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I’m going to start out this review by warning that I’ve never found an earl grey that I love. That said, I thought this one wasn’t bad. It’s a milder flavor than most others I’ve tried, and the bergamot isn’t over powering. I think I keep trying earl greys because I love the scent, but then the flavor is usually too much for me. This one is a nice compromise, with the lighter taste, and still a lovely scent. I tried this with just a bit of sugar, and no milk.
OST’s Stash Sale
I’ve tried Harney and Son’s Paris before at a friend’s house, and enjoyed it so when I saw this on the list of teas OST was selling, I had to give it a try. I’m glad I did! I think I oversteeped it since it was just a bit bitter, but it had a lovely floral taste from the bergamot and a slight sweetness. I will definitely enjoy the rest of this tin.
I admit I’m not a tea connoisseur but I have to admit that this tea is great for what it is. I tend to drink my teas without any milk or sugar but this is just perfect when I want something fruity and something a little sweet. AND it still tastes great after two pours. Plus this is my fiancé’s favorite!
Herbal and Decaf TTB.
This tastes almost exactly like Bengal Spice from Celestial Seasonings, but with the addition of rooibos, which makes it not as good. I’m a little surprised by how many of Celestial Seasoning’s teas I prefer to similar teas by other companies. I don’t like their whole lineup, but the ones I like, I really like.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Sweet
When I first tried a Lapsang Souchong, it was too smokey for me. Then gradually, after a while of mixing it with other teas, I got more used to it. Now it’s at the point where I can drink it by itself, and it’s even one of my regular morning teas! In terms of this Lapsang, it’s got wonderful flavor. I like my teas to have a heavier mouth feel, so I often blend this with just a little bit of Harney & Sons East Frisian, which I definitely recommend.
This is one of my regular morning teas. It’s a hearty tea that stands up extremely well to milk. I like a lot of milk in my morning brew, and this is the best tea I’ve found for handling it. Pouring the milk in, I was kind of amazed – it looked more like coffee than tea, which gives you an idea of how robust this tea is!
So I just reviewed this a few days ago, but I had to update because I finally tried it with milk! The aggressiveness of the cinnamon does wonderfully with milk. Adding a little bit of milk just makes it creamy and comforting, while the spicy cinnamon still shines through (although not as assertively as plain). This tea honestly works better with milk than a lot of other spiced teas I’ve had do, as the basic spice in this one is strong enough that the milk doesn’t overpower it.
Yum! I love cinnamon, so I was a big fan of this. However, the flavor is very aggressive, and for people who don’t like that, try blending it with a vanilla tea. I blended it with a little bit of Adagio’s Vanilla tea, and that toned down the aggressiveness without compromising the delicious cinnamon. This could also potentially be AMAZING blended with an apple tea. I need to try that next!
I drank it without milk.
I was a little disappointed when I first tried this. My usual way of drinking tea is with milk, and in my first cup, the flavors just felt muddled and indistinct. I tried it without milk on my second cup, and while it was better, I didn’t really care that much for it. Then I forgot about it and it got cold. And wow, I’m glad I did! It actually tastes pretty good cold. So it went from disappointing to delicious, so long as I make it as an iced tea.
I’m a sucker for Christmas and teas called White Christmas. Whatever. Fight me.
Mom aka ashmanra had been holding out on me for this one because I don’t really care for artificial almond flavored stuff or amaretto and this has almond flavor, both natural and artificial, but eventually she gave in and showed up with it one day near Christmas.
You may notice that the flavors on the rating for this tea are allll over the place. Yeah. You have to make it exactly right. If you do, it’s great. It’s warm and smooth and cozy and there’s vanilla and something a little nutty. It tastes like twinkly Christmas tree lights, the pretend fireplace on, my favorite ugly blanket, and Bing Crosby music. Until it gets cold or if you didn’t make it right.
So don’t touch it once it gets cold and make sure you make it right. Think of it like a mogwai. Totally worth it.
Flavors: Almond, Vanilla
Another sample from Ost, yay. :) I don’t think I have much of a palate for jasmine teas, in the sense that I tend to just go “yup, that sure is a jasmine tea alright”. I mean, I’ve had cheaper jasmine pearls that tasted soapy to me, and this tea definitely doesn’t do that, so that’s a point in its favour. The base green tea must be pretty smooth and sweet because I’m really getting no bitterness or astringency in this at all. Lovely jasmine aroma and flavour. Why do I keep forgetting that I like jasmine tea? I do. It reminds me of going for dim sum, which I haven’t done in a really long time. Mmmm. Still waiting for spring to really kick in up here, so at least I have a nice floral green to get me in the right frame of mind. :)
Opened up the teabag rapper for this today only to find that the teabag had a giant slit in the side! And not even the side I’d opened it from? Took advantage of that though and brewed this up in my divination cup, letting whatever cuttings/fannings floated out of the slit hang out in the teacup to be read afterwards.
Flavour wise; this is definitely kind of typical Ceylon flavour notes: it’s simple, has a medium body and smooth enough flavour with a lot of floral notes and then a bit of a malty finish. Nothing fancy at all, and would probably take milk super well. I do like that it’s caffeine free – it let me break up a day of tea drinking pretty easily without feeling like I was taking a pause for something herbal or a rooibos blend. Didn’t blow me away, though.
As for the reading, I wasn’t really able to pick out any shapes or patterns from the settled tea leaf, so instead I opted to read to teacup based on the largest concentrations/deposits of tea leaf. As far as the tea leaf around the rim goes, most had settled between the cat and the sunrise positions; the rim represents your immediate or near future and the interpretation for those two symbols are as follows:
The Cat: Your free spirit seeks an outlet; you may feel like behaving unpredictably. Follow your heart and be adventurous!
The Sunrise: A new beginning or sense of rebirth!
Then I looked at the leaf that had settled around the inner circle of the cup. The inner circle represents important events coming in future weeks or months. For me, most of the leaf had clustered around the Mercury symbol which means that the coming future shall be lively and social for me and showcase communications, conversations, and travel in some form. Hmm, things to keep in mind I suppose.
Anyway, thanks VariaTEA for the sample!