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Sipdown achieved. Actually, I had the last tea bag of this a while ago…just forgot to write a note about it.
As I was finishing up the box, I decided I still liked it. And still liked it enough to buy it again (if it’s still available…I haven’t checked the tea aisle at the grocery store in quite a while!). So buy it again I will! If I remember…
Well, I’ve got to admit. Whenever I have a “tropical” green tea, I’m always disappointed. I bought this box of tea a looooong time ago, before I really got into tea. It’s been sitting in the pantry ever since because I was obviously unimpressed with it years ago, too.
Now I’m just trying to get through it without throwing the rest of the box out. The tropical flavour is…I can’t figure out what. Certainly not tropical. Maybe a bit like orange? I don’t taste pineapple (clearly illustrated on the box) at all. Lemon flavour is also a stretch. It also has a really wicked aftertaste…and I don’t mean “wicked” in the good sense. I mean it in the “what the hell is that taste in my mouth” sense.
Verdict: will not buy again.
A sample from KittyLovesTea. Last cup of the day at work. I found this one a bit of an odd duck while hot, but as it cooled it seemed to settle down. It brewed up pretty dark, which suprised me. It’s a herbal, so I just dumped the bag in boiling water and hoped for the best. I found chicory an odd ingredient here, and it might be responsible for the slightly weird flavour I detected initially, but it’s an undeniably lemony tea. It’s a little sour as well, so quite accurate lemon, rather than over sweetened or candied lemon.
I think this one would be really refreshing on a hot day, and even better cold. As lemon teas go, it’s a good one. I’m not over-awed or anything, but it’s a nice tea to have tried. Thanks to KittyLovesTea for sharing it with me!
I purchased this tea as a caffeine free substitute for PC’s Chocolatey Mint black tea. Alone, this tea does not have a great taste. I flavour it with Silk French Vanilla soy for coffee to make a cheap chai tea imitation and it tastes great. I prefer the black tea a bit more though.
I think I bought this thinking it was the Astralagus and Ginseng tea because it has the same bamboo border (WHY do companies do this?!) and when I pulled it out of the cupboard I was surprised to find it was something completely different. Ah, well. It can’t be THAT bad.
When I smelled the dry bag, I got a whiff of camomile. Which is weird, because it’s not on the ingredients list. So now my nose AND my eyes are playing tricks on me. Mint leaves are the first ingredient, so that was surprising. Didn’t smell that at all. But I did pick up on the lemongrass. I like lemongrass. This can’t all be bad.
You know what it reminded me of? A weird version of Yellow Dragon by David’s Tea. Since I really like Yellow Dragon, this is not disappointing to me. Actually, pretty awesome that I can buy it in a bag at about 1/4 the price for a quick-n-dirty version of the tea. And minus the caffeine. Like Yellow Dragon, I was equally disappointed that mint leaves were on the ingredients list but I had to concentrate really hard to FIND the mint in the tea. Maybe I didn’t steep long enough. I’ll try longer next time. The rest of the flavours, though (which seems like everything from the “herbal shelf” except camomile), were all yummy. I couldn’t really taste the licorice in it, but then again I also like black licorice. So I wouldn’t have been all that upset to have tasted it. I just might not have noticed. It also made me happy that there was marshmallow root in it (which is technically marsh mallow root, but who ever said grocery store superchains were botanically correct even a quarter of the time?!) until I realized that I don’t actually know what marshmallow root tastes like. So…nevermind on that one, I guess. It tastes like something. We’ll go with that.
Verdict: would re-buy.
I find this tea tastes like licorice with a side of…“something”. Sure, a bit of cinnamon and a bit of apple, but that’s certainly not the predominant taste I get. I wanted this to taste either like apple cider or apple crisp, and it tastes like neither.
I’m disappointed. I didn’t have very high expectations for $1.49 for a bag of 20, but still. If I wanted a black licorice tea, I would have bought one. It’s not terrible, it’s just not what I wanted.
Verdict: wouldn’t re-buy because I like others much, much better.
Another “deep cupboard find”.
I must admit…chocolate and mint in a tea just doesn’t do it for me. This is incredibly unusual because: a) love mint everything, and b) chocolate mint is like a food group to me. I love chocolate mint everything. Except, apparently, tea. I tried a rooibos chocolate mint tea and was equally underwhelmed. Next bag I’ll try steeping longer, but I think this will just be one of those “should have liked in theory, don’t like in actuality” things.
There’s nothing WRONG with the tea. It’s a bit chocolatey. It’s a bit minty. It’s a bit tea-y. But it doesn’t taste like I just bit into a PEP patty or an After Eight mint. I think that’s why I’m disappointed…and that’s irrational, since tea could never taste like that. So I have unattainable tea expectations. What else is new?!
Verdict: would not re-buy. Not because it’s not good. But because I expect too much and I have other bagged tea for emergencies that I like more. Would recommend as an inexpensive chocolate mint tea, however. If that’s your thing.
When I first tried this tea I thought “…this shit’s terrible.” and promptly lost it at the back of the pantry. As I’m trying to finish up all of my stale tea bags to re-buy a very select few, I thought I’d give this a try again before throwing it out. And you know what? My tastes have matured…I think.
Turns out this shit isn’t terrible. It’s certainly no spring flower. But it would be mean to call it terrible. That is, mean if tea had feelings. But it doesn’t, so who cares. ANYway. It’s not terrible. It’s a bit…tangy, and has a bit of an unexpected KA-POW at the end. I don’t know specifically what is giving it these flavours, but I’m guessing Kola Nut has something to do with it. That’s the “energizing shot” at Booster Juice, and I find it always gives my smoothies a tangy after-taste even if there shouldn’t be any tang based on the fruit that’s in it. Like chocolate and banana. Yumm…I should get one of those soon. But I digress.
Tang and a punch. After drinking this I definitely feel more alert for a few hours compared to regular tea (again, Kola Nut), but don’t get the same zombie-like caffeine crash as when jacked up on coffee.
Dare I say…this tea might even be pleasant.
Verdict: would re-buy.
This really is a good, inexpensive, chicory based tea. It’s more chocolate than chai masala, but that’s OK.
Definitely something I’d consider getting again, although Steam Tea House’s After Dark is really yummy, and more full of spice flavours.
2 bags for 16 oz. A dash of coconut cream.
Yet another “organize the boxes to systematically drink my way through them” find in the back of the pantry. How long has this one been around? No idea. Less time than my Sugar Plum Spice, that’s for sure. But it’s still been more than a few years.
Every time I have a cup of this one, I get an overwhelming smell of liquorice when I first open the box. I don’t really get any flavour of it, but the smell is definitely there. If you don’t like black liquorice, you will not like this tea.
As for actual CRANBERRY. I’m not so sure. I’ve had other cranberry teas that are yummy and cranberry-y and tart (because, let’s face it, you don’t need to add hibiscus to make a cranberry tart!). This isn’t one of them. If I get a cranberry tea, I want SOUR to be the first thing I think. Not “gee, this is mystery-fruity”. You want a sweeter cranberry? That’s what sugar and/or honey and/or agave is for (or whatever other sweetener is your sweetener of choice). As soon as I see hibiscus in a cranberry tea I’m instantly suspicious. Tea companies need to start using beet juice more often to turn teas pink if all they want is colour.
ANYWAY. The overall experience of this tea isn’t unpleasant to me, it’s just a) not what I expected, and b) doesn’t blow me away. I can do better.
Verdict: will not purchase again.
I keep a box of this at work at all times. Along with the Feeling Soothed, I have this on my person at all times. I have some anxiety issues and I find that this tea is great for calming me a little bit without making me lethargic. The citrus is a lovely addition, and helps to cut through the camomile. It’s nice before bed, but it’s also nice at work when dealing with a stressful situation, or just when feeling a bit overwhelmed. I stopped drinking plain camomile as soon as I discovered this one.
I carry a bag of this with me at all times. I have a bag in my backpack, a bag in my purse, I have it at work and at home. This works. It’s nice after a large meal, or just after a long day when my stomach feels a bit icky. It’s relaxing, it’s flavourful. I typically only drink this when I’m having stomach problems but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great tea. I just have a lot of stomach issues so I drink this one often enough as it is. Great in a travel mug if you have to go out and about and aren’t feeling 100%.
This is actually extremely flavourful! The chocolate is very deeply flavoured, with dark undertones and a little tiny bit of spice from the chai. It feels almost creamy without any cream. Super rich!
This tastes better and richer than a lot of the loose leaf higher grade quality chocolate teas I’ve had – I’m pleasantly surprised. Extremely surprised, actually.
Thank you Missb for sending me an almost entire box of this! Yaaay!
I used to drink this tea a year ago before i stopped drinking bagged teas and it was more spicy. however, the decided to make ‘improvements’ and i decided to try it again because it was on sale and i was curious. It smelled very licorishy and i steeped for 5-6 minutes as the directions said and then added milk.
to my surprise it tasted like watered down licorice and was extremely watery. It had almost no flavour so the sweetner could’nt hold onto any flavouring.
I then tried it cold and the flavour stood out much more. I think this is barely a chai and is more like a herbal because a chai should be able to carry milk and sugar and this couldn’t.
Another sipdown. I saw this tea bag when I opened the cupboard to rummage, and decided I might as well drink it.
It’s pretty good. I’d buy it again as an easy evening tea. There is hibiscus so you have to be careful with timing, but I don’t find it too sour. The ginger is especially nice in the evening. And it makes a fairly decent cold steep herbal tea as well.
Doesn’t go with my dinner at all. :) I’m having gluten free gnocchi in a sage and roasted kabocha sauce.
This tea is one of my most utilized. It tastes great with or without sweetner and it’s perfect for relaxing in the evening before bed. The chamomile helps to give you a literal sensation of calm. If you’re looking for something right before bed this herbal tea is for you!
A side note the price is very reasonable as well.
Another find in the stash my sister sent me. Having had a very harrowing day (would not wish on anyone the experience of seeing one of one’s heroes crash their race car in such a serious fashion), and finding myself very cranky and in need of something chocolate this evening, I figured a cup of this tea was in order. It definitely fits the bill – the chocolate flavor is nice, and the mint is a good addition.