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The dry leaf aroma of this is stirring something in my childhood memory bank, but I can’t pinpoint what it is. For a moment, I thought it was Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape. Anyone else remember this stuff? http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgo6dfDbRe1qdnc7ho1_500.jpg But this tea is definitely berry flavored and that gum wasn’t from what I can recall.
Unfortunately, this tea’s flavor isn’t nearly as strong or delicious as the aroma. I’m surprised. Usually hibiscus is quite strong, and I steeped this for 5 minutes. Hibiscus is the dominant flavor at the beginning and end of the sip, with the yumberry sneaking in in the middle. The end of the sip is also really tart, which I am confident can be attributed to the hibiscus as well. Yumberry Hibiscus would be a more appropriate name.
Overall, this is only mildly disappointing. I feel like it could be amazing if the yumberry was punched up to be more prominent than the hibiscus. I got this as a free sample at work, so I have no idea how old it is. Maybe a fresher batch would have more oomph. Regardless, I really like the yumberry flavor. I just wish I could remember what it reminds me of…
I received this tea from Ost in one of our swaps. She was so kind to send me this as I haven’t really tried basic tea. Ill admit I enjoy the fruity and dessert fun teas, and as my boyfriend would say “that’s not tea because tea is supposed to be leaves in water and not fruit!” Men… – rolls eyes -
Anyways, as for this tea it smells like jasmine. Very floral like, first few sips weren’t bad however after that I found it bitter and hard to get through I even added sugar and sadly still didn’t enjoy it. Who knows I may have over steeped I get easily distracted, however I’m not a fan :( Ill stick to my fruity and dessert teas haha. Really appreciate being able to try this as I wouldn’t purchase for myself :)
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine
This tea is very smoky, almost too smoky for me to drink. However, when I’m in the mood, it can be nice, and if I liked sweetened teas, sugar or honey would probably help. My partner loves the stuff, though – he can happily drink it all day! If you like smoky teas, this is likely to be a good pick (and for a reasonable price), but if that’s not your thing, then you may want to avoid this tea.
Not bad. I’m not sure if I’m figuring out green teas, or if this one is just naturally less bitter, but it didn’t seem very bitter at all. The melon flavor was not quite as strong as I would like, but was definitely noticeable. I’m still more of a fan of black teas than green, but this was pretty decent. Give it a try if you’re interested in melon-flavored green.s
Flavors: Grass, Melon, Tea
I had this tea on Christmas, and haven’t been on my computer since. It was rather disappointing after trying Stash’s Merry Mint and Christmas Eve. Both of those had very unique flavors. This tastes like peppermint. There may be a hint of white tea in there, but I didn’t taste the ginger at all. Now, I love peppermint tea – I drink it pretty much every day, but I wish this tasted just a bit more special.
Pretty good herbal, both warm or iced. I made a double strength cup, and then added it to soda water with Angustura Bitters and lemon juice over ice. It’s nice for something different, especially with the usual thick/overly sweet drinks from the holidays, like eggnog and cocoa.
Smelled medicinal when I opened the bag, but actually, not bad at all. Granted everything’s a trifle on the weak side, but at least it doesn’t have the acidic mulch taste of most decafs. I do get the vanilla, the nut, and the creme, plus there’s some sarsaparilla in here that really makes it all more interesting.
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Flavors: Flowers, Ginger, Lemon
Another tea appropriate to the season. I was rather skeptical of this, as I don’t tend to like things mixed with my mint and am somewhat leery of spearmint, but it’s actually rather interesting. The spearmint and cinnamon definitely dominate, with the orange and cloves vanilla in the background, and maybe just a hint of vanilla. The combination is much more pleasant than I would have anticipated. I’ll probably decide to get more of this to see how I like it over the long term. It’s definitely very unique and festive, so it’s worth trying just for that reason.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Spearmint
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tea with wintergreen in it before, so I was excited to try this. I tried the bagged version, as it came in one of the Sampler packs I ordered from Stash a few months ago. It seemed appropriate for the lead-up to Christmas. The wintergreen flavor definitely dominates here, which is fun because as I said that’s very unique among flavored teas. I’m not a huge fan of wintergreen myself, and I try to limit my caffeine intake, so I’m not sure whether I’ll get more of this. It was definitely fun to try, though. I may get some just to have around for those days when I really want something different. Maybe I’ll try the loose version since several people say they prefer it.
I decided to try it with some honey and it tasted the exact same only I could taste the honey in it. So I decided to put some milk in it too since the box highly suggested both milk and sugar to make it into a delectable dessert drink.
It tastes the same as regular, just with milk and honey in it. Nice and warm and a mellow lavender and chocolate with the teasing aroma of peppermint. The only other way I would try this would be to blend it with some actual black tea, but it is nice as it is.
I am finally starting to get into the holiday spirit this year with only three days left before Christmas. So, when I was picking up ingreedients for pizza rolls for supper, I saw this tea and I had to pick it up. It had me at chocolate and lavender with peppermint as a nice add to the flavors. Also, I haven’t had a nice herbal tea in a while and I’ve been wanting to drink cups and cups of it before bed.
I steeped it five minutes and after the first taste, I decided that it didn’t really need any sweetener to bring out the chocolate flavor. I feel like this tea is a tease because when you smell it you can smell the chocolate and peppermint. It is a really nice combination because the chocolate isn’t a powdery chocolate like the Harney & Sons Chocolate Mint, but when you drink it you only taste chocolate and lavender. There is a really light brisk mint aftertaste, but it is mostly chocolate and lavender.
Overall, I do want to try it with a bit of sweetener just to see if it will bring out the mint more, but the tea itself is nice and balanced. The chocolate is bold enough to stand up to the lavender and the lavender itself is not perfumy at all. Best of all, the box art is just lovely and I can pretend I’m in a snowy Paris all I want with this tea by my side.
Flavors: Chocolate, Lavender, Peppermint
This is my first time trying a Guayusa tea, and maybe I shouldn’t have picked one that was so flavored. I’m really tasting the lemon, with only a faint herbal undertone. It’s quite a good lemon flavor, a good mix of sweet and tart and relatively natural tasting. I would recommend this to someone looking for a lemon tea if they don’t mind caffeine. I try to limit my caffeine so I probably won’t buy more of this since I can drink non-caffeinated lemon tea instead, but I did enjoy it.
Flavors: Herbs, Lemon
Eh, this one not so much. If decaf tea just tasted like weaker tea, I could live with that, but somehow it always comes with this weird mulchy flavor — a by-product of the de-caffeination process, I assume — along with a hint of acid. Anyway, this one is no exception; while I do taste the chocolate and hazelnut, the mulch flavor is stronger.