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Day 8 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.
Our department moved buildings this week and I have been so incredibly busy. I missed my tea time for the last couple of days so I’m making it a priority this morning before I have too many interruptions. I’m so glad today’s tea is a caffeinated one because I feel like I really need it. I’m finding I’m really enjoying the oolong teas from my Advent box. Oolong has never been a favorite of mine, but I’m appreciating it more and more. I’m not picking up cinnamon or rice pudding in this one, but the flavor is solid and just really enjoyable.
Day 3 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.
Oh my goodness, this tea smells amazing. It seems so familiar, but I just can’t place it. The taste is something I know I’ve experienced before, but I cannot figure it out. It’s floral maybe? Reminds me of some of the teas I’ve tried (and loved) from Satori Tea.
I’ll be honest – I was nervous to see what looked like hibiscus in the blend. I like it on its own but not always when it’s blended with other teas. It’s just so tart. I didn’t get any tartness in this cup at all. It was just amazing. Not to mention there were sparkles in the dry blend so that’s a win for me.
Amanda – I love this tea so much. It’s my favorite so far! I’ll be purchasing some for sure. Thanks for introducing me to something new to love!!
EDIT: Just looked this one up and they are peony petals, not hibiscus!
Chocolate and raspberry has been my favorite flavor combination since I was little. Joyva jelly rings are one of my favorite candies ever, and with a spoonful of sugar added this tastes just like them. There are whole raspberries in the dry mix, which is nice. Chocolate chips too, which I honestly wish were dark instead of milk, but it doesn’t really impact my overall enjoyment of the tea.
Did I mention it sparkles? Because it sparkles. It took me a moment to notice it , but the first time I saw it my inner 6-year-old took over and I sat there for a good five minutes swirling my glittery chocolate raspberry tea around in my mug.
Disappointed in this blend because I dont believe it lived up to its name or description. I am a huge lover of banana in tea. One of my all-time favorites, and a staple in my tea stash, is Banana Nut Bread from DAVIDsTEA. Anytime I see banana, I always try it. I was also intrigued by Whistling Kettle’s description of this tea, particularly the notes of graham cracker. It sounded really good. I used about 2 1/2 tsp (1 perfect spoonful) to my 12oz perfect mug (DT’s tea ware). I boiled some water and then let it sit for a few minutes and poured it in. I let this steep for about 6 mins. I literally can’t say that I tasted much of anything except for chamomile. To be fair, I think I’m coming down with a cold so my tastebuds may be dulled right now- but really it tasted like I was just drinking chamomile tea! :( this was super disappointing. however, i will play around with this blend and ill keep trying it since i have a bunch left.
Sipdown and thank goodness. I thought my wife’s cup last night was bitter because I accidentally over-leafed, but I was more careful with mine this morning and it’s still crazy bitter. Steeped under boiled for a mere two minutes and I’ve got a bitter brew with maybe a hint of cranberry? Maybe? Blegh. Will finish my cup, but I’m glad to be rid of it.
Not a bad tea, and as a black tea it’s solid, but I didn’t detect any especially strong plummy or cinnamony aromas or flavors. It’s certainly a pretty tea – the sugar crystals do give the loose leaf tea a sparkle – but it didn’t have a strong non-standard-black-tea flavor. I would neither recommend nor not recommend it; I’m ambivalent about this tea. The creamer I added did provide a deeper flavor to the tea. Probably good for people who like flavored black teas but don’t want (or want a break from) strongly flavored black tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Sugar
This tea has been keeping me company throughout the day today. The first steep was creamy but far too floral for my liking. The second steep is better – less floral, still creamy – with more smoothness coming out as it cools. Probably not one I’ll restock once my sample is gone, but it’s pretty tasty!
So, for anyone interested in a life update, my husband and I closed on our condo just over a week ago and we’ve been slowly moving in and getting things settled! The kitchen is about 95% done, including a tea cabinet that was the first thing to be set up. Okay, maybe my husband set up his computer first, but the tea cabinet was a close second. Priorities are priorities, right?
We had some friends over to help us paint this weekend. The previous owners were … well, they didn’t know how to house. Or clean. Or have much common sense. This week has been extremely frustrating for getting anything done because everything is filthy, nonsensical, or both. I was so happy to have people over who actually helped us make progress on settling in. We still don’t have most of our furniture here, but our office is set up and I have a desk (!!!) for the first time in years.
And now for the tea…
This is the one my friend requested when I offered to make her tea. She got the first steep and I took the second, only I massively oversteeped my cup. With a splash of flavored creamer to sweeten things up, you’d never know I oversteeped. Seriously. Whistling Kettle’s black teas tend to be very bitter to me, but this one was smooth, creamy, sweet, and absolutely lived up to its name. I’m very impressed … and very sad that I only have a sample of this … and Whistling Kettle is now several hours away from me. Booooo!
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla
I liked this tea, but a little too astringent. I was honestly sold by the myth surrounding it for the novelty. The leaves are gorgeous, the aroma is fresh and mystical, like smelling mist on the mountains. As for taste, it really is in between being a white and green tea. The website describes it with a mild astringency, but I would say it’s one of the more dominant aspects of it. The body is a clear yellow green like glass, but the taste is a really strong, astringent green tea.
I can say it calmed me after the first cup, but after the second, I was a little spastic. Definitely worth a try for my newbie tastes, but I am not sure I’d recommend it. As for the company, they give you some pretty awesome deals and service.
Flavors: Freshly Cut Grass
IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS IS A MATCHA AND IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE WITHOUT A MATCHA WHISK. I wanted to try something different, and when I found out there was a white version of matcha, I immediately wanted to try it. I also was curious about the health benefits since there has been a little press about general white matcha’s as being high in polyphenols and a potential pre workout supplement for weight loss. As with any claim, there is a degree of truth in the antioxidant amount and the effectiveness as an appetite suppressant and stimulant. I can say that I was more focused and less fatigued during workouts that without it, placebo effect excluded.
Getting back to the actual taste, the website provides the best description of it, as something like dry moss reminiscent of an Oolong. It has a lighter, or even more earth like or dirt like taste and presence compared to the usual Green Matchas. Backing up, this is a potent tea, and I would not use more that 4 grams even for a stronger whisk. I’d advise this for someone who is more adventurous or who likes whites and oolongs-not for many people though. If you want a natural pre workout, and you have a low caffeine tolerance, than this works.
Flavors: Astringent, Dirt, Moss
Smells just like cherry tobacco which I love. Definitely strong cherry and rose profile that naturally sweeten with a barely noticed tartness. However, the flavoring by no means overpowers the seaweed green profile of the Sencha. I would highly recommend to some one who is a little bit more of a newbie or is a Green Tea lover.
Flavors: Alcohol, Astringent, Cherry, Freshly Cut Grass, Green, Rose, Seaweed
I really enjoyed this tea because it is coffee. With caramel. And Jasmine. And Pu-Erh. The smelliest fermentation level of tea. Pu-Erh is a tea more for the curious, and those who want to become a little bit more worldly in teas. The first one I had was the Numi’s Chocolate Pu-Erh, which I kinda hoped to have more of a cocoa taste. Every bag was different, and inconsistently satisfied me. When I found this one, I was really happy because it combines four of my vices together. And it was satisfying. My only complaint was the unpleasant earth smell, but hey, it’s Pu-Erh.
I would recommend this only to someone who likes strong tea and black coffee-any one else would probably be repulsed. Of the many little samples I got from this company, this was the one that enjoyed the most, especially with the extra caffeine kick.
Flavors: Caramel, Cocoa, Coffee, Jasmine, Sweat, Wet Earth
I happened to pick up a sample rooibos cube when in was in over the weekend. Today’s weather called for a large mug of tea after work and I chose this. I didn’t know what to expect from it as I’d never had it before or noticed it on the menu. To my surprise the orange flavor is nice and light and I do note hints of creme. It’s really a lovely cup on a dreary rainy day.
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Orange