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This is the most exotic and addicting Chai I have ever tasted. A good amount of spice on the tongue then as one drinks the chai down it becomes deliciously sweet until it is, unfortunately, all gone. I recommend using only 8 to 10 oz. of water for the most incredible cup of chai. I drink it as it is without milk or additional sweetener and I leave the pyramid bag in through the entire drinking experience.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Peppercorn, Rooibos
This is the closest thing I’ve had to Mariage Freres Vanille des Iles, which is my favorite vanilla tea. This one is full leaf in bags, so it’s good for when I want a quick brew without much fussing. It’s expensive, though. Not sure if I’m paying for convenience or marketing. That being said, it’s delicious. It’s got that same “so vanilla it borders on milk chocolate” flavor that I love. The dry leaf smell is mouthwatering. So, bottom line is, expensive but delicious. I’d probably buy it again if I had a craving for that flavor and couldn’t find Vanille des Iles.
Flavors: Butter, Vanilla, Whiskey
I enjoyed this one. A little bit more chai-esque than I expected, but definitely a nice smooth assam base and orange flavor. There are more similarities to a Emergency packet in its zestiness, but the cocoa nibs come in the background nicely in scent and smell. It does taste a little bit better for me with agave to sweeten, but it’s still good. I might write more, but for now, it’s roughly between 75-85 for me.
Mixed feelings about this one. The flavors are overpowering for me in the jar, but not so when I brew it hot.
It’s very marzipan-y, and not quite as astringent as I expected. Like some other reviews have suggested, the almond cocoa combo makes this tea taste like a darker oolong or Yan-Cha. It has the Assam bold malt and cocoa, but it’s much more subdued and smooth. It takes agave well, but it’s not bad unsweetened. It does taste natural, but it is still a little bit overwhelming and bordering on sun tan lotion. I’ll have to figure out the way I like to brew this one.
I wasn’t in the mood for anything challenging this morning, so I grabbed a sachet and made a mindless brew. With that said, I’m absolutely stunned by how much I like this.
Keeping the brew time short mellows out the assam and lets the crisp, lively notes of the bergamot come to the surface. There’s layers of citrus and that quintessential Earl Grey that just lightly coat the mouth with each sip, leaving you warmed up and ready to tackle the endless piles of computer work that accumulated over the holidays. Or, uh, was that just me?
And speaking of computers, just dumped a solid half-cup of this brew onto my laptop. Let’s hope it’s compatible with Windows 10?
Disclaimer- I love ginger, and I love lemon, so people who do not like those things look the other way. I frickin’ loved this tea although it was in expensive sachet form. I also liked the oolong component and was glad it was not too present. When I had it, I really was tasting it more like I do a Darjeeling since it was, so I was grading it more by Darjeeling black standards and its flavor than oolong standards. It was vaguely woody and floral, but malty enough to provide a smoother background. The Lemon was more sweet than tart thankfully, and the ginger got stronger in the second steep..and I really liked with the lemon. It also was great with honey and a good remedy tea.
This really isn’t a super complex tea, but for a fru-fru sachet bag for a cold winters day with bad allergies, this tea is awesome and convenient. I’m half tempted to get more for the tough Michigan months ahead in Jan-March. 85 for quality, though I drank it almost daily because it felt so good on my throat and was so good for my citrus spice cravings. Cost is the biggest bugger about it. For those who do not like those flavors, stay way. It has been flavored, so health nuts be warned… though the flavor was very natural tasting.
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I was curious about this one. I was out of chamomiles, and was wanting to try something new. I knew that I’d pretty much be paying for the poorly thought out packaging of a glass jar. Great for future tea storage either way.
So I actually liked this. At first it tastes like soap, but the vanilla flavoring really hits you as you oversteep it. The chamomile and lavender are definitely present, but the rooibos is a mixed blessing because it is red. I wish there was green instead, but here are the pros and cons: the tea has a natural tart sweetness to it, but it is also kinda woodsy that really doesn’t go ideally with the lavender and the chamomile since those are already herby in themselves.
I do really like this tea as a night tea, and the ingredients are undoubtedly good, but the price is ludicrous. Only get this If you want a spa soap night tea and a jar.
Well, this is awkward. I have not logged a single note of this tea, and yet I have drunk my entire container of it. Whoops.
Its really quite pleasant! I have a long and somewhat complicated history with Earls, and they don’t always work for me, but this is so fragrant, and so pleasant, and so easy (there is something to be said for a quick and easy sachet of tea on the mornings when waking up is painful.), that I give it a solid thumbs up.
It may come back into my cupboard some day. Not urgent (especially as I am now on a buy-ban. I can buy some in the fall/winter, but even that is limited.), but it may work its way back.
I havn’t been reviewing this as often as I have been drinking it, mainly because its just not an exciting tea to review, and I don’t seem to be discovering new layers of flavor or food pairings for it.
But I will jot a note now, as this is the last cup!
I don’t think this blend is well balanced. Lemon and ginger should be a wonderful combination, but I’m finding that paring to fall flat, with the ginger shoving everything else to the side, and the lemon and oolong making a distant second and third in the flavor profile.
Its a tea that I’m more happy to have finished, then to have tried. It will not be making another appearance in my cupboard, that’s for certain. There are better oolongs, and better lemon/ginger blends to be had!
I am continuing my at-work tradition of trying to sip down this tea. The tradition of not being particularly impressed with or fond of it also continues.
I mean, its not bad, but the balance of flavors seems lopsided. I wish the ginger and lemon blended more seamlessly with the oolong base, which is hard to find.
I should just quit complaining about this and sip it down, eh?
Today myself and this cup got along much better. For starts, I burned no fingers while making it. And, more importantly, I steeped it for a shorter amount of time.
Less ginger, more lemon, and a touch more of the oolong base, I’m glad to say.
I still don’t feel that this is very well balanced, but it was much more pleasant to consume today.
This tea and I are not friends today. Firstly, I burned my fingers making it. Secondly, the flavors are not the greatest.
I love lemon ginger flavors, and I love Oolong, so I thought this would be a home run, but instead it makes me cranky. The ginger tastes sharp, and between it and the lemon it shoved any trace of oolong aside.
I’m afraid I still have a bit of this, and I will keep trying. Maybe my water is too hot? But I’m not holding out much hope.
My initial impression of this was that it wasn’t an exceptional oolong, and I stand by that. If anything I taste more of the ginger than I do of the oolong.
Now, I love ginger, but I still found that a bit disappointing. Still, on a day when “medicinal tea” is called for, this fits the bill nicely.
Down the hatch!
I was excited to review this because I was going to get to de-cupboard it. Turns out it wasn’t in my cupboard. Sigh. Well, it is a sipdown anyway. I am trying to get some older teas off shelf because I have TOO MUCH TEA. Yes, it is possible.
The sad thing is that this is a really good tea, but I couldn’t taste it. I have been sick for a week and nothing tastes quite like it should. I can’t remember the last time I cancelled music lessons but I did cancel the whole week. I didn’t go to the doctor but I think I had a cold that went into bronchitis. Today is my first day really feeling both human and somewhat energetic.
I would definitely purchase this again sometime when I get my cupboard under control, mainly because guests seem to enjoy it and it is a nice blend that goes well with a lot of things.
I shared two pots of two Saturday with Suoeranna, hubby, and ChelseaR. Everyone liked it – even hubby who doesn’t do much black tea. It is very sweet and smooth for an Assam, but the more you drink the more it builds the characteristic Assam flavor and malt.
STORY TIME! On Friday, I went to an estate sale and bought some very old records for youngest, who is obsessed with old music. (1910-1949) We went back Saturday for her to pick some more albums. As I stood by her, I noticed a wedding planning book in the closet and flipped through it. One of the first pages said that the groom’s gift to the bride was a sterling compact, purchased for $20. (Today’s adjusted amount $250-ish)
I decided to wander around while daughter looked some more and I went to say hello to the ladies working at the jewelry table. And lo and behold, a monogrammed silver heart shaped compact was on the table marked $3! I told them abiut the planner and picked up the compact and they said they didn’t think it was the same one because they couldn’t find a sterling mark on it, but I found it. I laughed and told them I assumed that changed the price. Saturday is half price day, by the way, so it would have been $1.50. It had the puff and some powder still in it. They asked if I was willing to pay the whole $3. Of course I was willing! I didn’t really want a silver compact, never thought about owning one, but it was so romantic to me! I couldn’t believe their children didn’t want it, and told the workers to tell them that the compact was their father’s wedding gift to their mom and if they wanted it back I would gladly give it back. I was so excited. The wedding was April 1, 1945. The bride had the same last initial as me, so people will probably see the compact and assume it belonged to one of my relatives.
I’m a little mad that we like this tea a lot.
I have resisted buying the Paromi Tea line at The Fresh Market because it is $9.99 for fifteen sachets. That is ridiculous. But it was on sale and I tried to believe that I deserved a treat, especially since I have gone in there a dozen times without buying anything for a splurge and I had a coupon!
I feel a little better about the price if their website is telling the truth about it being fair trade, and I was happy to see that they recommend resteeping, so they must have faith in their product to pull it off. Plus – they call for 10-12 ounces of water per sachet. If you resteep, that gives you 20-24 ounces of tea per sachet. That doesn’t hurt quite as much.
I hadn’t read that their sachets are non-GMO corn based so I did what I usually do and I cut it open and dumped the leaves. It measured a little shy of a tablespoon. I made it in an unusual way – first steep in my Kamjove which has a six or seven ounce capacity infused at the top was four minutes, then I steeped again for five letting the two mix, and then since I was still a few ounces shy of the 20-24 it should make, I added hot water and poured it into a larger pot.
And it’s good stuff, dadgummit. Youngest drank it with me and at her first sip said, “This is Kool-Aid.” I get what she meant – it is pretty sweet and we didn’t add anything at all to it. We never add sugar, so coconut tastes sweet to us as it is.
The coconut and almond flavors were well-balanced and natural tasting. They are not “in your face” but very pleasant. Often, Indian teas bother my stomach and taste a bit harsh on the tongue, but for this one, it just lent a little heft to the base. Youngest didn’t believe me at first when I told her it was Indian (which she likes very much) but the more you drink the more the maltiness builds.
The glass jar is painted to shield the tea from UV light. I will keep and reuse the jar. I will also watch for more sales so I can try more of their teas when I have been a good girl and think I deserve a treat, or when I have been a bad girl and need cheering up. And with the resteeping, it comes down to fifty cents or so a pot when it is on sale, and that isn’t so bad. It’s cheaper than soda, and much better for you!
I did not sleep well last night, and even though I would love to drink a black tea blend right now, I think it would be a bad idea. So its time for a herbal blend, to help me go off to sleep as soon as possible.
I love lavender. I like chamomile! But I am really iffy on rooibos, and I think its dragging this blend down.
But still, its warm, its mellow, and hopefully it will knock me out tonight.
A good chocolate tea is such a rare, welcomed surprise. I usually approach a new chocolate tea with a combination of hope and doubt; the tasting is so often disappointing that I ask myself what’s the point in continuing to hope. Then a good one is discovered and it seems worth it. Like this one.
This tastes remarkably like a good dark chocolate-orange bar, Lindt, maybe. The chocolate is definitely there, folks. The orange peel is at a balanced level though overtakes the chocolate by a smidge. The cardamom is mild, just gives dimension. The tea is smooth and tastes natural and easy/comforting, even.
I had just 1 sample bag and brewed it for 3 minutes; while it was full flavored enough at that point I would try it longer next time to see if more chocolate/richness would emerge.
On the second steep I gave it 6 minutes and it was still decent, pretty much the identical flavor profile but a bit weaker. Gave it shot of unsweetened almond milk, didn’t actually alter it much. Then added about 3 drops of agave nectar just to see, and that was a great complement though I just about never sweeten my tea.
No astringency, no weird tastes, good flavor profile. I’ll be picking some of this up before long. Love those happy endings.
Flavors: Cardamon, Chocolate, Cocoa, Orange Zest