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I began having chills. And sniffles. And cold feet. All a sure sign of something up and that it is time to take action before something even more unpleasant develops.
All this may have something to do with me sitting in a draughty place in front of the door to the outdoors repeatedly opening and closing.
So, clearly a moment for medicinal tea. Something powerful and effective for moments like these. Ginger sounded like a good idea.
I open the pouch. Peppermint. And that furniture polish lemongrass scent overpowering the ginger. Why does that lemongrass torment me so?
This tea reminds me of DT’s The Big Chill or Mother’s Little Helper— though I prefer MLH— or the sort of generic sleepy time teas: minty, green, medicinal, and somehow murky. With a bit of a bitter kick from the licorice.
The flavour is ok, I suppose. I don’t enjoy it particularly, but I am drinking this tea in hopes of getting the job done.
I will finish a cup or two of this tea while smothering myself in a fleecy blanket and hoping for warm feet and wellness.
Flavors: Lemongrass, Licorice, Peppermint
Got this in a Tea Sparrow box today. I was really surprised and delighted with this tea. I am normally not a huge fan of mint in tea, I usually find it overpowering and gross. However, the balance in this tea was lovely. The strawberry taste did not seem artificial at all, it was delightfully sweet and refreshing – no need for sugar in this one! This mint was not at all overpowering, there was just enough of it in there to taste a nice twinge. The aroma is also lovely and fruity. This would also make a great iced tea.
Michael Menashy from Tea Sparrow says about this tea: “Wow, I’m impressed. I am not a fan of Cream Earl Grey, but this one is exceptional. Love it!” So, there you go, it’s recommended by at least one non-Earl Grey fan. I don’t hate Earl Greys, but I don’t often crave them, you know? And I think I usually like the “cream” addition in Cream Earl Greys. Mostly I’m steeping this right now because I have cold hands and want to wrap them around a hot mug. :)
The dry tea smells strongly of bergamot – I don’t detect much vanilla. Brewed, some more of the cream/vanilla aromas come out, though it’s still predominantly bergamot. Same with tasting, actually. The base tea is solid but fairly unremarkable. There is a very faint bitterness, but I think that’s mellowing out as it cools a bit.
Ok, I tried adding sugar, which made it… sweeter, obviously, but not really better. Then I added some milk, which helped quite a bit. I guess I just needed a wee bit of actual cream in order to appreciate the cream flavour in this tea. Pretty good, but it’s not changing my life or anything. Might have to try this head to head against another cream earl grey from my cupboard to appreciate the differences.
Edited to add:
I compared it with a regular earl grey, and another brand’s cream earl grey, and here’s what I’ve concluded: the cream/vanilla favour in this is so mild, it doesn’t really stand out as its own flavour (unless you stick your nose right in the cup). What it does is mellow out the bergamot into something smoother and less tart. So it’s like a regular earl grey, but… nicer! Unless a really bitey citrus is what you’re going for with your earl grey, in which case I guess this would be a downgrade. Anyway, the other cream earl grey I own has a much more distinct vanilla/cream flavour, it’s like BAM, right there alongside the bergamot. This one, not so much. :)
Flavors: Bergamot, Cream
This one comes from Ms. OMGsrsly and I’m super stoked since I love cold brewing these kinds of blends. Thanks for the sample!
I cold brewed about three glasses worth, and already done one. I can totally taste the strawberries and blackberries separately. It’s blends like this that don’t make me miss juice at all. So thirst-quenching and popping with flavour.
If I had the opportunity to pick some of this up, I wouldn’t hesitate to stock up.
A mug of this to help me chill out after overcaffeinating with an oolong at 7:30pm. :)
Very herbal. Very tasty. Sadly not AS tasty as the delicious fruity tulsi I have, but still tasty.
Ooh. Maybe I’ll add some plain tulsi to Nana’s Fruit Garden. Hmm…
(A lot of tea in a big mug with hot water for the length of time it took to prep my pasta. So. This tea is pretty invincible.)
This one smells so so good, but I’m a little disappointed by the flavour. Might be the lemon myrtle. Hmm. And how many teas with lemon myrtle do I have now? 3? 4? Oops.
Anyways, it smells deliciously lemony and spicy and just yum. Taste-wise, the lemon falls apart a little bit. Ginger comes out, which is delicious, and it goes really well with the tulsi. I think I prefer a fruity tulsi blend, though. That one I had from Georgie’s on the island was just SO good. This one is good, but isn’t SO good. :)
I added a little honey to see if that rescued the flavour a bit, and it does. Yay! This one is also apparently good iced, so I’ll have to try that tomorrow afternoon.
My initial impression is that I probably won’t buy more, but that could change!
OMGsrsly brought me a sample of this when she came by to snag her H&S order and man, I am really enjoying this. Thanks for sharing!
It really tastes like fruit juice. Sweet, vibrant and just slightly tart but not unpleasantly so. I iced the entire sample in a pitcher and don’t expect it to last the weekend! This is one that you need to buy by the tin in the summer. Maybe I’ll snag more before I go East.
I iced this, but I didn’t have enough ice to cool it all so it’s actually a little lukewarm. Ahh well, it’s delicious anyways.
I made it in this jug (http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-makers-infusers/p/blue-infusion-tea-pitcher-large) which they erroneously list as being 1.9 litres. Umm. No. I used 1L hot tea, 1L cool water, and an ice cube tray of ice and it still wasn’t full. The strainer is nice, though, since it fits really well for a hot steep in a canning jar. I can then combine everything into the jug without steeping in the jug, mix, lid, and lay it on its side in the fridge if it’s room temperature or cooler. Pretty awesome, right? (PS. It’s a Takeya unit, with the Teavana name on the top.)
The tea is berry juice. It’s good on its own, or with a little sweetener. I’m almost out, too. Definitely something to restock when it gets warmer out!
(2 big tbsp tea, 1 litre hot water, 1 litre cool water, ice. Steeped 10 minutes at 195F.)
:( Now I’m sick! I could have sworn that people couldn’t be infected through the internet! (Actually, I’m blaming my brother.)
This is delightful, and my throat isn’t sore enough yet for the acid to hurt it yet. Yay! Next up I’m having a hot honey and lemon. When it hurts to breathe and swallow, the honey definitely makes its way back into my food repertoire.
Cold steeped over night. Brought to work in a travel mug. Mug just cracked open now.
So delicious. Sweet berry juice. Definitely need to stock up on more of this one for the summer, ESPECIALLY if I can find a nice cold brewing jug (with infuser. and lid.) at a reasonable price. :)
(1 tbsp per 1 litre water)
I just made up a litre of this iced, and I’ve chugged 3/4 of it. I think I was thirsty.
Nothing added this time. A slightly tart, delicious berry juice. I do like a little sweetener (honey!) in it, I was just lazy this time… didn’t want to deal with the 3kg bucket of honey sitting on my
dining room sewing table. (I’m sharing the honey with my brother, so I have to weight out half for me. Too lazy right now.)
2 tbsp in 2 cups water, then poured over ice, water added to make it 1 litre.
This is delicious berry juice when made this way. Add a little sugar or honey if you need to, but it is just so good. If you prefer to be stingy with your heavy fruit teas, 1 tbsp in 1 cup hot water done this way is also good. I just wanted the thick juice flavour and texture tonight.
I’m almost out, and I’ve had it 8 days. I think I need to bring my tin in and get more!
I received a sample of this one in store, iced. I thought it tasted like berry juice, even unsweetened, so I bought a package.
So, so, so good. It’s sweet, a tiny bit tart (the hibiscus is OK for me in this one!), and thick and juicy and amazing.
I used 1 tbsp in 1 cup of boiling water, steeped 5 minutes, poured it over ice into my $1 sbux cup, then topped with cold water. OMG, amazing. I’m going to have to bring in a tin for filling, because this is an amazing summer tea for me.
Just too bad it has raspberries – my BFF can’t have it. :(
So, I got a “teazer” sampler pack of this, which I think is the only option for purchase at herbal republic other than buying a full tin/big bag (100 gram minimum? Unless you get the teazers, I think.) Not sure, as I only dashed in there on lunch break, not much time to chatter. It was about 5+ tablespoons in the sample teazer pack.
I think I have been using too little tea in my iced blends so I dumped the whole teazer into my takeya, steeped for about ?10 mins in boiling water then added cold water and ice to make about 1.5 – 1.75 litres, then chilled in the fridge. I even tossed in some frozen berries to the mix.
Having a big glass now over ice with a tiny bit of Sonoma simple syrup. It’s good. Very fruity, very berry, very juicey. The more I drink it the more I like it. I think I taste more sweet strawberry, than tart berry, but it is nice. Will definitely go back for a tin ( or bag, however they sell it ) and add this one to my summer iced tea rotation!
I’m not sure why I decided to get this particular tea, I think it just caught my eye when I was rambling through the Teaz Tea (Herbal Republic is their brand) shop on Granville St in Vancouver last year. Any how, I found it tucked away in the back of my cupboard today and decided to give it a try.
The dry tea smells quite spicy almost as if chili pepper had been added to it, though I guess that might be partly due to the ginger. Interestingly the flavour itself wasn’t spicy at all. Instead the tea tasted lightly sweet and herbal with a hay-like note – from the clover maybe? Not sure if it’ll cure all my ills but it’s a pleasant tisane to drink late at night.
My favourite tea. It never disappoints! Lovely subtle creamy vanilla rooibos with floral notes and light fruit. Beautiful rose and cornflower petals make look delightful, light floral and warm vanilla aroma is always inviting.
This was the tea that inspired me to venture out and try new teas, but it still remains my go-to treat in the afternoon.
First…thank you LiberTEAs for sending this my way!
2nd…every assumption and thought I had holding me back from having a cup I am now completely throwing out the window! This was a complete surprise and in a good way! It proved me wrong in every way and I’m happy about that!!!!
I was so worried this was going to be TOO Gingery for me…it wasn’t…
The Lemongrass totally evened that out…both the lemon grass AND the ginger are gentle yet flavorful and pair well together! I wouldn’t change the ratio any…it’s good the way it is!
I can’t really smell the licorice but I can taste it a little bit and with the licorice and the pepper pairing they also work nicely together and are subtle…again, thanks to the lemongrass.
I can smell the peppermint but the taste of the peppermint really isn’t the flavor in the forefront…it’s just enough to be there – in comparison I would say a little less than the licorice. Maybe moreso in the aftertaste, however.
This is very different yet quite good and I am so pleased it’s NOT ‘run of the mill’ and even more so excited that it’s more than just ginger!
This is nice!
Just finishing up a cup of this now. I am finding this tea to be particularly comforting and soothing after a spicy meal at dinner time. Tummy was starting to feel a little upset, but this tisane calmed it right down… Because of that, I have to give it a few more points!
This is a very interesting herbal – all the flavors are very well represented in my cup, and it makes for a very unusual yet tasty tea.
The ginger and licorice seem to be the strongest flavors here, and I like how they taste together. The sweetness of the licorice seems to accent the peppery notes of the ginger (the pepper also highlights this quality of the ginger), while the warmth of the ginger really plays to the sharp notes of the licorice. It’s very interesting and deliciously different.
The lemongrass offers a sweet, smooth lemony flavor that adds a bright, fresh taste to the cup. And the peppermint sneaks up and kicks in right at the finish – very crisp and clean tasting.
I am really enjoying this – much more than I thought I would. It’s tasty!