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Another VariaTEA share – this one has been sitting on my sipdown counter for all five days of my vacation and I’ve just completely put off drinking it. Something shinier/fancier always caught my attention and I made that instead.
I’m glad I did finally brew it up though because it’s pretty soft and delicate and the gentle touch of florals has created this really relaxing break inbetween the afternoon and early evening. I need to go out to the mall at some point today and I’ve just been putting off doing that; but I think after drinking this tea I might finally be ready to head out.
Rose and jasmine notes, and a soft, sweet fruity undertone. I can’t tell if the white/green tea in the blend are just really naturally fruity or if there’s been fruit flavour added into the blend – I guess, if it is flavour, that’s a good sign? Points to the quality of flavouring used if I’m unsure if it’s there or not. Basically the fruit notes are very lychee like (probably because the blend is so floral) but with a really mild white peach element as well. There’s a bit of a sour grassy taste; from the base tea(s) – maybe I pushed my steep time a touch long…
I’m really enjoying this! It’s creating its own moment of zen.
Flavors: Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Lychee, Peach, Rose
This is unlike any chai that I have ever tasted. In fact, it spurred me to look up the definition of chai. Then I found out that “chai” is the Hindi word for “tea” and that “masala chai” refers to what we Westerners redundantly often refer to as “chai tea” (“tea tea”)—black tea with a mix of spices, usually starring cardamom and cinnamon.
There’s not a trace of cardamom in this one and the turmeric is the key player. I find it pretty darn delicious. It’s really making me want Indian food, though. Like I want to be drinking this with a big old plate of palak paneer.
I think this is only the second pu-erh tea I’ve ever tried and it’s both been in blends, so I’m not totally sure what the pu-erh tastes like in this mix, but overall I find it really nice. It’s a bold black tea that makes a good substitute for a black cup of coffee in the morning.
Flavors: Earth, Fennel, Spices
Wait….. what do you mean I’ve reached my sipdown goal? Whhhhhhat?
Er, well, go me? To celebrate I shall have one of the teas that I have not yet tried.
So far so good! Its a nicely balanced breakfast bread, a good companion to toast, and generally pleasant.
I’m glad I feel that way, as I have an absolute ton of this.
So, I think this is a good blend. The base and the chocolate notes are actually really well blended, and I can tell that the general flavors are well balanced.
But I must say that I am not a big fan of either Pu-ehr or of chocolate teas, so this blend is never going to be a favorite.
But its doing very well as a work tea, where its getting sipped down quickly.
New tin on the work desk is this fella!
I picked it up in my Black Friday Frenzy, and I perhaps should have read the description a little more carefully. A puher, and a chocolate tea? Neither are really my thing, but hey, I’ll give it a shot.
It needs a light steep, or else the whole thing gets too earthy for my taste, and it smells more strongly of chocolate than it tastes…
I immediately distrust anything that promises a “flat belly”, or tries to act as an appetite suppressor. Not good things, generally speaking.
But I got a sample of this with a Tea Spot order a while ago, and its leaf smelled alright, so I figured what the heck.
What the heck is right .This blend was a very weird, tart, unpleasant thing, but now its gone from my cupboard, so thats all good.
A pretty tea to look at and to taste. I can taste the jasmine and rose. I steeped it too hot forgetting that it was a white tea, but after reading the reviews I was glad I did use hotter water than suggested. The taste is not overwhelming but is prevalent. I thoroughly enjoyed this tea, so glad to have a second steep of this coming.
Flavors: Jasmine, Rose
This was okay, but I’m not the right audience for rose teas or white teas. I found I liked this better as it cooled down, there were sweeter notes in the tea leaves that came forward and make the florals feel more like dessert toppings rather than perfume or soap. A small thing, but I liked that the samples I received were loose leaf tea in little single-serve packets. Cute and travel friendly.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Rose
In general, I prefer my tea unadorned, but like all chai’s, I don’t care much for it unless I add a little maple syrup and some form of creamer/milk (in my case, coconut milk. It’s not pretty, but it tastes good). With these additions, this tea is mighty tasty, and definitely has an authentic pumpkin taste & enough spice to make it a chai. Some Chai’s have one overpowering spice or another, but this is a nicely balanced cup, maybe just a little heavy on the cinnamon, but I like that.
I don’t drink chai often, because I have a reaction to some of the spices: my cheeks turn red & blotchy, and my face gets a burning sensation, and if I drink too much it irritates my guts… Sadly, I have the same problem with curry, which is a real bummer, because I love a good curry! I feel that reaction coming on, So this is going into the box for Sil, and there is plenty to share with the Canadian Crew! Enjoy!
Bolder Breakfast was one of the first teas I tried in an effort to wean myself from coffee. This is a nice robust cup that stands up to a little sweetener and milk but is not bitter or astringent at all. The black and pu-erh teas compliment the chocolate and vanillaesque mallow petals but still retain their “teaishness”. The tea is quite nice black but a little sweetener and milk make it taste like a woodsy Yohoo drink. This is a yummy cup that even non-tea drinkers will enjoy.
This is a tea I’ve had laying around a long time. Don’t know when I got it. Might as well try it. The leaves in the bag don’t smell like anything special, just normal black tea. Brewing this in my gaiwan as usual.
1st Steep: I notice some flowers and mountain air in the flavor.
2nd Steep: A lot of astringency appears. Mountain air gets more intense. Lots of dry mouth left behind
Nothing changed beyond this. Not awful but can’t recommend. Lots of better options out there.
Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Floral, Grass
My final cup of this, and I have managed to over steep it.
Its a perfectly respectable spice blend, with a touch of orange to it, but I’ve found it a little too heavy to bring it back into cupboard rotation. And its decidedly a one season tea, and that tea is winter. It would feel wrong to drink it in the warm weather.
So, a sipdown! Wahoo!
This is a very rich cup of tea. The spices, the orange, they fill up every sip.
The trouble is I’m still not sure about the balance of the flavors. Maybe? The orange and spice play well together some sips, but sometimes the spice bullies the orange into the background, where it fares less well.
Hmmmm. Many more cups of this to come, and to wonder over.