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Ohh, what a scent! The first thing I noticed about this tea upon steeping was the scent. Warm, like a warm lemony dessert. Very home-and-hearth, reminds me of nice blankets and a cozy fall day (unlike today!). Not strikingly lemony, but you can still catch the scent. A bit sweet also! Even without sugar.
Something in this tea burns my tongue, and I’m going to assume it’s the ginger. The flavors of lemon and ginger were noticeable, and the presence of the latter made me particularly excited. It all reminded me of a dessert, as I said, warm and lemony, but not without a little bite. I really enjoy that unexpected sweet taste from a tea that I bought to calm my stomach (and it did!).
Nothing is bitter about this tea, all very smooth, silky even. All in all, sweet, lemony, but not overly powerful (actually a bit weak). Has a bite to it. Will drink for pleasure rather than because I need to make room in my cupboard. ^^
Flavors: Biting, Ginger, Lemon, Sugar, Sweet
Not sure why I bought this tea, the one that I bought had lemon, and I am not a huge fan of lemon in teas. The lemon flavor is pretty overpowering in mine, and it has taken me forever to get through the box. I think I have had the box for about a year! I was expecting more ginger flavor, perhaps a bit like the gingerbread house on the cover. But, nope. Just mostly lemon. I like it better sweetened, as it takes the edge off of the lemon. Not one of my favorites, although much better sweetened. Not something I would buy again. Trying to drink down a lot of tea bags I have left over for the copious amounts of loose leaf I have bought this week. Part of my great October 2015 sip down! Easy to do as I have been doing absurd amounts of studying/procrastination for school this week,
Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest
Yesterday I got a sample of this in my package of Bigelow English Breakfast tea, so I had to try it this morning. Honestly, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I recently cut out coffee in the morning because my tastes are too picky (aka expensive) and I’m very fickle when it comes to sticking with a morning coffee. Also, I like having a hot drink around at all times, and having that much coffee usually does me in. So I’ve been drinking mainly English Breakfast. But in the morning when my husband is brewing his coffee, I do kind of miss a good strong morning coffee. Well, this definitely fills the void. The only way I can describe it is that it is a very dark black tea, that tastes creamy even with just 2 tablespoons of milk, and doesn’t have any weird bitter/grassy/papery after taste. It’s strong without being bitter, and I am definitely happy about the 50% more caffeine content. If I have any more room in my tea drawer, I’ll definitely be making this a morning staple.
This was my mum’s favorite tea, so I didn’t get to taste it all that often. I used to steal a sip every once in a while, and was always astounded by the freshness in it. I knew it only as spearmint, not aware of it containing black and spearmint, because I never read the labels on the box.
My mom doesn’t buy it anymore, bent on spending less money, which is why my favorite brands of tea are lost to the ages, but she does still buy tea. A lot.
And spearmint is one of the types that I drink the most, surpassing even my green tea drinking. It’s our favorite tea, but I could never say no to a good cup of green, black, or chamomile.
I should write a review for spearmint alone, but my childish mind kept no track of what this one tasted like, other than the refreshing-ness.
Flavors: Mint, Spearmint
I used to drink this as a child whenever I couldn’t sleep or had stomach aches. It was my favorite tea, if only because I wasn’t allowed to drink a lot of it. Along with green tea, this drink basically makes up my childhood nights working on a math book with my mother.
It was fun.
I never got any bad taste from it. It smelled like apples and tasted about as off as anyone would think a medical herb would. Not quite as good as green tea, but nice. I didn’t get to ever taste it with sugar until I got another brand of it, so I’ll never know if I would have actually liked this tea. My mother never drank it, it was mine only, so I loved it.
Not many seem to like it here, which is fine. It was only the only medicine I ever actually liked tasting, but otherwise, it wasn’t my nightly drink.
If you’ve got a pain in your stomach or can’t sleep, drink any brand of chamomile tea you may find, but this isn’t strictly the type of tea that aims to be enjoyed (though I do remember commenting to my mother that it didn’t need sugar anyway, it was already sweet enough).
My favorite straight raspberry flavored herbal tea. I’m a HUGE fan of raspberries, raspberry is my favorite fruit in flavor, hands down! I enjoy the slight tartness with bright and slightly earthy flavor of raspberries. I could say “raspberry” a few more times, and I likely will, so repetitive! This is my preferred raspberry tea to all grocery and special-teas I’ve found.
*Bright raspberry with very slight acidity and slight natural sweetness
*Slight acidity without an overabundance of citric acid to emulate a false kind of flavoring either warm or iced, but interferes with blending it with black teas (it turns the delicate flavor a bit too much to maintain an over smooth blend of flavors,) but could mix well with other herbal blends (especially lemon)
*The flavor doesn’t change much for iced tea usage
*Becomes only a small bit less pleasant as it cools to lukewarm
*3 minutes, smooth and alright for a light drink
*3.5 minutes, smooth slightly stronger
*4 minutes, good for straight drinking with no additives
*4.5 minutes, very good and smooth (see a trend? This is a balanced and true-to-the-fruit flavor,) good for iced tea
*5 minutes, best for iced tea
*I find all temperatures create a pleasant flavor, but I prefer just under boiling (175 max) for pretty much any kind of tea without certain components that love super-high heat
*Cold brewing works quite alright for this, but suntea methods are perfect for reducing the acidity in iced tea
Flavors: Fruity, Raspberry
I attended a managers meeting yesterday at a winery, and while they didn’t serve wine…there was a chest of teas!
This one was the most “unique” out of the bunch. The majority were Bigelow. I’ve always considered Bigelow green to be my baseline for a plain jane good cup of tea, so I was sure it would at least be decent.
Following in line with my feelings on the green…this spiced tea was just a plain jane good cup of spiced tea. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get any taste of citrus though.
I woke up this morning to the most beautiful day. The sun is out and the temp is in the 70s. It’s perfect. It will be hotter this afternoon (high 90s, I think), but at least for the morning I can pretend we are in the middle of fall.
This is another tea gift from Nichole! This is very minty but also very bitter. I seem to be having this bad luck with mint teas often. I’m afraid this one wasn’t for me. I’m glad to have tried it though!
Flavors: Bitter, Mint
This one has been kicking around since before I joined Steepster … wow!
I’ve had this a couple different ways. The best is steeped in hot, lactose-free milk — sweet and spicy, rich and thick. I did not have lactose-free milk, so I had this with some cinnamon bun coffee creamer. It’s spicy, it’s creamy, it’s a generic chai. Maybe a little weak from using cooler water and not steeping as long. Or maybe it’s the age, ‘cause this tea is one of the oldest I have. Not bad at all, but I’m really excited to have sipped this one down.
Had this at work today – usually I drink 3 cups of green tea a day and despite doing so I guess I needed a 4th :P.
I made it very crudely- boiled water, mixed that water with cold water till it felt not too hot, then steeped for about 30 sec. It got busy at work so I didn’t get to drink it till it was cool.
What can I say- cheap green tea. I think this bag had gone a bit stale. It got the job done but there is no really good impression and I have no desire to look into purchasing this tea.
I don’t even feel bad for adding a ton of creamer to this one.
I’ve had this straight before and couldn’t taste anything past the bitterness. Just foul. I thought about dumping the tea bags, but felt bad wasting them. Enter Cinnabon creamer and another week at my in-laws!
All I taste is the creamer and it’s sweet delicious cinnamon bun, maybe a little bit of frosted cookie. Oh yes yes yes. Plus, since I remembered by travel tumblers this week, I now have caffeine at work! YES!
Rating reflects the tea on its own and not with the creamer, since I didn’t think that would be fair.
(Only 11 more days until we close and get the keys to the house…)
I typically don’t choose a chamomile tea unless I have a headache or am feeling a little sickly and under the weather. It’s not a favorite but there is something definitely cozy about it when I’m just trying to feel better. Today is an exception to that rule – I don’t feel sick (aside from a small headache); I’m just trying to drink some of our teas that I haven’t tried yet.
This does smell sweeter than a typical chamomile but the taste doesn’t seem too much changed. There is a slight creaminess there that could be the vanilla. The only honey I taste is the honey I added myself and I think it only serves to bring out the more artificial flavors of the tea. It’s not my favorite, but I really didn’t expect it to be.
Flavors: Artificial, Creamy, Sweet, Vanilla
This past month has seen a lot of upheaval. My fiance and I – after postponing what would have been our wedding back in December – got married in June. Not once, but twice – we had the little ceremony we planned on and his parents followed it up with another wedding (more like reception actually) for their friends. We’re also in the process of buying a place and I’ve changed jobs. Today was my first day and I’m completely wiped.
Since we haven’t closed on the new place yet, we’re staying with my in-laws and I’m taking the opportunity to use up some of my bagged teas and get my cupboard numbers down.
This tea is decent – nothing overly remarkable. It’s fruity with a weird bitter tang at the end – I think the chamomile is wreaking some havoc. Then again, I also steeped this at 175F so that it would actually have a shot at cooling off quick enough to drink at my in-laws … though I would think a lower steep temperature would mean less bitter … Eh! Maybe I’ll just add sugar next time.
A staple that my family has way too much of. This is my grandmother’s absolute favorite, and she almost always uses cream and sugar for hers. I like the tea, but I do not like drinking it all the time. It’s best for mixing it with something, like milk, sugar, or mulled whine like Glogg.
Vanilla is a flavor that I have to be in the mood for, and really a hit or miss when it comes to teas for me. It either accents a black, green, or white equally or overpowers more subtle flavors. Here, the flavors never balance out for me and I personally like the Spiced Chai better.