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This was a middle of the road tea for me. I enjoyed the orange flavor, but I didn’t find much in the way of spice. The drawing on the paper packaging the tea bag comes in shows cinnamon sticks and cardamon pods, but the tea itself is straight orange. The base tea is clean with a possible hint of lemon. Good but not great.
I’ve never had an Earl Grey green before. I am definitely getting both the bergamot and the green tea out of this. It’s a very strong bergamot flavor, and it blends well with the green tea. I could also see this bergamot going a little soapy.
Flavors: Bergamot, Tea
I tried this tea this morning (with just a bit of sugar) and the orange taste was overpowering. Granted, I steeped the bag for 5 minutes (as is my norm), but still, the orange flavor made it taste almost like warm, watered-down orange juice. Maybe steeping it for 3 minutes would improve things?
When I first tasted this tea, it left a rather unpleasant chemical-like taste in my mouth. I thought, maybe that was just a bad bag. So I tried another one… and I got the same result.
Thankfully, this is actually the third blend of jasmine tea that I’ve tried. The first time I tried it was at Teavana, and the second one I got from an Asian market. I can’t remember the brand name off the top of my head, though.
Regardless, both of those blends were enjoyable… and this one was not. So if this was your first time trying jasmine green tea, ditch this brand and try another one.
Wow! I enjoyed this cup.
Yes, the Jasmine was quite fragrant,
But no soapy taste for me.
This was quite a relaxing tea for me…
leaving me with a comfy, cozy feeling
like your favorite sweater, sleeping in on
the weekend with your lover…
This may not be my all time favorite,
But I will enjoy it while it’s here.
Different strokes for different folks ;-)
This is one of those green teas that you have to be really careful with. Even though I was under the 2 minutes of minimum steep time I still feel it’s somewhat bitter. However, that could also be the pomegranate. If you’ve ever eaten pomegranate seeds straight from the fruit you know they can be kinda intense.
I’ve added some honey now. Definitely think that it’s the pomegranate that’s causing the slight bitterness.
Woke up way earlier this morning than I’m accustomed to, though for a fairly good reason (and a blameless one; I can’t expect people to instantly know that 1 PM is still a time when I’m typically sound asleep) – I have a job interview! It’s for the Calendar Club/Go Games! which would be something different than settings I’m used to – having only worked at a carnival and a movie theatre (both places focusing on food services). It’s also only a seasonal position, but really at this point a little money over a temporary period is better than no money at all.
Since it was an early morning (technically afternoon) for me, I really wasn’t in the mood to go through a more elaborate tea making process – so bagged tea it is! I quickly skimmed through the box of bagged tea I keep for unadventurous family, Tre, and people who in general I feel are not worthy of my loose leaf tea and this is the one I settled on.
The baggy itself smells like raspberry, albeit a more artificial smelling raspberry. It has a black tea base, and that’s present too. There’s no steeping instructions (something I hate about bagged tea) so I basically eyeballed it.
The raspberry in this tea is most present in the aftertaste, and even then it’s super mild and artificial tasting. The black tea base in this just tastes off and unpleasant. There’s some slight bitterness to it as well.
I’m wishing I had made a different cup of tea, and when I’m more awake I definitely plan to make something better.
So my first rating on Steepster can be called nothing but a head smacking moment. I am new to proper brewing and I have had this tin of tea since I received it as part of a Christmas package. I received this tea and another that I finished long ago because I could never get anything out of this one. What I mean is that I was so frustrated with it that it never went any deeper than a light yellow and had absolutely no flavor. WTH? I mean I was boiling the water, probably rolling, so what is going on with this tea. For almost a year I just thought it sucked.
So today. I am left with the left overs in my cabinet and I decide to steep a cup of this as I am into a cup of light tea and I really want to make it a little sweet. So, I heat some water to the point just before a boil and set my steepster app to white tea. What happens? I get this lovely, deep honey color tea with very pleasant flavor. I’m astonished that I have wasted 48 out 50 bags with boiling water. #49 I get it right and begin to like the tea. head smack I can finally taste the ginger and smell the lovely peach aroma. It’s a real treat. I think this tea needs to be in my cupboard forever, just because.
This used to be my favorite tea while it came from Sri Lanka – the unflavored version, it had beautiful exotic notes and usually one bag would be subtly different from the other – probably due to times and places of picking.
Unfortunately, the company changed their supplier and the tea comes from China now. The new bags have black labels while the older ones had green and white labels. The new tea is bland and tasteless.