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Another sample I bought from Teakruthi! I’m very glad they have sample sizes. This also had the fragrance of basil in the leaf — same as Wild Monsoon that I had the other day. So I wanted to visually compare the leaves of the two. They both look similar, but the Wild Monsoon has a bigger/longer leaf. Of course, they are both Ceylon, as all of Teakruthi’s teas are Ceylon. Do not let that fact sway you from trying their teas. I would say in the past, I was least interested in Ceylon tea as a type, but most of Teakruthi’s teas that I’ve tried have been unique and very delicious. The first cup here was so so much basil! It’s amazing there isn’t any actual basil here. It was like smooth tomato soup with basil. The brew was a bright orange. I’d say there was a lot more basil here and none of the caramelized strawberry flavor that Wild Monsoon has. This time I tried to overcorrect with the astringent second steep of Wild Monsoon and went for a much cooler brewed second steep and the flavor wasn’t anything tasty at all, even losing most of the basil, so I definitely should have went for a hotter steep with this one. I’m in love with the savory basil flavor of the first cup though. Excellent first steep, bland second. But I will try again soon to retry.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 27 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 16 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
I was drinking this one a couple days ago in the hopes we get a monsoon in this drought. Only a bit of rain for a while! The scent of the dry leaves is VERY unique — first, a hint of mint, then something like very dry drought hay, then spices like you might find in a pizza… basil! The dry leaves are huge and dusty looking. The aroma of the steeped basket of leaves is very much like tomato soup. Taking the first sips, it is almost like the flavor of Premium Taiwanese Assam, like sweet caramelized strawberries (now that I think of it, the leaves have a similar appearance as well). BUT then mysteriously, the tea completely changes and it tastes very much like basil. I would have guessed there was actual basil, but there is nothing in this medium bodied plain black tea. This is like the everlasting gobstopper of teas, but with the dessert first. Sadly, I probably overdid it on the second steep and it tasted more like a traditional astringent black tea. Boiling is not the way to go with this one. I wouldn’t steep the second steep like that again, but I REALLY enjoyed that first steep.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 29 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 2 minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 50 English Tea Store – Lime Gelato ( Love hitting 50 sipdowns almost in the middle of the year, when my goal is 100 for the year!)
I have been in a tea-drinking rut for months now (the same things over and over, didn’t really seem worth posting about) but I finally made a little effort and ordered in some new loose leaf. I thought this tea shipped out of Canada, but it actually arrived straight from the source, Sri Lanka.
I’ve been enjoying this one a lot. It’s slightly on the light side, but still has a rich malty flavor. I couldn’t really pick up the raisin notes that others have commented on, but I just started the bag and it often takes me a few attempts to taste all the aspects of a tea.
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A sample I bought a couple months ago – what a perfect day to try it now that the weather is warming up. I wanted a peach/apricot tea! The aroma of the blend is AUTHENTIC peach and apricot which is always a great thing. I went with two teaspoons for a mug because there is so much fruit in this blend! Dried pieces of apple and apricot. And flower petals! The black tea is long leafed. The color of the brew never gets as dark as the photo, which is odd if I’m using two teaspoons. Though the water was quite cooled on the first steep, more than would be usual for me. (But maybe the photo is more from the hibiscus? And possibly my serving/blend didn’t have that much?) My cup was only slightly changed from the hibiscus, maybe only adding a slight tartness. The second cup is more earthy, reminding me almost of a peach pit. Then there is also a flavor here that reminds me of stevia though I KNOW teakruthi doesn’t add stevia to their tea… that is probably the licorice root that is imparting these flavors. I wouldn’t mind the blend without it – just fruit and black tea would be fine with me! I think the aroma is much more enticing than the actual flavor, but I’m sure the parameters can use some adjusting to make the flavor better.
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug // 25 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 min
And I’ll tack on a song, Cat Power- Human Being: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tlsc3sqMZQ
Thanks for the samples, Teakruthi! Sorry it took so long to get around to this one! I don’t find the peach here to be as delicious as in some peach black teas. I want more juicy peach, but this one is a little drying. The ginger is also fairly mild, really just a light burn in the back of the mouth. The black tea is light as well, with a tiny bit of maltiness. It definitely wasn’t bad, but I wish it had stronger flavors.
From the Samurai TTB.
I’ve seen a lot of reviews for teakruthi teas here on Steepster. This is the first one I’ve tried from this company, and I have to say that it’s the best tea I’ve had from the box so far. I love it! And if I hadn’t finished the bag to make this cup, I would have pulled it to keep in my own stash. It’s full-bodied, takes milk really well, and stays true to its flavors. I can taste both the sweet peach and the ginger, but the ginger doesn’t overwhelm. It’s not too spicy, it complements the peach. I can see this making a really good iced tea as well, but I’m loving it hot. I could go on and on about how delicious this is. tea-sipper, I think you might have forced my hand – it looks like I’ll be making a teakruthi order before too long. :)
Flavors: Ginger, Peach
Small sample saved from the tea box. I sat down to answer some emails as it was steeping and totally oversteeped it. Man, I really abuse my teas. It tastes pretty green with a bit of bitterness that is likely my fault, but not too much bitterness, thankfully. I definitely don’t like it as much as I’ve enjoyed some of Teakruthi’s other teas. It’s just not as fresh and clear as it could be.
a new straigh tea! woot! Pulled this one out to try this morning but glad i went with my gut on the brewing parameters. I find i rarely want a CTC to be brewed for longer than 2-2.5 mins. Especially since i don’t add anything to my teas. If i was adding honey/milk/sugar or something like that, i’d brew it stronger. This was a pleasant cup for sure. because its a CTC i don’t feel the need to pick up more of it, but if i needed to flesh out an order with this company i could add this one. It does have me curious about their other offerings, so glad there’s a few other teas in the sample bag from variaTEA
Thank you teakruthi for the sample. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a CTC type tea since I haven’t had a lot of experience with it and the experiences I have had weren’t great. However, this is quite nice. It’s strong and a touch astringent. As I drink, petrichor comes to mind, as well as the idea of wet and dark woods. It’s also a bit malty which provides a nice counterbalance to the other flavours.
Thank you teakruthi for this sample. The plan was to write a Sororitea Sisters review for this but then my sister asked me to do something with her so that didn’t really happen. However, I sipped on this while talking with her and it was really good. I wasn’t paying it much attention but it made for easy drinking and went down real smooth. I hope to revisit it soon as clearly I enjoyed it.
In these quarantine times, I, like so many others, have watched many TikTok videos. I have also been trying a bunch of new recipes. Sometimes those two things converge, such as with the Dalgona coffee. Today it happened again as I attempted the one-pan egg sandwich that seems so simple when people cook it on app.
As to be expected, it wasn’t so simple to makes and there were some kinks that I’ll need to correct next time but all in all, the sandwich was good. This tea, which is also good, accompanied the sandwich. Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-rvTUNAHpV/?igshid=17wmz9hg2348s
It’s sweet and malty. A little raisin, some baked bread, and some sweet potato. And malt. A lot of malt which is to be expected given the name. As it cools, it gets a touch astringent which gives it a leather sort of finish. Not life-changing amazing but still a solid black tea option.
Thanks again for the samples, Teakruthi! A fantastic robust black tea here. The leaves look unique to me — they remind me of the pelt of some feral wood creature for some reason. Dark, wiry, short leaves with touches of gold. It somehow just appears slightly different than a usual black tea! (Maybe I’ve been watching The Witcher and it is AMAZING.) The flavor is like the image. Robust, tough, strong, wild, but also malty with touches of sweetness and a bit of starch. Reminds me of leather somehow, in the best way and dark dried fruits. It’s so mysterious yet the flavor notes really meld together well. So drinkable and comforting. A black tea I’d give an award to. Tough to describe the details, but simply perfection on that first steep today. I did start drinking this in the morning and it makes a great morning OR afternoon tea. The second steep wasn’t as special with either steep session. The first session, I didn’t brew it at boiling like I normally would for the second steep of a black tea. But the second session was more like how I’d brew a second steep and it was a little bit brisk, with the characteristics mostly like a drying coppery assam. Both first steeps were FANTASTIC though. With adjustments, I can probably make the second steeps just as good. This is exactly what I look for a strong black tea and I will certainly stock up.
With much embarrassment, I’m finally finished reviewing the teas from Teakruthi, since they were so kind sending samples a while ago. Most of the teas that I tried, I would definitely buy! ANNNNDDDD… I already went ahead and placed a smallish order since I already had rewards points to use anyway. I usually like to order from a shop if they send samples. It hooks me every time…. wish I had ordered a bit of this though. Next time! But Teakruthi is a new favorite tea shop, that’s for sure.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 14 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 3 min
Second steep session:
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for full mug // 23 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep*favorite steep
Steep #2 // 7 minutes after boiling // 4 min
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Leather, Malt, Sweet
I’m hoping everyone stays safe and healthy! Scary times.
Thanks for the samples, Teakruthi! These leaves must be the largest that I’ve seen even in a white tea! Impossible to measure with a teaspoon so I just threw a ton of leaves in the infuser. Probably a small handful in my smallish hand. I’ve tried this a couple times using different parameters. The scent of the dry leaves is like the sweetest pile of hay in sunshine. The flavor is very light, so light it is tough to describe: light, full of minerals, smooth. It’s like a blank slate of a tea, more than most teas I’ve tried, which can be a good thing or not depending what you’re in the mood to drink. If you are simply craving a lovely white tea, this is a good one to try. I had to steep it the way Teakruthi recommended, and really this is impossible to oversteep. I will dock some points due to the comparisons between price & simpleness of flavor, however.
Steep #1 // 39 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 16 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 min
Second steep session:
Steep #1 // 28 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 16 minutes after boiling // 5 minute steep
2020 sipdowns: 19 (David’s Glitter & Gold)