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I tried this tea this morning. The orange flavor tasted somewhat artificial, even though the flavoring is supposed to be natural. The orange was so strong, that I could not taste the underlying tea, except for a lingering astringency afterward. Wihtout sugar, it was somewhat bitter, like orange peel, but with sugar, it was like drinking hot Tang. I may try brewing this again with a shorter steeping period, or perhaps cold-brewing it.
This is the tea I drink the most. It is also, I believe, one of the most used teas in Holland (where I live). Where usual teas here come in packages of 20, this one comes in boxes of 50. It is pretty much the Dutch (and probably more countries) equivalent of English Breakfast Tea. However, it doesn’t actually taste all that much like English Breakfast tea. It is, I think, quite a bit fuller and stronger. My British friend told me, after tasting it, it has a bit of a lemon-y taste to it, but it’s an infinitesimal hint of lemon and nothing very elaborate. One bag is, as per usual, enough for a strong cuppa. Especially if you’re a barbarian like me and just leave the bag in. I put in the sugar, let it steep for at least 5 minutes before putting in the milk. It tastes great with milk, I daresay, better than English Breakfast Tea even. It is, the taste of home for me and something I will always drink.
Every autumn it hits me again: the strong urge to get a strong cup of this tea with 2 sugars(or more, I am known for my sweet tooth). It’s simply one of my all time favourites, especially when the weather calls for it. One tea bag makes a strong cuppa and both the flavour and the aroma are amazing. That is, if you like cinnamon. This tea combines cinnamon, apple and a hint of vanilla. It has a rich flavour and is quite a strong tea. But again, if you don’t like cinnamon, don’t do it! But if you do, one strong cup is like liquid Autumn.
P.S Herst Storm translated is literally Autumn Storm
P.P.S I set 5 minutes as steeping time, but being the barbarian I am, I usually just leave the bag in.
This is the best green tea I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot. Like quite a few. It was a completely random pick-up in a Spar in Budapest, I buy the cheap greens that come a million to a pack because all the health benefits of green tea apparently require ten cups a day. So I drink twelve. Whatever. So the box is in English, I figure it’s easy to get. Right? Right? Nope, the tea I got in Budapest that was in English is not available west of the Danube apparently. There was an unfortunate similar occurrence with a hard cider called Strongbow Gold, which is an English cider common in the UK, found the special edition in Budapest, not available elsewhere when we got back. You can maybe get Pickwick off Amazon in a giant lot. Which might happen. Please note that under “preparation details”, when I drag the little dots I’m thinking “like I know”.
I’ve got a bit of a tickle in the lungs this morning, so tea is in order (when is it not, though?). I received a single teabag of this in a card from a Ravelry aquaintence, and I don’t have many other black teas here at work this morning.
Not much of a scent to it when I opened the teabag. It wasn’t sealed very well, so I supposed the aroma may have dissapated. Once brewed, it does have a nice scent to it – the label says it’s “Oranje Pecco” which I assume is orange pekoe. Besides the words “Dutch tea blend” the rest of the wrapper is in Dutch.
I took a sip of the straight tea before adding anything, and it’s fairly pleasant. I wouldn’t fuss about drinking it with no sugar or cream. But, it’s a workaday morning, so sweetening is a must. A single packet of Splenda is enough to really bring out the taste. I know the “orange” in the name doesn’t mean it’s been flavored with orange, but this does have a slight citrus taste to it. Added the creamer tub. Hmm… a little bit of creamsicle now.
Not bad for a teabag that looked like it was pretty much dust.
I wouldn’t go hunt this down to buy a box for myself, but if it was one of a limited selection at a restaurant, I’d order it.
Colour: Dark Brown (coffee coloured)
Smell: Minty cinnamon heaven.
A minty and refreshing brew with a little spicyness. The liquorice is quite strong despite it being a more background flavour and I really dislike it. (I am not a liquorice fan at all in tea’s). It’s not undrinkable but just not to my taste, without the liquorice I think it would have been delicious.
Another one off tea chosen at random from my stash.
This is a nice reddy brown colour when brewed without creamer and goes the usual tea colour with creamer added. I usually don’t drink tea with sugar or creamer but made an exception today (with the creamer at least).
Smells like a typical Chai, looks like a typical Chai and also tastes like a typical Chai. Cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and clove all noticeable in taste and smell. I am not a huge Chai fan because of the ingredients, while I love Cinnamon I am not so sure about cardamom and clove. And with Chai it’s the cardamom that is usually most noticeable.Nothing special about this tea but I feel I am judging it slightly unfairly since I am not a Chai fan.
I loved the smell of this tea once I poured the water… taste wise, however, it was like peppermint tea with a bitter undertone. I then waited until the tea is room temperature, and this is when it tasted like mint dark chocolate… bitter then sweet with a hint of mint.