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This was my it’s-late-and-I-want-to-sleep-tonight decaf choice at a cafe where I was having dessert as I’d been craving chai and had had a long walk in the cold. I didn’t expect much tea-wise from wherever we stopped for cheesecake, but I was pleasantly surprised! This delivered.
I found it reasonably spicy, and the clove is strong. The ginger was also pretty noticeable to me and made my mouth tingle, but I’m really sensitive to ginger for some reason. I drank it with milk, and it was pretty solid.
I made this with a generous amount of leaf tonight, and the vanilla is more prominent. It’s nice. The tea itself, though, feeling pretty astringent. Less smooth, but still enjoyable.
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The peach in this is just right. It’s not knocking me backwards but it harmonizes with the rooibos really well. I actually don’t taste much rooibos. They blend together very nicely.
This would make an excellent iced tea but since I won’t be able to get any more, I don’t know if it will last till any kind of weather when I will feel like drinking something cold!
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I woke up cranky, still tired, with low blood sugar, and somehow ran out of time to eat anything before going to work. This is becoming a comfort tea for me when I am cranky and bratty. It feels decadent so it works for me in those moods.
Sometimes it tastes pretty floral and others it’s more chocolate-strawberry. I’m still weirded out by it as the thought of a rose tea kind of repels me. But, clearly I like it! I even just sniffed my empty Libre because it still smells so good.
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I bought this in an attempt to find a mate I like. The reports of its great chocolateyness convinced me. To be fair here, I haven’t liked any mate I’ve tried. But I do like chocolate, which I was hoping would override it.
It does smell very chocolatey in the bag, but once I brewed it I got worried. It just smelled like mate. So I courageously took a sip and, well, it didn’t taste like much of anything! There was a tiny hint of chocolate but not much going on. I think I used plenty, so I will have to try steeping longer. On the bright side, it didn’t taste like unpleasant mate to me. It gets points for that. I decided to heat and whisk some chocolate almond milk I have but since that itself doesn’t taste like much, it only improved it slightly.
I don’t know. It was okay but I ended up forgetting about it halfway through the mug and never finished.
This is pleasant, sweet, and very strawberry. I don’t have much of it but will try to keep it in mind for iced tea if hot weather ever arrives as it’s got a lot of flavour.
Fancy that; not oversteeping this makes a big difference! It’s a lot more mild this time but really nice.
I love this tea. I haven’t tried genmaicha with matcha from any other companies, but I feel like I probably don’t need to.
This was light but toasty and delicious. I got two equally nice steeps out of it. I prefer this to the genmaicha; the matcha adds such a nice, sweet element!
I haven’t had this in a long time. Now that I have the One Touch, I followed the suggested steeping parameters pretty much exactly. I’m not sure what I’d been doing before but I’m never good about timing things and often overestimate how long tea has been steeping. I know I steeped this too long once, too, and it gets a bit weird.
Anyway, this time the colour is different for one reason or another. It’s not really very pink! It actually looks like a weak black tea for the most part, maybe with a pinkish tinge. I may have used more dry tea this time?
It also tastes a little different. It’s more nutty and less apple-y. It’s also a bit less distinctive, but still very nice. I can see why it’s one of their best sellers. It’s fun, it smells amazing and looks cool, and it’s sweet and very relaxing. It’s really good on horrendously cold days like today and before bed. This was also my friend’s favourite of the five teas in the David’s Starter Kit I gave her for Christmas.
So good it’s distracting me from housecleaning. Alright, it doesn’t take much to do that but a big Breville-full of this is making it seriously difficult to clean up after the weekend.
This is the first time I’ve had this tea with milk. I’ve not added anything before. It’s quite nice both ways. It’s so rich and earthy but smooth and the milk contributes a little bit more to the smoothness.
I think I’m in the same place with this one. I can’t get over how amazing it smells, even once steeped. But I can’t get around it tasting watered-down to me. I used a bit of cream today instead of the almond milk I normally do to help but it hasn’t made much difference. It definitely doesn’t feel watered down, but it tastes that way.
The spice leaves a little tingle though it doesn’t pack the punch the description promises. It does, though, sting if you’ve got dry/chapped lips!
This is the nicest strawberry tea I’ve had. It’s very light and mild, but it’s nice that it tastes like fresh strawberries rather than strawberry candy. The white base is lovely.
Finally got around to trying my second sample from Design A Tea. I wasn’t expecting it to do much for me so kind of forgot about it.
But this was pretty nice! Very coconuty with a touch of chocolate. It was creamy and pretty rich despite my using far too much water for the 2 g sample.
The leaves were quite small and a bit dusty unlike the pretty, large oolong leaves I’m use to.
I added this tea but can’t find a photo/description on the site as it’s sold out.
This is another from my Special Teas super-sale shipment.
I was worried that the rooibos and earl grey combination would really not work for me. It’s not bad, though. The flavours co-operate somewhat with the bergamot front and centre and the rooibos woodiness lingering underneath. It’s not blowing me away, though, and it’s not the same without a strong black tea base. Pretty much exactly what I expected.
I had two steeps of this tonight making two nice big mugfulls. So refreshing yet relaxing. Such a nice balance between the sencha and juicy pineapple. I have far too many teas to get through but always want to come back to this one!
Blagh! I don’t know if I somehow made an awful mistake when preparing this, but it was totally undrinkable. It smelled and tasted like I had steeped some ashes. The dry tea smelled pretty interesting and a bit fruity so I was hoping for something at least passable!
I enjoyed this again tonight, sneaking sips while cleaning. I find it quite brisk. I think I’ll try steeping less than 3 minutes next time and see what happens.
This is quite nice. Chocolatey and a bit nutty. Mild and very smooth. It’s a little bit sweet but not overbearing, which I find perfect for bed time.
I received my SpecialTeas end-of-year sale splurge shipment last night and brewed this one up when I got home. The pina colada taste is spot on! I feel like I can taste the rum. I should try it iced.
Yes, this was nice and a relief after some of my less great flavoured rooibos experiences lately.
I had less of this than I thought left in my bag yesterday. But, it was the only black tea I had available at work and I really needed any caffeine available so I made a cup. It was weak due to the small quantity of leaf, but still delicious! I’m so shocked at how much I like this one as mint in tea usually makes me run for the hills. When I shared it with my family on Christmas they all loved it, too.
I think this is my first non-flavoured oolong, so I don’t feel qualified to say much. I also had a Libre leaking crisis while trying to steep so it’s steeped perhaps too long.
That said, this is quite nice. I am enjoying it.