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Oh man, this is a fantastic summer tea. It’s from StarFevre — thanks so much! Even though it’s probably old and stored in the thinest of baggies (but the tea shop put it in that baggie), the flavor is still really good. I think it’s meant to be iced because the base is a CTC black tea… even some really tiny CTC tea that I could swear sometimes looks and tastes like rooibos. But the black tea also has a robustness to it. The added flavors are fantastic: definite lime but also with a hint of creaminess to it, like it could be a key lime pie, or lime jello with whip cream on top. It’s a great tea… one I might even search for fresh to buy again, as I’m one serving away from a sipdown. I keep going back to this tea!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 minute steep
I’m bumping up my rating on this from 56 because I enjoyed it a lot more this time around. I like when teas and I part on good terms.
Sticking with the two-minute steep really is key here. This was a lovely, tropical, jammy cup even before I added any sugar, but even more so afterwards. No milk necessary, which is a good thing with these flavours. The mango seemed most prominent to me this time around, with the pineapple being more of a supporting flavour, but still discernible. The flavours are very natural and, despite the malty base which I suspect is a little too heavy for them, so clear and prominent that it took me aback. I woke up yesterday with a blocked nose and sinuses, a headache and my skin hurt to the touch. I assumed that I was coming down with something and wouldn’t be able to taste much, and was very pleasantly surprised by how much flavour was packed into this. Yummy yummy.
I received a sample of this from MissB, and again it’s one I’ve drank a few times but never reviewed. I followed the brewing instructions and was surprised by how flavourful this was after just 2 minutes steeping. The black tea base is strong and not astringent – I’m drinking it without milk which is fairly rare for me with a black tea. Plain, I got black tea with a general ‘tropically fruity’ background, but with a little over half a teaspoon of sugar added the pineapple and mango flavours really become discernible, and even though it’s the base tea which is still prominent, I can taste both of the fruits distinctly. They meld together really well too, and every time I think I can pinpoint which one is more dominant I change my mind. It is a nice tea and I will enjoy my last cup, but it isn’t particularly memorable in the grand scheme of teas.
ETA: The more this cools, the less pineapple and mango I can taste, and it’s taking on a sort of sour note…
I received a sample of this from Allie in a “Mystery Swap”. Thank you!
I had just discovered Arbor Teas. I was searching for Thai Iced tea and they seem to have a pretty good one. Anyway, onto THIS tea. This was so nice! I definitely get the mango and the sweetness of the pineapple. This was a real treat hot. I need to make a cup cold and add a little bit of sugar.
Apparently I’m in a chocolatey mood today! This is the second chocolate tea I’ve reached for today, and I’m not regretting this in the least.
Yum. There is a wonderful dark chocolate taste to this tea. While it’s not quite the same as biting into the real thing, I’m pretty convinced that it’s a decent substitute. Which is odd… I’m not sure that if you’d tell me I’d like chocolate-flavoured water, I’d like it. But. I do.
I think it’s the aftertaste. I do still miss the texture of chocolate with this, but the scent and aftertaste are so much like eating a bar of chocolate…. I’m definitely looking forward to having more of this!
When I make a cup of chai, my ideal experience is a wave of creamy spicy sweet. The tea, of course, is manly responsible for the spicy part, but it needs to serve as a vehicle for the creamy and sweet too. This tea, however, I found too mild. The taste is pleasant, and I will not say otherwise, but it falls short of giving me the wow factor, the wave of pleasure that I’m looking for. Still not bad, and I have a feeling that my mother, the plain chai enthusiast would enjoy it. I’d just like a bit more depth of flavour, myself.
I was surprised by the very short steep recommended for this tea. I’m starting to think that the tea makers at TeaHaus prefer rather short steeps, however. As a result, the taste is rather mild, though the vanilla (combined with the obligatory orange peel and cloves) makes for a mild base to begin with, regardless of steep time. (My mind goes to Glitter and Gold for an example of such.)
A longer steep makes it a little bitter, but not too much so — the mild, creamy flavour still predominant. I’m starting to think that the tea would be all the better for a bit of cinnamon, though it’s quite decent on its own.
In all, not bad. Not the greatest of the orange Christmas teas, but certainly a decent one nonetheless, especially if one is after a milder version of the flavour.
Thank you to Allie for sharing this sample with me!
I made sure not to mess this one up, even though Allie was generous and sent more more than enough for a few cups’ worth.
I taste more mango than anything when it’s straight and hot, however when I sweeten it, it’s all pineapple juiciness. Tasty and easy to drink, with zero astringency or bitterness. It’s all smooth at the finish too, likely due to the mango (which I can actually taste the granularity of the mango, how weird and awesome is that?!)
Thanks again Allie for letting me try this. I’ll definitely enjoy this to it’s fullest.
Thanks goes to DJBooth for sharing some of this tea in a swap. It certainly is a rooibos in flavor, I get the woodsy, sour wood mixed with a tart juicy cherry. The cherry is definitely spot on in this one. I can finish this cup, but like most rooibos I probably wouldn’t buy this for myself. uld be a great c
Thanks Allie for the sample!
I LOVE strawberry (doesn’t everyone?). I’m also a fan of honeybush. Heck, I even like caramel! Match made in heaven? I say yes!
The taste is sweet (but not sickly sweet). The strawberry is there but doesn’t take over the flavor. Nice balance among the ingredients. It is (to use a technical term) Yummy.
More oxidized than the average Chinese Oolong. Fuller bodied, more akin to a 2nd flush darjeeling in aroma, taste, and body without the heavy muscatel and astringency.
Dry tea smells fruity and spicy, but not the true fruity papaya quality Taiwanese Oolongs often have. Tastes of delicate mango freshness with a spicy ginger undertone and a hint of lime zest. Well balanced. Fruity mango with slight gingery spice notes and a hint of lime zest.
Exceptional complex mixture of light tones, with a slight brisk and highly pleasant bitterness at the finish. Each sip leaves a pleasant mouth fullness, a coated feeling.
This is one of the best teas TeaHaus carries.
Needs to be brewed with a large amount of tea and small amount of water. This tea stands up to multiple brewing. The second infusion was as good as the first. I think it should be brewed with slightly under boiling water, such as pouring boiling water into your cup first and then into the teapot.
This tea has a slightly smokey flavor which complements the underlying chocolate and wet leaf tones. For those adverse to the liquid smoke like taste and smell of Lapsang Souchong, this tea is a pleasant balance between smokiness, earthen leaf, and more floral qualities.
Among Keemun’s this is a good to great one, but not fantastic. It is more smokey/floral and less chocolatey than the Keemun 1110 from The Republic of Tea. A subtle sweetness lingers after each sip.
Good with milk, given it’s smokey flavor, especially when brewed for 3-5 minutes. Milk enhances the smoke and earthen leaf tones, diminishing floral and chocolate notes. I personally avoid milk with this tea, unless I happen to over-brew.
At $3.72-3.26/oz (1.7oz/1.1lb respectively) this tea is moderately priced and a very good value, especially considering it’s multi-brew capacity and the price The Republic of Tea’s Keemun 1110 Full Leaf at $3.71-2.8/oz (3.5oz to 1lb respectively).
Best when brewed between 195-205ºF and for 2-3 minutes. Short 2-3 minute brews produce a delicate mouth feel while longer 4-5 minute brews enhance the astringency and bitterness.
A good, not great, 2nd flush darjeeling. Slightly too expensive, $3/oz would be right. The advertised astringency and muscatel flavors border on lushness but end up having a metallic taste (not the water).
At a cost of $6.55 for 50g, or 3.72/oz, this tea is a bit expensive. Considering the price, this tea does not amaze. There are better value 2nd flush darjeelings, such as the Republic of Tea darjeeling (which can be found around $2.80±0.30, 1lb is $42 direct).
A warming white pepper taste surrounds the mouth upon taking your first sip. Hints of tart sweetness leave the mouth dry. Moments later a bright orange note rises from the dryness. Finally metallic copper enters, vibrating between the orange and sweet dryness. Some may find the astringency, dryness, and near-metallic taste to be discomforting. This is a specialist flavor. Some will run towards others away. For those 1st flush floral lovers this tea will greatly disappoint.
Although TeaHaus suggests using boiling water and steeping for 3 minutes I find using slightly cooled water between 90º and 97º is best. Depends on your brewing vessel, and its heat capacity, absorbency, and insulation as well as your pre-heating/washing rituals.
Second brewing is still quite good, especially if the first has a shorter brew. Third falls flat.