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Hello steepster! So it’s been another month again! I knew I wasn’t going to have much time for steepster of late, but am hopefully going to be able to write up notes more often now. I’ve had to admit defeat and apply for extenuating circumstances with my remaining work, which means that if it’s granted I won’t be graduating this summer, but in November instead. ):I’m moving out of my student flat at the end of June, and want to have less tea to pack when I do move, so I’m going to be concentrating on sipping down a lot of teas! This was one, because I’d been saving the last bag to review and the box was taking up room. It had been a while since I drank this tea, and was actually only down to the bottom of the box because I’d been palming it off on Frank, so I couldn’t really remember how it tasted. The bright red liquid and slightly sour smell instantly screamed ‘hibiscus’ to me, and I added a sweetener stupidly without trying the tea first. This was a mistake. The tea was so sweet I could barely bring myself to drink it! Had it not been the final cup I think it would have been dumped. Blech. Although having said that, had I not added the sweetener I think this would have been very pleasant. It’s not often I come across a bagged fruit tea which isn’t overwhelmed by hibiscus. The strawberry comes across strongly and is very much at the fore of the sip, with the mango being almost undetectable – merely a whisper in the background. It does add another dimension to the tea than if it were simply a strawberry tea, but I’m not entirely convinced that it’s a dimension that I like, or is needed. The flavours also come across as somewhat artificial, which I’m not too surprised about from a basic Twinings tea. I actually think this would be quite enjoyable if I wasn’t so spoiled by good teas, and Frank seemed to like them.
Twinings suggested that if I like a stronger flavour, let it steep for longer than 4 minutes. Well, I think I’ll just do that. Did a tea no-no, and left the tea bag in the cup, and didn’t find any adverse effects from doing that. Tart green apple flavour is on point. This is quite tasty, and the next time I’m in the grocery store, I just might pick some up!
How i got it: Tried it and got a bag from my sister-in-law house, beginning this year
Experience: It has a nice and very natural aroma, something that’s not always the case in berries-flavored teas. Maybe I could describe it as a mix between La Teteria’s Berries Silvestres and Basilur’s Winter Tea, in the sense that the main scents seems to be the strawberry and the blueberry ones. In the taste side, the sip begins with a mild acidic touch that introduces a mix of strawberry, raspberry and, as other users noticed too, some apple-like notes of flavor. Simple taste, mainly well-defined and relatively lasting (the aftertaste tends to a flavorless, watery sensation). As I’ve said other times, I’m not really a fan of tart blends, but despite that, this tea managed to be slightly above the average.
Would i buy it?: It wasn’t that bad, but my answer would be ‘no’.
Grocery store teas often deserve more credit than they are sometimes granted by those who graduate to better teas. Are there better Earl Grey teas out there? You bet. Is this, when doctored up a bit with some cream and sugar, a reasonable tasty beverage? It is.
Disclaimer out of the way, this Earl Grey has just enough of a (vaguely lemon’ish) bergamont to carry a single steep in a small cup. After that you’re left with a one-note black with very little aroma and too much astringency.
Once again, it is time for purse sample teabag day!
I was not expecting it to stay cool and overcast today, so the large jug of iced tea I cold brewed the night before was just not doing it for me. I pulled this one out on a whim and brewed it up.
The black tea base is so nonexistent it makes me so sad. I do get some astringency in this brew. The orange is a very familiar orange. Think orange hard candy, not the fruit. 5 or 6 years ago, I would have gone grapenuts for this tea. I used to love the combination of orange and black tea. I think I still would if it was a better tea with natural citrus/raisin/cocoa notes, and a better flavoring.
1 teabag used
Brewing tea aroma has a pineapple-tropical fruits aroma
Good pineapple flavour. Interesting mouthfeel that I would describe as “slippery”. Good balance of flavour. Lychee note present. Flavour is a bit dilute.
Thanks to MissB for sharing with me!
From the lovely MissB! This wasn’t in the Steepster database so I just whipped up a very quick page for it – maybe I’ll add a picture later? It’s looking pretty sparse though…
I added some milk to mine because what goes better with chai than milk!? I think it might have been too much though ‘cause I had a very hard time picking out any of the notes from the tea itself. Some cinnamon, maybe a bit of ginger? But it mostly faded into the milk I’d added. Not a memorable experience; probably my own fault though so I’m not gonna rate this one…
I had this one before bed lsat night. The teabag was convenient, and the tea was nice. I really like a good peppermnt herbal tea. I’m not sure how this one stacks up to other mint teas. This one is nice because of the individually wrapped bags which make it easy to carry in your purse or keep in your work desk. As far as I can tell the flavor is good. It doesn’t stand out as a fantastic cup, but neither do I have any complaints. For a bagged tea this one is pretty nice.
My tea tastes evolved through the various breakfast teas: English, then Irish, then Scottish. It was this point I discovered my love of Assam. Twinings Assam Bold was my first pure Assam, and delighted me while I lived in Australia. A solid entry, although I have since moved on to other favorites, such as Barry’s Tea Gold Blend.
This is a freebie I got from Twinings’s website. Ocassionally, they let you sign up for free samples, but usually when I do, nothing happens. I was pleasantly surprised to find this in my mailbox a few weeks ago.
Anyway, it smells like a mostly ordinary chai in the bag. Clove stands out the most, followed by cinnamon and a tart scent that I think is just a combination of everything else. After it steeped, I splashed in a very small dollop of 1% milk and it went instantly pale. Not a good sign, usually. I hate a chai that can’t hold its own against a little milk.
As I sip, I’m disappointed. It tastes like gingerbread made from cardboard. There is a hefty amount of ginger, which is nice and leaves a pleasant burn. That must be the “Ultra” part. But the rest of the tea… I can’t taste the black tea base at all. The cinnamon, ginger, and clove are a lovely touch, but… I dunno, this just tastes cheap and kind of lame to me.
It might have been better if I had used more than one bag, but I only had one. Double-strength, this might have been alright.
Flavors: Cardamon, Cardboard, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Spicy
Thank you MissB for sharing this tea and Sil for passing it along. You both are awesome! And so is this tea. It has a nice, smooth mint flavor that is beautifully coupled with a buttery creaminess. It perfectly captures the flavor of a butter mint. Plus, the two flavors combined are creating a caramel-like sweetness which is making for quite the treat this afternoon.
My cupboard number jumped up a bit today thanks to a surprise tea package from the best tea twin in the world, VariaTEA! I’ve already had fun trying out a few of the samples she sent and I’ve picked out a couple more to hopefully get to tomorrow on my day off.
This tea, however, comes from the also awesome MissB!
I don’t know how I felt about this one – I had only really casually read the package when I steeped it up and was also really only giving like a third of my full attention to it when I drank it so my observations for it probably aren’t super on point. For one thing, I definitely thought it was a green base when I drank it. It was just so light without any real notes characteristic of black tea that that’s the last place my mind went to. And, it’s not like Jasmine Greens are uncommon; I figured the ‘fancy’ aspect was the EG added – not the jasmine being adding to an EG.
Also, the jasmine was pretty light! Even without paying super close attention I know that it wasn’t a strong flavour. I think I smelled it more than anything else – but the flavour was very much citrusy (almost too citrusy; like orange peel or lemon peel) bergamot.
I don’t know – I guess I’d try it again while paying more attention, but as is I find it good but kind of lacking, especially now that I know it’s a black base and not a green base. Where’s the base support!?
I stumbled upon this fun list thing earlier tonight:
I only got 18/100 though to be fair easily half if not more of the dishes are meat dishes and I haven’t had meat since I was nine – and I certainly wasn’t having snake as a nine year old. It’d be cool to find a vegetarian alternative checklist. How’d everyone else do? Some of the things on there certainly surprised me: Pistachio Ice Cream!? Yeah – it’s damn good (I have a tub in my fridge right now) but is it that unusual it needs to be included? The durian made me think of Fjellrev and Sil – that’s something you can both check off!
I bought this decaf version on accident, but then I was glad because I needed a nice Earl Grey type tea that I could drink at night, instead of my regular herbal time-for-bed stuff. The soft citrus smell is heavenly. I could drink this forever. A really lovely variant of Earl Grey.
Flavors: Lemon, Orange
This is a queued tasting note.
Thanks to MissB for the sample! I’m almost through with the teas you sent my way – and honestly, this was probably the least exciting of all the ones I’ve tried.
That’s not to say that the concept for the flavour was unexciting – I feel like I’m actually one of few people who actually likes Christmas Loaf/Fruit Cake (so long as there are no raisins) so I thought it’d probably taste pretty good. And, it’s not so much that it tasted bad either – what it really boils down to is that it just, well, ’didn’t taste’.
Seriously, this must be super subtley flavoured because I just tasted weak, mid-quality black tea up until the end of the timolino and then I got the faintest little whisp of vague generic fruit. I didn’t think my expectations were that high for this one, even if I was excited – they were so far from being met though. I finished it because it was definitely drinkable but out of everything I’ve tried from MissB’s treasure trove of blends so far this is the least shiny and memorable.
Oh well; on to the next blend I suppose…
Got this bag from a freebie sampler in the mail awhile back, decided to do it up today at work. thank goodness for emergency teas!
I was only able to enjoy the first half of my mug before the boss man dumped it out. He has a habit of tossing any drink left unattended as soon as he comes in. I also have a habit of leaving mugs of tea unattended for enough time for him to dump it out. Luckily, I rarely use our mugs at work so I am usually safe from good tea getting tossed down the drain :P
This tea was very mild in all of it’s aspects. I don’t think it was my method of preparation, I think it was just the bag. I used just boiling water, and steeped for 4-5 minutes. What I got in return was a generic teabag chai. There was a French vanilla coffee mate powder sense to it, and the chai was strong on the cloves and cinnamon. I like to avoid cloves at all costs, so this was a loss for me. The black tea base was there, the same way the water was “just there.”
Ah well, at least I didn’t have to dump it myself?
Flavors: Artificial, Cloves, Vanilla