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When I bought this, I did so with my tea twin, Roswell Strange, in mind. Unfortunately now that I am having the cold brew, I am finding myself a little disappointed since it is a bit bland. There is a berry flavor but it’s subtle and monotone. I keep looking for tartness where there is none. I still have a fair bit to play around with though so we’ll see how it goes.
Another tea from Sil that I am grateful to try. Today it was my school tea and definitely a welcome bit of niceness amongst my boring day. It’s got great flavor, creamy coconut (not lotiony) and tart pineapple. It comes together quite nicely actually. I am getting hibiscus but it is helping round out the flavors/sell the “pineapple” note. Granted there is also the apple flavor that comes with most fruit teas but blend as a whole does a good job of incorporating it rather than fighting it. All in all, a great caffeine-free choice for summer iced/cold teas.
In other news, I am having a bit of a moral dilemma. Got one of my exams back today and realized my teacher miscounted and gave me 3 extra marks. I debated about saying something but in the end there were so many other people in line to complain about their marks that I decided not to wait around to have marks taken away. Bad call or is it just one of those things you let slip by since no harm done? (If it helps, the 3 marks are the difference between a 96% (A+/4.0) and a 87% (A/also a 4.0))
When I decided to brew this up, I figured it had to be a teapop since most of the alcohol type teas tend to do well as teapops. The smell only encouraged me more because I can’t describe it any other way than a fizzy Apple type smell (I don’t know how one smells a texture? Sensation? Nonetheless, I swear it was there). So, I prepped this and even burnt myself in the process only to realize martinis, unlike mimosas, are normally flat. Whoops. Oh well.
Turns out this actually works quite nicely as a teapop. It’s very, very subtle. To me this is tasting like apple-flavored carbonated water. Similar to a grapefruit or orange-lemon Perrier (my fave flavored water flavors), the carbonation is what is strongest where as the fruit is more of a natural essence you notice once the sip has ended. I could see this maybe being disappointing to many but right now it’s light and fruity enough to keep things interesting while still coming off fresh.
I’m pretty sure I’ve had this before and written about it but alas my note seems to be MIA. No worries, it’s just weird.
Today I am having it as a tea pop and the pear is really shining through. Granted it’s not s true pear flavor, rather it is closer to pear candies. It’s good albeit a bit artificial.
This is significantly better iced than as a cold brew and even greater as a teapop. The cloying sweetness of the cold brew is gone and there is a hint of fruitiness I can make out as rhubarb if I concentrate on that notion. Mostly though, it’s a generic apple/fruit flavor and the taste of carbonated water. I have probably one more cup of this left and I think I will try it hot but I am just not loving this one.
I am like 95% sure this is the tea I set up to cold brew last night. I left it for 24 hrs but now I am confused since this is very sweet and shouldn’t rhubarb be tart/sour? Shouldn’t the hibiscus and rose hips contribute some sort of tartness because that is certainly lacking here. It’s like drinking berry syrup and some sort of artificial sweetner. Blech. I will not be cold brewing this again but I will also hold off on rating until I can experiment a bit more.
A sample from Miss B! After reading a couple of tasting notes, I went for a lot of leaf and a short brew time – 2.5 tsp for around 2 minutes, in boiling water. No additions. From looking at the leaf, I get the impression that this is a fairly unusual blend – citrus flavours and coconut with traditional chai spices.
To taste, though, it’s actually better than I expected. There’s an initial brightness from the citrus (orange, mandarin?) that bursts across my palate in a way that’s both sweet and slightly sharp/sour in the way only citrus can be. The mid-sip reveals some creamy coconut, which ushers in a semi-tropical vibe that’s acutally borne out really nicely in the spices which come into play towards the end of the sip.
I did wonder whether the spices would overpower the citrus flavour, but they’re actually reasonably subtle. You know they’re there when they emerge – I can pick out cardamon and pepper for sure, plus the warmth of ginger. Somehow, though, they work with the citrus/coconut combination, rather than against it. The overall feeling is of a tropical-style chai blend – the only thing I have to compare it to is Thai Chai, which generally contains coconut, but it’s not quite the same animal. The citrus here is (obviously) the really unique thing.
I’m enjoying this as a summer chai. I’d try it iced if I had enough leaf, but I think I probably don’t. Really, I’m just pleased that it doesn’t taste as odd as it sounds initially, plus it made for a good mid-morning cup.
yep, cold brew of this is the way to go. Hot it’s sort of tasteless, or at least really light. Cold brew, while it’s still light in the intensity of it’s taste, it’s a much more refreshing tea. I’ve had dragonfruit before and i guess this is sort of like it… not a re-order for me but i will enjoy the rest of the sample VariaTEA and i split :)
I guess i should have written a tasting note on this one before it’s gone. I’ve tried this cold and hot, and i think i prefer it hot. I get the sense of rhubarb out of this one but not super strong. I think i prefer the dragon fruit one to this one because the flavour in this one is muted somehow. Enjoyable to drink but nothing i need to keep in my cupboard.
I was actually given this tea by my coworkers while I was laid up in the hospital in January. Unfortunately I was on blood thinners at the time and, as I discovered, blood thinners interact with EVERYTHING. Fast forward to now and I’m off blood thinners (thank god, they’re awful) so I can finally try this tea.
The smell of the dry is lovely, it’s a cross between sweet apple and basil. Unfortunately the nuances of the other ingredients aren’t really present in the flavour and the tea most just tastes like basil – which is pleasent enough but not a tea I’d go out of my way to drink. Oh well it’s the thought that counts.
This poor dear was given to me as a sample in a zip lock bag. Goodness knows how old it was when I got it. I wouldn’t say it was fresh because it had very little aroma in the leaf. I steeped it and was greeted with the ghost of a chai. So faint I know that it must have been a victim of time and improper storage. Oh well.
So, I think Tealish has renamed this blend to Blueberry Bliss. Anyway, I’ll post my review here because the photo and the ingredients are the same as the tea I am drinking.
Spring has sprung in my neighbourhood, and this is one of my favourite teas to have at the beginning of the season. It tastes like bright, sweet, fresh blueberries and the hibiscus flavour isn’t too strong. I think it would also make a great cold brew as well, but I’ve been having it hot. I bought a big bag of this tea 2 weeks ago, and it’s almost gone. I will definitely be restocking this one.
Flavors: Blueberry, Sweet
The strawberries. The chocolate. It’s like chocolate covered strawberries… in a small container. It smells so good and it tastes so good. I picked this up at Chapters one day because it was on sale and I wanted to know what Tealish thought “donuts” tasted like. Well… this tea doesn’t taste like donuts… but when the flavour is strawberries and chocolate, it is impossible to feel let down. Well done Tealish. Well done.
I had entertained trying this tea before, but I wrote it off as just another generic ginger tea. But when I came across this one in my Tealish sampler, it was love at first sniff. The dry leaves remind me of Jelly Babies. (Which happen to be my favourite British sweet)
The flavour of this tea is soft and whimsical, which I’m finding is true of many Tealish teas. It’s pleasantly gingery, but without being too strong, and somewhat sweet and citrusy.
If I keep having success with Tealish teas, I’m going to have to take a trip to their store in Toronto…
(Though it does bother me when tea companies recommend people use boiling water, even on delicate green tea leaves)
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Sweet
This is very similar to Tealish’s Lavender Mint tea that I raved about in the summer. It also reminds me of Davids’ Midsummer Nights Dream tea. Both are pretty high on my favourites list, so that’s a good thing. I’m pretty in love right now.
It differs from Lavender Mint of course in the fact that there’s no mint in this one, which makes it a much more subtle flavour. It’s also got a creamy citrusy-ness to it.
I picked this up in a sampler pack of Tealish at Indigo today, but I’m glad to see that Well.ca carries Sleepy Fairy so I can easily restock!
Flavors: Cream, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Vanilla
the more i have this one, the more it reminds me of the ones from fauchon and DF but with a black base…or roasted oolong, i forget which this is lol i don’t think i need this in my cupboard for a while – maybe once i’ve finished the fancy french versions and i get a longing to have that taste again – then i might consider it. :)