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This is a surprisingly delicious tea! Dry leaves smell like a lemon spiced Christmas cookie..which sounds confusing but oh…. so so right….
Brewed up it is DELIGHTFUL! It’s honestly like drinking a cookie. The black base comes though but is not overpowering or astringent. I want more of this! Since this is a sample I will have to sipdown and savor this one cup….but it’s going on the wishlist!
A little bit of sugar would make this even better. I’ll have to try it out when I get more of it.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Cookie, Cream, Lemon, Spices
Got this as a sample. I’m not one for Rooibos in the first place but every once in a while I have a blend that’s surprising. This was not one of those cases. Unfortunately I did not get the wide array of spices suggested in this blend. Honestly all I could taste was Rooibos and Peppercorn. No natural sweetness from flower petals or any of this Creamy flavoring. And no it did not take me to India. Not even close to India. Sip Down.
Flavors: Peppercorn, Rooibos
Got this as a mystery sample in my latest order. It is a nice green tea. Nothing too really call home about. I can taste the floral of the violet and geranium but I don’t get any melon. In fact there is very little fruity or sweet notes to this blend at all. It’s ok but not something I think I would buy.
It does make a much nicer iced tea. However there are more green teas on the market that would make a more refreshing glass iced and a more aromatic cup hot.
Flavors: Geranium, Green, Violet
Leaves smell of ginger and mandarin. Very citrus. It with an almost floral component. Almost overwhelming. I got this as a sample with my order. I love the mystery tea bags btw. And Theodor doesn’t skimp on the goodies when they ship.
Anyway. When steeped the mandarin is tamed..the ginger quite so. I used 8 oz water for this steep and feel I should have used 6 perhaps. While the aromatics are heavenly it’s a little weak in taste. I would have brewed it stronger. Preference I suppose. Those aromatics tho. So delicately blended. It’s elegant yet playful. Girly but not saccharine. Floral but in no way overwhelming. And the flavor (tho I may have gone stronger) are so balanced and beautifully done. Like sipping mandarin without the zing. Like a sweet orange flower. The ginger loses a lot of its kick and it mellows out to support the other flavors that meld so well here. No astringency. Quite lovely. Would probably be very refreshing over ice as well. No need to add anything to this tea. I would consider purchasing it in New York or someplace in states if I came across it but probably wouldn’t be too tempted to order from Paris
Flavors: Flowers, Ginger, Orange Blossom
This is a sample that I took from the EU TTB almost three whole years ago and then stored very poorly, so I really didn’t expect much from it. The scent when I poured the water over was bursting with mouthwatering tropical fruit goodness, which kind of took me aback and kindled some hope, and then when I took my first sip I was blown away with how much flavour this still has, and just how tasty it is. I agree with some reviews that the flavours aren’t really all that distinct, and more a mesh of ‘tropical’, but I can definitely pick out the passionfruit, and something which might be pineapple or might be the guanabana, which if I remember correctly from my Ten blend has a sort of pineapple/strawberry/banana flavour. The rooibos is very much a background note, and the flavours are the real stars of this tea. I added a little under half a sugar, and they pop even more, with a lovely contrast between sweetness and mouthwatering tang. This is one which is definitely better off hot, because my cup is starting to cool now and the flavours are becoming less bold and the rooibos slightly more noticeable. That being said, it’s still a really tasty cup of tea, and if I had tried it while I still had the box, it would most likely have been one I kept!
I have not been buying much new tea, and sticking to finishing a lot of my stash. But Thé o Dor is a favorite brand I can´t order easily (they sell online but the shipping prices are very of-fputting!) but found a store which had some tins and could not resist indulging in this Christmas tea.
It´s a very unusual christmas tea, rosemary, oak moss and cranberry on a very nice chinese black tea base. It´s wonderfully refreshing, fresh, clear, pure compared to how sweet and spicy most christmas teas are. Luckily , I love it and will enjoy it the rest of the year as well!
I attempted to make a tea smoothie with this tea today and I got all excited, measured everything out, steeped the tea, threw it all in the blender and…nothing. The blender at my sister’s place is apparently broken. Something I had not known when I started this endeavor. Alas, with it all just sitting there and being sad, I had to toss it. I did try a sip of the milk, tea, pudding, frozen fruit mix but without actually blending it together, it made for a very weird and lumpy drink.
I brewed this and another tea simultaneously but got messed up and ended up steeping this a couple minutes too long and the other tea a minute shy of how long it should have been steeped for. What does that mean for this tea? That means the base is taking over. It’s a burnt nut sort of flavor which I could see being less burnt and also less heavy if it wasn’t steeped for quite so long. All in all, this cup was not such a good one but I will rate for subsequent steeps to rate it. Nonetheless, thank you Sil for the opportunity to try something new :).
Something about this screamed chocolate to me but then I remembered this is meant to be a lemon meringue tea. Yeah, not getting that at all. If I concentrate really hard I maybe get a touch of lemon but that’s it. It’s not a bad cup by any means as the base itself seems flavorful but the flavors premises just aren’t there. Nonetheless, I am grateful to Sil for the share because this is one I would have grabbed and been disappointed by and then stuck with probably 50-100g. Gotta love tea friends who enable you to try before you buy.
My sister made me tea while I showered. She overleafed this and whatever else she did, she did right because I am getting a lot more apple this time than I did previously. Plus, there is a nice dose of toffee to sweeten everything up. There is also base peaking through but not in an offensive way but rather it is adding a different layer to this, albeit one that isn’t entirely cohesive with everything else. It is a nice way to end the night but I think that even though I enjoyed this sample, generously given to me by Sil, I am okay saying goodbye. Its pleasant enough but nothing I need in my life, especially since toffee/ caramel apple teas are everywhere.
Having this as a hot latte (well, warm I guess since it cooled a lot) and though the rooibos is present, when I paid attention to the sip, I realized it was like 65% caramel and 35% base. Apple pops up now and then but isn’t as prominent as you would expect from an APPLE caramel tea. I don’t know if I am bothered by that though as this is still quite nice. Thank you Sil for sharing :)
So Sil reminded me of this tea (thank you for both the tea and the reminder :P) and I figured it was an easy sipdown to get to 200. Then I realized I bought DAVIDs Halloween teas and that pushed me back over. Oops.
Nonetheless, this is a nice bedtime tea. I am still not needing to keep this stocked but it is definitely one of the more tolerable herbally herbals I have tried. The orange adds sweetness, while the peppermint is fresh, and the lemongrass is bright. The flavors combine quite well and make for a pretty subtle tea. It’s not bad, just not what I tend to drink.
Though I don’t see this becoming a cupboard staple anytime soon, I am definitely enjoying the hot cup more than I enjoyed the cold brew. Hot is the way to go with this tea! It’s definitely a herb tea, which is not what I reach for, yet the orange blossom and lemongrass keep it smooth. The mint adds a refreshing quality to the mix while remaining timid within the cup. As far as herby herbals go, this isn’t a bad cuppa (autocorrect tried changing that to a bad cup Parmesan), but this isn’t a flavor profile I crave ever. I don’t want to rate it because to me it would be about a 62 but I think it would deserve much higher as I could see it being quite enjoyable for people who like this sort of tea.
From OMGsrsly, who received some from Sil :D
Sometimes I think tea gets passed along across the world just to die in my cupboard. Hopefully I’ll be able to reciprocate by New Years.
This is a good example of an well-flavored oolong, and is what I wish David’s Long Life Oolong was like- fruity, nutty, and vibrantly juicy. The nuttiness may be my imagination, which is where I thank my imagination because it’s a lovely note. It’s also delicious cooled or chilled.
Flavors: Almond, Floral, Goji, Peach, Pear
This is a favorite of mine. It embraces all the best characteristics of a pistachio macaron – without tasting artificial or overdone (as is the case for many other teas that seek to capture the flavor a of a specific dessert item). The black tea is subtle and doesn’t overpower the strong notes of almond, pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, and merengue. I often serve this to guests and so far it has received universal approval. Really a great desert-flavored tea.
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Meringue, Vanilla
When I smelled this tea, I thought it would be the best tea I ever tasted. Smelled exactly like a slice of lemon merengue cake. Unfortunately, the scent did not transfer through to the flavor of the tea when brewed. I tried several different temperatures and quantities when brewing a cup and nothing seemed to help bring out that lost lemon merengue flavor. It tastes like an astringent black tea with moderate lemon flavor – or perhaps more appropriately, a candied lemon peel flavor, as another reviewer noted., combined with subtle notes of vanilla and caramel. The tea does get bitter very quickly, even when brewed at the recommended temp or below the recommended temp (I tried 175 F as well). Really, I think the astringency of the black tea overpowers the intended flavor profile of the tea. Definitely a disappointment for me. I definitely expect more from a company like THE O DOR which is capable of producing some very nice flavored black teas. I will probably use the rest of this tea for making sweetened ice tea since I don’t see myself wanting to drink it otherwise.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Lemon Zest, Vanilla
I used the last of this in my smoothie. I was going to add peanut butter but decided not to as I worried it would be too strong a flavor and having this now I am glad I didn’t because it gave the hazelnut of this tea a chance to really shine. It’s like a nutella smoothie which is obviously super delicious. Thank you again Sil for sharing this with me :)
Oh The O Dor, I’ve missed you since the Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver stopped carrying your brand. So when I saw one in the GCTTB I pounced on it (don’t worry, there’s plenty left for the rest of you guys down the line). This a pleasantly soothing herbal blend, the lime blossom and lemon verbena are both mild tranquilizers so it’s a great tea to be drinking when you want to relax. The flavour is mostly lemon verbena, a sweet, herbal sort of lemon flavour without the sour acidic tang.
GCTTB 5 Box 2
This is a very delicious, smooth green tea. It definitely has notes of cantaloupe, melon and peach. It is super creamy. Very much reminds me of ice cream. There is a slight metallic tinge with a bit of astringency at the end of the sip.
The flavours of this tea definitely are very strong and linger. I agree with some of the previous reviews that this is one of the fruitiest green blends I have ever tasted.