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Steeped about 9min, since the slider doesn’t go that far.
This one smells like a chai, looks a bit like a chai…but it doesn’t quite taste like one. It’s peppery and hot, but the spice seems a little one-dimensional and didn’t make a real impression on me. Overall I’d have to say that this one comes across as being rather harsh and unpleasant.
Not one I’d drink again, sadly.
I don’t know what it is about black teas. They make me feel all sorts of panicky and stressed, with or without too much caffeine. Really weird. Anyway, having given in to a black tea earlier today, I’m now under the impression I can counteract it with herbals. Why not. So I started with Capital’s Calming Tea. Halfway through the cup, I don’t feel any less agitated (because that would make it Miracle Tea), but it certainly is a nice, soothing cup. I had bought this as a possible chamomile-category competitor with American Tea Room’s [That’s an edit: I had thought Zzz was from Capital too.] Zzz Tea. The flavor doesn’t blow me away like the Zzz does (that verveine goodness just really knocks me out), but taking away that top note does leave it more purely calming. I would say it’s an easy win for the Zzz, but this is really hitting the spot after too much black tea.
A fun free sample from Capital, and surprisingly delicious. It’s part of their kids’ tea collection and supposed to taste like Jolly Ranchers (which is an overstatement). I would never in a million years have picked this up, but….I might just buy it now. I can’t decide just from tasting it whether it has any sweetener in it, but I suspect it doesn’t. It’s probably just slightly sweet from the fruit. It has a deep, real strawberry taste, and I can imagine this would be incredibly refreshing over ice too. I might just have to investigate their other kids’ teas!
I tend to make large pots of this one. I don’t get much vanilla here, but there is a very nice balance between all the flavors that keeps me drinking it all day long, and it’s reasonably priced enough to do that. The flavors are not particularly strong either, so I would actually never mention this for someone looking for a real earl grey flavor. It’s more like a basic white tea with just a little extra, unidentifiable something.
What a strange beast. My little brain puts its oolongs into fairly neat categories of ‘roasty’, ‘green and floral’, and ‘milk’ (its own thing, apparently), but this tea is none of those. On first sip, I thought it would land – lightly – in the roasty category. But as it cools…no. It’s surprisingly delicate, but then leaves with a touch of sweetness. It’s like trying to taste honeysuckle sap from the flower when you can almost get it. I don’t know if I’ll repurchase given the steep price, but it’s not off the table.
Great Canadian Travelling Teabox!
…mostly because i figured i should try to get at least ONE tea in from the box every day until i go on vacation. I think i like this one a little better than the Della Terra version, if only because the lemon flavour seems a bit stronger. I don’t know if this qualifies as PIE like, but lemon chiffon…sure! :) happy to try this one out :)
Final Count: 144 (including the teas i got this week from everyone! woot woot!)
This was interesting. Good! I imagine it’s called Sailors Delight due to the fact it actually has flavours associated with fruits known to have vitamin C in it. Which made me think of citrus. So when I saw Strawberry in TeaBrat’s description, it made me think twice. I think I need to have another cuppa :)
Thanks for the sample TeaBrat!! This is quite yummy. I just haven’t decided in what way, fruit wise. yet. haha
This a straightforward black with a hint of floral and orange notes. I purposely underleafed this, only because I’ve found floral orange pekoes to be outside my tastes, usually. 1 tsp in 12 oz.
Thank you to Kelci for sharing this in the 12 Days of Christmas swap!
Flavors: Flowers, Orange Zest
I’m sad to see this tea go. The flavor reminded me of a Chinese green plum tea that I got from Ten Ren, but more balanced and less sweet. I like the funky punch of the kombucha which is mellowed out by the green tea. Definitely one of the better Capital Teas.
Flavors: Grass, Plums
This came with my last Capital Teas order and I’m finally getting around to trying it. Yes there are HUGE pieces of dried fruit in the mix & this is one of those things you don’t know whether to eat or drink.
This tisane is odd. It smells like banana taffy but there is so much fruit going on in the mix. You get banana, orange and pineapple along with rooibos. I love banana flavored things so I wish they had played that up instead of the other fruit elements. You can’t taste much rooibos here.
I have a few other CT blends which I love but this is kind of a dud. I might need to try this iced as it really reminds me of juice more than taffy or anything else. Should be renamed as “Tropical Fruit Rooibos”
This is… pretty bitter! I think I steeped it right but ‘right’ might not always mean ‘according to my tastes’. I am not sure about a summer cherry fig part, even if there are some fruity notes, they are burried deep under the kind of bitter of unsweetened cocoa powder (minus the chocolate part of it) – if that makes any sense.
However, as it cools down, the cherry comes out more, and then it is slightly reminiscent of Lupicia’s Sakurambo – but I don’t think nearly as good. It is an okay tea, probably a little bit less steeping would do it good, but it is not something I would jump at buying.
My husband and I had a friend over this evening so instead of a couple of greens and whites from the Traveling Box that I planned to have, I had a bunch of craft beer. Oh well!
Now I am having this Yoga Tea, which is probably the only herbal in the entire TT Box :D That’s what I needed though.
It’s very soothing, pleasantly tasting herbal. I detect ginger and licorice… It also smells like fresh leather sandals. I don’t mean it in a bad way (I think). Herbal blends (non-rooibos ones), however, have a tendency to taste the same… It’s always good to have one of these in your cupboard. But it could be ANY one.
It doesn’t make me want to do yoga either. Definitely not right now.
After some really ill-advised anniversary dining that my tummy is apparently too old to handle well anymore… I’m still paying for it 3 days later (habanero ranch bacon cheeseburger, fries with buffalo sauce, half a pound of Skittles and 2 chocolate Drumstick ice cream cones. Doesn’t help that dinner the night before was a burger with hot sauce and Cajun fries…). I’ve been mostly avoiding tannic things, hot things, spicy things, carbonation, grease, sugars… basically everything I eat or drink! :) Hoping this calms things down again. It’s been getting better but I want to drink tea all day tomorrow again! :) 2 reviews I posted tonight were jotted down much earlier, and I just found the notes again today, so I actually only had 2 cups of tea all day long before this one. :(
I was originally looking for more of a straight mint tea but I think I have too much tea in not a very good order because I know I have some but I couldn’t find it… Tonight I’m getting much more chocolate from this, both in scent and in taste and not as much mint as previously. Wonder if my tastebuds are off because of tummy has an unhappy? This is still very good and it’s a nice take-the-place-of-dessert tea.
First off, it’s a lovely tea. :)
This is pretty good. Just smelling the steam wafting from the steeping cup made my sinuses feel more clear. :) It is very strongly peppermint, which I like. So many mint teas also have spearmint, and I can’t stand spearmint usually so I’m glad this one has just peppermint. The vanilla mellows out the bite from the mint without completely subduing it and the black tea base seems to be well matched. I could do without the white “chocolate” but I can see where it is maybe needed to make the peppermint “bark” part of it work. I honestly don’t know if I taste it. That white confectionery stuff usually just tastes sweet to me, not even really vanilla-y and this tea doesn’t lead me to think “sweet.” There is a dryness to the sip that isn’t objectionable, just worth noting. It isn’t a quenching drink but it’s certainly peppermint!
From the Great Canadian Travelling tea box.
This is another one I am pulling out of the box. The smell of it wasn’t very good, actually borderline offensive, it kind of reminds me of the smell of a very old building, but for some reason I still wanted to try it. I’m glad I did because it was so tasty. I find with most teas, I only get a hint of what the flavour is supposed to be or I just get one element of the flavour, but this tastes just like a gumball. I am going on a diet after this weekend and can’t have any sugar, so I’m glad to have found a tea that doesn’t need any.
Back from my job interview and I thought it went well, but I’m happy to be back at home in my yoga clothes typing notes on Steepster. :))
I didn’t realize I had bought a puerh tea until I added this concoction to the database just now. It is about 1/2 puerh and 1/2 other things like fruit and flavoring. I didn’t think I would like this but it’s actually pretty tasty. There’s a strong apple and elderberry flavor along with the pistachio and cinnamon. The puerh gives it a nice earthy flavor which is very grounding.
I did try adding a bit of soymilk to see what would happen, but I think this is one tea I prefer plain, the soymilk curdles. Never had an apple flavored puerh before and I like this a lot. It doesn’t taste a lot like toffee, but that’s ok. I also picked the fruit bits out to eat as a snack, he he. This is a good blend.
This is a brisk jasmine green, and there has certainly been a time in my life when that would have hit the spot. Now I find myself craving a warmer, friendlier jasmine but can imagine this might be perfect during my periodic caffeine step downs when I’m missing the wake up call of bolder teas. I bet it’ll be nice iced too, which is exactly what I plan to do with the rest.
I forgot about this until recently, it isn’t that memorable so maybe that’s why…. :-P
To me it still tastes mostly like plain rooibos with no caramel or candy. Just because of this I can’t give it a high rating but it’s alright if you have low expectations. Nothing I do seems to make it come to life. This is one tea I actually like with a wee bit of stevia added, however.
I’ve had this a few times now and to me it tastes more like plain rooibos than anything else, I’m not getting much caramel or anything that can be described as candy. Yesterday I inspected the wet leaf and the caramel bits were not quite melted so maybe that’s why the flavor didn’t come through? I know I will drink this quickly but I was disappointed in the flavor. It was better with some stevia, however.
The story behind Great Grandfather’s Tea is so compelling, I just had to purchase it just to “brew a cup of history”! This tea is finely milled, so I don’t recommend steeping it for more than 3 minutes. Much like an older relative or that nosy retired neighbor with life experience, this brews a cup that isn’t afraid to speak its mind: it’s bold, sassy, and full of character. I’ve infused it with organic rose petals and the teapot just channels Dowager Violet Crawley from “Downton Abbey”. Great for the mornings, every day. Even the so-called “weekends”.