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Backlog: I had this tea a couple of nights ago after a particularly stressful afternoon. The smell dry is LOVELY! Steeped, there’s a bit of funky smell, but upon tasting, it is not evident in the brew. Very nice! The mellow menthol is just right, and it blends wonderfully with the other flavors. It isn’t my favorite tea, but it is pretty good.
This is a satisfying herbal tea, comforting, in fact, though I didn’t need comforting when I drank it. So like welcoming an affectionate hug or a warm bath without having sought that out. The fruit flavors are gentle and blend wonderfully together… must be the elderflower that set it apart from other tisanes… a soft but not at all boring flavor profile. Thank you, KittyLovesTea, for the gift of an unexpected hug :)
There is a lot going on in the aroma and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I can smell cocoa, fruit, flower, and the tea itself. It may be my fault for being a slipshod steeper, or it may be the tea, but the taste just doesn’t live up to the smell. It tastes like black tea with sourish notes and a flowery flavor that makes the addition of milk a bad idea. I don’t really like flowery teas, in general.
I am so impressed by this tea. It tastes just like actual dandelion and.burdock, only not fizzy. I’m not saying that it is delicious, because it’s not, but it’s about as good as you could.hope for, from an adaptation of a sweet fizzy drink.
I’ve been experimenting at work by getting people to guess what the smell is. Most people have guessed aniseed but I think that’s just the Burdock coming through. It’s sweet-ish but not sugary, so works ok.
I haven’t drunk too many everyday teas – the only ones I can think of, off the top of my head, are Yorkshire Tea (my parents’ tea of choice), Tetley and PG Tips – but in all honesty, I’m not sure there’s a massive amount of variance within the genre. How much can you change the formula?
I find that Clipper’s tea is the slowest to brew and produces a fairly low-tannin tea if you leave it longer. It isn’t very rounded, rich or smoky, but has a tang to it. For me, this is good – I mostly drink green and white teas and can’t much cope with a gutsy breakfast tea, especially as I don’t take milk, sugar or lemon. I tend to brew it until just golden.
The mint in this is perfect – tingly, cooling, and slightly sweet, it reaches out and shakes you by the shoulders (in a good way!). It also doesn’t seem to get to the bitter stage, which is usually a problem I have with bagged tea; I can easily leave the bag in while I drink it, though I don’t like to. When it comes to all-nighters or fighting colds, this is my tea of choice.
Before this I was drinking Pukka’s mint green tea, which completely pales in comparison – here, the mint plants itself firmly in front of the tea and makes sure you notice. I would happily choose this over any other British green tea.
I discovered this tea at my local co-op, and got hooked. I drink it every day and enjoy its lightness. The raspberry flavor is noticeable but not artificial tasting. I love the fact that it’s organic, because most days I drink 2-3 cups. it’s no longer available on Amazon (US), so I order it from Clipper in the UK — it’s worth the high shipping!
I found Clipper tea when I was at Marshalls and was drawn to the design and the fact they’re organic and fair-trade. I bought the White Tea, Chai, Chamomile and later Mixed Berry and Green Tea. Chamomile and White are my favorites. They’re light and purifying and perfect with a teaspoon of honey.
After drinking so many wonderful sweet tea’s I felt that this morning I wanted something bog standard (for me anyway). This tea is in my tea caddy in the kitchen that my husband occasionally dibs into when he fancies a cup, we are not one for plain black (although I do have plenty of it on my tea cupboard).
This is still as lovely as I remember, sweet and fragrant with strength on the black tea itself. A drop of milk and if I’m feeling particularly sweet I also have half a spoon of sugar. Destination yum yum.
Earl grey tea is the perfect drink for the morning with it’s combination of strong black tea and citrus sweet bergamot.
I find that one way to tell a good Earl Grey tea apart from a not so good Earl Grey tea is the smell of the bag or loose tea before it’s actually brewed. Good tea’s (such as this one) will have a strong yet fresh smell with notable bergamot fragrance which is enhanced once brewed and creates a perfect blend.
Smell (once brewed): Sweet and tangy (almost like orange which is the bergamot).
Colour: Dark brown (I don’t have milk)
Taste: With our smell test done that leaves the taste and waiting an average of 3-4 minutes for this beauty to brew is well worth the wait. The black tea gives your body charge while the bergamot awakens your senses. Each mouthful is naturally sweet with strong earthy tones from the black tea and it leaves a beautiful and somewhat perfumey after taste.
Due to it’s natural sweetness it’s perfect for those of us on a diet as it helps keep our calories to a minimum. I also love that this tea is yummy with or without milk so you can either go for strength or smoothness.
Colour: Golden Brown.
Smell: Fresh lemongrass with an earthy under tone (probably from the Yerba Mate).
My first sip was lip puckering lemony which gives you a bitter, sweet and sour explosion all at once. For me it’s the sort of thing that would help to awaken my senses in the morning but I suppose it would be great for those who adore super strong lemon tea at any time of the day.
The Yerba Mate adds depth and keeps it together nicely, without it I would imagine this tea would be like sucking a fresh lemon. It’s so lemony it reminds me of lemon drop sweets :)
A lot of non stop work today means I need a pick me up with a chai and a little love so that leads me to chose this ‘Love Me Truly’ chai.
Colour: Golden yellow.
Smell: Spicy cinnamon, zesty cardamom and feisty ginger.
Taste: After my first few sips I felt a warmth slip down my throat that tasted of ginger, clove and a hint of cinnamon. It’s a nice strength as it’s not overpoweringly strong and remains light yet with warming, spicy and zesty flavours coming together as one to make it flavoursome. I am not a huge fan of chai tea’s so I am thankful that this remains light but if you do like stronger chai’s then I would suggest leaving the tea bag in for 5-10 minutes instead of the recommended 3-5 minutes.
(NOTE) Once you have finished half a cup you can pick up the cardamom flavour and the infusion seems to get a little stronger.