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Delicious — a must-have for anybody who enjoys Starbucks chai lattes, as this is quite literally the exact product they use. The flavor of the tea and spices are well in evidence, it’s milky and sweet but not too sweet, and there’s just a touch of bite from the black pepper. I couldn’t say how authentic it actually is, but for me this is the ideal chai.
Disgustingly sweet. Sweet was pretty much all I could taste. This really has no right to call itself chai.
Received a box of this as a gift — I normally can’t stand the rooty flavor of rooibos, but this one was quite tolerable with a dollop of honey. It may be too weak for an actual rooibos fan, though.
Not my favorite Earl Grey by far — the amount of bergamot in this one is a little overpowering and sometimes even makes me nauseous. I’d probably still give it a try if there were no better teas around, though.
It’s tea. That’s about all to be said for this one. It’s not a bad green to accompany food without getting in the way of it, but certainly nothing to write home about. I have to admit it makes me a little nostalgic though, as it reminds me of some of the cheap green teas I enjoyed as a student in Japan. I wouldn’t seek out this particular brand, but I certainly wouldn’t say no if offered a cup.
One of the few blacks I’ll drink without any sweetener. Crisp, appropriately fruity, goes great with dessert. Just plain good.
This is actually one of my favorite oolongs — I like it even better than expensive organic offerings I’ve tried. It’s hard to describe what I look for in a good oolong flavor, but this one is just about right to me, I guess; it straddles the dividing line between grassy green and robust black very well.
The comfort food of tea. Subtle it is not, but I love it and every so often I have a massive craving. One of the few truly good things the United States has ever done for tea.
A little off the mark for me. It’s not terrible to the point where I won’t finish the box I bought, but it’s a little too “grassy”, and the mint and rose hip flavors might as well not be included for how little I could actually detect them. I think this tea has convinced me that lemongrass tea is good and green tea is good, but there’s no sense trying to mix them.
Pretty disgusting. No matter how long or how little I steep it, the aftertaste makes me gag, and after I’ve drunk any my mouth feels almost like it’s coated in some kind of film. This may honestly be the worst tea I’ve ever had. It put me off trying any other Good Earth teas for a long time.
Personally, when I think “I want some tea”, Twinings Irish Breakfast is usually the tea I’m thinking of. It more or less defines the very word for me. Robust, delicious, and not too fussy about water temperature or steeping time. I like mine hot with a generous spoonful of sugar and no milk.
Ginger ginger ginger. It was way too much and nearly overpowered everything else. To top that off, what little peach flavor I could taste turned out to be totally disgusting combined with the ginger. I could barely taste any of the tea itself underneath at all. I was given this box for free by someone trying to get rid of it, and I see why — I’d drink just about anything rather than have a cup of this forced on me.
I normally avoid Lipton teas as much as possible, but sometimes you’re out of anything in the house and it’s too much trouble to drive anywhere that you can pick up better… so I’ve been stuck with a box of this for a while. It’s fairly bland and watery and the chai spices are rather hard to taste — well, everything is hard to taste. I discovered a way to make it palatable, though: throwing a bag of Lipton Spiced Chai and a bag of Lipton French Vanilla into the same mug in an attempt to use them up produced a concoction that was actually pretty worth drinking.
Whatever you do, though, don’t oversteep this; it will go straight from “watery” to “disgustingly bitter” with very little room in between.