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What a lovely tea! A berry/fruity floral mix sitting lightly on top a green base. The lemon is present but barely, just enough to perk it up a bit. The dry leaf has a strong, but gorgeous, raspberry smell — not medicinal like some fruit teas — but the aroma of the steeped tea has a strong lavender note. It reminds me of that je ne sais quois of the French flavored teas done by Mariage Freres, Damman Freres, Kusmi, and The O Dor. It’s a clear medium-deep golden color.
I wish I had more than a sample. And of course, now I can’t find it on The Tea Table site.
Flavors: Green, Lavender, Raspberry
So that thing I said about flavored green teas being hit or miss? I realized that when I wrote that about the Todd & Holland Copacabana, I was thinking about tropical fruity teas. The thing about those is if they have pineapple in them, and sometimes even if they don’t, I mostly taste pineapple. It’s a strong flavor and it overshadows other more subtle ones. Same with coconut. In any case, I often have trouble differentiating the various tropical flavors because everything tastes like pineapple or coconut. And then I say to myself, eh, another one of these.
I wasn’t thinking of this. I’ve known about Japan cherry tea for a while but I have never tried it until now. And I’m a fan.
Cherries, fresh cherries, are one of the fruity pleasures of life in my book. Cherry flavor, in my experience, is usually pretty consistent. It often reminds me of Kool Aid or Luden’s cough drops, and it’s more the associations that are off than the actual flavor. I’ve never really had a cherry flavored thing that I thought had flavoring that was too bitter or too sweet or too anything. Even the medicinal aspect often doesn’t bother me unless it has an alcoholic side to it.
I steeped this a bit hotter than usual for greens because the packet said to take it to near boiling. But I think the temp I chose was close enough. I steeped a bit longer than the directions (by 30 seconds) but I may try a shorter steep next time.
Cait said that this smells like cough syrup in the packet and I get what she meant — it’s a strong cherry flavored scent. But for me, it wasn’t medicinal because no alcohol side. It was more like Jolly Rancher cherry. It retains a cheerful candy-like aroma in the steeped tea, which is more golden than yellow.
But all of that smooths out in the flavor, which becomes more reminiscent (for me anyway) of the true cherry fruit flavor than candy. There’s nothing sweet about the flavor, though nothing sour or bitter either. It’s pretty mellow, but strong enough so that there’s no mistaking it.
I had this just after breakfast, but I’d like to try it with a clear palate and see if I come out the same way.
Flavors: Cherry, Grass
Oh wow. This is my 1200th tasting note! It only took eight years…
The description the company gives is “round.” That’s not the word that comes to mind for me, but this is definitely an unusual sencha. There’s a dewy sweetness to the aroma, honey-like, which has a hay note that’s apparent in the dry leaf but not so much in the steeped tea.
The flavor is also quite unusual. It’s not grassy or vegetal so much as it is very subtly sweet and a little tangy. It doesn’t really taste like any tea I’ve had before. It makes me think of bees and pollen. It’s extremely pleasant (which is why it gets a high rating).
About the only thing that’s usual about this is it’s color, which is the golden straw color described on the packet.
Flavors: Hay, Honey, Nectar, Sweet, Tangy
A pretty blend, with lots of shapes and colors including the ever lovely and visual interest-adding red peppercorns. In the packet it smells primarily of spices, but there’s also an orange zest note.
It makes a light orange-brown tea that smells like a spice tea with orange notes.
But amazingly, it somehow gets a pastry flavor into the mix in the sip. The spices sort of blend together with no single note leading, and there’s an unexpected sweetness to the flavor. The orange is a little on the subtle side but definitely there, and what it lacks in strength it makes up for in non-fake orange flavor. I wonder whether making the orange flavor stronger would also make it fake tasting, and if so, this strikes a balance that makes sense. I don’t get a strong sense of the underlying tea, but that’s not really why you drink a tea called “orange cookie” now, is it?
Flavors: Cookie, Orange, Orange Zest, Pastries, Spices
A never before opened packet of this has been sitting on my counter for a while. I’ve been waiting for the right time to give it a try.
I always think Keemun leaves are fascinating in a iron filings sort of way. They look like if you held a magnet against them they’d jump right up. The picture is very accurate. They have a very earthy smell in the packet, a dark smell with a sharp, high note.
For me, the liquor wasn’t all the coppery. Unless your penny has been in circulation for a while. It’s much darker than the color I know as copper, but has a reddish/orangish tinge.
The aroma suggests something deep and flavorful. There’s a slightly bready note and a tad of smoke. I had never heard “the burgundy of teas” before, but I get it. It has the same feel.
The flavor is very nice. At first, it seems somewhat less complex than the smell suggests it might be. But the finish and aftertaste belie that impression. There’s a sweetness to it and the smoke is subtle, which I like. The mouthfeel is pretty interesting. Soft and smooth. There’s a dark cocoa note, like a baking chocolate, a slight metallic/potato note and something that’s a cross between coffee and caramel, but not really either.Not my favorite Keemun as I don’t love the metallic/potato aspect. But everything else about it is lovely.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cocoa, Coffee, Metallic, Potato, Smoke
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #42
Another interesting green. I didn’t really think there would be much spice flavor if I couldn’t fully boil this with the green tea without making the cup bitter. But overall there was a perfect balance of green tea flavor and spices and a nice dose of spearmint as well, which was a refreshing surprise.
Steep #1 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Yunnan is one of my favorite black teas for all kinds of reasons.
There’s something aesthetically pleasing to me about the shape and color of the dry leaf. Some are blonder than others, some are curlier than others, but they’re all pretty interesting visually. This one’s leaves give me an overall impression of being medium “blonde” (some very light, golden leaves, some medium green, and some darker) and more wavy than curly. They have a malty smell that I associate with Yunnan and a tad of smoke.The tea is a medium red-brown, more on the red side, and the aroma echos the smell of the leaves, but there’s a fruity smell that is added to the mix. I want to say cherry?That’s another reason I enjoy Yunnans. The aromas can be full of surprises.
But of course, mostly, I like the taste. I find it to be generally smooth, without the bite that can get me in the throat in certain other blacks, like Assam, but complex with a fair amount of depth. The flavor in this one at 205F for 3.5 minutes is milder than I expected given the description of this at the Tea Table’s site as their strongest Yunnan, but still very tasty (I might bump up the time a bit next time). It’s smooth, with just a tiny bit of astringency in the finish and a definite lingering peppery flavor with an undercurrent of maltiness. Very drinkable. Also, it makes my teeth feel clean. :-)
Flavors: Malt, Pepper
Liquid Proust sent me a few samples of oolongs recently, and this is one of them. Thank you!
This tastes green and slightly nutty to me. There’s also a hint of a floral note. It tastes like spring to me. I think I prefer the darker oolongs I’ve had, but this is quite good. There’s no bitterness or astringency and the flavors are light and clear.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Nutty
I decided to give The Tea Table another try – I had ordered from them a while back and was only over the moon with one of their teas – Orange Cookie Tea. THAT tea is so delicious I had to order it again, but everything else I ordered left me cold.
I’m SO glad I did! Maybe I got a bad order last time, maybe I chose the wrong flavors, but this time I have been so impressed wth the selections.
Triple Threat Temptation is AMAZING! Seriously! Chocolate, coconut, creamy goodness for reals! Next time I’m adding a bit of heavy cream or milk
What a delightful Mango tea. I had this both hot and cold-brewed and it was great either way. I appreciated that even when hot the mango runs the show, while the sweet hay notes accompany it in such an endearing fashion. Cold it really shines with no added sweeteners. I felt the base was of good quality too. All around an excellent tea for the cupboard! Just not mine right now, I’m on a buying ban. Ha Ha
Flavors: Hay, Mango, Sweet
I like this tea. It is very unique I feel. I couldn’t add these to the flavours and scents tab but you do get a definite cumin hint and pistachio note. While I very much enjoy this tea I don’t feel it tastes at all like a cookie. It does have a faint buttery-ness but it is more of a spicy nut tea. I will likely buy this again, but not until I get a lot of sipdowns done!
Flavors: Almond, Nutty, Spicy
Tasted at Josephine House in Austin, TX.
I enjoyed this tea very much during my meal. The staff at Josephine House does all the steeping for you to make the perfect cup of tea. No loose strands to be found so no need to worry about over steeping. This was the tea I enjoyed during my meal, with its lightly smoky flavor and distinct woodsy taste.
Flavors: Bark, Oak wood, Smoked, Smooth
I hated this tea. It did not taste like caramel at all to me. It had a mysterious flavour that I was not at all fond of, & it made my stomach upset. I will not try it again. It was one of the very few teas I’ve dumped out instead of finishing. I think I only have a little left and I will be putting it in the Not My Cup of Tea TTB when It comes to me. The Tea Table has many better teas than this.
This is just a weird tea. I can smell the butter, but I can’t really taste it. I don’t even know what I taste? As soon as the tea touches my tongue I get a mental image of emptying the pencil shavings from the metal pencil sharpener at my old grade school. That’s what the smell reminds me of. It’s drinkable and perhaps with a some sweetener it could really shine.
The reviews here are split on this one, some people really enjoy this! So for that, I recommend. Your taste may differ from mine. This will not be a re-buy for me.
Tastes almost like that chocolate cinnamon cake The Pioneer Woman bakes! Has a slight chai feel. I just wish it was a tad richer and creamier on it’s own. Of course, this can be fixed with some additions. I can see this being delicious mixed with equal parts of milk.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Spices