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Backlogging from last week, I haven’t wrote any notes for awhile!
I am not sure of the ingredients, but this is very similar to Ice Age from Teaopia without the mint. It is a good refreshing blend of lemon, lime, and orange flavours.
Backlogging from the weekend
This was a pretty standard Earl Grey with a little bit of a stronger finish. I like it, it is still smooth, but I just have so many Earl Grey that hold a closer place in my heart.
I finished this one off last night. So delicious and chocolate with just that tiny tad of macademia nuttiness. Even though I try not to have additions in tea, a tiny splash of milk in this tea enhances the flavour like crazy! This has been my weekend treat!
On the weekends, I allow myself a good chocolate tea either with a splash of milk or as a latte. Some of my favs are this one, fireside s’mores (teaopia), or read my lips (David’s).
My first tea party day!! My friend who grew up in England and I had a picnic in the park and lots of tea throughout the afternoon. She brought some tea back to Canada from Turkey. We had 4 different teas today I think!
So on to the tea….I cold brewed this to have as an iced tea. This is not my favourite. It has a weird artificial taste. The aftertaste cold is slightly tropical, but only ok. Decreasing the rating a little.
I made this cold brewed.
This tea was good. Definitely mainly raspberry but a little tart, also getting a little of the lemon notes as well.
This tea makes a wonderful smoothie though!
This time, I diluted this tea with a little bit of silver needles and it was better. It was a little too strong un-diluted.
This is ok, but I wouldn’t re-stock.
This tea kind of surprised me. It is better than I thought it would be. The flavours actually meld pretty well together and the licorice isn’t too strong. The lemongrass makes it taste “fresh” and the pepper gives it a little bit of a kick.
It is also good cold brewed.
This was ok. I cold brewed this.
There is good strawberry flavour, but kind of lacking in the kiwi department. It is also a little bit tart. I don’t like to add sugar to teas. But, I guess I could try some stevia next time I make it.
I diluted this with a little bit of Teavivre’s White Peony so it wasn’t so strong. This was MUCH better! The lavender was way too strong before. It is still very floral but not quite so overpowering.
I am not increasing the rating but it is more bearable to drink.
I might try putting this in my bath water. Lavender is so soothing.
I tried this cold brewed this time. It does improve the taste slightly. However, it still tastes very artificial. Oh well!
I cold brewed this.
It is not as tart as I was expecting. There is sugar added, so it sweetens it a lot. I am definitely getting the cranberry taste. It tastes like a store-bought cranberry cocktail.
I really like it, but I don’t like the fact that sugar was already added.
My local tea shop labels this as a sun tea, so the first sun tea I am trying I guess.
The process of actual “sun tea” kinda freaks me out a bit, just leaving it out in the sun for hours. So instead, I cold brewed this.
This was really good. I was worried about the hibiscus which can sometimes be a mean ugly dragon and spoil a good tea.
The hibiscus didn’t steal the show, so it was ok. The orange was the superstar, and I could definitely taste some strawberry and lemon. This was very refreshing for a mild spring day. I can see myself making this alot this summer!
Also, I tried it in one of my tea smoothies with vanilla yogurt and frozen strawberries and it was very delicious!
This was one of their valentine’s teas, but I just got around to buying it in April.
This was just meh, I could certainly taste the chocolate, but it tasted like a cheap bitter chocolate. I don’t think the rose really melded with the flavour either.
That is ok, there are many other good black teas my favourite local shop stocks!
Note: I paired this with a tad bit of vanilla green
Smell: very refreshing minty
1st steep: very smooth, minty, refreshing, almost a smooth creamy quality. I guess the creaminess might be coming from the vanilla.
2nd steep: 85degrees, 2.45minutes, brewed then left in the fridge to cool here since it is such a nice sunny day today, tastes delicious and refreshing, just as good as the hot first steep!
The only thing that kind of turns me off of this tea is that it is mint oil and flavours instead of actual mint leaves. That is too bad
Just have time for a quick note before I take off for the airport and fly to Moncton for work. This is a very nice chai. I made it with 1/3 hot milk and 2/3 steeped tea with a couple of teaspoons of sugar. Nice and relaxing. I don’t find it much different from other chais in my stash; I was hoping for more of a ginger kick. Still, I enjoyed this very much.
This is the first decaf black I have had. It is interesting. The black base tastes a little different than usual blacks. I am certainly getting the peach taste in this tea.
I guess I just feel like something is missing from this tea. haha….I guess it is the black tea!
I still like it and will certainly finish the 25g I have.
Dry leaf smells like a fresh peach
Colour: light yellow
Smell: light peach flavour
1st steep: very delightful. I get the green and white tea tastes. At first, I could taste the peach and the chamomile seperately but then they blended together for a nice smooth taste.
2nd steep: 85degrees, 4minutes, less peachy and more chamomile taste with the white showing through more and the green less.
I can see this one becoming one of my favs from my local tea shop!
One thing that I love about green/white blends is that the second steep hardly ever tastes the same as the first. I like that!
This is nice and smooth.
It tastes very similar to DAVIDsTEA Read My Lips. I would have to say it is a little creamier but less chocolate-y that DT’s version though.
Colour: nice light brown/yellow
The smell is just divine…..and the taste is good too. Light notes of chocolate, I taste a little of the black tea, and the mint coming forward in each sip.
This is pretty fruity, a nice light white tea taste.
There is a slight chemically aftertaste though.
I will have to try this cold-brewed as well to see how I like it
This is a bit spicy, and I am not a regular chai drinker.
I have to be in the mood to drink it.
This is decent but there are other chais I would prefer. I did finish my sample though.
Backlogging: I finished this bag off and haven’t written anything until now. So I haven’t had it for awhile but wanted to log it.
This isn’t as sweet as I thought it would be. It is a tad bitter and astringent but I do really enjoy it.
It does smell very yummy vanilla.
This is a good walnut tea. A little tad bitter but that is the way walnuts are supposed to taste.
Adding a smidgen of milk makes it a nice treat but I usually like my teas “naked”.
I don’t really taste the cloves or orange, but I do taste the cinnamon and it is a nice compliment.
I cold brewed this tea last night to see if I liked it better this way. What a difference!
It is so much better now. Sweet and yummy enough to not need extra sugar.
I will certainly only make it this way now.
There is still a little bit of a strange aftertaste, but it is tolerable now.
Upping the rating significantly
This was a fairly sweet flowery tea. Maybe a little bit too flowery. The pomegranate was buried beneath all the flowers.
Next time I will have to mix with a straight white so the flower isn’t quite as strong.