Review: Ceylon Teas White Tea

Ceylon Teas, White Tea 1 Comment »
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Thumbs down."An awful cup of tea... I couldn't even finish it."
Cindy’s Teaview: 2/10
Other Teaviews: Shane gave it 4/10, Clay gave it 3/10
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ceylonteas-white.jpgOne of the many benefits of white tea that I have been hearing more about recently are that it may reduce fine lines and wrinkling. So, for that reason alone, white tea seems to be something worth investigating a little further! At least that was my thought this morning when I pulled out a sample of CeylonTeas White. I was a bit disappointed from the start because the teabag was not individually wrapped and it appeared some of the tea “powder” had escaped the bag. For some reason I detected what smelled faintly of vanilla, although I don’t know where that scent would have been coming from. The tea brewed up MUCH darker than I was expecting. My first taste was while the tea was still quite hot, and while there was more taste to it than I had expected, it was not a pleasant taste. I have had some teas lately that actually taste quite a bit better once they have cooled, so I decided to try that with this one as well, since I honestly didn’t have any desire to finish what was in my cup in its current state. After it cooled, I tried it again, still not a pleasant taste. Not being one to want to waste the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, I then added some sugar. I still could not convince myself to finish this cup of tea. While the reported benefits of drinking white tea are quite persuasive, I cannot see that as a reason to drink this tea when there are so many tastier alternatives. It is extremely rare for me to be unable to finish a cup of tea, no matter the type, but this was one of those rare exceptions. I gave it a rating of 2 based solely on the benefits provided by white tea.

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Review: Dragon Pearl Green

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Not Great"A grassy, vegetal green tea with a nutlike aroma... not a bad tea, but there was nothing here that made me want another cup."
Cindy’s Teaview: 4/10
Other Teaviews: Shane gave it 5/10, David gave it 7/10
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dragon-pearl-green.jpgBefore I move into my actual review of this tea, I feel compelled to mention part of my “experience” of this cup of tea. For whatever reason, I chose to brew my first cup of Dragon Pearl’s Green in my Ingenuitea, which turned out to be a very good choice. I have heard other tea drinkers comment about the leaves “dancing”, but have never quite experienced anything that I would call similar to this before. But, this particular tea’s leaves were no doubt gracefully dancing throughout the entire brew time. The leaves did not open up nearly as large as some of the green teas that I have tried lately, but they were certainly quite entertaining to view! I’m sure that other teas I have had in the past have behaved in a similar manner, but on this day, this tea, I actually took the time to “stop and watch the tea leaves!”

After having my tea epiphany of sorts, I was actually quite looking forward to my first taste. The tea leaves themselves had a very delicate, almost nutlike aroma, which was extremely difficult to ascertain once brewed. The coloring of the tea was very light, which actually matched the taste. What taste I could identify fell a little too far into the grassy tasting category for me. It was certainly not a bad cup of green tea, but there was nothing exceptional (other than the dancing leaves) to make me want another cup.

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Review: SpecialTeas Mate Tiramisu

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Not Great"This blend lacks any complexity... resulting in a thin, disappointing brew."
Lea’s Teaview: 3/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 6/10, James gave it 4/10
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specialteas-mate-tiramisu.jpgI was excited to try this tea from the start, but after smelling it my excitement increased all the more. It smells appropriately rich, like coffee and chocolate. After brewing, the chocolate disappears and you’re left with a mild coffee scent.

I must say, after smelling this blend, I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately I was pretty disappointed. It tastes flat somehow. It feels much too thin and provides only watery chocolate flavor. This tea lacks complexity. One good thing I can say about it is, it has a mildly sweet undertone that lingers for a bit on your tongue after you swallow.

For any flavor while you’re actually drinking it, you have to try to taste it, unless you take very small sips, keeping it in your mouth for a few moments.

All in all, this tea is pretty devoid of flavor. It smells great, but it doesn’t matter if that doesn’t translate to your cup. This is another tea that contains dairy, though even if it didn’t I wouldn’t repurchase. It’s just too bland for me.

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Review: SpecialTeas Cinnamon Orange Spice Tea

Black Tea, Cinnamon Tea, Orange Spice Tea, SpecialTeas No Comments »
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Its OK"Lack the depth of spice that I would have preferred... there's much more clove than cinnamon in this blend."
Cindy’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 5/10, Lea gave it 6/10
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specialteas-cinnamon-orange.jpgI will start out by saying that from the name alone, this tea sounds like one that would have traditionally been among my favorites. Appropriately enough, the tea has a delightful orange spice aroma although it did not strike me as quite as spicy as I was hoping for. Nonetheless, I was quite prepared to thoroughly enjoy this cup of tea. While I have to say it was a good cup of tea, it did lack the depth of spice that I would have preferred. The spice that I could detect was clove, much more so than cinnamon, not that that is necessarily a bad thing, just not what I was expecting. Like Stephen, I didn’t really notice anything resembling vanilla in the taste.

This was a pleasant cup of tea, but probably not one that I would purchase again simply because I personally prefer more spice when I am in the mood for this type of tea. To someone who prefers a lighter mix of spice and citrus, it would probably come much closer to living up to their expectations.

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Teaviews Member: Cindy Cindy
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Review: Dragon Pearl Oolong

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Thumbs up!"Slightly sweet with a light leafy, flowery taste that is just simply amazing."
Clay’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Stephen gave it 8/10, Lea gave it 6/10, Shane gave it 7/10, James gave it 6/10, Cindy gave it 7/10
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dragon-pearl-oolong.jpgIf you like Oolong teas then I have three words for you, TRY THIS NOW! This tea company takes pride in their organically grown tea and give 100% satisfaction guaranteed. I looked at the leaves and thought for a second, this tea does not really look all that great. So I smelled the tea leaves and thought, this tea does not really smell all that great either. But it’s all about the brew, right?

I put one teaspoon in a cup of water and let it steep for three minutes. I was astounded to find that each of those ugly looking little bits had transformed into delightfully large whole tea leaves! I was amazed. So I brought it to my lips and smelled it a little. Really not much in the smell department. I looked at the color, and it is actually very light. Most Oolong teas I have tried were a deep amber color. But this one was so light I just figured this tea would probably lack, well. . .Oolong’ness. But it does not! It has a very nice flavor! It is slightly sweet with a light leafy, flowery taste that is just simply amazing.

This is by far the best Oolong tea I have ever had. I was not a huge fan of Oolong teas initially, but I am now! This has changed my opinion of Oolong teas entirely!

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Review: Adagio Cocomint Green Tea

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Its OK"An interesting blend, but the chocolate and mint flavors seem at odds with the particularly vegetal green tea used as a base. "
Stephen’s Teaview: 6/10
Other Teaviews: Lea gave it 9/10, Nina gave it 8.5/10, James gave it 7/10
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adagio-cocomint-green.jpgThis is an interesting tea. Opening up the tin you’re hit immediately by the aroma of mint and chocolate. These aromas all much more muted in the final brew, though, so those expecting to be assaulted by these same flavors while drinking it may be a bit disappointed. The taste is primarily that of a decent grade Chinese green tea, a bit more vegetal than earthy. The mint is subtle but appears immediately in the aftertaste, while the barest hint of chocolate essence slowly builds after several sips. There is no real natural sweetness here, so you may want to draw out these flavors with a bit of sugar.

I liked this tea, but not quite as much as I’d hoped to. The flavors here weren’t nearly as bold as you’d think they were, judging by the aroma of the leaves, and layering chocolate notes on to a vegetal green tea seems like a bit of a mismatch to me. A more neutral or earthier green tea, like the Darjeeling green Adagio uses in their Casablanca Twist, might have set up a better canvas for these flavors.

Its an interesting blend, and one which seems to have quite a following, but it just didn’t hit the right notes for my tastes.

Oh and a final note, be sparing with the leaves on this one – they expand quite a bit when brewed, so a little goes a long way!

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Teaviews Member: Stephen Stephen
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