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I was over at a friend’s and she offered me some tea. This was one of the very few non-Celestial Seasonings tea she had (not that I mind Celestial Seasonings, but I wanted something not herbal). So I chose this.
It was good. Not awful, but not amazing either. Slightly sweet, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, as advertised.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Vanilla
So, when I went to Trader Joe’s before Thanksgiving, I grabbed a can of this. I also grabbed some of the pumpkin butter as well as the pumpkin ravioli that they had because back in the samples area, they were sampling the pumpkin ravioli with a sauce made with the pumpkin butter and browned butter and it was so good. That pumpkin butter has become a favorite ‘syrup’ for me, I mix it with equal parts half & half and it’s delightful on pancakes and waffles.
Anyway, this is pretty tasty. Sweet, yes. I wish it wasn’t so sweet, BUT I do like that I tasted pumpkin and I tasted the black tea and the spice. It wasn’t an overly spicy chai, but it was pleasantly, warmly spiced. I finished off the can in record time, so I guess I either enjoyed the convenience of the powdered chai latte mix or I enjoyed what I was drinking enough to polish off the can so quickly.
So, it’s good. I don’t know if I’ll be buying more when pumpkin harvest happens again at Trader Joe’s. I’ll definitely be buying more pumpkin butter though.
Just love this tea. I need to hoard what I have left of it. I don’t have a Traders Joe by me but found a box online (ebay) and had to snatch it up to try it. Love Green Tea and I love Candy Cane Teas. This one doesn’t disappoint. If you enjoy the CS Candy Cane one, you’ll like this one as well. Basically the same tea, but Traders Joe has (in my opinion) cuter graphics on the box.Cold Brewed it and its still so very enjoyable. Love the convenience of this being a bagged tea for work. At home, I drink mainly loose teas but at work, that isn’t always possible or do I always want to mess with it. A good way to start off my work morning with with a smooth creamy delight!
Flavors: Green, Peppermint
Pick this up at a whim when I was shopping at Trader Joe’s. In the tin the leaves are nice and big and you can see a little bits of lemongrass and coconut. The flavor is very earthy and grassy, slightly bitter with just a hint of the coconut and lemongrass, it says it has ginger too but I can’t really detect the ginger.
Overall it’s an okay tea easy to drink, not the best ever but still drink definitely drinkable. I probably won’t repurchase it but I will definitely drink the rest of what I have.
Another Christmas gift. Again, not something I’d normally drink, but I’m drinking it right now while I’m sick. There’s a whole list of ingredients in here, including hibiscus and chamomile, which are two ingredients which I’d normally stay away from. But the flavor is almost pure cinnamon with just a bit of indistinguishable fruity flavor lingering in the background. It’s not great, but it’s drinkable…with this list of ingredients, it could have been much worse!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity
I got this tea from Trader Joe’s the last time I was there. I actually don’t like plain mate on its own so I won’t bother to rate this for now. I like the way it makes me feel but it seems so bitter, even after sugar is added. I got this hoping I would find some other stuff to mix it with to make it more palatable. I am thinking licorice might be a good place to start because it is on the sweet side…
I saw this the other day at Trader Joe’s and picked it up out of curiosity. It was the only loose tea they had other than Matcha. I was curious to try it and picked it tonight as green tea has less caffeine than black tea or puerh, at least according to my Gastroenterologist, who should tell me to drink Puerh as his name is Dr Shou. For the price I paid it isn’t bad, not great but not bad. There are strong notes of coconut, lemongrass, and ginger, all added to this tea. There is little bitterness or astringency and little vegetal flavor at all. The tea leaves are elongated and flat, like a sencha although I don’t know that it is a Sencha. It is from Japan according to the package. I am interested to try this iced. I won’t rate this tea highly but it will get a comparatively good rating, considering it is up against Mandala and Butiki. I didn’t give all of my teas from Butiki a 100% after all.
I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass
I got a sample sachet of this from my apartment complex. It was fully exposed to the air for about two weeks. Whoops. Well from the aroma of the dry leaf, it doesn’t seem to have affected it. I infused this for three minutes, which was probably longer than I should have. The liquor is very dark red. The brewed tea aroma is recognizably pumpkin spice and red rooibos.
Now I don’t really like red rooibos. So take my opinion on this tea with a grain of salt. This is ok. The aftertaste is strongly medicinal. The spice comes across well as does the pumpkin flavor. I think most people would probably enjoy this a lot. It definitely strikes me as a well-blended pumpkin spice tea. I just can’t get past the rooibos base to want more of this.
Irish Breakfast! This tea is yum-o! A person at Trader Joe’s actually recommended this tea to me on a stormy day. This is defiantly a tea to help get your day started especially. I was reluctant to try this one but the flavor is actually very full & flavorful. I’ll buy this one again.