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Love this tea. Had it many times but it’s been a year or so since I’ve had some in my collection. As soon as I tore open the package I thought tear jerkers! Do you remember sour tear jerkers? The gum that is round and has a sweet gum, hollow inside, and sour outside. The orange ones taste very similar to this tea; without the sourness of course. Good warm and cold. Hot is fine but I think it’s best when it’s chilled slightly.
Skysamurai was kind enough to share this with me after I mentioned that I love love love rose tea. It was a nice treat to have after spending nearly 2 hours outside with my toddler trick-or-treating. I have to say that I was impressed by his endurance and his ability to double-fist candy and plop it into his treat sack. Our neighbors thought he was adorable and let him get away with it, so we’ve got a boatload of candy. Yum!
But back to the tea…
On the first sip of this tea I thought it tasted familiar, I’ve not had the opportunity to try this specific tea before, but it reminds me of something I’ve had in the past which of course is comforting yet it still bugs me a bit that I can’t remember.
This had a really nice balance between the rose and the ceylon base. Many rose teas tend to remind me somewhat of potpourri, but this one, while strong didn’t go overboard with the rose flavor. I was distracted while steeping my second bag, we had some adorable trick-or-treaters come to the door, so I oversteeped by about 2 minutes. This was enough to make the tea turn bitter, but not entirely undrinkable. I also discovered that I this tea isn’t nearly as tasty at room temperature, so in the future I’ll definitely remember to finish it quickly.
I love Island Rose. Every tea I’ve tasted has been a wonderful adventure. Save for this one. I didn’t even occur to me that I might not like it until I opened the tea pouch. Don’t get me wrong I like the flavor of lime and I love green tea; but mixed together…. it just isn’t working for me. Kinda reminds me of the green skittles or sour patch kids that I leave at the bottom of the bag and give to someone else.
Here’s my other problem with this tea: If it has green tea how can it be non-caffeinated? Maybe decaf… but anyay… this one will be going in my give away pile.
There is a rose garden in my mouth. I am both baffled and delighted at the same time. Baffled because one doesn’t usually drink roses. Delighted because I feel like I am sipping tea in a royal garden even though I’ve got sweatpants on. The smell is also quite amazing. Usually I throw away a tea bag once I am through with it but I still have this one sitting in front of me. The essence of the rose infused with the Ceylon is quite gorgeous.
As I have let it cool down over the past ten minutes I realize it is quite a bit better when it is warm. Still fine cold but my palette seems to prefer it warmer.
This tea is like eating a delicious low calorie dessert and without the worry of gluten or dairy! I will say though that it is not as sweet as it sounds. I’m sure you could sweeten it more if desired but its plenty good as it is. There is an Amaretto honey in my kitchen I am tempted to try though…
A perfect blend of lemon and sweetness. Great for when you are feeling a little under the weather. No matter how long you steep it it keeps the same flavor and as the water cools the it some how becomes smoother and sweeter.
You have to be a fan of rum in order to enjoy this one because it has an intense rum flavor. It’s a rare tea that has the same dry and wet smell. It kinda reminds me of rum cake. I’m drinking it now at 9:13am and thinking this would be great as an evening drink watching a sunset.
Also a longtime favorite of mine. It’s a tea that’s good at any time of the day. Hot or cold. Inside, outside, upside down. Though I don’t really think you should try to do the last one unless you’re in space… But anyway, this tea has an interesting fruity, dry smell and a lovely fruity taste. While I did say you could drink it hot and cold I prefer it cold.
A perfectly smooth blend of the finest tasting (or as far as I can tell haha) green and black leaves mixed with the essence of Beragmot. It may not really be considered an Earl grey because it’s first ingredient is green tea but it is by far the best “earl grey” that I have tasted.
Go look up Lapacho. I’ve never heard of a tea with this ingredient but it tastes pretty good and it’s good at soothing a sore throat. All of the flavors blend together very well but I think it is better with just a bit of honey.
how do i purchase. i don’t see a sight
I am completely hooked on this tea, if you want to add green tea to your diet, this is a winner, it has no “fishy” taste like you usually get with green tea, the lime is wonderful. It is an acquired taste as is anything good for you, but I have been drinking this for years, and keep a huge supply on hand. It is great for weight-loss, and also helps calm you, while giving you just a small dose of caffeine to help you wake up gently. LOVE THIS!!!
The citrus (lime) in this reminds me of cleaning products, which doesn’t do much for the appeal of this tea. Not much to write about in the taste department either, unfortunately. Last bag of this (from a variety pack), and I won’t be repurchasing!
I blended this tea with fresh mint. I used 1 teaspoon of each tea and let it steep for 4 minutes. This will be a favorite personal blend that I will find in my cup often.
I truely enjoyed this tea this evening while relaxing with a book. This is a very mild tea for quiet moments of relaxation and enjoyment.
Brewed this for over 5 minutes and the tea was still fairly light in colour and pretty flavourless. Definitely not much to write about. I only have a couple of bags left of this and I won’t be sad when it’s been used up!
This one is completely fail for me. It smells faintly citrus-y, faintly lime-like, but never quite right. The flavor isn’t there at all. I was very sad to see this taste test flop.
One of my favorite oranges (just behind Tazo’s Wild Sweet), this one needs a long steeping time at a high heat. But it turns out perfect. It really is the scent and taste of oranges sticky and sweet on your fingers and in your mouth. Sometimes I find it just a touch too abrasive or sweet, but it’s really the perfect back up.
From yesterday morning. This is still what it was when I opened the sampler box, boozy and warm to the scent but too sharp on my tongue.
A long time Island Rose favorite. This is warm, fruit and gorgeous. The hibiscus and cinnamon make this one amazing. I can never advise it enough.
I’m finally down to my last bag of this—it used to be a favourite, but my interest in it waned. The rum adds an interesting twist to the black tea (and it smells really good and a tiny bit boozy), but overall it’s a pretty bland tea. I barely get any vanilla from it, and the black tea is really generic. I probably won’t bother buying more.
Delightful melding of rose and tea.