Review: The Teacup Le Gout Russe Douchka

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Thumbs up!"If I could adjust this blend to suit my own personal taste preferences, I would kick up the lime (and tangerine) flavors a bit. I would love this if the lime were a little stronger and maybe even creamy."
Laura’s Teaview: 7/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 6.5/10
Your Reviews: 3.5/10
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“Wonderful Earl Grey (bergamot) with a teasing hint of tangerine and lime. Commands a faithful following.” — The Teacup website.

When I first saw this sample available from The Teacup, I was on an Earl Grey kick and quickly requested it. Until recently, Earl Grey had never been a blend that I had particularly liked. Then one day, I happened upon a blend through Teaviews that I had found amazing and suddenly started drinking all kinds of Earl Grey and its Le Creme cousin. I am a big lover of lime and would love to find a good lime tea, but most lime teas tend to be pretty sour.

The aroma coming from my sample is very aromatic and mostly smells of a strong bergamot presence with maybe an extra twang of citrus. I steeped my leaves for 4 minutes in water that had been brought to a boil and allowed to cool a few degrees. I added a pinch of rock cane sugar to this as well as I tend to find that I like my earl grey lightly sweetened. The steam coming from cup did not allude to any twist of tangerine or lime that the description of the tea indicates, but mostly smells of just regular earl grey.

Typical of some Dammann Freres blends, the black tea base is what dominates this cup. It is smooth with just a touch of dryness brought to your palate. The earl grey taste is on the more mild-moderate side. I often find that earl grey sort of makes my mouth tingle a bit and this offers just a mild case of that. I found the extra citrus notes in the cup gave this a bit of pleasantness that I enjoyed. While, I didn’t find this to be a consistent experience while drinking the cup, I occasionally enjoyed a lime (?)aftertaste that would linger between sips. The tangerine was pretty much lost on my tongue or mistaken for bergamot.

If I could adjust this blend to suit my own personal taste preferences, I would kick up the lime (and tangerine) flavors a bit. I would love this if the lime were a little stronger and maybe even creamy. Overall, this cup appealed largely to my preference for a less strong bergamot presence. This is about the strength of bergamot that I like. The black tea base was good (though no one tops Rishi’s black tea base on their earl grey). This was a pretty pleasant cup that is worth your consideration.

— To purchase The Teacup Le Gout Russe Douchka, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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Review: Drink the Leaf Keemun Hao Ya A

Black Tea, Drink the Leaf, Keemun Tea 1 Comment »
Babette’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"There’s a lot of promise even before brewing the cup. Brewing it with boiling water, the liquor infuses to a lovely reddish brown very quickly and does not become bitter, even with left a bit longer on the leaf."
Babette’s Teaview: 7.5/10
Other Teaviews: Vanessa gave it 8/10
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407keemun-gen.jpgWhen I drink a quality Keemun tea, a little voice in my head whispers, “Now that’s a real cuppa.” And my intellectual curiosity about all other teas is put to bed and I savor the dark, smoky intensity of ‘real tea’. It’s not that Keemun has ever been my favorite tea but it has always been one from which I receive comfort in continuity. It was the first loose leaf, unblended tea I ever tried. The memory of that first experience is probably the source of that little voice in my head. British accent & all. My first premium tea outings were in the tea rooms of London.

So, when I try a new Keemun …œ like Drink The Leaf’s offering …œ Heemun Hao Ya A #407 from the Anhwei province of China, there is a high bar. This one measures up rather well. It begins with a rich, malty aroma and a very nice cut of the dry leaf. There’s a lot of promise even before brewing the cup. Brewing it with boiling water, the liquor infuses to a lovely reddish brown very quickly and does not become bitter, even with left a bit longer on the leaf. The natural sweetness makes it a very pleasant cup without milk or sugar but certainly invites your favorite additive. (My husband enjoyed his cup with a splash of brandy.) The flavor stays with you with a very clean after-taste.

The second infusion however, was very light. The color and flavor were still present and it was very much worth brewing. In fact, someone who doesn’t want the spoon standing tall in every cup might prefer this phase of the leaf. As an example, I would probably serve the second steeping with milk and honey to a child, knowing that the intense Keemun flavor and some to the caffeine are reduced. Or, I might save this second steeping for dessert after dinner when I don’t want the intensity of the first brew.

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Review: Tea Guys Green Walnut

Almond Tea, Coconut Tea, Pineapple Tea, Tea Guys, Walnut Tea No Comments »
Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"In this case, the tea itself really is a minor player in the flavor profile. The nuts and pineapple come through the strongest. I was really impressed with how well all of the flavors melded together."
Vanessa’s Teaview: 8/10
Other Teaviews: Shelly gave it 7/10, Lea gave it 6/10, Troy gave it 3/10
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green-walnut-copy.jpgGreen Walnut has to be one of the better tea blends that Tea Guys offer. This tea is surprisingly complex, dominated by nutty and and sweet overtones, with mild fruity flavors throughout. As has been my experience with TeaGuys all along, the names of their tea blends really don’t do them justice. With a name like “Green Walnut”, one would expect green tea flavored with walnut. While this blend does contain green tea and walnuts, one will also find almond brittle, pineapple, coconut, almonds, and natural flavors. This tea brews to a pale green color, and lacks an overly vegetal flavor, which is a good thing considering the types of ingredients blended with the tea leaves. In this case, the tea itself really is a minor player in the flavor profile. The nuts and pineapple come through the strongest. I was really impressed with how well all of the flavors melded together. This tea has a natural sweetness, but it is not too sweet, almost as if just a hint of caramel flavor sweetened the brew. I will definitely consider ordering some of this for myself. This tea would be great for those that wish to take advantage of the health benefits of drinking green tea but have not acquired the taste for earthier, unflavored varieties of green tea.

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Review: Mighty Leaf White Lotus

Ginger Tea, Lemon Myrtle Tea, Mighty Leaf, White Tea No Comments »
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Thumbs down."I like Mighty Leaf's white tea, and I love ginger, so I was sure this would be a blend for me. I only had to take one sip to know that I'd been mistaken. Don't let the ingredients mislead you; there is no ginger in this blend, not even the slightest aftertaste."
Lea’s Teaview: 2/10
Other Teaviews: Christine gave it 8/10
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mightyleafwhitelotus.jpgI would say I am a fan of Mighty Leaf. They aren’t my favorite, but they offer good quality blends and a wide variety to choose from. They also offer a wish list functionality on their website, which I love, love, love. For these reasons, I’m almost sorry for what I’m about to write.   The ingredients in this blend are simply white tea, ginger, and lemon myrtle. No fuss, just three straightforward things that I’m quite fond of. I like Mighty Leaf’s white tea, and I love ginger, so I was sure this would be a blend for me. I only had to take one sip to know that I’d been mistaken. Don’t let the ingredients mislead you; there is no ginger in this blend, not even the slightest aftertaste. There is lemon flavor here, but it’s watered down almost to the point that it’d taste like dishwater. It’s one thing for flavor to be delicate, but this is pretty nonexistent.

I couldn’t even really taste the white tea, it just seems like someone stuck a slice of lemon in a glass of water. I really don’t like wasting tea, but it was very hard to finish the cup I had made.I wouldn’t recommend this blend to anyone. I tried to think of this from someone’s perspective that really enjoys delicate, very light tea, and I still can’t say anything good about it, because the little flavor that is there just isn’t good, period. Mighty Leaf offers many tasty teas, but this isn’t one of them.

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Review: Kalahari Ruby Grapefruit White Tea

Grapefruit Tea, Guarana Tea, Kalahari, White Tea 1 Comment »
Geoff’s Teaview Snapshot
Its OK"The Bai Mu Dan taste was front and center, ready for delectation. What I failed to discover...was the grapefruit. Now, I've had it before in actual FRUIT form. I know how strong it is. Aside from a hint of citrusy undertones, I found no grapefruit taste."
Geoff’s Teaview: 5.5/10
Other Teaviews: Katie gave it 4/10, Vanessa gave it 6/10, Laura gave it 4.5/10, Erika gave it 3/10
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kalaharirubygrapefruit.jpgIf I can never get a hold of a good silver needle white tea, Bai Mu Dan (or white peony) is my standby. What I was unaware of is that the stuff could be ported to a bagged tea. By itself, white peony can stand its own ground. Of the white teas, I think it has the deepest dimension of flavor. Not my favorite, to be certain, but definitely there. An earned eyebrow arch goes to the Kalahari company for positing grapefruit as a possible mixture for it. I take that as a challenge.

The ingredients on the bag also gave me pause for thought; eleuthero, Guarana…and grapefruit “flavor”.

Well, damn it.

I’ve come to learn that “flavor” could mean anything. To be fair, I haven’t done my fair share of research yet on what constitutes flavoring for tea packets. It could be something completely benign, but in my burgeoning snobbery, I would take the real thing over a flavor substitute. The term “flavor” denotes “McTea”.

Guarana was infamous for being a common ingredient in energy drinks, a known herbal stimulant usually paired with the likes of taurine. I wasn’t a huge fan of energy drinks because I couldn’t imbibe very many. My stomach was a sensitive puss when it came to stimulants. It barely managed caffeine as was, ginkgo on a good day. Guarana was uncharted territory, especially in tea form.

Eleuthero? Well, I could handle eleuthero. Some dub it “Siberian ginseng”, but truth be told there was very little ginseng-y about it. The plant was given the moniker because it was in the same family as Panax ginseng (i.e. the real deal). Noted for being an adaptogen and a cleansing tonic, it didn’t have the stimulant or sexual tonic properties of its more frisky cousin. My guess is it was included in the blend because of it’s possible link to stimulation. This was advertised as an an energy boosting tea after all.

Since it was the bagged variety, I didn’t give it great care when it came to steeping instructions. That was probably where I erred. I steeped it for five in normal coffee-machine-made hot water for five minutes, uncovered. The Bai Mu Dan taste was front and center, ready for delectation. What I failed to discover…was the grapefruit. Now, I’ve had it before in actual FRUIT form. I know how strong it is. Aside from a hint of citrusy undertones, I found no grapefruit taste.

Of course, that could’ve been a result of my steeping methods (or lack thereof.)

— To purchase Kalahari Ruby Grapefruit White Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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Review: Mighty Leaf Brazilian Fruit Black Tea

Black Tea, Mango Tea, Marigold Tea, Mighty Leaf, Passion Fruit Tea No Comments »
Katie’s Teaview Snapshot
Its OK"I can drink the entire cup without really realising that I'm drinking it, which is a good thing because it means there's no gross aftertaste or outstanding negative flavours, but it is also a bad thing because it means there are no outstanding positive flavours, either."
Katie’s Teaview: 5/10
Other Teaviews: Lea gave it 7/10
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mightyleafbrazilianfruit.jpgOh boy. This tea is going to be difficult to write a vaguely interesting review about because, in my opinion, everything about it is relatively nondescript. Mighty Leaf’s Brazilian Fruit smells fruity. The leaves and black and, once again, I didn’t manage to find any actual fruit chunks in it (As an aside: I’m starting to think Mighty Leaf only puts 2-3 chunks of fruit or whatever else is in the tea in every ounce, then picks those out for the pictures so it looks like there’s more. This disappoints me – I like my teas chunky). It tastes fruity. The aftertaste is fruity and slightly creamy. I can drink the entire cup without really realising that I’m drinking it, which is a good thing because it means there’s no gross aftertaste or outstanding negative flavours, but it is also a bad thing because it means there are no outstanding positive flavours, either.

The website says this tea is “Scented with chunks of passion fruit from Brazil,” but I don’t peg the tea as very passion fruity. You know that vague sweet and fruity taste you find frequently that is pleasant but entirely uninteresting? This tea is spot on that flavour, like “triple berries” yogurt or “mixed fruit” juice drink. It’s tasty enough, and probably something that appeals to a broad audience, but I can’t get past the fact that it is really, really boring. I can’t recommend it, but I won’t not recommend it.

I have a feeling that I will finish off my remaining bag or two of this tea from my ample sample, and then I will just entirely forget that I ever tried this tea.

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Teaviews Member: Katie Katie
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