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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #4
Sipped this one yesterday. Now here is a dessert tea! You can hardly tell this one is tea, it’s so sweet. The green tea is hardly noticeable in the both the flavor and the blend (so many goodies). I’m not sure why this mentions ‘blackberries’ in the blend. I’m not sure if it means leaves or the fruit, but I can’t taste either one. No fruitiness or that medicinal bitterness of the blackberry leaf. No chicory taking over either. The main note is like white chocolate or toffee. Very delicious — both steeps. This is why I love teaboxes!
It’s sweet and it tastes like apples. That’s about the extent of the similarity between this and actual Turkish apple tea. This is a very expensive bag of artificially-apple-flavoured sugar. It is literally sugar, you dissolve it in hot water like any other instant fruit drink. Sickly sweet and revolting by itself (in my opinion), this is an essential ingredient in making iced fruit tea that tastes like the iced teas on the counter at T2 – they use it by the cupful in each jug. Great for kids and non-diabetics.
Flavors: Apple, Powdered sugar, Sugar, Sugarcane
I am a huge fan of T2, and love their limited edition stock. I went in the store one day, and happened to try this one, and right away, I knew I had to buy it.
Absolutely beautiful chilled, just the right amount of sweet, and spice!
Flavors: Cherry, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Spicy, Strawberry
I quite like this one, surprisingly because I’m not normally such a fan of fruity teas. You can see chunks of dry kiwifruit together with the tea leaves. The kiwi adds quite a distinct aroma to the tea, but it is not too overpowering. The tea itself is not very strong through – despite the name, I don’t feel it’s such a ‘wake-up’ tea… I prefer to drink it on weekends.
A sample from Miss B! I’ve enjoyed my T2 samples so far, and I’m hoping this one is going to be another hit. They seem to do dessert teas really well, and chocolate is a classic in that respect. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk. Brewed, this one certainly smells good – rich, chocolatey, and reminiscent of a cup of hot chocolate!
To taste, it’s almost as good. There’s a reasonably strong chocolatey flavour coming through, although it reminds me more of cocoa than actual chocolate. It’s definitely on the sweeter side, too – milk chocolate rather than dark. It’s a little thin tasting, which is to be expected given that it’s not actually chocolate, but I can’t help but think that a different base tea might have helped with that a little. I can see why Keemun, because it can have chocolate notes of its own, but I’m not really picking those up much here. In addition to the cocoa/milk chocolate flavour, there’s also a nuttiness that’s really rather pleasant. The more I drink, the more I’m reminded of nutella – and that’s no bad thing!
I’m enjoying this one. It’s not the most chocolatey tea I’ve ever tasted, but it’s one of the more flavour accurate in terms of having no weird chemical/artificial weirdness kicking around. This makes for a very pleasant dessert tea, with its creamy chocolate nuttiness and intrinsic sweetness. Great stuff!
A sample from Miss B! Continuing the sweet theme this morning, I decided Creme Brulee was the only way to go after Terrific Toffee. What else could compete? I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk, mostly for fairness of comparison. It’s not so dark that I couldn’t drink it without.
To taste, this one is (if that’s possible) even sweeter than Terrific Toffee. It has strong vanilla custard vibes, with just a hint of caramel, and a rounded nuttiness that helps to bring the whole thing together. It is rather like a creme brulee in terms of taste, but it’s walking a fine line for me in terms of sweetness and sickly sweetness. It’s a truly excellent dessert tea, though, and a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth. So many flavoured teas promise things they don’t deliver, but this one is a rare exception. Delicious, sweet, creamy creme brulee in a cup!
A sample from Miss B! This one is my mid-morning cup, and it’s totally delicious. It’s almost worth being awake and at work just so that I can be drinking this one. I used 1 tsp of leaf for my cup, and gave it 3.5 minutes in boiling water. I added a splash of milk, just because it’s that kind of morning. The brewed tea smells deliciously of cake – sweet, rich, vanilla. To taste, it’s definitely toffee with a touch of creamy, nutty nougat. It has that delicious caramelised, burnt sugar sweetness with a glorious fudgey undertone, and tastes like it should be sticky. It’s pretty sweet – almost a little too much – but it’s so spot-on flavour accurate that I don’t care for the moment. This one really is terrific!
I just bought this during the T2 VIP event last night. It smells really good, and I like the peach flavour. I like sencha by itself, but I like fruit tisanes too, so a mix of both is always good in my books.
I actually tasted a mix of Sencha Peach and Fruitalicious as iced tea, and I’ve been thinking of getting the Fruitalicious one. However, I couldn’t taste the Fruitalicious at all. Might have been the ratio of the mix, but I could taste the sweetness of the peach, so I went with it.
(I know someone else tasted the blend and picked the Sencha Peach too, haha).
It’s good hot or cold. I’m lazy so I never make iced tea. For me, tea has to taste good when hot, or I won’t buy it. This one is nice, because it’s not too strong (I don’t like black teas, usually, because they’re too strong), and there’s a natural sweetness to it.
Flavors: Fruity, Peach
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Flavors: Honey, Vanilla
I just… I just can’t go to London without coming home with tea. It’s literally impossible. Especially as they’ve opened a T2 on Regent Street and it was directly en route to Broadcasting House, where I was attending a radio taping.
(November 16th, Radio 2, The Peterford Golf Club is very funny and you might well hear me laughing in the audience. High fives to Mister Farnaby for going out there and making funnies!)
But I digress. Sampled this one in-store, as it’s part of the caramel range they’ve got going (I already brought home a box of Caramel Brownie I have yet to open, but is SO GOOD) and I actually liked it more than I was expecting, as I’ve always had a bit of a meh relationship with genmaicha. That bit of caramel sweetness is a delightful counterpoint to the toasty, dry flavour of the tea. It was nice.
I still didn’t buy it, mind – but I did manage to blow like £24 on stuff. Whoops.
This was recommended to me by the staff in T2 as an alternative to a breakfast tea. For a breakfast tea, my preference is to drink it strong, with a little milk, and I tend to drink crushed/small leaf tea to get the strength. Although I like smokey teas, I tend to avoid having them with milk because they aren’t strong enough in my opinion.
This has a slightly larger leaf, but it strikes a good balance and is quite good with milk. It’s a little smokey because of the keemun in it, and I guess the assam gives it the strength to be a breakfast tea.
I wouldn’t have it all the time, but it makes a nice change and I’d say I’m a fan overall.