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Big bags tea bag and well, either this one haven’t aged well, or it is plain boring. I had to search what loganberry is, and well I know the vice versa berry — a raspberryblackberry (dunno correct name) but it seems it is different plant to loganberry. We have that one in our garden and I love them.
But this tea is unfortunately hibiscus forward than berries, and while it wasn’t bad, it was nothing remarkable than generic berry fruit tea. It had some tartness, but it was quite mellow and as I said, nothing to write much about, unfortunately. To be honest, disappointed about this cup.
Another foilwrapped tea from my big bags. There are still many hidden to drink and try. Sadly, this tea is discontinued already, which is shame because it’s not that bad even being that old.
It’s a bit on the rough side of spectrum of white teas, but aged whites are delish and I noticed quite similar flavours here among common hay in old teas. It was a bit stonefruity and a little of autumn leaf pile. Of course, none of those were strong as a loose leaf (even when it was a dragonball). But they were somehow noticeable.
And the fruit line? It was truly a hint of Pomegranate. It was there. Some fruity undertone was there. Probably the flavouring was a bit flat than fresh, but it was there. I can imagine it being made in loose leaf. But as a tea bag, it wasn’t bad either.
Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Hay, Stonefruit
From the tea box. This is a nice rooibos! Good depth, sweet, no distracting weirdness. Not much to say since it’s plain, but I like it! I grabbed a few bags to make some pitchers for the fridge. I tried a long resteep, and it ended up tasting exactly like the paper tea bag, so I won’t be doing that again! This is one of the better plain rooibos teas I’ve come across lately.
What can I say about this classic, an eponymous favorite? It helped get me through highschool. I wrote to Twinings as a kid when I noticed that the ingredient changed from OIL of bergamot to bergamot FLAVORING. They tried to assure me that it was still a high quality tea, which may be true, but I’m still a curmudgeon! I drink this from teabags now. The string tag advises “steep 3 minutes” and the pouch warns “do not microwave”. But, why?
I got a box of this a while back because I finished my vanilla Comoro and, uhh, with the borders closed I can’t exactly visit my friend in Chicago and restock my teas…
It’s ok. I feel bad saying that as I used to drink this tea all the time. It’s not a strong tea, and the bergamot is just there. Idk. Am I just having trouble with earl grey teas these days? I’ve been slowly looking for a new one but I haven’t settled on anything yet.
I found a box I still hadn’t unloaded from moving in a year and a half ago, and I found some tea bags I got as wedding favors, from a wedding two and a half years ago. It included this, a Harney & Sons earl grey bag, and some Celestial Seasonings: Raspberry Zinger and True Blueberry, in 3-teabag plastic pouches.
The main flavor here is the bergamot, but I don’t find it overpowering. The citrus note from the bergamot lingers on my tongue. I don’t know how old the tea is, at least three years old, but it’s held up well. And it outlasted that marriage.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lemon
A tea bag from Izzy, thank you — I guess this is a tea for today morning, a simple tea, a caffeine boost, but not trying to find some flavours and such. As I have received it recenly, I guess it’s new blend.
This tea exactly delivers that what they say: rich and full bodied. It’s indeed full bodied tea; pretty much rich flavour and almost 3 minutes steeping was quite a lot.
I didn’t add any milk, even it is suggested for longer steeps. It was nicely astringent and a bit bitter, but I have been expecting that. Niko said it reminds him Lipton Yellow Label and I have to disagree. The Lipton tea is way more rough, their tea essence is my nightmare in pure blacks, while this was typical black tea flavour. It’s not though autumn leaf pile or some other “good” flavours. It’s a bit tannic, and “tea-ish” Don’t expect you will find anything else.
Not a tea I would drink daily, but better than Czech Pigi čaj (a bestseller here (rolls eyes) ).
Flavors: Tannic, Tea
Our annual Mother Daughter Tea with National Charity League was held virtually this year so we received a little package which included this tea, a honey stick and a few other goodies. The theme of the Tea ceremony this year was “Enchanted Forest” so I can see why this tea made sense. I went in with very low expectations, figuring that if we hated it we could enjoy a second cup along the same theme with Dammann Freres’ 3 Fruits Noirs or 4 Fruits Rouges. But I was wrong! I enjoyed this tea. We both did! We joined the zoom call, tea at the ready and it went down soooo easily that it was gone 15 minutes in. It didn’t resteep well, but it was very good the first time around. The berries came through and I didn’t find it too chemical tasting. The creamy vanilla rounded the flavor nicely. It was like the inside of a raspberry tart you can get in france: fruit forward and a little vanilla from the creme patissieres afterwards.I kept the packet in case we come across it later and ended up finding it on Amazon. Someone on there mentioned they had come across it at the Grand Floridian at Disney World, and that’s SO fitting. It’s soft and whimsical. Just the thing you would find at Disney.
You all know I am drowning in tea. And from today, I am on the bottom of the sea of tea.
But they got good internet connection there, so here is another tasting note.
Izzy (https://steepster.com/izzyscorner), who got really nice reviews last year had busy year so she decided to focus only on her blog and not Steepster in same time. She is doing fine though, so I am happy everything is alright in the UK from her part. She decided to send me, as a Christmas gift, a box full of tea bags (for my collection) and of course, most of them are full. There are some samples from a brand that haven’t started yet, some loose leaf samples… just lots of to drink (great, I don’t have any tea in the cupboards… (irony).
Ah, the tea.
I am quite happy to get tea bags, as I don’t have time or want to spend time with loose leaf. Of course, there is the less happy part — the tea bags are usually worse than loose leaf. As always I try to rate differently.
This tea, as a caffeine-free blend was nice today afternoon. Though something was lacking. The aroma was quite good, citrusy and tangerine, but unfortunately, kind of artificial note hits the spot as well. It wasn’t genuine soemhow.
On the other hand, the taste was quite flavourful, summer-y and citrus. Again mostly tangerine, which is probably expected flavour. It was quite juicy, but I was lacking some depth in this cuppa. It was too straightforward for me. I believe this tea would rock if iced!
Flavors: Artificial, Citrusy
I always keep this stocked since it is so cheap and easy to find. Nice spice, doesn’t taste ultra so the regular must be weak. Nicer with a little milk added in. Definitely keeps a spot in my heart and can compete with most looseleaf chais I’ve tried so far.