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I’m a big fan of apple cider, so was very excited about this. Drinking it with a spoonful of sugar and no milk, at first sip, it tasted exactly like cider – not much on the tea. Adding milk, however, made it taste more like the chai it is. With milk, it tastes like a good chai with some apple notes.
My fiance absolutely loves this tea, so it’s become a regular in our tea cupboard. It definitely has a unique flavor! It leaves an aftertaste of hazelnut, but while during drinking I felt like I mainly got the flavors from the strawberries and cocoa nibs. It actually kind of reminds me of some fruity breakfast cereals from when I was a kid.
Flavors: Cocoa, Hazelnut, Strawberry
This is a very mild tea. I used too much water for one pyramid, but it was still tasty. I find Ceylon tea to be awfully mild; this being decaffeinated meant it was even weaker-tasting. However, I get bothered by caffeine, especially heading into evening, so when I want a nighttime cuppa, I go for the decaf. Mainly I used these teabags to blend with others, like Constant Comment (both reg and decaf), other orange or orange/spice combos.
Flavors: Orange, Orange Zest
Another sipdown, although I apparently didn’t have this in my (virtual) cupboard to begin with. I never quite found this tea’s happy place on my own, but the Breville’s standard green settings (175F, three minutes) are just about perfect. This is a mellow, sweet green with some steamed vegetable flavors—probably closest to snap peas. I’m surprised by how much I like it, especially since I’m not a huge fan of unflavored greens. It might even be one I’d buy again!
Flavors: Green, Green Beans, Hay, Peas, Sweet
Another sipdown. This one just doesn’t wow me, but it’s a perfectly fine oolong. I’ve found Adagio’s oolongs to be a great introduction to this kind of tea, because they’re decent quality without being expensive. Their Dancong Aria got me into oolongs and still remains a favorite of mine.
Personally, I don’t love Ti Kuan Yin, so I’m probably the wrong person to be reviewing this. It’s light and slightly grassy with some honey notes. I’ve had creamier Ti Kuan Yins, but this is a nice afternoon cup for today. I’m too embarrassed to say how old this particular tea is (hint: very old), but it’s held up well, too.
This tea makes an amazing chai latte. It’s delicious straight, but I do love my chai lattes. This is the most spice-balanced chai I’ve found. None of the spices jumps out as too heavy or too light. Easily my favorite “all-around” chai.
Made a cup of this the other night when we watched the Star Wars again. It is still a very good film. But I am very cross to discover that most of the films we’ve purchased on iTunes (and we pretty much only use iTunes these days because we ABSOLUTELY DO NOT HAVE THE SPACE FOR ANY MORE PHYSICAL MEDIA) don’t come with a commentary track! Discovered this when a friend mentioned something that Whedon said on the Ultron commentary, and we don’t have it! Commentary is half the reason I buy films! Why, iTunes, whyyyyyyyyyy
Onwards, to the tea:
This is a tea for when you want a tea that tastes like a very good cup of tea, a welcome break from instant bread and whatever portions you can trade in your day’s haul of scrap for. The fragrance is subtly earthy with a touch of dried autumn leaves, and when brewed, soft and rounded notes of cocoa and minerals are met with sweet hints of stone fruit, starch, and almond, finished with the faintest hum of warm spice. Or maybe it’s the force. Whatever it is, it’s a solid, no-nonsense brew that hints at something very special indeed.
Smells like raspberries. As I don’t really like raspberries, I was concerned that it would taste a lot like raspberries. Thankfully, it does but it’s quite mild, and is blended well with other flavours. Also, it didn’t need honey like most other teas.
I never knew what black tea truly tasted like until I tried this. I was drawn in by the mystique of a tea from Africa, and having started my journey the price was very agreeable to me. The tea almost knocked me out it was so strong, yet it was sweet, malty, it wasn’t bitter or brash to my tongue. Very strange, very strange indeed. This is a tea I’ve almost never brought myself to drink as if I were saving it, a day would go by and I’d make a pot of it. A week would go by and I’d stock up on fresh teas, it’s been more than a year and a half since I started my journey and I still have some left, just waiting for that last bitter sweet cup.
Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Sweet