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Double Bergamot Earl Gray Black Tea, not surprisingly, smelled and tasted more like the bergamot oil than black tea. My only complaint with this tea was that the bergamot tasted a bit bitter (an orange peel type of bitter) and I am not a fan of bitter.
Many earl grey teas capture the citrus taste without any bitter taste. I did enjoy this a bit but unfortunately not enough to recommend it.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter
I was looking for an alternative to hot chocolate with peppermint extract, and came across this one.
There is not much of a chocolate flavour in this tea; the mint is very overpowering. but I like it anyways. if you’re looking for chocolate tones, it’s not there. But if you like mint, you’ll like this one.
Cinnamon, apple and chamomile turned out to be a great flavor combination. This was one of my favorites. The cinnamon apple flavor was definitely the most prominent and the Chamomile was more of a background flavor.
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon
There are no preparation instructions on the box so it took some trial and error before I got it right. I almost gave up on this tea after my first cup but I am glad I came back and tried preparing it differently.
1st try – 96 degree Celsius water for about 6 minutes
I liked the fruit flavors mixed with rooibos but it was way too tart. Rating 50/100
2nd try – Ice water for about 1 hour
Still a bit tart but not as bad as the first try. Rating 70/100
3rd try – about 90 degree Celsius water for about 90 seconds
Very fruity taste blended with rooibos with a tart aftertaste. Rating 70/100
Flavors: Fruity, Rooibos, Tart
This was my first time trying a honeybush tea. I bought this because the name ‘honeybush’ sounds sweet and interesting. I never add sugar to my tea but I do enjoy a natural background sweetness in a tea and this tea delivers that.
The ingredient list of this tea is short. “Organic honeybush and organic vanilla extract”. I found the vanilla flavor to be very mild, in fact I am not sure if I would have recognized the vanilla flavor at all if I didn’t first read it on the box.
I see other people comparing the taste to hay. A hay flavored tea doesn’t sound appealing to me but when I drink it I see why people compare the taste to hay but I enjoyed it anyways.
In summary, I enjoyed this tea. It has a natural background sweetness, no bitter aftertaste and that’s what I like.
There is a distinct spiciness to this tea that remains on my tongue until it is followed by a subtle sweetness. I can smell the cinnamon. The deeper I get into my cup the more flavorful it becomes. What I really want is to thicken this up, add some milk or something, but since I don’t have any milk I’ll have to settle on the knowledge that I’m never happy when I add milk to a chai.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy, Sweet
QueenOfTarts sent me a couple of samples along with the Chocolate Rose tea I picked out from her stash sale. This was one of them. It’s one I’ve been wanting to try, and I’m away from home today, so I put it in my purse to try. I have to say, I’m glad I didn’t pay money for this. The smell of the teabag was lovely, but the brewed tea smells and tastes artificial and unpleasant. The chemical taste of the flavoring mixes with an unpleasant flavor from the oolong itself that reminds me a bit of rancid nuts, maybe? I know I won’t be picking up more of this in the future. Oh, well. One less tea to spend my money on.
I’m trying to decide how I feel about this one. The orange is a little on the tart side, and could be a bit stronger as well. I don’t really taste the hibiscus or licorice root for anyone who doesn’t like those flavors. The ginger is definitely present, but not overwhelming, so that’s good. Overall, it’s a decent tea, and it would probably be quite good with some honey, but I try not to sweeten my teas much, so I don’t know if I’ll be buying it again. I feel like this would be better with a sweet orange or tangerine flavor added. But I’ll probably drink most of what I bought.
Flavors: Ginger, Orange, Orange Zest, Tart