drank Snow Flake by Lily Chai Tea
333 tasting notes

The weekend means it’s time to try new teas!

This is an almond and coconut black tea blend I bought from a local tea store, Lily Chai Tea, that opened recently. As I already have the Paromi Coconut Almond blend, I brewed both under the same conditions to compare.

The dry leaf mixture for both look about the same—black tea with a lot of coconut and almond shavings. The Snow Flake smells much more prominently of sweet almond, a very marzipan-like aroma, which I love. The Paromi smells more like a balance of the two, but more like cocoa than either of the ingredients.

Both teas brewed to the same amber-orange color, and both had some minimal droplets of oils from the coconut and almond float to the top…ah well, that probably won’t hurt. Even though I had two visually identical cups, there was no mistaking which was which by the aroma. In terms of flavor, the Snow Flake blend definitely favors the almond as well. It’s very smooth, and I can taste that the black tea itself is of fairly good quality, crisp with a natural fruitiness. The Paromi is richer and slightly more astringent, with the flavors more difficult to tell apart from each other but working well as a mix.

Overall, I prefer the Snow Flake more as a summery breakfast blend, though both are enjoyable. If anyone is in Orange County (southern California) I’d recommend checking out Lily Chai Tea, they have a lot of creative blends as well as unblended teas, and the staff are helpful and not pushy at all.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Science writer and a cat that learned to type.

I grew up in a tea-loving family, and tea has always been a part of daily life. I’m still astounded by the amount of tea and teaware back home every time I visit! While I’m most familiar with straight Chinese teas, I’m growing to explore and appreciate other types of tea, including blended and flavored ones. A good blend can reflect the thought and creativity that was put into making it, instead of being too sweet or busy in a way that gives the “genre” a bad rap.

-most black teas (even lapsang)
-most oolongs, especially Fujian teas, baozhong and dancong
-straight white teas

Variable (some are great, some not so):
-most green teas
-tie guan yin
-flavored white teas

90-100: definite repurchase if possible, recommended
80-90: enjoyed, possible repurchase
70-80: fair to good
60-70: fair with some shortcomings
50-60: there’s still a chance I’d take this if it were free
under 50: absolutely not


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