Third infusion – a bit weak for my taste. Not bad, just weak. I will probably continue to infuse this tea 3 times, but not a fourth.
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The smell of the dry leaves is a very sweet vanilla with barely a noticeable amount of black tea. After steeping, you smell more of the black tea, but the vanilla is still there. The black tea is not overwhelming, you can still taste the vanilla. I notice a toasted nut taste that I wouldn’t have expected from the scent. The tea is very smooth and full-bodied like coffee.
I decided to try this again with a bit of sweetener and milk. So good, almost dessert like. I think it is even better with milk than plain. The flavors are much more balanced with a 5 minute steeping time. I’m raising my rating just a bit because I like it so much better this time.
The dry tea bag smells very strongly of mint with a hint of chocolate. After steeping, it smells like a great dark chocolate bar or cocoa powder. The color is light brown, not very clear. It tastes lightly of mint with again just a hint of dark chocolate. I do like this, the taste is not overpowering and you can taste the oolong behind the flavors. I think this would be very good with milk and possibly a little sweetener.
As I have been curious about matcha, I saw this and thought that maybe it would help me determine whether I would like matcha. This tea has a nice green tea color with several specks of matcha that fell through the tea bag. The taste is very smooth and earthy. Some green teas I have had were really grassy, but this one isn’t. Yum!!
This tea is pretty good and tastes stronger than I expected. It has a nice orange flavor, but it isn’t too tart.
Second and third infusion of this with an added pinch of vanilla black just for fun. The third infusion was a little weak for my taste, I will probably switch to a different tea instead of going for a fourth.
For this tea to be even slightly okay, I have to double up on the amount used. Even then, this tea has a very light taste and I can’t really pinpoint the blueberry flavor. I think my dislike of this tea has to do with my pattern recently: I just don’t really seem to like white teas much. Being a coffee drinker also, I really like strong teas, this is not one of them.
Alright, my new tea mission is using up my tea so I can easily justify buying more. To do this, I have to use up the many tea bags I have.
This tea is pretty good. I think that my taste for tea has developed recently and now this doesn’t taste strong enough – I suspect this is due to the quality I have been expecting after drinking so many loose leaf teas. The smell of the bergamot is still amazing though. I will be very interested in finding an Earl Grey loose leaf that is strong on the bergamot when I go shopping. I have dropped my rating just a bit – this isn’t what I was hoping for.
I made this with rock sugar and vanilla creamer instead of honey today and it is surprising perfectly sweet.
The initial smell of this tea is mainly peach, with a hint of mango. However, as the tea develops the role is reversed and you get more of the mango and less of the peach. The color is a very nice orange-lemon citrus like shade. This is a very light tasting tea, nice before bed. I usually like my teas to be a little bit stronger, but I bet that extra steeping time would help a bit.
Update: I just realized that I left half of this cup sitting around…I’m lowering the rating. If it isn’t memorable enough for me to remember that I didn’t finish it, obviously I’m not that much of a fan.
I can mainly smell the cinnamon and ginger from this tea. The taste is a bit weak for a chai, I find that it does not hold up well to milk. If you steep this tea at the high end of the range, the spices are weak but distinguishable when served plain. This isn’t my favorite tea, but for a tea bag and a decaf tea, it isn’t bad.
Second infusion of the chai/vanilla black mix. This time it was just for me so I made it with honey and vanilla creamer. I’m almost out of this tea also, why are all my faves running out at once???
Shared a pot of this with my husband – used the chai/vanilla black in a ratio of 2:1. Very good unsweetened.
I need a good cup of black tea…I got in my espresso machine parts today and I attempted to make some coffee, BUT when I got my coffee ground from Starbucks, apparently they ground the coffee WAY too fine which means my espresso comes out extremely bitter. UGH!!! How frustrating. I’ve been waiting for those parts for a couple of weeks, couple of weeks without coffee and I still can’t have a great cup.
Anyways, I’m having this tea as I had it yesterday, with honey and vanilla creamer. Not exactly the coffee I was wanting, but did serve to get the horrible bitter coffee taste out of my mouth.
Second infusion at 6 min 15 seconds. I’m drinking this cup plain and it is still good, very spicy but not too overwhelming. After this, I think I will switch teas, I think I’ve overdone it on the chai today.
After my less than spectacular experiences with this earlier today, I was going to switch to English Breakfast, but I decided to give it ONE more chance. Taking a suggestion from Cofftea, I let it steep for 6 minutes and made it with steamed milk and honey. So much better than earlier. I actually really enjoy this tea when made like this. The spice level holds up well with the milk and it still has a very strong black tea taste.
Thanks Cofftea!! Because of you, this tea has earned a slightly higher rating…I love a good chai.
Third infusion of my chai/vanilla black blend. It is a really light honey color this time and while it tastes better than the last infusion (probably due to the longer steep time) it is still pretty light tasting. I guess three infusions is all this blend can handle. My rating will stay the same because this infusion actually tastes pretty good, just light.
This tea is not consistent for me. I’ll have it once and it is great, the next time it tastes weak or unbalanced. I steeped this second infusion of the chai/vanilla black blend for a bit longer and it is still weak. After this, I will try for a third infusion, if it is not what I am looking for, the rating will be dropped.
I’m starting my day with this. I added 2 tsp chai to 1 tsp vanilla black tea and I think that the vanilla black really helps to even out the spices. I added a bit of honey and it tastes great. Next infusion I will add a bit of steamed milk also. I think this tea has earned a couple more rating points because of the smoothness I’m getting today.
Nice fourth infusion made with honey and vanilla creamer. I wonder how many infusions I could get out of this…
Drinking a third infusion with the vanilla creamer. Still good, but I think I should have let it steep for a bit longer.
I had this again but made it with vanilla creamer instead of milk. It is so amazing. I will probably be drinking this alot. I have slightly raised my rating to reflect this new preparation.