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I was perfectly fine this morning, and then, in a split second, I felt like I was coming down with the plague. Fab.
This tea, however, is making me feel better and I certainly like that about it. The tartness seems to be coming through a vanilla veil. Mind you, at this point in my day when I’ve located all the kleenex and found my biggest thermal socks and all the fleece and flannel, my tastebuds are not that great.
I am glad I was able to get some this week while taking advantage of the free 50g after a 35 dollar purchase. That store is like crack, seriously.
Flavors: Rosehips, Vanilla
I had a sample of this tea that I’d forgotten about. I used the entire little pouch. I was a little dubious about the bright pink color since for some unknown reason I associate that color with hibiscus (I really don’t like the sourness of hibiscus.) I sipped cautiously. Hm, I thought, not a lot of flavor. Sipped some more. Not bitter or sour. Drank again. Not bad. By the end of the cup I decided it was pleasant. I won’t go and order 50 grams of it, but if I had another little sample I would drink it.
I’m back on steepster after a many-year hiatus, with an expanded tea knowledge and a newly stocked cupboard :D
This summer I went on an herbal kick. I also worked near a David’s Tea, which explains all the colorful canisters and unusual tea names in there. Peanut butter cup is among the most unusual, and it’s probably my favorite of my summer/fall tea-buying binge.
I’m not the first to say it—but there are no peanuts, and you would never know. If you’re looking for “quality” and “organic” this isn’t it, but it’s fun. At least smell the leaves, which genuinely smells like a peanut butter cup. It’s a mix of apple, almond, and chocolate, but you’d swear that you could eat it right out of the tin. (I’m smelling my tin now again. It’s addictive.)
The chocolate doesn’t come through as strongly when you steep it, but I’m not complaining. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate tea. But I am a huge fan of peanut butter, which explains why I restepped a giant mug of this one tonight. It’s deceiving—you do taste a hint of apple, but the scent of (nonexistent) peanut butter almost makes you think you’re drinking candy. Almost. This, at least, doesn’t leave me with the inevitable regret of consuming too much.
I am currently sipping a big cup of this tea I just recieved in the mail today. I was so excited to try this one. When I first smelled it I was in love! It smells absolutely AMAZING. So I just had to try it right away. It steeped a brown colour like most black teas, but this is a Pu’erh tea. I’m not usually a fan of Pu’erh teas – especially as straight hot tea. But this one is really great! I definitely taste the berries! Strawberry mostly. Funny, I’ve really been into Strawberry teas lately. Anyway, this has a nice strawberry taste with a little pu’erh earthiness to it. But I have to agree with DT on this one – tastes like a berry patch in my cup :D
Flavors: Blackberry, Strawberry, Sweet
I got a hold of this one at last. So many people love it that I was sure I would too. But I don’t. It didn’t actually taste like anything. but the after taste was a bit weird. Soapy. It was a new cup that I had just hand washed. Maybe I didn’t rinse the cup well enough. I’m going to try it again this weekend. So I’m not going to give this a rating right now.
Oh goodness this is delish. What a great way to use up my free 50g. Really happy with my choice!
It’s rich, buttery, and quite intense. Mind you, I overleafed this a tad, which leaves a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. It reminds me of how spinach sometimes tastes. The same bitter I get from brussel sprouts (which I hate) but paired with the buttery sugar notes, the whole package really works for me. A rather complex tea… YUM!
This has been keeping me company through a week of training. And it’s true to its name. I made French toast from scratch last weekend and this tea tastes like the egg/cinnamon/nutmeg mixture I soaked the bread in. It’s warm and comforting, especially with some sugar and a little bit of milk.
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Flavors: Cherry, Milk, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Sweet
Hello, Steepster, long time no see! I took up going to the gym and studying for the LSAT more seriously recently, so I haven’t been around my computer lately (which I think is a good thing overall – I used to spend too much time sitting at my computer at home!). I also have been drinking mostly just Lady Earl Gray at work so I wouldn’t have had anything interesting to say anyway!
I did, however, try this tea at work last week. I had a little sample tin from a gift my coworker gave me so I took it to work and brewed it after lunch. It smelled quite nice, a little bit spicy and cinnamon-y. After about 3-4 minutes the colour of the tea was still very light and the aroma still mild, so I left the tea in for a little longer. When I took a sip, my head almost exploded.
This tea is seriously SPICY. Like my-mouth-and-throat-are-burining-and-I-can’t-breathe spicy! I obviously waaay over-steeped it, but I didn’t even leave it in for that long! I leave most teas in for longer than the recommended time because they end up being a bit too weak for my preference if I don’t. I was pretty shocked at my result this time, to say the least. I gave it a couple more sips, but I simply couldn’t drink this tea. I am not a fan of most chai teas, and this one is definitely not one I’ll ever try again. Down the sink it went.
I gave the sample to my mom, who in contrast with me loves most chais. Even she said that she found it super spicy and was really surprised at how strong it was, despite its light colour. I think that was another thing that threw me off – the colour remained quite light even if I left it in a bit longer. My mom had the same thought and left it in for like 10 minutes, as she reported to me. She said she drank it though, so that’s more than I accomplished, haha. Well at least she can have fun with it. I am staying away.
This is a tasty rooibos, with nice rich vanilla/caramel undertone. If someone asked me to name it, I don’t know if I’d say “Gingerbread Cookie”, but it does taste like a molassesey cookie. I love when teas taste like I’m having a decadent dessert, and that’s what this one reminds me of.
Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Dirt, Molasses, Vanilla
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #25
Well, this is about as tart as I thought it would be! Yowzas. Hibiscus and lemon is a deadly combination! I’d say it was the tea that could most taste like lemonade though. Nothing compares to an actual cup of lemonade, but at least this bright red cup didn’t have the sugar. I should have added some though. I wish tea companies wouldn’t add stevia to their teas (especially as they tend to go bad in a tea blend, probably faster than other ingredients). The tea drinker will either add sugar or they won’t. The lemon flavor has hints of lemon rind though, which is a little odd. Otherwise, it’s just fully tart hibiscus and tart lemon from all these lemony ingredients.
Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #22
Oh what a magical list of ingredients this is! Almond, Apple, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Oolong Tea, Papaya, Pineapple, Pistacho, Roasted Almonds, Roasted Chicory Root, Rose Blossom Leaves, Walnuts! A ton of things I love to find in tea. I’m very happy I get to try it. The fruit pieces are huge among the dark oolong. I’ve had baklava once years ago and as far as I remember, this is very similar. I wish the splenda like flavor wasn’t there, since it’s not even in the ingredients list. But I love the honey fruity sweetness nuttiness to the blend. The oolong doesn’t seem to do much but make the cup darker than the black tea I sipped today. Other than the splenda-like flavor, I just wish there was more flavor from these awesome ingredients.
Steep #1 // couple minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
This tea tastes more like mint than anything else, but I still enjoy it. It’s refreshing and I find it makes a soothing cup after a long day. I found it to be slightly disappointing when I first tried it because I could not taste the chocolate.
Back story: 2 years ago I was working in a small town in the middle of nowhere and it was cold. I mean really cold. So I was drinking this tea throughout the day to keep warm. When I brewed up a sample of this tea today it brought me right back to that small town.
I don’t like this tea quite as much as I used to. The sweet strawberries, tart rhubarb and slight creaminess from the yogurt bits are all very nice, but I can really taste the hibiscus flavour (which I do not care for). I don’t think I would buy more of this, but a sample every now and then is okay :)
Flavors: Cream, Hibiscus, Rhubarb, Strawberry
I had a cup of this tea last night, not my first try though. This tea smells like Green Apple jolly ranchers somehow. My friends have said it smells like candy. It tastes good, however, it’s not my favourite. It definitely tastes like apple, almost like apple pastry, but this tea doesn’t have a very strong taste. More watery than other teas I’ve had.
Flavors: Apple, Apple Candy, Green Apple
I’ve found that most Nepalese teas are reminiscent of Darjeelings but this is much more like an Assam. It has that characteristic malty robustness, though it doesn’t have the bitterness that some strong Assams carry as I can enjoy this tea perfectly fine without adding milk to soften it. As other people have noted, there definitely a molasses undertone to it that’s quite enjoyable. DT found a good one.