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Another sachet sample that came in the mini sampler I ordered. I wasn’t too excited to try this one because even though I really like tumeric teas I don’t usually like ginger and turmeric paired together without any other ingredients. I have been meaning to start looking for some more turmeric teas since it’s a great anti-inflammatory and I find that it helps during flare-ups.
This is actually not what I was expecting both spices are very mild in this. I can definitely taste the green tea though. It’s a little bit boring but I’m glad that the green tea comes through more than the ginger. I’m gonna sip on this while I take my exam. I would drink this again if I got the chance but don’t need to purchase a jar of it.
My Paromi samples came today. Unfortunately, the sample that I placed the order for is missing which is their Bourbon Vanilla tea. That was the tea that made me want to order the sampler to start with. So that’s a bummer but I’m going to try the green tea sample tonight.
The sachets are biodegradable which is nice.
This was a nice and smooth buttery Chinese green. Nothing special but an enjoyable cup. Vegetal with a slight creaminess. Got some notes of garden peas as well. Drank this pretty quickly. This company has loose leaf teas as well there are some interesting blends.
Flavors: Butter, Garden Peas, Green, Smooth, Vegetal
This is the most exotic and addicting Chai I have ever tasted. A good amount of spice on the tongue then as one drinks the chai down it becomes deliciously sweet until it is, unfortunately, all gone. I recommend using only 8 to 10 oz. of water for the most incredible cup of chai. I drink it as it is without milk or additional sweetener and I leave the pyramid bag in through the entire drinking experience.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Peppercorn, Rooibos
This is the closest thing I’ve had to Mariage Freres Vanille des Iles, which is my favorite vanilla tea. This one is full leaf in bags, so it’s good for when I want a quick brew without much fussing. It’s expensive, though. Not sure if I’m paying for convenience or marketing. That being said, it’s delicious. It’s got that same “so vanilla it borders on milk chocolate” flavor that I love. The dry leaf smell is mouthwatering. So, bottom line is, expensive but delicious. I’d probably buy it again if I had a craving for that flavor and couldn’t find Vanille des Iles.
Flavors: Butter, Vanilla, Whiskey
I enjoyed this one. A little bit more chai-esque than I expected, but definitely a nice smooth assam base and orange flavor. There are more similarities to a Emergency packet in its zestiness, but the cocoa nibs come in the background nicely in scent and smell. It does taste a little bit better for me with agave to sweeten, but it’s still good. I might write more, but for now, it’s roughly between 75-85 for me.
Mixed feelings about this one. The flavors are overpowering for me in the jar, but not so when I brew it hot.
It’s very marzipan-y, and not quite as astringent as I expected. Like some other reviews have suggested, the almond cocoa combo makes this tea taste like a darker oolong or Yan-Cha. It has the Assam bold malt and cocoa, but it’s much more subdued and smooth. It takes agave well, but it’s not bad unsweetened. It does taste natural, but it is still a little bit overwhelming and bordering on sun tan lotion. I’ll have to figure out the way I like to brew this one.
I wasn’t in the mood for anything challenging this morning, so I grabbed a sachet and made a mindless brew. With that said, I’m absolutely stunned by how much I like this.
Keeping the brew time short mellows out the assam and lets the crisp, lively notes of the bergamot come to the surface. There’s layers of citrus and that quintessential Earl Grey that just lightly coat the mouth with each sip, leaving you warmed up and ready to tackle the endless piles of computer work that accumulated over the holidays. Or, uh, was that just me?
And speaking of computers, just dumped a solid half-cup of this brew onto my laptop. Let’s hope it’s compatible with Windows 10?
Disclaimer- I love ginger, and I love lemon, so people who do not like those things look the other way. I frickin’ loved this tea although it was in expensive sachet form. I also liked the oolong component and was glad it was not too present. When I had it, I really was tasting it more like I do a Darjeeling since it was, so I was grading it more by Darjeeling black standards and its flavor than oolong standards. It was vaguely woody and floral, but malty enough to provide a smoother background. The Lemon was more sweet than tart thankfully, and the ginger got stronger in the second steep..and I really liked with the lemon. It also was great with honey and a good remedy tea.
This really isn’t a super complex tea, but for a fru-fru sachet bag for a cold winters day with bad allergies, this tea is awesome and convenient. I’m half tempted to get more for the tough Michigan months ahead in Jan-March. 85 for quality, though I drank it almost daily because it felt so good on my throat and was so good for my citrus spice cravings. Cost is the biggest bugger about it. For those who do not like those flavors, stay way. It has been flavored, so health nuts be warned… though the flavor was very natural tasting.
I was curious about this one. I was out of chamomiles, and was wanting to try something new. I knew that I’d pretty much be paying for the poorly thought out packaging of a glass jar. Great for future tea storage either way.
So I actually liked this. At first it tastes like soap, but the vanilla flavoring really hits you as you oversteep it. The chamomile and lavender are definitely present, but the rooibos is a mixed blessing because it is red. I wish there was green instead, but here are the pros and cons: the tea has a natural tart sweetness to it, but it is also kinda woodsy that really doesn’t go ideally with the lavender and the chamomile since those are already herby in themselves.
I do really like this tea as a night tea, and the ingredients are undoubtedly good, but the price is ludicrous. Only get this If you want a spa soap night tea and a jar.
Well, this is awkward. I have not logged a single note of this tea, and yet I have drunk my entire container of it. Whoops.
Its really quite pleasant! I have a long and somewhat complicated history with Earls, and they don’t always work for me, but this is so fragrant, and so pleasant, and so easy (there is something to be said for a quick and easy sachet of tea on the mornings when waking up is painful.), that I give it a solid thumbs up.
It may come back into my cupboard some day. Not urgent (especially as I am now on a buy-ban. I can buy some in the fall/winter, but even that is limited.), but it may work its way back.
I havn’t been reviewing this as often as I have been drinking it, mainly because its just not an exciting tea to review, and I don’t seem to be discovering new layers of flavor or food pairings for it.
But I will jot a note now, as this is the last cup!
I don’t think this blend is well balanced. Lemon and ginger should be a wonderful combination, but I’m finding that paring to fall flat, with the ginger shoving everything else to the side, and the lemon and oolong making a distant second and third in the flavor profile.
Its a tea that I’m more happy to have finished, then to have tried. It will not be making another appearance in my cupboard, that’s for certain. There are better oolongs, and better lemon/ginger blends to be had!
I am continuing my at-work tradition of trying to sip down this tea. The tradition of not being particularly impressed with or fond of it also continues.
I mean, its not bad, but the balance of flavors seems lopsided. I wish the ginger and lemon blended more seamlessly with the oolong base, which is hard to find.
I should just quit complaining about this and sip it down, eh?
Today myself and this cup got along much better. For starts, I burned no fingers while making it. And, more importantly, I steeped it for a shorter amount of time.
Less ginger, more lemon, and a touch more of the oolong base, I’m glad to say.
I still don’t feel that this is very well balanced, but it was much more pleasant to consume today.
This tea and I are not friends today. Firstly, I burned my fingers making it. Secondly, the flavors are not the greatest.
I love lemon ginger flavors, and I love Oolong, so I thought this would be a home run, but instead it makes me cranky. The ginger tastes sharp, and between it and the lemon it shoved any trace of oolong aside.
I’m afraid I still have a bit of this, and I will keep trying. Maybe my water is too hot? But I’m not holding out much hope.
My initial impression of this was that it wasn’t an exceptional oolong, and I stand by that. If anything I taste more of the ginger than I do of the oolong.
Now, I love ginger, but I still found that a bit disappointing. Still, on a day when “medicinal tea” is called for, this fits the bill nicely.
Down the hatch!
I was excited to review this because I was going to get to de-cupboard it. Turns out it wasn’t in my cupboard. Sigh. Well, it is a sipdown anyway. I am trying to get some older teas off shelf because I have TOO MUCH TEA. Yes, it is possible.
The sad thing is that this is a really good tea, but I couldn’t taste it. I have been sick for a week and nothing tastes quite like it should. I can’t remember the last time I cancelled music lessons but I did cancel the whole week. I didn’t go to the doctor but I think I had a cold that went into bronchitis. Today is my first day really feeling both human and somewhat energetic.
I would definitely purchase this again sometime when I get my cupboard under control, mainly because guests seem to enjoy it and it is a nice blend that goes well with a lot of things.