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From SkySamurai a while ago! Thanks so much! The perfect time for a note of this one. It seems to be a gunpowder green with a ton of peppermint infused into it with unique and pretty white and red flower petals to make it it reminiscent of a candy cane. Note: my tea seems entirely different from their photo and description: this is not sencha or safflowers. I bet my blend is better. This would be the perfect tea to plop half a candy cane in for sweetening, but I didn’t this time. There is PLENTY of peppermint here regardless! Somehow it really works with this green. Fresh and herbalish. The peppermint really takes over but this would be a great one for my headache days. Not too many headaches lately! The second steep is just as nice. Neither cup was bitey from green tea. It’s great! The green is a great base for this STRONG peppermint. I will definitely try it again with half a peppermint stick…
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for a full mug // 32 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
2019 Sipdowns: 85 (52Teas – Eggnog Yunnan – one of Frank’s)
Additional notes: So SkySamurai and I actually did an advent swap BUT we both went with mystery teas, so we won’t actually know what we have until the end after trying all the teas, when we wrote down what teas they were on one piece of paper. (If we aren’t cheating anyway! ha) So I have a mystery advent to go through until Christmas which will then be an avalanche of tasting notes once I know what the teas are! Fun! Thank you SkySamurai!
Also revisiting this one which seems better with two teaspoons. It’s a very licorice forward blend. Less noticeable root beer this time around. But I don’t think I’ll ever love licorice. I like that the B&B advent is alternating between black, no caff and then a blend I don’t really have because they are more limited yet not seasonal. I don’t have the advent tea for today, Fairy Dust. I think the only TEA WALL blend they’ve included in the advent so far was Apple Strudel.
Another from SkySamurai! Thanks so much. You all spoiiillll meeee. I’ve never tried this tea shop before. This blend was odd immediately… upon opening the pouch it smelled distinctly like cola…. slightly strange, as that isn’t what this was supposed to be: a wintery, black chai. The closest reason this might smell like cola would be the anise, as I think they use that in root beer. So drinking, it tastes like half cola and half root beer. Very weird, as the spices didn’t really translate to either cup. It’s very COLA. Very ROOT BEER. And not really any other flavors. So I know where to go if I’m craving soda but don’t want actual soda (like when I’ve already had 4,000 grams of sugar that day)! So the rating won’t be so high for this one, as it isn’t what it says it is.
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon (and a half an anise star) for a full mug // 16 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // 5 minutes after boiling // 4 minute steep
Flavors: soda, cola
Flavors: Root Beer
I received this tea as part of my Taste The World subscription box. Based off the name of this tea, I was skeptical that I would like it as I’m not the biggest maple syrup fan.
BUT, this tea is delicious. After black tea, safflower petals and rose petals are the primary flavors with a touch of maple sweetness at the very end. The tea is very well balanced with a smooth creamy flavor with only a touch of sweetness. Tastes great straight or with a splash of milk.
Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Maple Syrup
The third and final tea from my first box from Postal Teas.
A very smoky tea (most Lapsang Souchongs are!) and like other Lapsang Souchong teas, it smells smokier than it tastes. The difficult thing is getting past that aroma. It was especially difficult for me the first few times that I tried Lapsang Souchong, and for a very long time I wouldn’t even keep the tea in my house because the smell was just so off-putting for me. I’ve since been able to come around and not only “accept” Lapsang Souchong’s smoky quality but actually enjoy it. For some of us, it’s a bit of an acquired taste and it takes some know how on how to acquire a taste for it (the way it’s brewed is crucial.)
This is a pleasant Lapsang Souchong. Beneath the smoky notes, I taste a luscious caramel-y undertone and a note of ripe plum. I like the way the plum and the smoke unite in the sip … the flavor tastes a bit like a smoky, charred plum. Sweet and lovely.
The second tea that I sampled from my first Postal Teas subscription box. While I was less than excited about the teas of my first box (the theme behind the choices were tea cupboard staples and this seemed a little boring to me since I’m always looking for something I haven’t tried yet!) I’ve been very impressed with them. I like the personalized attention that is given to the customer. It’s easy to find a company that will sell you tea. They’re all over the internet. Not all of them will take the time to write you a personalized note. I like that.
This Genmaicha is … well, it’s a genmaicha. It’s not really an extraordinary Genmaicha. It delivered what I expect from a genmaicha: sweet, nutty notes with a light grassy note. I enjoyed it.
On another note, this is my 4500th tasting note!
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/06/first-date-genmaicha-green-tea-from-tease/
This was the first tea that I tried from my first box from Postal Teas. Postal Teas is a subscription service that is a little reminiscent of what Amoda Teas used to be.
Anyway, this Black Pekoe tea is a Kenyan black tea. This first box that I received focused on tea cupboard staples, and a good black tea is something that everyone should have in their cupboard, right? This is a good one.
Robust, full-flavored, smooth and rich. Malty. It has that chewy taste to it that you might experience when you’re biting into a piece of freshly baked bread … the crust has that chewy texture and caramelized crust. YUM!
This is a great black tea with plenty of gusto. Makes a great morning cuppa.
And the box from Postal Teas is a fun one to receive! My first box even came with a small notebook for tasting notes. Cool! And best of all, the note that was enclosed with the box was handwritten to me specifically. I dig that. I like it when I get that kind of personal attention from a tea company.
From the reddit 2014 travelling tea box!
I got the box at like 630pm, just enough time to squeeze one cup of caffeinated tea. I went to take pics for the tea blog and my battery died plus my spare battery wasn’t recharged. Pretty sure my memory card is bursting full too. Crap. So much for getting stuff done sooner.
This tea, I think, is from Tea Guys technically. Anyways I got sucked in with the maple leaf on the package – miss you Canada! This one has a nice maple flavor, woodsy, smokey, malty and sweet. The maple isn’t as intense as say, DavidsTea’s Oh Canada, but it does come through. Only weirdness to this tea is the oily film floating at the top of my cup.