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The sticky stuff used to glue these suckers together in the advent calendar box was so strong that two of the three teas I had left to try were hopelessly stuck together. I carelessly tugged too hard to get them apart, and both this tea as well as Tranquil Spa blend ripped and made a mess on the floor. :(
This was my first ever tea advent calendar! This was so much fun to open up every morning and explore each coppery foil pouch.
I recommend this advent calendar for tea newbies especially. They had a lot of straight blends that everyone worth their weight in Long Jing should try at least once. The variety is isn’t as broad as I would have liked, but the new tea that they unveiled were usually on the mark. I really liked all of their new spa blends. I don’t know if I would buy any of their other teas though.
About the packaging: I would probably try a different way of packaging all the samples together. The little sticky glue squares were too strong and stuck to EVERYTHING. A couple of my samples got stuck together somehow, and I ended up tearing them apart and getting tea all over the place. (Sorry, Detox mint)
Thanks Teanzo, for letting me try all of your interesting teas!
The last day of Teanzo’s Advent Calendar! I don’t know why they chose this particular blend for the finale of their advent calendar. It did not make me feel particularly Christmas-y. I saw the back of this package and the disappointment set in. If there was any candy flavoring that I hated most as a child, it was cherry. I almost didn’t want to drink this at all. But I had gone this far, so…
I did. And it wasn’t bad.
That being said, I mean not bad as in, ‘it could have been worse.’ It was a subdued flavor of cherry. More like … cherry flavored yogurt. The black tea base was the saving grace, as it was bold and robust. It tried it’s best to hide the medicinal cherry flavor. It did a good job for the most part. Too bad. Maybe if they switched day 1 with day 24, it would have ended more festively.
Thanks Teanzo for the crazy ride!
Day 24 of the Advent Calendar from Teanzo…
It’s the last day of teas from Teanzo. Overall, I’ve had a lot of fun with the calendar. Like TheLastDodo I found that this calendar helped put me in the mood for the holiday and I really needed it because my “spirit” was lacking this year.
As far as the black teas in this box, this one was probably my least favorite. It was alright. There was a strong cherry flavor to it. In my full-length review – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/24/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-24-from-teanzo-1856/ – I mention that it’s a cross between maraschino cherry, bing cherry and a tart “pie” cherry … all those cherries having been macerated in brandy and then strained and liquefied and added to the tea.
The usual “cough syrup” flavor would be applicable here too because I got some of that flavor, which I really wish it didn’t have. I personally like the flavor of cherry cough syrup but I don’t really want a lot of cherry cough syrup flavor in my tea, and the first few sips were enjoyable but after that, the cough syrup flavor was a little more than I wanted.
Fortunately, though, as the tea cools, some of the cough syrup-y notes taper and I was able to enjoy more of the other flavors of the blend. It’s a much better iced tea than a hot tea.
Not my favorite black tea from Teanzo, but it was alright.
PS: The full-length article has a photo of another ornament I made several years ago out of hot cup sleeves.
Day 23 of the Teanzo Advent Calendar…
This was a tasty blend. Some thoughts about this Advent Calendar: It was fun, I enjoyed trying new to me teas from a company that I haven’t tried a lot of teas from in the past (I don’t know that I’ve tried any teas from them! These may have been the first!) but I wish that they focused a little less on the herbals and a little more on the camellia sinensis blends. There were some really yummy looking teas in their collection that didn’t make the calendar and I would have preferred some of those over something like ‘hibiscus.’ But, I still found the journey enjoyable and worthwhile.
Now, about this tea: this was pretty tasty. A nice combination of flavors. I like the spearmint paired with the tulsi. The spearmint seemed to bring out a bit of the warmer notes of the tulsi and there was a pleasing contrast. The lemon myrtle gave the cup a light, bright note – uplifting.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/23/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-23-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 22 of the Teanzo Advent Calendar…
Yay! Earl Grey! I’ve tried a few green Earl Grey teas, and I’ve liked quite a few of them. Some more than others. Of the ones that I’ve tried, I think that this one is my favorite, or at least, the most memorable. I got a good, tangy yet sweet note of bergamot and a pleasantly sweet flavor of green tea. I think that this is a gunpowder – the pellets were a bit larger than some gunpowder green teas I’ve seen – and it offered a sweet, slightly vegetal and earthy note that was appealing and a really nice creamy note that melded with the bergamot in a favorable way.
Overall, this Green Earl Grey was a big win for me!
This was Day 21 from the Teanzo Advent Calendar…
I found a “trio” of herbal teas that I actually quite enjoyed in this Teanzo Advent Calendar, the three teas that are in the Spa Trio, which includes this tea. Of the three, this one was my least favorite because of the addition of eucalyptus – I am just not crazy about eucalyptus. But, even with the eucalyptus, this was a pretty tasty blend.
The orange and ginger are the two strongest notes of this blend and because they seem to soften the flavor of the eucalyptus, I think that’s why I found this tea to be agreeable. The rooibos is soft and fruity, and I taste hints of mint. A pleasant cuppa.
Here’s my full-length review which includes a photo of an ornament that I made out of a domino: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/21/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-21-from-teanzo-1856/
Teanzo’s Advent Calendar Day 22:
Ahh, Christmas is so close! I loved doing this advent calendar. It put me in such a festive mood even when I wasn’t really feeling it. This is the first time for me trying a green earl grey. Now I just think that it is the style of bergamot that they used that made me care less about this tea. I love the concept, but strongly dislike their bergamot flavoring. I think, however, that the type of green tea used here, Gunpowder, is probably the best choice for this blend. I could taste the grassiness of the gunpowder. Come to think of it, this advent calendar did not have enough green teas in it for me. I really like all the green that I had. Now I think I need to pick up another brand of green earl grey to compare :)
Teanzo’s Advent Calendar Day 20:
Yummy! This was a great tea blend for today! It actually smelled creamy straight out of the foil package. Brewing it up also yielded a naturally sweet and creamy brew. The orange and the black tea combined forces in my cup to create a smooth and tasty cup. This tea reminded me of why I initially loved the flavor combo of black tea and orange. It was like a twisted creamsicle in a way. I want to say that the base tea was some sort of Ceylon because of it’s light body, but I can’t really be for sure. Regardless, this tea was really enjoyable, and one of the handful in this advent calendar I may possibly purchase after the holidays!
Flavors: Cream, Orange Zest
Teanzo’s Advent Calendar Day 19:
After finally fixing my laptop, I can get back to my backlog of reviews! That, and do some actual work on it…. Anyways, Today’s tea was a basic Rooibos with vanilla flavoring. The flavoring tastes like one of the higher end kinds. There is no strange metallic nature to it, and I accentuates the Rooibos rather than hides it. I am not wowed by this tea, nor am I completely disgusted by it. Eh. On to day 20!
Flavors: Honey, Vanilla
Day 20 of the Advent Calendar from Teanzo…
As I mention in my full-length review – http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/20/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-20-from-teanzo-1856/ – once it was determined which tea company I was going to feature for my “calendar countdown” this year, I perused the Teanzo website to get familiar with some of their teas. And besides the Winter Earl Grey tea (day 1) this was the tea I was most hoping would appear in the box – so I was really glad that it was there!
A very aromatic tea. I enjoyed the fragrance of this tea immensely – both the dry leaf and the brewed tea.
This is a pretty tasty Orange Creme type tea. The black tea base isn’t overly aggressive, but it offers a solid flavor of black tea. The orange is flavorful and juicy and the vanilla is sweet and adds just a hint of creamy taste.
Day 19 of the Teanzo Advent Calendar …
Tasty! I usually prefer a rooibos blend to be very strongly flavored, so much so that it masks the flavor of the rooibos which isn’t my favorite taste. I don’t mind rooibos as much as I once did, but, I still like a good, strongly flavored rooibos blend. This isn’t as strongly flavored as what I used to want, but I’m not minding that because the nutty flavors of the rooibos works really well with the vanilla notes.
The vanilla tastes authentic. It doesn’t have a fake taste or a cheap vanilla extract sort of flavor. I enjoyed this.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/19/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-19-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 18 – Teanzo Advent Calendar:
yep … I did it. I drank hibiscus. The things I do for my blog.
But seriously, I drank this last week when I was feeling weak and under the weather, and the vitamin C of the hibiscus did help me. I find that when I consume something with high amounts of Vitamin C (or just a vitamin C tablet) … it gives me a burst of feeling good that lasts a couple of hours and I needed it.
Not a fan of the tart. I brewed it for 4 minutes and this minimized the thick, syrupy texture and made it drinkable. (Honey also helps make it drinkable.)
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/18/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-18-from-teanzo-1856/
Not going to rate it because I’m not a fan of hibiscus and I don’t think I’d be very fair with the numeric rating.
Day 17 of Teanzo’s Advent Calendar … I enjoyed this tea!
The dry leaf is pretty. There are lots of red petals (safflower) and big chunks of dried cranberry.
I think that the reason this tea was such a win for me is that it wasn’t overly tart. The first few sips were surprisingly sweet, actually! As I continue to sip, the tartness does come through but it’s not an overwhelming tartness – which for me is a good thing because I’m not a fan of tart.
The start is jammy, sweet and pleasant. Mid-sip, I pick up on some of the tart notes of cranberry, but not so tart that I pucker. A hint of berry tingle in the aftertaste. The black tea is smooth. Not bitter and very little astringency. I like the way the black tea complements the berry here.
A pleasant tea experience. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/17/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-17-from-teanzo-1856/
Teanzo’s Advent Calendar, Day 16 … did not like this. I suffer from allergies, so I’m always open to a tasty seasonal allergy relief type of tea/tisane, but this isn’t very tasty. I certainly couldn’t drink this on a daily basis because I couldn’t finish the one cup I had of it.
The cons: a) The eucalyptus. Not a fan of how strong a flavor this presented, and when combined with the licorice, the flavor ended up tasting like vaporub to me.
This is the only real “con” of this tea, but it was enough of a con to turn me off on it, unfortunately.
There are some pros to this tea: a) The hibiscus is not a heavy presence. For those of you who aren’t a fan of hibiscus (like me), and you like the taste of eucalyptus, you might enjoy this. b) the peppermint and licorice were enjoyable in the first few sips, until the eucalyptus caught up with the palate. Once the eucalyptus arrived to the party, it was all over for me.
That said, given that this is day 16’s tea, and after having tried 16 teas, I’ve only found one that really just was not for me, I’d say that so far, this Advent Calendar (and Teanzo Tea) is a big time win for me.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/16/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-16-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 15 in my Advent Calendar from Teanzo. I wasn’t all that excited about a plain rooibos offering but I was happy to find that it was an organic rooibos – organic does taste better than conventionally grown.
Sweet, honey notes, nutty notes, woodsy. For an unflavored rooibos, it doesn’t get much better than a good, organic offering like this.
Here’s my full-length article which includes a photo of an altered badge that I turned into an interpretation of my favorite painting of all time, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/15/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-15-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 14 with my Advent Calendar adventure with Teanzo. I’m glad that this tea was part of the Advent Calendar because it was one I was hoping that I’d get to try from Teanzo.
A really delightfully sweet Assam. Really good. I know that thelastdodo didn’t have a positive experience with this tea, but, I enjoyed it.
Here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/14/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-14-from-teanzo-1856/
Day 13 from Teanzo’s Advent Calendar. I liked this one! I’m a fan of some of Teanzo’s herbal offerings, this one included.
First off, you gotta love that there’s no hibisicus in it. Right? (Well, I love that!)
I also love that it’s a tulsi blend.
The ginger and the tulsi add a nice warmth to this. It’s a little spicy, but not too much. I like the combination of the spice and the citrus. The citrus is my favorite part of this blend because it’s so bright and invigorating.
If you’re looking for some caffeine free alternatives for later at night, I urge you to look at Teanzo’s offerings. I like that there are some really tasty ones that are hibiscus free as well as caffeine free!
Hey, sorry I got sort of behind on my Advent Calendar postings, there was some family business that needed tending to so I found my time limited on the computer.
Anyway … this is one of my favorites of the Advent Calendar thus far! This is Day 12’s tea.
The bergamot is good and strong – just the way it should be. I like that it’s strong without tasting perfume-y. I love that it’s organic.
The bergamot is tangy and bright. The bergamot is strong but the black tea base is also strong so it can support the strength of the bergamot and not disappear behind it. Nor does it allow the bergamot to take over and taste like your uncle’s aftershave.
Here’s my full-length review of this tea, which includes a photo of my holiday wreath that I made a few years ago using some really cool ragamuffin yarn: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/12/24-days-of-tea-holiday-countdown-day-12-from-teanzo-1856/
Teanzo’s Advent Calendar Day 17:
Whomp Whomp Waaah. I was hoping for a juicer tart berry flavor and I was let down. Perhaps plain dried cranberries was not the way to go with this blend. I drank this tea and felt disappointed. I think that this was just a phone in blend by the ladies at Teanzo. This blend tasted as rushed as it was perhaps created.
Flavors: Cranberry, Malt, Raisins
Teanzo’s Advent Calendar Day 16:
Do you ever eat or drink something you know is super good for you, even if the taste/texture repulses you? I will call it the ‘good for you’ flavor in this review. Yes, this tea definitely tastes like it will whip you into shape and flip you over and turn you right again. Although I am not feeling under the weather in any way, I feel like this tea would definitely help me mentally, if not physically, feel better if I were.
When I saw the H-word in the ingredient list (hibiscus) I became weary of this blend. I think I am permanently scarred from “Herbal Spa Blend” day. But surprisingly, the flavor and color of the hibiscus is quite faint. I actually liked this blend, if only for the ‘good for you’ quality.
Flavors: Cannabis, Herbs, Honey, Hops, Mint
Teanzo’s Advent Calendar Day 15:
Wow, I can’t believe I have never had straight up Rooibos before! This was a great, fresh tasting tea. It’s a lot sweeter than I had anticipated. It was like drinking liquid honey, caramel and vanilla. I can see why this is the choice blend for so many dessert teas. I love learning new things when I drink tea :)
Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Vanilla