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Well haven’t tried many new teas lately but have been having lots of iced tea. This tea is really nice iced. We add a bit of honey or agave then put the jug in the fridge and just before serving lemon juice or slices is added to the tea. So refreshing!
This was the tea that I was trying to compare the French Blend to. This is a classic Earl Grey tea with well balanced lavender notes. Never thought I’d like lavender in tea, however I have had lavender shortbread cookies that I quite liked so why not tea too! I much prefer this simple addition of lavender into their Earl Grey to the more complex French Blend I tried yesterday.
Ok so I guess I am not a huge fan of florals. I like chinese Jasmine on it’s own, and earl grey but this is one interesting tea! I bought some of this to compare to the Versailles Earl Grey that Tea Time did for my niece. It seems to have way too many flavours going on for me to really enjoy this blend. Sometimes I taste Earl grey sometimes jasmine and sometimes I guess the lavender or rose. Wow quite different, not gross or anything but not quite my thing either. Not sure if this will grow on me…maybe I have to develop my palate more.
ETA: as the tea cooled down a bit the flavours balanced out and blended together better. I’ll have to remember to let it cool a bit before I drink it next time.
Trying this black today. Although I don’t find it bad straight I think I prefer this one with a bit of milk and honey. Compared to the Courtlodge I would say this is less “sweet” and less smooth. Really don’t know how to describe the differences especially since both are Ceylon base teas but they are slightly different…possibly it could be the difference in brewing, but for now I’d have to say I prefer the Courtlodge if I were to drink it straight.
I picked up a small bag of this to compare to the English Breakfast Decaf that Tea Time carries. I love this tea just as much. I do not seem to have a well developed enough palate to really tell the difference between the two. I will have to do a side by side comparison when I feel better. I actually remembered to taste the tea before I added milk and honey! This tea is “sweet” enough and not bitter brewed at 3 1/2 minutes so that I was able to drink it black. Wow. Will have to try this with the English Breakfast next time to see if I can drink it without milk and honey as well. All in all a keeper especially since there aren’t many decaf teas to choose from!
Made this as an iced tea today sweetened and with a bit of lemon. It was a hit!! My son actually said to dad “you have to try this it’s so good!”
Wow one of my must have teas in my cupboard since before steepster and I haven’t written anything on it.
This earl grey cream is very well balanced, perfect amount of bergamot and “cream.” I have tried the organic version as well and have found the flavours of the tea to be more muted and definitely less enjoyable (too weak for me)?!? Weird! So the last time I stocked up, I bought the non organic version again. I definitely do want to minimize my consumption of pesticide laden stuff as much as possible but I didn’t enjoy the organic version as much plus it was more expensive for meh taste :(
Anyways I usually get a big 250g bag of this and often Tea Time will open a fresh bag (if their current bag is running lowish) to measure out my amount to take home ..so nice of them and I get fresher tea!
Made a pot of this orange cinnamon decaf black so that I can add honey and almond milk to it for my throat. I probably added too much honey in it (I usually only add a bit of milk) cause the honey is overpowering the tea or it could be that I can’t taste things as well due to the cold/cough. Nevertheless great to have around!
Ok I didn’t realize I had never written a tasting note for this. Since I have none of this tea left that I had purchased a small bag of, I figured this was the best time as any to write about it. The dry leaf the tea smells kind of like bubblegum! I am assuming it is because of the grenadine flavoring. The tea was a bit sweet for me. It reminded me of fruity flavoured kids cough syrup with a medium black base and although I didn’t dislike it…it wasn’t something I would regularly stock either. My coworker was telling me how much her mom loved it so I gave the rest of my bag to a better home:)
Ok I wanted something different from English Breakfast so I brewed a cup of this haha :)
Funny thing is with this sore throat the teas don’t taste that different even though I know they really are a bit different. Of course I added honey and almond milk to this too. If anything at least I will be hydrated. This is a really finely cut Irish breakfast tea so you need a very fine mesh filter or even a paper tea sac filter. This is nice strong and dark tea.
This is a good basic English breakfast tea. I have been drinking tea non stop and have been comsuming anything that I could add honey to because of my sore throat :( Anyways I made a small pot of this delicious black tea after I got off work at 3pm. Bonus is there is no caffeine (or almost none). This tea is always stocked in my tea cupboard!
Mmmm super nice strong black tea that I usually use to make stove top Chai with. Brewed it for approx 3 mins in a teapot and had it with honey and almond milk today. It was great…why didn’t I brew it this way sooner? I think I have had this tea in my cupboard for well over a year or two and I never thought to just brew it in a teapot. How silly!!
Perfect as an iced tea!
A really nice and strongly scented decaf earl grey! Add a bit of honey and almond milk and i have a perfect cup of tea for the evening when I don’t want all the caffeine.
A really nice fruity black tea…very similar to blackberry tea with a sort of floral note and a hint of tartness at the end.
This smells decadent! Nice creamy caramel flavour! A really nice Rooibos without any artificial aftertaste:p the tea is a nice after dinner treat. I am really trying to find more non caffeinated teas that will not affect my already weird sleeping/waking cycles. I think this may be a flavour that has the potential to become a permanent item in my cupboard.
This was a tea flavour that was recommended to me by the owner of Tea Time. I got a sample of this from him when I went into the shop because I told him I was looking for different rooibos teas. I wasn’t sure if I would like it because I am not a fan of marzipan…but I like almond. I brewed the sample at home…he gave me a generous amount so all four of us in the family got to have a cup. The boys were asking for more the next day! I have had it a few times now and amazingly it smells exactly like marzipan! I definitely taste the almond in it. This one is going to be a keeper in our house!
I have been trying a bunch of different Rooibos’ in a quest to get more decaf teas to choose from. I’ve had this quite a few times now and I love the flavour and scent. It comes off as a floral pear flavour. Rooibos hasn’t been my favourite type of tea but with my new Libre tea mug I have been drinking a lot of this lately. Will have to try it iced once the weather gets hotter!
I was looking for a nice black tea that I was able to drink in the evenings and the owners at Tea Time tea shop in North Vancouver BC recommended this one. This has become our favourite black tea to drink in the evening.
On the first steep, this imported tea is delicate without lacking in any flavour; it is very earthy and has a delicious aroma in the pot. As it sits it gets earthier, and can tend towards a bitterness that is still pleasant.
The leaves must have the proper room to expand, or the flavour is not as strong and is grassier than otherwise. I would suggest brewing this tea just in the bottom of the pot, instead of in a tea ball or a nest.
Practically overflowing with vitamins and antioxidants, this is my favourite tea for when I feel a cold coming on. It’s particularly with a slice of lemon to give it an extra kick.