I never thought I’d say this, but the bergamot was too strong! Maybe I oversteeped, though. I’ll be trying this again sometime soon. I think I prefer Twinings, though.
186 Tasting Notes
Lovely with Belgian waffles (vegan) and homemade faux nutella.
This is a lovely tea. I’ve had the sweet & spicy herbal tea, but I don’t recall ever trying the “original” with black tea. The major spice is cinnamon, but it is a nice balance of spicy flavors and sweetness without sugar added.
My only complaint is that it tastes almost identical to the herbal tea – the black tea flavor doesn’t really seem to come through very much if at all. That’s not such a bad thing, but it would be nice to have a little more tea flavor in there. My purpose for this tea is to have another option for a bagged morning tea (with caffeine), and this will fill that role nicely.
Just made up some chai concentrate. It is delicious! I’ll summarize my method below.
I used a generous tablespoon or so each of black peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, a few cinnamon sticks, and a couple good hunks of dehydrated ginger. I crushed the spices with a mortar and pestle, and simmered in 4 cups water for 10-20 minutes, then added about 3 tablespoons darjeeling tea, removed from the heat, and steeped for about 7 minutes.
To serve one mug, I mixed about 50:50 tea concentrate and hot soymilk, and a generous spoonful of sugar.
Not quite as good as I expected. It has a nice smooth black tea base, and a good fruity flavor, but I wouldn’t say it is distinctly “pomegranate.” It’s a little bit fake tasting. It’s definitely not bad, but I was expecting something a little more sophisticated. This is on par with Bigelow’s Raspberry Royale (which I like).
Must get some fresh bagged black teas! I’ve been super busy and low energy lately, so it’s easier to use tea bags in the morning. All I could find was this old, crumpled packet! It’s still good though. :)
In honor of St. Patrick’s day! I think I’m going to get some loose leaf Irish breakfast – I’m a fan. :)
Backlogging from a day or two ago. This is a delicious and unusual tea. It does have the expected “piney” or evergreen flavor, but it has a subtle sweetness that was unexpected. I would recommend shorter steeps or lower temps, since it got sort of sludgy on me.
I like Earl Grey, I like Lady Grey, so why wouldn’t I like the Duchess?
Yes, indeed, I do like Duchess Grey very much! More lemony than Twinings Lady Grey, but I like that for a bit of a change.
Oh no, I am running low on this! How can the tea cabinet be so full, yet I am running low on several favorites? I think it’s time for spring cleaning.
Always a good choice for thinking work!
Delicious! I’m not sure that I can taste the cheesecake, but this is definitely a richly flavored coconut tea. My husband, who does not like coconut, commented that the steeping tea was the strongest coconut smell he had ever smelled. Good thing he doesn’t have to drink it! I’m thinking that while my sugar and soymilk made a lovely dessert tea, it might be holding back the cheesecake flavor. So, I’ll try it sometime plain, or maybe with soymilk but no sweetener.
No notes yet.
Still loving this. Getting dangerously close to the bottom of the pouch, though..!
This is a good, solid tea. Nice green tea base with a subtle mango flavor.
Juicy and not too tart – I like it!
A little bitter today, but I think I added too much leaf. I haven’t quite figured out how much to measure into the T-sac for my all of my usual teas – I need to get new infusers! Half an infuser-full was always just right.
This was delicious with brunch-scrambled tofu, veggie sausage, hashbrowns! I’ll often drink chai or fruit flavored tea with a weekend brunch, but somehow the combination of the smokiness with hearty, savory foods is perfect today.
This is delicious with brown sugar and soymilk. Mmm. :)
Ahhh. This is such a great tea for at work. Un-fussy and always delicious.
♥♥♥ In my last tasting note, I compared this to Adagio’s gingerbread spice tea. I think this is actually better and more flavorful (although I haven’t had Adagio’s recently). This is a great comforting tea.
My order from 52teas came yesterday! I’m so excited! I don’t have to ration my tiny samples anymore. :) I really love this tea. Nice roasted flavor that isn’t overpowering, subtly sweet and cinnamony. Mmmm!
Frank, if you’re reading this..out of curiosity, are the flavors used in this tea vegan? I think I read somewhere that they are unless otherwise indicated, but I was just wondering.
Backlogging from yesterday. This is a nice tea, but nothing really stood out to be about it. The chocolate and strawberry flavors were nice, but the honeybush tasted a little bit medicinal. Not bad, I’m just not sure if honeybush is my favorite base for an “ice creamy” tea.
This is probably as close to the perfect tea surprise for this Christmas morning as I could get. This has a great spiced gingerbready flavor. It reminds me of Adagio’s gingerbread tea, which I haven’t had in a couple of years but a really liked as well.