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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
This was pretty underwhelming. It was gingery with a hint of orange, which sounds like a good combination but it just tasted kind of bland and boring to me. It really tastes like it’s missing a few things. It at least needs a noticeable taste of cinnamon. Even though that’s the first ingredient, I didn’t taste it all. It wasn’t undrinkable by any means, but I wished I was drinking something better the whole time. It would probably work well to add some ginger flavor to another tea without being overwhelming.
Flavors: Ginger, Orange
I liked this tea the very first time I tried it. The aroma is amazing, and it’s very strong, which I usually like. And salted caramel is one of my favorite flavors. But my opinion about it declined afterwards, and I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m not a fan of mate after all? It’s gotten to the point where I almost feel queasy when I drink this tea. Adding sugar doesn’t really help; I’m not sure if adding milk would.
Flavors: Caramel, Salty, Vanilla
Went out for lunch today, the server gave me a basket with teas to choose from. I chose this one as I wanted caffeine but wasn’t feeling 100%. I took some of the hot water in a tea pot with some cold water for a glass and steeped it for like 30 seconds.
This is green tea? All I can taste is ginger. It’s a good taste, but would be overpowering if I steeped it any longer. I like ginger, but I’m not going to rate this tea that great because of how masked the other flavors are.
Holy cinnamon Batman. Cinnamon is all I taste, but I kind of like it. Why? Because it’s not just any kind of cinnamon. It’s almost exactly like the cinnamon-flavoured ribbon candy you can find around the holidays. Maybe a little bit like cinnamon hearts but definitely more like the ribbon candy than anything else.
I don’t even know what else is supposed to be in here but perhaps it doesn’t matter. For a bagged tea, this is crazily strong. I haven’t added any milk or sugar to this, but drinking this straight makes me wonder if this is basically the kind of blend, ratio-wise, that most restaurants/cafes serve as “chai” (whether it being a Starbucks or an Indian restaurant) because the majority of them turn out to taste like cinnamon milk. I’m sure the same would happen with this.
As it cools, it tastes more like ground cinnamon. And now it’s all gone. Would I have it again? Actually, I would. I wouldn’t buy it, but it’s not bad. Not bad at all. Thanks, MissB!
I love Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach tea, so I was eager to try Stash’s version. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of this one. The ginger was way too strong, completely overwhelming the base tea and whatever peach flavor was supposed to be present; I felt like I was just drinking a straight ginger tea. Definitely not something I would reach for again!
I had a box of this during the holidays and it smelled very festive, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with a bit of rum. I liked it a great deal at the time because I was in the Christmas spirit. After the holidays however I noted just how lacking it is in actual tea flavour, it’s almost more of an herbal mix than a Chai. It’s not bad, just not very Chai-y. I recall that I slipped some chocolate milk in it a few times, which I would usually not do with any other tea, but with this, it works delightfully.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Rum
This is a catch-all note for Stash’s green tea and some Lipton green tea I had on hand. I woke up with a sore throat and feeling generally crappy so I’ve been using green tea + lemon + honey to get me through the day. I have to say, it’s doing a great job. The green tea cuts the sharpness of the lemon and the whole cup feels cozy. Plus, the five cups I’ve had thus far are keeping me alert enough to work.
Still can’t wait to go home and sleep though. Uck.
Phew… after that nightmarish work week, I got a nice three-day weekend. Back in the saddle tomorrow, although I get to work my regular hours instead of being strong-armed into working overtime and giving up my weekend.
Picked this up because the flavor combo is fairly unique and I haven’t had oolong in a while.
It’s fairly unimpressive. The mango totally overpowers everything else. I may be wrong (both blends say that it’s wuyi oolong) but I still think this oolong leans more toward the green side than the black, so the flavor is much lighter and more subtle than Stash’s Chocolate Mint Oolong blend.
Not bad, not wonderful.