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Latest Reviews

Sep 26th '12
Instead of vanilla, I get a feeling and taste like I've added creamer to it. Which is something you'd expect from cream, but, well, here it is. (for added bonus, cream tastes nothing like I've added creamer) Definitely not a favorite to drink straight, but mixed with other flavors, it's nice.
Sep 21st '12
Taurus, if we’re paying attention, sounds an awful lot like Gemini, just with oolong instead of purely white tea, and minus the rose hips. With an oolong base instead of solely white tea, it is a heavier tea, with a fuller taste, but it is very similar. Mostly in that the main taste I get is peach, and that the aftertaste is very much one from the white tea. Where Gemini was very light, Taurus has a little more substance. The oolong comes out much more than the white tea, but as with Gemini, while the fruit flavors are definitely there in the nose, both in the tin and in the cup, it takes until the aftertaste for the flavors to really come out. While the nose is much more peach, the aftertaste is much more apricot, possibly because the oolong brings out the headier flavors. Overall, they are very similar teas, but if you like your teas a little fuller, go with Taurus.
Sep 21st '12
Love this tea. Black tea and rooibos, with mango pieces and chocolate chips. Also cocoa nibs and safflowers and vanilla and just. Yum. But seriously. There are whole mini chocolate chips in this. It just smells delicious too - clearly chocolate, but with that smooth fruit scent the mango adds. It’s just sort of chocolate heaven without being overbearing. Mango is also not the sort of fruit I immediately think about associating with chocolate, but it works astoundingly well with this, and it’s lovely. If you get this tea, I hope you like chocolate, because although it’s not super powerful or anything, it is definitely a primary taste. The mango and vanilla tone it down a bit, making it taste less like biting into a chocolate bar (see Ripe for Romance) and more like sipping hot chocolate (which I realize is not any less CHOCOLATE, but it is different intensities). One thing I was concerned about is that obviously, the chocolate chips are going to melt in the first steeping, and then what for the second and subsequent steepings? The tea is still very chocolatey, even on the second steeping, though the mango does get to come out a bit more. Overall, it’s a heavier, more filling tea, and a good dessert tea, though not overly sweet. The mango cuts a lot of the sweetness of the vanilla, and the cocoa nibs cut a lot of the sweetness of the chocolate chips. I almost wish it were raining today
Sep 21st '12
In the tin, it kind of smells like candied oranges, sweet and yummy like those orange and creme hard candies they used to have. Brewed, it mellows out a lot. This oolong is a much lighter one than the one used in Aquarius, and it melds nicely with the orange and vanilla. Despite that it smells like orange and creme in the tin, the undercurrent taste is much more vanilla. Because there are fewer flavors, the oolong is really allowed to shine, with the rooibos and chamomile complementing, and the orange and vanilla following up and leaving a refreshing, slightly citrus taste. It’s the only other citrus tea in the collection besides Pisces, and it’s a very different sort of citrus. Where Pisces is super uplifting and bright, the chamomile and vanilla here help to calm the orange down and leave it as a softer taste, rather than the grapefruit’s almost brashness.
Sep 21st '12
This is one of the few teas in this series that I really really taste the tea, though. All the fruit flavors kind of sneak up on you: upon sipping, it’s all white tea, a nice, light white tea, but the aftertaste is an explosion of fruit. Apricots, apples, and peaches are all pretty light flavors though, so I guess it’s less of an explosion and more of a burst. It’s just a nice, juicy aftertaste, giving the white tea some character. I love white tea and peach together, so this is definitely a favorite for me. The apples and apricots give it a nice, fruity boost, and the rose gives a nice scent to the tea. Compared to Virgo, this one is basically lacking the lemongrass, honeybush, and chamomile, and adding in peach. Virgo is grassier and brighter, while Gemini is much fruitier and more refreshing.
Sep 21st '12
Personally, I love the lemongrass addition - it gives a nice little boost to the flavor, taking it from a more calming flavor to a more refreshing one. It’s not really a fruity tea, despite the addition of both apple and apricot pieces as well as apricot flavor. If I really try, the apricot is there in the aftertaste, as sort of a juicy memory, but this really is much more of a lemongrass and chamomile tea. You can smell the apricot much better in the tin than you can taste it in the tea. Gently refreshing, slightly sweet, and a little grassy, it’s not a stand-out tea for me, but it’s pretty good.

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Ja'far
Ja'far
Score: 99
by Chira
cream, currant, honeybush hazelnut
Monobear
Monobear
 
by Chira
white tropics, pu erh dante, chamomile
Yamuraiha
Yamuraiha
 
by Chira
earl grey lavender, snowbud, rooibos jasmine
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