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Thank you to Sil and VariaTEA for passing this tea along! I steeped this in a fill your own/drawstring teabag and I feel like I shouldn’t have left the teabag in while drinking. The start of the mug was sweet bright orange sherbet and silky sweet vanilla custard but as the tea kept steeping it got more like a hibiscus dominated orange with chalky tasting cream. Definitely a sad way to finish a mug that started so positively but it feels like it was just on me for not ideal steeping conditions…
Cold Brew Sipdown (1498)!
Thank you to both Sil and VariaTEA for passing this one along – I’m a little surprised at both how distinct the taste was given the more generic visual of the tea along with how much I liked it. The coconut is very fatty and silky in a way that reminds me heavily of a good slice of Coconut Cream Pie with all the grated coconut shaving on it and the thick filling that almost melts in your mouth. It’s the first flavour I get with each sip and the last as well with a nice tart tropical pineapple and hibiscus medley wedged right in the middle. I could probably drink a very dangerous amount of this tea in one sitting when cold brewed, and it’s easily my favourite tea from this company I’ve tried so far…
O is for…Orange Chocolate
Thank you for sharing Sil but this isn’t for me. There have been so many different teas with this flavour profile and it’s mostly been done better. I think the base teas just don’t suit this flavour profile as well as a black tea does. I mean I may be bias but this is a lot of orange and oolong and not enough chocolate. On the bright side the pu’erh isn’t super obvious.
We had family visiting today and they asked for either a vanilla or coconut tea. Weirdly enough I didn’t have a lot of plain vanilla or plain coconut teas but I did have this. I was able to divide this sample from Sil into 2 servings so I could share.
While Sil didn’t really love The Tea Girl’s coconut flavouring, I enjoy it. It’s not as good as her vanilla flavour but this is a simple and clean vanilla flavour that pairs nicely with the smooth black base. Thank you for sharing, Sil!
Salted Caramel Sweet Cream Cold Foam Sipdown (206)
Thank you Sil for sharing this with me. I decided to make a small latte with the sample and topped it with my salted caramel sweet cream cold foam. If I’m being honest, I don’t think that was the best pairing. The tea muted a bit of the salted caramel flavour so it was a lot of cream and custard/cinnamon. Overall it was a nice evening treat though. I just wish I was more into French toast/pancake teas than I have been lately.
I think this sample came from Sil by way of VariaTEA – so thank you both! This isn’t something that I would want to buy, say, 50g of to keep on hand but I did enjoy the mug quite a bit. It’s full bodied with a brisk black tea base and lots of rich cinnamon notes. What I liked about the cinnamon was that it seemed to be a nice balance of more woody and drying cinnamon as well as sweet “red hot” cinnamon, so I kind of got the best of both worlds. I also really enjoyed the maple sweetness in the body of the sip leading into the finish. It was rich, without being sweet.
Thank you for sharing this one with me, Sil!
Also hi steepster! I miss you a lot. My exam is next Friday and then I have July off before starting work in August. I have fun plans like reading my many new books, learning an instrument and a language, but tea will be a lot more apart of my life again so I’ll be back here too!
Today I literally made tea for the caffeine. I’m at the tax law part of my material and in addition to it basically being a different language despite looking like English, it made me super sleepy yesterday. So I am procrastinating getting back into it today and also arming myself with tea.
I picked this one because I wanted a strawberry black tea to go with my strawberry (/raspberry) tart breakfast bowl. The bowl was delicious. This tea isn’t bad. However, unlike the Tea Girl’s vanilla flavor – which is super strong and lovely – this tea is rather bland. Mostly just a fruit black tea. Not bad but nothing special either. Still fun to try though!
V is for… Vanilla Fluff!
Thank you to Sil/VariaTEA for sending this sample along!
This didn’t really smell like vanilla and visually was very fruit heavy so my expectations were low, but I liked it a lot – it’s more of a fruit blend for sure but there’s something unique happening with the way the very thick creamy vanilla flavour is playing alongside those fruit notes. As best I can describe it, this reminded me of a “Dole Whip” – tropical, sweet and tangy crushed pineapple meets vanilla ice cream/whipped cream. However, then you need to take that Dole Whip comparison and shove in some hibiscus and a boozier “marshmallow vodka” type note into the mix too.
Big, big flavour blast – but surprisingly some complexity there too.
I wish I had more of it because I found it very interesting – but I’m honestly just grateful to have tried a new tea regardless! I’ll have to see what I think of the other Tea Girl samples – maybe enough will pique my interest for an order.
V is for…Vanilla Chai
I am with Sil on this one that there is just too much anise for my tastes. I am still grateful for the chance to try it so thank you Sil for sharing!! In fairness, I had 4 of this company’s vanilla teas today and this is my first miss so all in all pretty successful!
V is for…Vanilla Coconut
Sil, I am the others that finds this delightful. You were not a fan of the coconut but personally I am really enjoying it so thank you for the share!
It’s reminding me of sweetened coconut desserts. My sister used to make hello dollies with shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and condensed milk. This is tasting like the shredded coconut mixed with the condensed milk and I am a fan.
V is for…Vanilla Orchid Oolong
Another from Sil. Thank you!!
This is so similar to the DAVIDsTEA tea of the same name. Are they the same tea? They are super similar which means this is awesome vanilla pudding deliciousness. So if the DAVIDsTEA one is unavailable, this is great alternative.
V is for…Vanilla Bean
A lot of the “V” teas are vanilla teas by The Tea Girl that Sil was super kind to share with me. Thank you, Sil!! So I figured if I was going to try a number of vanilla teas by the same company, I should start with just the straight vanilla and go from there.
I was taking my pictures of the steeped tea and it smelled so good. That had me all sorts of excited for the cup. That and the fact that Sil enjoys the vanilla from this company and she has tried a lot of vanilla before and tends to enjoy the ones I enjoy.
Drinking it now, I am so happy it delivers a great vanilla taste. This vanilla is somehow both creamy and floral. It also has a pretty full black tea base that is present but doesn’t interfere with the vanilla at all. So far, so good.
Q is for…Queen’s Blend
Thank you, Sil! I didn’t realize this was a black/green blend with lavender when I was preparing what to send to Roswell Strange in the Strange VariaTea TTB. If I had, I likely would have passed this along for her to try since there is a better chance of her appreciating it than me. However, I had it and decided to give it a try, but I went in with low expectations.
The low expectations paid off I guess because it ended up being better than expected. The black/green base blend doesn’t really do anything in a positive or negative light so I guess that’s fine. The lavender is the real culprit since I am definitely getting the regular lavender soapiness here. However, the savior of this blend is the vanilla that is trying (and while the battle is close, failing) to overpower the lavender. I think if the lavender was gone, this would be a good blend but I also know that’s my personal preference and likely wouldn’t be the case for others.
P is for…Pineapple Express
Thank you for the sample, Sil!
This is basically a pineapple genmaicha based on the ingredients list. That’s accurate of the taste too. It’s got a lot more of the green tea base than I would like though. The rice comes through as a secondary thought and after the base comes through strongly and a touch bitter. The pineapple pops up in the aftertaste more than anything. I wish it was the reverse where the pineapple was the main flavour.
I is for…Indigo Sky
…and only Indigo Sky since this is the only “I” tea I own/owned. Thank you Sil for sending it my way – both because its been fun to try and because it helped me get more of my alphabet.
This is meant to be a blueberry tea so I was thrown when the first sip was all vanilla. Is there even vanilla in this?! I don’t think so. Also, it was just the first sip. All subsequent sips have been a blueberry flavor that is pretty true to the fruit. It’s not overly sweet. Just a simple blueberry black tea. Nice but I don’t reach for blueberry often enough to justify wanting more of this – plus if I were to want blueberry, I am with Sil in that I would likely want a 52 Teas blueberry offering.
Another sample from Sil with puerh. Yesterday’s cup was my test and if it tasted like pu’erh I intended to just pass this on. Since I didn’t get any puerh there, I decided to give this a try – with a slight amount of puerh fear. I also thought I set a timer but didn’t so I have fear I oversteeped this.
Again, this isn’t a strong puerh flavor, thankfully. It actually is pretty spot on for a chocolate dipped strawberry, nailing both the chocolate and strawberry flavor. I’m surprised that I’m enjoying it like I am.
Cold Brew Sipdown (296)
I noticed in Sil’s note she thought this would be better as a cold brew so with the cup worth of leaf she sent over, I did that. This tea is surprisingly clear and has a sort of smooth berry flavor but not much of it. It’s a lot lighter both in color and taste then I expected from a cold brew that steeped for 6+ hours. Nice but light and not anything I am writing home about. Still fun to try though so thank you for sharing Sil!
Puerh…my nemesis…I see you in that ingredient list and I fear you. However, that seems unnecessary since I am not getting much puerh flavor. It’s mostly a mediocre chocolate tea. Not bad but not worth fearing the puerh. Thank you Sil for sharing though and the rest is off to Roswell Strange