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I am getting close to the bottom of the bag, and somehow I don’t get a whole lot of cinnamon from this cup. I think most of the cinnamon pieces floated to the top of the bag, and I drank all of them last winter. This is one yummy cinnamon cup of soothing tea for a nice cold day. I think I liked the cinnamon more than the chai taste, which is still nice , but cinnamon says chilly fall days and warming up with a nice cup of tea.
If I get this again I’ll make more of an effort to equally distribute the cinnamon in each cup.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove
This Darjeeling tea has leaves about 3/4" in size and good quality. The color, steeped, is a light brown, and I really liked the freshness; the tea was packed only a month before shipping, and sent in a vacuum sealed container. A full flavor, but not harsh at all. Definite Muscatel flavor, but don’t look for spicy or peppery notes.
Flavors: Butter, Malt, Smooth
This is not a subtle or in your face smokiness, but a very balanced in between. This one is a great candidate for grandpa style brewing as I’ve never gotten any bitterness from brewing too long or too strong. I don’t get a whole lot of maltyness, I was surprised it was an Assam. It is a mild, smooth, smoky cup of tea. Maybe even a good introduction tea to those who think all tea is strong and bitter.
Flavors: Caramel, Smoke, Tobacco
Dry leaf smells like tangy tomato leaf.
Wet leaf has a blackberry jam aroma.
Brewed western style, this is a delicious assam that can enjoyed heavy or light on the tannins depending on steeping method. I prefer the lighter flavors of dark fruit and malt with just a hint of drying astringency to balance it out at the end.
Flavors: Astringent, Blackberry, Dried Fruit, Jam, Malt
I saved a sample of this from the last tea box – so thanks! As soon as I steeped this, I realized it would not really be my thing. It smells like it would be a tasty dinner, but it’s not what I want in a tea. I’m not too good at picking out individual flavors, especially when there are so many. I can just say that it’s quite savory with some sour rose and a bit of bitterness (possibly my fault) and that I tasted all herbs and not so much the tea itself. I won’t leave a rating since this is all a matter of personal taste – someone else might love this blend!
Teabox Tuesday! It’s in the herbal hours of the evening and I’m quite low on herbals left from my teabox stash, so I’m hoping this green tea is low on the tea leaf since the ingredients certainly make it appear that it is leaning towards more of an herbal blend and I won’t be too jacked this evening. This came from the Discovery Teabox, so thank you to Skysamurai for organizing and to those that participated for sharing!
The dry leaf smelled very peppery/spicy and a bit floral. I still used 175F water but let this steep in my teapot longer than I normally would steep a green tea because I wanted to allow all the herbs to get a good flavor, so I hope the tea leaf in there hasn’t gone astringent… guess we’ll see. The steeped tea is a gingery color and smells very spicy, musty, earthy, and herbaceous. My first thought from the aroma was “Ugh, ginseng!” but, much to my relief, it doesn’t taste like that to me at all. I get a strong lemony citrus flavor from the broth, and I’m tasting a bit slight mint note with a stronger fennel/black pepper spiciness. There is a fresh woodiness present as well… like sandlewood incense? The one thing I’m not getting, despite being called “Ayurvedic Rose,” is any floral component… It smelled a bit floral before steeping, but there is no rose flavor coming through after the steep. I would expect this to be a scent marketed for a men’s bedroom, which sounds weird trying to translate that into a tea flavor, but… there you have it. It’s quite pleasant, though! Certainly one of the more unique teas I’ve tried, too.
Thanks for sharing!
Flavors: Citrus, Earth, Fennel, Herbaceous, Lemon, Mint, Musty, Pepper, Spices, Wood
I’ve had Earl Grey and masala chai teas before, but not in the same cup. It has a strong taste, both citrusy and spicy. I steeped the leaves a second time and whilst I expected the flavour to be stronger, it was less so.
Flavors: Citrus, Spicy
I bought some loose leaf tea samples from Vahdam via Amazon, and most of the ones I have left are pure black teas like this one.
It has a bitter flavour to it but not overly bitter. Overall, I quite enjoyed it.
Flavors: Bitter, Muscatel
This tea has a very floral taste, it’s tasty but not as delicious as some of the other teas I’ve tried from the samples I brought from Amazon. I steeped the leaves a second time, although for five minutes rather than three, the taste was stronger but still likeable.
This one is from Meowster! Thanks so much! This sounded lovely — a High Mountain Darj. Sometimes I just crave some Darj, and a High Mountain Dark sounds even better. It has a very fruity, bright flavor, a note almost like an assam but with plenty of muscatel. A deep red color. It’s a darker Darj… while some usually have a light flavor, this one is like a mid-level black tea. It gets a bit brisk even with one teaspoon and a low steep temp (note to self). I’m not describing it well enough, but let’s just say it’s delicious. And it’s certainly a Darj I’d prefer to steep up.
Steep #1 // 1 heaping teaspoon for a full mug // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 13 minutes after boiling // 2-3 minute steep
This is a black tea that I don’t think I’ve had before today.
The tea is delicious with a fruity and floral taste, I found it quite enjoyable. I steeped the leaves twice, the second cup tasted a bit better than the first.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity
The final tea that I’m sampling today, the ingredient list makes this tea sound quite delicious. It has a reddish-brown colour.
It has a strong fruity taste which is quite enjoyable, I certainly would drink this regularly.
I decided to try a black tea from the Vahdam samples today, choosing this one.
I’ve not had a lot of loose leaf black tea before – most of the time when I’ve had a black tea, it’s been bagged and most of the time when I’ve had loose leaf tea it’s been a green or herbal tea. With a bag I often just left it in for a second or two before disposing of the bag, which meant a rather weak taste.
This tea tastes fine, it has a malty flavour, it has a bit of an aftertaste which lingers for a few seconds after a sip. It’s not one of my favourites so far, but it is drinkable. I think the next time I drink this, I’ll steep it for three rather than four minutes.
Another of the samples I bought from Amazon.
I think I’ve had oolong tea before, but it was in a bag rather than loose leaf. This tea has a golden appearance. It tastes quite nice, the flavour is fruity and enjoyable.
Overall, I found it to be a really good tea, certainly one I would drink on a regular basis.
I wanted to get into teas, I’ve drunk many before but usually they’ve been bagged teas from the supermarket. Along with a temperature-controlled kettle, I purchased samples of tea from Vahdam Teas.
As I am quite sensitive to caffeine, I decided that the first tea I would try would be one of the herbal tisanes. I’ve had turmeric tea before but wasn’t a big fan, hopefully this tea will be better.
After steeping, the tea was a pleasant golden colour, I’m unable to describe the smell as I have a very poor sense of smell.
This tea was certainly a lot nicer than the turmeric tea I’ve had before, plus the ginger didn’t burn my throat as it often does when I drink teas with it in. The taste is good, not too strong and not too weak.
I received this tea as a gift in a fancy box that includes a trio of different Chai teas. I’m sure it was chosen because Oprah selected this tea for her list of “Favorite Things” in 2018.
This is the first tea I’ve tasted from the trio. It tastes like a high-quality Chai tea from India, similar to what I would expect from a fine dining Indian restaurant. The flavors are classic and well balanced, and the tannins and briskness are right-on.
The ingredients list Oolong tea, but I can’t identify anything significantly different from other assam and Darjeeling based black Chai teas I’ve had.
For a tea of this quality and purported freshness, after 2 brewings I expected to see more whole unfurled leaves and a lot less tea-leaf-dust in the bottom of my teapot. It also didn’t come out as strong as I expected, I ended up using more leaves than I normally would.
Considering the gorgeous box, and the fact that Oprah selected this as the best tea for 2018, I maybe had unreasonably high expectations. This tea is a fine and capable Chai tea, but it didn’t wow me any more than other capable Chai teas I’ve had.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Forest Floor, Green Wood, Honey, Musty, Spices