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Great introduction to a variety of herbal teas! My favorites are Orange & Spice, Sweet Dreams, and Mint Medley. The Chamomile one is good too!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Flowers, Ginger, Menthol, Mint, Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, Spices, Sweet
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Flavors: Ginger, Hibiscus, Orange, Rosehips, Spices, Spicy
Very good, nice and strong (but not too strong). There are tones of rose and a hint of lemon. I really enjoy this one, especially when I have a sore throat, congestion, or headache- or just for a little boost of energy. I find it works and tastes best when I drink it as hot as possible.
I tend to mix 1 bag/1 tsp of this with Celestial Seasonings “Sleepytime Sinus Soother Wellness Tea” for a bit of a mix. They taste very good together.
Flavors: Lemon, Mint, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint
Nice, I enjoy this very much- it gives me a natural, pleasant, sleepy feeling. The taste is soothing, sweet with a touch of orange and mint. The sweetness is stronger thanks to the touch of mint. This is one of my favorite herbal teas, especially for relaxation or before bed!
Flavors: Mint, Orange, Rose, Sweet
I admit to having been spoiled by Harney & Sons’ super fresh and delicious Egyptian Chamomile, but even Pukka Love is a lot better than this Sweet Dreams chamomile blend from Bigelow. It tastes either stale or sour—or perhaps both. Perhaps the mint is old, or perhaps the hibiscus is making the whole mess taste sour. I know that this particular bag is not old, because it came from a new box in my housemate’s cupboard. It’s just not good.
To dump or refrigerate? That is the question.
My favorite cure for homesickness. Constant Comment will forever hold a special place in my heart, as I grew up with its warm and spicy fragrance wafting from my mother and grandmother’s teacups every evening.
Flavors: Bitter, Orange Zest, Spices
This was my before bed tea last night. More than anything I want to write this note to remind myself that this is a very decent apple tea. I’ve been on the lookout for good apple teas for months now, so I was happy to stumble across this one. I never tasted pomegranate, but the apple taste is fruity, juicy, and sweet. There is no tart hibiscus flavor (always a concern with herbals), and I found it very relaxing which is what I want in a nighttime tisane.
I am not sure if I truly would recommended this tea. It’s… alright tasting. After trying the vanilla chai, also from Bigelow, I was certain I would enjoy the Caramel one the same, if not more. Oh, how wrong I was. This one is more spice, with just barley enough caramel to be able to label it as such. I wish I would’ve skipped on this one, but… At least now I know that even in the same brand and style, tea can vary. And quite greatly.
It really is a treat, this tea. I adore the smell. The one thing that gets me, though is that this is one of those teas that really needs some sweetener and milk. You loose much of the spicy essence that you smelled before putting it in the cup, without. This is probably not a problem for those of you who do this regularly. I just happen to be more into the tea’s own flavors, rather than forcing my cuppa to be sweet. This is the only tea I will put anything into, just so it tastes as good as it smells. I would defiantly recommend to anyone who does not mind fiddling with sugar and milk.
So. I am in a hotel, traveling for business. I had a really nice tea set up all packed in a zippered bag that has: a wee little stainless electric kettle, a tea stick (http://www.crateandbarrel.com/gamila-tea-infuser-stick/s132094?a=1552&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&gclid=CLGWqtfchb8CFSJo7AodYxEAlA ), and sevral kinds of awesome tea. I was willing to live with the little glasses they have in the room to brew in. I’m guessing the little tea things bag looks really cute sitting on my kitchen table where I left it.
The hotel lobby has a coffee set up and has some boxes of tea beside it. No hot water at 4:30 am, but there is a teeny coffeemaker in my room. So I am drinking two bags of this infused into one cup of whatever temperature of water comes out of the in-room coffeemaker.
And you know what? It’s not that bad. Except for the clove explosion which is a bit much and kind of overwhelms everything else, but I think I stepped it a little too long.
It reminds me of what my parents used to make for us when we went camping as kids. It was called Spiced Tea. It included: Nestea Instant Tea, Tang, cloves, cinnamon. It was all mixed together in a tupperware container and we would spoon the mix into cups and fill with hot water from the camp stove. We LOVED that stuff. And this reminds me of that, so I’m enjoying this.
Flavors: Clove, Orange
First steep: Awesome red color! Smelled very fruity. Taste was fine – I’m still trying to adjust to naked tea drinking with no sugar, lemon, or milk, so it was just fine for me. I’m sure I’ll come to enjoy it more.
Second steep: No red color, less fruity smell. Flavor obviously not as strong. Not as great but I never expect it to be. :)
I cold-steeped this one at work, and I found it to be even more refreshing than hot. The bergamot presents itself as a sweet and crisp orangey note, and the more earthy and chocolatey notes from the base that I get when it’s been brewed hot are replaced by it. Perfect way to brew this tea for the summer.
I went dress shopping with my daughter tonight. After much looking and trying on of all the dresses she bought her first little black dress to wear to a recognition ceremony. We had a great time looking and shopping, but I was in need of tea by the time we got home. I decided to use a tea bag, and this is the first one I grabbed out of my tin. I almost put it back, but then I thought this sounded good. Why not have eggnog tea in June?
With milk and sugar this tea does taste like eggnog. There is a nice pinch of cinnamon that’s pretty tasty. The tea is also very creamy which is nice. I thought the black/green blend would be odd, but it works and carries the eggnog flavors well.
This isn’t something I’ll want a ton of during the summer, but come winter I can see myself drinking many a mug of this one.
Unless you really really love lemon do not bother with this tea. This tea comes off to me more as hot lemon water that is more sweet than sour. The color is darker than one would expect but the other herbs while they give sweetness to not give much flavor as the lemon overpowers them all.
This is another tea that I found in the breakroom at work today. I’m always hesitant to try berry-flavored black teas, because they tend to be awfully bitter and astringent. This one was actually pretty nice. It didn’t taste like fresh raspberry, so I’m guessing that the flavoring is artificial, but at least it was smooth and not totally overpowering. Am I about to run out and buy a box? No. Will I drink it again during my lunch break at work? Maybe.