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Strange VariaTEA TTB #34
I grabbed one of these sachets from the box to take to work with me. I don’t usually brew green tea at work, since I don’t have access to a temperature-controlled kettle there. I was pleasantly surprised that, despite probably being brewed with too-hot water, this one was nice and smooth with no bitterness or astringency. It had a vegetal, slightly nutty flavor that reminded me of green beans. Never run across this brand before, but I would drink it again!
Flavors: Green Beans, Nutty, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal
At first glance, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this blend, mostly based off the fact that rose can be on the polarizing side, especially if there’s too much of it. But the lychee is what intrigued me the most about this tea, and ultimately, kept my interest. Not only is it bright, juicy, and sweet, it is a perfect accompaniment to the rose. If you’re not a fan of florals, this tea could come off a bit abrasive to the senses, but I really enjoyed it. I can see Shanghai Rose making a nice iced tea, maybe even with a splash of lemonade.
Flavors: Floral, Lychee, Rose
Had this a while ago. It’s just okay.
Boyfriend bought this for me a while ago, and he bought me a pretty large tin! Don’t have the heart of tossing it but I’ve been giving it to a few friends here and there. My sister absolutely loves this tea as a latte though! I find a floral latte a bit weird tasting but hey, you do you
Flavors: Floral, Lychee, Melon, Soap
3/3 Tealeaves sacheted teas brought home from the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Not by me. Vegas isn’t my cuppa.
Brewed according to the parameters on the back of the packet: 82C(180F), 1 min, good for 2 cups.
To be frank, I’ve had much better green teas in paper teabags. This is low-average end for my tastes. Hot straw, hay, raw almond sweetness, mineral, the vestiges of seaweed and dandelion greens. The marigold flowers make the liquor somewhat bitter. There’s an astringency that doesn’t hit until after the swallow. It feels like there’s a stranglehold on my uvula without any dryness in the throat. Don’t want to finish my cup. Maybe the tea is stale.
While this tea, like Las Vegas, isn’t my cuppa, I do recommend trying Tealeaves’ Organic English Breakfast and Organic Chamomile Blossoms for some high quality sachets.
Flavors: Almond, Biting, Bitter, Dandelion, Drying, Hay, Mineral, Seaweed, Straw
Tea bag from Derk and I have to agree again with everything.
Plain, 3+ minutes of steeping, freshly boiled water into cold glass cup. 8 am. Listening to oldies as “Frankie goes to Holywood – The Power Of Love”. Feeling nostalgic.
Strong, bold tea, wtih stong notes of malt. My fav. Indeed bit citrusy. When it is cooling down I am noticing wine notes too. Overall it is round taste. Colour is dark copper, clear. Somehow typical for black tea.
I like it. For mornings as this rainy one – perfect. Good morning cuppa. Great job from tea bag.
Just one steep though.
Flavors: Citrusy, Malt, Red Wine, Round, Tea
Sipping on this in between classes and on my second steep now.
Like the Tealeaves’ Chamomile Blossom I had recently, this sachet is filled to the seam with whole black tea leaves and blue cornflower accents. The first steep was amazing for a bagged black. Soothing black tea fragrance, not sharp at all. The brew was full, round and kind of thick. It was deep and malty, somewhat chocolatey, with a citrusy brightness and a wine-like base that I guess was from the Keemun. A little bit of spicy bite, too, like one would expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon. Clean finish.
This second steep of 5 minutes is so far good. It’s oily and tastes more like a typical black tea bag and leaves a little bit of mineral impression.
Really nice bagged black.
Flavors: Chocolate, Citrusy, Malt, Mineral, Red Wine, Round, Spicy
Damn, valerian is disgusting.
Nothing like drinking stinky feet for a good night’s rest. Fortunately, there’s some good stuff going on in this blend to, um, temper the valerian. The other ingredients provide a well-balanced mix of herbaceous and floral qualities but it’s not enough to completely distract from the fact that I’m chugging the sweat squeezed from a pair of four days worn crusty gym socks. There’s also some herbal spiciness and a cooling spreading through my chest — from what, I’m not sure. This tea wins points for the blend sans valerian.
Here’s to me being blessed with a club-over-the-head sleep after a later than desired oolong session.
Picked up from the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The sachet was nearly overflowing with fluffy chamomile. Very strong floral-apple aroma that was also present in the sweet liquor. Nice pollen brightness. Not at all drying or woody. As far as the rose and lavender oils, I didn’t pick up on either but I did get hints of airiness?
Best chamomile I’ve had! 2 steeps.
Flavors: Apple, Flowers, Hot Hay
Tasting note #1300!
I actually had this last week and forgot to log it. This is master blend no. 2235, but I don’t see this specific blend listed here on steepster. Anyway, I had this straight, but will only be drinking it with milk and sugar on the future. I found it steeped strong an fast, but I found it quite bitter and did not enjoy it. I honestly prefer Red Rose or a higher quality black if I’m going to drink it straight. I thought this might be high quality due to the nice packaging/sachet, but I equate bitter with low quality broken leaf tea.
Notes of almond skins (the dark brown thin skins in almond nuts), tannin, bitter, classic potent breakfast blend flavour. Flavours of fresh cut maple wood, but I wouldn’t call it maple syrup or wood flavour exactly.
Also, it will get overly tannic if you let it steep too long (not than two minutes), so just be cautious. I’m not one for strong black teas aren’t usually my thing unless they are malty/thick (with no bitterness).
Flavors: Almond, Bitter, Maple, Tannic, Tannin, Wood
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
Much like Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons, I’ve recently experienced the worst of the worst. Rest assured I was on the internet within minutes registering my disgust throughout Steepster. This tea came in a set purchased at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. The other two teas, Nutcracker and Mandarin Orange Blend, are great, but I hadn’t tried the third tea, Organic Lychee Green. In the bag, the scent is slightly floral, fruity, and familiar. I think to myself, it’ll brew a good cup. Don’t be fooled! It’s a trap! I smelt it again after I finished brewing it. It’s a scent from my past, but I can’t connect the dots. I take a sip. It’s barely palatable, and wafts of perfume permeated the air. I asked my brother to take a sip. He concludes, “It’s Bath & Body Works Cucumber Melon Lotion.” The connection registers immediately. UGH! YES! Cucumber Melon was part of the middle school experience growing up in the ‘90s. And really, who wants to relive that period of angst and uncertainty through a cuppa? I sure don’t. Luckily, my boyfriend had consumed most of it, so we don’t have to buy this tea ever again. Worst. Tea. Ever.
Flavors: Cucumber, Melon, Soap
Thank you to Nicole for this sample! Once again, apparently I am easy to please, because I really like this tea. The flavors are mild, but it is malty and earthy…though less earthy than other Yunnan teas I have tried. I steeped the leaves for 4 minutes the first time, and actually had to run out and left the leaves steeping for 15 minutes the second time. A light but enjoyable tea was produced both times, so it does not seem like you have to worry about oversteeping with this one!
I suspect that every restaurant and spa at every MGM property in Las Vegas carries this as their jasmine green tea. At least that was the case at every place I went to when I visited, which was about 6 different restaurants and a spa across 3 properties. Ok, so that’s a relatively small sample size, but I was surprised by the consistency across locations and fanciness of establishment. The company website only lists this as being available in loose leaf and teabags but I’m pretty sure that I had it in pyramid sachets. I don’t want to rate it because steeping parameters were out of my control. This is a pretty solid blend though. Not the most amazing but far from the worst. Just a nice, middle of the road jasmine that’s hard to mess up. It’s not cloying or artificial tasting at all, and the base is pleasantly light.
Beorhthraefn included a sample of this in the Secret Pumpkin package. Thank you!
I’m the kind of person who likes fruit flavors that naturally come from oolong, rather than have it added. However, if you do like flavored oolong, I recommend this. The pear flavor tastes very nice. It’s a good “pearing” with the rolled floral oolong base, which has similar fruity flavors. Additionally, the texture is creamy.