83 Tasting Notes
It really isn’t fair is it? if I had had this before I tried Cocoa Amore this would have ranked higher but I just can’t give everything 100 now can I?
It is quite lovely though. A brillent idea. It is a wonderful before bed tea for those of us not sensitive to caffiene. I always think I’m done with tea for the night, I get all comfy under the covers and then I think, just one more cup. Then I’ll be done. Just one more cup.
Roasty and smooth. Warm and round. Curled up by the fireplace or snug in bed.
The Laoshan Black is already so chocolaty it’s amazing what the addition of more does to it. Man it’s intense!
Excuse me but I think I hear my water boiling for another infusion(my last I promise!).
Je t’aime Cocoa Amore! (I know I know I’m mixing my French and Italian)
The smell of juicy sweet plump cherries wafts up from this tea upon opening the bag followed by rich sweet chocolate.
I drank this after several steeps of GO and was nervous about expanding into the full world of Vanilla Dreams? What if I’d built it up in my mind? What if GO was a one off fluke and I just bought all this tea that wouldn’t live up to the promise Golden Orchid made me?
But my Amore, she did not disappoint. In fact… * gasp * I may indeed like her even better than GO. She is even more intense and passionate. Like a sexy flamenco dancer dressed in vibrant red.
I drank 4 infusions of CA and though it morphed and evolved it never got weak. Those luscious chocolate cherries. I had my last cup over 4 hours ago and it’s flavor is fresh in my mind. In all her desserty glory it never forgets that she is first and for most a tea. The chocolate and cherry rises organically from the tea, enhancing it not masking it.
I’m already in bed, ready to go to sleep but I want to go make another cup of this so badly. It’s going to take a lot of self restraint to stay in bed and not wander into the kitchen in the middle of the night.
Wow. Just wow.
Thank you steepster for introducing me to so many amazing teas.
Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla
This tea is so weird.
Somehow I can taste every single element of it and while it’s quite the busy tea it’s very yum. The pumpkin pie comes out and screams "oh hi now, I’m pumpkin pie!!!!!!(how is this ever going to work?) out peaks something soft and creamy(oh hmmm vanilla I see you now) then at the swallow comes some sweet chocolate(wait a minute did I seriously just drink a Pumpkin Pie Crepe with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce tea?)
Why yes I did!
I hot brewed/flash chilled my first batch, saved the bag and did a second cold brew of it for about 16 hours rendering a rather potent drink.
This is a crazy tea I can never quite wrap my head around but I keep drinking more of it so it’s doing something right.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Pumpkin, Spices, Vanilla
Simply divine. Decadent and delicious.
I don’t know what there is left to say about it that hasn’t already been said.
It’s smooth and rich, desserty without being cloying. It’s a snuggly tea. It wraps you up in a big hug.
I consumed my whole sample pack in two sets of steepings with in 24 hours. Since it holds up well to multiple steeps that’s a lot of tea! I was continuously surprised that each additional steep brought out new dimensions and joy.
Now I know what all the hype is about!
This is lovely. It’s the first green SBT I’ve tried and it certainly won’t be the last. Thank goodness for Kickstarter.
It really does taste creamy!. It’s not hard to make a decent peach tea but the cream notes seem hit or miss and it’s trickier with a green tea not to make it too heavy. It actually tastes a bit sweet drinking it straight up with out sugar.
I cold brewed it for about 7 hours I think. Normally with black teas I go up 10-12 but I thought with the green base it might be better with a shorter steep so I sipped it earlier and was very happy with the flavor and removed the tea bag.
I’m crazy itchy all over for some unknown reason and I’m just trying to distract myself from it so I don’t scratch my skin off. This tea is a refreshing diversion, perfect for a hot day.
I saved the tea bag because I’m stingy and want to try a second brew with it, probably traditional with hot water then dilute with ice. If anyone has tried this let me know how it worked and how much water you used. If I can get multiple steeps out of any tea I will!
Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Peach
No one’s rated this yet?
Mmmmm it was yummy. Just the pallet cleanser I needed after the shan tea disappointment.
I had it straight up because I couldn’t find any sugar and it is by far and away one of the best chai’s I’ve had. I can’t wait to play around with doing it stove top or with coconut milk.
What makes it stand out is the assam I think. Any tea company can add some spices to tea and call it chai(though these spices are perfectly balanced) but here the assam shines. I’ve always felt like assam was the best base for chai(I think it’s traditional) and it’s really visible here.
I just feel content and want to spend the morning snuggling my kitty and drinking chai.
Ah my baptism of the Takeya Flash Chill Tea Maker. But I didn’t even flash chill it. I was a wimp and cold brewed because that’s how I always make my ice teas. Now reading the reviews I see I should have saved the bag and done a second hot brew and tried out the flash chill method.
Well there’s plenty more SBT where that came from!
I like this flavor because it reminds me of the lemon lime cheesecake honeybush blend that was my all time favorite 52teas cheesecake blend.
I cold brewed for about 14ish hours, maybe even 16. I was worried I overdid it but it tastes amazing. All citrus tanginess. More of a lemon lime than a key lime but still super refreshing and highly recommended.
I went to the orthopedist this morning for my shoulder and the first thing out of his mouth was, “well we could do surgery” EEEEEKKK luckily he followed it up by saying he’d prefer to do PT and cortisone shots along with NSAIDs for now. Me too!
But now I hurt from his poking prodding and manipulating. Normally I’d go for a standard comfort tea but my shame at seeing the number of samples sitting in my cupboard unreviewed overtook me and luckily this was a nice choice for something light.
Now onto the tea—Fruity! Peachy and light. Very green tasting. My first Darjeeling in a very long time. I’ve forgotten what they tasted like so I don’t know what to compare it to.
The site said to use boiling water that had cooled for 3-5 minutes. I want to know what temp! I guessed 195 and well it tasted good so that’s something?
ETA held up to a second steep nicely. I had no idea if I should try or not but figured worse case I wasted 6oz of water. Steeped for about 3-3.5 minutes. Lighter flavor but more fruity than grassy this time.
Flavors: Grass, Peach
I can’t believe I got a sample of this and waited a year to review. I’m hanging my head in shame guys. This is what happens when you’re drowning in tea and always say you’ll write a review “later” .
This is my second to last serving. I wanted to make it proper style on the stovetop but then I realized that since we just moved I one—don’t have a proper pot, and two—have no sweetener. So I’m drinking it straight up.
It’s good. Not amazing but balanced spices and a solid foundation. This isn’t a fancy tea. It’s a no muss no fuss basic chai and it does it’s job well.