I last logged this tea around this time two years ago. Must be my time of the year for Lady Grey. I’ve made it a lot of times with non-dairy creamer and sugar, but a few times without creamer. I kind of prefer it without the creamer, which is not how I usually take any black tea. The creamer really dulls the bergamot and citrus flavors. So I suppose if you find those flavors too strong, put some cream in. :)
27 Tasting Notes
This is my first rooibos. As soon as I smelled it I knew I didn’t want to steep this one for very long. It’s quite woodsy, but I can’t decide if that’s good or bad. It is borderline unpleasant, but not so much that I feel I must throw it down the drain without another sip. My cup has a bit of plain creamer and sweetner in it, and I’m fairly certain the water that was already in the kettle is not unfiltered. Maybe I will try this again with better water and such. I hope it can be better than this or it will take a lot to get through 19 more tea bags. :(
Someone from the UK suggested Yorkshire tea to me. I was glad the store had the gold version since I’d heard such good reviews of it on Amazon. I’ve never been a big fan of basic teas—they have always been too plain for me. This one, however, has a really nice, rich flavor to it. I used filtered water and heavy whipping cream for the first cup. I’m curious how it would have been with tap water and cheap powdered creamer. I probably wouldn’t have liked it. I will definitely get this again. Good thing it came in a box of 40!
First, it’s important to note that I’m not big on fruit teas. Out of all the fruit blends I’ve had, Peach is one of the better ones, just maybe not this particular one. It tastes a bit too artificial to me. I also like fruit teas better cold, so I’d enjoy this more in the summer.
With cream it’s almost like drinking coffee. The hazelnut flavor really comes out, more so than the vanilla. Don’t go by smell because the smell of it in the packaging isn’t that appealing, but once it gets brewing it smells wonderful. It’s just a bit too much like coffee to be something I’ll drink all the time, but the fact that it’s decaf is nice.
Unfortunately I threw away the box before I could post the information about this tea. It’s very much like Celestial Seasonings’ Blueberry herbal tea. I don’t even know what acai and pomegranate taste like enough to say if those flavors were prominent. I do know it was pretty good with milk, but for some reason had a candied flavor.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but I really enjoy the tangerine flavor. That’s the only flavor I can detect from it though, except a bit of berry. I like it! It doesn’t try too hard to be spectacular, just something nice and warm for a rainy day or iced for a hot summer day.
Found I liked this better over ice. Drinking it warm was too much like drinking hot juice. It just feels unnatural.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite teas. It might even surpass Bigelow’s spiced chai at the very top of my list. It was particularly refreshing today.
I’ve had this many times now and so far it’s been pretty hard to mess up. Maybe once I tasted a very, very slight bitterness, but that was all. Note that I steep it very carefully, not even for 2 minutes.
I don’t know how I feel about this. It’s almost like drinking hot juice, the kind of taste that you have to be in the right mood for. The lack of caffeine certainly helps make that decision. ;-)
I just realized this is like drinking Big Red gum…only with apples.
I found out this morning that it is a mistake to drink this after eating Cream of Wheat with brown sugar in it.
I followed Tea4Me’s instructions and steeped for just one minute. It has a light, delicate flavor that doesn’t need much sugar. I could taste both the pear and the vanilla. I’m going to be enjoying this very much this spring. =)
It says on the box not to get the water to boiling and to only steep for 2 minutes. Surely the only reason this tea is being rated as bitter is because it’s being steeped too long. I’m used to steeping my teas for more than five minutes, so I wasn’t expecting much with only a minute, but it really is enough time. The tea isn’t meant to be strong anyway.
I think this is the kind of tea you either love or hate. Some people have commented that was too strong. For starters, no one should be buying Celestial Seasonings if they don’t like their tea strong! I found the tea enjoyable, though I may steep it a little less next time. Maybe it’s because my taste buds are so adapted to chai tea that spices aren’t as overwhelming as they once were. Simply put, this is a tea for people who like strong spicy teas. It wasn’t as good as other teas I’ve had, but it certainly wasn’t as bad as I feared from some of the comments here.
Note: This review is for the bagged version.
First off, I’m not much for ‘plain’ teas. Even Irish or English Breakfast teas are rather on the plain side, and I enjoyed them better. Honestly, there’s nothing wrong with the tea; I think it’s just my taste in tea. I’m more into spicy or fruity teas rather than traditional blends. Perhaps it would be better with lemon instead of milk.
This is one tea you may want to leave steeping in your cup as you’re drinking it. I usually do that, putting too much creamer in it on purpose so it will balance out in the end. I just started doing it because it seemed like my usual steeping time was never long enough. But then I’m one that likes chai on the strong side.
Note: This is a review for the bagged version.
I assumed this would be relatively the same as English Breakfast tea, but it is actually a bit stronger, though the tastes are similar. It says on the box that it is robust, and I’d say that’s pretty accurate. ;-)
I just recently had Twinings’ English Breakfast tea and I found it much richer and more savory than this one. I don’t know exactly how to describe it. It just wasn’t as good. Unless I make a cup of each, though, it’s a bit hard to compare them.
Chai tea is my favorite and this is such a great chai blend. I like having it with a bit of french vanilla creamer. It’s so yummy!
This is like Earl Grey but with citrus. =) It’s good with milk, but you can taste the flavors better without milk. One of my new favorite teas. Definitely my favorite of the classic teas.
Surprisingly, I don’t like this with creamer in it. Maybe it’s because my creamer is a milk derivative, but it covers up the flavor a little too much. It’s nice and rich on its own. =)
I wouldn’t have guessed grape, but now that it’s mentioned I do taste a bit of a grape-like flavor. I am having it with milk and sugar, so that might cover it over rather than bring it out. I’ve had Darjeeling three times and I’ve never been particularly impressed. Still it’s a good tea to go to when I’m tired of fruity or spicy teas, but still want something that isn’t plain.
A bit bitter, and pretty weak too. I’ve had this tea for a while and I never drink it. I was hesitant to even try any other kind of green tea until I had Japanese Green Tea. This pales so much in comparison! It probably could be doctored, I suppose. Either way I won’t be drinking it again. Maybe I’m just not a green tea person.