD
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #17
Interesting leaves here – they look like like a silky wiry Fujian but the leaves are very tiny coils with hints of gold. I haven’t seen a leaf like this before! I love the flavor – it’s a little like a Fujian black tea but more malty molasses. That is exactly the type of flavor I love. The brew doesn’t seem very strong either. It’s on the sweeter side rather on an astringent side. I feel like I’ve only tried a tea that tasted like this a couple times before but the leaves didn’t look quite like this. The second steep was a little lighter, which is a shame. This one is unique! Another tea company I’ve never heard of before. I love when those are included in teaboxes. :D Their site has quite the selection!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minutes
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
From the Here’s Hoping TTB
I wanted to like this tea. The initial introduction was a whiff of molasses in the aroma. The taste had highlights of sweet potato and perhaps a hint of chocolate. The flavor was big and full, with a long, strong finish.
So, what went wrong? The main flavor is very dark and just this side of bitter. Not sure how to describe it, but tar might be close. It just doesn’t appeal to me. If you like this kind of dark flavor, you might really like this tea, since it seems well-made and is fairly complex. Just not for me.
Loved this hot last fall when I first tried it, put a few notes on the pouch that simply said: “Very good, Nice Spice, Try Iced.” I was overloaded with chai tea blends at the time, and put it away, only to have it resurface this week. I used the remainder of the pouch to make a full pot of tea a few days ago for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised by green cardamom pods and other spices that blend so nicely with the Sri Lankan black tea base. I reserved enough to have iced later in the day and it was excellent. Invigorating and refreshing.
Flavors: Cardamon, Clove, Spicy
This reminds me of Davids Tea Blueberry Jam but with one important difference… No added sweetener!! yum!! Thanks to Inkling for sharing this in a recent swap.. There are some serious blueberry notes in this tea!! I’ll be picking some of this up as my go to blueberry tea when I’m finally (if ever) off my tea buying slowdown!
This morning I made a cup of this hot, and then I used the rest to brew a pitcher of iced tea. I’m sorry to see this one go! Tea Source isn’t making it any more, so this really is gone now. It doesn’t really sound like a sping-y Easter tea, does it? I chose this one because it was one with not much leaf left in the pouch, and I wanted to make room in my new tea cupboard. The new apartment is short of drawers and cabinets and storage in general, so now I really do HAVE to reduce my tea hoard.
Anyway, hot this one is warming and comfy. The cold brew is very pale. I may not have had enough leaf left to make a good strong pitcher. But it is cold and refreshing, and that is good enough.
This was my morning break cup. I really enjoy a good spice tea. This one is one of the best. A really nice balance of spices. I hear Tea Source doesn’t have this one anymore. That makes me sad. Should I hoard the 20 grams I have left? Or drink it down before it gets too old? These are the troubling decisions that face a fervent tea drinker.
I brewed this one up to enjoy while writing tonight. It was quite good. I’m getting down the bottom of the bag. I still have a few pots worth, but I can see the end coming. :(
I like this tea because it is spicy without being overpowering. Of course, I enjoyed it even more back when I had a my sense of smell. But even without being able to taste much, I find this tea to be smooth and the spices warm.
I received a catalogue from Tea Source, probably quite some time ago, but I only got to my post office box today. I perused it, thinking, “Oh, that sounds good,” and “Oh, I bet that’s yummy!” But I am not ordering any more tea for a while. That’s not really a hardship since I do have a few Tea Source teas in the cupboard, including this one. It is a lovely, warm tea. So nice for a winter afternoon. It’s not super cold yet, although I saw on the TV weather that it is expected to get below zero later this week. (Oh, goodie!!) And an inch or so of snow too. (Double goodie!!) I have plenty of this left, so I think I’ll have it again in a few days.