Lemon Lily’s London Fog

London Fog by Lemon Lily
Black Tea / Flavoured
$9.00 for 50g

Lemon Lily’s London Fog came to me as part of The Sugared Teacup’s April themed subscription box.

First Impressions

Lemon Lily’s London Fog came to me via The Sugared Tea Cup’s April themed subscription box (late spoilers: it was all things British in preparation for the Royal Wedding last month!). I can definitely smell the bergamot, it’s very strong and overwhelms the vanilla. I can see the pieces of vanilla bean, but smelling it is a whole other story. The black tea has some long, wiry leaves in it which is nice to see – I can’t smell them though since the bergamot is a force to be reckoned with.

London Fog consists of: black tea, vanilla bean, and natural bergamot – all organic ingredients.

Preparation

Lemon Lily recommends steeping London Fog in 100°C (212°F) water for 4 to 6 minutes. My initial steep of London Fog was for 5 minutes.

First Taste

London Fog steeps to a deep reddish-brown colour. There’s a very mild vanilla aroma to it, with the bergamot being very much present (much like it was in the dry leaf). There’s a mild astringency to London Fog when I drink it, causing a little bit of a mouth pucker. I found there was a light vanilla flavour, with a slight creaminess behind each sip. The bergamot flavour is very present, with a bright citrus flavour throughout.

Given its name, I did try London Fog with a bit of sweetener (I used locally harvested honey) and evaporated milk. I found that the vanilla flavour to be more present once the bergamot had been tempered down.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped London Fog twice, adding an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the first resteep was very much like the initial steep, while the second had no vanilla flavour that I could find. I would say that London Fog is good for a least one more steep.

My Overall Impression

I liked Lemon Lily’s London Fog. I think it’s really great with some extra sweetener and milk. I found, for me, the bergamot was quite powerful and it was overwhelming the more gentler flavour of the vanilla bean and I would have liked for the vanilla to be more present. I think if the flavours had been a bit better balanced, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

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DavidsTea’s Just Peachy

Just Peachy by DavidsTea
Fruit Infusion / Flavoured
$7.98 for 50g

First Impressions

Spoiler, I’ve had Just Peachy before. It’s one of my favourite summer-time iced teas from DavidsTea and I realize a little while ago that I hadn’t written about it yet for One More Steep so I decide to do so. I first had Just Peachy in-store when it was offered as an iced tea sample (I’ve also had it hot before and I’ll discuss both further below). The dry leaf of Just Peachy has a very strong peach, fruity aroma to it – which is unsurprising considering the ingredients in the blend.

Just Peachy consists of apple, sweet blackberry leaves, peach, natural and artificial flavouring. Of all the ingredients, the one that stands out the most is probably the peach aroma with the hint of apple in the background. If you’re a fan of peach-based iced teas, you might like this one.

Preparation

DavidsTea recommends steeping Just Peachy in near-boiling water for 4 to 7 minutes. I steeped Just Peachy in 93°C (200°F) water for 6 minutes. I tend to be okay with steeping herbal or fruit infusions for a lengthier period of time because, unlike teas, they don’t have the tea leaves in there that can become bitter or astringent when oversteeped.

First Taste

Just Peachy steeps to a pleasant warm orange colour with a strong peach aroma. The flavour of Just Peach is peach and sweet. I find that the fruit ingredients in Just Peachy are enough that I don’t have to add any sweetener to it – of course your mileage may vary with your sweet tooth. The apple is also a very present flavour in this fruit infusion as well, but the flavour of the apple doesn’t overwhelm or overpower the peach, which is nice considering it’s Just Peachy and not Just Apple.

I’ve had Just Peachy both hot and iced. I find when it’s hot, it’s sweeter. When iced, Just Peachy is a nice, refreshing iced tea. I like it both ways, but really prefer to have it iced (especially when the weather’s hot!). I generally cold steep a pitcher of Just Peachy to enjoy throughout the week.

A Second Cup?

I try to resteep Just Peachy, but find that the flavour just isn’t there in comparison to the initial steep. I would say that Just Peachy is good for one steep.

My Overall Impression

I loved DavidsTea’s Just Peachy. Not really much of a surprise considering it’s a fruit infusion blend that I’ve (re)purchased. I really enjoy the fruity flavours of the peach and love the fact that I don’t have to add any extra sugar or sweetener for it to be a sweet iced tea. Just Peachy is definitely one that I recommend having iced (although it’s very tasty as a hot tisane as well).

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Metropolitan Tea Company’s Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea

Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea by Metropolitan Tea Company
Green Tea / Flavoured
$15.00 for 100g

Mint and Honey has provided me with Metropolitan Tea Company’s Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea for the purposes of providing an honest review.

First Impressions

I received a sample packet of Metropolitan Tea Company’s Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea, courtesy of Mint and Honey. The leaves of this organic green tea are a deep green-brown colour, and you can see light twists in the leaves throughout from the drying process. The aroma is very strongly that of jasmine flowers, which is quite pleasant.

Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea is an organic green tea, scented with jasmine. I can’t really make out the aroma of the green tea base, but it is a jasmine tea so I’m not too put off by the fact that I can only smell the jasmine.

Preparation

I wasn’t able to find any recommended steeping instructions. I opted to do an initial steep of Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea at 79°C (175°F) for 1 minute.

If you’re ever at a loss for how hot your water should be or how long to steep a tea for, I have an article on a general guideline for how long (and hot!) to steep your teas for!

First Taste

Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea steeps to a beautiful golden yellow. This green tea has a strong jasmine/floral aroma to it that is quite inviting. On first taste, I found zero bitterness or astringency to it (a reminder, I steeped this tea for 1 minute at 79°C). There’s a mild vegetal note at the tail end of each sip that reminds me of leafy, dark green vegetables, which just a subtle bit of umami mingling throughout.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea a total of four times, adding an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found that the flavour stayed fairly consistent, only decreasing a little bit with each steep.

I had also set some aside to have cold/iced and found that the flavour was quite pleasant. I found it to be less floral-sweet when iced.

My Overall Impression

I loved Metropolitan Tea Company’s Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic Green Tea. I found the flavour to be really enjoyable, and the floral sweetness of the jasmine to meet my expectations for a jasmine green tea. The flavour of the green tea base shines through once the leaves are steeped, and it has a nice contrast with the sweetness from the floral with its umami flavour. It’s definitely a tea that you’ll get some good steeps out of it, so be sure to resteep the leaves. Just be careful about oversteeping it, because you don’t want to end up with a bitter cup of tea!

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