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Sipdown! Actually, I didn’t drink much of this one. My partner had a pretty bad cold, so I made him lots of tea with honey. I did sneak a sip before handing it over, though. This tastes like a pretty standard earl grey: slightly astringent generic black tea with a tart bergamot flavor. It does work quite nicely with the unique sweetness of manuka honey.
This came in a boxed tea gift set that I picked up when I was at Disney’s Hilton Head resort two weeks back. I didn’t have high hopes for any of the tea in the collection and bought it mainly for the novelty.
Yesterday, I found myself bleary-eyed and stumbling in the morning as I tried to make myself wake up enough to drive an hour north to meet some friends, to drive a further hour north to see a field of sunflowers in Jarrettsville, MD. The gift box was sitting on the counter and I cut through the plastic tape and grabbed this one, tossed a bag into a travel mug, and turned on the kettle.
This tea also has the distinction to be the first steeped with water brewed from my brand new kettle, which arrived on Saturday. My brand new kettle, which I had not planned or wanted to buy, because I came downstairs Thursday to find the cats had knocked my old one off the counter and the glass had shattered into pieces.
Cats, man. Cats.
But back to this tea. Which is… well, it’s drinkable. But not anything to write home about. There is only the faintest taste of bergamot, and it’s quite lost if the water is too hot. So, pretty bland Earl Grey. Which honestly, is pretty much spot on with my pretty low expectations prior to drinking.
This morning’s cold brew! I didn’t take a lot of tea with me for the trip; just things I thought I could probably sipdown that I might not get around to as quickly at home otherwise. This was pretty decent; I always like starting my day of with Earl Grey. Though this actually tasted a lot more like orange, something a bit floral and musk? I enjoyed it regardless, but I’m not sad that I’m all out of it now.
Tonight’s “Mini Vacation” adventure is grilled anise. I don’t have a grill at home, so I’m taking advantage of my Dad’s to try out a recipe that my friend Meisha has been recommending for months now. The smokey haze taking over the city might make that somewhat problematic, though…
This is a queued tasting note.
Had this one hot in a timolino with a little splash of milk. I had to finish it off before it went bad and EG traditionally takes milk well. I liked it more this way than I did as a cold brew, which is how I first tried it.
I still think the bergamot is incredibly light handed, but the orange and milk combined to make a very silky, creamsicle-like flavour which was really pleasant. And that weird clash of bergamot and sweeter orange notes is pretty well covered up. Still couldn’t make this a regular thing – but it’s a much needed improvement!
For someone who isn’t all that crazy about Earl Grey I’ve certainly been drinking a lot of it this week…
It’s about time I tried this one; my Mom was nice enough to hunt for it for me when she went to Disney last year and it took months to make it from her house back to me; and then months again for me to actually try it.
At least it not only was in a sealed tin (an absolutely gorgeous one by the way) but in a vacuum sealed foil back as well. Also, I don’t know why I thought this was Earl Grey and rose, because it’s not – maybe since the tin is covered in pink script with tons of decals of roses on it? But it doesn’t actually say rose anywhere so I should’ve known better than to assume.
Dry this smells very, very citrus heavy with more of a fresh peeled orange scent than a distinctly bergamot one. And, it actually does come off a tiny bit floral too. I prepped this as a cold brew because I thought since the orange seemed to be quite strong that it would brew up fairly sweet.
It actually does taste a little more like plain orange than bergamot, though the bergamot is significantly stronger in taste than it was in the smell. It’s kind of weird though; it doesn’t taste like the bergamot oil has turned or spoiled but it is clashing a little bit with the orange, which is more of a candy orange than a natural one and with the faint taste of floral notes, which are natural tasting, things aren’t fitting together seamlessly here.
What it ends up equating to is a fairly average Earl Grey that I think you’d find yourself drinking more for the Disney/Alice in Wonderland aspect than for the taste of the tea itself. And that’s perfectly ok because if we’re being honest here I think that’s who it’s ultimately marketed for anyway.
I’m quite happy I finally tried it though!
Made this today in a timolino for work. How this blend can taste so muddy and soapy at the same time both confuses and upsets me. Oh well; one more cup and this is done!
I may be a terrible person; for my friend’s birthday party I gave her the (about half empty) tin of this, and the nearly full tin of Topsy’s Turvy blend – the tins are gorgeous and I was very sad to see them go but I know they’re going to a great home that will continue to use them long after the tea is gone. The part that makes me a terrible person is that they were open already (though I don’t think she cared too much), and they were originally a gift to me in the first place…
I just couldn’t deal with drinking another ounce+ of this tea when I’m really not into it. The ginger is so blah; and it’s earthy in a bad way with a more artificial peach than realistic. I honestly didn’t mind it at first – but the more I have it the more I dislike it.
A spoonful of honey did not help this one go down.
Wrong Disney movie, I know.
So I cold brewed this one last week, but I grossly over leafed it and the resulting brew was this super murky, cloudy looking mason jar of blackish brown tea liquor. It tasted as gross as it sounds, and had an almost sludgy mouthfeel to boot!
It was like mud and peach/apricot hand soap. Just this nasty artificial, chemical tasting brew with a perfumey quality to boot. I have no idea how something can taste so dirty and soapy at the same time! After a few highly unpleasant slurps I added the honey but it did nothing but exaggerate the soapy quality. Noo!
Probably not necessary to point out, but I tossed most of it.
NOTE TO SELF: USE MORE RESTRAINT WHEN MEASURING THE LEAF NEXT TIME!
First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY VARIATEA! I hope you’re having an absolutely fucking wonderful day; and drinking tons of splendid tea! I couldn’t have asked for a better tea twin!
Had this one yesterday on the way to work. It was kinda off tasting while it was hot; something in it was coming off very sudsy/soapy. I want to say that it was the peach flavouring – ’cause the ginger I could taste was ok (as far as ginger goes), but the peach was really artificial/fake.I actually didn’t finish my mug, and I left it up in the staffroom. When I came back for lunch, I grabbed the now super cold half mug and slurped it down. It was much better cold; no soap taste and the peach read as less artificial tasting! This leads me to believe that cold brewing might be a really good option for this tea, so definitely going to add it to my list of future cold brews!
Flavors: Peach, Soap
Finally tried this one yesterday!
There’s sort of a story behind this tea; over the summer in like July my Mom, her boyfriend, and my sister went to Disney. They asked what I’d want as a souvenir and I told them to see if they could find something “tea themed”, maybe from Alice In Wonderland ‘cause of the Tea Party Scene that’s so heavily associated with the movie.
And my Mom delivered; she got me a tin of this and a tin of the Topsy Turvy tea blend! Sadly, there were some complications getting them to me; I don’t go to visit often (since moving I’ve been back like four times?) and she doesn’t really come visit me often here either. In December when I was in Regina to see my Dad I tried to plan a pick up but it failed, so it wasn’t until January when I went down to spend Christmas with her that all went well and I finally got my tea. Such a long wait.
Taste wise this was ok; not the highest quality tea, but not the worst either. It’s quite gingery and normally that’d bug me, but it’s also quite peachy too and the two flavours do work quite well together. It kinda breaks even, overall. Not a whole lot of the supposed “apricot” flavour in this one was noticeable though, and that was a little disappointing. Still, I have lots of this now so I can definitely play around some!
Black base was ok; it got a touch bitter by the end of the mug, but I think it’s pretty smooth overall. Nothing very spectacular about it other than, based on my experience with this one cup, it not being too touchy. Regardless; even if I don’t find the tea mind blowing – the tin itself is so pretty. And it’ll be an awesome ‘collectible’ anyway.
My Dad is currently “live texting” me the Grammys…
Dad, if I wanted to hear about the Grammys, I’d just watch them.
I wasn’t expecting to like this tea, but it surprised me with its light sweetness and not-too-overpoweringly-fruity flavor. I never need to use sugar with this one, perfect for drinking straight. I also found that you can also steep it for a longer period of time and not run the risk of over-brewing, the flavor stays more-or-less the same. One of my favorites from the Wonderland Tea multi-pack. I went through this box first, but that was mostly because I was too afraid to go through my Mad Tea Party Blend too quickly. :P
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Fruity, Green, Sweet
Alright Disney, you stole my daughter’s heart and soul with Frozen, making her damn near unbearable singing on repeat the one or two lines she can remember from the song. She told me she was going to freeze my heart and make me dead all while “pretend you are a princess” mania has taken a firm grasp in my house. So screw you, but you can hold your own with tea.
This little tea bag came to me in a traveling tea box, has been beating up in my bagged tea drawer, then dragged 1/4 way over the globe before I finally tried it. The bag didn’t hold up so well and luckily I had a fine mesh steeper to pick up the slack. And to my surprise it actually wasn’t disgusting, but the fact that I have been camping recently could be influencing my perception. The tea is pretty fragrant and tastes very bright. Even through some sweetened creamer, the flavor still holds up and has a little kick or bite at the end. The aftertaste is really nice and bergamoty. I’m impressed for what it is! I wonder who makes this tea for Disney. They couldn’t possibly have a tea garden and processing plant hidden away on the magic kingdom, where the little dolls from the small world ride go to work a night shift picking tea in the moonlight after the park closes… could they?
Small Big Traveling Tea Box
Oh, golly, Miss Molly! Am I excited to try this tea! It is Disney!:D I have ever been fascinated by the sure skill of their marketing and how easily I can get swept up into the “Disney Magic.” But I am no where near as crazy about Disney as many others are.. much rather cuddle up with my neuro research and a nice cup of tea than wait in lines with a billion people buzzing about:P But place and time— both have their lovely moments.
This tea has a nice medium strength base with gorgeous notes of peach and apricot. mmm, yum. It is one of the better apricot teas that I have tried and doesn’t taste too far off from the apricot that I had for breakfast. I do enjoy that it has flavor but without being too overpowering, very well done. A great blend with a sweet spice from the ginger. Oh, Disney.
Flavors: Apricot, Ginger, Peach