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Hidden Gems TTB
This is one of the first teas I tried from the box and it certainly makes for an interesting blend. It’s like a well balanced chai while simultaneously a floral white. I certainly get orange and jasmine but ginger and cardamom are also present. It’s pleasant enough and really quite unique but not necessarily something I would reach for often. Still it was fun to try and a great start to the box.
This tea is a great morning tea. Sweet, spicy cinnamon, with a touch of orange. But mostly cinnamon. Seriously. It really reminds me of a Chai. I swear I’m tasting cloves in here too, since my tongue is tingling. The base doesn’t come through so much in taste, but by adding a richness to the tea as a whole, and almost a coffee-like after-taste that I really like, and it’s not even astringent! I’d like to try this base by itself someday, just to compare. This is a flavorful cup, and I could see having this instead of coffee on the rare occassion that I crave it, but this isn’t one that I would pick in hopes of fruit flavor.
I don’t have much to say about this one. Meh. Not enough vanilla for me. I was able to taste it in the first couple of sips, but after that, I’m left wondering if I got used to it that quickly, or if it just isn’t there. Because it’s such a common flavor, and I like many other company’s more, I don’t think I’d reach for this one again. It’s not bad, per se, but doesn’t stand out in any way that would make me want to keep it on hand.
I had this last cup of this one last night and was pleasantly surprised. This was a a relatively nice evening herbal. It’s nothing to write home about but in the grand scheme of things it was a nice chamomile/mint herbal. I didn’t get a lot of the citrus flavours but the vanilla did seem to smooth out the blend.
This brew has such a smooth earth flavor. The rooibos brings it a dusty field taste. The vanilla smooths this out and enlightens the taste. I brewed this western styled with a generous amount. The aroma is mostly of a robust vanilla. I had only one complaint with this tea. As I began drinking down my steep, the vanilla become more and more subtle. This caused the brew to become more dry. This wont be a tea for me.
Flavors: Smooth, Vanilla
There is candy in my tea…. This gave me quite a surprise haha. I had the expectation that this was going to be hot, spicy, and very bold. To the contrary, it is quite the opposite. The cinnamon adds a soothing effect. This is followed by a smooth black woodsy flavor. The last ingredient blankets the drink in an enticing sweetness. The little candies add a sugared coating. This is a very calm sweet drink. The only spice that lays in this brew is only brief, and in the aftertaste. I like this and it did the job in warming me up.
Flavors: Candy, Smooth, Spices
HOLY CINNAMON BATMAN!! This tea has some powerful kick behind it. I tried my way around the cinnamon and finally arrived at a smooth black sweetness. The orange flavoring lies at the very bottom aftertaste. It’s a slight candied citrus flavor. This most certainly is not a tea for me.
Good morning, I usually have orange juice and tea so I decided to “kill two birds with one stone.” The initial sip is very sweet. It has an almost candy flavor. The blood orange comes off as delicate and smooth. The black tea offers a nice dark base. The aftertaste offers a very silky citrus. The aroma of this brew is sweet as well; its not that tangy. The color of the liquor is a dark brown with slight red. Its very clear and smooth. This was a decent tea, not all fantastic though. The orange flavoring seems a little to subtle and sweet for me.
Flavors: Candy, Smooth
I heard this had chamomile in it, so I decided to give it a shot for a bedtime brew. This is an interesting blend. It has a unique taste profile. The initial flavor is a strong spearmint which follows with a floral pollen taste. The aftertaste is wonderful! It can only be described as an earth sarsaparilla flavor. This would make a wonderful beverage if cold brewed and carbonated. It almost tastes of ginseng soda. I just recently found out the name was Missoula rather than Missouri, hahah good thing I didn’t photograph this one. The idea I was going to use involved an arch and I don’t think it would “fit.”
Flavors: Earth, Root Beer, Spearmint, Sugarcane, Sweat
This is very fruity! The pomegranate flavor has lost its sour taste and is replaced with a sweet rose flavor. The green base offers a nice calming effect. This brew is very fresh and floral. The aroma coming from my mug reminds me of watermelon ranchers. The aftertaste of this is somewhat stale. I can hint at an artificial syrup flavor. This isn’t my cup of tea, again, I believe this to be another blend that would do well if cold brewed.
Flavors: Floral, Green, Rose, Vegetal
mmmm :) This is always a classic. This particular brand of Ceylon has a very smooth flavor. The taste is still somewhat bold but quieted down. I love the aroma of the steeped leaves! They Have an uncanny wet forest smell, which I just enjoy so much! The liquor is a deep dark red and still has a slightly smoked flavor. This will always be a great everyday black. I like how this company keeps this going. :)
Flavors: Dark Wood, Earth, Smoke, Smooth
This is delicious!! I saw the name and I couldn’t wait to try it out. It is very suiting. The actual appearance of this blend is unique. I thought at first that it was just small red clay pebbles. The aroma is incredibly spicy. It takes quite a long time to brew but is well worth it. It has a sugarcane sweetness as the initial taste. This then follows with a zest and cinnamon flavor. The aftertaste is of clove and cinnamon. This is a many faceted brew and very enjoyable. The only part I dont appreciate, is that this leaves a powerful spice taste on your tongue. Otherwise this is a truly one of a kind brew!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves, Sugarcane
I wasn’t sure if this was an actual tea for awhile. I looked it up finally and low and behold, its real! I was little awry about brewing because I wasn’t sure about spiced white. This is a very fruity tea. Its a strange kind of fruitless though, its spiced but yet sweet. This reminds me of a light apple cider. The white teas balances out the various flavors. i enjoyed brewing this and the aroma is very pleasing.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Mango, Pear, Red Apple
I have been trying my hand at Earl Grey lately and once I saw a green Earl Grey I was curious. The aroma of the dry leaves is very sharp and inviting. It has a fresh bergamot scent. The steeped leaves give off a ‘fruity pebble’ aroma, which I found amusing. The brew itself is a light Earl Grey. It has the same flavor profile only its vegetal. I am definitely adding this to my Earl Grey list.
Flavors: Bergamot, Fruity, Grass
I needed a white for tonight to de-stressify and this seemed pleasant. The dry leaves smell of old english potpourri and spices. The wet leaves smell of gingerbread cookies, so I hoped to be in store for a treat. The first initial sip tastes of a vanilla pumpkin pie. It has a warm body and sweet after taste. I can taste undertones of cinnamon and allspice. The flavor of this is very “festive.” It has a combination of cardamon, nutmeg, yogurt, cloves and frosting. I’ve noticed with flavored white teas the actually tea flavor seems to be lost in the mix. This brew seems to honor that, but it tastes simple delectable.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Mango, Natural Pumpkin Spice Flavor, Nutmeg, Yogurt
Cooking TTB #15
When I saw this on the list of teas in the TTB, I thought “I HAVE TO TRY THAT!!” I mean, who isn’t excited to try something called Spice White??? Then, as it was steeping, I thought “I’m so glad I’m trying this!!” Finally, after I took my first sip, I thought “I shouldn’t have tried this….”
Let me leave a disclaimer that strongly spiced citrus teas are about my least favorite teas…not that I can actually explain why. But, yeah…don’t love them. I didn’t expect the spice to be so not normal cinnamony. It was like some other source of spice I couldn’t quite identify. I’m not in love. I won’t rate it though since it’s my own fault.
Flavors: Citrusy, Spicy
Cooking TTB #14
This smelled buttery and nutty right off the bat, which was totally good news to me. I’ve been wanting to try a walnut green for a while now and was very happy to see this in the TTB for that reason! I’m definitely sold on trying others now, as well as trying other things from Indigo Tea Company! There was a lot of sweet nuttiness here but not so much that I didn’t get any green tea. So glad to have tried it!
Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Nutty
This is a really straightforward but delicious flavoured black. It smells and tastes like strawberries and cream. The black base is there, but primarily supports the flavours. I drank this with a touch of sugar and it went down quick and easy.
There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s a good tea.
Flavors: Cream, Strawberry
From the Cooking TTB.
I didn’t even realize that this tea was part of this TTB until I cleaned out my bag today and discovered it in the bottom. Too late to stick it back in the box, I’m actually really glad I accidentally kept this one.
Since I had a few teaspoons of it I decided to try it as a latte tonight, though part way through steeping it, I had a taste and kind of regretted not prepping it to drink straight. Really great, juicy strawberry flavour.
With some sugar and a lot of milk, this tasted amazing. Like strawberry milk, with a slight earthy, malty note, making it a bit more complex and grown up than typical strawberry milk.
I think I will be finishing this off straight though – I was really impressed with the flavour of the one sip I had straight up.
Flavors: Cream, Earth, Malt, Strawberry, Sweet