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Boring, bland aroma with bergamot on the sensory threshold.
Generic corporate black tea as the base, with subtle malty notes and again, barely discernible traces of bergamot.
All in all it’s a just a corporate vision of Earl Grey.
Very strong but rather artificial strawberry aroma, like in sweets.
Nice, maltish base, subtle strawberry notes (in taste they seem more natural).
The overall impression is not bad, especially for a Pickwick.
Flavors: Malt, Strawberry
I received a box of this as a gift and fell in love with it. I don’t use sweetener anymore, but this tea doesn’t need it. When I taste it, I immediately think of apple cider, but it doesn’t have apples in it; it’s orange. I think I taste apple cider because the same kinds of spices are used in it.
Every person I’ve let try this has loved it. I ordered several more boxes for myself when I managed to find it online.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Red Apple, Spices
Smells just like a baked apple with cinnamon and a touch of vanilla. Fantastic!
In taste it’s too bland, the apple and spicy notes are too subtle, too much in the background.
Adding a bit of sugar helps focus the taste a little, but I remain disappointed.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla
Cinnamon is the most evident, there’s also nice spiciness from pepper and ginger, as well as subtle anise and clove notes.
The problem is, there’s not enough tea in it, so it tastes much better when brewed along with an additional bag of black tea
And even better when made more “chai” style – with a solid splash of milk and some sugar.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper
Interesting. I’m getting a bit of coconut scent off of this tea. Very pleasant (for me, anyway), but unexpected.
Letting it steep while I work out…
A heavy taste of coconut in the first sip, before I get hit with the apple pie. This really is reminiscent of apple pie, complete with spices (good flavor for tea, a little weak for real apple pie – might have gone the full flavor if I’d added sugar, but I don’t think that’s necessary). It’s sweet and makes me happy.
As I keep drinking this, I’m getting more of the coconut and black tea flavor, and a lot less apple pie. It comes out in hints, but it’s a lot weaker than it was in the first sips. I still like it, but it’ not what I was expecting, not what I was promised in the title and first sips. I’d rate it higher if I was looking for a coconut black tea rather than apple pie.
I’d drink it again, if Ihad it, but I don’t think I’ll be searching it out.
Flavors: Apple, Coconut, Spices, Sugar, Tea
This is the last of the teas that I picked up on vacay to Seattle. I am a sucker for anything Fruits of the Forest, Fruits de Alsace, etc. lol.
The dry teabag smells like strawberry the most and also has some other berry scents to it.
I usually cut the tea contents out of teabags and use my own infuser but maybe I shouldn’t have done that with this one bc it is very bitter. I taste the fruits but the tea base is pretty yuccky tasting. Oh well, the package sure is cute so that’s one good thing lol.
I will try this again another day, maybe I will brew it way less time and that will help it.
Flavors: Berries, Orange Zest, Strawberry
Picked two bags of this up from a cruddy little London hotel I stayed at a few months ago. I prepared it the same way as I do any new bagged black: boiling water, 3-4 minutes, 1 tsp sugar, splash of soymilk.
It had quite a malty aroma while steeping. I was a little dismayed when the liquor turned a muddy brown after adding the milk, rather than the usual warm coppery color, but that’s just cosmetic.
The taste isn’t much better – it’s definitely black tea, but a weird mishmash of flavors I’m unaccustomed to (is that lemon I’m picking up?), and way too much sugar for the strength of the blend. It was okay when I was sipping it along with my morning toast, but I’m not a fan of it by itself. I’ll try the other bag lightly steeped & plain to start with. Apparently this brand is based in the Netherlands, so maybe they take it differently there?