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Normally I’m not a huge fan of chocolate flavored teas, but this one is definitely the exception. Its a mild chocolate flavor, but in a good way! It doesn’t taste watery, which is a problem I’ve had in the past. It also doesn’t taste fake, which is also a problem I’ve had in the past. Its the perfect hint of chocolate without being too mild or too strong or too fake tasting. But if you’re looking for a tea that will taste as strongly of chocolate as a hot chocolate does, then this isn’t the tea for you.
Sipdown! Another sample from the Teapigs box I was given when I left my last job. I’ve had this one before and really enjoyed it, but it works better in a smaller cup than the one I had to hand. Relatively sweet, caramel flavoured loveliness. The rooibos is quite woody, but tones down well with some milk. I can’t believe this weekend is almost over, but there you go! Sherlock tonight!
One of my leaving presents from my last job was a box of Teapigs, and I’ve just got around to starting them now. The first one I chose was Spiced Winter — it’s seasonally appropriate, after all. It’s one I pretty much always enjoy, too. The red base is slightly woody, but the orange, cinnamon, and clove spicing more or less covers most of that up. The flavours work together in any case, so it’s actually a pretty successful rooibos to my tastes. It’s probably not one I’d look to keep around other than at Christmas, but it’s a nice caffeine free Christmas tea, and beautifully spiced to boot. An enduring Teapigs winter favourite!
Final discovery from the depths of my cupboard. This one was actually rattling around loose, so I’m guessing it probably escaped from the packet at some point. Thank goodness it’s a tea bag!
I purposely under brew this one, as it’s very heavily floral when left. I gave it a scant two minutes in pretty cool water, and now have a cup of light, delicate jasmine tea. I’m happy I found this one, as it suits my mood perfectly this morning! I’ve been appreciating green tea more than is usual for me lately, so maybe my tastes are changing a little. It used to be something I couldn’t tolerate at all, and now I can name more than a few that I really like. Jasmine anything used to be a no for me, because it’s not normal to drink flowers, but in certain guises I don’t mind it now. I think I’ll always be a black tea person on the whole, but there’s space in my life for some of these. Brewed sympathetically, anyway :)
I usually really enjoy this one, but this morning it just tastes wrong to me. I think it’s the hibiscus, but something is contributing a metallic tang and it’s making me think of blood. The colour isn’t helping, either. I have a feeling it might be an age thing — this is another remnant from the bottom of my stash, and it could well me a year old, possibly a little more. I’ve not had a problem with fresher bags of this tea, so that’s all I can put it down to. Or maybe I’m just not in the mood for it today.
As a second-thought rescue attempt, I’ve added a spoonful of honey. This has toned the flavour down a bit, and I’m getting more berry than before. It’s still not quite right, though.
Ah well, can’t win them all. I’m going to leave my rating as it is, because this isn’t how I remember this tea. I’m sure it’s better than this normally.
Another remnant found lurking at the bottom of my stash. I really thought I’d finished all of these — it must have been almost a year ago, too. Still, shows what I know! It’s probably a bit early to be drinking Christmas tea (although that hasn’t stopped me guzzling Yumchaa Red Christmas), and this is a seriously Christmassy one. It’s heavy on the cinnamon, but there’s also a blend of other spices that are almost reminiscent of mulled wine.
I gave this about 3 minutes, and added a splash of milk. The spices come through clearly, and the rooibos adds a woody undertone to the whole thing. I don’t mind this one, although it’s fairly season specific. I might buy it again in the future, although it’s not quite the thing for right now. Maybe on Christmas Eve :)
SIPDOWN! Finished off the packet this morning, with a couple of chai lattes. I had a pretty frazzled day yesterday (interview, ugh), and felt like something relaxing to start my Friday. I added a spoonful of honey to the milk this morning, then added two tea bags, topped up with boiling water, and left the whole lot until the colour brightened from ghostly white to pale creamy brown. I’m surprised how much difference the honey makes, actually. It sweetens and adds something I hadn’t known I was looking for previously. Yum, basically. Just what I needed this morning. This is a tea I’d definitely repurchase.
Two wordS; chai latte. One word; love. It more or less has to be autumn when I start drinking chai, and it’s something I look forward to all summer. This is a long-time favourite, and one of the first chai blends I tried. It’s relatively mild, as chai goes, and especially in latte form, but I don’t mind that. It just tastes all the more creamy!
I had another bad day at work, so I used two bags in a big cup, brewed with half water and topped up with hot milk. Even the smell cheers me up; it’s warming and comforting and familiar all at once. I can primarily taste the spice here; cinnamon particularly, but also cardamom. That’s actually all there is, other than ginger and vanilla, and the assam base. That’s why it tastes mild, I think, but I quite like that about it. I have more in-your-face blends for when I want that. This one is quiet and unassuming.
I don’t like this one quite as much as Teapigs’ Chilli Chai, but it’s up there. It was certainly just the tea for this evening, and for many evenings to come, no doubt.
Sipdown! (211) I brought home a few of my teabags from work since i hadn’t been drinking them. This was one of the teas. Now that i’ve had a vast number of other teas, this one doesn’t taste nearly as good as it did previously. Ah well…the search continues for my chocolate tea once my MF tea is gone.
I had one lonely tea bag I had in a sandwich baggie just floating around, really just waiting for a day when I had a massive headache. Yesterday was that day. I think mint helps my headaches more than any aspirin. And since I never have any mint except tea. This one was surprisingly delicious considering it is years old and I have no idea how old it actually is (I took it out of a non-Steepster teabox.) But this teabag had a ridiculous amount of mint. The next day when my headache was gone, I resteeped this with some of Harney’s Valentine (Chocolate!) Very delicious! But this rating is just for the mint.. it could have only been better years ago!
Sipdown! Finished off the last of these at work today. They were nicer than I expected them to be, but that’s about all I can say for them. I generally prefer my rooibos flavoured, so I probably wouldn’t buy these again. It’s nice to have tried it again, though. I know my tastes have changed since I first started drinking “proper” tea, so it’s good to revisit some I’ve tried previously from time to time. This is by no means bad rooibos, it’s just not for me.
fact 1, i am not a chai person. or perhaps i am a chai person in training. whatever, point being, not really a chai person.
fact 2, this cup is delicious! low on the flavors i don’t like as much and high on the ones i do. and the tea. i can taste the tea still! (i feel like chai spices usually over power the tea itself.)
thanks for sending these tea bags my way Scheherazade! i’m really really enjoying every sip.
also i do like spicy food. like, more than the average spicy food loving person. or so my boyfriend would agree.
(also salt. but i’m getting off topic.)
so just the mention of a curry house in the tea description has my mouth watering. dangit. where’s the takeaway menus?
This is one of the boxes of Teapigs from my “Ultimate” collection that I’ve left until last fairly intentionally. Plain rooibos blends aren’t usually my thing – I want to like them, but I can’t get past the taste of rooibos on its own. It’s just too earthy and woodsy and plain odd. On closer inspection, though, this is actually a rooibos/honeybush blend despite its name, so I’m a little more hopeful about it now. Honeybush I can tolerate.
Dry and while brewing, this just smells like rooibos. It’s that typical, almost medicinal scent. Possibly there’s a higher proportion of rooibos than honeybush in here, which would make sense given that this blend is called rooibos, so perhaps I should have expected that. In any case, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to my first sip.
Strangely, though, the predominant taste here is honeybush. Relief is probably the first thing I felt, because now I know I’ll be able to finish the box. I was expecting the harsh edge of rooibos here, for certain, but this tea is remarkably sweet and smooth tasting. It’s almost as if I’d added honey, which I haven’t. After seeing the colour of the liquor, which is a deep, dark red-brown, I was half tempted to add some milk in an effort to make it more palatable. I’m glad I tried it first, though, because it absolutely doesn’t need it. I suppose there’s a lesson here in how not to judge a tea by its cover, as it were. Or by previous experiences with other similar teas, for that matter. It’s not my favourite, and no rooibos/honeybush blend ever will be, but it’s eminently drinkable and, I feel, one of the more pleasant examples of its type. A successful end to this experience, anyway!
I’ve had this one before, but I think it was before I joined Steepster so I’ve never logged it. It’s not my favourite genmaicha these days, but I think I’ve been spoilt a bit by other varieties. It is wonderfully nutty, and slightly sugary tasting, very much like the sugar puffs the description refers to. The green tea base is light and delicate, although it also has a slightly bitter aftertaste, and is a little astringent. This is a fairly average genmaicha — not bad, not great. As an introduction to this kind of tea, you could probably do a lot worse. I just know what else is out there now, and on the whole I prefer it.
Sipdown! Finished these off today. I think white tea is just about the perfect summer tea for me. Not too heavy when the weather’s hot, but satisfying nonetheless. This one is so light and delicate, it almost doesn’t have a colour once brewer. It’s beautifully, airily floral, though. Probably one of Teapigs’ best imo.
Sipdown! Finished off the last of these, so there are officially no more in my stash. It’s a shame in one way, as this is a pretty tasty earl grey. I’m ready to try some different teas now, though, so it’s not too distressing for the moment. I’ll probably come back to these in the future, but I’ve had my fill for now!
Sipdown! Finished the last of these this morning. I liked them more than the first time I tried them, which probably shows that my tastes have developed since I started drinking whole leaf tea in earnest. They’re never going to be my favourite, though. There’s too much of that slightly metallic taste I dislike most in oolongs about them for that.