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I just spent like 15 minutes typing this tasting note, then my damn iPad decides to refresh itself. Like WTF. Lost note in steepster space.
So from memory:
In my previous tasting note I was complaining on having no good teas at work. So on my break, I went over to the pharmacy next door to find some pharmacy tea. I was expecting to see only Lipton type tea, but I came across this and a bunch of Tea Forte flavours. I don’t really like TeaForte’s black base, and I have never tried Tealish before that I can remember, and I love bergamot, so I went for this one. It was a bit of a gamble as the in store sample smelled like nothing.
Upon opening the package there is a strong smell of bergamot. MMmmmm, bergamot!! There are a lot of yellow petals that make it look so pretty.
The black base is very mild, slightly sweet. The bergamot is disappointed not as strong as it smells. It is definitely an Earl Grey though. The flower petals meld everything together and make it nice and smooth. I was kind of waiting for a big punch, the electric part. But nothing happened. No electrocution here, not yet anyway.
Overall it is good, definitely better than the drawer tea.
On a side note, bergamot is not listed in the ingredients but flavouring is. I know it is not bergamot oil, but it is kind of weird they didn’t list bergmot flavouring.
From the sweet bakery smell of this tea to the different ingredients, the reason I picked this tea because it stood out. I had it iced with soy milk and I enjoyed the sweet almost caramel like taste of this tea. I could almost be deceived and take this tea at face value for what it claims to be: a sweet baked treat. If it wasn’t for the ingredients. That’s why I am recommending Diaz’ book, because people and teas are not always as they appear, no matter how sweet they are.
Books recommended for this tea: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.
So, I was on a business trip in Toronto and didn’t bring enough tea with me. I picked this up at Whole Foods. I have not seen this brand in the Whole Foods I usually shop at in Virginia. But, this is so good I’ve got to try more from Tealish.
This is creamy lemon. It’s more sweet than tart. I’ve only tried it cold brewed and it comes out perfect. I’m really impressed with how flavorful this is. I’m not used to grocery store teas being so fresh tasting.
Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Vanilla
Went to Chapter’s last night and discover they now carry quite a few brands of tea, only a few types from each.
I grabbed the Sweet Macaron, because well you can’t find macarons anywhere in town. So I was hoping for the patry macaron, as apposed to a coconut macaroon. I opened the tin when I got home & was highly disappointed that it looked just like Toasted Walnut from DAVIDsTEA. Now I love that specific tea, but was excited for something new.
And of course it tastes just like the DT version. So Naturally I really like it, but the name was very deceiving. I think it may be sweeter than the DT version.
Since I don’t have a DT close it’s nice to know I can go pick this one up whenever.
This tea came as part of a 3-tea sampler set I got at work. It’s a good-quality but fairly average-tasting earl grey in my opinion and even with the addition of some milk the flavour isn’t a creamy as I expected. Still it makes a nice breakfast cuppa.
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.