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I was drinking this yesterday with honey but it’s caffeine free and I have a lot of it. It was actually quite good both with and without the honey. Alas, today the sore throat has turned into a full on cold so I am still drinking this with honey, except now I have that annoying void in taste from the cold. Boo.
I am quite shocked this tea has a fair amount of reviews from a little shop in London. It is quite a nice tea. A little twang of dryness from the base I am guessing or perhaps the ginger since that is the prominent flavor. I wish there was a bit more burn from the ginger but it is strong and compliments the slight peachy sweetness well. All in all, I am enjoying this one.
Juicy, refreshing, fruity green tea. This was one of my first loose leaf teas, and this is the tea I use to get other people addicted to loose leaf. The smell of the tea when you open the bag is phenomenal.
The smell of the tea and the mango flavour and sweetness is just right. Absolutely love this one. Would recommend it to anyone, especially people just getting into loose leaf tea, or green tea.
A decent organic longjing. Dry leaf color is medium green, leaf size is smaller than usual longjing and not very consistent. Liquor is clear and light yellow-green. Infused leaf has a vegetal aroma with nutty notes. Taste is light and sweet. Vegetal and reminiscent of toasted nuts with slight buttery flavor.
Flavors: Butter, Nutty, Toasty, Vegetal
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Another tea I’ve had forever, but never logged. This one I’ve had probably somewhere around 3 years now too… Oops…
I remember having it in the last and not really caring for it, so it sat in the cupboard… and sat in the cupboard… and… well… you get it.
Tonight I made an iced tea. I thought I had made it strong, but I should have made it stronger ‘cause of its age. So I have another steeper with it steeping in that looks like it’s going to be extra strong, so hopefully that’ll be good.
But the one I had tonight wasn’t super good. I found that it wasn’t strong enough and it had a weird… fizziness/bite to it. I think it’s the pepper in it. Which, if it has that, it’s living up to it’s name, but for me, I found it was just odd… I’ll review differently tomorrow or even tonight if I decide to try it now instead of waiting.
After this large steeper full I have a few spoonfuls left… we’ll see how the iced tea goes. If it’s not good, I might say goodbye. If it’s good, I’ll make some more tea… we’ll see.
Edit I tried the stronger version of this one that I made into an iced tea. I don’t care for it. It’s that weird bit aftertaste, which could be totally its age more than anything, but either way, I’m not impressed. Bye tea!
So I, uhh, feel really bad about this one. It comes from Amariel ages and ages ago at the first meet-up! March, 2013. Yeah. I was sorting through my spreadsheet so I can drink up my oldest samples first. ~ hangs head in shame.
Thank you, Amariel! :)
I think I was scared of this because I looked it up online and there are some scary health things. But, everything in moderation, right? And it’s really, really good! The orange! The woodiness of the lapacho! Yum.
Not something I would have thought I would like, but now that I do I’ll keep my eyes open for it during future orders. :)
Another sipdown. Second one of the day.
My comments about this tea from the last time I brewed it still stand: cloves and cardamom are the most prominent flavours, with ginger being a little more noticeable this time around. I also smell the vanilla. However, this really doesn’t work as a green tea – when I finished brewing it, the green smelled rather vegetal and marine-like, and I just don’t think that’s a good mix with chai spices and other non-fruit flavourings. I think this would be much better with a black base.
When I first brewed this, I had a hard time figuring out the flavour profile. I could smell cloves/cardamom, but there was a sweet undertone to it that I thought was honey. Upon reading the description, I realize I was smelling the vanilla.
This is an ok tea, but I really don’t think the green base is the best for the spices used here – it needs something with more body underneath. That said, it’s not a bad cup of tea, especially since it didn’t turn astringent even though I steeped it at a higher temperature and for a longer time than I normally use for greens. This would be a good candidate for a sipdown, and so I give it a solid “meh”.
So I don’t usually go in for Moroccan Mint teas because I’m not a fan of peppermint or green tea, sooooooo yeah. But this was in the sipdown pile so I coldbrewed it for today (and stuck the rest of the package in the fridge for tomorrow, yay sipdown!)
I’m having some tummy trouble this afternoon, so it’s right on time. Spearmint is my mint of c hoice, but peppermint will do. It’s just got such a bite to it, you know?
I get the feeling this would be better with sugar instead of agave, but I’m out, so agave it is. For me, agave makes things taste like candy, whereas sugar just sweetens the flavors already there. I have some sugar cubes, maybe I’ll put those in the coldbrew for tomorrow, see if there’s a difference. Because when my stomach is upset, I want sweet mint, not mint candy, if that makes sense.
ANYWAY. Yes, this is peppermint green. I’m not a huge fan, honestly. The green is overwhelming the mint, if that’s even possible, leaving behind only the sharp bite of it. I would make my wife drink the other mason jar of it, but she doesn’t like cold teas that taste like teas, only herbals, so this is a big no for her. But I’m going to have to add a lot more sweetener to get through it.
I’m not going to rate this because it wouldn’t be fair. I came in to it not expecting to like it and lo and behold, I don’t XD. But if you’re a fan of mint greens, I can see how this would be tasty.
Thanks to De for yet another sample!
De mentioned to me when I met her last week that this was one of her favourite teas. I tried it myself and had really high hopes for it, but I think I underleafed it – 1 pinch for 8 oz at 2 minutes at 75°C. Maybe my pinch was too small?
Anyways, this was sweet and actually had a bit of a minty taste to it, but it’s possible that the flavour of other mint teas in my sample box crept in; otherwise, it was really really light. I’m going to try brewing this again later with a larger pinch to see what happens.