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Another SIPDOWN today
This one is older than I care to admit. It has to be at least 4 years old.. I think?
Anyways, I used my whole sample again, which made this one SUPER strong. DT teas need to be a perfect spoon (2.5tsp) for 16oz of water, but I’m noticing with other companies I don’t need nearly as much. Not sure if that’s a reflection of the tea leaf quality or what, but because I’m use to using so much, I ended up overleafing this one. I used the whole sample, and I probably should have done less as this one is crazy strong now. I had to add milk and coconut sugar because I didn’t like it straight up because of the way that I did it.
So, this one is interesting to compare to the last one I drank (DT’s Satsuma Spice Cake). This one has orange in it as well, but again, it is barely noticeable in this one. I really am only getting the spices out of it.
If I didn’t know about the orange and only took this one as a spice tea, I would probably love it, but expecting orange and not getting any, I don’t know if I really want to get this one again. It’s a very nice spice tea though.
This is a lovely blend that feels quite Holiday-appropriate. (I’m not sure whether it’s meant to evoke said season or not, to be honest!) The scent reminds me of those seasonal shops that (used to) crop up in North American shopping malls around the winter season, where upon entering one’s senses were assailed by the scents of cinnamon, apple, mulling spices, etc. Those scented baggies of pine cones? It reminds me of them – but without so much of the muskiness. (While the connection mentally of cinnamon and apple is there, the ingredients list neither, but rather orange peels, cloves, as well as peppercorns.)
Brewed up, the similarity remains, but is toned down to levels I consider much more pleasant. None of the flavours are at all sickly-sweet, as they can be with similar teas and with some of those shops, or candles – but the association is strong enough to give the impression of the holidays and those scents and tastes we’ve often come to associate with them. With a little milk, it’s subdued just a touch more, and the experience is one of a much more gentle impression, clear and persistent without getting lost, but without ever becoming too sweet, overpowering, or cloying.
There’s a little “oomph” I feel might be missing somewhere – this blend is lovely, but it doesn’t quite stand out either. It’s got charm but it’s almost forgettable – indeed, I had 50g of this hanging around my cupboard and it was only a similar tea running low that reminded me that I had this somewhere – if only I could locate it, it might serve as a good back-up. Maybe if the orange, for example, came through more strongly, it would have left a stronger impression – something to stand out and shine against the lovely backdrop of the rest.
When I purchased this tea, the sales associate instructed me to steep it with butter or coconut oil in order to activate the cannabinoids. I tried butter and steeped the tea by itself and drank it hot. The taste was literally just what you would think it would be- buttery grass. I love earthy and grassy green teas and oolongs, I search high and low for grassy matcha, but the flavor of this tea was too grassy even for me. I instantly started playing around to find a way to make the taste tolerable because I really wanted to reap the benefits. My first switch was from butter to coconut oil. The great part about coconut oil is that it adds in the coconut flavor, and as a lover of coconut, that helped a lot. If you’re not one to play with blending your own tea concoctions, this is how I suggest drinking this tea- in a teabag, with coconut oil, make sure the oil is put in the bag with the tea leaves and leave the bag in the cup while drinking.
I guess my previous cups of this were at work/unlogged. Ah well. It’s not a stellar tea; tastes a bit on the lighter side of what I’m used to from black pearls, although the familiar chocolatey, malty flavours are present. I only used 4 pearls, though, for an 8oz cup, so it might be a little underleafed (I have 5 pearls left for the last cup).
I’m not sure if it’s the power of suggestion, but I just read a tasting note mentioning cigars, and I swear I also tasted a bit of that acrid, ashy taste as well (not really in a bad way). Not bad, but I’d probably go for a different version next time. I think YS and Teavivre both have black pearls; likely many other companies as well.
I can’t help but wonder if the selling point for this is more so the ‘novelty’ aspect of drinking hemp tea or if it’s the supposed wellness/health benefits?
I mean, it’s got to be one of the two because I find it impossible to believe that someone would be into this for the taste alone? It’s like a sour, grassy/spinach-y hay taste that is so, so unpleasant. More tolerable as it cooled down; but still not good. But hey, it’s another number on the list of things I’ve tried!
Iced Tea Sipdown (551)!
An easy sipdown, and one more tea under my belt. I have high standards for blueberry black teas – they tend to be some of my favourite flavour pairings. This one wasn’t great though; very astringent with an almost bark-like black tea flavour. It had very little blueberry flavour to it, even after I added a pump of agave to the last half of it to boost up the fruity aspects. I did very little, apart from mellowing some astringency.
When I opened the package, I was hoping for a nice pina colada scent. Instead, I got a big whiff of cranberry (which is weird because it is not listed in the ingredients list). It also tastes a lot like cranberries with coconut. It is so bitter too. This has got to be the worst Pina Colada tea that I have ever tasted.
(this review is for the iced tea pitcher pouch)
About 20 minutes in a 1.5 L container. The teabag pouch was about 2-3 times larger than most teabags, and you could tell it had brewed up something wonderfully flavourful because it smelled like berries and juice.
The primary taste is the fresh strawberries. It tastes like a strawberry smoothie-very bright and no artificial taste. The hints of basil are well hidden, and the tea is flavourful (tea flavour) but not very green/grassy. For people who like fruity iced teas but hate hibiscus, this is a good choice. I didn’t expect to like this blend, but I actually love it.
Flavors: Fruity, Herbs, Strawberry, Tannin
This was pretty good as a latte. Got a faint banana flavor mingled with a slightly stronger chocolate and rooibos taste. It cut down the sweetness of the rich chocolate I had with it so that’s a plus. I think this tea would have been awesome if the banana and chocolate flavors were more intense than they were in this cup.
Definitely vegetal with a nice soft yet delicate base. Not as crisp as white peony, but there is a slight clear mineralish tinge that I really enjoy. Definitely a mood tea. I quite enjoyed this. Only two infusions and I forgot to write down my notes.
Also, the leaves were made dragonwell style, super flat and long. Very pretty!
After my bad experience with the David’s tea version of Keemum, I approached this tea with a bit of wariness… I find they can be boring, for my tastes sometimes and others they really hit my sweet spot. This time? Perfection.
Complex, bready, malty, noms.
I made it through six infusions, combining two at a time in a large mug. The last two were pretty weak so I let it sit there for an hour. End result? weak… but the aftertaste of sweet molasses is pretty awesome.
A dessert tea with breakfast?!?
I didn’t care. This was exactly what I needed. Not the best tea I’ve ever had, but this morning I kinda wanted less than perfection. So yeah I’m very happy with this simple, clearly caramel, overly astringent black tea. Good with or without milk (because creamy caramel). And if it wasn’t for the mouth puckering sour astringency, I’d boost up the rating. A lot.
Welp. This cuppa was pretty much all hibby.
I was in the mood for something absurdly sour so it kinda worked out.
When I grab more, I’ll have to remember to shake up my tin before doling out the tea.
The cup I had not long ago was better. This is almost a sipdown, so I’ll need more soon. For experimentation yanno