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Wow. Just..Wow. This tea (made with honey and patience) was beyond what I was expecting of it. I found it in a forgotten corner of a shelf at the back of a Ross store. It looked pitiful and unloved to I purchased it for the price of $3 (20 packets). I took this home and completely ignored the instructions (I’m glad I did) and made it the way I usually do my gunpowder green sencha, steep at 212 for 3 minutes. And wow did the flavours pop. The box said something about being good for positive moods and relaxing the mind. And boy it did just that.
While drinking this tea, I didn’t even notice myself sinking into my couch and propping my feet up and didn’t notice the fleece throw that seemed to have appeared on my body from thin air. I also didn’t notice my closed eyes and contented little smirk (my husband alerted me to it by asking what I was smiling about). I don’t remember the last time a tea has made me feel so relaxed and content. I slept 7 hours that night (which is great as a recovering insomniac).
The “I am not feeling well” tea drinking continues on! And theres no use wasting something special on a case of the blahs.
Enter this tea. Its supposedly got saffron in it, but I cant say I’ve noticed. Oh well. I got it from the local discout grocery store, and so its alright. And its exactly what the doctor orderd tonight.
The Assam tea in this is very prominent as it is the only base of the tea. There isn’t too much to talk about this tea but it has a nice flavor either way. Very good quality tea and the saffron adds a next undertone to it all as well as the spices which are not overly noticeable but are definitely there. This tea steeped quite quickly however, so I imagine you could get a solid two or so cups out of one bag. :)
So I picked this one up at the our discount store chain in Northeast Ohio(Marc’s) for about $2.50. I’ve tried their Earl Grey infusion which isn’t bad. This one’s pretty disappointing. I would say it’s more of a muddle of flavors. The nice wine like quality of the rooibos doesn’t come through and neither does the jasmine. It’s not bad though for work in a pinch quick bagged pick me up.
New-ish tea goals.
If I have a tea in my cupboard that has no notes, or I havnt tried it, what exactly is stopping me, eh? Get a move on! You own this tea, drink it!
This….. is chamomile. Its not bad, standard issue. I expected the saffron to add something more to it, but it didnt quite brew up that well. In the box it smells a bit roasty, but I’m not noticing anything special about it in the cup.
Still, I like to have a chamomile in my cupboard at all times.
I decided to make a pitcher of this one iced. I used the directions on the box. 3 tea bags in 4 cups boiling water, steep for 15 minutes, add ice. I used about 1 tray of ice cubes.
I love Earl Grey but have never actually made on iced. I often drink it cold though, as in it was in my cup for so long that is got cold. Which I don’t mind.
This iced tea is ok. There is a slight saffron taste, and very little bergamot taste as compared to when brewed hot. It is mostly a slightly sweet black tea taste. I did not add any sweetener to this one, but I could have. I think I may have put too much ice in it.
I love beragmot, so I am not in love with this one iced, but it is still good enough to drink.
I love how Earl Greys are open to interpretation: this one has a bright orange flavor along with a faint base note fragrance of saffron. The black tea blend is light, blending nicely with the citrus flavors. Taja Tea is marketing this as a health promoting tea due to the saffron. Is there enough saffron in each serving to truly have a health benefit? Well, let’s just brew another cup and see!
I found this at the local Winners/Home Sense store. Was totally not looking to buy tea, but of course I ended up in the tea/coffee cup area and stumbled across this tea. It had been on my shopping list forever and I didn’t think I would ever come across it in a store. But voila!!
The dry tea bags smell just of Earl Grey.
The steeped tea smells not too good. It smells of saffron and black tea, which is not a good combination. I got sad, because I love saffron almost as much as I love Earl Grey.
However, the tea totally redeemed itself of first sip. It tasted lovely strong citrous bergamot Earl Grey. You can taste the saffron notes in the background. The saffron makes the tea very smooth, and it makes the citrous “pop”.
I am happy this tea tastes much, much better than it smells!
I found this tea at a discount store and decided to take a chance. I don’t believe the claims on the box regarding saffron’s health properties, but the tea itself is delightful. It is similar to a Lady Grey, with a delicate flavour, though less orange and more Saffron (and no bitterness to speak of). I enjoyed it enough to return to the store and buy the two remaining boxes on the shelf.
Thank you Jillian for trading for this tea. The blend of saffron and mango interested me too and it was something I really wanted to taste.
I have had this for a while and over that time had many cups of it so I was surprised to see that I have not yet reviewed it. Until now that is.
Steeping time and temperature as stated on the box (despite my distaste for boiling green tea) I have followed instructions exactly.
The liquid created is burnt orange in colour with a potent juicy mango fruit smell. The fruit is not as strong as the smell (unfortunately) and there is also a little sweetness with a slight bitter and perfumey taste.
In honesty it’s hard to detect anything special about this tea when it comes to pure flavour. It’s quite tasty for a bagged tea don’t get me wrong but it’s not quite what I had in mind.
Found this tea at Marc’s for about 2.50 a box. It’s not too shabby for a bagged tea. I’m not sure if I’ve been on the receiving end of a bigger energy boost because of the saffron, but still a tasty tea. The Assam is pretty good and I can tell that it is a darker oolong. I like that semi roasted oolong flavor to this tea. In a pinch it’s a good quick work pick me up.
I love the way this tea picks me up. If I need a little pick me up around lunch time, this is just the tea for me. The taste is mild which I prefer. I actually have used two tea bags for an extra feel good boost when preparing my taxes. Along with the benefits that come from the virtues of Saffron this is a tea I like to keep in my cabinet.
I also leave the tea bag in my cup until finished, I want to make sure I get all I can from such an inviting tea.
The tea was OK, more saffron-ny than Earl Grey. Here is the part that freaks me out though: what is in it?! Is it even legal not to list the ingredients? Apparently there is saffron and bergamot (indistinguishable in the flavor). The label claims that is an “herbal infusion”, which eliminates Camelia sinensis. I drank it after drinking some strong black tea, so I could be wrong but it doesn’t seem caffeinated. How do they get away with this?