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In our world Ravens in the library would be absolute chaos. But in the world of Houite Ravens frequent the library and good tea is always provided. Ravens are companions to those lucky enough to have been accepted. They share an affinity and a certain pair loves Earl Grey. He is the master of the library. Takes his tea every morning at 160 F. No milk or sugar. Though if it’s a humid day he will spot chill it using frost glare. A spell he must be careful not to use on the teen crows. He loves the blend a bit over steeped. With a bit of puckering astringency. The creaminess takes him away to his younger years and that white Raven he hopes to find again one day.
They must have used a Tie Guan Yin as the base. You are hiding with the cinnamon like an angsty teenager but like any good mom (of tea) I know you’re there. If you focus on the minerality from the oolong the rice pudding notes get a little weird but overall this is a relaxing blend. I could see drinking this at an Inn sitting on a pillow near the fireplace while my little dragon lounges next to me.
This smells like an Inn. More specifically it smells of an Amish inn located in Indiana. It was a lifetime ago but the nose knows. Sweet and fruity. I feel that this blend would probably be better cold brewed. It could also be that it just doesn’t mesh well with my lox bagel with cucumber on top. As it begins to cool the fruity flavors come out more. Kind of reminds me of Fruit Stripe gum. It’s very light but I can also taste the beet, however, it mixes well with the rest of the flavors so it’s not off-putting.
The dry aroma is the best part of this tea. Smells like Cinnamon french toast or bread pudding. The wet aroma is the same at first but the longer you steep more cooked squash notes come out along with cinnamon. Not a big fan of the flavor though. It’s not terrible but just not quite as strong as I was expecting. There are hints of cinnamon and bits of vanilla. Bread pudding and lightly fluffed french toast. But the base black tea seems lacking.
This tea makes me excited for Hocus Pocus 2. I truly hope it is a good movie because the first is a classic. I could see Winifred drinking this right before the sun rises. Or maybe they don’t enjoy things of this world. Would make sense. On a completly different note, I have always enjoyed curry and we recently discovered that adding kaffir lime leaves gives it the flair that I really like from restaurants. The thing is you really have to know how to handle the proportioning because it is incredibly potent. One leaf is enough to flavor a huge pot of curry. We started off with four our first-time _. What is my point with this? There is lime leaves in this brew and if they had not portioned these correctly this would have been quite the tea XD. The dry aroma is warming with slight mulling spices. There is a hint of the lime leaves in the liquor flavor but the spicy and fruity mulling flavors along with the woodsy notes from the black tea help taper it down.
A dark black tea blend. For someone who knows the six types of teas this is a confusing statement. For a refresher they are White, Yellow, Green, Oolong, Black (red in China), and Dark. Pu erh falls under the category of Dark and since there appears to be no Dark tea in here I am assuming is a descriptor. It is indeed very black in my mug but in a tasting cup, it is golden amber and clear. The dry aroma is warming and spicy. But the liquor aroma is slightly milky and kind of reminds me of a plant outside. Ooo and then wet leaf smells highly of cinnamon. This one can definitely take a longer steep than I originally thought it would. Mine was steeped for around 3 minutes but I think it could easily handle more and make it a stronger flavor punch in the face. There is a touch of astringency and a bit of a crisp mouthfeel. It is a nice flavor with the woody notes of the black tea, the toasted notes of the mate, the spicy harmony of cinnamon but the chamomile does something weird at the end. It’s the only thing bringing down the score for me.
This tea really struck two different chords when hot vs. iced. The clove is most noticeable when hot, and especially when sticking to the shorter end of the recommended steep time. Steeped longer and colder, the mint stands out above the clove. Both are noticeable in either version, but depending on which flavor you want to see most, you may choose a different brew!
Flavors: Clove, Mint
The scent here is very fruity, which makes sense given the wide range of fruits listed in the ingredients. No particular fruit flavor stands out over the other. The cinnamon was evident to everyone who tried it, but not overpowering (which is how I would prefer it given I drank it iced). I would be interested in trying it hot.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity
The cinnamon here dominates the scent and flavor, especially early on in the sip when it’s piping hot. Rose is evident, but both cinnamon and rose fade overall as it cools. This seems like a better fit for a quick, hot sipdown when you want something a little warming.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Rose
I wanted to love this based on the description. It’s a pleasant enough green tea dominated by an artificial strawberry flavor and scent. The other fruits are masked heavily by this. I will admit that I’m not a big fan of how strawberry often comes across in teas, despite loving both strawberries and strawberry candy flavors; if you do enjoy strawberry in tea, this would be worth trying.
Both hot and iced, the tea felt similar.
Flavors: Artificial, Strawberry
A chocolate mint that brings the chocolate in particular. The mint here is noticeable at first, but as it cools the chocolate dominates. I can’t place why it feels a little like chocolate covered candied fruit, since there’s not fruit to speak of in the ingredients, but I definitely get that vibe more than the Thin Mint claimed in their description.
Flavors: Candy, Chocolate
Even though bergamot and citrus are not listed anywhere, this reminded me strongly of an earl grey lavender tea and gave me (and my partner!) a bit of citrus flavor.
Unfortunately for me, the lavender dominates; perhaps that’s due to my own sensitivity to lavender or perhaps it really is that strong. I’ll never know, but my partner wound up drinking most of this cup for me.
Flavors: Earl Grey, Lavender
A smooth green tea with clear presence of jasmine. Despite ingredients, neither cup in my sample gave me much in the way of fruit, apple, or other flavors I’d expect with apple pieces (though I’m not even sure I saw any in my bag). I tend to prefer a much stronger jasmine if I’m going that route, so this one isn’t for me, but it’s not a bad cup.
We should start by noting rooibos isn’t my thing, but if I have a sample I’m going to try it, since some have surprised me. I wasn’t optimistic about this one though because the scent put me off immediately.
Usually, I’m good with longer and stronger brews, but the first cup I made of this I couldn’t drink. Second round I kept it at the 5 minute low end of their estimated range, and it was tolerable. The clove is strong and helps offset the rooibos flavor, and I finally got a hint of the fruit. Not a tea for me, but if you like rooibos and clove, you should enjoy this.
Flavors: Clove, Rooibos
The combination of hibiscus and spice easily wins me over, so this tea was a hit for me. It feels a little like bringing some winter warmth to a summer blend. I don’t know if I notice the mint in particular, though it could be contributing to the refreshing feeling of the tea overall, but the cinnamon is evident. It reminded me of another favorite of mine – Herbal Seasons by Davidsons – so I’ll finish that before I buy any more of this; it is going on the list though!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, Tart
Thanks to SuperStarling! for this sample
This tea smells AMAZING. Both the dry and wet leaves. Like, warm apple pie/cider amazing.
Unfortunately, the taste didn’t translate as well to the tongue. I wish it would have. When I drank it though, there was a stark difference and disappointment. It was a bit flat and watery. The more I drank it, the more some of the cinnamon apple flavor came out but nothing near that smell.
I am a strong flavor person. Mustard, hot sauce, ginger, horseradish. These are all things that appeal to me. I think that if a tea is flavored and doesn’t have a massively strong flavor to go with the scent, my tongue doesn’t pick up on it as well as other peoples tongues might. I’m not even a smoker but perhaps my taste buds are just… dulled?
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon
This is a super-great tea, but I’m starting to realize I don’t care for blueberry much.
This is NOT a reflection on the tea, which is accurate and tasty. It’s very rich and doesn’t taste weird or fake at all.
I just thought I liked blueberries more than it turns out I do. I’m more of a raspberry/strawberry/blackberry kind of person. AND THAT IS OKAY. Unsettling (I THOUGHT I KNEW MYSELF) but okay.
Flavors: Blueberry, Lemon
This tea describes itself as “perfectly steampunk.” If the retrofuture — with its cogs and wheels and steam and girls in goggles and top hats — tastes like this, I’m in.
This tea is exactly what its ingredients taste like, and it was fun to watch the little pieces of orange float to the top. A lovely brew.
Please excuse me. I have to go ride my giant mechanized spider. Will Smith and I are having a tiff.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cranberry, Orange