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Everyone loves this blend but all I can taste is hibiscus, bleh. It might have just been that the small sample I got had a larger than normal amount of hibiscus but I didn’t get much almond or vanilla or any of the rest. I maybe got a bit after I dumped a bunch of agave nectar in it, but that was it. Yeah, no.
This is an incredibly smooth tea with no bitterness whatsoever. The vanilla notes are balanced and spot on in my opinion. The aroma is absolutely captivating, if you’re a lover of london fog lattes, you’ll love this tea.
Flavors: Bergamot, Creamy, Vanilla
Oh steepster, it has been too too long.
So for some reason I couldn’t find this tea in the database? Anyways, thanks to some of your suggestions I visited Tealish while in TO for the week! Holyyyy I love this place, so nice and light and open and the teas smell sooo good. Unfortunately you can only buy them in 50g or more, so I had to make sure I got some good ones!
So this tea – nice and sweet. I definitely get the banana bread taste – more so the smell of it, but the banana is a pretty subtle taste.
I wish it was a more prominent banana taste – but overall nice and I can definitely make my way through this 50 grams :D
I was given this by a friend who didn’t like it. She agreed it DOES taste exactly like a pina colada, but she felt something was missing from it.
My first steep was a bit too strong. Admittedly, I did add in an extra 1/4 tsp, plus I let it steep a little longer than I should have. (I had just tried Blueberry Lagoon and found it very weak) It tasted strongly of a fruity flavour and then left a lingering creamy coconut taste in my mouth.
I just resteeped it, and it’s definitely an improvement! I can’t wait to make this into a latte.
Flavors: Coconut, Creamy, Pineapple
I love the smell of this tea! I like the taste of this tea. I find the rooibos can be a bit overpowering about halfway through the cup, even as a latte, and I’m not a fan of rooibos. I tend to drink this as a latte in the evening. It’s delicious :)
Flavors: Almond, Orange, Rooibos
Dulce De Leche is one of my favorite things on this planet, when I heard there was a flavored tea I had to try it! meganxpink was nice enough to share some and it was quite the treat, the hints of caramel taste being my favorite part of the experience.
I tried this tea a long time ago because I was trying to replicate Harney & Sons ‘Paris’ tea. This is nothing like that. So I’m reviewing it again because a) I wasn’t on Steepster when I had it the 1st time and b) I want to give it an honest chance.
Aroma both dry and steeped is very vanilla-y. I’m having it black, but I suspect this would be good for a latte. A friend passed by my desk and I asked her to smell the steeped tea. She said it smelled like a pastry, which to me seems like a good thing. ;) The taste is definitely bold because it’s a black tea. The vanilla is very pronounced and there is no nasty lingering aftertaste. Much better than I remember this tea being.
Flavors: Cream, Vanilla
I added a spoonful of honey which smoothed out some of the sourness and helped bring out the almond a bit more. But overall this tea is still incongruously tangy with not enough of the creamy nuttiness I was expecting. A bit disappointing, particularly given how delicious it smells.
When I saw how red my tea turned my first though was that it contained the dreaded hibiscus. Fortunately the colour was from the beetroot pieces instead. Out of the three tea in the sampler it was the smell of this one that really drew like some delicious freshly-baked almond confectionery. It starts off sweetly nutty with a bit of a spice undertone, but then it trails off into something tangy and slightly sour which I’m not sure I care for. I’m going to see if sweetener improves matters.
I work in receiving at the bookstore, unpacking stock and shelving/displaying it. I could smell these Tealish teas as soon as I opened the box they were so fragrant and I knew right away I would have to buy them. Thankfully some of them at least come in a sample pack and I quickly set one aside because I knew these were going to be snapped up quickly. Tealish is a new brand for our store as we usually just stock Harney & Sons and Tea Forte. Now I like H&S as much as the next person, but it’s good to see some Canadian brands get in on the action too.
I’m not a huge rooibos fan but this is such a tasty tea. It has the fresh tang of lemon but it’s sweet as well like lemon candies – or lemon meringue pie, the sort that’s made properly with lots of fresh-squeezed lemon juice and a dollops of lightly-toasted meringue on top.
Perfect on a winter afternoon, when you have a dessert craving but a resolution to keep.
Went into a colleague’s stash for this again. The first notes are of baked goodness and hints of almond. Was trying really hard to put my finger on what specifically the smell combination reminded me of and I finally figured it out – it smells like almond biscotti in a cup! Nutty, twice baked goodness.
I let it steep all the way home in my thermos and it was still great, no worries about oversteeping at all.
In an ideal world with non-existent budgets, I would definitely consider buying this for my stash.
Flavors: Almond, Baked Bread, Cake, Nutty
Having now tried a handful of Tealish flavours, I can’t help but notice that they all come across a bit same-y to me. The upside of that is that they all taste perfectly pleasant, but nothing stands out to me as being particularly amazing. Like the other Tealish dessert teas I’ve tried, this one has a thin but agreeable generic taste of “sweets”. The flavour reminds me of the smell that wafts up at you when you open a tin of Quality Street. This tea is pleasant but ultimately forgettable; I will enjoy what I have and move on.
I can’t get over how amazing this tea smells. In the bag it’s all intense, sweet lemon, but once it’s brewed, the liquor smells like a lemon meringue pie. There’s desserty lemon, meringue and pie crust! Wow!
I couldn’t stop smelling my cup as it cooled, and I was starting to worry that the flavour couldn’t possibly live up to the smell. And it’s not as complex or amazing as the smell, but it is delicious. Smooth and gentle lemon, with a hint of creaminess, sweet, not tart. Maybe the most subtle pastry note. The flavour intensifies as it cools a bit.
I think I might have died of joy if this had tasted as good as it smells, but I can’t complain. I may need to bake a lemon meringue pie soon.
Thanks, aisling of tea, for the recommendation!
Flavors: Creamy, Lemon, Meringue, Pastries, Sweet
Oh this may supplant Teavana’s Berry Mint Cassis as my berry-mint true love. (Which is just as well – I have a fair bit of that one left, but it’s been long discontinued.) Less hibiscus tart, more distinct berry flavour, a lovely, sweet mint that’s not overpowering. Omnomnomnom so delicious.
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Mint, Raspberry, Sweet
This is lovely. The rooibos is not overpowering and there’s a lovey fruity taste that combines raspberry, citrus and a bunch of other stuff which I can’t quite identify.
Definitely glad I picked this one up. Thanks for the recommendation, aisling of tea!
Flavors: Citrus, Fruity, Raspberry
This was my morning cup. This weekend I’m at Playground Conference in Toronto. It has been a seriously intense day.
I was up way too late last night, working on my presentation, and so I woke up kind of tired this morning. Grabbed a quick breakfast and this tea with it. I have no idea what water temperature this was steeped at or for how long, but it seemed to be pretty forgiving.
I really enjoyed being able to taste bot the coconut and the floral green oolong notes distinctly. Coconut can be a bit of an overwhelming flavour, but this was nicely balanced. A really good way to start off a day, which included going to the morning plenary session, sitting on a panel on polyamory, presenting on how to organize a successful sex party, a workshop on expressing desire as feelings, and a panel on media influence on sex work legislation.
An absolutely amazing day, and if you have any interest in sexuality, gender, relationships or related topics you should be at this convention. It’s one of the most inclusive, diverse and safe space I’ve ever been in, and the community is warm and welcoming. If you’re inexperienced or new to dialogues about sex, this is a great place to get started.
There’s one more day left, so if you’re in Toronto, I highly recommend coming down to check it out for the last day. Or if not, plan to come next year.
Now, I need to go find some hot water so I can resteep these leaves. Edit: Second steep wasn’t worth drinking, but I think I really underleafed this tea. My travel mug is twice the size of my regular mug and I didn’t put much leaf into it.
Flavors: Coconut, Floral, Green
This tea is a nice accompaniment on this rainy cold night. It is bright enough in flavour to bring some warmth and light into the experience but has enough death in both flavour and texture to be comforting on a night like this.
The tea once poured is a warm oak colour with a scent of warm strawberry compote, cream, baking chocolate, butter pastry and a savoury note.
The strawberry flavour on top tastes like fresh cut slightly sun warmed ripe strawberries with a touch of tartness over a a slightly fruity and herbaceous base tea with cocoa notes. A dark bittersweet chocolate mixes through both the base and flavouring notes with a touch of cream and vanilla. The tea is heavier and not as creamy as Zen Teas strawberry cream, with deeper bitter notes from the chocolate and base. It is not as thick or dark tasting as Butikis Red Queen Cupcake. It has a flavour that lies somewhere inbetween. The strawberry is bright and fresh tasting and very faintly floral. Chocolate settles towards the bottom of the cup as it sits leaving a more copper coloured brew. There are hints of baked goods and the last sips taste of strawberry flavoured hot chocolate. The tea is mildly tannic with a body dense enough to take milk and other additives. The second steep has richer chocolate notes and a texture more reminiscent of baked goods.
This tea makes a nice strawberry black for any time of the year.