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Herbal Traveling Tea Box
So I’m just about to start my tea-testing marathon… Picked out this yummy smelling tea from the mound of tea that I can hardly wait to try..and practically sprinted downstairs in excitement.. only to realize that I left my good tea infuser at my mom’s house… knew this was bound to happen as I insist to carry all my tea with me on visits in my traveling tea bag /sigh/ Luckily, I found my spare infuser in the drawer /happy dance/ . Life is good:]
This tea is pretty delicious! It smells a little bit like kool-aid so that makes me giggle of happy childhood memories. Luckily, this tea lacks that artificial kool-aid taste and replaces it with fruity goodness.. yum:] At first sip, it was a bit too tart, but with just a touch of agave, it sweetened right up leaving a strawberry melody. Tantalizing images of trying this tea iced danced about in my head…so I couldn’t help but to leave the rest of my cup to do just that. And dare I say, it is even more delicious iced? Yes, I do!:D
Nice cup of full-bodied fruity goodness.
Flavors: Berry, Strawberry
I’m not usually a fan of rooibos but I heard good things about this blend. It’s definitely got the typical almost medicine-like rooibos flavor, but it’s balanced with vanilla and caramel flavors and a good touch of honeybush. I put extra honey in it because I’m drinking it on a cozy rainy night with a sore throat and I’m already feeling luckier! It is plenty sweet on its own as well. Have I mentioned this blend has no caffeine? In the cooler months, it is my all time favorite cozy nighttime tea. I’m going to have to stock up so my luck will never end.
Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Hazelnut, Medicinal, Nutty, Vanilla
Tonight I made spaghetti and meatballs for 12 people (3 POUNDS) of meatballs. Now I have a basement full of happy teenagers and I am upstairs cat sitting. He fell asleep with his head on my arm. It was so adorable. http://imgur.com/YLcSVfS
And oh yeah, I have tea.
This tea was good. I was looking for an alternative to Teavana Earl Greg Creme without the bergamot taste. This one came close but as I sipped it I felt it was lacking something. I guess the Earl Greg Creme was a perfect mix! The base in this tea tasted flat. Will finish my sample pack but might not reorder.
Did I just get a bad batch? I first tried this tea as a sample and brewed it for 3 mins. I took one sip and got a mouthful of citrus bergamot! Way too intense. I had to pour it out. I then came back to steepster and went to adagio website to check reviews and no one else had the same experience. So I tried another cup. Same experience. A mouthful of bergamot and lingering after taste. Ugh!
People who like really boldly flavored black teas will probably like this. It is malty and rich, and a bit astringent. I am not the biggest fan of astringency, so it isn’t really for me.
Recommended for those who like heavy, bold blacks.
I like this a lot more than traditional earl grey – but I LOVE lavender. I think there is a sweetness there that is so nice, as I typically don’t add sweetener to anything but chai. I would definitely repurchase this – it would be soapy and strong without milk though. Most earl greys taste soapy to me. Milk is a must.
T&C TTB Tea # 17 Backlog May 28
Cannabis is one of the flavors listed for this?? weird. CANNABIS? Ok, people, whatever you say!
This one wasn’t bad, I didn’t really get any chocolatey notes. There seemed to be a bit of a sour/bitter note on the end of the sip… It was ok.
I decided it wasn’t worth keeping because I have so many other tasty black teas. So I put it back in the box.
This was nice. It didn’t knock my socks off (hehe, autocorrect made that “knock my woks off” and I think I like that better) but I won’t have any trouble drinking it down.
I think what I like most about green rooibos is that it doesn’t really taste like much, so it serves as a medium for the flavors but doesn’t compete with them. I can drink what I’m drinking without thinking of mulch with every drink. So, I think from here on out I will stay away from red rooibos in favor of green. Thankfully it seems to be more common all the time.
As far as the way this tasted, I had it hot and it just tasted like something citrusy. I could see it being good cold, but here’s my problem. I keep thinking I should cold brew all of these herbal teas, then the next day all I want is teas with caffeine so I can’t make myself drink them.
I got this as a sampler from Adagio’s website, in a quest to try out different types of tea and expand my palate. I probably used a bit more water than I should have with this tea, probably making it a bit lighter than it could.
The flavor is very nice, matching the woody smell that comes from the cup. The flavors are a bit light, but they are very nicely balance. The flavor is toasty and slightly like rice, which is more pronounced in the after taste.
I definitely wish to try another cup of this tea.
Flavors: Earth, Rice, Toasted
The last tea from my swap with Arshness. The dry leaf is a mixture of rooibos, chamomile, and crushed dried peppermint leaves. It smells mostly like peppermint, with a bit of chamomile. I brewed 2 tsp for 5 minutes.
The brewed tea smells strongly of mint, with notes of vanilla and chamomile. The taste is also quite minty. The peppermint definitely dominates the other flavors in this tea. I can taste a bit of chamomile but I’m not getting any vanilla or even the rooibos base at all. I’m not a huge fan of peppermint, and for this reason I’m kind of disappointed with this one… :(
This tea is an excellent blend of sweet and sour. In the bag the pu erh chorange is strong, but gets more subtle when blended, quietly adding to the overall weight and smoothness. The assam melody holds up as a strong base of delicious black tea, intertwined with the almost vanilla-lemon of the herbal lemongrass. The lemon is very fragrant, but the tea itself is definitely more assam in flavor. I take my tea black, but with added milk or sugar this could definitely become a more decadent bold blend. I tried this blend iced recently, and found it is best with some milk and ice cubes, like a faux late. Overall, I’d recommend it hot. Chocolate teas iced are a little off without some creaminess to pair with it.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cream, Lemon, Mineral, Orange
This tea is from my swap with Arshness.
The dry leaf is a varied mixture of chamomile blossoms, rooibos, oolong balls, and some dried orange peel. It didn’t have much of a smell – I could catch some chamomile and orange but not a lot else.
I actually had this one twice. The first time I did a heaping teaspoon and I felt the tea didn’t really taste like anything. There was a little bit of chamomile and orange but it mostly tasted like lightly flavored hot water.
So the second time I did two teaspoons for the same time and same amount of water. It’s much better this time. Still kind of lightly flavored, and a little bit bitter (I guess because of the oolong when using so much tea). I added sugar which made it easier to drink. I taste chamomile immediately when drinking, then I get orange and vanilla with a bit of woody rooibos. I don’t get much oolong aside from a strong bitter aftertaste. I’m not sure whether this tea was a little old and that’s why it’s so lightly flavored or if that’s just the way it’s meant to be. Either way, not a huge fan…
Flavors: Floral, Orange, Rooibos, Vanilla, Wood
This was a tea from my swap with Arshness, aka Miss Adagio. ;) The dry leaf looks like generic black tea with a few crushed leaves (apparently they’re raspberry leaves). Mine didn’t have any dried blueberries like the picture does. Dry, it smelled vaguely blueberryish. I steeped it for 3 minutes.
The brewed tea has a lovely genuine blueberry smell. Tastewise, I am a bit disappointed with this one. The level of blueberry is good, it’s not too strong but very present, however I do not enjoy the tea base at all. I’m not sure if this is because it’s a decaf version, but the black tea is very nondescript with a very one-note generic “black tea” taste. Sad face. Thanks Arshness for the sample. :D
I’ve had this tea before, and really disliked it. I felt like the apricot flavor was really artificial and clashed with the Honeybush. This time, I added some chai spices, and It was acceptable, but still not something I would buy again.
Flavors: Apricot, Artificial, Wood
I’m not the biggest vanilla fan so I was skeptical of having this tea. I got a sample and now I’m sad that I’m running low! This tea is very similar to the Earl Grey Bravo but has a touch of vanilla and bit of a smooth cream flavor.
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla
This tea smells amazing. Opening the bag, I’m overwhelmed by the scent of rich chocolate and hints of orange. The Pu Erh is overpowered by the aromas of the flavorings. As usual, I’m not sure what the blue cornflowers are doing in there. Do these things smell or taste like anything? I’ve never known them to.
As I brew the cup, the liquid is dark, rich, reddish brown. It’s a lovely color and like most Pu Erh I’ve tried, it gets much darker as I let it set longer. I brewed this according to the package directions this time, so 5 minutes with boiling water.
I put a bit of sugar in my cup and sipped the very warm tea. It’s so vivid! The taste of chocolate and orange assault my mouth with a sweetness lacking any bitter flavor. The Pu Erh is a subtle companion to the stronger flavorings used, but still present and tasty.
I add a bit more sugar to wake up the chocolate flavor and it is a total win. Sweet, this tea is a treat. I almost feel I should be having it for desert. In the future, I may have to do just that.
I would say if you like chocolate and orange together, you’ll love this tea, hands down. It’s the strongest flavor I’ve had with a Pu Erh so far and it’s delightful.
I saved it for resteeping this morning and its potency is every bit as strong as the night before. I brewed it for 2 minutes and it was already dark so I went ahead and poured it in my cup. The flavor is as strong and bold and awake as it was last night. I am impressed with how potent it was with such a short resteeping time. If anything, the flavor is bolder.
I wonder how many cups I could make of this, but at the same time I wonder how many I want. It’s not that the tea isn’t good— it’s delightful— it’s that I am not sure I want this much desert!
I would say it’d be a delightful tea to share with someone so you can brew it, then let them resteep it, and ping pong it back and forth haha. :) Unless you could enjoy this much desert in a row. I bet it’d resteep 1-2 more times really well.
Flavors: Chocolate, Orange, Sweet
Had this this morning and let cool while I worked on changed the battery in my car (whoever designed the layout of the 96 Buick century was an evil evil man). It took an hour but I finally to the new battery in and got her to start. This lemony goodness was nice and cool, adding a couple ice cubes and it was just what I needed to cool off after dying outside during high noon. Now I’m craving lemon pound cake