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I’m waiting for several tea orders and a bunch of X-mas cards that are supposedly in the mail, but the Canada Post truck has been and gone today without delivering anything to my door. sigh
So I’m consoling myself with this tea, which has suitably festive air about it.
I really wasn’t too much of a fan of this one. It was a good herbal for a year that I’m avoiding caffeine in. I had the first cup and thought, “glad I tried that, I’ll try something new next year.” But really, I’ve found the trick is to use more than one tea bag. I’m using one of those small glass tea pots right now, and used three. I kindof wish I had tried four, though. So, apparently concentration is what makes this a good one for me.
I have no idea how I’ll get through all these holiday teas I got this year before the holidays are over! It’s a good thing they’re all so tasty. I’m having a cup of this now, while brewing a pitcher of Rishi’s iced mint rooibos. I’ve been reading so much about mint rooibos here lately, was waiting to blend the rooibos and mint I have at my office, and I totally forgot that I had a way of trying some in the house!
This tea is good for what it is – cheap, bagged black tea with added caffeine (mate, I believe). It created to provide energy and not necessarily to be delicious; however, it is drinkable (unlike the India Spice Chai I’ve tried from CS, which is supposed to be tasty—bleargh). I prefer this to coffee when I have to stay awake for an all-nighter. However, this isn’t the kind of tea you make just to relax and enjoy. This tea requires sugar and is good with or without milk. I wouldn’t mistake this for chai, but the flavor profile is similar. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued by Celestial Seasonings.
The worst chai I have ever tasted. Prior to trying this tea, I was under the impression that chai was pretty hard to mess up. Let me preface this by saying that I am not a “chai snob”; I grew up on homemade masala chai tea and enjoy the loose-leaf varieties, but I’ve also been impressed with the not-so-expensive bagged offerings from Tazo and Stash Teas. So, I was under the impression that maybe chai was just this miracle brew that was just impossible to screw up. Yeah, I was wrong. I’ve tried this chai with and without milk, with and without sugar, light steep time to long steep time, different temperatures of water. Every single time it comes out tasting like bitter cardboard marinated in cinnamon. I don’t know how else to describe it. Avoid at all costs and try Tazo or Stash if you’re looking for bagged chai.
I was busy making Decaf Ceylon by Adagio for both the mom and the boyfriend (who both lurves it, by the way!) to really concentrate on my own cup. So in went the bag of peppermint… and it just sat there. And sat there.
Today this pretty much tastes like nothing. Which is okay, because I shared the gift of loose leaf with others. YAY.