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I’ve had this unopened pack sitting around for a year but I’ve been afraid to try it.
My first sip? It started off flat, but near the end I started to get some orange-pekoe goodness. Followed by coffee grounds.
My cup smells like coffee. I didn’t clean out everything at the top so I probably had a few grounds sneak in. My machine is a few years old so I don’t know if the new ones still have that issue. Either way, I’m not going to completely clean this just because I’m switching between coffee and tea insta-drinks.
I’ll probably stick with coffee drinks in this, but I just wanted to try it and log it.
And an evil part of me wanted to add it to our Steepster database! Go ahead! ADD it to your cupboard!!!
(And I do like my Tassimo. I just don’t think it’s suitable for tea. And I can’t drink the chai latte’s anymore because the ‘milk’ tastes so artificial and weird. But the Tim Hortons coffeee… gimme!)
It’s okay. Standard breakfast tea with not a whole lot of flavor, but add some milk and it’s tolerable. I’m on my last bag of this and I’m glad to see it go, but I’ll actually miss using the drawstring tea bags. They’re super fun to use, haha.
I’ve been pretty blah with my teas lately. I woke up this morning and everything else overwhelmed me, so I reached for this. Quick, cheap and easy. I have had a headache for the last couple days and I think that’s why. I have opened my advent calendar but just haven’t brewed yesterday’s or today’s. Don’t worry, both were good ones and I am excited for them.
I am bumping up the rating on this one today. It is really comforting when you just want something that is what it is. I also didn’t want to fuss with brewing today.
Why hello old friend we meet again. I opened up my advent calendar today and it wasn’t a caffeinated one and I needed something a bit more robust this morning. I was exhausted from cooking turkey all day yesterday for our first annual ThanksXmas. It was a huge success, but then I am a pretty cook good so I knew it would at least turn out.
I brewed this today out of pure easiness. I did not want to fiddle with brewing times… I wanted a quick fix. Plus with the Costco size box… it’s not like this is going anywhere any time soon. Cream and sugar. Delish!
The tea I grew up on… ye olde faithful. Always nice to have after dinner. I made a thanksxmas dinner for a few friends tonight and its always a crowd pleaser. Also keep the extra large costco sized box labelled for thd food service industry. Lol… I love costco.
Always tastes good and always a tea you can count on.
As others have noted, this is a very sweet tea. One could substitute this for dessert haha. The sweetness isn’t overwhelming however, I’ve actually grown to like it. As for the vanilla, it’s definitely very strong. I wouldn’t go as far to say it smells “discount” as other Steepers have said.
It’s particularly good on a cold winter day, a good alternative to hot chocolate.
I do not like the taste of Tetley. No matter if I steep it for 1, 2, or 3 mins-it doesn’t matter. I hate the comparison of steeping grass clippings, since I have never done so, I feel it is not a fair comparison. However, that is all I can think of, to compare the taste to. I used to buy Lipton to have on hand when my Grandmother visits. She now drinks Tetley and she brings it herself. I am hoping that she will maybe try one of my teas instead, I only have 20 sitting on the counter currently! I grew up on Lipton, so if I had a comfort tea, that would be it. Sorry Tetley.
So, I wanted to save my 200th tasting note for something special – and a Tetley tea is not something I exactly had in mind. However I suppose it’ll do.
Tonight Tre and I were invited to my Aunt’s house for a nice sit down meal. Honestly, best meal I’ve had all week BY FAR (but I guess that’s not too hard to say: I’ve been living off mall food for weeks now). Perhaps the best meal I’ve had since moving to Saskatoon (that, I think, is a good compliment). She made quiche florentine from scratch, squash, pickled beets (this was the only downside to the meal: I hate beets and anything pickled – however considering that they were quite delicious and still top three straight days of cheese and crackers), and homemade tomato and rosemary bread. Oh, it was SO heavenly and I stuffed myself like a glutinous little pig. All my aunts seem to be such AMAZING cooks (I know Tre was impressed by her cooking skills) but that makes sense since they grew up with my Grandma who was a caterer. For dessert we had rhubarb from her garden topped with homemade soy based yogurt and pecans. It was SO FREAKING GOOD.
Tre also had some of her homemade chardonnay (I passed because firstly I’m underage, and secondly because I’ve been substance free for approx. two years now and wish to keep it that way), and I was offered some tea. I had brought her large sample sizes of two teas from my stash that I dislike, but I genuinely thought she might like (Ontario Ice Wine and Earl of Lemon) and she asked if I wanted something from her stash or one of the ones I brought. I jumped at the chance to have something from her stash: she’s a pretty extensive tea drinker (my uncle not so much, he’s the type who’s impressed by the variety of teas carried by bulk barn and thinks chocolate tea is super fancy) and I know she’s got loose leaf from tons of local shops she’s travelled to when her and my uncle were touring Canada (they’re musicians/performers) so I thought I might get to try something I otherwise wouldn’t have access to.
Well, to my surprise she pulled this out… Really, of all the things she keeps stocked she wanted to drink Tetley. Oh well, not wanting to be rude I said I was happy with this one (and Tetley really is fine in its own right, it just wasn’t what I was expecting). Afterall, I was a guest in her home and no one appreciates an ungrateful guest who isn’t content with what’s offered. I guess the fact this tea was part of such a fancy and special dinner is enough to make it worthy of my 200th tasting note.
The tea itself was actually really good. I was probably being way more critical than necessary and it still managed to impress me. There was, of course, the signature taste of rooibos (I find Tetley’s rooibos teas have extra noticeable notes of “wood” and “maple”). The vanilla was super rich and very creamy. Tre ended up having a cup, and I don’t know if it was the pressure of being someone’s guest and not wanting to seem ungrateful (like I felt) or something else, but he didn’t even add any sugar to this one.
In a lot of ways I was pretty heavily reminded of DAVIDsTEA’s Birthday Cake. It’s quite similar, but still very different. Of the two, I much prefer to stock Birthday Cake – but this still went down very smoothly and I had no issues finishing it. It was a great complimenting flavour to the rhubarb as well.
Unfortunately, since I didn’t prepare this for myself I have no idea what the brewing parameters were though.
(Extra bonus story: On the drive home I was talking to my Uncle about tea, and he mentioned that in the morning my aunt had made him his first chai tea. Except, he knew nothing about what kind of chai it was or even than there are multiple kinds of chai, and the tea he described sounded almost exactly like the flavour profile or this tea or perhaps a cinnamon vanilla rooibos; he used the words “woody” and “medicine” like to describe it and that sounds like most people’s perception of rooibos)
I brew this hot and then chill it to get my water intake up. It’s an inexpensive way to up your water intake while giving your palette some interest.
I like the mix of the hibiscus and wildberry. Sadly I haven’t been able to find it in stores to replace the tin I inherited from my boyfriends cupboard. His roommates girlfriend left it when they split.
To brew I normally fill my Breville to max hot water and then put in 1 -3 bags and let steep for a really long time. Then pour in a Rubbermaid and add water until it reached 2L.
This will be my first cup while following the tasting notes I found at Twinnings.co.uk/about-our-tea/how-to-taste-tea. Malarky maybe, but I’m into malarky aren’t you?
Made in a tall mug, after steeping 1/2 cup 2% milk.
1. First impressions: it’s tea made from a tea bag, no thrill here.
2. Brewed for 3 1/2 minutes. I did be careful not to squeeze the bag as I took it out, this is all new to me.
3. The infused tea is a lovely amber color.
4. Aroma is light. I can smell better if i rest my chin on the mug and breathe in. I love Orange Pekoe. What is that smell? My head suggests citrus. Could that really be? Its so faint its hard to tell. And my kids are eating oranges behind me.
5. I’m getting bitter notes. I couldn’t pinpoint on a chart what the flavors are. I don’t think I’m very good at this. lol
So much work. I like drinking my tea fast. I’m thinking after really inspecting this tea, I don’t like it as much as Twinnings.
In a pinch this tea works. Its cheap enough (reason for purchase + brand name trust.) I do think I’ll skip it when it runs out. Its not horrible, its just not to look forward to.
I don’t even know where this tea came from. It is possible it was a gift, most likely from my mom from last Xmas. Or maybe I did buy it. Although, it is very unlikely I bought it as I am not a peppermint person, I would have most likely turned up my nose at the peppermint and moved on over to the spearmint (which usually sits right besides the peppermint – if there is any spearmint at all). I might have been looking at the spearmint and as I reached out, I grabbed the peppermint, while I was looking at the spearmint, so thinking I grabbed spearmint when I really didn’t. That sounds complicated but it actually happens quite often. Ha ha.
So anyway, a guest found this in my house and left it sitting on the counter. So I decided to try it. I might as well sip it down.
Even though I am not a peppermint lover, this tea is not too bad. I would say it is a generic mint tea. Not overly peppermint or strongly minty at all. It is kind of creamy. I think I can drink this. I will just have to close my eyes and think of spearmint as I sip.
I am trying to clear out some of my old teas. Which include a lot of bagged teas. This one is at minimum 10+ years old. I am pretty sure I bought this when North America jumped on the “Red Tea” wagon and tea companies like Tetley started coming out with bagged rooibos teas.
I never really got into rooibos tea. Some blends are ok. Most of the bagged ones are neither here nor there for me. This one still smells like strong medicinal rooibos and vanilla. As soon as the water hit the bag I got a strong sweet vanilla smell. I would say the sweetness was the pear, but I would not have called it pear if I hadn’t read the back of the canister.
The tea tastes like a not too bad creamy rooibos. There is a bit of a metallic after taste. I am actually tasting more pear than vanilla, but the vanilla is there in the background and is actually quite strong in the aftertaste.
Overall I would describe it as suitable for a bagged rooibos. There was only one tea bag left in the canister that was taking up space in my tea cupboard. Now I can buy more to fill up that space :P
about to try this…my stomach is super upset and need something to ease it, reluctant to try this out but im out of my tea that helps my stomach eeeek lets see how this works
okay so i just brewed a cup of this and added a splash of milk and a small amount of sugar like I do with all my other chai teas….. WELL this is disgusting, the after taste is this gross chocolatey taste. I don’t taste any of the spices or anything at all… might make it again and see how it tastes black but not too sure
The smell reminds me of the dog medication called Metacam. I didn’t get the berries out of it. Seems very floral.
This is the tea I grew up on, and when I bought it the other week in a misguided attempt to economise I remembered why I always used to think tea tasted like water. The next day I was back on the Twinings. Sorry bank balance.
Have been drinking this at work. Prefer Red Rose, but maybe one of these days this will give me the magic cuppa. It’s always hard to figure out when you’ll get one of those.
Very smooth and delicious tea, easy to make of course, and it’s decaf. I drink it with Splenda and cream, and it takes me back to the cups of mostly milk mixed with tea my Grandmother used to give me when I was little. Not at all bitter.
This is pretty good… Its quite strong, but good when cold steeped!
Needs more bergamot…overall this tea is pretty good if you do not overstep it. Once again, I always prefer loose leaf tea over ground-up and bagged tea, because there isn’t as much flavour with bagged and it is incredibly easy to overstep your tea. I basically put the bag into the hot water, swirl it around a few times until the colour changes enough, and take it right out.