If you’re really into the taste of hot St. Joseph’s chewable aspirin, then you’ll love this tea. Personally, I dumped it after half a cup. But my Mom likes this tea, so that’s why the rating is as high as it is.
67 Tasting Notes
Slightly better by using brown sugar instead of white sugar and by using a touch of skim milk instead of half-n-half. Still disappointing, but not as much as when I first tried it.
When Mom first brought this tea home, I thought “these flavour combinations can’t work.” Then I tried a mug, with a drizzle of honey. Oh, it works. (“It’s twue!”) It hasd a great smell, a lively colour and goes well with food or just by itself. A nice tea to drink while reading.
This is one of my Mom’s fave teas. When I first tried it with real honey as a sweetener, I thought it had a strange artificial-sweetener-like aftertaste. But a couple of nights ago I had it with brown sugar and steeped in a larger-than-usual type mug. Wow. What a difference! Much nicer than CS’s regular chamomile.
This is much, much better with brown sugar than with white sugar. When I had it with white sugar, all I could taste was the peppermint, which was so strong it caused my throat to tighten and made swallowing difficult. But with the brown sugar (and brewed in a mug than I normally use) it turned into a very nice, tummy-soothing tea that also goes well with chocolates. It’s not the best mint blend tea I’ve had, but it’s the best for its price range.
OK, I tried this with brown sugar instead of white sugar and that has dramatically improved the taste. Now, it’s quite a smooth-drinking tea. I may try it iced some day.
I had this at Border’s bookstore. I needed to get more energy in order to spend money. It gets really tiring when you walk around with your head tilted to the right. Anyway, I was suprised to see that this time the tea was loose leaf and placed in a mesh sleeve that could be easily pulled out from the cup. This was noticeably better thanthe bagged version. It also went well with the slice of pumpkin spice cake I had. I managed to get over $120 worh of books (and a U2 CD) while I only had $70 worth of gift cards on me. Can I blame the tea?
I received two boxes of this for Xmas. Whoo-hoo! It’s even better than the Afternoon black teas and light years better than their Darjeeling. I don’t think it’s as good as the 1894 blend, but then it’s been a couple of years since I had that. Could it be that my memory is playing tricks on me?
Anyway, each bag is strong enough to make two average sized cups or one big honkin’ big cup (or small teapot). I also got a honkin’ big tea mug for Xmas which pictures of my dog on it. If I ever disappear for long stretches at a time from Steepster, you know where I am.
If you’re on a diet, don’t sniff this tea. It smells strongly of almond cookies. It’s a mild and mellow dessert tea or a tea to help ease cramps. If I’m not careful my Mom will polish it off before I get the chance. I wonder if other tea companies do a chamomile and almond mixture.
My Mom got me a box for my birthday. I finally opened it up last night, because my cold has let up and my taste buds are working again. WHOA, Dude! Is there enough caffeine in there??? I think if I had made the tea in a larger mug I would’ve been found clinging to the ceiling with my fingernails. I forgot about that affect. I also forgot that you only need to steep this for a minute or two or it will get very bitter and load even more caffeine into the tea.
I just read about Russian tea and Russian Tea Culture in “The Story of Tea” by Mary & Robert J. Heiss. This tea tastes nothing like the descriptions I read. However, it is a mellow citrus-black tea with a hint of cinnamon. Don’t use milk.
I originally gave this a ratingof 41.
Ok, I gave this one more try. This time I made sure to brew for only 3 minutes. However, somehow two bags stuck together without me noticing before I poured the water. Took one sip, thught to myself “Life is too short to drink bad herbal tea” and dumped the lot. Never again!
Mom finished the bags off before I could get to any. (I was too mesmerized by the Celstial Seasonings Xmas teas and Bigelow’s Apple Cider). She really enjoys it, even without any sweetener, so for that alone I’ll give it a smiley face rating until the day I can actually get to it.
I bought this because I had a coupon, but I don;t think I’ll buy this again. Any cocoa is barely perceptable — it’s as if the ingredients in here may have been cocoa in a previous life. Very thin tasting, even after brewing for nearly 10 minutes. It’s hot and it’s wet and helps digest dinner. Other than that, FEH.
I’m nursing this tea along, waiting for special moments to enjoy it. The other night, I thought I’d go Indian and have a medium-spiced vegatarian curry and wash it down with this Ceylon tea. The flavors in my mouth when into some sort of Taste Deathmatch. Boy, did they wrestle and bounce each other around! But in the end, the tea won out over the curry. Granted, my curry was nowhere near vindaloo-hot, but I think I may save this tea for drinking by itself in the future.
I’m not that big of a fan of fruit infusion herbal tea, but I am a fan of this one. This is a nice balance of spice, orange and hibiscus. The bag looks red when when and the tea itself looks a deep red, but it doesn’t taste berry-like or Hibiscus To Death. Nice alternative to caffienated black tea chai when you need to settle down before sleep. Goes really great with cookies.
When you open the box, put your nose right in there and breathe in deep. You’ll have that sugar cookie smell with you for about ten minutes after you’ve walked into another room while letting the tea steep. I put brown sugar in my cup, which turned out to make it too sweet. Hits the tongue nicely and doesn’t leave a peculiar aftertaste, like some other kinds of sweet tea.
Don’t be put off by the “Sleigh Ride” part of the tea’s name. There’s no actual taste of a sleigh involved.
I’m really tempted to eat actual sugar cookies with this. Anyone do that yet and lived to tell the tale?
Well, I tried this again and was sure to use hot (not boiling or boiled) water and the taste was even more bitter than before. Still goes well with Cheeze-Its. Perhaps the salt counteracts the bitterness. I think it’s just not meant to be between me and this tea. Gave my last bag to Mom.
Wait a minute — perhaps those iffy bags I recently spoke abut were just flukes. Today, I grabbed bags from the middle of the box and the tea came out GORGEOUS. Even though the bags in my box are all individually wrapped, I wonder if some of the leaves are from another blend or harvest than the good ones of today. Either that or I was abducted by aliens in my sleep and they changed my taste buds through an evil experiment and then returned me to Earth before I woke up.
Goofed up with my first cup of this on Sunday night. I accidently let it steep for about 20 minutes. The result was something like lukewarm Dimetap or perhaps the purple Triaminic. However, it did ease the mild nausea I had. I haven’t been able to bring myself to try another cup. I think I’ll wait until nausea sets in again.
Last night, I opened up a new box of rectangular PG Tips bags (which is the only kind I can get here in the Greater Philly area) and noticed that the bags seem to be smaller than previously. The tea is also a bit weaker and flatter, so I’m brewing it longer. Perhaps I just got a bad box. Usually, this is a predictably brilliant everyday tea.
I think Jillian mentioned that Lipton took over the distribution rights for PG Tips in America, but I think both companies are owned by Unilever, which owns about one-fifth of all goods in the world. I really hope this isn’t a preview of things to come. Right now, I’m looking forward to having a Red Rose rather than another cup of PG Tips from this box.
Since time has dragged by kicking and screaming to my 40th birthday, I decided to console myself by getting 2 teas from Bag Ladies’ on recommendation from Jillian. The package arrived the day before my birthday. I unopened it and pulled out the lovely canister and noticed there was a tea bag tag and string dangling outside the canister. The tea bag contained a quote from Peter Gabriel, my favorite guy. Inside, the other bags were all sealed in a plastic pouch. Nice touch
- and, quite possibly, the nearest thing I’ll ever get to getting a B-day greeting from Peter Gabriel.
Anyway, what about the tea? I made myself wait until my birthday to have a cup. It’s Ceylon black tea and is really smooth and flavorful. It’s the kind of flavor that goes all the way down into your toes. Rock on!
I’m having a bad, bad, bad day, but this tea at least came out well. It’s comfortingly sweet, but I still put white sugar in it. My Mom doesn’t put any sweetener in it. Nice aftertaste. Chai-like.
Found this in the Stash Organic tea assortment. I accidentally let the kettle water boil and then let the tea brew too long. The first couple of sips were bad, but then it kept tasting better the more I drank. It went really well with Cheeze-Its. Need to try this again.