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I’m not going to lie, this tea has been sitting in my cupboard for probably years. I went home in Oct 2012 and it had been at my desk in the office for at least 2 years. I remember trying it originally and feeling as though it tasted like licorice, meaning too much anise or fennel maybe. But I kept it, partially because it stacked nicely and if I got rid of it it would mean for uneven stacking of the Tetley Brands I do keep in the cupboard. This morning was the day. I figured why not? It is not bad actually. It is a bit soft in the flavour profiles but I was modest in my steeping times. I added cream and sugar to it and it perked up. I think I will try brewing stronger next time.
I wasn’t aware this was a roobois until I saw the other reviews. It makes sense though, this is possibly my favorite tea. I love the warmth, the slight spicy aftertaste and the smell is just heavenly. A regular tea I pick up when I go to the store. Always grab a can of this. Great for a cold day and you need to…feel warm again. :3
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So there was one major wicked storm in my area last night. Pea sized hail – my poor plants, 3" of rain in my gauge this morning – however last night the wind was blowing the rain sideways, so who knows. My house and yard ended up being spared, there are some pretty big trees that were downed in the area.
So I had wanted to make sun tea today. But that didn’t happen because when I woke up it was still grey and dreary and drizzling. I went to the farmers market and saw fresh basil. I grew basil this year in one of the deck pots, but I didn’t grow enough of it. So I use it sparingly. I picked up a large bag of fresh basil for $2. Once I got home I put 3 bags of this tea along with all the basil into a 2L jug of water and let it “counter brew”.
This tea is delightful. It always makes an awesome sun tea, so the counter tea brew works well for it too. It is pretty light as it has only been brewing for about 2 hours now. There is a light infusion of the basil, making it taste fresh and crisp and summery.
I just keep adding more water to the pitcher as I pour some out to drink.
I think this will keep me going for a few more days.
The sun is starting to come out. I may be able to do some sun brewing after all!
I’m sitting here writing a Biology report on the adverse effects of excess caffeine intake so I figured I’d stick to a less caffeinated tea because some of these symptoms and conditions make me want to shudder and run away from caffeine for the rest of my life
(but we all know that’s impossible ha)
Asked my mum to buy me some basic green tea from the grocery store (because all my friends are constantly raving about it’s health benefits and whatnot, so as much as I normally dislike greens I’ve decided to attempt to down a cup occasionally) and this is what she brought back.
It’s not too bad actually, I kind of like the fruit flavour combination of the pomegranate with the green and I find that this tastes quite nice with a little honey. So all in all, definitely not going to be as much of a chore as I thought it would be to drink this. It didn’t come in loose leaf so I’m drinking bagged tea which I haven’t done in a while wow.
It was just my sisters birthday a few days ago, and I bought her Ed Sheeran tickets because literally nobody is more obsessed with that man than her. She cried because she was so surprised while I grinned because she was so happy.
Also, it’s a long weekend here in the land of polar bears and igloos. So a big happy birthday to Queen Victoria! Hoping to see some fab fireworks tomorrow haha
Tetley British Blend is the classic “Builders Teas”. They have commercials from the 80’s about the bag shape and all the perforations. To be honest, if you’re looking for a good, strong tea to get you going, this tea is one of the classics. When I was over in England for Christmas, this tea was in the house. Sadly, the house flooded when I was there. But, to keep me company in the days I had ahead with all the cleanup, Tetley British Blend was my companion. It’s a cheap, good tea and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good “Builders Tea”.
I found a cylinder of Tetley Rooibos Vanilla & Pear in the back of one of my cupboards. It is of unknown provenance and age, but I gave the dried bags a sniff and concluded that they were still fresh.
The liquor is an orange-amber color, and the flavor is mostly rooibos, with a smattering of vanilla and fruitiness. It’s really not bad at all. I probably relegated it to the back of a cupboard upon reading “artificial flavoring” among the ingredients. In truth, it tastes fine.
My powers of rooibos-blend discrimination are not very refined, so perhaps others would disagree, but to me this grocery store rooibos seems just as good (or bad) as some of the much more expensive variations on the theme. It is rooibos, in the end, so I cannot muster up a huge amount of excitement even though I find nothing particularly wrong with it. It’s all a matter of taste!
In my last tasting note on this, I said it wouldn’t be a chore to finish the remaining teabags. I have changed my mind. It’s not that the tea has gotten worse – it’s still an average, basic rooibos which is inoffensive to the tastebuds – it’s just that my tea collection has expanded ridiculously over the last couple of weeks (thanks to Hapatite and MissB mainly, as well as a slight indiscretion on my part in a tea shop yesterday) and I want to drink all of those instead of these.
I flash-iced two bags of this last night as I was incredibly thirst and needed something to gulp. Also my tea habit means that tea is the only available drink in the house. Two teabags in 1/3 of a mug of boiling water for around 5 minutes, topped up with water as cold as I could run. The smell is amazingly honey-like, but unfortunately this is not reflected in the taste, which is a one-note woodsy flavour. A good choice to drink iced quickly when you can’t really taste what you’re drinking much, as I wouldn’t want to waste my good tea this way! I was also curious to try an iced rooibos, and it was better than expected.
Still have better teas by a long margin, and am now quite bored of this. Not going to mark it down, though, as my ratings are based on the best experience and this was definitely not it.
Well. I remember when rooibos was an exciting new thing in Canada, and I drank the living daylights out of President’s Choice vanilla rooibos and I think I sort of burnt myself out of it, really. So every once in a while now, I’ll decide to give it another go, and remember the things I’m not really fond of about it.
I’m not even actually sure why I bought an entire box of this tea. I think I might have been sick and taking a LOT of Actifed at the time and wanted something that wouldn’t make me feel like I was swallowing corrosive household cleaning products that I could fall asleep to, but why didn’t I just get a thing of chamomile? I might have been at the Tesco Express that’s open until 11 on Sunday but has a pitifully small selection of tea, and I knew this would be tolerable.
That might be it. I don’t know.
But my point is, I was going to drink a cup of fennel tea the other night, which is definitely not my favourite thing to drink straight, and I decided to see how the flavour would improve if I chucked in a bag of this as well, and drank it with a little squizzle of honey.
And it actually somehow seemed to cancel out the things I don’t like about these teas and turn the whole thing into something a bit sweet and oddly fruity and actually pretty good. Wowzers.
I HAVE A NEW GIANT MUG.
It’s a Cheshire cat one. It’s big, it’s non-microwavable (which is a shame but a sacrifice that I am willing to make) and it is very smiley. My parents asked me which one I wanted, as a souvenir of their trip to Disney World. They just came home and I have it in hand and I love it.
I wanted a chocolatey tea today, and this is one that I haven’t had lately, so I’m using it to christen. I know that these teas are a little weak sometimes, and this is a GIANT MUG, so I decided to use two teabags. So far, I’m not regretting that decision.
I actually wasn’t expecting it to be as chocolatey as it is — I can actually taste the dark chocolate, which I appreciate. Admittedly, I’m not sure what I think about it as a chai — the dark chocolate taste is accented with spices, but even clear it doesn’t seem… chai-y enough? I don’t know. I seem to remember it being a little muddled with milk last time I tried it, but it’s been a while, so I should probably try it again before really commenting on that. Alone, though, it’s working well enough for me.
We bought this one as an afterthought since everyone in the house had tried Bellini and Mojito before and liked both (we won’t be purchasing Pina Colada since I can’t tolerate coconut, and I’m the primary tea drinker in the house). In hindsight, I have no idea what would possess us to buy this since no one is a fan of cranberry juice, cranberry tea, or even cosmos. Ugh.
And…this tea lives up to its name. Artificial orange flavour like orange candies, and the grossness that is “cranberry” (also presuming an artificial flavour). The two together? Not pleasant. Like I said, don’t know what possessed us to buy it. No one likes it in the house; it will be a struggle to finish it.
Verdict: will definitely not re-buy.
Again, another staple in our home not necessarily because I really like it, but because my dad loves it.
For me personally this one is a winning combination. I don’t really care if the “lime” overpowers the mint (which I find it doesn’t in most cups…it’s like the odd teabag has more limey flavouring than the rest) since I like both lime and mint. The lime tastes more like lime cordial to me as opposed to lime juice or lime zest. Not that I’m complaining; I like lime cordial, too. It’s just not…real lime.
I really like mint tea, so it should come as no surprise that I like this. Granted, I also really like mojitos (with enough rum, of course) and this tastes nothing like a mojito. But as a “lime mint tea”? Yum. And herbal, too. So good to have in the evenings.
Verdict: despite this being my dad’s favourite and will get constantly restocked, I would buy this again for myself.