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Mmm this is so cozy tonight. I made it in my big chai mug, about 1.5 tsp with some milk and brown sugar. Perfect for a cold evening, although I am feeling the caffeine from so many black teas today lol. Onto herbals after this! Oh and I’m watching the hobbit in preparation for going to the next one on opening night this Thursday! #soexciting, anyways see previous notes on this tea :)
I don’t think I’ve written a note on this yet, but I really like this tea! I usually reserve this tea for miserable weather days, rainy, gross..today it is kind of sunny and windy and somewhat warm, but the clouds made it seem appropriate. A lovely EG with a bite of fresh grapefruit, that’s what this is like. Yum!
Ugh. What a week. I can’t wait for it to be over haha. I need a strong cup of A&D’s Double Knit blend today, but I am still going easy with caffeine (trying max 1 cup a day of black) so I am having decaf EG this morning. It’s good, but I need some strength for today. Gahhh. At least it tastes good lol. See previous notes!
The other new tea I picked up yesterday. Mom and I were smelling Earl Greys as my aunt is a fan of them so we were looking for a gift for her, moment got Lord Grey and I got this one. Both have bergamot and vanilla but this one is more creamy than the other. I’m going to let my mom have a few cups in case that is the one to get my aunt (the Lord Grey is currently for her).
This tea smells soooo creamy. Now, I really don’t need another EGC, I’ve found my favorite at Zen Tea Life already and Heavenly Cream by Sloane is a close second. Oh and I can’t forget the one by davidstea, strong, but I enjoy it. But this one smelled too good to pass up lol (I might go back and get Lord’s Grey as well, it also smelled wonderful, but more bergamotty).
So I steeped about a tsp for 2 mins. The steeped tea retains that wonderful creamy smell and adds in a bit more bergamot. The first few sips were almost too much bergamot, bordering on perfume which I don’t like in EG trash, but the aftertaste is a lovely vanilla cream. As I continue to sip and the cup cools, the vanilla takes over and the perfumeyness fades. It becomes rich, creamy, and quite tasty!
Overall, this is a fairly decent EGC. I recall not being overly fond of Zen Tea Life’s one at the start from the bergamot as well, so I will see if this one ends up passing it as the go to. It’s certainly closer to purchase! Good tea, will rate 82 for now (unsure if it’s a restock yet, but pretty tasty). Oh and it’s quite cozy too :)
I stopped by this local tea shop yesterday to pick up some more Tall Mountain oolong for my boyfriend, and I was also taking my mom shopping there for the first time. I love the teas from this company! So as we walked in, right at the front are all of their holiday/winter teas!! Eep so excited! We started smelling them, and found a few that were just awesome! I should have gotten some of their 12 days of Christmas blend, as it was a pear one and it smelled heavenly! But mom picked up some of their Christmas Comfort black tea, spices and almonds and apples in that one, and we both grabbed a 50g bag of this tea. I couldn’t even find it on their site yet, so the description is just from the sales clerk!
So I excitedly brewed up a cup of this this morning. I steeped for 2 minutes with probably 1.5 teaspons of tea, and it was almost a bit much. Oh, the dry smell is HEAVENLY in this one. Like a warm chai but with sweet vanilla. So tasty smelling. Once steeped, it still smelled pretty good, but a strange dry sort of dusty smell came up, I think it might have been the vanilla and black base.
But the flavor was pretty good! A mildly spicy tea, not too strong in spices for sure, and the vanilla provided a sweet, smoothing aftertaste. You can definitely taste the base tea in this one, it’s a little bit strong, so I might steep for 1.5 minutes next time to see if that accentuates that lovely vanilla note more. But who knows, it might need a longer steep for more spices. Regardless, it was a pretty tasty cup, and warming, and perfect for winter! If I manage to fall in love with this tea, I will have to stock up while it’s still available!
Oh, and another note on this company, a few ladies were in there buying the Scottish and Irish breakfast blends. I haven’t had either of those type of teas before, and the one lady bought a very large bag of the Irish, so I imagine they are pretty good! Those might be on my list for the next time I go there :) always wonderful to find a good local company! They also ship teas, not sure the costs, so if anyone is interested check them out online!
Seriously. This tea is good. Like today, in my Timolino, it’s like I added in cream and apricots to my tea. Like it’s soo legit! Can’t believe that cream flavor. Mmmmm I will sip this as I rock out at work on this fine Thursday. Almost the weekend! And dug out my winter sweater today and my leg warmers :D fall is officially here! See previous notes on this delicious tea :)
Travel mug SIPDOWN! Can’t wait to try my new teas tonight haha so I had to finish this one off first. This tastes like a Tootsie Roll in my travel mug today. Delicious! Might consider re purchasing some of this just because it fares so well in my mug!! See previous notes on this tea :)
I’ve had this a few times, and I am way too tired tonight to do a proper review, but this tea is a very nice decaf before bed. It usually hits the spot when I’m craving a black tea late at night with some relaxation as well from the lavender. Actually, the lavender is pretty strong in this, but I like lavender, so that is not a bad thing. Ahh, I need sleep. This work then school thing will take some major adjusting, I just ground out my 2 assignments that have to be done by Tues for our first exam tonight lol. And work has been busy this week too. Sigh. TGIF tomorrow. Off to bed now lol. Thank goodness for decaf tea!
SIPDOWN! This last cup was the best of the three, all the cranberry and cream must have sunk to the bottom of the bag. A very interesting rooibos to try, I might buy it again in the future if there are more cranberry bits lol. See previous notes!
First SIPDOWN of the day, at 9 in the morning! Woot! I got this as a free sample at my local tea shop. A few weeks ago I made 2/3 of the pack stovetop with milk and didn’t log it, it was quite good but very strong, I probably could have had more milk than water or something, and a bit more honey. Today, I just steeped the remainder Western style for 2 minutes. Oh, the dry smell is so yummy, spicy and peppery with a hint of sweet. The black tea in this is little tiny black pellets, I believe this is a CTC tea, and my first one at that! This makes for a super dark liquor with a lot of strength.
I tried the first sip without any additives, and it was spicy and dark and strong, tasty, but quite a lot for a first cup of the day. So I added in a generous amount of honey, and that tones it quite a bit. Hmm, I like the taste of this, even with the bitter aftertaste. Weird! I’m not the best at picking out spice flavors as I don’t have them outside of tea much and they just meld so good in tea, but I think cardamom and cinnamon are the predominant notes, and the cloves, but I could be wrong haha. I still think I prefer this one as stovetop lol, as it’s just more cozy that way. But it definitely can hold its own being brewed Western with just water! I might pick up some more of this in the future, as I see this being one I crave in the winter for its boldness and warmth. I am surprised I enjoy this so much, as it has so much body, I thought it’d be too much lol. Thank you Acquired Taste Tea for the lovely sample!
Had a cup of this one as my final cup of the evening, phew, lots of tea today! I feel so hydrated :D this one is not much better even with a longer steep time, still very rooibosy. I have enough for one cup still. It at least is a decent quality rooibos, smooth and tasty. See previous notes on this tea :)
Had a cup of this along with one of dulce and banana, nice compliment! This one is super chocolatey and dark, while the banana one is light and caramelly. Both yummy teas, both have one cup left. Hoping for sipdowns tonight or tomorrow! See previous notes on this yummy tea!
500th note! Woot! So many reviews, kind of crazy!
I did have a different cup of tea this morning that I could have logged as my 500th, but I wanted it to be this one, as it is just hitting the spot on this blustery day. Lovely apricot and cream flavor! A current favorite, and because it is, it gets the spotlight of my 500th note. And a local company! Yay for tea, can’t believe I’ve written that many reviews in under a year! Now I feel like a tea addict :) see previous notes on this tea!
Sipdown! This is actually the third cup of my sample pack, and I didn’t log the other two yet. But this is another pretty tasty tea by Acquired Taste Tea! The dry smell is a deep, rich maple scent. I steeped for 2 minutes, and this one is a bit stronger than the others due to finishing up the sample pack, but it is still good! The flavor is like real maple syrup, a dark and rich taste, not too sugary, but definitely mapley. The aftertaste has the creaminess of caramel, and the base does well to support the subtle yet delicious flavors. This one might definitey be a re-buy, but I need to finish my larger packs of tea from this company first!
This is an excellent tea!! I’ve had 2 cups of it since I bought it, and it is just awesome. The apricot and cream flavors are very true, and the black base is perfect for them, not sure what type, actually, I know nothing about this tea other than the name, I couldn’t find it online! But it is a darn good one. I smelled it the first time I went to the store and for some reason didn’t get any, probably because I got the lemon cream instead (which is also really good). The sales clerk was having a cup with milk the first time I went in, so I might have to try that sometime too! But this is the PERFECT autumn tea. I love it, will definitely drink lots of it!
Another sample I picked up on Friday. This smelled super interesting dry, cranberry with a hint of cream and the rooibos balancing everything nicely. It was interesting because I haven’t had many cranberry teas, especially a rooibos, and you really could smell it in there! Very autumny.
I steeped it for around 5 minutes. Steeped, it mostly smells like rooibos. Boo :( as for the flavor, ehh I get a mild cranberry note, but a sweetish cranberry, so a bit medicinal. Not much cream, maybe a little bit? But yeah, mostly rooibos. A smooth rooibos at least, but I was hoping for a heavier cream flavor, something akin to Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra but with cranberries. I will try this again at a later date with a longer steeping time, as I still have enough for a few cups in my sample. A bit disappointing, but still happy to have tried it, and works well with my alternating of caffeinated/non caffeinated teas so that I don’t get caffeine crazed :)
Darn steepster ate my first note on this! Ugh, anyways, this one was a sample I picked up at the local tea shop, the dry smell is like dark chocolate and fruit. Steeped for 2 mins, it smells similar to Butiki’s Mi Xian black, fruit and sweet notes are very present! As for the flavor, the sales girl said it tastes like Tootsie rolls, and amazingly, it really does!! So strange for a tea with currants in it! Definitely pleased I picked up a sample of this intriguing tea, and it’s nice on a cloudy day like today :)
I finally tried this local tea company! I have been meaning to for ages, and finally stopped there last Friday. After smelling various teas and liking quite a few of them, I asked the clerk for a suggestion for a creamy tea. She showed me this one, and I had to get it. The dry smell is soo lemony and creamy, wow, I have only smelled one tea on par with it, Lemon Chiffon by Della Terra. The smallest sizes they offered were 50 g (eep) but I got it anyways, and one other 50 g tea, a 26 gram oolong (higher grade = smaller quantities available) and she put in two free samples of my choosing :D. I made a cup of this last week, but with being away in BC all weekend didn’t get a chance to log it, but I will now, as I’m having a cup at work in a valiant yet not triumphant effort to wake up.
So yes, the dry smell is amazing, I steeped a little over 2 minutes today, and there is a touch of bitterness, but not unpleasantly so. Oh and the steeped smell is also a yummy lemon flavor. Last week when it was 2 minutes on the nose, I was amazed at the flavor. So much lemony goodness…this almost rivals Lemon Chiffon in my opinion, but I can’t fully compare the two as one is a black base while the other rooibos. Regardless, even with a longer steeping time, this tea is holding up quite well. Still tons of lemon cream flavor, a little bit like H&S Paris as well lol.
Overall, I am super impressed with this tea. I can’t wait to try my other one from them (Grapefruit EG!) and I should also write a note on my sample I tried last week at some point (Maple and Cream) but later haha. This tea is so far the best of the ones I purchased. Definitely will be heading back to try more of their cream teas!! I mean, they also have an apricot cream, I need to try that one too haha. A good find!
Coming home meant sipping this down! Acquired Taste kindly sent a sample last year. It’s pretty good, but not sure if I’d actually buy it The peppercorns are there giving off a little heat and the chocolate isn’t overly artificial. It just seems a little 2D to me though?
Oh well, more room in my virtual cupboard.
SIDOWN! I’m glad i had enough of this sample to try this again because this time i am getting a MUCH nicer blueberry cream taste instead of just “rooibos.” That being said i must have steeped it for more than 10 mins. That being said, i’m not sure how much i want to keep a tea in my cupboard that requires me to steep it forever to get the flavour :)
A decent enough tea, so i’ll be open to trying other teas from this company if i get back to edmonton for a visit. :)
I tried the last sample i received from this company today and needless to day i have a bit left over for another round of it. From this one, i’m getting mostly a rooibos taste, which i don’t mind but is clearly lacking the blueberry piece of the tea :) Holding off rating this though since i was at work and not paying much attention to how long i steeped it. That being said, wouldn’t it be nice if the website had SOME information on the tea? lol sigh
Yeesh…I probably used water that was a little hot for this one. I wasn’t thinking when i made it that it’s a black and green blend. There’s a bit of bitterness behind it, that may very well be my fault so I’ll hold off rating this tea. I suspect that if this was brewed properly it would sit in about the 75 range. I like the blackberry taste, but i’m not getting a sense of the maple.
So in my many searches through the internet, I came across this company from my old home town and discovered they will send you two free samples if you email them. So I did what any sane tea lover would do, and requested a sample since the descriptions of their teas sounded lovely. Note: one complaint i have about tea companies? No pictures and No steeping parameters…drives me crazy! But i digress…
I popped open this sample first when my package arrived yesterday since I’ve had a few other toffee teas and I wanted to see how they stack up with a tea that many other companies provide. The verdict? Not too shabby indeed. I actually prefer their version, which maybe be the result of the sample itself, or the tea’s proclivity, because i can still taste the base through the toffee and it’s a stronger base than i’m used to in this sort of tea. Woah run on sentence/thought batman. heh oopsy. Well anyway…looking forward to trying the other samples and then possibly placing an order from these folks if i can find some others to go in on the larger sizes. I wish all companies offered samples sizes…i’d rather purchase 50 sample sizes than a single 1oz bag of something when trying a new company. I’m also much more inclined to come back.
Anyway, as i enjoyed this offering from this company, i’m looking forward to trying the sample that is a tea that I haven’t seen nearly everywhere :)
This was the other free sample that I chose. In the pouch, it’s hard to differentiate the spices from each other. Everything has been chopped up and the only ingredients I can distinguish are the orange peels and cinnamon bark. Alright, let’s give this a whirl on the stove.
I let this simmer on the stove for about twenty minutes, then added not quite a teaspoon of brown sugar. The colour of the steeped tea looks wonderfully dark and rich. I microwaved around half a cup of 2% milk and filled up the rest with the chai.
I know this doesn’t sound helpful, but it basically tastes like all other chai teas that I’ve had at Indian restaurants. The spices are there but none of them have a voice. I guess I’m not being fair because I always compare every chai to the ones made at this chai bar in Edmonton called Remedy. Seriously the best chai ever. Nothing like it. They import all their spices from India and use around 30 different spices in their blends. So yeah, almost all chai teas pale in comparison.
I normally drink my tea plain, without any milk or sugar, so I’m sorry to say that this was a waste of calories. But! The other tea that I’ve tried from this company is fabulous, so don’t let this discourage you from checking them out. I’m just picky little chai freak.