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What is this, a gingerbread tea? Oh man, you honestly can’t expect me to keep my hands off this one. Talk about a perfect seasonal treat! It smells strongly on ginger and cinnamon…now I want to bake some cookies:P tehehe..
I don’t know how they accomplished it, but it has the lovely baked flavor that you would find in an actual gingerbread cookie!! The tea leaves smell much sweeter than the tea actually is…which I do really appreciate. Gingerbread cookies are so delicious in their own right, they do not need to be slathered in icing and this is what the tea captures. I added a bit of milk to my tea and mmmm, gingerbread in a cup!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Ginger
Smooth and sweet, it’s like a lightly cherry sweetened marzipan. Is it great? Uh… well, I’ll be fine finishing off the $0.50 of this that I got. :) I think that someone who really loves cherries and almonds would find this quite delightful.
Flavors: Cherry, Marzipan, Smooth
This one surprised me. Tartness from the cranberry and smooth mint made a nice combination, one I’ve yet to find elsewhere. Was teabag, and red rooibos at that, but I think I’ll grab more the next time in Seattle, it was good enough to try again.
Flavors: Cranberry, Mint, Smooth, Tart
I was really excited when I saw, “spicy” as part of the title, because frankly, I loves me some spicy tea! (Yes Kapha from TeaGschwendner, I’m thinking of you fondly here). I grabbed a tiny bit – $0.52 worth to be exact – and now wish I’d grabbed more. Most of the heat from the spice comes from extra ginger, which I LOVE, and the rest is a pretty smooth, delicious chai.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper, Spicy
First off: whatever is in the pineapple in this blend causes it to mash together into a huge lump, and it needs separating before drinking. Having said that, this is probably the juiciest, most luscious tea I’ve had along these lines, so I’m thinking it’s a less processed pineapple (because well-dried, it wouldn’t have this moisture to cause smooshing).
Is this a complaint? Definitely not, other than trying to figure out initially if that’s intentional or a mistake (the seemingly congealed mass of white clumps around the tea). This is a bright, light pineapple tea, and while I get little else other than a touch of mango, and zero actual tea from this, it’s really quite delicious. I could easily sip this all summer happily, although I’d likely forget it was caffeinated, it’s just that light.
Flavors: Creamy, Mango, Pineapple
Grabbed every single tea I could at Market Spice at the Pike Place Market in Seattle this weekend, because they sell it in one-bag pouches for sampling, or loose in the tiniest of tiny bags for whatever amounts to $0.94 USD. This was one of their in-house blends and in a single teabag to boot, and I kinda wish I’d grabbed more now. Smells very sweet and strongly so, and tastes pretty much the same – even though I oversteeped it by a huge amount, there was zero bitterness or astringency. Would be fantastic iced!
Flavors: Berries, Lime
This tea reminds me a lottt of Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice. The cinnamon flavor of this one is less intense and the sweetness from the orange is a little bit stronger. Like Red Hots without the sting. Mmm. As much as I do really enjoy a strong, spicy cinnamon note, this sweeter version is delicious as well. This tea is naturally sweet without sweetener. With this tea available so close (Pike’s Place Market! ) and it’s delicious taste, it will probably be one of my newest staples:] Yum.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spices, Sweet
A friend of mine had to unexpectedly fly into DC in order to renew her passport, and I let her crash on my couch. In thanks, she brought me yummy things from Seattle, including a tiny packet of this. They were in filter bags, and not loose like I normally like my tea, but I don’t look gift tea in the mouth (unless it’s Bigelow in which case I will judge you so hard with all the tea snobbery I can bring to bear).
I made a cup of this today. I needed a pick-me-up since I was up until 2 working on a job application that I started around 10. (As an aside, why in the world does a job application need to be 30 pages, PLUS another page of logic questions, PLUS another 20ish pages of personality questions???)
I really liked this tea. It tastes nicely fruity but not overbearingly so. No sugar needed, either, to bring out the flavor like with some other teas. I was a tad worried since “artificial flavoring” is right there on the ingredient list and if it tastes too artificial, I won’t like it. Thankfully, it didn’t. It’s a nice tea. Sweet and fruity. On the light side of black teas. I think this would make an awesome iced tea.
When I first started an interest in teas, I didn’t think I would care for citrus teas, but I’m learning that I can enjoy them :) Thanks EvaGrimm for sharing a bit of this with me!
I’ve found that I have trouble grabbing them to try because if I’m making tea to go with a meal, I don’t want the flavor to compete with my meal. I had this blend yesterday afternoon while I was helping my son with his homework and it was a nice treat… nothing to compete with it except my son’s attention.
This one smells sweet and orangey as dry leaf. Steeped I tried it w/o sugar and it was vanilla orange with a nice black base rounding out the cup. I decided to add a bit of sugar as is my normal and I lost a bit of the orange flavor. As it cooled, that orange flavor returned along with the sweetness.. Quite nice. It’s not in your face orange flavoring to me, but rather a nice gentle orange flavor. I didn’t really get the cream, but think it may have been present to help make for a smooth cup.
I could see myself drinking something like this in the morning when I’m often looking for a black tea and/or when I have something simple like a bagel or simple egg sandwich. Then, when I’m in the mood for an orange in the evening… L’Automne from Fauchon.. to get an amazing caffeine free cup… If only it were readily available here.
I do have a couple more caffeine free blends to try since EvaGrimm was so nice in sending me a few samples of citrus blends… Maybe one of those will tickle my fancy too.
I think I’m coming around to citrus, at least orange citrus so far if it isn’t too bold. As I write this, I remember how much I liked Three Friends from Butiki as well. Thanks to all the wonderful people here for their helpfulness and generosity!
Flavors: Orange Zest
I was hunting for something black this morning, as per usual, and wanted something different/new. Found this one in my sample stash from EvaGrimm.. you must have thought I’d enjoy this one since you sent two sample bags.. Thanks! I had held off tryig this one because I keep thinking Spring will be here any day, Holiday Tea just doesn’t fit.. I want warm weather, no more cold.. Yet we woke up to snow this morning. Hopefully the last of the season! I decided to look up the blend and see what was in it and was surprised to see it wasn’t a spicy blend but a chocolate raspberry mint.. Hmmm..
While hot I get mostly raspberry black tea. As it cools I find the raspberry still very present, but the mint and chocolate are finding their way into the mix. Quite nice. I imagine this would be great iced. My sister often orders raspberry iced tea at restaurants when they offer it, I imagine this would be much superior! I think I would simply tell her it was raspberry chocolate mint tea instead of “holiday tea”… Since “holiday” in the states refers to Christmas, now if it meant vacation.. That might fit. :)
This smelled WONDERFUL! Really rich, warm, and buttery – and rum fragrance too. Just an absolutely gorgeous aroma. Good strong tea (I add creamer to my black teas), be sure not to overstep. Good especially with vanilla or sweet cream creamers, brings out the subtleties of the brewed tea.
I’m not sure how to describe the aroma other than very fruity and light, almost like blueberries wafting from the cup, but slightly different. With creamer the tea tasted a bit like blueberries and cream (well, huckleberries and cream). Good strong brew, despite the decaffeination (which means for those of us who are affected by caffeine have an alternative).
I received a sample of the from Eva, so thank you very much!
Honestly, I wouldn’t have known this was supposed to be an EGC if it wasn’t for the label. There’s very little bergamot in here, and what’s there is almost fruity. Not citrus fruity, but a little bit like a semi-sweet berry. The cream element, though, is very nice. It’s rich and milky and covers up the weak base.
This tea definitely tastes pretty good, but I’m still not sure about the EG element (or lack thereof).
This is a sad sipdown this morning. This tea has grown more and more on me. I will definitely be picking up more. Now to work Seattle into the Vancouver trip.
I overslept this morning, which shouldn’t have happened, but sometimes I just don’t care.
Now I’m sitting down with my delicious oatmeal and maple syrup and this awesome tea. I leave in less than a week for Jamaica and I need to focus on all the things I have to get done for school because my concentration has not been up to snuff.
Thanks EvaGrimm for this delightful tea.
It was another long 12-hour day at school. I’ve only gotten 4 hours of sleep the last two nights because I’ve been working on conservation, and tonight will be the same. But tomorrow night I will be able to get at least a full night of sleep. Now to just make it to then…
I came home and wanted something comforting and thought of this tea. Breakfast teas are amazing, and although I love black teas, I haven’t too many straight ones around. And the ones I do have are special ones that I don’t want to drink all the time. Thats where this tea comes in. Comforting? Check. Black? Check. Not too unique that it will be ruined by drinking it too often? Check. Thank you Northwest Breakfast.
You know, I may need to add this to my cupboard.
This is a great breakfast tea. It’s about time for supper, but breakfast teas are my favourite and I drink them at all hours.
This one is just a lovely mixture of black teas. It’s not anything overly special, but it’s got that comforting black tea thing going on, and I would happily pick up some more.
It looks grey outside, and like it might rain. I love the rain. The smell, the sound. It’s all so calming. But it never rains here. I just checked the weather forecast – no rain. Le sigh.
This tea is confusingly tasty. There is a definite creaminess, but the cranberry is playing some sort of game with me. It’s there, and then it isn’t. There is also some sort of carbonation-likeness going on in the background. Not immediately, but I get a carbonation after-effect at the back of my throat.
I tried it last night as well, and the confusion was there as well. Perhaps the flavours will become clearer as it cools. Despite all these bizarre happenings, I am really enjoying my cup.
Thanks EvaGrimm. :)
Today I required approval for two things. One for a social psych presentation, and one from the biology department to take a spring course. Not just any spring course. I took histology last term, which is actually a med school course, but they offer it at my school for health science students, and other science students that are brave enough to take it. I did, and it was the hardest thing I’ve done in my years studying biology, hands down. I still have nightmares about it, literally. They’re offering another histology in spring, which promises to be just as challenging (or more, considering it’s completed in half the time), so of course I wanted in. I am always up for a challenge, and the prof is absolutely amazing and highly intelligent. I was fully prepared to be denied, because first priority goes to health science students and the cap on the class is only 10 students (eep!). But my request was approved! YES. I may have done a wee dance outside the bio department where my friend was waiting. Hopefully the prof didn’t see that. :P
I’m home now, working on conservation, and having this tea in celebration. This tea is a delight. I’ve been impressed with the three Market Spice teas I’ve had so far. This one had mint leaves clearly throughout the dry tea, but I always secretly hope they won’t be too prominent. Success! The main flavours here are raspberry, followed by more subtle chocolate. The mint is barely there at all. I find I absolutely love raspberry teas when they are well done. And this one is. :)
Thanks EvaGrimm for sending some my way!
Rose and lychee are two things that play together better than I could have imagined.
I typically like lychee when it’s a perfectly balanced fruity floral flavor, but the rose here really emphasises the floral qualities of the lychee, while not being super potent (but certainly present) itself. The result is a delicately perfumed but not overwhelming cup that I enjoyed quite a bit and could see filling a lychee or a floral tea fix. Everything is in balance and even the base is present in the cup, which is sometimes a miss is floral teas.
Thanks for the sample Eva!
Thanks Eva! I never would have thought to try this because the few apple teas I have tried did not smell or taste that great (bag tea). The dry leave smells like fresh sweet apples and it taste like a tangy apple dipped in a little caramel and still smells wonderful, I keep sticking my nose in the cup because I can’t believe how good this smells compared to the other teas I have tried and I bet this taste even better with a tiny bit of sugar.