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I turned to tea in my effort to become healthier. I was starting to turn to pop for caffeine or a pick me up, especially while studying. I LOVE all the options with tea. I knew very little before last month and I am learning as much as I can. I have used chamomile tea bags on and off for quite some time. Sleeping becomes an issue for me once in a while, ever since starting school. I look forward to trying different “bed time teas” once these single steeps are gone. I enjoy the flavor these provide. However, due to the immense number of options, I would like to try a few more before deciding on a favorite.
I have decided that my next step in becoming healthier, is to curb my snacking. I have been looking for tasty alternatives. Today I happened upon a company called Graze. Upon signing up I was provided with this link, https://www.graze.com/us/p/KAYLAS29U . This allows anyone to sign up and get their first box, and if you stay with the company, your fifth box free. Neat thing is, you can cancel at any time. I do not mean to promote the company, nor do I have any ties with the company. I just believe in sharing good stuff!
After a long day at work, some studying, and receiving some good news. I felt it was about time to wind down. I am still trying to decide if I should keep this one in stock after my Tea Forte Single Steeps are gone. There are just so many options out there! How does one choose which teas get to call their cupboard home? I’m also beginning to realize that I may need more than one tea ball. This one barely fits the Single Steeps in it!
Absolutely delightful! One of the tastiest teas I’ve ever had, hands down. It has a nice aroma and taste of fruit, – I get more of a peach taste than pear though, but I like that-, and the ginger was very subtle while still being present. I took it with some honey.
Highly, highly recommended.
Definitely need to get my butt to start working on my presentation because I’m only about 25% of the way there and it’s a 15 minute presentation tomorrow morning and I’m gunna freakin diiiieeeeeeeeeee
(this tea is great okay I love it a ton)
I’m glad that this is an organic tea from Tea Forte (Thanks Suziqzer!) I was worried because when I smelled it, it smelled very strongly of cinnamon, but thankfully once sipped it’s actually more balanced. It is a bit misleading to call it a “chai” since it is actually a caffeine-free rooibis and the only spice I really tasted was cinnamon. It was a good tea to sip, but I wouldn’t reach for it again.
In my quest for a loose leaf chamomile I have found Chamomile Citron from Tea Forte. As I sit at my table studying, I have decided that I personally like this better than Tranquil Dream from Teavana, which was one of my first loose leaf purchases. I have passed that onto a close friend that I am getting into tea :). Until I find a better one, I will continue to drink this on nights I know I am going to have trouble sleeping.
I definitely hated this tea the first time I tried it because cinnamony herbals just taste weird for me, but I’ll definitely give this another go!
So yeah, nice whiff of cinnamon and apples and sweet rooibos right when you open up the tin. The cinnamon really comes out right when I poured the water in. I really like how the sweetness of the rooibos is coming out, but other than that, it’s a bit overkill on the cinnamon. After like 2 minutes, the sweetness of the apple is coming out! It smells like a caramel apple, with apple flavoured caramel.
Ooh wow. I’m drinking it and I actually really like it! I remember hating it so much like two months ago and I haven’t had any since. But I’m preparing it the way I like my rooibos and it’s so much better than before. I love all my rooibos teas overleafed, oversteeped, and in the hottest water possible.
Definitely bumping the rating up (it was originally rated 50)
And I’m definitely laughing at the fact that there’s no apple in the flavours at the bottom wow.
I’m a little confused with the prep on this tea. It is green but the instructions say to brew it at boiling for three minutes. I ended up doing 175 in fear of burning this tea. I do get an almond cherry which is nice, but it does seem to lack some depth. I get the rooibos dry mouth at the end. It is not bad. It is missing something to make it an awesome tea, but I couldn’t tell you what it is.
I am so so so behind on tasting notes! I haven’t logged one forever! I hate to waste the energy on this one! It’s just meh… I can’t remember if I have done one on this tea yet or not but tonight I am not impressed with it. I have been super busy tonight trying to get an assignment done that had to be turned by midnight and then work kept calling, I decided once I finally got it finished to sit down and relax with a cup of something I hadn’t had in a while. Now I remember why lol I think I’m going to dump this as get something else…. It’s not horrible but it’s definitely not the best I have ever had. I have been drinking a ton of Butiki teas and I think now my taste buds are spoiled!
The last time I made a note about this tea, Tabby commented that it is great iced. So I thought I better try it iced before I decided to get rid of it. I don’t really have much left anyway, I sent most of it out on the GCTTB.
I brewed this one up 2 tsp for 1 cup water for 2 minutes. Then poured over a 20oz mug filled with ice. Added 1.5tsp of white sugar and then cooled in the fridge.
I actually wasn’t as horrible iced as it was hot. (This one is not good when you brew it hot, then let it cool). So whatever it is about the chemical reaction, or whatever, when it is made from more of a concentrate, it is better. Still get a very strong floral, perfumey and chemical taste, but it is very blunted. Drinkable as a flavoured tea.
After I drank some down, I filled the top 1/3 of the mug with carbonated water and voila! Even better. The carbonated water either blunts or hides some of the perfumey taste. I probably have enough of this left to make a full pitcher of iced tea. I think I will be able to drink it down that way.
Not a bad Lapsang Souchong. The flavor is robust and smoky, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the smoky notes. A really nice nutty tone to this, with a delicious caramel-y low note.
Sweet, toasty and nice. This would be a good choice for those who find themselves a bit intimidated by the smoke level of most Lapsang Souchong teas … this one seems a little less aggressive.
Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box
1.5 tsp + sweetener
Given the less than favorable reviews, I was expecting this to be kind of gross, but I quite like it. Not to keep the bag or to run out and purchase a tin of my own, but it’s pleasant. The coconut has a really nice mouthfeel though I could do without the lychee part. I’m tempted to try some of the Tea Forte Coconut teas now. Pretty reasonably priced too!
You have no idea how much I love the Steepster app okay. Like yeah, it did have a couple hiccups as it was starting out, and there are kinks that still need to get smoothed out, I’m just happy that I can log notes on the go!
I was in a hurry this morning so I literally threw a sachet of this into my thermos and turned the kettle on. As I was getting ready to leave, I threw water into my thermos and hopped on the bus! At school now and it’s a wonderful 70 degrees out, but dang it’s still a bit warm for tea. Ahh well. Hoping that the classroom is chilly so I can drink my tea all day long :) and I’m totally stuck on the hill till 8pm… Let’s see if one thermos will last!
So turns out my 4hour lab in the afternoon got cancelled soo…. yep. WELL GOOD FOR ME :)
WAIT HOLD UP. THIS IS TASTING NOTE #200.
I wasn’t planning on drinking another cuppa but now my roommate and I are FREAKIN WATCHING MEAN GIRLS BECAUSE I CLEANED MY ROOM AND I FOUND IT AND NOW WE’RE WATCHING IT HAHAHAHAH
I actually had no idea which tea to drink. I made her smell the three in my tin trio from Tea Forté and she chose this one. My favourite in the trip!
OH MY GOSH THIS MOVIE THOUGH. Okay yes tonight’s gunna be fun :))
1.5 tbsp for 375 ml of water
As an herbal infusion, this is very plain-tasting to me. The licorice certainly does add a nice element of interest. I am not a fan of lemon-grass as a feature ingredient as I don’t like the aftertaste. I like the ginger in this one- adds a good level of spice that I can actually feel. The resulting brew has a bit of a brothy thickness to it. I can hardly taste any mint. A stronger mint flavour would definitely be invited- I think it would compliment the profile quite nicely.