Sands Of Thyme
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I love this tea. Last year, after having tasted it for the first time, I ordered it from Sands of Thyme. They billed my credit card, but refused to ship the tea to me. They answered one of my emails about the matter, and said the tea was shipping that week, but that never happened. By the Druid Magic tea, it’s wonderful; but don’t buy it from Sands of Thyme – they are nothing but thieves.
This is one that I came across after organizing my stash recently. It is a little old, but I’m not one for wanting to waste tea so I decided to brew it up today.
Hmm… it is really still quite flavorful, I can taste each of the notes – the spices, the vanilla, and the rose. Even the black tea. It’s a tasty chai, although when compared to the Vanilla Rose Chai from Tea Chai Te that I had a couple of weeks ago, I prefer the Vanilla Rose Chai. This may not be the fault of the tea, though, given the fact that it is a rather old sampling. Because of that, I’m not going to rate this one numerically, I don’t think it would be fair.
This is my last cup of this, so let’s see if we can’t add anything else:
The coconut is subtle, which is a good thing, because sometimes the coconut gets too strong and has a sickly chemical taste to me. Maybe that is just artificial coconut in other teas but in this one it is good. It helps the banana flavor be more banana I think. I don’t see any cornflower blossoms in the bit of tea I steeped (about a teaspoon and a half). This is a nice sweet and creamy tea. There was a big ol banana chip in my steep. But again, the black tea isn’t strong, but if it was it wouldn’t help the banana stand out. This tea is good! I think I’ll up the rating a bit.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me this one.
I’m really enjoying this. It isn’t a strong “earl grey” – that is, the bergamot is quite subtle. But, it is still really good. It has a stronger floral quality than a citrus quality, but it isn’t the typical bergamot floral/perfume-y kind of taste that is sometimes tasted with Earl Grey, but rather, it is a soft and sweet kind of flower note that melds quite nicely with the other flavors of the tea, and mellows the citrus notes out just enough so that they taste less tangy and a bit on the sweeter side.
An enjoyable twist on the classic.
This is quite yummy. I tried to locate it in the Sands of Thyme shop on Artfire, but no luck. Must be out of stock… I hope they’ll restock soon, because it’s quite tasty.
But, I’m glad I had a chance to try it in sampler form. The flavor is rich. Not as chocolate-y as this chocoholic might want, but, it is still quite chocolate-y, especially in the aftertaste. I like the way the coconut flavor and chocolate mingle here. It tastes a bit like a candy bar in a teacup. YUMMY! The other flavors are also distinguishable: I can taste notes of peanut and almond, and I can even taste the rose in this. The Assam in the blend gives a bake-y kind of taste to it, so I get the “cookie” aspect too.
On another note, I wish that Sands of Thyme would work a little bit on their shop on Artfire. They should utilize the tools that are given – like shop categories – so that the teas are easily separated from the dog chew toys and wool roving and spices. It would make shopping for tea so much easier.
You know when you go to Folk Art Fairs and you smell dried fruits and spices in potpourri…that’s what this smells like! Very nice…very home-E. The ingredients go well with the Rooibos here. I can first taste the cherries and cinnamon/stick as well as a hint of vanilla and sugar. I can also pick up on subtle hints of pineapple, mango, and anise. The after taste is sugary-fruity-sweet. This is tasty!
Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea to try.
This is yummy. The coconut is the strongest flavor, but I am not finding this to be an overwhelming coconut flavor. The black tea is brisk and pleasant. No bitterness to it. A very smooth, sweet, delicious tea. Makes me wish for winter!
This wasn’t bad, really, and kudos for being a little different, however, I didn’t really get much EG, nor did I get much of the bergamot – if any. The lemon was like lemon pudding or something which, for me, was the highlight of the taste due to it being different and it making me think, but I didn’t really care for the rose with this as much.
Again, not bad, but not awesome either.
Teas from Sands of Thyme have been hit or miss for me. I’m happy to say that this one is a hit. The flavor is very pleasant – the cherry flavor is sweet with a hint of tart, and I love the spices in this one. Nothing too overwhelming but at the same time, not too gentle either. At the tail there is the slightest cinnamon-ginger kick that hits the palate. Not strong, but, I like that its there to keep my taste buds attention. Every flavor here is accounted for but at the same time, nothing is too overpowering. A nice balance of interesting flavors.
I also like that I can’t taste much from the rooibos. A little bit of that woody-nutty taste, but not a lot.
The lemon in this is interesting – but I don’t know if that’s a good interesting or a bad interesting just yet. The bergamot seems almost hidden behind the lemon notes of this, and it becomes more of a lemon-y custard (lemon curd) kind of taste with hints of bergamot rather than the Earl Grey Cream teas that I’m accustomed to.
The Assam in this imparts a bitterness. I only steeped for three minutes and I’m getting Assam bitterness. I don’t think that this is an Earl Grey Cream I’d buy again.
Eh… this is OK. Is it the best chocolate tea I’ve ever had? certainly not.
Normally I like chicory root in a spiced tea such as this, but, I think that the balance is off. It is overwhelming the flavor of the ginger and pepper and giving the overall cup a sort of funky artificial taste to it. The chocolate does not taste artificial, but it just tastes … off.
Kind of disappointing, really.
This is really good. I like that the green tea is stronger than the black – the black seems to add a little body to the cup while the green tea is doing most of the work.
The fruit flavors are sweet but not too strong. The pineapple arrives first, with the papaya coming in just afterward while the kiwi is just barely there. It is a lovely blend of tropical flavors – unusual, and delicious!
I really enjoyed this sample from JoeCool (Nichole) – mainly because I normally cannot eat Key Lime Pie! I love the company name too. ;)
Immediately from the bag I can smell the deliciousness of key lime, a scent that sticks around after it is brewed. In added a Splenda to this one after the first sip wasn’t very flavorful. This is one of those black teas which is enhanced by sweetener. (TeaEqualsBliss I know you are thinking, “No way!”) But the key lime flavor was much more predominant after the sweetener. Or maybe it’s the power of suggestion. (TeaEqualsBliss nods her head, yes.)
That same flavor stays around long enough for me to finish the cup. And for the most part, I enjoyed it. But there is still an aftertaste that reminds me of A1 steak sauce. Stop laughing; I love A1 so I don’t mean it as an insult necessarily. Not quite sure what to make of this one. I’ll try it again in a little bit.