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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…)
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.
This is another black tea that my husband has fallen in love with. The dry teabag smells like caramel, but there is also something else there that I can’t place. After steeping, the black tea really comes through but there is still that hint of caramel. This tastes of caramel too, though is also very bitter on its own. My husband had his without honey, but I’m not going to be able to do that. I need something to tame this bitterness.
The flavor reminds me of coffee. I think it must be the chicory I’m tasting. I’m pretty sure that’s the flavor that was puzzling me earlier too. I definitely like it much better with honey and cream (but then when do I not?). The flavor reminds me of fall/autumn which I actually woke up pining for this morning. It’s my favorite time of year so it’s fun to drink these teas that take me there.
8 ounces water + 200 degrees + 15 minutes
This steep is obviously not as dark as the first cup and there are little particles of something or other floating on the top. Not very appetizing at all. It’s bitter and astringent, but it does have some flavor left. I don’t really love this as a second steep but I kind of knew that would be the case since it’s a bagged tea and all. I still wanted to give it try at least once though so here we are.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Caramel
This tea is fragrant with mint right out of the packaging but it steeps into a nice black tea with a gentle mint flavor. A friend at work recommended this to me as one of her favorite teas . I’m not a huge mint fan, but it’s certainly nice every once in a while so I was glad for the recommendation.
8 ounces water + 212 degrees + 22 minutes
This isn’t a bad cup really, though I’m not sure it’s worth the extra steep. I can still taste the mint, but mostly it’s just a watered down cup of black tea.
Backlog. Had this one yesterday early evening, after a LONG day at the zoo, in which we got completely drenched in a summer shower. So, after getting home and getting in some dry clothes, I reached for what I hoped would be a comforting pick-me-up. This tea, while not the tastiest Earl Grey I’ve ever had, certainly did the job. There was a hint of vanilla somewhere in there, though there shouldn’t have been, but it made it interesting nonetheless. I would drink this tea again, but won’t buy it to have in stock.
This tea is meh. Watery cinnamon with a vague cocoa taste. Not terrible for a bagged tea, but not exactly setting the world on fire. At least it woke me up. It lends itself well to travel-mugs, so it makes a suitable companion on the drive to work, at least.
H & S whole-leaf silk sachets have spoiled me!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Tea
My cousin and I are big tea addicts. I introduced her to Kusmi and Teavana and she got me a David’s Tea gift card last Christmas.
She is moving into a new apartment in two days and so she had to do some sorting : I inherited this Constant Comment, some green tea, and a waffle maker! It’s very good with some agave nectar and soy milk. I think I’ll also try the regular caffeinated version.
I steeped this a bit too long so it’s a little astringent. It tastes mostly of mint but has a spice that sits in your throat and on your tongue after each sip. I put too much honey in this cup so it’s far too sweet. I may like this better with a lower steep time and less sweetener. As it stands now, it’s not a favorite.
Flavors: Astringent, Mint, Spices