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Tea #18 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

So this tea is made up mostly of things on my list of things I hate in tea, but surprisingly, I didn’t end up hating the tea. That’s a pretty high praise considering this gives you the double whammy of orange and hibiscus, my #2 and #3 on the I hate list. The hibiscus doesn’t completely take over, it adds a bit of tartness letting the cranberry and orange shine. I can taste a little bit of the chamomile and I really wish the flavor from it was a little stronger. I didn’t even know there was rooibos in this until I read the ingredients, I couldn’t taste it at all.

Personally, I think this smells better than it tastes, but that is only because I really don’t enjoy the ingredients. It did help with my sore throat, so I’m glad that I decided not to let my hate of all things orange prevent me from trying it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Holly Faye

I’m just glad to hear I’m not the only one who hates orange things…

Short Sorceress

Me too :) My family says I’m not normal, but I really can’t stand orange things.

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65

Hmm. Just… hmm. This tea was so promising. The scent is really something—an orange aroma so intense it almost smells spiced, and the rich berry scent of what I thought were cranberries… until I saw the hibiscus petals. Uh-oh. I was just not certain about this anymore, and it turned out, I was right. There is just something about hibiscus that takes over other fruit flavors. It wants to be the star of the show, and it has the capability. It isn’t a bad flavor, I just feel like I’ve tasted this tea before, having had other teas with dried fruit and hibiscus. It doesn’t seem to matter what the fruit is: the hibiscus overpowers it. And then I come here and learn that it ALSO has rosehips in it. Man, those cranberries never stood a chance. And the orange… I might be able to taste a little, every few sips. But no more than that. Oh, well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
tea-sipper

Yeah, I really wanted to like the cranberry and orange with this one! Darn hibiscus!

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53

Another from TeaboxB! A little worried about the hibiscus but it wasn’t too bad. It was kind of like juice… that tasted a bit like vitamins. But the cranberries and oranges were tasty. Not too much flavor from the chamomile. This one was supposed to have rooibos in it, but it has probably settled in the bottom of the pouch. I actually expected more tart/bitter especially as I added more than two teaspoons to the mug. Must be expectations from previous hibiscus attacks I’ve had. I definitely have never had two teas with chamomile in the same day! I don’t think I’ve had chamomile before today in about a year…or two. Not terrible anyway!

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I smelled the dry leaf and it was positively wonderful- very orange-y. I love orange in tea!

I made the mistake of looking at reviews of this tea, as it was brewing, but before I actually tasted it. Not because I would have liked it otherwise, but because I would not have even bothered brewing it. I have yet to find an herbal with hibiscus in it that I actually like. Something about that tartness just puts me off.

Even so, the purple/red hue of the tea would have quickly given the hibiscus away.

But as it was already brewed, I tried it. I can taste the cranberry and the orange. A nice combination of flavors.
Had it be sans hibiscus, I could really like this.

As it stands, it seems like a really good tea for those with a more amicable relationship to the hibiscus that I have. I will pass this tea on to my hubby, who rarely drinks tea, but when he does, favors the tart hibiscus-y kinds.

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drank Vanilla Cream Spice by Davidson's
92 tasting notes

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drank Genmaicha by Davidson's
2 tasting notes

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You can smell the spice but nothing else. The coloring is nice. Can’t taste the Raspberry at all. It’s like a pale black tea taste with a hint of spice. Not much to it. Neutral on this.

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I’m not to hot on the smell of this…you can smell the spice and caramel but that’s about it. The taste isn’t as bad. Not sure if I want to give it a thumbs up but I certainly don’t think it’s bad enough to give it a thumbs down…

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drank White Peony by Davidson's
6770 tasting notes

At first I was going to give this a thumbs down but then I steeped extra long and made sure I smooshed everything I could out of the teabag. Next to no scent. Light in color and not strong at all. You can taste a little floral sample but it certainly doesn’t stand up to the description so I will stand neutral on this one

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65

Thank you, Shelley_Lorraine, for this sample! With the school year ending tomorrow, I’ve desperately needed all my sleep lately, and that’s led to us experimenting with different herbals. I enjoyed trying another member of that group, and an organic one at that!

I didn’t measure the sample, but it looked about the right size for my 24-oz teapot, so I tossed it all in and steeped it for 8 minutes. My quick before-additive sip was very tart, so I dumped in 3 spoonfuls of Sugar in the Raw and served it up.

With the title’s focus, I was a little surprised how prevalent the chamomile is – It didn’t sing a solo, but the orange and cranberry backup singers were more distant than I would have expected. I think I’ll grab another cup, sit back, and watch the husband make dinner. Ahhh… now that’s a way to end a hectic day!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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15

Aw, gee, it’s awful! A super tart/bitter cup of all-encompacing blech.

I wasn’t too motivated to try this one in the first place because herbals, and especially chamomile aren’t really my thing. I don’t hate them, I just prefer tea. However, the whole point of the mystery swap was to force me into trying teas I might otherwise pass by and, cheetah_pita, you did an excellent job of picking them for me! haha.

Cranberry and orange, though, is a combination that I am fond of, so I thought that maybe they would help to make this tea good. Unfortunately, I can’t really notice flavors while I’m recovering from the tarty bitterness. By the time it passes, all I can taste is the chamomile.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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70

I went into this with a single change to brew it and having no idea what to expect as this is a lone teabag that my girlfriend got with junk mail. Overall my impression of this tea is that it is a spicy mint blend.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
teaddict

The plain Tulsi is dried holy basil, which makes a spicy and tasty brew. I’d bet this blend is quite tasty. I’ve enjoyed using some bagged Tulsi as a base for varying herbal blends that have nearly all come out well.

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78
drank Spiced Pear by Davidson's
404 tasting notes

It smells wonderful and the taste is unlike most other black tea. It’s almost hard to describe. Also, it’s the first tea I’ve seen to use carob. My husband who isn’t a big tea drinker (but becoming one hehe) also loves this tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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54

I received a sample bag with the catalog from Davidson’s and I’d never heard of it before. It was very interesting and unique, a nice undertone of mint though the other flavors were a little difficult to describe. It’s not quite my cup of tea as it were.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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59

Weak to moderate smells from the bag. Typical black tea. The taste is fine with nothing surprising at all. I prefer their Irish breakfast blend with more “oomph”.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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25

Is this even tea? Tastes 90% like water to me. About the weakest green tea I’ve ever had. Nothing bad, but nothing good either. Not even bothering with my normal review structure it was so uninspiring in any way. Not bottom score because it didn’t taste BAD.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Having a rough morning and this really helped cheer me up today. I had the tea-bagged sampler packet from Davidson’s “Classic Tea Sampler”. I’m a regular drinker of Barry’s Irish Tea and this is a weaker version of that (tea bag to tea bag version). Moderate smell from the assam portion and that aroma quickens your pulse just inhaling it after steeping.

Great flavor while drinking, and this doesn’t have any aftertaste when steeped properly. I’m going to do a back to back with Barry’s today and determine which will be my new “everyday” loose leaf irish breakfast.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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50

Moderate lemon smell during and after brewing. Light flavor and no aftertaste. Slight touch of lemon in the flavor. Clean finish.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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43

Very Light, no aftertaste but almost no flavor either. For Green Teas, Tazo Green tips is my “50” score and I could drink that every day. This is too weak for me.

State when consumed: Mug, no additives, approx 170 degrees post steep.

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60
drank Imperial Green by Davidson's
9 tasting notes

One of my first reviews. I had the teabagged version from their sampler set. Since my “base” for green tea is Tazo Green Tea Tips (I haven’t had any better), I’d say this is on par with that. They both have a slightly fuzzy on tongue aftertaste, but are clean and not bitter. The smell is superior off of the Davidson’s Imperial Green with a slight grassy smell on top of a rich wholesome vapor. I could drink it every day and it is a superior VALUE compared to Tazo (way better price per cup buying teabags or loose leaf bulk), but since my work provides Tazo Green Tips for free, it’s not good enough to get me to change.

State at time of drink: No additives, porcelain cup and around 170 degrees at time of consumption.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

Perfect herbal tea – full of amazing flavor, with intense red color. On re-steeping, new flavors open up.

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78

this was pretty tasty. Vanilla and creamy, a touch spicy. No sugar and it was pretty sweet all by itself.
I’d have it again, if I can get past the oh so mild fake taste. Looking at the ingredients, there is something artificial in there, so that could be it?
bah.
Anyhow, I know I have a bunch of emails to answer but I am sooo tired after a super long day. In a good way. Kindof.
There is a new tea shop in town, and they are hiring! I might work there. In fact, I pulled a “try me” shift today, and it was fun. There are tons of details to work out but I’m pretty excited. and nervous, as I don’t know if that is what I really want.
On a positive note, the product is absolutely amazing. I’ll never drink down the rest of my stash if I get the job. Seriously, it’s the Mariage Freres of Canada. Dang good stuff, and I’d get it freeeeeeee
Edit: Thanks a bunch to whoever sent this!! It’s bagged, so ended up in my random bagged basket. Ooops!! :/

Bonnie

OH! Keep us posted!

Indigobloom

Hehe will do Bonnie! :P

Sil

New tea place? Is that the one out in the middle of nowhere by you? :)

Indigobloom

Nope it’s called Sloane. In the underground Path.
http://sloanetea.com/

Indigobloom

check it out, I think you’ll fall in love like I did :P

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80
drank honeybush by Davidson's
14 tasting notes

Best herbal substitute for black tea. Exceptional iced tea in summer. Loves to be dressed up with a squeeze of lime.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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72

Huh. I was afraid to try this because of the hibiscus but it’s really not bad! I wouldn’t mind trying a version of cinnamon/hibiscus/tulsi that was a little more amped up, as in, a loose leaf version. :) The addition of lemon peel and orange peel adds a nice citrus note; thankfully it’s not too citrusy and not too tart either.
This is the last of the tea bags TeaEqualsBliss sent me; thank you very much!!

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