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Fundementally, Bengal spice is a chai with a carob base instead of a Ceylon or Assam. This is one of the few chais that I would drink, but I get this one on discount. It’s tastes like a cross between a dirty chai (tea with espresso) and a fireball. Emphasis on the fireball candy angle, the smell can be almost overwhelming. I think they over saturate the flavor of the tea, but I still drink it on it’s own or with cream or milk and sugar or honey. I’d give this to a friend who I know likes a strong fireball taste, but not to a tea drinker.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Espresso, Licorice, Vanilla
This smells like cherry Kool-Aid during the steep, but there is also something else that reminds me of the Teeccino herbal blends. Maybe it’s the roast chicory? I’m not sure, but the aroma also brings to mind chocolate and is reminiscent of a cherry-flavored Tootsie Pop. I really love the way this smells.
The color of the liquid is a dark burgundy red. It’s tart and a bit astringent but I think it’s probably meant to be since it’s cherry-flavored. I’m not sure I like the taste as much as I like the smell though, unfortunately.
Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Cherry, Chocolate, Tart
My husband and I planted some fruit trees in our backyard last year, among them a single peach tree. It was the smallest of the bunch but has now grown to be at least 8 feet tall. The branches still aren’t strong enough yet to hold many peaches so at the beginning of the season I had to pick off each little baby peach. There must have been at least 75 and let me tell you – it was painful. Some time passed and I happily realized that three of the baby peaches had kept themselves hidden from me, sneakily tucked away behind some large leaves. By then, they were just too big to pick so we decided to let these three grow. Well, yesterday they were ripe enough to eat and oh were they good. Dark red in the center, almost as dark in some places as a ripe red plum. We snuck a few bites and put the rest in the freezer for safekeeping. Perhaps there will be a small pie in the near future. Or some blueberry – peach jam. Who knows? I do know we will enjoy them fully, whatever we decide. To honor our sweet little peaches, I’m having a cup of peach tea this morning. I hope this lives up to its name.
This tea smells like peaches while steeping but I’m not tasting them at all in the resulting liquid. It actually tastes to me like Peruvian Inca Kola a little bit, though not nearly as good. I think Inca Kola is made with lemon verbena so maybe there is some of that here? Not sure, but I do know that there isn’t enough flavor here for me. It’s also a little bitter and a little weak which is unfortunate. It’s too bad. This really could be so much better.
Flavors: Bitter, Peach
This tea has been discontinued. I was just starting to get into chai when I discovered this one. I used to make a blended pot, combining this tea with a ‘sister’ blend, CS’ Vanilla Ginger Green Tea. I wanted a flavor which evened out the over-sweetness of this one; the other added more ‘kick’. Milk and honey were perfect in this. As with the other, I’m sorry it’s no longer available. But I’ll recommend it anyway.
Flavors: Honey, Vanilla
Another tea that has been discontinued. I was just starting to get into chai when I discovered this one. I used to make a blended pot, combining this tea with a ‘sister’ blend, CS’ Honey Vanilla White Tea. I wanted less caffeine, and also a flavor which evened out the spikiness of this one, with its strong ginger surge at the end. I loved adding honey and milk to this. Sorry I can’t get it anymore. I’ll click the ‘recommend’, even though it’s no longer available.
Flavors: Ginger, Honey, Vanilla
What a great iced tea this makes! It brewed up dark, looking like regular (black) tea, although it’s herbal. I had brewed a couple bags together to have one for a nightcap, then refrigerated the rest. Two days later, I grabbed it in the morning—wow! This is a terrific iced tea! So cool and refreshing! (Yeah, duh, it’s mint—so cool and refreshing is a given!)
Do I recommend this—as an ICED TEA, YES!
Like others here, I was summoned to buy this tea by Merlin on its box. Alas, that was where the magic ended. This is a pedestrian tea. It’s not bad for evenings, due to lack of caffeine and mildness on the stomach. It steeps to a light brown, due no doubt to the chicory, which I couldn’t taste. I couldn’t really taste the cinnamon or orange peel, either. As much as I enjoy the wizardly art on the box, I don’t think I’ll be buying this one again.
Flavors: Peppermint, Spearmint, Straw, Wet Wood
This smells of sweet mint and chamomile. I like this one much better than Bigelow’s Sweet Dreams, but it’s still not really exciting enough to hold my attention today. I keep forgetting about it then having to reheat it. Perhaps another day when I’m in the mood for something calming I’ll come back to this one.
Flavors: Mint, Sweet
This tea is very tart and astringent but raspberries can be tart so maybe that is intentional. At my husband’s recommendation, I dipped the teabag in and out of the water several times at the beginning of the steep. He says the flavor is better that way. This one is fruity to be sure, but actually tastes more like cherries or cherry candies to me than fresh raspberries. And it just occurred to me that this smells remarkably like Kool-Aid powder. A red one, of course. :)
Flavors: Astringent, Candy, Cherry, Fruity, Tart
I love the way this tea smells! And it’s a pretty color in my orange mug. But I really haven’t enjoyed this tea. I steeped it for 5 minutes in 200 degree water, but it just doesn’t have any flavor to me. It tastes slightly better than hot water. So after typing this I steeped it for 2 more minutes.
Edit: Still a no go. So I went off this (See below) that I found on Pinterest and added 3/4 cup lemonade. It’s interesting now. I get the hint of chamomile that the tea had and the sour from the lemonade. Still not my favorite because the tea watered down the lemonade. Any tips on how to drink this tea would be most welcome. I’m new to tea here.
Backlog from March 31, 2015:
I’m terribly behind on adding my tasting notes here, but I promise I do have them all written down in my little notebook. I’m slowly working through the list. Here is a quick blurb that I wrote down but forgot to log back in March.
My husband keeps telling me that I need to try this tea because he really loved the one bag of this that he’s tried so far. It smells fantastic, like chamomile and sweet, ripe fruit. Unfortunately, it has a bit of an artificial flavor. It’s not really sweet on its own so I added a little extra honey which is also helping to improve the flavor. I’m not sure it tastes as good as it smells, but it’s still enjoyable.
Flavors: Artificial, Fruity, Sweet
As far as medicinal teas go, the Celestial Seasonings blends work pretty well and don’t taste like punishments.
This allergy season has been atrocious. I don’t even HAVE allergies normally, but this season I apparently do. I enjoy tulsi and can safely identify all of the other ingredients in this tea, so even if it doesn’t help with the sinus irritation I’ve been dealing with for weeks now, it at least tastes familiar and is soothing to drink right before bed.
My go to tea when I feel sick – it has a nice peppermint and ginger taste. I generally don’t enjoy chamomile teas, but this one definitely has a nice calm and subtle taste.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemongrass, Peppermint