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Victoria Epicure/Epicure Selections

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Oops, I haven’t reviewed this yet, and I’ve drank a fair few cups of this one..tonight, I made it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Aside – Now that I found out I can have the original Silk almond milk, I am branching off to the flavors and unsweetened, still a bit worrying for me to have it, but I will get over it soon considering I drank a carton of the other one, and they both have almonds. Settle down paranoid brain. LOL. Anyways, tea review.

Tea Review

So this tea is pretty good on it’s own, or in a latte with almond milk, I had it with the regular almond milk and it really was epic. Tonight, it’s not quite as sweet as no sugar in it, but the flavors mesh nicely with the nuttiness and make for a smooth, spicy little chai. And the vanilla at the end..mmmmm. This is one of the rare decaf chais I have found, and it’s actually not bad at all! The main flavors are probably cardamom and black pepper as it’s pretty spicy, but rich enough to hold its own without caffeine. It might help that the recommended steeping time is 5-6 minutes lol and I did the full 6 today. Quite tasty.

Overall, a tasty decaf black tea option for before bed. I also like the name, and it makes a good latte and is also decent straight up. I will have to write a note when I have it straight next. Hmm, and I bet it’s pretty good with honey too haha. Happy to have ordered it in my Epicure order!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
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I like the unsweetened best. :)

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This was a gift from my mom.

After trying this tea tonight, I vaguely recall trying this tea, or something similar, a long, long time ago.

The smell of the dried tea is very similar to Christmas cake. It is kind of orange-y and cranberry-y in a dried fruit kind of way. The smell of the brewing tea is very similar with a health dose of cinnamon added in. Makes it more like a cinnamon cranberry muffin or something like that.

The brewed tea is quite a disappointment to me. It is basically black tea with dry cinnamon. I am not getting much orange or cranberry although there is the slightest hint of sweetness. The tea is very dry, like how ground cinnamon would make your mouth feel dry. Maybe I will try some sugar or make it as a latte next time. The tin also suggests directions for making iced tea, however I am suspicious these are generic instructions on all of the tea tins. I have a whole 1.66g to experiment with.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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The first time I tried this tea, I’ll admit I was slightly disappointed. When you open the tin, it’s got a fantastic (if slightly strong) fruity smell.

Once brewed, it loses a lot of that fragrance and comes up a bit short on flavor.

It does make a nice, light green iced tea in the summer.

Before I discovered the wider world of loose leaf teas available to me, it was always on my shelf. Now I’m trying to use up the tin I have so I can experiment with other options.

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Tasty, standard chai tea. Nothing really outstanding, but nothing bad about it either.

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This one is actually one of my summer time must-haves. I enjoy it hot as well as iced.

It can have a fairly strong lemon flavor to it if steeped too long, but I love lemon so that isn’t a big problem for me.

I’ve also enjoyed just picking bits of fruit from the tin while I wait for my water to boil.

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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75

This tea smells almost overpoweringly fruity in the tin. When brewed, it has the taste and smell of a floral green tea – I almost completely lose the cherry taste/smell. This isn’t a bad thing as I quite enjoy this as a green tea. I just think the initial smell is a bit misleading.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

I typically make my own chai, but this is a great substitute on those days I don’t have the time to do it the long way.

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