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Hmm, I guess I haven’t reviewed this yet. Okay!
I am not an earl grey person at all because I really don’t like bergamot and I imagine this is why I don’t like this tea very much. I decided to give it a try because I thought the unusual combo of flavors would be different enough to possibly change my mind, but unfortunately that was not the case. I am coming to appreciate black tea and rooibos combinations since you get the flavor of black tea with less caffeine, but I’m just not into whatever they did with the chocolate and berries. Honestly, it doesn’t taste like chocolate or berries or earl grey, it just tastes… weird. I can’t figure out what it reminds me of. Not undrinkable, but weird and mildly unpleasant.
Another downside worth mentioning is that there is very little leaf in each bag. I have to use two in all but the smallest of mugs.
I was thrilled to find pyramid tea bags at Target, and me being me I gravitated toward the fruit and floral combo. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a jasmine I didn’t like!
The first thing I noticed about these bags is that the amount of leaf contained therein is fairly little. That means that it’s easier to adjust the amount in your cup when using multiple bags (smaller increments) but I’d really rather have enough leaf to make a large cup with a single bag. It’s also not particularly pleasing to the eye or nose, with a lot of small pieces and no strong scent.
The flavor of this tea is about what you’d expect from something that costs $3.50 at a grocery store. Distinctly green — the generic green that you usually get with loose leaf labeled just “green tea”. I detect a little bit of what I assume is the jasmine but probably couldn’t guess if I didn’t already know, and a bit more fruit that reminds me most of peach (the ingredients tell me it’s actually apple). However, it takes some effort to pick that out; casual sipping means that everything is blended together into a mix that isn’t very harmonious. It’s the kind of tea that would turn casual drinkers off of tea: a jumbled mess of flavors that should be good together. As someone who rather likes tea, however, I don’t hate it — I just marvel at how poorly the mix was made.
I often oversteep this in hopes that the flavor will change and become stronger, and the jasmine does — but it also becomes unpleasantly bitter.
I’ve been on and off the road the last several days and am out of sorts today – thinking about all of the things I should be doing, all of the things I have been forgetting to do since last week, and not wanting to do any of them because I am feeling rather lazy. Anyhow…yesterday I had an all-day shopping day/all-day sister day and I swear we were in like 57 stores…one of them being Target. Don’t laugh…I have only actually been in Target like 3 times now. We don’t have one close by and when we travel to a nearby city Hubby don’t like that store so we don’t shop there. So…I got this tea at Target. I chose it because I have never had anything from Archer Farms and this sounded interesting.
The aroma is subtle in every way. I can pick up a little chocolate and a little berry but neither is too intense. It brews pretty dark but it took a while to get there.
The taste is different. It wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s not overly ANYTHING, really. First I can taste a little cocoa like flavor – very subtle and then it fades away. Then I can taste a very little EG and it fades away. In follow-up sips I can taste a very slight cocoa-raspberry flavor at the beginning of the sip but then it morphs into the oh-so-subtle EG. None of the flavors are strong and none of them stay around for very long. It is creamy, tho, which is pretty nice. I can taste the black tea over the rooibos that is for sure and I am totally ok with that. The more I drink this the black tea taste pops out more and as it cools the flavors mix with the creaminess a bit better.
I don’t think I would buy this again because of the crazy amount of tea that I do have in my stash but I am glad I did buy it once to try it. The flavors aren’t very intense but the over all taste on the tongue is interesting, yet, different. It’s a bit mellower than I thought it would be but with the creamy aspect of it and the sweeter aftertaste I would consider it a lounge-tea one to laze-out to or while reading a book or something for the early evening, even. It’s not bad at all – overall…but quite different from what I thought it would be.
This has somehow managed to become my go-to work tea. I picked it up on a whim at Target, and it sat untouched on my desk until about two weeks ago. In that time I’ve managed to nearly finish off the box (two sachets left!).
It’s not the best tea. The jasmine is great at first, but if it cools too long, it loses some flavor and becomes a little too citrusy and acidic. But hot, it’s really sweet and delicious. The vanilla smoothes the cup a little without being too present, it’s nice and floral, and it doesn’t taste artificial.
One thing that does bug me is that little tiny thread bits of silk free themselves from the bag when you add water. It may be my obsessive tendencies coming out, but I have to brush the bags off before using them because that weirds me out.