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The Everything Tea. That’s what this is. Read the ingredients: roasted yerba mate, black tea, green tea, white tea, pu’erh, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamom, licorice root, eleuthero root, saffron, black pepper, clove, fennel, safflowers, peppermint, tulsi, and vanilla flavoring. See what I mean? I’m almost surprised that there’s no rooibos and oolong.
This is a really good chai, and the smell is probably the best part of this tea and the potential health benefits of each ingredient. It was designed to give people a mild high, and before the morning, or before a workout, it encouraged me to be alert and little bit more cheery, or energetic. I smell this, and it’s like Christmas and vanilla. With so many flavors, this tea also becomes more complex as you resteep it. Again, the taste like the smell is like Christmas and vanilla, more so on the Christmas fire angle.
Considering the kitchen sink nature of this tea, you really have to put in a lot of effort to try to get each ingredient in a single cup. There were times were I had more white tea leaves with the mate than the others, but honestly, those times or when the cup had Pu-Erh where the better brews. The flavors really came out with those teas. Otherwise, one ingredient could overpower the other, like the mate quenching the saffron. Or, two flavors could accent each other and overwhelm a different flavor- not clashing at all, but silencing. That’s why I steeped it for 2 min and 45 sec. It’s also good at 3 minutes, but you get more roasted mate. I added about 45 seconds in the following brews. I wonder if the sachets version would be better if each ingredient is placed in a specific way in the bag.
This tea certainly saved my behind up in college, helping get through the day. I also admit that I convinced myself that this is the perfect tea on a budget because it has almost “everything”. My health craze was also worse at that point (not that it still isn’t bad) making me think that it is better for my whole being. I liked the Bolder Breakfast more for taste, but this one is more effective for health which is why I rated it higher. Good for me, yes, but not a panacea. Worth it anyways.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cocoa, Fennel Seed, Pepper, Peppermint, Roasted
Smells and tastes like chocolate chip cookies. I was able to re-steep it a few times, and I was surprised that I liked it cold, too. The chocolate and the black teas are dominant with the Pu-Erh adding a more smoked, and earthy background. Fairly sweet and though good with sugar and maybe cream, it doesn’t need it. I’d probably exchange it for my morning coffee to be honest. Really good if you eat it with chocolate or cookies.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cookie, Creamy, Malt, Wet Earth
Since I’m rushing back out of town again in a few days I decided to make some headway on my tea samples I thought would make good iced tea. When I opened up the package I was greeted with the strong scent of mango— it smells delicious even before steeped! I tossed the full ounce in my steeping pitcher and promptly forgot about it. Over 24 hours later, while desperately in need of a cold drink, I remembered it was still sitting in the fridge.
24 hours was a little long to cold steep this tea, it ended up being more heavy on the fruit flavoring than I would have liked. It tasted strongly of passion fruit, with a hint of mango and I couldn’t really taste the black base. I ended up making a batch of unflavored black tea and combining the two. Still, I think it makes a great iced tea, although next time I’ll brew it according to the package directions since it tastes better that way.
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Flavors: Coconut, Pineapple
Not a fan TTB. Was this once called Coconut Milky Oolong?
Sitting here sipping different teas while my daughter is taking a nap. This one sounded good. It smells kinda funky when wet. And the water color is kinda cloudy which I thought was weird. This is quite a unique tea. You start off with a kinda meh flavor then you get coconut and lastly the silkyness of the oolong. The milk oolong flavor is so subtle in this one. I wish it was a little more pronounced.
I saved the best for last. This was fantastic!! I have never tasted a sweeter Nilgiri. The leaves when steeped became a slight purple. The flavor was of soft smoke and cherry. This had an undertone of oak wood. This went down smooth and creamy. I actually gave this a “wow” when sipping. I really really liked this!
Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Oak wood, Smoke
I love this tea! It has a great chocolate smell and taste to me. Always have my black teas with a dash of soy creamer (going to try almond creamer soon), and it makes this tea even more scrumptious. Have already re-bought but forgot to save my tin! Aggh.
Two heaping teaspoons per 16oz Contigo travel tumbler.
Backlogging—This has a really strong cherry smell as dry leaf, but the taste isn’t overpowering. A bit sweet, not as chocolatey as the other chocolate flavored blacks so I didn’t re-buy, but was pleasant. Not out of the question for a future reorder.
’Here’s Hoping’ teabox Round #4 – Tea #1
Another fun teabox round to start! I love those orange vanilla swirl type ice cream flavors, and this seemed like it might be like that. Maybe without so much hibiscus! The hibiscus took over a little giving it too much tartness, but there were also hints of orange. It was begging to be sweetened so I added some rock sugar. Without so much hibiscus it would have been better… It also might be better with a honeybush base.
Another one I snagged from a teabox a WHILLLE ago. I guess this is a raw pu-erh tuocha that should be jasmine? I didn’t see, smell or taste any jasmine. But since I usually expect a somewhat bitter raw pu-erh experience whenever I drink raw pu-erh, this one was surprisingly unoffending, if unoffending means there was hardly any flavor at all. The cup was a bright orange both steeps, so it was certainly steeping.. it’s just such a plain flavor. Disappointing but at least it isn’t bitter! The Jasmine petals tea I had from Tea Spot a while ago certainly had jasmine flavors.
Steep #1 // 20 minutes after boiling // 1-2 min steep
Steep #2 // 20 min a.b. // 3 min