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Take your senses on a tour with the Royal Orchid tea. A whiff of this will transport you to the most inconceivably palatial and resplendent orchid plant conservatory. A taste of this intoxicating blend may perhaps give you auditory hallucinations…
“Bienvenue, welcome to Château de Versailles, how would you like to be pampered today, your highness?”
If your answer is: “I’d like to titillate my taste buds” – Then you’ve come to the right place.
A pleasant smooth blend with strong floral notes nicely coupled with an undertone of semi-fermented Formosa oolong. Delectable aftertaste of sweet orchids without any hints of sourness fills your buccal cavity with every sip.
If you choose to enjoy this in your garden, you might expect butterflies and bees diving headfirst into your cuppa. Can’t blame them though, they’re probably thinking that there’s a smorgasbord of ambrosial flowers waiting to be pollinated on the other side of their golden demise.
Flavors: Flowers, Honey, Orchids
The dry leaves smell like chocolate, the brewed tea leaves smell like chocolate.
The tea itself tastes like hot chocolate – without the sugar.
One’s primary gustatory cortex may be fooled into thinking that the drink actually contains sugar.
Upon prolonged steeping, the tea remains smooth, with it’s predominant flavor largely undisturbed by the tannins released.
Nothing much to dismantle here – tis’ a pleasant, unsophisticated dessert tea for the sweet tooth.
One thing’s for certain is that you and your kids will probably enjoy this healthy substitute from a sugar loaded hot chocolate drink.
Flavors: Chocolate, Malt
A bit disappointed at how weak it comes out. I expected full bodied Assam flavour but this is just similar to usual flavoured tea, the Assam is not that easy to notice. Chocolate bit tastes like unsweetened oatmeal in water. The sticky thickness is obvious. Smells lovely of sweet chocolate.
I’ll try brewing it stronger to see if it can be better.
Better than I expected.
I don’t usually like floral teas so I was anxious when I smelt the perfumey aroma of the leaves, but after brewing it lightens. The tea do taste like how it smells, mainly of rose, when you swallow it the lemon acidity starts to kick in inside your mouth. It kinda feel a bit awkward as the two flavours seem separated somehow (maybe it’s just the rosy being too strong for me to taste the lemon, but I believe it exist ). The tea has no bitterness at all and is overall refreshing, if you like rose it can be a go.
I was really excited when I saw this tea as I am a honey lover…I eat honey with a spoon. The tea itself is ok. I feel that it’s mild but it’s not one I love. The taste is odd, and as others mentioned it’s kind of a waxy taste (not sweet). The smell is reminiscent of honey but not strong enough.
This tea has an amazing smell, and it includes one of my favorite single taste teas TWG has: Chocolate. The blend has a great balance where you can feel the chocolate but it’s not too overpowering which leaves you with wanting more.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Chocolate
B is for…Bains de Rose and a mini battle of the rose teas with Vahdam’s Blooming Rose. Check out that note here: https://steepster.com/rachel12610/posts/420612
Thank you Roswell Strange for sending a sample of this to me! It was super pretty and loaded with roses but the first cup I had must have used all that leaf because this last little bit was just black tea. Figured I should mention that just in case it factors into the taste of this as a rose tea.
Lookswise, this particular tea is much clearer than the Blooming Rose. That could be because Blooming Rose has some other ingredients that could cloud the liquid.
Taste wise, this is super astringent. Like the rose that I do taste is good but it’s covered up mostly by a drying floral astringency. Is that age? Is that because this is the last of my sample? Is that the tea itself? I don’t know but I don’t like it. I see potential but that bitterness is hard to get past. Not a good start in the battle of rose teas.
Thank you Roswell Strange for sharing this one with me! I’d been starting to think I was a fan of rose teas again but this was not very good. It was bitter and tasted like potpourri. I have a little of the sample left and my hope is that it was my steeping (the recommended parameters) that messed it up. We shall see.
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Flavors: Caramel, Cardamom, Ginger, Tea, Vanilla
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Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Strawberry, Vanilla
This tea was good, but not as good as the smell would indicate. A mellow white tea, tastes of flowers at first then settles into tangy fruit and and aftertaste of apricot. Refreshing and not overly tannic. Felt like i was on the edge of oversteeping by following the directions of 3 minutes.
Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Tangy, Tannic
I really do love this tea. Smells of bourbon vanilla, maybe a touch of cinnamon or warm spice that smells familiar. Maybe slight caramel? Like others have said, it smells better than it tastes, but taste is not bad at 90C for 3 min. Vanilla is not as present as the almost subtle chai flavor in taste.
I think it burns easily. It is a green tea/black tea blend, and the green is not robust and it tastes like a mellow black tea. Tannins are present just not super strong.
Flavors: Caramel, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Spices, Vanilla, Whiskey
I liked this tea more than I thought I would since I don’t usually drink flavored black teas. I received this as a gift and found that it makes a pleasant cup. The black tea is quite smooth with just a hint of dryness. It isn’t very brisk. The berry notes in the tea are delicate but held up well with a spot of milk.
The strength of this tea is the balance between the black tea base and the berry flavor. They complement each other well, with neither being overpowering. In a way, this is a straightforward tea. What you see is what you get — there is no “complexity” to it, no varying flavors or aromas with each steep. But what it does, it does well. The bottomline is: it’s a good berry-flavored black tea that makes a lovely cuppa.
red rooibos with coconut flakes and cocoa bits. Smells strongly of coconut and red rooibos, but on first taste the rooibos dominates. Nice red/brown colour, unfiltered somewhat dusty and not clear. A nice early evening sipping tea.
Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Barnyard, Burnt Sugar, Grass, Honey, Rooibos, Toasted