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I received this tea from a friend a month or so ago. I am not big on bagged tea, as I’ve said before, but, this one isn’t bad.
This is a very “autumnal” tasting tea… I guess that’s because I always add oranges to my cranberry compote on Thanksgiving. Cranberries and oranges just seem to go together so well!
The black tea base is smooth, not too strong (it doesn’t overwhelm the fruit flavors, but, it is not hiding behind them, either), and has an enjoyable, rich and full flavor.
The cranberry flavor is tart and tasty, and the blood orange tastes juicy and sweet. It’s a really nice contrast – black tea, tart cranberry, and sweet citrus-y flavor. Nice. The after taste is very cranberry-ish.
Amount: 2 teabags
Water: filtered, boiling, ~12 ounces
Steep Time: a little over 5 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet berry
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet berry
Flavor: tart berry, then sweet
Aftertaste: apple, berry
Liquor: deep dark red
I am a hibiscus and strong flavor fan, and this fits the bill. I enjoy it for a delicious nighttime tea.
MilitiaJim has decided he is not all that fond of hibiscus.
Post-Steep Additives: honey, tempers the hibiscus tart
I’m a dark chocolate enthusiast so I was psyched to try this, based on its name: double dark. Sounds dark, doesn’t it? Trust me, it’s not. So I initially gave it a low rating for not being dark and for being bland and watery. Put it in the recesses of my cupboard. Then, having pulled it out for a steepster swap recently I tried it again, this time with an extra long brew time, well beyond the recommended 7 minutes. Big difference. This is one of those teas that really benefit from being kept hot while steeping, and in fact it seems best off being left in the cup till the end. I like it with a little splash of almond milk and it can also take a little dash of cinnamon or shot of whatever alcohol you like with your hot chocolate. Still not double dark at all, but a nice drink on a cold day or evening.
I was really excited to try Ginger Peach Green Tea by TROT because they say that it’s one of their most popular teas. The smell of the tea is slightly peach, slightly something… gross? I can’t really describe just WHAT the smell is, but I am not fond of it. I guess I was looking for a bit more peach. The taste is actually a bit more subtle than I expected, and it is drinkable.. but for me, it’s just that. I didn’t notice anything special in the flavor.. and wouldn’t go out of my way to try this one again.
I am not too familiar with herbals tisanes, but I liked African Autumn which is also rooibos based and a friend gave me this one to try, so I thought “why not?” I like it! There is a unique taste in there that I have only experienced once before, and that was in Throat Coat or Throat Tamer, not sure which. I think it must be the licorice root. Very tasty.
My husband dislikes flowery teas and won’t drink many herbals, but he likes this tea. He was having trouble sleeping due to stress at work, but this tea helps him sleep like a baby! He doesn’t feel groggy and it doesn’t put him out, but when he falls asleep he said he sleeps deeply and awakens feeling rested.
Despite the fact that I got this tea in a chai latte set I have never had it any way but plain, so I decided to change that. I made a latte out of it and it was pretty good but definitely not as good as plain. I feel as if when I make a latte it tastes like milk with tea instead of tea for milk. Next up I want to try this tea with just a splash of milk, but I think I am always gonna like this tea plain and simple. I enjoyed my experimentation though :-)
I just made myself a giant mug of this – YUM! I haven’t had tea in 1 or 2 days and this was a great way to break my little tea hiatus. I absolutely love this tea. It is so spicy and delicious! It makes me so happy and it gives you this warm fuzzy feeling. I think this tea would be excellent in the winter to warm you up but it isn’t overwhelming in the summer which is awesome!!! This tea is awesome!
I really liked this tea. I think it is significantly better then it’s black tea counter-part and I like that tea!
It smells deliciously spicy dry, it smells a little funky when it is steeped but I’ll forgive it that. I love the flavor. It is so spicy and comforting. It is like a hug in a cup. It reminds me of something that I can’t put my finger on – maybe really good apple cider. Anyway this tea is awesome and I am looking forward to trying it iced (the pot is cooling in my fridge).
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6 ounces filtered boiling water
Dry leaf smell – berry tart lime
Tea smell – tart, berry, lime, sweet
Tea – tart berry (hibiscus) lime
After taste is sweet
Good enough I’ll enjoy the rest, but it seems like it would be better as not a tea, perhaps a pie or jello?
Thanks for the sample Meghann M
Amount: 3 heaping teaspoons
Water: 750 milliliters filtered, 212°
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (Black, Strong, Auto start)
Steep Time: a little over 3 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: Strong vanilla, hints sweet cherry not fake but real fruity scent
Steeped Tea Smell: Sweet vanilla black tea
Flavor: Astringent, slightly bitter black tea a hint of vanilla
Aftertaste: Astringent, slightly bitter
Liquor: Mostly opaque dark brown with slight reddish orange hints
+German Rock Sugar – no more bitterness, brings out the vanilla, still not getting the cherry
+Lactose-free milk – less astringency much better
This is from LENA in the wonderful little Tupperware containers! Yes another one I have been hiding away and am finally getting to.
This tea is a good strong wake you up black with a bad astringency problem. I am very glad I didn’t order a whole tin! Thank you again LENA for helping me satisfy my curiosity and not end up drowning in ‘Meh’ tea.
I don’t drink it very often, but when I do I really enjoy it. Goes way back to before I really started drinking tea, and I had this at a friend’s place. So there’s a part of my brain that always associates it with Middle Sunday at Steve & Paula’s. Nice mix of flavors. (Often good during a cold.) Occasionally add sugar, but plain is also good.
Decided to revisit this one this morning…I wouldn’t say it’s bad…but there is little flavored to this flavored black. That is why I am giving it a lower rating…not because it tastes bad but because it doesn’t taste like cherry or vanilla or much else…but the cup is drinkable and the black tea taste is present.
Should I be afraid!? I see lots of not-so-good reviews on this one!? Oh well…I’m up for the challenge…
I must say when I see BING Cherry in tea – most places tend to over due it either with tarty-bitterness in flavor or a harsh fake smell! This it’s over the top on scent…I can smell the vanilla more than the BING.
I wouldn’t say it’s a stereotypical taste of either Bing Cherry OR Vanilla. I can taste the vanilla more than the berry-ness. It has a slight ‘roasted’ taste at first but then evens out. Yeah…certainly more vanilla over the cherry. Thankfully I didn’t fully judge it on my first sip because I made a funny face.
I must say it’s not my favorite and it’s not memorable but I can drink it and it’s better than not having any tea at all, eh!?
I will also say that when my black an flavored black teas were at a low – this could have come in handy because I was REALLY needing a black flavored tea!!!
I will hang on to this one for a standby. The more I drink the more drinkable it seems to be but…I would choose several other ‘like’ teas before this one. It’s not bad just not excellent! Soooooo glad I got to try at it and add it to my collection, tho, thanks to Doulton!
I just bought this tea and made a pot of tea yesterday. I enjoyed it very much. From reading All the Tea in China, I learned that this tea came from the work of Robert Fortune for the East India Company in the late 1800’s. He “gathered” tea seeds in China and the tea plants that sprouted from those seeds were planted in India…Darjeeling tea came from that “project”.
According to the story on the package, this particular tea is second and third flush tea. ie, they were part of the second and third annual picking of these tea plants.
I was introduced to the original ROT Honey Ginseng at Panera’s Bread and loooooved it. And I don’t really like honey, so go figure! But I drink decaf so I was happy to find that ROT made a decaf version. It’s very good! The flavor is just as powerful as the regular. Right now this is my new favorite tea. I am obsessed with it and wish to drink cup after cup. And since it’s decaf, I can!