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Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box
While this tea does not taste like creme brulee at all to me, I found that I enjoyed it anyway. It was a pleasant combination of minty vanilla flavour. It had a certain light creaminess, from the vanilla I think, that I liked. Only occasionally could I detect any rooibos flavour, and it wasn’t overpowering when I did. I steeped this twice and was pleased with both infusions. I’d recommend any mint lover to give it a go.
Flavors: Creamy, Mint, Vanilla
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #19
First tasting note for this one? Sad. This one wasn’t on Steepster and now Tealated is gone! You’d think a rooibos blend could never be called ‘creme brulee’. But this is the smoothest rooibos. So nice. The rooibos is also a deep red. This one is a winner just for the type of rooibos alone. Then it’s like a light mint & spearmint flavor and something else that says ‘dessert’. Osmanthus flowers are in the blend, which to me should be peachy and therefore not work here, but I’m not tasting them. I feel like there should be something more to the blend though. There are a handful of minty rooibos blends in the teabox but I love to sip them at night. :D
I can’t remember how I acquired this sample. I’m not even sure if Tealated is still around. In any case, I was in a hurry and needed something strong with a good caffeine jolt this morning. I opened the bag, and it smelled strongly like chocolate — a lot like when you open one of those containers of Hershey’s Special Dark cacao. Anyway, I expected it to be stronger than it is because of the strong aroma of the dry leaves. Also, there’s a lot of tea dust in here.
It was just okay — not really what I’m looking for in a breakfast tea. Maybe it’s been sitting around too long — I’m not sure. It’s malty and a little chocolate-y but mostly kind of weak with no lingering notes. 2 tsp. wasn’t enough for 2 cups. I’d want to double up on leaf for the half-sample I have left in the future.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Malt
Thank you again, Liquid Proust!
Well, this one was a really pleasant surprise. I knew it was going to be a darker oolong like a Wu Yi Rock, but this one was considerably sweeter than the others I’ve had. It was like a dried plum or a dried cherry with a honey like sweetness, accented by a few woodsy notes. I brewed this the first time 30 seconds with boiling, second 45-then upped to a minute, similar, but more cherry and wood. Third at two minutes, still boiling, lighter but lingering sweet. Final at four minutes and water at 190 degree F, light woodsy and dried fruit.
I liked that it has the characteristic woodsy bamboo notes frequent in this type of Oolong, but I liked it even more with dominant fruity sweetness. I wonder if you got the same reaction to this one, LP. I’d recommend it, and it probably would be one that I would drink often, just not all the time. I think I might have rated it lower if I wasn’t in the mood for it, but I was craving something sweet and toasty.
Flavors: Bamboo, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Dried Fruit, Plums, Sweet, Toasty
Peachy White was fantastic mainly because it reminded me of a semi sweet white wine I have at our local winery. So nice. Very peachy so you have to like peach to like this but the last lingering flavor is a bite that is very reminiscent of a wine flavor. I think this would be a great tea soda flavor so I’m going to try that later today. Yum!
Happy Friday eve all!
Flavors: Bitter, Peach, Sweet
Thank you Shae for the sample! I really really enjoyed this blend! Crisp and Refreshing with an incredible green tea finish. I can’t find anything I didn’t like about it and am looking forward to getting more.
Flavors: Green, Mint
I got this tea in my free sample from Tealated (what a wonderful treat!). This is the best Cream of Earl Grey I have tasted. There was no need to add any sugar or cream, the flavors stood out all on their own. I will definitely keep this in mind for future purchases.
Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla
This is the second sample I received from Tealated. I have to say I did like the coconut one better but I’m a coconut fiend so that’s not surprising ;-). There was a background flavor that I wasn’t very fond of but I can’t quite tell exactly what that is. I’m thinking it’s something to do with the flowers they added into this one. In general I’m not a huge fan of flowers in teas, but that’s just me. Other than that this tea was peachy goodness! While I’m on the fence as to whether I myself would order it in large amounts in the future or not I will definitely enjoy the rest of the sample. If I know someone that loves peach flavor I would definitely recommend it to them. The white tea flavor gets masked a bit more in this one too. I’ve read a few comments mentioning the belief that this tea uses Shou Mei White tea which is I think 3rd tier tea behind Silver Needle and Bai Mudan.
Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Peach
I was very pleased to find some Tealated samples in my mailbox yesterday. Of those samples I was so far able to try this one. This tea is marvelous! It makes me think of sandy beaches and warm sunshine as I’m sipping my way through it. I grew up in tropical countries and so ate my fair share of coconuts and drank plenty of their water as well. In short, I love coconut anything. So for me this tea was right on the money!
The nice thing about this tea from a tea lover’s perspective [leaving my love of coconut out of it] is that it is very well balanced. I’ve had plenty of blended teas where all you can taste is the added flavor, be it citrus or something else. In the case of this tea you can definitely taste the tea leaves themselves along with the coconut. This was quite a nice surprise.
All in all I think this is a tea I’ll have to actually purchase at some point in the future.
Flavors: Coconut, Sweet
I’ve been on a search for the perfect chai since I don’t care much for most flavored teas and chai with 1 part heated milk to 2 parts tea and plenty of sugar is pretty much dessert tea for me. This sample is about as good as any chai blend I’ve had. And it’s much better than any I’ve had recently. All the spices I expect come through. None of them overpower the flavor, though I worried the ginger might because it certainly overpowers the scent of the dry leaves. And I can still taste the black tea leaves, which are tightly coiled and look exactly like black tea used for chai should look. And there are no artificial or natural flavorings to give me headaches , so yay.
Very good balance of spices and tea overall. I think I’d like it better with a bit of black pepper, but I can easily add that myself.
Flavors: Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger
Leaves: Mixture of tea & spices
Taste: My first Chai tea the aroma is a blend spices which smells great! I also know this tea is quite popular when milk is added to make a latte, later I want to give that a try as well. On to brewing the first steep I decided to go with 3m so it wouldn’t get too strong. At first sip I found it to be a bit bland & bitter but as I continued drinking the bitterness died down slightly making drinking more pleasant experience. I can’t quite pinpont the flavors but it makes for a okay cup of tea with a slight bitter aftertaste. I wonder if i added some coconut sugar would it help to enhance the flavor.
Tea week, my plan is to drink 1 new tea every day from my current collection & write a review.
Thank You Tealated for the sample
This was my morning cup with breakfast this morning. I am not too experienced in the realm of English Breakfast, but this was a really tasty cup. I wish the contents of the blend were listed on the web site. I would like some confirmation in what I thought I was tasting. I know that traditionaly English Breakfast is Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas, but some aspects of this tea almost hinted at Dajeeling being in the mix. It was a great morning cup with breakfast. It was strong enough that it would have stood up to milk and sugar, but it was yummy enough to drink on its own. Thank you so much for the sample Tealated.
A really good Earl Grey Creme. A nice balance between black tea, bergamot and vanilla cream flavors. Silky, creamy, sweet, with just the right amount of tangy.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/01/13/cream-of-earl-grey-tea-from-tealated/
Leaves: Various small leaves
Aroma: Peppermint w/ a hit of spearmint
Color: Golden Yellow
Taste: Upon opening the tea the scent was pleasant peppermint with a hit of spearmint mix in. As for brewing used 1tsp & steeped the first cup for 3 minutes . As for the taste it was light more so spearmint detected after brewing. A second steep this time for 5m I noticed the flavor profile didn’t change & remained the same. Overall I found this to be an okay light tea. Next time i’m going to try it using more tea leaves to see if I notice any differences.
*update- I used 2tsp and got a better steep more flavor + minty sensation after drinking
Thank You Tealated for the sample
I’m not exactly sure why but…I didn’t like the flavoring in this. Both the smell and taste of this particular flavoring didn’t work for me even though I’ve had other cream of earl grey teas before. The bergamot was good, but the cream did me in. I will, however, be interested in trying other flavors from Tealated. This was a free sample and I have a white peach sample to try another time.
To start with, this was a free sample from Tealated – thank you very much! It came very nicely packaged with free filter bags and a card.
I opened the bag and immediately could smell a very sweet vanilla aroma – it was quite inviting! It got me excited to brew it. I used boiling water for about 3:15 and when I pulled the leaves, the aroma was there again, and stronger. The leaves themselves smelled of citrus, so I will likely try a rebrew. The initial taste, after cooling slightly, is of strong black tea with a very pleasant aftertaste of cream. The bergamot is very light, and natural. It definitely does not overpower the taste of the high quality tea. I do put sugar in my Earl Grey Cream teas (I just wanted to taste this one unadorned first), so when I added it, the taste was fuller. It was very smooth and pleasant. It’s a tea I could drink all day. I would like to try it iced as well.
All in all, a tea I will definitely buy more of. This comes from a seller with a vision I share – spread joy through tea. She also supports water.org. Moreover, the samples she sent came with a handwritten note. This made me ant to review her tea quickly and get her message out. Little touches like that mean so much to a potential customer. She definitely made me into a customer for sure.
Flavors: Citrus, Sugar, Vanilla
Thank you Tealated! Pumpkin and spicy chai sound like the perfect combination to me! I went with a teaspoon and a half of this chai. The black tea looks like a mixture of CTC black tea and longer leaves. I love when CTC is mixed with another black tea for chai. Plenty of spices. I don’t think any actual pumpkin is here though. The flavor doesn’t seem to have much pumpkin, maybe hints of squash once in a while. That could be something in the blend itself though… maybe the “pumpkin” in the name just means the spices? If you’re not banking on pumpkin though, the chai works on its own. The CTC certainly doesn’t overpower the flavor. The black tea is actually very mild. The second steep was a little weaker than the other. I love the rustic red color of the cup. This one is seasonal and might be disappearing from the site soon.
Steep #1 // couple minutes after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min
Thank you so much, Tealated! If anyone is having trouble posting reviews for Tealated’s teas (I wasn’t even seeing the review section) try a different browser. Firefox seems to work. I went with three teaspoons in my eleven ounce mug, because the package was telling me to use a tablespoon. Maybe that was a typo? I went with it anyway, since it’s tough to ruin a rooibos blend anyway. This tea is a great blend – a rooibos/honeybush base, tons of spices, apple and… coconut? Before you stop reading, since coconut really doesn’t belong in apple pie, the coconut is hardly noticeable and really just adds some smoothness to the blend… not really coconut flavor. But the rest is a delicious no caffeine dessert tea – the spices balance perfectly and there are wisps of apple throughout. The color of the steep looks like cider, and I’d say it tastes more like cider than apple pie too. The pink peppercorn adds some sweetness. The rooibos doesn’t have that uncomfortable “rooibos in the throat” feeling, but that’s what these great fillable teabags are for that Tealated sent along (also available for sale on Tealated.com). With the second steep right after boiling, the main event was the super sweet cinnamon taking over the cup. I LOVE that sort of cinnamon, but I’m glad it didn’t overpower the other flavors in the first steep. And guess what I paired with this tea? Some apple pie. :D This blend is seasonal but it’s still available on the site at the moment!
Steep #1 // few minutes after boiling // 2-3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5-7 min
I LOVE peach tea. And I think it pairs so nicely with the sweetness that white tea has. This one obviously has some creamy notes, but they don’t overwhelm the peach. That is very important to me for a peach tea. This also would be awesome iced.