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I must’ve made this tea very wrong (despite steeping within the specifications on the bag), because it was pretty bitter and unpleasant. I’m not rating it because I’m not sure if this was user error or age (it’s about 14 months old), but I’ll have to give it another shot at some point.
Thanks so much for this one a while ago, Mastress Alita! I’ve had it a few times, so next steep session it will be a sipdown. This is a lovely concept and a unique one I haven’t really seen around anywhere else. The flavor is quite light even with 1 1/2 teaspoons. The lightest touches of lavender and what should be raspberry in the ingredients seems more like strawberry to me (which is mentioned in the description). The rooibos even adds the complementary base for these flavors. I could swear one of the sips was even creamy. This is lovely but I wanted those flavors to POP even more!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4-5 minute steep
2020 Sipdowns: 20 (52Teas – Raspberry Almond Cookie)
Another new-to-me blend from my latest TeaSource order. My first couple of sips were disappointing…all I could taste was cinnamon. But as it cooled down, the flavor started to pop and I ended up being impressed! This actually does taste like carrot cake, or at least a spice cake with cream cheese frosting. I don’t really taste carrot, but I get the cakey flavor, the spices, a bit of sweetness and even a hint of sour creaminess in the aftertaste that reminds me of frosting. So glad I gave this one a chance!
Flavors: Cake, Cream, Pleasantly Sour, Spices, Sweet
I don’t remember what prompted me to add this one to my last TeaSource order, as senchas tend to be a bit too assertive for my taste. This one’s actually nice and smooth and not too grassy, but I do wish I were getting more strawberry from it. There’s definitely a fruity flavor here, but it’s not distinctively strawberry. Their website recommends drinking it iced, so I’ll have to try that this summer! (It was -2 Fahrenheit when I woke up today, so definitely not iced tea season right now.)
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth
From the TTB
I came home all jet lagged and cranky from travel and made a nice cup of this before bed. It’s chocolate with a hint of cream and a small spicy aftertaste. It’s one of the better chocolate blends I’ve tasted, not chalky or artificial. I might have to check out what else teasource has to offer.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Tart
Day 7 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.
Finally caught up! This tea truly does smell like juicy strawberries and the taste comes through in the steeped tea. I don’t drink much oolong, but whenever I do it’s always a nice surprise to remember how much I do enjoy the roasted qualities of it. I’m enjoying this one just as much even as it cools to room temperature.
Flavors: Roasted, Strawberry
A couple of years ago, TeaSource had a black tea I adored called “Golden Mao Feng”. They no longer carry it and I’ve been trying every Chinese black tea with “golden” in the name since trying to find a substitute. This one definitely isn’t as good as that one, but I am enjoying it. It has a rich, bready flavor with a nice smooth finish and no astringency. It also re-steeps well.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Smooth
This is the lightest, most delicate green tea I’ve ever tried! The color is a pale, barely-there spring green and the flavor is mildly vegetal with a super smooth finish. It almost reminds me of a white tea, but with a fresher flavor (grass instead of hay). I wouldn’t mind if the flavor were a bit stronger, but I am enjoying this one.
Flavors: Grass, Smooth, Vegetal
I took a chance on this one, ordering 4oz on clearance in a recent sale. I love almost everything I’ve ever tried from TeaSource, but rooibos tends to be hit-and-miss for me. Sadly, this one was a miss. I do taste the mango, but the flavoring isn’t strong enough to cover up the woody rooibos flavor of the base. I’ll likely be passing this one on to someone who likes rooibos better than I do!
Flavors: Fruity, Mango, Rooibos, Wood
This tea isn’t at all what I was expecting! Since it has “chai” in the name, I thought this would be your traditional black tea with chai spices and some maple flavoring added. Instead, this is a very smooth, light tea with a strong fruity flavor (apple, I think?) and notes of maple. There’s scarcely a hint of spice! That being said, I do actually like how this tastes…like some kind of yummy fruity dessert. I just think they should rename it, because nothing about it screams “chai”.
Flavors: Apple, Fruity, Maple Syrup, Smooth
I received this tea in a Reddit swap. It’s pretty weak. It’s kind of like a light apple tea. I don’t taste any maple, and I really couldn’t call it chai either. It’s not gross or anything, but it seems like a waste of caffeine for me to drink. As it sits around all day because I don’t want to drink it, the spice flavors do show up more, but then they’re a bit murky and weird.