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I took a little sample from the TTB a while back for a day like today. I really enjoyed trying some new teas today.
A bit prone to bitterness but fairly flavourful and fruity. I didn’t find it sweet at all or particularly fruity, but the hints of white grape and apricot are faintly there.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Tannin, White Grapes
Holiday Tea-son! This was another tea I had in a holiday sampler from TeaSource that I got shortly after the 2016 holiday season and… I sadly haven’t tried it yet. Though I have sampled this tea before at Twin Beans, which is pretty much the only place in my little town to order a cuppa (we have tons of coffee shops but only one of them has decent loose leaf as an option on the menu); they source a small selection of TeaSource teas and this happens to be one of the ones they keep around, and I know I’ve enjoyed it with one of their amazing crepes before. I’ve been drinking Cocomint Green tea all day (but was on the phone with family and didn’t have a chance to do a write up so I still need to get around to that!) and am still feeling in the chocolately mood. Just switching to a non-caffeinated option, since it’s back to work for me in the morrow.
I love the smell of this herbal! It’s chocolately, but it smells a bit nutty to me too, so the aroma of the dry leaf comes off like Nutella to me. There is nothing nutty in the ingredients, so I’m not sure what is giving me that impression in the fragrance, but I have no complaints. Smells sooooo good!
The steeped tea smells like melted chocolate and very sweet, and I still am getting a hint of nuts, though not as strongly as the dry leaf. The flavor of the tea is reminding me a lot of that Tiramisu herbal from Citizen Tea that I tried a few months ago and loved (I finished that sampler off), with a few differences. Both have that sweet and slightly tart apple note to the base, but I’d say that the Tiramisu tea had a more caramel/toffee-forward note with a more subtle chocolate flavor and some subtle hints of coffee, and this tea is very chocolate-forward in its flavor. I’m getting a strong cocoa flavor, and note both milk chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate and hints of nuts; the finish comes back around with that tang of green apple skin.
It’s a nice dessert tea; comparing both, it’s a hard call; the Tiramisu is probably a little more varied in flavor, but this is definitely a better choice for a good chocolately flavor. They are similar enough that, trying to narrow down space in my cupboard and with Citizen Tea being in Canada and therefore having expensive international shipping for me, I’ll probably keep this one in stock instead as a dessert herbal. It definitely makes a nice sweet late-night cap.
Flavors: Apple Skins, Chocolate, Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Green Apple, Nutty, Sweet, Tangy
On the 15th day of Sara’s Advent Calendar…
Ooh, this is a fine green tea. It’s very smooth, with a pure taste, if that makes sense. It’s a little sweet, with honey notes. It’s very refreshing, even hot, and I would love to try i iced too. There’s also a very mild vegetal note. It’s really good.
Flavors: Honey, Vegetal
Holiday Tea-son! I got this in a holiday sampler from TeaSource I believe discounted after the 2016 holiday season, so I think I got it around January or February of 2017? In any event, it’s quite old now and due for a sipdown, so I’ll probably be drinking this as my nightly herbal for the next few nights.
The leaf doesn’t smell light gingerbread to me, but certainly smells like orange — creamsicle specifically, as I get a lot of sweet vanilla from the aroma as well. The steeped tea still has a very creamsicle flavor, but it isn’t overly sweet, since there are some subtle spice notes in the background that linger in the background. Namely I get just a hint of pepper. There are a lot of nuts in this tea — sliced almonds and pistachios — but I’m not really picking up any nutty notes from the tea. It’s sweet, with some subtle woody notes and stronger honey/caramel notes from the rooibos, a rich orange note that tastes quite juicy and rich, a creamy sort of vanilla, and a very subtle peppery hint on the tip of the tongue at the end of the sip.
This is a nice creamsicle rooibos tea; the last rooibos tea I tried with that flavor profile just didn’t quite do it for me. For my next pot, I may make this with vanilla almond milk and go creamy latte style, but this is perfectly fine as is, as well. I may even restock this sometime since I like having a creamsicle tea around, but I’m not in a particular rush. But the name of the tea confuses me… Gingerbread Orange? Nothing about this tea makes me think of gingerbread, at all. It doesn’t have any any of the spices common to gingerbread, and the orange/vanilla flavor combo isn’t something associated with gingerbread either. It’s a bit misleading. If you are looking for a gingerbread-flavored rooibos, this isn’t it!
Flavors: Caramel, Creamy, Honey, Orange, Pepper, Vanilla, Wood
Day 3 of my advent calendar from Sara!
Out of the bag, it smells like roasted chocolate! Mmm. I smelled it brewed and opened the TeaSource page on it without even tasting it yet. There was a train station I would stop at on the way to work, to catch a shuttle. It was near a chocolate factory, and a few days a week the whole area smelled like chocolate. This smell is bringing me back there.
I took a few sips. Roasted chocolate, and a hint of apple. Okay, I ordered four ounces.
Yeah, that’s good. I’ll bet it would blend well with others too.
Flavors: Apple, Chocolate, Roasted
I got this from Mastress Alita! Thank you! Backlogging from last night when my brain was too burnt to make with the words.
This tea smells so sweet and lush and melony. There is a generous amount of lemongrass mixed throughout the green tea and puerh. The latter two don’t seem like they’d go together, but in this blend, they make sense.
A storm was on its way last night, making it unseasonably warm, so I made this over ice. It’s interesting how I don’t get any puerh notes from this at all. It’s all fresh green tea flavor and sweet, almost candylike melon. The lemongrass is soft and kind of hidden by the fruit. And I guess the puerh is there to brace it and keep it from going full Jolly Rancher. But really, I am having such an affair with melon teas, and this is another one I am really pleased with. It may not quite stack up to Lupicia’s, but it’s up there for sure.
Flavors: Candy, Cantaloupe, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melon
I received this tea as a loose-leaf sample in a subscription box. I was very excited when I opened it and found that it smells like an Almond Joy! I love Almond Joy. I didn’t see coconut listed as an ingredient on the package, so this intrigued me. I could still faintly smell it after steeping. The taste of this tea has a nice mellow nuttiness. It seems to linger for just the right amount of time, keeping me sipping, but not making me feel like the tea is lacking.
Thanks to Mastress Alita for this wonderful sample. Wow, this tastes really good. It’s not just a maple tea, as the toasted flavor also comes through really clearly. I would never have known that this is green tea. I steeped it for a long time at a temperature close to boiling, and it’s not the slightest bit bitter. The flavor really lingers in your mouth. I’m so glad I have enough to make a few giant mugs of this. I don’t eat actual maple syrup much, but maple tea is so so good.
DELICIOUS! Talk about love at first sip. I’ve always considered myself to be more of a matcha/green tea fanatic.. but recently, I’ve found an undying LOVE for a good oolong tea. There’s just no other flavor or tea like oolong tea. There seems to be a different flavor with every sip, and a warm cup of oolong is delightful to have during the cold months. 10/10, HIGHLY recommended.
Flavors: Almond, Honey, Spices
A sweet, mild apple scent is what greets you. For sipping, the apple is not too overpowering, and the coconut somehow compliments it nicely, lifting the apple up. I wasn’t expecting the two to mix so well, but I was surprised. This makes a nice Autumn tea.
Home – 6:30 PM
Another of my randomly purchased teas from TeaSource. I think I may have ordered because I got a sample I liked in my Sips By box? Unsure.
I didn’t realize that this also has hojicha and maté in it, so I steeped it as a black tea. Luckily it turned out fine.
I can definitely taste the hojicha, it has mellow roasted and autumn leaf notes. Otherwise, this tea seems more almond than chestnut to me. But not in a marzipan way, which is nice. It brings to mind more of an almond-vanilla custard sort of flavor. And I feel like there’s some coconut here as well?
Unfortunately, it just can’t compete with Simpson & Vail’s Almond Sugar Cookie black tea.
Which reminds me, I need to drink that one again… ❤
ETA: The more I drink this, the more it reminds me of coconut macaroons. Which is odd as coconut isn’t even mentioned in the flavor description…
Flavors: Almond, Autumn Leaf Pile, Coconut, Cream, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Vanilla
Home – 7:00 PM
I’m not sure why I bought this tea. Sure, I like lychee well enough, but I don’t love it or anything. Plus I tend to prefer green, white, or oolong teas for more tropical fruit flavors.
This tea tastes very sweet, which is odd considering it claims to be simply black tea and flavoring. It reminds me of stevia.
The base tea is light but malty, and the lychee flavor is very strong. It also tastes like rose, which is one of my least favorite flavors…
So this is not the tea for me. It will have to go into the “go live with someone else” pile.
Withholding rating because blegh, rose!
Flavors: Lychee, Malt, Rose, Sweet
Work – 12:00 PM
Tea of the morning! I’ve been sipping on this one for a couple of hours now while being productive at work.
This is a nice enough lightly-spiced black tea. The orange is strongest and is a bit zingy, verging on tangerine in flavor. The spices are quite mellow. I can pick out cinnamon and clove first, followed by a bit of floral cardamom. The base tea is smooth but doesn’t add much in the way of flavor.
Really, it’s a nice light orange spice tea, sort of Constant Comment-esque (although I haven’t had that in a very long time, so I don’t really remember it…). Very autumnal or wintry without being overly spicy.
I dig it. I won’t repurchase it since I have Prince Vladimir, but I’ll happily drink up the rest of the pouch.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Orange, Smooth, Sweet
Home – 9:00 PM
This tea smells really nice, but the taste is rather ho-hum.
It’s pretty weak even though I used a lot of leaf. There’s a little bit of apple, a little bit of cinnamon and clove, and some ginger. It’s also a tad bit bitter after a 3-minute steep. Mostly it tastes vaguely of dry leaves.
I do very much like the idea of apple chai, so I’ll have to find a good one elsewhere… :)
Flavors: Apple, Artificial, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Sweet
Work – 11:00 AM
So we’re under a water boil advisory in Austin right now. Because it basically rained all last week and there was a lot of flooding, there’s now a lot more silt and crap in the water that they have to filter out. Because that takes longer, they have to treat the water less in order to be able to produce treated water fast enough. So they advise boiling the water in order to ensure any microorganisms are killed.
So basically, now I have to boil all my water before using it. So it makes my tea-making take a bit longer since I would only use boiling water for herbals, therefore I have to boil the kettle, then let it cool, then heat the water again to the desired temperature. Womp womp…
Anyway, on to the tea. This tea reminds me of orange spice cake! It has a mellow sweet orange flavor along with some equally mellow spicing. I’m not sure if it’s the hazelnut flavor that’s making me think cake or if there are other flavors added. In any case, it’s quite tasty!
Now I want to make an orange spice pound cake with sugary glaze! ;)
Flavors: Cake, Hazelnut, Nuts, Orange, Spices, Sweet
Work – 1:00 PM
This tea is basically a weaker version of Harney & Sons’s Hot Cinnamon Spice. It tastes like a tea made out of Red Hots candies.
Not terrible, but a bit weak and it does have sweetener of some kind.
Speaking of Harney & Sons, I went to their website with the intention of buying their new Hot Apple Spice and the lovely Heirloom Bartlett Pear. But the Bartlett Pear is out of stock…
Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Sweet
Home – 6:00 PM
So there’s not really a whole lot to say about this one.
It’s just a light black tea with almond extract or amaretto flavoring. Nothing special, there’s definitely no shortbread here in my opinion. A touch of bitterness at the end.
So this would be a good low-cost option for anyone who was looking for a plain amaretto black tea.
Flavors: Alcohol, Almond, Bitter, Marzipan, Sweet
Milk, as we know it, is soft, smooth, velvety, sweet … What could be the milk Oolong? Totally the same! Milk Oolong, a delicacy from Taiwan, has an unusually soft taste and a sweet aroma. It is grown in a breathtaking landscape full of jagged hills and green slopes. Its production is given the utmost attention. It is no wonder, therefore, that it belongs to highly prized sorts.
For Oolongy, the so-called semifermentation is characteristic. They are also called blue-green or polished green tea. Chinese Tea Tickets are collected in Taiwan up to five times a year. Harvest runs from April to December. A special procedure follows, in which tea leaves receive a typical milk flavor. Their cracking takes place in milk steam. Then the farmers are poured into special containers with milk essence and soak repeatedly. Subsequently, tea travels to large bamboo baskets, where it shakes intensively. This causes the leaves to get wet and disturbed, which will trigger natural enzyme oxidation. Depending on the kind, they are left to this chemical process for a long time. Mostly Oolongs ferment somewhere between 8-85 percent. The final color, aroma and caffeine content (tein) depend on the percentage of fermentation.
In Taiwan, tea gardens are located in virtually all regions. Oolonga is most often exported from Nantou, where Chinese tea is grown on the hillsides. They provide ideal soil and climatic conditions. Taiwanese Oolonga will cover about 20 percent of the world’s production of these unique teas.
Flavors: Almond, Milk, Nuts
Finished this off last night at the end of my shift at work. It was pretty good; hot hay/straw notes and a little bit of a lemony sweetness to the white tea base and then a medium bodied peach flavour that very loosely reminded me of the syrupy, soft sliced peaches that come in candy. A little bit of an added cherry flavour would have really given this a Fruit Cocktail sort of overall profile.
I enjoyed it though, and it was so smooth to sip on. I had finished off the cup before I even know it!
Discovery Tea Box – Tea Thirteen
This is the last flavoured tea that I pulled from the box; but there’s still two more that I pulled which I haven’t tried yet. Picked this for two reasons; firstly I think it’s a new to me company (after a while you’ve tried so many that it’s easy to lose track). Secondly, I’ve had several peach flavoured white teas over this summer and really just this year in general so I wanted to try this one and see how I stacked up compared to the others.
I actually really enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite I’ve tried. In fact, both of the two that I currently have in my cupboard are better – but it’s a TIGHT race. They’ve all actually been so good. This one is a little astringent, but mostly it does a VERY good job of really accurately conveying the taste of real peaches. Complete with the taste of the peach skin! It did taste a little familiar to me, and it was hard to place why but eventually I realized that I was reminding me A LOT of the Peaches and Cream white tea that I own from Sloane Tea. They have an almost identical peach flavour, but this doesn’t have any cream components to it. I think that’s why I like it less than the Sloane peach white tea and DT’s peach white tea; both of those are peaches and cream and this is just peach.
Still very, very good though!
Flavors: Astringent, Hay, Peach, Straw, Sweet
Summer Vacation! I first tried this oolong at my local favorite cafe (and the only decent place in town to get a cuppa), Twin Beans. I think it was my first oolong that was closer to the black tea spectrum, and I fell in love hard. Twin Beans sources all their tea from TeaSource, so I ordered some on my next TeaSource order.
3g brewed in 350ml 200F water in a gravity well infuser. This tea steeps up a ruby brown color, and has this really satisfying medium malty flavor, with nice baked bread notes. It’s also a very sweet tea, with notes of honey, but also a slight fruitiness, with subtle hints of raisins and baked cherries. It’s very smooth, and has a nice natural sweetness, and reminds me a lot of those smooth Chinese blacks with honey and stonefruit notes and no astringency; it’s hard to believe this is a Taiwanese oolong, since all the other Taiwanese oolongs I’ve had have been very light and green with highly floral/vegetal flavor profiles.
A nice, smooth, bready oolong that holds up to resteeping in western style brewing well. I still need to explore this one in gong fu, as well.
I ended up with two cups of this tea tonight, since I brought my work kettle home because every cup of tea I make at work tastes weird — sort of metallic and minerally. I just always assumed it had to be the water somehow, but today I brought the exact water I use at home, that came out of my home faucet, was filtered through my PUR pitcher, chilled in my fridge, and then put into a stainless steel water bottle, transported the 10 minute trip back to work, and immediately put into my kettle at work to make tea. And it still tasted bad! So I brought the kettle home tonight, and made two cups of Brandy Oolong, with my home kettle (an Epica-brand temperature control) and my work kettle (an Aicok-brand temperature control). I had descaled BOTH just a few weeks ago. The cup made from the Aicok kettle has a strange smell that the Epica kettle cup doesn’t… the tea still has that “mineral” sort of taste to me. I just can’t figure it out, since I’ve cleaned that kettle to spotless; it is cleaner than the Epica kettle, which still has some scale in it I’ve never been able to get out. At this point I’m wondering if I have to just buy another kettle for work since I can’t seem to stop un-tasting that weird taste…
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cherry, Honey, Malt, Raisins, Smooth, Sweet, Wheat
Summer Vacation! Today is my last day of doing Chinese teas on my Summer Vacation monthly theme, and starting tomorrow I’ll be moving onto another country… Japan! I still have quite a stockpile of things I’ve bought from Yunomi and have yet to try, and I’m also a big fan of the flavored blends from Japanese company Lupicia so a few of those may make an appearance. I still have yet to try some of the teas my BFF from San Jose brought me back for my birthday when he went to Japan last March, which I really need to rectify…
Tonight, though, I have brewed up a Chinese oolong which I was craving… I think the migraine I’ve had all day had something to do with it. I forget what this stuff is called from other places, but it’s a green oolong from Fujian where the leaf is sprinkled with ginseng and licorice root before its folded into the tiny pellets. Normally I hate ginseng so I originally tried this with a sampler from a site that sources from TeaSource, and oddly enough, fell in love with it, because it didn’t have that strong medicinal taste that I had experienced before from ginseng tea. The oolong base and sweet licorice just balance it the right way. I knew I had to add it to my collection after that.
The smell of this tea really soothes me, though I think I’d have a hard time trying to describe the aroma properly. It comes off very sweet, silky, with a slightly minty/mineral quality, and the oolong base has that roasted/nutty quality, and when they all come together it has almost this dessert-like quality to the warm aroma. The flavor of the tea has that roasted nuts taste of a Se Chung, but it is followed by this really sweet aftertaste, so the final impression comes off like honey-roasted nuts. And there is just something quite soothing and settling about it. Despite having ginseng and licorice root, neither effect the flavor in a significant way; I don’t like the taste of ginseng and don’t notice it, and I love licorice root (yes, I’m one of those rare people) and don’t notice it, either; there is a natural sweetness to the tea, but it isn’t even the sort of heady “sticky sweetness” you normally taste with licorice root, but a soft, smooth, rather subdued sweetness.
I’m rather liking honey-roasted nuts in a cup. Especially when my head feels like butt.
Flavors: Honey, Mineral, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smooth, Sweet
Summer Vacation! The iced tea in my big water bottle today happened to be a blend of three different Chinese teas — a heicha, a jasmine green tea, and a white tea. When I opened the package, it smelled strongly of melon; not that strong, artificial watermelon flavor used here in the states, but the Asian “melon” flavoring that is similar to cantalope and honeydew that is commonly found in Japanese candies, sodas, and shaved ice. And I was really surprised by that, because nothing in the tea description mentioned it being melon-flavored. It just said it had “fruity and floral notes.” I didn’t even smell anything floral… just really, really strong melon.
So I didn’t even bother trying this tea warm, I just cold brewed it, strained it, and stuck it in my water bottle. And… it was about as strongly melon-flavored as it smelled. I wouldn’t say it was unpleasant, though, because it actually somehow came off really juicy on the tongue, as if I’d actually just eaten a slice of cantalope. The flavor, of course, wasn’t quite the same, because it tastes more like that honeydew/cantalope melon-hybrid flavor, but the mouthfeel just somehow came off strikingly similar to that juicy sensation of having just chewed up a slice of cantalope. And though I couldn’t smell any floral notes, I could actually taste a slight floral sweetness to the tea, though it was subtle, and seemed to somehow bring out the honeydew flavors a bit. There was also a very subtle citrus note right at the end of the sip. The tea is very naturally sweet, and almost feels like a melon soda, just lacking the carbonation and having an overall more refreshing feel. Or maybe I’m reminded of soda because though it’s sweet, it actually has a slight tanginess to the aftertaste, which I find quite pleasant.
I don’t know if it’s because I cold steeped this, but I would never think there was heicha in this… the base felt very much like a green/white base to me. It even steeped up a yellow color. I have no idea if it was because of the way the tea was prepared, or just a matter of leaf ratios… guess I’ll have to play with it more.
So… from the name and description, I would never expect this to be a very melon-flavored tea. If that is what you are looking for, this is the tea for you! It took me by complete surprise, but I’m not disappointed by it. I drink a lot of iced tea, and I’ll be using this one up exclusively that way.
Flavors: Cantaloupe, Citrus, Floral, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet, Tangy