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I got this one in the tea of the month sampler pack. I was hoping for a nice, fruity oolong … perhaps as a before bed tea like Long Life Oolong?
Yeah. This is not it.
It tastes woody. Like drinking steeped wood chips. No fruit until the very end of the mug after the tea itself has long since gone cold. I’m not sure I can finish my sample tin of this one…
Picked up 10g of this last night (I wanted to try it when I was at the mall, but there was no way I was drinking mate at 9:30pm, haha) and figured I’d give it a go this morning. Definitely nice and citrus-y, which I like, with just a touch of ginger for a bit of added kick. I’m hoping the caffeine mix will kick in later, but as it stands right now, I like this one. I think I just need to lower the water temperature a little, because I’m practically burning my tongue.
So… this is one of the tea I got as one of my three frequent steeper free 50g bags of tea. The other one is Earl Grey cream and I haven’t decided on the third one yet (suggestions are welcome :) I also have a 20$ gift card that my cousin gave me for Christmas which makes me really excited, haha!
I was surprised this tea was still being sold and since I’m a sucker for anything pumpkin I jumped on the occasion! I’m completely in love with Pumpkin Chai but I only have 3 or 4 cups left from my 100g tin so I figured this would make a nice replacement…
It’s slightly spicier than Pumpkin Chai I think, but it really tastes like pumpkin. I still think I prefer Pumpkin Chai but this definitely makes a delicious warming pumpkin drink!
Flavors: Molasses, Pumpkin, Spices
This is a very rice-heavy genmaicha, and I had trouble scooping out a spoonful that had enough leaves in it for me to justify calling it tea!
But you know, it’s good. There might not be much new and exciting about it, but it’s comforting. The sencha has that nori-seaweed quality to it, so the overall effect is like one of those seaweed-covered rice snacks. A nice relaxing afternoon cup. Thanks again to beelicious!
Took a hot cup of this with honey for my free birthday tea from David’s. My first pick was Bubbie’s Baklava, but the girl there informed me that they won’t be restocking it, so I decided I really rather not get hooked on something that is going away.
So onto the tea. It smells fantastic. Smells very chocolatey (a-duh) and a bit like hazelnut. The taste is exactly, almost disconcertingly, like a chocolate macaroon, and the coconut is really nice in this. Usually I find I don’t really taste coconut but just get the smoothness of it, but I could pick it out here in a nice way. I’d definitely like to get more of this next time I come up with an excuse to swing by the mall!
This blend has a very strong cocoa aroma right out of the package. I was expecting more anise, but that doesn’t emerge until after brewing, as a lighter note in the background. Anise is one of those weird flavors that I enjoy even though many people I know do not, and it balances out the cocoa and bittersweet-chocolate flavors of this blend nicely. The Ceylon base is enjoyable and identifiable as well. Overall, a little heavy on the chocolate, but fairly good. Thanks beelicious!
It’s called Cotton Candy tea for a reason, and needs no more explanation than that. People drinking this tea should not be comparing it with other teas except for similar tasting herbal infusions. I see too many reviews of teas where unfair comparisons are being made. It’s like a movie, you don’t compare a comedy to documentary. Same goes for tea. That’s why the books recommended for this tea are books that are incomparable to one another.
Books recommended for this tea are: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn by Janis Hallowell, & She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb.
Bright and summery, not sure if it is part of the sunny citrus-type collection out now. This tea is definitely full of fresh, sour, fruit flavors and would be a problem for those of you who don’t like hibiscus. I was intrigued at the idea of there being carrot and beet in the blend, and thought those flavors were more prevalent in a sort of savory-ness in the smell of the dry leaf. The back end of each sip has more of the apple and tangerine flavors, but the hibiscus takes the lead on flavor. I bet this would be a great power up as an iced tea, but today I am drinking it hot. There is some great novelty in the fact that this tea does brew up hot, flamingo pink. Good choice for the fruity, hibiscus lovers.
Flavors: Apple, Citrus, Fruity, Hibiscus, Lemon, Sour
I don’t have many opinions about this one on its own. It’s grassy and kind of boring-tasting, which is exactly what I need it to be. I mainly use this one for blending with different herbal teas on days when I need a caffeine boost but don’t think my stomach can handle coffee. Today is one of those days. I’m on my third cup already.
I give this one a high rating because it serves a great purpose for me. The taste on its own is nothing I’d get super excited about, but it serves as an excellent base for my tea experiments. It helps me get through bad days with a smile. It also lacks the strong aftertaste of the mate teas I used to drink under these circumstances, so it’s one I’ll definitely restock. Good stuff.
Flavors: Earth, Grass, Vegetal
Had this one strained and ready to go yesterday, but I’m just getting around to drinking it now. Dry, I thought this smelled surprisingly intrigueing; definitely got the prickly pear smell and a very candied pineapple flavour.
There is a lot of stuff going on with this blend; I definitely taste the prickly pear. I recognize the distinct taste from the Prickly Pear tisane from Tea Desire that I like so much. To me, it tastes somewhat like a melon/kiwi crossbreed. It’s much less sour/tart in this blend than in the Tea Desire blend. I can also taste pineapple, though it’s certainly not the star of this blend, and it tastes rather candied, and also a little dulled down. The lemongrass comes through as well, but it’s a pleasant addition to the flavourings in this blend. It adds just a little “zip”. There’s also a muted grassy tone from the green base; it works well with the jumble of fruit in the blend. And now that I’m thinking about it, the grassy/light vegetal tone in this actually reminds me a little bit of bamboo!
Finally, I’m tasting something… Red? I want to say it’s maybe strawberry or raspberry though I know there’s nothing related to raspberries in the blend, and the only strawberry related thing is strawberry leaves. I don’t know what strawberry leaves taste like; are they anywhere similar to the fruit? I’m going to Google it…
Just looked it up; apparently the leaves do taste relatively like the fruit! So, I’m not crazy for thinking I’m tasting strawberry.
Overall I think this is nice – nicer than I expected anyway. But it’s not amazing, and the aspects of it that I enjoy are ones I can experience in some of the other blends I stock anyway. It’ll be interesting to try it hot; I have a feeling the profile of the tea is going to change quite a bit.
Finally got around to trying this last night. It was eminently . . . okay. It was a limey citrusy green tea, nothing really dramatic about it. All around I found that there wasn’t much flavour to it – either of the lime or the green – but the scent was deliciously mojito-y. All in all, I’m not regretting drinking it but I don’t really feel the need to have it again.
I love minty tea, and this one delivers.
I first got this in 2013 as a Christmas gift (100g from a couple people, so I had lots to enjoy!) and I absolutely loved it. Candy canes are one of my favorite things of the holidays, and this tea has little candy cane sprinkles in it! So cute! I think that’s the main reason why my friends gifted it to me haha. Anyways, the tea from 2013 lasted me all year. It’s something that I drank no matter what season, but 200g goes a long way! When I saw that this was back as a 2014 holiday tea and that my stock needed replenishing, I jumped on the opportunity, purchasing about 80g worth.
To talk about the flavors, this tea has a very strong black tea flavor which I love. It’s really comforting. It isn’t overpoweringly minty; the mint is nice and subtle, but is definitely a candy cane-ish mint. This also has a hint of vanilla. It all works really well together! I like my tea really strong so I leave my tea bag in the whole time, but some people might find this a bit too strong if they do that.
I also like how this tea has caffeine.
I would definitely recommend this if you like something minty!
Flavors: Peppermint, Vanilla
I can’t believe I haven’t tried this tea sooner! I have had it in my cupboard for quite a while, but the large ingredients list was daunting and a bit worrisome, just so many interesting sounding things haha. But I had read a note on here a while ago that this tea was helpful with stress and anxiety, and with how work has been going since the start of the new year (read:BUSY like crazy), I could use something to calm me in my life. I have been having Mother’s Little Helper nightly this week, but decided to just try this tea and enjoy it!
Haha, so I was trying to recall if I have had a tea with lemon balm in it, and yes, as a matter of fact, one of the first teas I drank all the time was full of lemon balm: Cleanse by Tetley. I almost exclusively drank that tea for a year, the year I cut caffeine. It was a good year too! Lol, back in the day before I knew about loose leaf. Anyways, I was less daunted when I realized this tea has lemon balm in it.
The dry smell is vanilla-y and minty. It smells good. I did the first steep for about 5 mins with boiling water. The steeped liquor is light yellow, and smells mainly of vanilla, mint, and a hint of apricot fruitiness.
As for the flavor, this is a pretty decent herbal! This cup is quite minty, maybe I had an influx of it, but there is a creamy vanilla sweet note to keep it from being too minty, and some mild fruitiness. I might shake up the bag to see if I can get even more fruit next time. It definitely is calming, and while I’m not overly sleepy yet, I am a lot calmer, relaxed, and warm (although any tea would have helped with warming me lol).
Overall, this is a very nice herbal. It’s mild and minty, and I love mint! It reminds me a little bit of Cocomint cream with the apple and mint, but no coconut. I also enjoy that it’s a herbal without chamomile to clog up my steeper. The only thing that I would love to be in this blend as well is some nettle for allergies :D although the mint is helping to clear my sinuses already. I might have to restock this, especially if it does make me less anxious. Happy to have finally tried!
Flavors: Apple, Mint, Vanilla
This one is a backlog note from who knows when, because I seem to only reach for this one when I’m about to go to bed…
I’ve tried this tisane both as a hot brew, and as a cold brew mixed with tonic water to try to recreate the effect of sparkling apple cider. It’s definitely sweet and apple-flavored, and I would call the cider experiment a success. But seeing the ingredients has me wondering whether that apple flavor I’m tasting is natural. Left to my own devices, I can’t really tell, and it’s unfortunate to think all the apple pieces in the mix might not be contributing much. It’s still tasty, but I would be more impressed with a blend that could use all-natural ingredients to produce a similar flavor.
This blend smells like a Thai coconut curry, and reminds me of a similar blend by Harney & Sons, the name of which escapes me at the moment. After steeping, a sweeter lemon note can be detected in the aroma as well. The taste of this tea is bright and light, with strong lemongrass and coconut flavors. There’s also a bite from the ginger pieces that I saw in the blend, giving it a gently spicy, warming effect. The white tea base is hard to detect under all this, but it does have a naturally sweet and tart quality. Overall, this tea does a good job on delivering on its name. I don’t often reach for teas with ginger or lemongrass, but once in a while I’m nicely surprised! Thanks beelicious for the sample!
(And finally, I have more teas that I have tried at least once in my cupboard than untried ones!)
What an interesting tea! Thanks, Anlina, for the chance to try it. :) The leaves are much darker than I would expect for a green tea, and neatly twisted. The scent as it steeps is very floral, but also a bit vegetal, with maybe a hint of bread? Sipping, it’s also predominanty floral but quite complex. I think I’m getting some zucchini and a slight butteriness, though maybe that’s the creamy mouthfeel. It reminds me a bit of a first flush darjeeling, but less fruity and more floral. Neat! :)
Flavors: Butter, Floral, Zucchini