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Well tea friends, I’ve returned from a very short vacation. Now I’m tired and ready to sleep. Ha-ha.
Anyway, I’ve been drinking so much Southern sweet tea, that I don’t have anything interesting to review at the moment (I left all of my tea here, so I was unable to have anything other than overly sweetened bagged tea). However, my mother-in-law made this as an iced/sweetened tea over the weekend. I had a huge cup on the way back to Ohio, but there was a twist to the tea today than there had been this weekend: I mixed it with espresso.
Yeah, yeah. We’re all about tea here, but let me tell you—Orange Pekoe + Coffee = A caffeine loaded hybrid love-child. It was good. However, I was too tired, and needed a jolt of caffeine to get me home…so I have the inability to write a proper review…..
I’ll get something up here tomorrow, though.
Went to the Indian market yesterday an bought some tea. This seems to be whole leaf tea but small leaf. The aroma is very pleasant. It tastes much better than the standard Lipton you get in an American supermarket. This definitely tastes like tea, not brown liquid. It’s a little bit bitter, a little bit astringent, and a little bit sweet. This is actually decent tea. I bought it to see if the stuff the local Indian community drinks is any good. It’s not bad.
I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 2 min.
Stopped by the Indian market yesterday and bought some teas. This was one of them. This is a broken leaf tea with the aroma of oranges. It has that distinctive orange pekoe taste, I’m not sure what to call it. It’s kind of fruity. There was just a hint of a sour note too but not much. Overall this is better quality than the standard Lipton you get in an American market, and noticeably better than most of the Black Tea I’ve gotten from the Asian supermarket. I was surprisingly decent.
I brewed this tea one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 190 degree water for 1 minute.
I have this available at work. This Early Grey have a bit more citrus than traditional Earl Grey. I prefer the classic over this variant. I find this a bit dull, I would have prefered a bit more Bergamont and citrus, actually Twinings have a variant called Golden Earl Grey which is more lively. This it’s still a nice tea, but I won’t buy it my self. There are way to many exciting teas to taste and explore.
Aroma is very perfumey, definitely more toffee than caramel, sweet. There is strong vanilla, and caramel, of course.
Fortunately taste is only slightly sweet, a bit earthy, with nice vanilla notes, toffee and caramel.
Nut really my, nomen omen, cup of tea, but it’s really suitable for desserts.
Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Perfume, Sweet, Toffee, Vanilla
Used to drink cups of these in my early teens. I make tea flavoured milk with this. Half a cup of boiling water to one tea bag, enough sugar to cause a sugar coma, top up the rest with milk. It’s also ok with lots of condensed milk. It’s tea. Very plain, very ordinary, very comforting tea. It has it’s place. The taste brings me back to my days as a student.
“I believe everything has its place, Muggles have their place, Mudbloods have their place and so do your clothes!” ~AVPM
I love reading the reviews of this tea. The loose type is a smidge better than the bags, but not by a lot. Got my fill of this during a week-long stay in a psych ward at a hospital (don’t ask). I love that nearly everyone here that has reviewed this didn’t buy it on purpose, or if they did, simply had no other choice. Isn’t that the case with this tea most of the time? I find little enjoyment drinking Lipton’s stuff. What I have of it is now mixed with a steamed Darjeeling and a bold Assam that drowns the taste of this (yes, I am a type that will use the tea somehow, no matter what).
Someone at work left a full box of this tea on the counter in the break room so I grabbed one before they were all taken. I’m always on the lookout for a new favorite. A 2-3 minute steep time didn’t seem long enough for me so I upped the time and dropped the temperature so it wouldn’t be bitter. This has a taste like cinnamon Red Hots candy. It’s not bad really. After reading the reviews I was expecting it to be worse. This doesn’t re-steep well, but I expected that.
Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon
This tea may have one of the most accurate depiction of pear flavor I have ever tried, alas, the chocolate, which is more reminiscent of dusty cocoa powder, is also quite prominent. It’s not bad but it is a weird combination of natural pear and fake chocolate. With that said, it is a very smooth tea. I just wish the pear was stronger. Nonetheless, I am forever grateful to MissB for her generosity of sharing this tea and to Sil for being the middle(wo)man and passing it along.
This is weird, and I don’t think that I like it.
Citrus, cinnamon, licorice root. It would be nicer if it was indeed CITRUS first, but it’s weirdly not. It’s sort of cinnamon/licorice/pith.
It’s nice that it’s something hot to drink and I’m cold, but… Hmm. Not exactly sure.
Anyways, thanks very much for sharing, MissB! :) I will have to think on this some more.
I tried this today while over at my in-laws, before going out to finish up the last of the Christmas shopping. I added a couple tablespoons of cold water before throwing in the teabag, and only brewed it for about a minute. It turned out quite pleasant. It was light and fruity and tasted mostly of peach. I’m glad I liked it, because it’s extremely rare for me to run across a peach flavored tea I like.