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This morning I was busy at work and didn’t get to sipping this until it was colder than I would have liked. Seemed more watery and I couldn’t taste the green tea as much this morning. TGIF! I FINALLY MOVE INTO MY NEW APARTMENT THIS AFTERNOON AND WILL BE ABLE TO BIKE TO WORK IN 5 MINUTES.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth
I am very impressed with this tea. I have to say, I am not a fan of bagged teas – I will drink them if I just want a quick pick me up – but think one was simply delicious! I often find with many ‘chocolate’ teas that there is no real chocolate flavour – that is not true in this case. Tasted like I was sucking on a yummy chocolate thin mint! The flavors are very bold. Very well done!
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
I wrote in my tea journal last night after tasting this and was not incredibly impressed. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE earl grey and bergamot oil even more so! To the moon and back. I, however, wound up giving it a 2.5/5 (which is not awful, but not great). I found the bergamot overwhelmed the black tea and the only aroma I could sense through the oil was harsh citrus – almost alcoholic. When infused I found the flavour to be weak and underdeveloped. I would honestly drink this again – for the value and the fact that I really love bergamot – but would not present to guests at a tasting.
Flavors: Alcohol, Anise, Astringent, Bergamot, Campfire, Citrus, Citrus Fruits, Citrus Zest, Decayed wood, Earl Grey, Eucalyptus, Pine, Sambuca, Vodka
I tried this one at work today and I really wasn’t a fan. The smell and taste reminded me of seaweed (not that I’ve ever eaten seaweed, but there was a salty tang to it that made me think of the ocean.) There was also a good bit of astringency that left my mouth feeling puckery after I finished the cup. Overall, this was drinkable, but not something I’d reach for again.
Flavors: Astringent, Salty, Seaweed
A good basic chai. Taste is primarily vanilla with the spices appearing afterwards. I did a fairly short steep because I don’t like my black tea getting bitter, but it probably gets more “spiced” and less vanilla with longer brewing. Best with milk or equivalent.
Initially picked this up because I was at my local grocery/cafe and didn’t like any of the hot teas on the menu. Am slightly distrustful of anything that says decaf (it probably isn’t, not entirely) so this will remain a morning/weekend tea.
Flavors: Spices, Tea, Vanilla
Random teabag in purse time!
I drank this while stuck at work and frustrated as hell. I needed something soothing to help me chill out, and this was my crutch to lean on. While not the pinnacle of refinement, I haven’t had a jasmine in such a long, long time. Tasted exactly like a jasmine green tea should. Nothing special or memorable. Just… there.
I woke up this morning to find I’m involuntarily babysitting a 2month old. My beautiful niece, which gives me very little to do all day besides change diapers and drink tea! Yay! Sortof.
Anyways, on my recent order from Stash I bought a few teabags because I knew there would come a time where I just did not feel like going through the loose leaf struggle. Breakfast in Paris was one of them and this will be a definate reorder. I love bergamot, and vanilla, as I love most EGC but I don’t remember reading the description on this box. I really wamted a nicce flavored breakfast tea. The best of both worlds I suppose.
As I groggily made a cup with water from the Kuerig and made a babybottle at the same time everything may have gotten a bit mixed up ;) As little Myah is allergic to dairy I stayed away from the cream and simply added a tblsp and a half of raw sugar. (And two scoops of soy formula to the bottle) Stuffy as I am in the morning, the citris hit me good and caught my attention, and the bergamot lured me in. The sugar brought out the vanilla creaminess and made it a bit more filling. This is a great drowsy morning, nothing to do but chill breakfast tea. If Paris feels like a lazy morning then this tea is spot on.
Hay Wednesdays from Myah-Lemur and I. ;)
Flavors: Bergamot, Lavender, Vanilla
I have been shopping at The Fresh Market for years now, but always in another city as we didn’t have one where I live. This week, we got our own! My friend and I were so excited to get there this morning that we failed to look at the clock and arrived twenty minutes prior to their 8 am opening time! Fortunately, we could happily sit in the car and chat! It was her first time ever going to a Fresh Market and I was really excited to show it to her.
I bought some breakfast things for us. When we got back to my house I asked her what tea she would like with breakfast. Each one I named she said, “Anything is good, just fix whatever you are in the mood for.” Then I asked if she wanted this one, and her reaction was quite different! She was obviously excited by this one! I ordered it purely because she had been so interested in it when she saw it in their catalog.
I made a pot of it to go with strawberries and viili, and blueberry banana bread. It was delicious. The aroma makes your mouth water from the time you open the package, and it seems to be a non-finicky tea. It is smooth and easy to drink with no milk or sugar added. It was great with breakfast, and would pair really nicely with a lot of things.
My friend gasped when she saw this flavor listed in the Stash catalog. She and one of my daughters are addicted to their White Christmas tea and buy it in copious quantities. So when they sent me a birthday coupon last month, I made sure to order this for our tea times together.
It has not disappointed her – or me. It is a nice, standard black tea base that does not require pampering. The cherry and almond aroma is thrilling from the moment you open the bag. The flavor is smooth and doesn’t disappoint. We had this today with lemon pound cake. She says she is ordering some of her own very soon.
The Stash catalog is bad news for my paychecks. I almost took it out to look at last night when I couldn’t sleep, but I didn’t dare, because the later it is, the more likely I am heading to a computer and clicking “Add to Cart” over and over…The teaware! The flavors! The teaware!
Nothing competition grade about this, but a really nice flavored black that most people will like, even guests who don’t drink much tea.
I just wanted something I could steep once. (I usually resteep everything – unless its oolong or pu-erh). But really this is so nice, I probably could have resteeped it. I really like most of Stash’s teabags. They might be my favorite grocery brand. There is a strong sweet peach flavor with a decently robust malty black tea base. The cup is pretty dark. It’s tasty and would probably be AWESOME iced. I’m lacking an iced tea vessel though!
I received this tea in a boxed set and was so skeeved out by the ingredients that I perpetually put off trying it and then forgot about it altogether. Yerba mate and black tea in the same teabag? Monk fruit? Plus I’m not crazy about salted caramel anyway.
But I re-discovered it in the cupboard the other day and decided it was now or never. Happily, it’s not nearly as bad as I feared. I still think the mate and black together is a mistake — the mate gives it this weird undertaste, it would be so much better if it was a black tea alone. But the monk fruit is under control (I’ve had it in other teas where it was sweet to the point of nauseating) and the flavor is pleasant enough. While it smells absolutely like salted caramel, it only kindof sortof tastes like it. I don’t see myself buying this, but I think I’ll be able to finish the box.
This was sent to me from a tea friend :) I’m very happy to sit and relax for the few minutes that I have. Today has been crazy busy. I finally do make it back home and find that my tea package (which i’ve been waiting for almost month for) finally arrives and my gaiwan is shattered. I have begun my dispute with the company and really hope to be reimbursed.
Anyways, I picked this because I am tired and wanted simplicity. This is one of the very few tea bags I own, so the choices are slim. I thought this to be very unique though. I’ve never had oolong in tea bag form. This had a very smooth taste. The mango was very slight and it was mostly milky coconut. I guess the oolong added an amber base but altogether it was a coconut brew :)
Flavors: Coconut, Milk
Had some of this tea this morning!
So this morning was my final for HRT 382. This class and 383 go hand in hand bc we work at the restaurant on campus. 382 is the whole management planning bit, and 383 we put those plans into action into the restaurant. My professor said that we worked so closely with our teams this quarter, we need a day to chill and get to know our other classmates because we need to become a team and all that good stuff. So today, instead of a final like it said on our syllabus, we had a potluck and got to know everyone!
We just took some extra equipment we had in the restaurant and used that for coffee and hot water and teabags. They had this and chamomile and I really wasn’t feeling chamomile this morning.
I had this tea with a bit of honey and milk! Just like how I’d like my tea at home because I go to the College of Hospitality Management and we had legit tablecloths and nice plasticware and dude the spread for this potluck was over the top.
But yeah, this tea was good! It definitely wasn’t as strong as some other chai’s I’ve had, but it’s decent for a bagged tea. Good cinnamon flavour, and the honey definitely helped to tone it down a bit